One boys title, but many contenders

SIDELINES

High School

January 03, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Things are shaping up for a very competitive race in Anne Arundel County boys basketball.

Fourth-ranked Annapolis (8-0) and No. 13 Meade (7-2) remain the top two contenders, but Glen Burnie (5-4) and No. 20 Southern of Harwood (5-4) are stepping up.

The top two teams will play for the county title.

Defending county champion Annapolis and Meade both won their respective holiday tournaments, the Fred Stauffer Cap City Classic and Meade Christmas Tournament. The two perennial powers meet at 7:15 p. m. Tuesday at Meade.

Southern and Glen Burnie are not surprises in terms of being contenders, but had slow starts.

Glen Burnie finally has everybody healthy, at least going into yesterday's game with Broadneck, which it won, 57-49. Southern, the county's smallest public school and only Class 2A team, has played a really tough schedule.

The Gophers were the preseason team to beat in the eyes of many county coaches, mainly because of the returning trio of Keith Williams, Shon Osborne and Ray Cromwell.

Injuries however, kept coach Mike Rudd from putting the talented threesome on the floor at the same time until the past two games, including a 79-75 loss to Meade in the final of the latter's holiday tourney.

The Gophers did have another injury, but this time it was the coach.

"I fell flat on my face in the laundry room, busted my mouth and had to get 20 stitches, " said Rudd. "It's been that kind of year, but I hope this is the end of it."

Southern suffered tough losses: 72-79 to Laurinburg (N.C.), then ranked 19th nationally; 75-71 to Annapolis; and, 85-82 to Calvert of Calvert County.

The Dawgs opened the Unseld tournament by upsetting No.13 Northwestern (4-4) of Baltimore, 65-55, then dropped a 70-64 decision to eventual Unseld champion and No. 10 Randallstown (8-0). Southern closed by beating Urbana, 69-61, in overtime for third place.

North County (6-3) and Severna Park (5-4) also hope to be in the mix.

Sideliners

Southern coach Tom Albright started this week clinging to the county's most career wins for boys basketball at 517, with Annapolis coach John Brady breathing down his neck with 516. ... Josh Johnson, a 6-foot-6 junior at Annapolis, had 27 points and a county-high 22 rebounds in the Panthers' 77-61 win over Loyola in the Cap City final. ... As expected, assistant Kevin Schiavone was elevated to head baseball coach at Annapolis to succeed the retired Larry Brogden. ... Midfielder J.P. McDermott committed to Division III Dickinson (Pa.) College, becoming the fifth Severn School male to play college lacrosse. ... Severn coach Jamie McNealey also announced that former Penn State and Princeton assistant, Rick Young, will be the Admirals' defensive coach. ... Steve Stielper, 1976 Andover grad who still holds the county season record for scoring at 33.04 (892 points in 27 games) and starred at James Madison University and in Europe, graduated recently from JMU. Inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the 6-7 Stielper is now eligible for the JMU Hall of Fame by graduating. It's likely the Dukes will so honor him for his college career.

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