Glen Burnie's Rudd happy to assist

SIDELINES

High Schools

December 18, 2003

Mike Rudd, the Glen Burnie boys basketball coach, has been in demand since he led his Gophers to the Class 4A East title last season.

The Sun's All-Metro and Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year, Rudd was invited to speak at numerous clinics last summer, clinics he had never been invited to in the past. And his Gophers received an invitation to the prestigious Morgan Wootten Invitational that was snowed out last week.

Rudd, who is in his eighth season as head coach of his alma mater, has accepted an invitation to coach in the Charm City Challenge in April. He will coach a team of Baltimore-area All-Stars who will play a USA team at the Towson Center.

"I'm honored and very humbled to be asked," said Rudd, who will be joined by his Glen Burnie coaching staff. "The USA All-Stars are expected to have a lot of [Atlantic Coast Conference] recruits."

Glen Burnie pulled off the upset of the season last March by winning the region final, 70-69, at Thomas Johnson in Frederick.

It was the final game for coach Tom Dickman, who was moving on to Hood College after 29 years and a Maryland public school-record 592 career wins at Thomas Johnson.

This season, the No. 9 Gophers are off to a 3-0 start as Rudd closes in on 100 career wins (96-75).

Mitch Guest, who averaged a team-high 22 points en route to All-County and All-Metro honors last season, is off to a rousing start.

Guest scored a career-high 41 points Tuesday at home in a 74-58 rout of Patuxent. It was his second 30-plus scoring game this season.

"Teams are going to get physical with Mitch and try to frustrate him and get in his head," said Rudd. "He has to learn not to take that stuff personal."

Glen Burnie will play at Magruder on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Magruder eliminated the Gophers in last year's state semifinals in overtime, 67-63. The rematch was snowed out at the Wootten Invitational.

Broadneck on top

Finishing atop The Sun's final football poll, Class 4A state runner-up Broadneck (13-1) is believed to be the second county football team to be so honored.

The 1978 AA (now 4A) state champion Annapolis team was 12-0 and ranked No. 1.

By going 3-1 in the state playoffs, Broadneck is now 5-6 overall in six postseason appearances. The Bruins are one win shy of the county record for overall playoff wins held by Annapolis.

The Panthers are 6-13 in their county-record 14 appearances.

Broadneck raised the creditability of Anne Arundel football this season by defeating two out-of-county teams in No. 6 Woodlawn (11-2) of Baltimore County and Charles County's Thomas Stone (9-3). The Bruins then played well before bowing 13-7 to Damascus (12-2) of Montgomery County.

Anne Arundel football teams are 26-60 with three state titles - Arundel (1975), Annapolis (1978) and North County (1994) - since the state tournament began in 1974.

Sideliners

Congrats to journeyman JV football coach Tom Newman, who appears to have recorded a first with his third undefeated season at Old Mill. Newman also coached unbeaten JV teams at Annapolis and South River. ... Allison Garreth, a Council Rock (Pa.) native and New England College graduate, is the new softball coach at Arundel High. Garreth is an English teacher at Arundel. ... Thanks to the Arundel boosters, the Wildcats' softball field will have an outfield fence for the 2004 season. ... South River lacrosse goalie Jen Heup has signed with Ohio University. ... Glen Burnie's Joe Diserio, a first baseman/left-handed pitcher at Cardinal Gibbons, signed with Mount St. Mary's.

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