4 teams to get state basketball tourney seeding

Sidelines

April 25, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive council voted on Thursday to use boys and girls basketball as a pilot in seeding the top four teams in each state region by record for the first time in the annual state tournament.

The open tournament with its lottery draw began as a experiment with soccer and volleyball in 1994. The following year, the format was implemented for all sports.

But Annapolis coach John Brady and Broadneck's Ken Kazmarek, among others, have been extremely vocal over the appearance of rewarding mediocrity when it was possible under the random draw for an 0-20 team to host a 20-0 team.

"It's a start, a step forward, and hopefully, it will work," said Brady.

County coaches have been begging for some sort of seeding to reward teams for success, and now they have it on a trial basis.

"It will be a one-year pilot, and we will see how it works to determine if we will expand it to all sports," said Ned Sparks, the MPSSAA executive director.

Teams will be seeded by regular- season records, excluding Christmas tournaments, and a tie for the fourth seed will be broken by drawing for it. Criteria will be devised for other ties.

The same blind draw will be used for the other pairings in the standard 16-team bracket, and home games after the first round will follow protocol. Example: The team with the higher seed will get the home game unless the other team has fewer home games. A bye will count as a home game.

"The current system is pure, and now we have to see enough will accept something that is not perfect," said Sparks.

The Sunday drawing date will be the cutoff day for the records even though some teams might still have a couple games to play. Sparks said games after the cutoff will not change the seeds.

The improbability of teams at a specific school drawing the same seed will all but eliminate first-round doubleheaders.

In a related matter, county athletic directors have scrapped the plan to have all 12 public schools playing on county title day.

Countians shine at relays

Arundel's Markisha Bennett, Eva Tukarski, Roxanne Hall and Nashira Rollins won the 1,600-meter relay race at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last week in 4: 06.0.

Bennett, Hall, Sheri Dozier and Dawn Belt were second in the 800-relay in a time of 49.3 seconds.

Glen Burnie's Del'Rhea Godwin high-jumped 5 feet, 6 1/4 inches, setting a school record and tying for the Relays' best girls high jump. But on the basis of fewer misses at that height, a Jamaican opponent squeezed her out of the gold medal.

Coach Aaron Walker said Godwin's jump eclipsed by a couple inches the school outdoor record Rhonda Boarman set in 1988.

Sideliners

Archbishop Spalding basketball swingman Tremaine Robinson and point guard Derrick Snowden were two of several underclassmen named honorable mention All-American by USA Today. Both juniors were All-Metro players, and Snowden was The Sun's Anne Arundel County Player of the Year.

Robinson and Snowden, both NCAA Division I prospects, will play again this summer at high profile camps, including the ABCD camp in New Jersey.

Meade All-County swingman Terrell Ross is headed to Allegany Community College in Cumberland. Mustangs coach Butch Young predicts big things for Ross.

Chesapeake's 20th-ranked baseball team is now 7-5 after an 0-3 start. It takes a huge hit this week, when senior ace right-hander Adam Moore (2-1) has surgery for a torn tendon in his pitching arm that has ended his season.

North County graduate Scott Simering, a catcher, has belted 10 homers this spring for Anne Arundel Community College 11th-ranked baseball team.

Severna Park's Mark Teixeira, the former Mount St. Joseph third baseman, has a chance to break all the major offensive records (average, homers, RBIs, runs, hits and doubles) for a Georgia Tech freshman.

"You're talking about a special guy, not only in terms of his talent, but also in terms of his maturity," said Yellow Jackets' coach Danny Hall. "It's very rare that you see a freshman light it up in college, but he has been able to do that."

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