3 teams still in basketball chase

Arundel, Southern girls, Old Mill boys cling to hopes, reaching states



Two Anne Arundel County girls basketball teams and only one boys team are still standing after last week's regional playoffs.

No. 6 Arundel (21-4) and No. 15 Southern (17-8) advanced to the girls state tournament at UMBC by winning the Class 4A East and 2A East regional titles, respectively, on Friday night.

The No. 7 Old Mill boys (24-2) set a school single-season record for wins by repeating as Class 4A East regional champions on Saturday night and advancing to the states at the Comcast Center.

Arundel's girls avenged last year's 45-43 regional-final loss to South River by blowing out the Seahawks (19-6), 59-40, in this year's final. The Wildcats will play the Gaithersburg Trojans (24-1) at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

"It feels good to be going to the states," said senior guard Aanika Dobbins, who was at Meade when the Wildcats last went to UMBC in 2004 and won it all for the third time under coach Lee Rogers. "It's a great opportunity with a great team. So, I'm very proud and happy. Before we moved into the Arundel district, I had played with some of the girls in rec league and AAU. I felt really welcome as soon as I came to the team."

Middletown of Frederick County, a 61-38 winner over then-No. 14 Winters Mill (19-5) in the 2A West final, will play Southern at 5 p.m. Friday in the 2A state semifinals. The Bulldogs of coach Linda Kilpatrick defeated Parkside on the Eastern Shore, 69-63, to win the 2A East.

Senior Sarah Ziegler scored nine of her game-high 20 points down the stretch and had 14 rebounds to rally Southern. It gave the Bulldogs their first regional title since 1998.

On the boys side, Old Mill prevailed over then-No. 13 North County (18-8), 67-57, for the Patriots' third win in four games over the Knights this season to return to College Park.

The Patriots knocked off the Knights in both the county and regional finals and will play Walt Whitman (22-3) of Montgomery County, ranked 12th in The Washington Post, at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

Whitman defeated Magruder, 32-28, to win the West regional final.

The Old Mill-Whitman winner advances to Saturday's 8 p.m. final against the winner of tomorrow's Southwestern-Eleanor Roosevelt game.

Annapolis (19-6), the only other boys team to play in a regional final, lost at No. 9 Long Reach, 39-35.

Herrick on diamond

Jeff Herrick, Broadneck's highly successful football coach, will try his hand at baseball. Herrick took the reins of the Bruins' baseball team at the end of last week after third-year coach Gary Gubbings resigned two days into spring practice.

Herrick has never coached baseball in high school, but was an outstanding baseball player at Arundel High, Anne Arundel Community College and Towson State.

His younger brother, Neal Herrick, was also an outstanding player at Arundel, leading the Wildcats to a state title. He later played in the Orioles' minor league system as an outfielder.

Charm City Challenge

Six Anne Arundel County boys basketball players have been chosen for the two Charm City Challenge games to be played on April 2 at the Towson Center.

In the preliminary game at 3 p.m., point guard Andrew Engel of Old Mill and teammate Rodney Stokes, a forward, will be joined by Archbishop Spalding forward Danny Quinn on the Suburban All-Star team that will play the City Stars.

Crofton resident, former St. Mary's head coach and longtime Spalding assistant Josh Pratt, who is the current Towson Catholic coach, will coach the Suburban team.

Forwards Kevin Coates of Annapolis and Johann Jones of Meade and guard Derek Young of Spalding will play for the Baltimore All-Stars vs. the U.S. All-Stars in the main game at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $55 courtside to $10 for students. For information, call 410-605-9381.

Quick hits

Len Thomas, who is the new football coach at Glen Burnie after serving as an assistant to three head coaches over 16 years, was an outstanding athlete at Northeast High. ... Severna Park football coach J.P. Hines has been named Coach of the Year for Maryland in 2005 by the National Federation of High School Football Coaches after leading the No. 7 Falcons (10-2) to the county championship and Class 3A East regional final. ... Joe Zimmerman, former Arundel junior varsity baseball coach, is now an assistant to Steve Miller at Archbishop Spalding. ... Umpire Charlie Morse, who has been ill for some time, was honored recently for his longtime service to the county by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches.


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