St. Mary's girls coach Carmine Blades, who is retiring after this season, had hoped to leave after a championship season, but fate has not been kind.
Blades said he was disappointed when he glanced at his bench in Thursday's 52-51 loss to Archbishop Spalding and saw his top two players -- Laura Coakley and Randall Goldsborough -- sitting on the bench in street clothes.
Coakley, an All-Metro forward, has missed most of the season with torn cartilage in her right knee. After stumbling to a 3-5 record, the Saints adjusted to playing without Coakley and won 13 straight before Thursday.
Blades said Goldsborough, who picked up much of the slack caused by Coakley's absence (12 points a game), was unable to play Thursday due to pulled tendons in her right shoulder. He said Goldsborough suffered the injury several weeks ago in an accident off the court, and she aggravated it Tuesday against Annapolis.
"It's been a hard-luck season for us," said Blades. "I hope [Goldsborough] returns this week, but we won't know until [today]."
Even if Goldsborough returns, St. Mary's chances of winning the Catholic League A Division title appear slim. After the loss to Spalding, St. Mary's record in the division dropped to 3-3 with two games remaining. Seton Keough leads the division with a 4-1 mark.
Severna Park's Joyce Stefancik and Broadneck's Kevin McMullen were named coaches of the year at the recent Maryland Association of Soccer Coaches annual banquet.
Girls and their coaches were honored for the first time at this year's banquet.
Clint Peay and Mia Dammen, both of Oakland Mills, were recognized as boys and girls All-Americans.
Honored for their selection to the boys All-South team were area players Peay, Rich Aftoora (Broadneck), Malcolm Gillian (Oakland Mills), Mark Jonas and Greg Zweibel (Bowie), and Steve Sietsema (Howard).
Girls named to the All-South team were Dammen, Julia Malinowski (John Carroll), Coakley, Meg Caro (Centennial), Amanda Simmons (Meade) and Julie Sill (Frederick).
Some local boys basketball players have some familiar names. You could put together an all-area National Basketball Association name team with John Salley (Southern-Balto.), Phil Chenier (Wilde Lake), John Williams (Broadneck), Mike Sanders (Hammond) and Steve Johnson (Randallstown).
This is a busy week for many area wrestling teams.
The Maryland Scholastic Association and Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties are all holding their league tournaments this week. Baltimore County held its tournament last weekend, but the county teams will be involved in tri-meets tomorrow as they prepare for next week's regionals leading up to the state tournament March 1-2 at Western Maryland.
The MSA tournament will be held at Gilman on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The finals begin at 3:30 Saturday.
All three county tournaments are Friday and Saturday.
The Howard County Tournament is at Atholton with finals beginning Saturday at 8 p.m. The Anne Arundel County Tournament is at South River, and the finals begin Saturday at noon. The Harford County Tournament is at Fallston, and the finals begin Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Records, streaks, milestones: Poly's Tony Jenkins has become the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball with 1,117 points. . . . Loch Raven senior Christy Dial and Mercy junior Stephanie Rohe each scored her 1,000th career point last week. Dial has 1,022 points and Rohe, 1,014. . . . Mount Hebron girls basketball coach Dave Greenberg reports that eight of his 11 players earned a grade-point-average of 3.5 or better for the second quarter. Four of Greenberg's starters -- Christy and Erica McCauley, Cescili Drake and Emily Yanero -- each earned GPAs of 4.0.
Overtime: Howard High will host and sponsor a college lacrosse game March 2 between Penn State and Mount St. Mary's to benefit the Howard High athletic program. Admission is $2. . . . Lake Clifton boys basketball coach Charlie Moore has been chosen to coach at the Sacramento (Calif.) Exchange Basketball Camp in July. . . . Gilman's varsity and junior varsity football teams are looking for opponents for a scrimmage Sept. 5, 6 or 7. Call Jody Martin at 323-7361.