On second thought, Douglass not top seed

Discrepancy in record drops Ducks' boys team to No. 2 seed in region

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February 25, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Douglass boys basketball team, originally the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A North Region playoffs, has been dropped to No. 2 because of a discrepancy in its record.

Southern-Baltimore, the original No. 2 seed, is now the top seed.

Regional coordinator Woody Williams said the record he reported was the result of "an error in the computation." The error was discovered Tuesday and officially corrected Wednesday.

Southern (17-5) and Douglass (14-4) will each receive a bye. The No. 7 Bulldogs, winners of Wednesday's Baltimore City title game at No. 2-ranked Dunbar, will meet the winner of today's Mervo at Perry Hall game on Tuesday.

If Perry Hall wins, the game will be played at Southern at 4: 30. If Mervo wins, the game will be played at Lake Clifton at 6 p.m.

Douglass plays today's Northwestern-Northern winner on Tuesday. If Northwestern wins, the game will be at Northwestern. If Northern wins, it will be at Douglass.

Owls numbers soar

Towson Catholic's Erica Haywood completed her high school career with 1,500 points, 1,515 rebounds and an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championship.

The 6-foot-2 center finished the season averaging a triple double, 18.1 points, 16.4 rebounds and 12.8 blocks. She likely averaged a triple double for her career, although statistics for blocks were not kept during her freshman year. In three years, she had 794 blocks, an 11.0 average.

In her final game, the 32-29 C Conference victory over top-seeded Park, Haywood scored eight points and had 15 rebounds and 15 blocks.

Defensive gem

Seton Keough senior Nikki Brown turned in some exceptional defensive performances this season, holding several of the area's top players far below their averages.

She held Roland Park's Kelsey Twist, Bryn Mawr's Theresa Sherry, Spalding's Carlissa Howard, Western's Tyecia Powell and Catonsville's Carole Schmoeller to four points or less and held John Carroll's Kristin Jasper, McDonogh's Katie Nelson and Severna Park's Kim Lawton to nine points or less. Brown shut out Mercy's Kaitie Schuyler.

In the IAAM A Conference title victory over Roland Park, the 5-7 Brown held 6-2 Esther Ehrmann to six points -- four of them from the free-throw line.

Brown averaged 5.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist for the No. 3 Gators, who will finish their season next week at the Bishop Walsh Tournament in Philadelphia.

Patriot games

Archbishop Curley assistant wrestling coach Armen Taghizadeh, a former wrestler at Gilman and James Madison University, called it "a gift" to be an ambassador to his Iranian countrymen at the Feb. 5-6 FILA Wrestling World Cup 2000 Championships at George Mason University's Patriot Center.

But the 23-year-old special education teacher at Hannah Moore School also received several other gifts -- some of them literally off the backs of the team's competitors.

Ali Reza Heidari, a 213.4-pound world champion, gave him a red singlet and blue singlet, which he wore in the competition.

Taghizadeh also was given a list of the addresses of several team members, in addition to a promise to keep in touch.

Taghizadeh's zeal at having been allowed to work out with wrestlers he idolized, in addition to being employed as a translator to the team, made him a valuable interview at the championships. Several newspapers from around the country captured his excitement in articles.

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