Bruins, Seahawks face off for title

Volleyball rematch for county crown set

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November 01, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Defending champion Broadneck and South River are back for tomorrow night's Anne Arundel County volleyball championship at 6 p.m. at Old Mill.

The No. 6 Broadneck Bruins (11-1 overall, 11-0 county) defeated the South River Seahawks in three games in last year's final to win their third county title. Broadneck, which also won titles in 2000 and 2003, will be appearing in its seventh final in eight years.

No. 15 South River (10-3, 10-1), which lost to Broadneck 3-0 in the regular season, will be playing in its third final. The Hawks lost to Severna Park in the 1998 championship game.

Broadneck is led by hitters Ali Malesick, senior Rebecca Niazi and freshman Kourtney Salvarola and senior setter Tracie Bell. Malesick, a junior, will graduate this spring.

Despite having only four seniors, the Bruins have managed to continue their run of dominance in the county.

"They're playing with a lot of composure for being so young," Broadneck coach Romonzo Beans said. "We have a couple girls with experience, but for the freshmen and sophomores who haven't had this intense level of play, they feel like they have a lot of support around them."

Coach Maureen Carter's Seahawks lost nine seniors from last year's 14-4 team, but have reloaded with a trio of key seniors in hitters Tyler Phillips and Dana Marchitelli and setter Bekah Litz.

High praise

Severna Park boys soccer coach Bob Thomas was so impressed with Arundel after it knocked off his Falcons, 4-1, in the Anne Arundel County championship game last Wednesday that he said, "Arundel is quick and should go far into the 4A state championship playoffs."

Since the state soccer tournament began in 1971, Anne Arundel County teams have won six titles. Coach Nick Jauschnegg, in his 29th season, led the Wildcats to a state crown in 1987. Severna Park is the last county team to win the states, in 2001.

Performing in clutch

When Archbishop Spalding was trailing St. Mary's by six points in the final seconds last Friday, Cavaliers coach Mike Whittles didn't panic. He and his team were in a similar position at the beginning of the season.

"I told the kids at halftime, `I'm kind of glad we're [in this situation] because we were like this against Dunbar [D.C.] and we needed a score with 13 seconds to play," he said.

In that game, Kevin Moran threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Pat Mangum to lift Spalding to a 47-40 upset of the Crimson Tide.

Against St. Mary's, Moran tossed a jump ball to Mike Brandenburg from the 11-yard line with eight seconds left for the game-tying score. Nate Myers then kicked the game-winning extra point for a 7-6 victory.

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