Plenty of unexpected races in volleyball, boys soccer and football

SIDELINES

October 14, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Usually by this time of the year, county races are cut and dried with the likely champions obvious, but it's not so this fall in volleyball, boys soccer and football.

As the end of the season nears, three teams are vying for the top two berths in the county volleyball final to be played Oct. 30 at Glen Burnie, while five teams are alive for the boys soccer championship set for Oct. 23 at South River.

In football, No. 9-ranked Old Mill and No. 10 Meade were each victorious yesterday to join No. 2 Annapolis and No. 5 Broadneck at 5-1, with four games left to determine that county championship.

Volleyball

Top-ranked Severna Park (11-0) ran its county league record to 7-0 on Thursday at Northeast (2-5, 2-6) by scores of 15-0, 15-1 and 15-5. With four matches left, the Falcons are a given to be in the county final.

Their opponent will likely be determined Thursday when No. 10 Arundel (9-1, 6-1) plays at No. 6 Broadneck (8-2, 6-1). Both Arundel and Broadneck have been defeated by Severna Park this season.

"We have to win at Broadneck, it's that simple," said Arundel coach Greg Legrand, whose Wildcats don't matchup well height-wise with either the Bruins or Severna Park, but are pesky.

The Arundel-Broadneck survivor will get only one more shot at Severna Park this season because the Falcons will compete in the Class 3A East Regional playoffs for the first time while the other two are in the 4A East.

Boys soccer

Talk about tight.

Arundel (7-5) started what was a wild week by upsetting No. 12 Severna Park (8-3-1) with a 5-4 overtime victory Tuesday and followed with a 4-3 win over Old Mill (8-3-1) on Thursday. The day before, Old Mill had stunned No. 6 Chesapeake, 3-2, for the Cougars' first loss, and it apparently carried over to Thursday as Chesapeake (7-1-2) was tied, 2-2, by Annapolis (1-7-4).

South River (10-1-1, 8-1 league) won both of its games to take over first place by a half game over 7-1-1 Chesapeake. Arundel, Old Mill and Severna Park are all 7-2 with two league games left.

Football

Old Mill slipped by Northeast, 13-0, yesterday while Meade routed Severna Park, 46-7, to leave those two tied with Annapolis and Broadneck at 5-1 each.

Right behind at 4-2 are Glen Burnie and Northeast. Each plays host to Broadneck and Annapolis, respectively, this week.

The key game on Oct. 26 is Old Mill at Meade. Old Mill visits Annapolis the next week.

It may be too early to pick the crucial games in Week 10 on Nov. 9. There is, of course, no county championship football game, with the state playoffs set to begin the weekend of Nov. 16.

When this week began, Meade, Broadneck and Old Mill were 1-2-3 in the 4A East while Annapolis and Northeast were 2-3 in the 3A East.

Sideliners

Glen Burnie quarterback Keith Williams scored four second-half touchdowns to lead the Gophers (4-2) to a 35-28 victory over Southern (2-3) on Friday, leaving Williams with 14 touchdowns, three short of the school-record 17 by running back Rodney Spencer in 1983. ... All-Metro pitcher turned quarterback Jason Lively completed 15 of 27 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns as Arundel got its first win for Wildcat grad and coach Chuck Markiewicz, 35-20, at Chesapeake (3-3) on Friday. ... Broadneck midfielder Steve Panos, who had 30 goals and 14 assists last season, has verbally committed to Notre Dame for a lacrosse scholarship. A member of the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students, Panos is "as good a person as he is in the classroom and on the athletic field," according to Bruins coach Clay White. ... Severn's boys soccer team knocked off Pallotti, 6-0, on Thursday to run its record to 8-4. With senior Matt Allen leading the way, coach Ian Carr likes his Admirals' chances in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference playoffs.

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