Two games called off

Northeast boys forfeit

Meade-Chesapeake girls, boys don't play after roof caves in at another school

Basketball

High Schools

February 23, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County was flooded yesterday not only by rain, but also by unexpected happenings. A caved-in roof resulted in a called off girls game, and the Northeast boys forfeited for lack of players.

The forfeit by Northeast to Old Mill is believed to be a county first. The Eagles are down to three players.

A roof that collapsed at Severn River Middle School nearly resulted in the entire schedule of makeup games from Friday being postponed. But only the Meade-at-Chesapeake boys and girls games were called off.

"The police were there as we were about to tip off before our PA announcer told everyone that the games had been called," said Chesapeake girls coach John Spinnenweber. "They said there had been a roof collapse at another school and that all the county games were being called. The other games were apparently played, but it's better to be safe than sorry."

Meanwhile, the opponents for Wednesday's county championship doubleheader at Chesapeake are just about set. Arundel will likely play Severna Park in the 7:15 p.m. girls game, and Annapolis and Southern will play the boys final at 5:15 p.m.

No. 11 Chesapeake (17-3 overall, 12-2 league) is still in contention for a berth in the girls final along with No. 10 Severna Park (17-4, 13-2). No. 5 Arundel (18-3, 14-1) clinched a spot yesterday with 78-47 romp over Broadneck.

Amanda Hernandez led the Wildcats with 26 points, and Danielle Gross had 33 for the losing Bruins. Severna Park routed Southern, 62-23, yesterday.

"If Severna Park wins at South River on Monday [a makeup from last Tuesday], they are in because we lost to them, and I don't see any need for us to make up the Meade game on Tuesday," said Spinnenweber, whose Cougars play host to North County (3-16, 2-13) tomorrow.

The state tournament drawing is today, and yesterday was the last day to count games toward the seedings. Thursday is the last play date. The region playoffs begin Friday.

The No. 5 Annapolis boys (20-1, 15-0) had clinched a berth in the county championship before their 56-38 rout of South River (5-16, 4-11) yesterday. Josh Johnson led Annapolis to its 20th consecutive win with 22 points.

No. 15 Southern (15-6, 12-3) clinched its first berth in the county title game - which began in the 1995-96 season - with a 68-59 win yesterday over visiting Severna Park (10-11, 7-8). The Bulldogs' Adrian Gross had game-high totals of 23 points, 13 rebounds and six steals.

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