Annapolis, Broadneck a game of milestones

Career victory mark, win streak on line

Notebook

January 24, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Either Annapolis or Broadneck can attain a milestone when the Panthers host the Bruins in boys basketball tomorrow.

Coach John Brady, who is expected to return to the Annapolis Panthers bench tomorrow night for the 6:45 game, is seeking his 621st career win, which would tie the metro-area record set by late Cardinal Gibbons coach Ray Mullis.

Brady missed Friday night's game, a 63-56 victory at Severna Park, after his mother died two days before. Assistant coaches Daryl Reid and Nick Good-Malloy ran the team in Brady's absence.

The No. 4 Broadneck Bruins, a 64-60 victor over Annapolis last month, is 15-0 after Friday's 72-71 victory at South River (5-10) tied the school record for most consecutive wins set by the 1996-1997 team. The 15-0 start is already a school record, surpassing the 1988-89 team's 13-0 start.

Bruins coach Johnny Williams was a sophomore on the 1989 team, and his coach was Ken Kazmarek, the school's athletic director who stepped down as coach after the 2002-2003 season and turned the team over to Williams.

Brady, in his 30th season at Annapolis, has a 620-121 (.837) career record and is the winningest coach, boys or girls, in state public school history.

Mullis was 621-346 (.642) in 31 seasons through 1995 at Cardinal Gibbons. Only two Maryland coaches have more wins than Brady and Mullis -- retired DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten (1,274-192, 46 seasons) and Cokey Robertson of St. Maria Goretti at 764-587 (.566). Robertson is in his 39th season of high school coaching, the last 33 at Goretti.

Quick hits

Five Broadneck players scored in double figures in Friday's win over South River. J.J. Hicks led the Bruins with 18 points, as they overcame 19 points by Mustapha Madhi. ... The North County boys (8-7) also had five players in double figures in a 94-47 rout of Northeast (2-12). Demetrio Fleet led the way with 16. ... Meade (6-9) has scored two upsets in boys basketball of late. The Mustangs defeated Annapolis, 70-67, and then knocked off No. 9 Glen Burnie, 73-70, three games later on Friday. Mandell Brown led Meade with 23 points against the Gophers (11-4), who have lost three of their past four. ... Jordan Benson had the boys weekend-high of 28 points to lead Arundel (8-7) to a 72-58 rout of Southern (1-14). ... Junior Brittany Lilley scored the last six points of the game to finish with 17, as Severna Park (7-7) outlasted (8-6) Annapolis, 58-56, in overtime Friday. ... Ashley Wagner had a double double (22 points, 12 assists) in a 70-51 win by South River (9-6) over Broadneck (4-11). ... Archbishop Spalding's Rob Wetzel and James Russell set meet records at Friday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor track championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. Wetzel broke the 3,200-meter run record with a time of 9 minutes, 29 seconds, while Russell had a meet-record time of 1:07 in the 500-meter run.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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