Chesapeake relay teams are winning combinations

SIDELINES

January 19, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Chesapeake boys indoor track team did not win Wednesday's Anne Arundel/Howard County Challenge at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, but its relay teams put on a show.

Annapolis won both the boys and girls divisions, taking the boys, 90.5-82.5, over Chesapeake. The Cougars stayed close because their 800 and 1,600 relay teams won, and their 3,200 was third.

Jason Verhoef, who ran a close second in the 500-meter run, was the only Cougar to run a leg on all three relays. Verhoef was joined on the winning 800 relay that came in at 1:35.6 by Matt Death, Matt Waranius and Shawn Freshwater.

Chesapeake's 1,600 relay that won in 3:36.1 included Verhoef, Death, Will Ray and Evan Carter. Verhoef, Ray and Carter also ran legs on the 3,200 relay, with Brandon Wright the fourth member.

Waranius also won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches.

Erin Masterson stole the show on the girls side, leading Annapolis to a 78.5-68 victory over Howard's Mount Hebron. Masterson won three distance events - the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

"Erin is Erin, so reliable," said Panthers coach Mike Ballard.

Masterson, a senior, is coming to the end of a brilliant four-year career in which she has established herself as one of the top distance runners in the metro area.

A two-time defending county indoor champion in the 800, Masterson has her sights on county meet record of 2:26.5, which she topped in Wednesday's Challenge with a time of 2:26.0.

There is no question that the rubberized track at the new Prince George's facility enhances performances and times. Masterson could shatter the county 800 meet record at the Landover complex.

The Anne Arundel County Championships and the Maryland State Championships are set for the Prince George's complex, Feb. 1 and Feb. 19, but the 4A/3A East regional meet, which will consist of most of Anne Arundel's public schools, is set for Feb. 13 at the ancient Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.

Ballard, Chesapeake coach Skip Lee and the Howard coaches are unanimous in their appreciation of the Challenge meets between the two counties.

"It's great because it gives our kids a chance to run against other athletes instead of the same ones in our county all the time," said Ballard, whose boys team has yet to lose a meet this winter season.

Brady honored

John Brady of the No. 5-ranked Annapolis (12-1) boys basketball team has been named a "Sectional Coach of the Year" by the National Federation Coaches Association. Brady is in his 24th season as head coach and with a career record of 497-91 (.845) is closing on the 500-win milestone.

If the Panthers can win their next two games - Northeast (4-9) at home tonight and at No. 13 Meade (10-3) on Jan. 26 - Brady could ring up 500 at home, Jan. 30 against Old Mill (6-7). The Panthers' next two games after Old Mill are on the road at No. 14 Glen Burnie (11-2) and Severna Park (7-6).

Southern's Tom Albright (508-313, .619), who is in his 36th season, is the only other county basketball coach to post 500 wins.

Sideliners

With Wednesday's 67-42 victory over Old Mill (6-7) South River's boys basketball team ran their record to 9-5, leaving coach Ken B. Dunn's Seahawks just six wins away from matching the win total of their last big season, when they went 15-9 in 1995. South River has 10 regular-season games left and at least one region playoff game to match the '95 total. ... Annapolis' Marcus Neal, who leads the county in scoring (28.8 points a game) and had 25 Tuesday in an 85-46 romp at North County (3-10), was featured on Fox 45 TV this week. Neal trails Edgewood's Jermaine Hancock, who is averaging 36.1 points, for the metro area lead. ... No. 14 Glen Burnie (11-2) did not bounce back from its first loss Friday - 59-55 at No. 13 Meade (10-3) - and lost again Tuesday, 70-61, to unpredictable Arundel (7-6).

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association State Boys and girls open draw for the state basketball tournament will be held at Arundel High in Gambrills on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

The top four teams in each region will be seeded again based on their regular-season win-loss records, excluding holiday tournaments. The remaining teams in each of the four regions of each of the four classifications (4A, 3A, 2A, 1A) are then placed by the lottery draw.

Records for the top four seeds will be based on games through Feb. 17, which means the county championship or any makeup games will not be included.

The Anne Arundel County basketball championships are set for Arundel High on Feb. 20 and the state's last play date for basketball is Feb. 22.

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