Quick Hits

Boys Basketball

November 30, 2005

NUMBERS GAME

2 -- Former Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference coaches working elsewhere. Former Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel is at City and former Archbishop Spalding coach Tony Martin is at John Carroll of the B Conference.

3 -- New coaches in the Baltimore Catholic League and MIAA A Conference: Jeff Cheevers (Cardinal Gibbons), Josh Davalli (Loyola) and Josh Pratt (Towson Catholic).

4 -- Consecutive state titles for Dunbar if the Poets win another one this season, equaling a feat they accomplished from 1993-1996. Dunbar has 10 state titles overall.

10 -- Wins needed by John Brady (590-112) of Annapolis to become the first public school coach in state history to win 600 games.

17 -- Consecutive wins by Class 4A state champion Walbrook to end last season.

31 -- School-record number of wins by Mount St. Joseph (31-4) last season.

137 -- Total wins by Randallstown since 2000 (137-19, .878) under 11th-year coach Kim Rivers. Under Rivers, the Rams have won three state titles (1995, 2001, 2005).

1989 -- The last time there was not at state champion (among the four classifications) from the Baltimore metro area.

2005 WINNERS

STATE

Class 4A -- Walbrook

Class 3A -- Randallstown

Class 2A -- Potomac

Class 1A -- Dunbar

LEAGUE

Anne Arundel -- Old Mill

Baltimore Catholic League -- Mount St. Joseph (season) and St. Frances (tournament)

Baltimore City -- Walbrook

Baltimore County -- Randallstown

Carroll -- Winters Mill

Howard -- Centennial

MIAA A Conference --Mount St. Joseph

MIAA B Conference -- Gilman

MIAA C Conference -- Mount Carmel

UCBAC -- Aberdeen

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Dec. 14 -- Randallstown at Woodlawn, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 15 -- Winters Mill at Westminster, 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 -- Douglass at Walbrook, 5.15 p.m.

Dec. 23 -- Mount St. Joseph at Archbishop Spalding, 7 p.m.

Jan. 3 -- Calvert Hall at Towson Catholic, 7 p.m.

Annapolis at Old Mill -- 5.15 p.m.

Jan. 5-6-7 -- Basketball Academy at Morgan State

Jan. 6 -- Towson Catholic at McDonogh, 7 p.m.

Jan. 8 -- Towson Catholic at Mt. St. Joseph, 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 13 -- Mount St. Joseph at McDonogh, 6:15 p.m.; Dunbar at Southwestern, 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 18 -- St. Frances at Mount St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

Jan. 20 -- Towson Catholic at St. Frances, 7 p.m.

Jan. 24 -- Walbrook at Dunbar, 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 27 -- McDonogh at St. Frances, 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 -- McDonogh at Mount St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

Feb.10 -- Mount St. Joseph at Calvert Hall, 7 p.m.

Feb.12 -- St. Frances at Towson Catholic, 3:15 p.m.

THE POLL

1. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 31-4, No. 2

The Gaels are loaded once again, with a quality front row of 6-foot-6 Louis Birdsong, 6-8 Dino Gregory and 6-9 Henry Sims and a bevy of quick, sharp-shooting guards.

2. Towson Catholic

Last season: 26-12, ranked No. 7

Few high school teams have an inside-outside combination like Owls juniors Donte' Greene and Malcolm Delaney. First-year coach Josh Pratt has also inherited a strong supporting cast.

3. St. Frances

Last season: 19-15, No. 11

Sophomore Sean Mosley, a returning All-Metro swing guard, and 6-7 forward Rashawn Alexander lead a deep Panther squad whose only question is chemistry.

4. McDonogh

Last season: 23-6, No. 5

Former assistant coach Donta Evans takes the reins of a potentially powerful Eagles team led by Georgetown-bound Player of the Year DaJuan Summers, Joe Yermal and Brandon Herbert.

5. Walbrook

Last season: 26-2, No. 1

The defending Class 4A state champs re- turn three starters in Baltimore City Player of the Year Rodney Spruill, Marc Davis and Eric Pitts, and a developing group of reserves from last season.

6. Southwestern

Last season: 22-4, No. 6

All-Metro guard Jamal Barney and second-team All-Metro forward Juawan Rheubottom make the Sabers a City contender and threat to Walbrook in Class 4A.

7. Dunbar

Last season: 23-3, No. 3

Graduation hit the defending state 1A champion Poets hard, but senior guard Marcus Taylor is back to lead the never-ending influx of talent at the East Baltimore school.

8. Randallstown

Last season: 26-1, No. 4

Coach Kim Rivers, whose team has moved down to Class 2A after he led the Rams to a third 3A state title, is a master at reloading. He will build round second-team All-Metro guard Johnny Higgins.

9. Annapolis

Last season: 20-7, No. 10

With the return of 6-5 Kevin Coates, Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year, along with high flying, 6-4 Daishawn Anderson, the Panthers could be in for their best season since 2003 (23-2) and add to their record number of 26 appearances in the state tournament.

10. Calvert Hall

Last season: 23-13, No. 13

The rapid development of 6-7, 245-pound junior Braxton Dupree, who orally committed to Maryland, and the rest of the returning cast make the Cardinals a contender in the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

11. Arch. Spalding

Last season: 21-12, No. 14

Guard Derek Young, 6-7 Danny Quinn and 6-4 Dan Palumbo will make the Cavaliers competitive in the Baltimore Catholic League and MIAA A Conference.

12. Douglass

Last season: 19-7, No. 12

The Ducks have three key re- turning starters in seniors Antoine Smithson, Tyrone Flemming and Kendal Alexander, as they chase Randallstown from Class 3A North to 2A North.

13. Old Mill

Last season: 23-4, No. 9

Coming off their first Anne Arundel County championship, second appearance in the state semifinals and a school record for wins, the Patriots were hit by graduation, but point guard Andrew Engel and 6-8 Rodney Stokes return to make another run in Class 4A East.

14. Howard

Last season: 8-15, unranked

Chris Moore, Howard County's Player of the Year at Centennial, transferred transferring to the Lions, bringing his 16 points and 10 rebounds per game with him.

15. Lake Clifton

Last season: 9-14, unranked

Guards Terrence Jones and Brandon Brown and forward Brandon Davis all started as sophomores last season.

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