County meet next stop for track squads

SIDELINES

January 10, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The county's highest-ranked boys and girls indoor track teams -- the No. 4 Annapolis boys, No. 5 Broadneck girls and No. 7 Annapolis girls -- will compete in today's county meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover.

The Annapolis boys team is coming off a second-place finish in last Friday's Anne Arundel/Howard Challenge at the Prince George's complex. The Panthers totaled 73.5 points to finish behind Howard County's perennial power, third-ranked Oakland Mills, which won with 87 points.

Mike Brown was a double winner for Annapolis in that meet, taking the 55-meter dash in 6.4 seconds and the 55-meter hurdles in 7.5. In addition, Brown anchored the Panthers' 800-meter relay team that finished second to Oakland Mills.

Ninth-ranked Old Mill, which was fifth in the challenge, also will participate in today's meet.

The Broadneck girls placed in six of 13 events in the AA/Howard Challenge, including winning the 800-meter relay, to finish third behind No. 2 Glenelg and No. 3 Long Reach. The Annapolis girls were fourth in the Challenge, 11 points behind Broadneck (45 points).

Meade in a runaway

Meade ran away from the competition in Monday's Anne Arundel/Baltimore County boys meet at Prince George's with 80 points. Dulaney was a distance second (48 points) in the 12-team event.

The Mustangs had double winners in John Young and Rivers Johnson. Young took the 300-meter dash and the 500, while Johnson took the 55 dash and tied Chris Bell of Southern-Harwood for first in the 55 hurdles.

Meade, which also is competing in today's county meet, was third in the girls division of Monday's meet, with Baltimore County's Milford Mill and Towson finishing one-two. Sarah Cheeks (shot put) and Brittany Griffin (55 hurdles) won for Meade.

Working swiftly

In the Josh Johnson Show Tuesday at Meade, No. 4 Annapolis (10-0) rolled to an 89-68 boys basketball victory over the No. 13 Mustangs (8-3) in the amazing time of 1 hour and 3 minutes. The time of the game was topped only by the run-and-gun pace kept up by the two teams, each of which shot 49 percent from the floor.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5 junior, dominated the post in the final period, with 19 of his 31 points coming on passes down low from Laronja Owens, Elliott DeVoe, Freddie Allen and Darius Johnson.

In his huge fourth period, Johnson went 8-for-12 from the paint. He put back four misses in succession for the Panthers' last eight points.

"I was really pleased with the way we adjusted to game situations the entire night," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who remained tied with Southern's Tom Albright for most county career wins at 519.

Southern (6-5) was a 70-56 victor over South River (6-4) Tuesday.

Johnson was double-teamed in the third period and did not score, but when the perimeter players were unable to get it into the post, they began hitting shots, too. Devoe scored nine of his 14 points in the third and Owens eight of his 16.

Meade took the double-team off in the fourth and Johnson had a field day, as the outside players changed from scorers to feeders.

Sideliners

The No. 20 Glen Burnie boys basketball team brought Severna Park (6-5) back to earth with a 71-49 romp on the latter's court Tuesday. The Falcons were coming off a 76-63 victory at then-No. 20 Southern. Sophomore guard Mitch Guest, who has emerged as one of the county's quickest scoring guards, led the Gophers (7-4) with 15 points. ... Improving Severn (5-7) came up with a big MIAA B Conference win, 71-65, at Archbishop Curley. Evan Crowther-Washburn led the Admirals with 13 points while Jason Werner and Todd MacMullan chipped in a dozen each. Coach Tank Duckett attributes the team's improvement to the senior leadership of co-captain MacMullan. He "sets a great example for the younger players with his work ethic," the coach said. ... Phoebe Kelly, who has been the only tennis coach Broadneck has had since opening in 1981, has retired. Kelly, also the Bruins' only field hockey and an assistant athletic director, will be succeeded by assistant coach Jerry Jellig. ... Glen Burnie athletic director Bruce Sider's emphasis on academics led to an overall 3.03 grade-point-average by Gopher fall varsity and JV student-athletes. The varsity athletes had a cumulative 3.10 GPA, including the football team at 3.16. The field hockey team was tops at 3.64.

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