Bruins coach back in final



Broadneck's last trip to a state final in boys soccer came in 1990 at Old Mill High in Millersville, and the Bruins dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime to a powerful Bowie team that finished 16-0-0 and was ranked No. 1 in the Washington area.

The Bulldogs' Byron Pena scored four and a half minutes into overtime by firing a hard shot into the right corner from 35 yards out, just inches past diving Bruins goalie Sean Tettemer.

Tettemer is now in his fourth year as head coach of his alma mater and will lead the Bruins back to the Class 4A state final for the first time in 15 years at 7:30 tomorrow night at UMBC.

The Bruins' foe will be defending state champion Sherwood (13-3-1) of Montgomery County, which defeated Old Mill, 2-0, at UMBC in last year's final.

Broadneck, which was 5-9-1 in 2004, before setting a school record for wins (15-2-1) this fall, advanced with a 2-1 overtime victory over Magruder while Sherwood nipped Bladensburg, 1-0, on Friday. Both state semifinals will be at Winston Churchill in Montgomery County.

On his last trip to the Class 4A final 15 years ago, Tettemer, who was named the All-Anne Arundel County goalkeeper, was sensational against a Bowie barrage of shots. Bowie outshot Broadneck 33-4 that night with Tettemer making 12 saves, most of them via diving and leaping hand swats.

"I thought [Tettemer] was going to make another incredible save, but it sailed just over his diving hand," Pena said at the time.

Tettemer's coach was Kevin McMullen, who left Brooklyn Park to open Broadneck in 1982. McMullen also led the Bruins to regional titles in 1984 and 1986.

Tettemer has modeled himself after his former coach, stressing defense and outstanding goalie play.

"Kevin used to always say that you can't lose a shutout," said Tettemer, who posted eight shutouts his senior year. His goalie, Evan Young, has seven shutouts this season.

"No question Kevin had a major influence on the things I do tactically. But this year's team has worked toward being outstanding defensively. And Evan kind of mirrors what happened to me. He too came into the season as an average keeper and developed into one who can take his team to a higher level defensively."

4 in football playoffs

Anne Arundel County has four teams, three in Class 4A, in the state football playoffs this weekend. No. 8 Severna Park (9-1), the only Class 3A team and the undefeated (9-0) county champs, are in the postseason a school-record third straight year and will host North Harford (8-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

It will be the first home playoff game for the top-seeded Falcons since 1999, coach J.P. Hines' second season, when they went 10-2 overall advancing to the state semifinals.

Paul Gillette's 28-yard field goal with five seconds left lifted the Falcons over Watkins Mill, 15-14, that night in 1999, but they lost the next week by 13-0 to Gaithersburg.

The Falcons are just 2-8 in their playoff history and if they win will host the winner between River Hill (9-1) and Long Reach (9-1) next week for the Class 3A East regional title.

No. 13 Old Mill (8-2) took the top seed in the Class 4A East and will host North County (6-4) at 5:15 Friday evening. North County is in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, while the Patriots won their first postseason game in seven tries last season.

The other Class 4A East game matches Arundel (8-2) and Charles County's Thomas Stone (7-3), at 1 p.m. Saturday in Gambrills. The host Wildcats, who won the county's first of three state titles in 1975, are making their 10th appearance in the postseason and last won a playoff game in 1983.

Quick hits

No. 2 Broadneck, a 3-2 winner at No. 8 South River (14-4) in the Class 4A East regional final on Friday, was the only county volleyball team to make the state tournament. It was the sixth straight regional title by the Bruins (15-3). ... Severna Park's outstanding hitter, Ashlee Allen, signed with Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W. Va., to continue her volleyball career. ... Severn's Kevin Etter has signed for a lacrosse scholarship to Penn State, joining his brother, Sean Etter, who is a Nittany Lions senior. ... Marianne Schulz has gone from interim to permanent athletic director at Northeast and is only the second female athletic director in county history.

Numbers game

5 -- The uniform number of former Severna Park third baseman Chris Crum, who became the first baseball player at the school to have his number retired. Crum, a two-time All-Metro player who is now at Virginia Tech, and the rest of the 2005 state champion Falcons were honored at halftime of Friday's football game against Broadneck.

6 -- State titles in boys soccer won by Anne Arundel County teams since the tournament began in 1971. Severna Park is the only county team to win two, winning in 1983 and 2001. The other teams to win a title are: Arundel and South River (1987), Andover (1989) and Chesapeake (1998).

11 -- Times that Old Mill's Ryan Callahan has rushed for 200 yards or more in a game in his career, a county record. He ran for 207 yards on 11 carries in Friday's 49-15 rout of Glen Burnie.

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