Random draw leaves teams up in the air

SIDELINES

May 02, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The feared total random draw for the state tournaments returns Thursday night at the Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore.

Two separate draws in baseball-softball and boys-girls lacrosse will be held, and are set to start at 6 p.m. to pair teams for those respective tournaments.

This draw comes on the heels of a rather successful seeding experiment in boys and girls basketball by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The top four teams in each of 16 regions (four regions in each of four enrollment classifications) around the state were seeded with widespread acceptance by boys and girls basketball coaches.

Twenty-six of 32 (81 percent) teams seeded No. 1 or 2 won region titles, and only one unseeded team won a region, that being the Edmondson boys in the Class 2A North. Nineteen No. 1-seeded teams (59.4 percent) won regionals.

Those numbers support the many coaches who cried out for some sort of seeding in order to reward, not penalize, success. The lottery could give a winless team a first-round home game against an undefeated club.

Complaints to the media, at least in Anne Arundel County over the seeding experiment for basketball, were non-existent.

Baseball regionals open May 12, softball May 14 and boys and girls lacrosse get the jump on May 11. If all goes well by the weather, state championships will be decided before Memorial Day (May 29).

County championship dates and sites are as follows: boys (7 p.m.) and girls (5 p.m.) lacrosse, May 9 at Severna Park; baseball and softball, May 11 at Cannon and Randazzo respectively; tennis, May 9-10 at Chesapeake.

Sideliners

As was reported here near the end of the basketball season, Paul Bunting did in fact resign as boys basketball coach at Old Mill after 15 seasons and an overall record of 187-154 (.547). ... Glen Burnie softball coach Bob Broccolino notched career win No. 200 last week in his 14th season with the Gophers. The milestone was reached with a 6-0 victory at Arundel to run his overall record to 200-61(.766). ... With 11 straight wins, the Arundel baseball team became the fourth No. 1 club in The Sun poll this spring. ... While little brother Chip Ziegler, a junior right-hander at Arundel, is 6-1 with a 0.29 ERA, big brother Mike Ziegler of top-ranked Florida State was named National College Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball last week. ... Justin Baker's 17-strikeout one-hitter over Eastern Tech last week could have been a no-hitter, according to North County coach Don Usewick. "The hit was a double that our outfielder got a slow jump on and had to dive for it with the ball going in and out of his glove," said Usewick, who is excited about the return of his ace from an injury after the Knights won five of seven without Baker. ... The state public school season record for homers (12), shared by Severna Park's Keith Brunst (1998) and Parkdale's Jeff Koenig (1997), is in jeopardy. No. 8 ranked Hammond's Brian Brewer started this week with 10 home runs. Brunst hit all of his in regular season, Koenig had one in the playoffs. ... Courtney Shay, a Severna Park resident who attends Bryn Mawr in Baltimore, has signed to play Division I field hockey at Columbia. A defender on Team Maryland, Shay was second-team All-Metro and an IAAM All-Star while maintaining honor roll grades.

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