With No. 520, Annapolis' Brady is winningest coach in county

SIDELINES

January 13, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Annapolis boys basketball coach John Brady, who has had the highest career winning percentage in Anne Arundel County for quite some time, now has the most victories in county history.

Brady's No. 4-ranked Panthers (11-0) gave him career victory No. 520 Friday, a 73-54 win over Broadneck (2-10), the team's 47th consecutive victory over a county team.

Southern-Harwood (6-6) lost at home, 61-57, to No. 13 Meade (9-3) and Brady passed Southern's Tom Albright, who was the first to win 400 and 500 and had the most career wins for quite some time. The two coaches were tied with 519 wins going into Friday's action.

Brady stands at 520-92 (.850) in 25 seasons, while Albright, a member of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame, is 519-324 (.616) in his 37th season.

"I doubt if I will coach long enough to finish with the most career wins, but I think my winning percentage is safe, and I thank the so many great kids I've had at Annapolis, " said Brady, who also coaches the Annapolis girls team.

Muhammad to Meade

Hassan Muhammad II, an All-Metro defensive back as a junior at Cardinal Gibbons last fall, is transferring to Meade High next week. Meade will be the third high school that Muhammad has attended in four years.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound player had seven interceptions and 68 solo tackles while running for 1,399 yards and 20 touchdowns. He reached the end zone on three other occasions on pass receptions. Now he has decided to finish at the school in the district where he attended middle school and grew up.

Living in Hanover of the Meade district, Muhammad illegally attended Oakland Mills his freshman year. The residency violation resulted in the Scorpions' forfeiting games and being knocked out of the playoffs.

After finishing his freshman year, Muhammad transferred to Cardinal Gibbons, where he has played the past two seasons. Muhammad set a school single-season record for yards rushing (1,773) and scored 28 touchdowns his sophomore year.

Sideliners

The No. 3 Archbishop Spalding boys basketball team (15-3, 4-1) will play host to No. 10 Mount St. Joseph (10-5, 2-3) at 3:30 p.m. today in a Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game. Since losing in overtime to McDonogh, 57-43, the Cavaliers have reeled off three straight league victories. ... With Annapolis (11-0, 6-0) on the way to another county championship game, a key game in the battle for the other berth is set for Tuesday, as No. 20 Glen Burnie (8-4, 5-1) visits No. 13 Meade (9-3, 4-2). North County (8-4, 5-1) is the fourth team in the mix right now. ... Despite fouling out for the first time in his two-year varsity career, Annapolis junior Laronja Owens scored 22 points in the Panthers' 19-point victory Friday over Broadneck. Owens had never had more than four fouls in a game until Friday. Broadneck's Anthony Hawkins had a game-high 25 points before he fouled out in Cape St. Claire. ... South River girls team captain Jess Olsen is ranked 27th in her senior class with a 3.8 grade-point average and 1,200 on the SAT. ... Annapolis guard Rishelle Charles, who is averaging 10.3 points for the 8-3 Panthers and had a game-high 12 points in Friday's 39-34 upset at Broadneck (7-5), will join her older brother Marvin Charles at Howard University in the fall. Rishelle is an outstanding softball player and will play at Howard, which is fielding its first softball team this spring. ... Mike Ballard, coach of the fourth-ranked Annapolis boys indoor track team, says his Panthers "need to get more out of our 1,600-meter relay team" to make a serious run for the region and state titles. ... No. 19 Chesapeake's 58-54 upset of No. 12 Arundel left the winners tied for first with No. 14 South River and Severna Park in the county girls race at 5-1 each. ... Gavin Casey, former Bowie coach, has been named girls soccer coach at North County, replacing Cara Joyce.

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