Ties shouldn't point teams toward championships


Despite four ties, Broadneck (3-2-4) remains in the boys soccer playoff picture.

The Bruins sport three scoreless ties and have managed just one goal in three other contests, but remain tied for fourth in the current point-rating standings for Class 4A/Region IV. Four teams will advance to the region semifinals at the end of the regular season.

Something is wrong with the system.

"For a tie, both teams receive two [rating] points less than if they had won," explained North County coach Steve Malone, who doubles as the regional chairman for the state tournament.

A team is awarded eight points for defeating a Class 4A opponent, seven for 3A, six for 2A and five for 1A. Ultimately, the total is divided by the number of games played to form the actual rating.

Broadneck has earned 16 points (eight each) for defeating Queen Anne's and Westminster and six for downing Class 2A Southern. It got no points in losses to Severna Park and North County, and six points for each tie against Chesapeake-AA, Old Mill and Annapolis. It got five points for tying South River, a Class 3A school. The total (45) gives it a rating of 5.0, just ahead of Meade (5-3/4.875) and Arundel (5-3/4.5).

North County (9-0) leads the Class 4A Region IV race (67/7.444), followed by Severna Park (56/6.222) and LaPlata (7-1-1/6.0).

Don't read into this any knock at coach Kevin McMullen's Bruins. He and his team members play to win.

Let's just hope it all will work out. Broadneck still must face Meade tonight (7 o'clock), Arundel and Glen Burnie. If it wins those contests, so be it. But, if the Bruins can tie their way into the playoffs, something is wrong.

It may not and likely will not happen, but even the possibility of such a scenario existing at this stage of the season is troubling.

* Quinn Huggins of Meade punted six times last weekend for 278 yards, a whopping 46.3-yard average. He also stopped one Glen Burnie drive with an interception at the 5-yard line and he registered eight tackles from his free safety post.

* Patterson's Angie Stilling snapped an 11-year-old school swimming record last week. Against Western, she was clocked in 1:28.01 for the 100-yard breaststroke. She also won the 100 IM, 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke in a meet against City.

* Patapsco's Linda Bauer keeps on scoring. Last week she had 11 goals and four assists in three victories.

* Frederick's Julie Sills, who has the University of North Carolina on her doorstep these days, has scored a goal in every one of the Cadets' eight soccer matches.

* Westminster clinched the Carroll County field hockey title last week as senior Latha Naganna had a goal and an assist in a 2-0 victory over North Carroll. The Owls are 7-0-1 and aiming for a regional playoff berth.

* Mount St. Joe will hold its first Officer William Martin Memorial Soccer Tournament for seventh- and eighth-grade teams Saturday. It's in memory of Baltimore City policeman Bill Martin, who was slain in the line of duty one year ago.

Martin (class of 1969) formerly was a standout player for St. Joe.

Semifinals will pit four teams from Pasadena, Catonsville, Woodlawn and Eldersburg at 10 a.m. The consolation and championship will kick off at 2 p.m. with Martin's widow, Kay, a special guest for a 1:45 p.m. ceremony of recognition. St. Joe coach Mike Dolan is directing the event.

* Annapolis needs a boys varsity lacrosse opponent next spring. Contact coach Dan Hart (266-5240/ext. 261).

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