Annapolis pair, rare, could each top 1,000 points


January 06, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Despite its storied winning tradition, the Annapolis boys basketball team has had only five players score 1,000 points or more in their careers, and never have the Panthers had two seniors graduate together having reached the milestone.

In fact, that is thought to have happened only once in the rest of the county -- twins Scott and Wayne Spurrier pumped in 1,189 and 1,183 career points, respectively, from 1977-1980 at the old Andover High.

Annapolis seniors Thomas Hawkins and Marcus Johnson seem likely to do it once more. Hawkins cracked the 1,000 plateau last season and now has 1,155 career points, 70 away from breaking James Butler's (1986) school career record of 1,224.

Johnson has 861 points going into tomorrow night's game with Arundel. The 6-foot-5 All-Metro swingman is a good bet to score at least 139 points and join Hawkins in the 1,000 point club.

With 133 career three-pointers, Johnson already owns the Panthers' school record, and it's likely that point guard Marcus Neal (91) and Hawkins (85) will join him this season in the 100-club for long-range shots. No other county school has done that.

"It's pretty amazing what those three have done for us," said veteran Panthers coach John Brady. "It isn't often that a high school team has three players of their caliber."

All three were All-County last season; Johnson also was named All-Metro.

Johnson, Neal and Hawkins led the third-ranked, 8-0 Panthers to another victory Tuesday night at Severna Park (5-3) by 70-59. The trio combined for 59 points and 20 rebounds.

Severna Park has never beaten Annapolis in the seven seasons that Paul Pellicani (49-95) has been coach but came into this season with high expectations after a great summer.

Having held their own in the Baltimore Neighborhood Basketball League last summer, the Falcons felt they were ready to challenge the defending county champion Panthers this season.

Severna Park gets one more shot at Annapolis -- Feb. 7 in the Panthers Den. With Annapolis having dropped to Class 3A, the Falcons hope to be a serious contender for the Class 4A East title, which is an automatic trip to Cole Field House for the state playoffs.

No. 15-ranked Meade (5-3) and North County (4-3) appear to be the other top contenders for the 4A East region.

Pellicani has quickness in the backcourt with point guard Derek Dixon, Bobby West and Jon Garritt, inside size and strength with 6-5 junior Trevor Quinn and 6-4 senior Joe Burke, and some depth.

Dixon, an All-County performer in baseball and football, is a key player with his leadership qualities, not to mention his "hard" style of play. He committed to a baseball scholarship to UNC-Charlotte last week.

Showtime in Myrtle Beach

Top-ranked Archbishop Spalding's Tremaine "Showtime" Robinson won the slam-dunk competition at the Beach Ball Classic last week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., putting on a big-time exhibition.

Robinson, who thrills metro-area fans with his flying act and reverse dunks, jumped over a table and slammed the ball home to win the contest.

"It was a pretty phenomenal performance," said Spalding coach Mike Glick. "Tremaine beat out Luke Whitehead (6-6) of Oak Hill (Va.) to win what is a prestigious slam-dunk contest."

Glick's Cavaliers, who resume play in Friday's Baltimore Catholic League opener at St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, came home from Myrtle Beach with the Sportsmanship Award among the 16 teams in the Beach Ball.

Spalding was 1-2 in the tournament, winning 59-56 over Wilson (N.C.) and losing to the nation's No. 2-ranked Oak Hill, 54-38, and to Georgia's top-ranked team, Berkmar, 78-67.

"It was a two-point game at the half with Berkmar, and they went on a 15-0 run to open the second half," said Glick. "Overall, we played well."


Among the more interesting items in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's "strategic plan" is the role of non-public schools, which could mean a true state tournament down the road.

A fund-raiser for the orphaned 6-year-old daughter of Butch Kirby, a 1980 All-Metro baseball player at Arundel who died of a heart attack last March, is scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Gambrills Athletic Club. Her mother was killed a year earlier in a car accident. The "Butch Fest 2000" dance is set for 7 p.m. to midnight.

Ticket info: Mark Smith, 410-451-1042, or Sean and Jay Logan, 410-721-9706.

South River is advertising these coaching jobs: head football and four assistants; girls soccer head and two assistants; a boys soccer assistant, and head volleyball coach and assistant.

To apply, call athletic director Jim Haluck, 410-956-5600.

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