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Possible Milford Mill-Aberdeen matchup among compelling girls basketball playoff possibilities

After Tuesday's draw for the state playoff brackets in girls basketball, the most compelling potential matchup was no surprise. Defending state Class 3A champion Milford Mill and Aberdeen are likely headed for their third regional showdown in four years.

Baltimore-area teams earned top-seeded spots in 16 of 32 sections. Sectional winners move on to the regional finals on March 6 for a chance at a berth in the state semifinals March 11 or March 13 at Towson University's SECU Arena. The finals will be March 14 at SECU.

Sectional quarterfinals begin Friday, but many teams have byes into Monday's semifinals. The sectional finals are Wednesday with the regional finals Friday.

Milford Mill (19-1), The Baltimore Sun's fourth-ranked team, and Aberdeen (20-2), ranked fifth, have combined to win the past three state 3A titles. Aberdeen won in 2012 and 2013.

In last year's Class 3A North regional final, Milford Mill guard Dionna White, now a senior, scored 32 points in an 80-62 Millers win after...

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John Carroll's Mackenzie, Calvert Hall's Clareth took center stage in BCL semifinals

John Carroll senior guard Kimbal Mackenzie and Calvert Hall senior guard Nico Clareth had special games Sunday in leading their teams to Monday night's Baltimore Catholic League championship.

Their semifinal round performances -- Mackenizie's coming in the Patriots' thrilling 69-68 double overtime win against St. Frances and Clareth's in the Cardinals' 82-58 win over Mount Carmel -- will be something they can each reflect on and cherish for years to come.  

Mackenzie, who was named the BCL's Player of the Year earlier in the week, wasn't having his typical shooting success as the Patriots had to battle back from a 14-point second half deficit to send the game into overtime. After St. Frances took a 68-66 lead in the final seconds of the second OT, Mackenzie saved his best for the most important seconds. 

His 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1.2 seconds left found nothing but net.

In his three years at John Carroll, the Patriots have never won a BCL or Maryland Interscholastic...

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Top four seeds to battle in Sunday's Baltimore Catholic League semifinals

The top four seeds in the 44th Baltimore Catholic League basketball tournament have advanced to Sunday's semifinal round, set for SECU Arena at Towson.

The opening game, at 5:30 p.m., will feature No. 5 John Carroll versus No. 9 St. Frances. No. 1 Calvert Hall and No. 3 Mount Carmel will play at 7:30. The winners will return to SECU Arena for Monday's title game, set for 7 p.m.

Here's a breakdown of the two semifinals:

John Carroll (26-6) vs. St. Frances (25-10)

The teams split their two regular-season games, with each winning at home. John Carroll got strong performances from senior guard Kimbal Mackenzie and senior forward Malik Tyne in a comfortable 53-30 win over Loyola Blakefield in Thursday's quarterfinal. St. Frances had a much tougher time getting past fifth-seeded St. Maria Goretti, 56-53, to advance Friday. Senior guard Daquan Bracey, who missed last week's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs with an ankle injury, returned to the lineup to...

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Snowy forecast postpones state swimming, city hoops finals and more

A forecast of snow has led to the postponement of several high school sporting events scheduled for today, including the state swimming championship, the Baltimore City basketball championships and two wrestling tournaments.

The state swimming championships, originally scheduled for Saturday at the University of Maryland's Eppley Recreation Center in College Park will be made up over two days at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.

The Class 3A-2A-1A final will be Friday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. The Class 4A-3A final will be Tuesday, March 3 at 4 p.m.

In Baltimore, where schools were closed Friday because of heating problems, the city wrestling championships were postponed from Friday and today to Monday and Tuesday at Poly.

Harford County has canceled all weekend school activities, and the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference wrestling championships will be moved to Monday and Tuesday at Aberdeen.

Baltimore County also postponed all weekend events, including the...

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Under Armour All-America Lacrosse games set for July 3 at Johnny Unitas Stadium

The 10th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse games have been set for Friday, July 3 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The showcase of the nation's top high school seniors will feature a girls game at 5 p.m. followed by a boys game at 8 p.m. The boys game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Last year, the South won the boys game in overtime to take a 5-4 lead in the series. St. Paul's Mikey Wynne scored the game-winner for a 17-16 victory.

In the girls game, the North won, 18-11, and holds a 7-2 lead in the series.

The Under Armour Underclass Tournament will also be held at Towson July 3-5 with regional teams from Baltimore, Long Island, the midwest, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, the south, Upstate New York, Washington, D.C., and the west competing.

For more information about the event and tryouts for all of the games, go to the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse web site.

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Snow wipes out Tuesday's high school sports schedule, including state track meet

The overnight snow closed schools in every public school system in the Baltimore metro area and almost all private and parochial schools, wiping out Tuesday's high school sports schedule and postponing the start of the spring season for IAAM and MIAA schools.

The state Class 3A and 4A indoor track championships were postponed until Monday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

Full schedules of basketball games also were postponed in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties. For complete updates on make-up dates, go to CountySportsZone.com.

Although the winter season is coming to an end, teams still have until Monday to finish games that count toward the basketball seedings for the state playoffs. The seedings will be announced Feb. 24, but teams can still play until Feb. 26. Sectional playoffs begin Feb. 27 for girls and Feb. 28 for boys.

Several jurisdictions also have championships, beginning with Baltimore City on Saturday at Morgan State....

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