Prophet Pat had a horrendous week last week.
Thank goodness for the Glen Burnie softball team, or it would have been an embarrassing 0-6 slate for the Prophet.
Coach Bob Broccolino's girls of Glen Burnie (a one-run favorite) knocked off Severna Park, 8-2, as predicted, keeping their Class 4A Region IV playoff hopes alive.
On the negative side of the ledger, the Glen Burnie baseball team burned the Prophet twice. The Gophers were picked to upset Old Mill by a run, and lost, 5-0.
Then, in a home contest against then-unbeaten and top-ranked Severna Park, the Prophet wrote, "I know what you are thinking, sports fans. You're thinking that the Prophet is going to call for another upset of the Falcons. No way! Severna Park will do whatever it takes to win."
Well, Glen Burnie won, 6-2.
Also in baseball, the Prophet missed the Arundel (two-run favorite) vs. Northeast game at Joe Cannon Stadium, as Northeast emerged a 5-3 victor.
Two more misfires came in boys lacrosse, as Severn (one-goal underdog) upset Loyola, 13-7, on the Dons' home turf to revive its Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoff hopes, and Spalding failed to come through in the Prophet's "Upset of the Week."
"Sorry about your upset of the week," said Spalding coach Terry Mangan after his Cavaliers (a one-goal favorite) got hammered by Friends of Baltimore, 10-2, Tuesday. "It just didn't go today. They opened up a 5-0 lead in the first quarter, and we never managed to catch up."
Mangan's Cavaliers still can make the MSA BB Conference playoffs by beating Archbishop Curley Friday at Spalding.
Severn (11-5) at Gilman (11-6), 2 p.m. Saturday, "Game of the Week": With its stunning 13-7 romp at Loyola (7-5) on Tuesday, the Admirals (7-5) of Coach Rob White suddenly are back in the hunt for the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoffs.
The win left the senior-dominated Admirals at 7-5 in conference play with one regular-season game left. They are excited after preparing themselves for the worst about two weeks ago, but there could be one problem -- rest.
Severn's senior prom is Friday night, usually an all-night party.
"The guys were saying on the bus coming home [Tuesday] that the prom was going to take a back seat," said four-year varsity star Jason Moran, who is headed to Yale University. "We want this too bad to mess it up now, and we will take it easy at the prom and be ready Saturday afternoon."
A Severn victory over the Greyhounds (6-6), who are still in the hunt, and a Loyola loss at top-ranked St. Paul's (14-0) on Friday, and the Admirals are in. Severn, Gilman and Loyola all are vying for second place in Division I behind St. Paul's.
Boys' Latin (11-1), an 11-3 winner over Gilman on Tuesday, has clinched the Division II title, with Calvert Hall (7-5) taking second.
The possibility of a two- or three-way tie for second in Division I is very real and would necessitate a one-game playoff. If Severn and Loyola both win their final game, they would be tied at 8-5.
If Gilman beats Severn and Loyola loses to St. Paul's, it's a three-way tie at 7-6.
The Prophet feels sorry for the prom dates of those 15 Severn senior lacrosse players. Conversation probably will center on the big game the next day, especially since the Admirals will know on the way to the prom whether Loyola won that afternoon.
Look for the Admirals to knock off the Hounds and gain the coveted berth in the best high school lacrosse league in the East. Severn by 1 over Gilman.
Archbishop Curley (7-5) at Archbishop Spalding (5-4), 3:45 p.m. Friday: Coach Terry Mangan has led the Cavaliers back to respectability, and while they were humbled, 10-2, by Friends (9-3, 7-0 league) Tuesday, they would make the Maryland Scholastic Association BB Conference playoffs with a win here.
The Cavs, a dismal 3-9 a year ago, are tied for second with Curley at 4-3.
"The winner goes to the championship game, and the loser goes home," said Mangan. "I think if we work hard and have a good practice Wednesday and Thursday we should be all right."
The Prophet believes they will, with Dan Wolf notching the game-winner. Spalding by 1 over Curley.
South River (6-11) at Arundel (12-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Going into Wednesday, defending state 4A champion Arundel stood fourth in 4A Region IV with 74 playoff points and needed to win two of its final three games to make the postseason. The Wildcats' final game is 3:45 p.m. Monday at Broadneck.
Easter tournament games do not count toward the playoffs, so Arundel is 10-5 in games that do. Severna Park has clinched top seed at 14-1 with 99 points, followed by Old Mill (11-3, 83 points), Broadneck (10-5, 76), Arundel, and Chesapeake (8-7, 59).
"We control our own fate," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter Wednesday morning. "If we win two of our last three, we are in no matter what Chesapeake does."
Arundel is looking for revenge against South River. The Class 3A Seahawks upset the Cats, 11-6, a couple of weeks ago. A win over them coupled with a win yesterday over Queen Anne's, and Walter would earn his 299th career win and get at least two chances at 300 -- one regular-season game and at least one playoff game.
The Prophet says the Cats will clinch tomorrow night. Arundel by 2 over South River.
Broadneck (11-6) at Southern (5-10), 3:45 p.m. Friday: The Bruins know they have to have this one, and, with Jeff Vincent leading the way, will get it. Broadneck by 2 over Southern.
Chesapeake (8-9) at Old Mill (11-5), 3:45 p.m. Monday: If the visiting Cougars of Jim Simms are still alive going into this game, the Prophet sees nothing but the end of the road for them. The host Patriots of Mel Montgomery want that second seed badly. Old Mill by 1 over Chesapeake.
Glen Burnie (7-7) at Chesapeake (13-1), 3:45 p.m. Friday: To nose out Arundel for the fourth and final spot in 4A Region IV, the Gophers may have to pull off another Friday surprise and upset the top-ranked Cougars.
It would be a big-time upset on the heels of the Gophers' 13-3 romp over then-No. 1 Old Mill exactly one week before, but forget it. Chesapeake is on a roll and making its move to bring home a third straight state 4A title. Chesapeake by 2 over Glen Burnie.
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