Spalding's Gay expected to join All-American team

SIDELINES

High Schools

February 01, 2004|By PAT O'MALLEY

Rudy Gay of Archbishop Spalding is expected to be named a McDonald's All-American and he also will play in the prestigious Hoop Summit to be held at the NCAA men's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

Gay, a 6-foot-9 forward headed to the University of Connecticut, received the official letter from the Hoop Summit last week and is awaiting the likely good news from McDonald's.

"This is the second year of the Hoop Summit at the Final Four," Spalding coach Mike Glick said Friday night after Gay led the No. 3-ranked Cavaliers (18-3) to a 75-71 win at No. 6 St. Frances.

"I believe it's going to be played the Friday before the NCAA semifinals. It's the top 12 United States high school players against the top 12 European 20-and-under players. It should be a great experience and opportunity of a lifetime for Rudy. I think he will represent Baltimore very well."

Gay lit up St. Frances (15-5) for 33 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked four shots Friday, nearly matching his 35-point, 12-rebound and 10-block effort in a 79-67 win over St. Frances on Jan. 4.

Glick said the expected confirmation of Gay's selection to the McDonald's All-American team is forthcoming.

"We expect to get the good news on that in a month or so," he said. "He deserves everything he gets and I think his teammates have helped him a lot being unselfish and letting him share a lot of the limelight."

Gay, who was The Sun's Male Athlete of the Week, will appear on today's Sun high school sports TV show, Replay, at 11:30 a.m. on WMAR, Channel 2.

Gay and the Cavaliers visit No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons (20-4) at 3:30 today in a key Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

Gymnastics looking up

It's likely there will be a gymnastics season this spring after all. Only Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties have high school gymnastics, but the former's program was in jeopardy with only five of the six required schools ready to compete.

Broadneck, the sixth team, had a coaching vacancy. Four applicants have emerged at the last minute to give Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek hopes of hiring a coach.

Anne Arundel County requires at least six schools for each of its sports and had only five - Annapolis, Arundel, Chesapeake, Old Mill and Severna Park - with coaches. The Broadneck vacancy had to be filled by tomorrow.

"I expect the deadline to be pushed back so I can interview the applicants," said Kazmarek yesterday. "I hope to have a coach by the end of this week and the program will go on."

Friendly rivals

The surging Arundel boys basketball team will play host to No. 8 Glen Burnie (12-2) Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. in a matchup of two coaches who are the best of friends.

"I know Coach [Sam] Golder will have the 'Cats fired up and ready for us," said Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd of his Arundel counterpart.

"Arundel is sky high after their win over Annapolis. We're good friends, but once they throw the ball up on Tuesday, it's on. It's always fun going up against a friend's team. We'll see what happens."

On Friday, Arundel (9-5) won its seventh in the past eight games by 58-47 over Annapolis (8-6), ending the Panthers' six-game winning streak. Corey Henderson led the Wildcats with 23 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

"We're getting real good defensive play from several guys, letting up only about 49 points a game," said Golder. "It was a very gratifying win because of the Annapolis history and tradition. And I'm an alumnus, so it's a big win for me on a personal level, too."

It was the first time Arundel beat Annapolis in the five years Golder has been coach.

Meanwhile, Glen Burnie routed Chesapeake, 82-38. Mitch Guest led the Gophers with 19 points, eight rebounds and a season-high 10 assists in about three periods of action.

"It was probably our best all-around offensive and defensive game of the season," said Rudd.

Sideliners

If Annapolis wins at home on Tuesday over North County (3-11), it would be coach John Brady's 566th career win and tie him for second place on the state's all-time public school boys coaches list. ... Severna Park's Keith Miller is in a zone for the Falcons (8-6). Miller, who had seven three-pointers in a 63-58 upset of Old Mill (11-3) last week, had eight threes and 27 points in a 59-39 rout of Southern-AA (1-13) on Friday. ... The 13th Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet has been rescheduled for Feb. 16 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. For information, call Bill Wentworth at 410-987-4732.

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