Bowie setback upsets 4A pairings

Broadneck will play Gaithersburg in football


High Schools

November 13, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Some local football coaches and fans believe that Bowie intentionally lost last Saturday's Prince George's County game to Crossland to get a more advantageous seeding in the Class 4A state tournament.

Crossland's 21-17 victory affected local teams No. 6-ranked Broadneck (9-1) and No. 13 Patterson (9-1). They expected to play each other before the upset.

Had Bowie (8-2), which already had clinched its first playoff berth since 1987, defeated the Cavaliers (4-6), the Bulldogs would have been the fifth seed and would be playing at No. 4 seed Gaithersburg, the defending state champion from Montgomery County.

By losing, the Bulldogs fell to sixth seed and travel to Morgan State to play third-seeded Patterson. In the process, Broadneck went from sixth seed to fifth and the Bruins will instead travel to Gaithersburg.

"We had already exchanged game films with Broadneck expecting to play them before Bowie lost," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn. "It [upset] was quite a surprise to everyone."

Bowie coach Scott Chadwick, who suspended five starters before the game for cutting school Friday, denies the allegations.

Chadwick said he tried to win with substitutes he wanted to give some playing time while not risking injuries to his starters going into the postseason.

Ned Sparks, the executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, said he received several phone calls questioning the result and its ramifications.

"It looks suspicious, but there is nothing concrete to prove it was intentional," said Sparks.

"It's all rumor and innuendo, and we are way past the time to change the lineup. That's not going to happen."

The top half of the tournament bracket, where Broadneck now is, also includes the No. 4-ranked team in the state, Eleanor Roosevelt (10-0), the top seed.

"We lost to Roosevelt in the final minute and, believe me, we don't fear playing anybody," said Chadwick, whose team can only play Roosevelt in the final. If Bowie had been fifth seed, it could have met Roosevelt in the semis.

Chadwick said the suspension of the five players was a "no-brainer" and added that he wanted to keep his other starters healthy.

"We had another two-way starter come down with pneumonia during warm-ups and he couldn't go," said Chadwick, who pulled his starters after they took a 17-6 lead on a field goal on their first offensive series of the second half.

"We play in a very competitive league in Prince George's and don't have a lot of blowouts. As a result, we don't get a chance to play a lot of kids. We gave those kids a chance to play against Crossland and tried to win with them.

"We also didn't want our starters to get hurt. We did everything we could to win except for putting our starters back in."

Volleyball pairings

Severna Park makes its 13th appearance tomorrow night while Broadneck makes its second in a row in the state volleyball semifinals at CCBC-Essex.

Top-ranked Severna Park (19-0) meets No. 6 Liberty (17-0) in a Class 3A semifinal at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The Falcons last made it to the final four in Class 4A in 1999, and have won five state titles.

No. 3 Broadneck (15-3), a 3-0 loser to Dulaney in last year's 4A state final, plays Gaithersburg of Montgomery County tonight at 6. The Bruins had never played in a state championship before last year and hope to redeem themselves by winning it all this week.

The Bruins lost to Gaithersburg in the Walt Whitman Classic this season.

"We know something about Gaithersburg, and that helps," said Bruins coach Romonzo Beans.

Broadneck defeated No. 13 Westminster, 3-1, in last Friday's 4A East region final. Hallie Fuller, who had a school-record 49 assists in the region final, and Erin Farabaugh are the Bruins' top players going into tonight's semis.

First-year Severna Park coach Julie Allen doesn't know a whole lot about the Falcons' Carroll County foe, Liberty.

"We're checking around because we didn't get to see them, but our girls know that at this stage of the season, there are no easy games," said Allen.

If the Lions, led by Becky Trumbo, Laurie Shand and Becky Neubauer, jump out with a lead, they could be playing right into the hands of the Falcons.

"We should be called the Comeback Kids," said the Falcons' three-year all-county hitter, Lauren Klau.

The Falcons' superb serving of Megan Boyd, Marti Hause, Lynn Cippollone and Klau has been their saving grace all season.

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