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NAVY HOCKEY CLUB ICES COMPETITION TO CONTINUE STREAK

Navy's Ice Hockey Club remained unbeaten with a 9-1 romp at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., on Saturday evening. The win lifted the Mids of coach Jim Barry to a 4-0-1 mark.

Junior Tim Fetsch fired in four goals while dishing out two assists and five other teammates scored goals for coach Jim Barry.

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"We scored three goals in 55 seconds of the 12-minute mark in the first period," said coach Barry.

The other goals were tallied by co-captain Steve Jennings, Jeff Fogarty, Rob Masson, Jake Skala and Rob Doherty.

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Veteran goalie Bob Pothier turned back 20 enemy shots as the Midshipmen outshot the losers, 45-25.

After going 14-8-1 a year ago, the Mids are on a pace to surpass that win total in the Northeastern Collegiate Hockey Association. Hopes of making the top ten teams in college club hockey and qualifying for the National Tournament in Tempe, Arizona in the spring become more of a reality with each passing game.

Navy plays next 8 p.m. Friday at home, Dahlgren Hall on the Academy grounds vs. West Chester University. Admission is always free and it will be the Mids' final home game before a Jan. 13 date against the Blue Hens of Delaware.

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Another college team off to a great start but in a different sport, mens' basketball, is Anne Arundel Community College. AACC rolled to its fifth win by 118-101 at Catonsville Community College (2-3, 1-2) in Baltimore County.

The win was the Pioneers' third in Maryland JuCO Conference play without a loss, and also the third game in a row in which Mark Amatucci's Pioneers have cracked the century mark.

Ronnie Wade (Annapolis grad) paced six Pioneers in double digits with 26 points and four assists. Tommy Rose (South River) followed with 20 points and pulled down 10 boards while point guard Wardell Chambers (Severna Park) bagged 15 points, six assists and nine rebounds.

Butch Williams (Meade) and Jason Sigler (Broadneck) tallied 11 points each. Williams cleared the boards for a game-high 12 rebounds and handed out three assists. Sigler had 8 rebounds.

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Anne Arundel takes its in-style, up-tempo show to Essex Community College today for a 4 p.m. contest. The next home game for the Pioneers will be Wednesday, 6 p.m. vs. Chesapeake C.C. of the Eastern Shore.

Today's game against the Knights of Essex is one of six games in the next couple of weeks before the Christmas break. The Pioneers will play last this month on Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. at Montgomery Rockville. The final home game this month is Wednesday, Dec. 12th vs. Charles C.C. at 6 p.m.

Other road games this month will be at Harford C.C. (Dec. 8) and Prince Georges C.C. (Dec. 10).

The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5 at home, 2 p.m. vs.

Frederick C.C.

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On the high school basketball scene, St. Mary's girls opened with a loss on the road in Philadelphia on Saturday, 70-54, to Cardinal O'Hara High. O'Hara is considered to be the top girls high school team in south Philly and played host to the Brotherly Love Tip-off Game.

Pre-season Street & Smith Honorable Mention East senior Laura Coakley led the Saints in the season-opening loss with 15 points before fouling out early in the final period.

St. Mary's plays Wednesday at home vs. Arundel at 3:45 p.m. The Saints were 25-6 overall and runner-up in the Baltimore Catholic League last season while the Wildcats were 6-16 under first year girls coach Lee Rogers.

Rogers had been the Wildcats' boys head coach for five years before switching to the other side last season. Coach Rogers has a host of promising underclassmen led by 5-foot-9 junior forward Latoy Long.

The boys teams of both schools also play Wednesday but at Arundel, 7:30 p.m. Coach Gerald Moore's Wildcats were also 6-16 a year ago and return an excellent player in 6-3 junior forward, Trevelin Queen.

St. Mary's of coach Jim Sheehan, 13-12 last season, will have a game under their belts when they come to Gambrills Wednesday night. The Saints open at home today vs. Boys' Latin of Baltimore at 5 p.m.

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At Annapolis Wednesday night before the Meade at Annapolis boys game (7:30 p.m.), the girls teams of both schools clash at 5:30 as Teresa Ross makes her debut as Annapolis coach.

A former Loyola College Greyhound player, Ross succeeds Daryl Watson this season as Panther coach and inherits a team that went a dismal 3-18 a year ago.

Early reports indicate that Ross, maling her coaching debut, has a lot of height to work with in a pair of 6-1 underclassmen in junior Lisa Roberts and sophomore Kai Simms. The Panthers have seven girls at 5-6 or better, which offers promise for a respectable season.

Meade was 12-9 last year under Molly Wilson, who begins her second season as coach of her alma mater. The former Molly Rounds, a standout athlete at Meade, joins her husband, Brad Wilson, in the head coaching ranks.

Brad is head coach of the first year North County Knights, and rumor has it that basketball is usually the topic over dinner at the Wilsons.

The Meade at Annapolis boys game is always a treat and should be no different this season as John Brady's Panthers open defense of their State 4A Championship against the arch-rival Mustangs.

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Brady, who begins his 14th season at the helm of the Panthers after a banner 23-3 campaign that included a pulsating 106-102 victory over High Point of Prince George's County, has been pleased with the early progress of his team.

After scrimmages against Baltimore Catholic, Maryland Scholastic Association annual powers Cardinal Gibbons, Mount St. Joseph and Loyola, Brady is confident that his Panthers can make a serious run at a repeat.

Fueling the coach's optimism are returning seniors, Dennis Edwards (6-5), Delmore Howard (6-6), Gerald Hyman (6-0), Ahmed Middleton (6-2), Carlos Evans (6-3), Jon Holden (6-9), Chad Clay (6-4), and Kurt Wahlstrom (5-9) in addition to junior Rob Wooster (6-5).

Brady employed a run-and-stun attack a la Loyola Marymount last year and the style is spreading like wildfire among high school and college teams in the area. The Panthers' poster this year proudly proclaims their penchant for non-stop action and excitement.

"And the man to watch this year is going to be Dennis Edwards," said Leslie Stanton, who runs the Annapolis Outdoor Summer Basketball League and does color commentary on United Cable Panther game broadcasts.

"Dennis can do a lot of things out there as he showed in the state championship game last year," Stanton said.

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In the state title game, Edwards, who specialized as the team's 6th man a year ago, pumped in 22 points. That came on the heels of a 14-point effort in a 93-70 rout of Springbrook in the semifinals at Cole Field House, University of Maryland.

As a starter this year, Edwards should be fun to watch because of his great touch and extraordinary agility.

If he and the rest of the Panthers play up to their potential, another 23 wins could become reality and that would give Brady 300 in his career.

Annapolis gets its first test Wednesday night against Butch Young's Mustangs, which o were 12-11 a year ago, but return with a wealth of talent, including 6-4 senior forward Ron Hubbard and 6-1 guard David Beck.

An interesting team to watch will be the Severn School Admirals of coach Jim Doyle. The Admirals, who open up Wednesday at Canterbury High and play their first four games on the road, return four starters, three of whom are underclassmen in sophomores Jake Mack and Brad Fowler, and junior Jason Moran.

Senior forward Brendan Haggerty is the other returning starter for the Admirals, who play in the MSA Conference.

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Doyle fed the kids to the wolves a year ago and went 7-13. It wouldn't be surprising to see the coach's philosophy pay off with the team turning that record around this year.



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