Chuck Miller, Severn's sixth-year girls basketball coach, will be happy to notch his 100th career win, and it could happen Friday at home vs. Catholic High (0-8).
But the coach is equally happy with his Admirals' 11-3 start, including 5-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference. Severn is a half-game behind Pallotti (11-3, 5-0), which was a 59-41 winner at Severn last month.
Severn visits Pallotti on Feb. 1.
Miller (99-37, .728) moved within a game of 100 with a 54-39 romp on the road at John Carroll (4-9, 1-5) on Friday night.
Senior Lindsay Hall scored a game-high 22 points as the Admirals capped a 3-0 week.
"We thought this would be a rebuilding year, but we're pretty happy with the way the girls have come along," Miller said.
Severn lost the school's all-time leading scorer in Sarah Meisenberg and versatile Kim Warpinski to graduation. The duo had led the Admirals to back-to-back IAAM B Conference titles.
Meisenberg's younger sister, Faith, and Hall give the Admirals senior leadership, and Jessica Wilson, a junior, is also guiding the younger players.
Sophomore Taylor Wieczorek and freshmen Katie Dickerson and Leanne Hug have been starting or seeing significant playing time.
Balanced scoring has been an integral part of Severn's success and enabled the Admirals to roll over Annapolis Area Christian School, 53-31, and North County, 68-43, last week.
"The younger girls have blended well and we're looking forward to playing Pallotti again," Miller said.
Kilpatrick nears 400
Southern girls basketball coach Linda Kilpatrick was two wins away from 400 for her career going into last night's home game against North County (3-10).
Kilpatrick is 398-279 (.588) in her 29th season in Harwood after Friday's 46-43 win over Broadneck (3-9).
Southern visits No. 6 Arundel (9-3) on Friday, then won't play again until Jan. 27, the end of exam week, at home vs. Severna Park (6-7).
The 15th Friends of Joe Cannon Baseball Scholar banquet will be held on June 4 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
Columnist Peter Schmuck of The Sun will be the guest speaker at the event, which honors the top baseball scholars from each of the county's 16 baseball-playing schools.
About $6,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the top three scholars. For information and tickets, call Frank Svoboda at 410-761-0642.
Broadneck High will start putting down artificial turf on its Lawrence Knight Stadium Field on Jan. 27 and hopes to have it ready by the spring season. ... A new scoreboard clock will be installed at Meade at the end of the month after a girls basketball game was postponed because of a malfunction of the 30-year-old clock. ... Off to the worst start (10-10 through last Friday) in coach Mike Glick's seven years, Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball team has never lost more than 15 games under Glick. The Cavaliers were 16-15 in 2000-01 and went 21-12 last season. Glick has 285 career wins in 13 seasons, including six years at Pallotti. ... With its 50-32 upset of then-No. 13 Glen Burnie (9-4) on Friday, led by Teon Kennedy's 10 points, North County improved to 6-5 and was one victory away from matching last season's win total (7-17). ... Severna Park was 7-5 going into last night, a big improvement from last year's 4-19 campaign.
GAME TO WATCH
No. 4 Broadneck and South River at No. 9 Severna Park
Wrestling, Friday, 5:15 p.m.
This figures to be an exciting tri-match, and the 171-pound bout between Severna Park's Lewis Spadaro and Broadneck's Jeremy Nork could be the night's highlight.