Disappointed Eagles ready to be spoilers

Notebook

January 30, 2008|By Pat O'Malley

Before pulling off Friday night's upset, it had not been a very good season for Annapolis Area Christian School's boys basketball team.

The Eagles, who moved up from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference to the B Conference this season, were in last place at 2-8 and 7-11 overall before facing Severn on Friday.

AACS routed the Admirals, 71-51. The Eagles had lost to Severn, 55-50 on Dec. 11 and had lost six of their past seven, including two in a row.

Christian Parker led the Eagles with 22 points to drop Severn (9-7, 4-4) into a second-place tie with St. Vincent Pallotti (9-6, 4-4) in the B Conference South. The top three teams in the South and the top three in the North, led by No. 7 Mount Carmel (19-2, 10-1), will qualify for the postseason.

The Eagles will have to be content to be spoilers.

Matt Gierl added 14 points for the Eagles, and Pat Lipinski and Andre Hilliard contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.

A year ago, coach Doug Scheidt's Eagles went 17-9, losing to Glenelg Country School in the C Conference final.

Arundel girls basketball -- Ayanna Randolph, who has had to miss her senior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, is one of 2,500 players nominated nationally for the McDonald's All-America basketball team. Randolph, who has a full basketball scholarship to Furman University, has a remote chance to be ready to play in the McDonald's All-American game in Milwaukee on March 26 if she is one of the 24 selected. Wildcats coach Lee Rogers does not expect her to play again this season, even if the team makes it to the state final March 15 at UMBC.

Quick hits -- Andre Moore had 30 points for Archbishop Spalding (5-14) in a 69-67 overtime loss to St. John's Catholic Prep on Friday. ... Spalding's wrestling team finished the highest among local teams - seventh place - at the 25th Arundel Invitational Duals on Saturday. Freshman Brady Gaynor (112 pounds) and K'vonte Smith (171) went 8-0 and 7-1, respectively, in the two-day event. ... Freshman Melanie Mocniak scored 15 points to lead St. Mary's (6-14) to a 41-37 win over Roland Park on Friday.

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