Test prep by day, tourney by night

Annual event at Morgan State blends education with basketball for players from city, Washington


January 10, 2007|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun reporters

Basketball, education and cultural experience come together beginning tomorrow at the 11th annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State's Hill Field House.

The tournament invites girls and boys basketball teams from the Baltimore and Washington areas to spend their days taking classes in SAT preparation, college admission process, personal finance and health, and touring the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Their evenings feature competitive basketball between mostly nontraditional rivals.

This year's tournament includes five top 10 boys teams --No. 2 Randallstown, No. 3 St. Frances, No. 5 Walbrook, No. 7 Glen Burnie and No. 8 Lake Clifton, while the girls field includes three ranked teams -- No. 7 New Town, No. 8 Western and No. 13 Southside.

The big games among the boys begin tomorrow night, when four-time defending Class 2A state champion Randallstown, led by second-team All-Metro power forward Darrell Bryant, takes on St. Frances, led by two-time All-Metro swingman Sean Mosley.

On Friday night, Mosley leads his Panthers against Lake Clifton, led by the guard trio of sophomore Jason Sharp, junior Antwoine Allen and senior Terrence Jones. On Saturday night, Randallstown meets Walbrook, Baltimore City's two-time defending champion.

The girls begin tomorrow with a clash of 2006 state runners-up, as Class 1A's Southside and All-Metro forward-guard Sheree Ledbetter meet Class 2A's Milford Mill and guard Devonne Richardson at 2 p.m. In a Friday 3:30 p.m. rematch of last season's state Class 1A state semifinal, Southside will meet New Town, which is led by point guard Tyra Breaux, forward Lindsey Wallace and All-Metro second-team guard Peju Awodipe, who has just returned after rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

`Madness' on the mat

Unbeaten freshman Nick Schenk (103 pounds) and Maryland Interscholatic Athletic Association champion Josh Fitch (112) lead No. 1 McDonogh into this weekend's fourth annual Mount Mat Madness Invitational wrestling tournament at Goucher College.

The two-day, double-elimination event features 27 teams from Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. Local teams include No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, No. 3 Archbishop Curley, No. 4 Old Mill (a 10-time 4A-3A state champion), No. 5 Hammond (a five-time Class 2A-1A state champion), defending 2A-1A tournament champion Harford Tech and defending 4A-3A duals and tournament champ La Plata of Charles County.

The event features three-time state champions Eren Civan (160) of Montgomery County's Walt Whitman (160) and Vince Taweel (140) of Hammond; two-time independent schools champ Jake Bohn (189) of Mount St. Joseph (189); independent schools champ Mitch Fenton (130) of Archbishop Curley; 2A-1A champ Devon Gillett (119) of Hammond; and 4A-3A champ Greg Saumenig (125) of Old Mill.

Schenk, Westmont-Hilltop's Trevor Kushner and Robinson's Roman Perryman are ranked No. 1 in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, respectively. At 119, Gillett, Walt Whitman's 4A-3A state champ Will Sharbaugh, Archbishop Curley's Tyler Scarinzi, La Plata's Dane Orzechowski, McDonogh's Eric Filipowicz and Harford Tech's Mark Taylor rate as the top six wrestlers by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Franklin tournament

State champs Josh Asper (160) of Hereford; former private schools champ Maurice Flemming (140) of Northeast-Anne Arundel; and state runners-up Danny Bichner (130) of Glenelg, Tony Mack (145) of Owings Mills and Abe Hunter (152) of Broadneck will be among those featured at this weekend's 16-team Franklin Invitational.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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