Playoff seedings on line for Sev. Park, N. County

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January 13, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Severna Park-at-North County boys basketball game at 7: 15 tomorrow night is important to both teams, which are considered contenders for one of the top four seeds in the Class 4A East Region playoffs at the end of February.

It's the only time Severna Park (7-3) and the Knights (6-4) will meet this season and they each have games at No. 15 Meade (7-3) coming up. For now, the county trio is vying with No. 17 Westminster (8-1) for the top seeds.

Severna Park was a 55-51 victor over Old Mill on Tuesday night, while North County blitzed Northeast, 79-54. The Knights, who got a total of 50 points from Mark Jennings and Jerome Goodman in the Northeast game, played top-ranked Towson Catholic (12-4) tough last week before bowing, 64-53.

The teams will be seeded in the open tournament according to their regular-season records, not including holiday tournament games. A blind draw will place the other teams in the bracket.

All eight 4A Anne Arundel County teams are in the 10-team East Region, with Westminster and C. M. Wright of Harford County.

The advantage of being one of the top four seeds is the chance for byes and home games.

Meade, coming off Tuesday's 78-60 romp over Arundel in which Doug Underwood scored 23 points, is the defending 4A East champion, having upset Annapolis, and won a semifinal at Westminster last season.

This year's regional could come down to who gets the home game in the final if the top four seeds play according to form.

No. 2-ranked Annapolis is now a 3A school playing out of the East Region. The unbeaten Panthers, who notched victory No. 10 on Tuesday by beating South River, 108-41, have their sights on the top seed.

The 3A East includes previously ranked Wilde Lake (5-3) and a number of Prince George's County schools -- DuVal (8-3), Douglass (4-5), Crossland (4-6), Friendly (4-6) and Bladensburg (2-8).

Prince George's is known for good basketball, so it's all the more important for Annapolis to have the home-court advantage.

Cavs off to Missouri

Third-ranked Archbishop Spalding (9-6) will visit Springfield, Mo., this weekend to play in the Tournament of Champions. The event will include Christ the King of New York City and Westbury Christian of Texas.

It will be the fourth tournament this season for the Cavaliers, who are going in after downing No. 11 Mount St. Joseph (12-4) on Tuesday, 58-49.

Darren "Batman" Johnson did not play against the Gaels after having surgery to remove a cyst, but will be ready for Springfield. With the 6-foot-4 Johnson, the Cavs' leading rebounder, sitting out, they were out-rebounded, 37-23.

" `Batman' is the heart and soul of our interior," said coach Mike Glick. "We're not a strong rebounding team, so when we're missing him, we really struggle rebounding. But I was proud of the intensity we displayed in the second half and hope it carries into this weekend."

Sideliners

Thomas Hawkins had 18 points in Annapolis' romp over South River to bring his career total to an even 1,200 -- 25 points short of the school record (1,224) set by James Butler (1983-86). Severna Park resident Gavin Floyd, known more for his 90-mph fastball for Mount St. Joseph, contributed off the bench in the Gaels' loss at Spalding on Tuesday with four points, three rebounds and an assist.

Derrick Goode, the 7-footer who graduated from Spalding last year, came back to see his old team play Tuesday and said he plans to sign with Towson University.

Severna Park's Steve Wojciechowski, The Sun's 1994 Male Athlete of the Year from Cardinal Gibbons who went on to star at Duke, was in town over the weekend. Wojo is now an assistant coach for the Blue Devils, and was here for their game at Maryland. He took the opportunity to scout the Mayor's Academy tournament at Coppin State.

"Coaching is what I want to do and I'm young enough and willing to take on the dirty work that you have to do to move up," he said.

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