Fast start has Bruins on pace for record

Gross, Hicks, Hunt lead the surge

Notebook

January 10, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

With its 64-51 victory at Arundel last Friday, the No. 6 Broadneck boys basketball team pushed its record to 11-0, the third-fastest start in school history. And the Bruins, 5-0 in county league play, can tie the school-record 13-0 start by their 1988-89 team this week.

Broadneck hosted Chesapeake (0-10) last night and visits Southern (1-9) on Friday. Barring a major upset, the Bruins could set a school record at 14-0 in their showdown at No. 7 Glen Burnie (9-1, 6-0) on Tuesday.

Clyde Gross, JJ Hicks and Kevin Hunt lead the Bruins. Gross leads in scoring (18 points per game) and assists (4.6), while Hicks is second in scoring (15.3), rebounds (6.9) and assists (2.7).

Hunt leads in rebounds (11.9) and is averaging 12.6 points and 2.4 assists.

The school record for an overall winning streak is 15, held by the 1996-97 team that finished 21-5. It was the last big season under 19-year coach Ken Kazmarek, who retired after the 2002-03 season with a 285-167 record at the school and a 296-179 (.623) overall career mark, including his 11-12 season at Arundel in 1983-84.

Johnny Williams, a Kazmarek protege who was an All-County guard in 1990-91, succeeded Kazmarek as coach in the 2003-04 season. Kazmarek is the Bruins' athletic director.

"Johnny has returned basketball to a high level at Broadneck," said Kazmarek, who led the Bruins to the Wes Unseld tournament title in 1994, the last time Broadneck won the event before Williams' team this season.

"Johnny was a main cog in that engine when we were pretty good in the late 80s and early 90s," Kazmarek said.

Kazmarek's 1988-89 team won its first 13 on the way to a 22-2 campaign. The Bruins' streak ended that season on Jan. 27, 1989 at Annapolis with a 56-50 loss, and they would not lose again until the Class 4A East final at home to Annapolis, 81-54.

Mark for Kilpatrick

Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick became the county's all-time leader in girls basketball wins at 416 with a 45-44 victory at Annapolis Friday. She passed Pat Chance, who won 415 at Old Mill and Glen Burnie.

Kilpatrick (416-281), in her 30th season, has won five state titles, the last in 1985, tying Brooklyn Park's Art St. Martin for the most state titles among county coaches. Chance (415-150), who retired in 1997, won four state titles in 25 years.

Quick hits

Glen Burnie boys basketball coach Mike Rudd said after his team's 78-76 triple-overtime win at Severna Park last Wednesday that "we couldn't practice the next day because we were so dead-legged and we knew we had to have solid play off the bench on Friday against Old Mill." The Gophers got it, routing the Patriots, 74-48, to end a three-game losing streak to their rival. One of the standouts off the bench was sophomore Tyler Rudd, the coach's son, who led the team with 13 points.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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