Severna Park, Broadneck vie for volleyball title

SIDELINES

High Schools

October 26, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

Sixth-ranked Severna Park will be seeking its third straight Anne Arundel County volleyball title and eighth overall in the county final against No. 3 Broadneck at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at North County High.

Severna Park's only county loss came against Broadneck (12-1 overall, 11-0 league), which defeated the Falcons (12-2, 10-1) on the way to going undefeated in the conference. The two-time defending Class 4A state champion Bruins beat Severna Park in the 2000 county final in five games, but they were swept next season for the championship by the Falcons. Severna Park swept Arundel in the final last season.

After their four-game loss to Broadneck earlier this season, the 3A Falcons had hoped for another chance at the 4A Bruins because the two teams will not meet in the state playoffs.

"It was really tough, especially that fourth game," said Severna Park senior setter Rachael Caruso, reflecting on the loss Oct. 30. After the Falcons won the first game, 25-22, the Bruins took the next three for the match, 25-21, 25-15, 29-27.

"I thought we were going to win that fourth game, especially when we came back from 20-24 and ended up almost winning that one. Hopefully we will beat them in the counties."

Julie Allen played for Severna Park against Glen Burnie as a junior in the first county final in 1994, and she led the Falcons to the county title over the Gophers the following year and was Player of the Year. In her third year as Severna Park's coach, Allen knows her team has to pass and hit better.

"We're really looking forward to seeing Broadneck again," Allen said. "I don't feel we played the way we wanted to last time. Not to take anything away from them, they had a great serve/receive. We had a lot of unforced errors and we were timid hitting the ball the last time."

Severna Park needs big games from hitters Lynn Cipollone, Katherine O'Brien, Caitlin Ware, Alicyn Brunnett and Ashlee Allen, not to mention Caruso, who sets the table.

The Bruins will counter with their power hitters, Dana Mullenhard, Christina Greene, Mandy Gerolstein and Allie Woods, and standout sophomore setter Stephanie Carey, who has over 400 assists.

"That's something we hope for [the county title] going toward the end of the season," said Broadneck coach Romonzo Beans, whose girls simply out-hit the Falcons last time.

"Our mental toughness is an attitude. They are focused."

Field hockey upset

The Meade field hockey team pulled off a surprising 2-1 victory over No. 12 Broadneck in the Class 4A East region quarterfinals Thursday. It was surprising, in part, because the Mustangs did it without brothers Josh and Jarrod Davis, who played regular season but are not allowed in the playoffs.

Kelly Benik scored both goals for the Mustangs (8-4) in the first half for coach Carrie Vosburg. Meade goalie Stephanie Dark had seven saves for the Mustangs, who play host to Great Mills of St. Mary's County at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals. The winner will face Patuxent or No. 5 South River (13-1) on Thursday in the regional final.

In the Class 3A East, No. 2 Severna Park (14-1)used an 8-0 victory over Annapolis (5-6) to advance to Tuesday's 3 p.m. semifinals. The Falcons will play host to River Hill (10-4-1), a 1-0 winner over Mount Hebron (8-6-1).

Football

Jeff Herrick became the eighth county football coach to win 100 games (100-54, .649) as No. 2 Broadneck ripped winless North County, 48-8, on Friday night in Ferndale. Brandon Johnson led the 8-0 Bruins with three touchdowns, and Chris Desautels booted 37- and 40-yard field goals.

Broadneck leads the 4A East region and can all but clinch it with a home victory Friday against South River (4-4). The Bruins have virtually clinched at least one of the four region playoff berths, if not the top seed, with Thomas Stone (6-1) of Charles County, No. 3 Old Mill (6-2), Arundel (6-2) and Chesapeake (5-3) fighting for the remaining spots.

A big 35-20 win over Old Mill, with Bill Johnson scoring 88- and 82-yard touchdowns, puts Arundel in position for its first playoff berth since 1995. The Wildcats' Chuck Markiewicz likely will be the next county coach to reach 100 career wins.

Markiewicz is 95-71 (.572) in his 17th season as a head coach and third at his alma mater. Arundel has two more regular-season games, at Glen Burnie (4-4) and at South River (4-4), and could play as many as four games under the postseason format.

"We're very much in it [the playoff picture], but we've got to win our last two, the way I see it," Markiewicz said after the victory over Old Mill.

Chesapeake has never reached the playoffs, but rookie coach Jim Simms has the team close. The Cougars must win at Annapolis (3-5), defeat visiting Northeast (1-7) in the last game, and hope the bonus points, not to mention a possible loss by Arundel or Old Mill, will add up in their favor.

A win over struggling Annapolis would be the first for the Cougars since a 19-6 win over the Panthers in 1982. Chesapeake has lost 18 in a row to Annapolis since 1982.

Archbishop Spalding (6-2 overall, 2-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference) tied the school record for most wins in a season -- six -- with a 35-20 victory over Prospect Hall (5-3, 3-3) on Friday. Mike Rutland ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers, who can set the record on Halloween at home against Lutheran (1-6, 0-4).

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