12 area teams earn tourney top seeds

Top-ranked Annapolis leads 7 boys squads

High Schools

State basketball

February 21, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Annapolis and defending Class 2A champion Dunbar are among seven Sun-ranked boys basketball teams to land No. 1 seeds in the new-look Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association tournament.

Howard County was the only one of the six major jurisdictions in The Sun's coverage area not to earn a top seed. Annapolis (3A East) is the only Anne Arundel County top seed. Baltimore City placed Dunbar (2A North) and No. 5-ranked Douglass (4A North).

No. 13 Randallstown (3A North) and No. 19 Pikesville (1A North) give Baltimore County two. Harford County's 10th-ranked Aberdeen (2A East) and No. 14 Westminster (4A East) of Carroll County are the other metro teams earning top seeds.

For the first time since the open tournament began in the fall of 1994, the MPSSAA seeded the top four teams in each of its 16 regions and four enrollment classifications on regular-season records (excluding holiday tournaments).

The top four received first-round byes.

The other 12 seeds were placed in the 16-team brackets by a random draw held yesterday at Blake High in Montgomery County.

Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA, said yesterday that after the first round, the policy of playing at the school of the opponent with the fewest home games would continue. Byes count as home games. Annapolis (20-0) took the top seed in the Class 3A East, and Howard County's Wilde Lake (14-7) is the No. 2 seed.

"It would be nice to have a home game automatically the first game you play because you were one of the top four seeds, but at least the seeding is a start," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

Wilde Lake gets the DuVal (11-9) at Friendly (12-8) winner in a Feb. 29 quarterfinal.

To win the 3A North, Randallstown (19-2) might have to get by fourth-seeded rival Milford Mill (14-6) a fourth time this season in the region semifinals.

No. 3-ranked Dunbar (16-4) is seeking its seventh title in eight seasons and plays the Lansdowne-at-Western Tech winner Feb. 29.

Aberdeen (18-1) and No. 4 seed Edgewood (15-4) shared the Harford County championship by splitting two games and are perched for the 2A East semifinals.

Class 4A East top seed Westminster (19-2) is seeking its first trip to the states since 1964 if it can get past Anne Arundel County. The Owls lost in the region final to Annapolis in 1998 and in the semifinals to Meade last season.

Baltimore's No. 1 seed, Douglass (14-4), and second-seeded, No. 7-ranked Southern (16-5) are at opposite ends of the 4A North bracket, which could be the toughest of all regions.

No. 16 Walbrook (14-4) is in the top bracket with Douglass, and No. 11 Southwestern (12-7), No. 17 Dulaney (16-5) and No. 18 Northwestern (13-6) are in the bottom with Southern. Southwestern is host to No. 11 seed and defending 4A state champion Lake Clifton in a first-round game; the winner plays Dulaney in the quarterfinals.

Finally, Pikesville (18-2) is seeking to repeat as 1A North champion, win a state semifinal over the South and earn a chance to avenge its 73-42 loss to North Dorchester in the state final.

Pub Date: 2/21/00

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