Postponements cause blizzard of games this week

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January 23, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Barring another school-closing snowfall, Anne Arundel County public high schools are scheduled to get back into winter sports tomorrow.

Friday's postponed slate of boys and girls basketball and wrestling has been moved to tomorrow, which makes it a three-day week (Monday-Tuesday-Friday) for those sports.

The final day of exams also is rescheduled for tomorrow, with students getting the next two days off for teacher in-services.

If school is closed tomorrow, games would be played Tuesday, Wednesday (make-ups) and Friday.

County rules say "games are to be rescheduled in the chronological order of their postponement. Postponed contests will be rescheduled for the next playable date."

Boys basketball

Tomorrow, 7: 15 p.m. -- No. 18 North County (7-4) at No. 2 Annapolis (11-0):

Annapolis' Thomas Hawkins needs four points to break the school career record of 1,224 set by '86 grad James Butler.

Panthers fans were looking forward to Hawkins breaking the record at home, but if the game is called off tomorrow, the next Annapolis game would be at 5: 15 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast (5-6).

Annapolis (6-0 county) and North County (5-1) love to run.

"We try to get 75 to 80 possessions a game by playing up-tempo to take advantage of our athleticism," North County coach Mike Francis said.

"In a half-court game, we're just not patient enough to stay disciplined, so we have to get it up and down the floor."

Tuesday, 5: 15 p.m. -- No. 5 McDonogh (14-4) at Severn School (9-9): The Admirals are 5-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. The Eagles are the two-time defending conference champions.

Led by second-team All-Metro selection David Lunn, a 6-foot-5 forward headed to the University of Delaware, McDonogh plays like an A Conference team.

Wednesday, 6 p.m. -- No. 1 Towson Catholic (17-4) at No. 3 Archbishop Spalding (10-8):

Visiting Towson Catholic rides a 15-game winning streak into Severn for a Baltimore Catholic League showdown. The Owls have yet to lose in the BCL while the Cavs have one loss (at Goretti).

The game matches last year's BCL regular-season champion, Towson Catholic, with the BCL tournament champion Cavaliers.

The game also features three first-team All-Metro players as juniors last year in Spalding's Derrick Snowden and Tremaine Robinson and Towson Catholic's s Keith Jenifer.

"It's the ACC of high school basketball," Spalding coach Mike Glick said of the BCL. "It's very balanced. The winner of this league could easily have three or four losses."

Wednesday's game ends a nine-day break for Spalding.

Friday, 7: 15 p.m. -- No. 14 Meade (8-3) at No. 2 Annapolis (11-0): The game matches last year's 4A East Region champion Meade and defending county champion Annapolis.

Girls basketball

Tomorrow, 5: 15 p.m. -- No. 18 Glen Burnie (10-1) at No. 4 Arundel (10-1):

Both teams are 6-0 in county play and among those battling for the top four seeds in the 4A East Region.

Wednesday, 6: 30 p.m. -- No. 10 Archbishop Spalding (13-4) at No. 1 St. Frances (15-2):

This is a matchup of two of the top teams in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Friday, 5: 15 p.m. -- No. 4 Arundel at No. 11 Severna Park (8-3):

The big week continues for the visiting Wildcats with another game against a 6-0 county opponent.

Etc.

Several unhappy coaches and parents called in to complain about Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks' Silent Saturday and Sunday. Coaches, fans and parents were not allowed to talk, cheer, clap, yell or make noise at youth games this weekend.

Behavioral problems were rampant in youth soccer, so the department experimented with silent games in basketball.

"They say it's for the kids," said John Olecski, Brooklyn Park YouthAthletic basketball commissioner, "but it's for the two groups who get paid -- the referees and gym supervisors -- so they can have a peaceful day and make easy money. A lot of our parents are pretty upset about it. Next, they won't allow us to keep score."

Annapolis High basketball coach John Brady boycotted his daughter's game yesterday.

"I would hope they would never consider anything so ridiculous for high school play," he said of the silence rule. "How can they expect little kids to stay organized when their coach can't talk to them?"

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