Unbeaten G. Burnie braces for test at Southern


High Schools

January 05, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Glen Burnie boys basketball coach Mike Rudd is hoping the same fate that was dealt Meade on Dec. 20 doesn't await his 14th-ranked Gophers when they invade No. 18 Southern's gym in Harwood at 5:15 tonight.

Meade's No. 15 Mustangs (7-2) went into Southern (6-3) unbeaten, but left Harwood 5-1, suffering their first loss, 57-55.

The Gophers (9-0) put the county's only unbeaten record on the line in the small, raucous gym.

"We're going into a hornets' nest," said Rudd. "Southern is a tough place to play, but no tougher than Westminster [the Gophers won there, 72-70]. But we are really banged up and have a couple guys sick."

Rudd could be short on guards. Leading scorer Keith Williams was not in school yesterday after scoring 18 points in Wednesday's 90-61 romp at Northeast (3-6).

Rudd said that the flu "is going around school and Keith was out sick. We don't know if he or Matt McCormick [another guard] will play [tonight]."

McCormick missed the Northeast game and hasn't practiced all week because of the flu.

"That's the nice thing about having depth," said fourth-year coach Rudd, who returned 11 players this season. "The other guys have to step up if Keith and Matt don't play. "

Southern, winner of four state titles under 36-year coach Tom Albright, took a 56-54 thriller at Arundel (4-4) on Wednesday night. James Jones led the Bulldogs with 19 points. The Bulldogs, the county's only 2A team, also nearly defeated No. 7 Annapolis before bowing, 66-60.

Jump shots

Upset-minded Severna Park lost to No. 7 Annapolis on Wednesday, 67-62, even though it led in rebounds (23-21) and three-pointers (9-5), and nearly matched the Panthers in field-goal shooting.

Annapolis (8-1) shot 46 percent by hitting 25 of 54 shots while the Falcons (5-4) landed 43 percent (26-for-60) from the floor.

The difference? Marcus Neal and Annapolis made the big plays down the stretch and sank 12 of 14 free-throw attempts while the Falcons made one free throw in only three trips to the line.

In addition, 6-foot-5 senior Camaro Henson collared the Falcons' 6-6 scoring threat Trevor Quinn, holding him to 10 points, five in the final period.

The Falcons' 32-27 lead at the half could have been worse for Annapolis had it not been for Henson (11 points, six boards) holding Quinn (eight rebounds) to two points in the first half.

"Camaro got a little tired in the second half," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

"I gave him a [rest] one time and that was it. He had a tough job with Quinn, who takes it away from the basket and helps a lot on defense."

Arundel, under second-year coach Sam Golder, is only 4-4 but could have a lot to say about the 4A East region race. The Wildcats had the close loss to No. 18 Southern and gave defending 3A state champion Paint Branch (9-0), the No. 3-ranked team in the Washington area, all it could handle before bowing, 63-55, last week. Paint Branch led just 25-22 at the half.


Richard Peroutka of Archbishop Spalding is one of three area student/golfers to be awarded a $750 scholarship by the Baltimore Junior Interclub, a chapter program of the Middle Atlantic PGA. The scholarship is based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and on-course etiquette. Recipients will be honored Jan. 12 at Chartwell Country Club.

A junior and three-year member of the Spalding golf team, Peroutka also plays on the Cavs' varsity soccer team and maintains a 4.0-plus grade-point average.

Glen Burnie resident Lee Schwarzenberg, who was head coach at Chapelgate Christian School the last two seasons, has been named JV baseball coach at Cardinal Gibbons.

Gibbons head coach Lou Holcomb, an Old Mill and University of Maryland grad who also resides in the county, chose Schwarzenberg, a former B Conference foe, in the Crusaders' move up to the MIAA A Conference this year.

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