Severn School’s LJ Owens and Chesapeake’s Brooke Worrell are two of the top players in the county. On Friday, they each reached another milestone in their already impressive high school careers.
With a jumper from just inside the three-point line early in Severn’s 74-35 victory over Chapelgate Christian, Owens hit the 2,000-point mark in his career. He went on to score 24 points in the win and now stands at 2,019 for his career.
“It’s an amazing feat,” Severn coach VJ Keith said. “It was a special moment for me just to see the joy on his face.”
Owens, last year’s Capital Gazette Communications’ player of the year who will play at William & Mary, is the leading scorer in Severn School history and is at or near the top of the all-time scoring list in Anne Arundel County. His career scoring total puts him near the top in the state as well. Rodney Monroe, who played at St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown before moving on to N.C. State, is the leading scorer in state history with 3,407 career points. Others near the top of the list include Sean Mosley (St. Frances/Maryland), Quintin Dailey (Cardinal Gibbons/San Francisco), Kam Williams (Mount St. Joseph/Ohio State) and Mark Karcher (St. Frances/Temple).
Through 24 games this year, Owens is averaging 24.4 points and is averaging 20.4 points for his career.
Owens’ numbers have improved each year, from averaging 15 points as a freshman, 16 as a sophomore and 22 as a junior. The four-year starter has had some looks from other schools in the area, but has remained at Severn and has the Admirals as a legitimate MIAA B Conference championship contender.
“To his credit he has stayed loyal and has stuck with it,” Keith said. “He understands he’s in a good program and everything has worked out for him.”
Worrell, who verbally committed to Morgan State, hit a 3-pointer to reach her milestone. The shot put her over 1,500 points for her career and ignited a 15-0 run to open the game in the Cougars’ 57-45 upset of an Old Mill team which hadn’t lost to a county team in the regular season since 2014. Worrell, who is averaging 22.9 points a game, finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds while helping the Cougars avenge an earlier loss to the Patriots.
“We didn’t tell her, so she was completely surprised,” Chesapeake coach Maria Gray said. “We didn’t want to put any pressure on her and just wanted her to focus on Old Mill.”
Worrell, Chesapeake’s all-time leading scorer, has played on the varsity all four years. She averaged around 18 points as a freshman, then saw her scoring go down slightly her sophomore year as her role changed some. She averaged 17.7 points as a junior and has increased her production by more than five points this year.
“This year, we told her we needed her to score,” Gray said. “Not only is she scoring, but she also has it in her mind to play defense.”
With Morgan State coaches in attendance, Worrell didn’t have her best game when the Cougars fell to the Patriots on Dec. 22. It was much different on Friday when she got her team off to a hot start in a game it led the whole way.
“That just showed her growth and poise,” Gray said. “She showed a lot of poise and was able to capture and rally the troops.”
PRESEASON ALL-STATE TEAM ANNOUNCED: Four players from the county have been named to the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches preseason all-state team. Joe Seidler (Chesapeake), Dylan Young (Chesapeake), Kody Milton (Severna Park) and Stephen Pelli (St. Mary’s) were named to the team at a banquet on Saturday. Chesapeake’s Ken King was also named the 2017 District 5 coach of the year and Chesapeake’s Tony Caputo was named the groundskeeper of the year. Former Archbishop Spalding pitcher Tyler Blohm (Maryland) was named the amateur player of the year.
PITCHING CLINIC: Former Orioles draft pick Mike Linskey and Annapolis coach Gus Kaplanges are holding a pair of pitching clinics in the area next week. The first clinic is for players ninth grade and up and will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at Impact Center in Lothian. The second is for players in sixth through eighth grade and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at Bases in Glen Burnie. For more information and to register, go to https://baybridgebaseballacademy.sportsengine-prelive.com/register/form/762491876.
FALCONS RAISE FUNDS: Severna Park’s girls basketball team helped raise $1,500 for the Shriners Hospital for Children and Kennedy Kreiger’s Bennett Blazers wheelchair basketball team with its Roll With It event on Jan. 27. The Blazers’ players put on a clinic and Severna Park players and coaches participated in a wheelchair basketball game with the Blazers as part of the event.
SEAHAWKS BREAK RECORDS: South River swimmer Andrew Falsone broke his own record in the 50 freestyle on Jan. 19 and also broke a 10-year 100 free record. The Seahawks boys 200 freestyle relay team of Falsone, Charlie Pacher, Jack Sykes and Devin McClure set a school record, as did the girls 200 freestyle relay team of Grace Burkhardt, Tessa Schauermann, Jennifer Thompson and Sarah Mulvaney.