Busy week could clear up boys playoff picture

Sidelines

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

County boys and girls basketball teams are set to play their second straight three-game week -- Monday, Wednesday and Friday -- with the spotlight on the boys league race. Three teams are in a dead heat for second place behind runaway Annapolis.

The top two teams per the 16-game league schedule will play for the county championship on Feb. 22.

Unranked Severna Park (12-4), No. 16 Meade (11-4) and No. 17 North County (11-5) are tied for second at 9-2 each behind 11-0 Annapolis, The Sun and Associated Press' (statewide poll) No. 2 ranked team.

Trevor Quinn, a 6-foot-5 junior swingman and guards Jon Garritt and Derek Dixon have been the key players in Severna Park's surge.

In his third season as a starter, Quinn is averaging 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

"Trevor has emerged as a real strong player and is more focused for greater periods of time," said Falcons coach Paul Pellicani.

"He's really maturing, that's exciting and to go along with pretty good guards it gives us a nice inside, outside."

Severna Park's 63-61 victory at Meade Thursday on Garritt's last-second jumper and 16 points by Dixon created the deadlock. The Falcons visit Annapolis (16-0) while Meade plays host to North County tomorrow night.

If Annapolis continues its pace and knocks off the Falcons again, the tie will be broken with the Meade/North County winner in sole possession of second.

Each of the three tied teams share a loss to Annapolis.

Annapolis beat the Falcons, 70-59, on Jan. 4 at Severna Park. In that game, Severna Park trailed 55-50 after the third period, but couldn't get any closer than eight points the rest of the way. The Panthers opened the last eight minutes with a 10-3 run.

Defending 4A East Region champion Meade was embarrassed, 83-38, at Annapolis after losing leading scorer Doug Underwood to a foot injury in the first period. The Jerome Goodman/Mark Jennings-led Knights lost, 69-54, to the Panthers.

Not 100 percent, Underwood returned this week and scored 56 points in three games for the Mustangs.

Three wins this week by Annapolis and the Panthers would tie their own county record for most consecutive wins (19) to open a season and put them within two of the county mark (21) for the longest winning streak by a public school team, set by Meade (23-2) in 1982-83.

The overall county record for most consecutive wins is 22 by Severn's 1992-93 team that finished 25-2.

After Severna Park, Annapolis has South River (1-15), Southern (8-8), Broadneck (4-12) and Arundel (6-10) on its regular-season schedule, not to mention the county championship.

Based on opponents' records and past performances, there is a good possibility the Panthers will run the table.

Sideliners

Fifth-ranked Archbishop Spalding (13-8) travels to No. 1 Towson Catholic (20-4), 3: 30 p.m. today in Baltimore Catholic League action. The host Owls, who have won 17 in a row, visit Spalding, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Only nationally ranked DeMatha is ahead of Annapolis in the AP state Top 20. Southern's Tom Albright, the dean of metro-area coaches in his 35th season in Harwood, got career win No. 495 this week.

Hot stove

Old Mill's Jason Galloway, All-County in baseball last year as a junior, visited Division I Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., this weekend. The Northeast Conference Seahawks are interested in Galloway as an outfielder.

Galloway, who leads the Patriots' basketball team in scoring (17.0 points per) and was an All-County DB/WR in football this fall, batted .405, led the county in stolen bases (28) and did not commit an error in the outfield last season.

Former Old Mill All-Metro pitcher (1997) Mike Ziegler debuted at Florida State a week ago by throwing a two-hit, 6-1 victory over Western Kentucky.

Ziegler, who received a scholarship from the No. 7 ranked Seminoles after two All-American seasons at Shoals (Ala.) and Tallahassee (Fla.) community colleges, is slated to pitch today at No. 22 Arizona State.

Ryan Dacey, an All-County shortstop at Annapolis (1996), starts his senior season for George Washington University at Stetson in Deland, Fla. this Friday needing 55 hits to become the Colonials' all-time hit leader.

Dacey, who will likely end up first or second in seven other offensive categories, was named an honorable mention infielder on GW's All-Century Team.

Odenton resident Fred Brocklander, an ex-major league (N.L.) umpire, has been named softball coach at Seton-Keough in Baltimore. Brocklander, who umpired softball in Anne Arundel County last spring, is also a candidate for the South River girls soccer coaching position.

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