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Give Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek credit for a great move.

Kaz tabbed assistant AD Tim McMullen to call heads or tails on the coin flip for the top seed in the state 3A-4A boys lacrosse playoffs.

With both semifinal games to be played tomorrow at UMBC, no home-field advantage was to be gained, but rather the advantage as the top seed was in playing the fourth seed.

The Baltimore Sun's seventh-ranked Broadneck (14-1) tied 11th-ranked Perry Hall (14-0) on playoff points after Wednesday's region finals.

"Perry Hall and Broadneck were tied for top seed, and after going through all the tie-breaking criteria, we flipped a coin and Broadneck won," said McMullen, who called heads.

As a result, the defending state 3A-4A champion Bruins will play fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked Centennial (14-1) at 3 p.m. at UMBC, with No. 2 seed Perry Hall taking on No. 3 seed and ninth-ranked North County (15-1) at 5 p.m.

There's a good possibility of an all-Anne Arundel County 3A-4A finale on Wednesday at UMBC.

Broadneck moved to the state semifinals with a 6-4 Region IV victory over Severna Park (10-5) Wednesday night at Anne Arundel Community College.

North County hammered Catonsville (9-5) of Baltimore County, 15-2, on Wednesday in Linthicum to win the Region II title.

* In baseball, the Class 4A Region IV playoffs begin today, and they promise to be exciting with top-seeded and top-ranked Arundel (17-1) playing host to fourth-seeded and 10th-ranked Chesapeake (13-6) at 2:30 p.m.; and No. 3 seed and fifth-ranked Old Mill (13-5) visiting No. 2 seed and 13th-ranked Patterson (14-4) in East Baltimore at 4 p.m.

Chesapeake goes into Gambrills today on a four-game losing streak, while the Wildcats (ranked No. 13 in the USA Today Super 25) have won eight straight since a 6-5 midseason loss to Old Mill.

While coach Jim Simms' Cougars have been on a slide at season's end, the second-year mentor has reminded his players that today marks "the start of the second season." You have to be a good ballclub to get a shot at part two, and Chesapeake is, especially with junior lefty Jason White on the mound.

The only meeting between Arundel and Chesapeake this season came early and was the infamous "jewelry" game, won 3-2 by the Wildcats in eight innings. White, who is expected to get the call today, pitched the Cougars into the eighth inning against Arundel at Chesapeake on April 14 before tiring.

Simms removed White with a runner on and no outs in the top of the eighth and the score tied at 2 and brought in senior right-hander Chris Ryder. After warming up, Ryder was ejected before he got to throw a pitch because he was wearing a leather necklace.

National High School Federation rules do not allow athletes to wear jewelry; a warning is given on the first offense and an automatic ejection for subsequent violations. A Chesapeake player had been warned earlier, and Ryder was ejected.

White returned to the mound with nothing left, and Arundel got the winning run off him.

You had better believe nobody on the Chesapeake team will be wearing jewelry today.

White, who gave up five hits, including a bases-empty home run to Tim Giles, through seven innings the last time, is capable of pitching Chesapeake to the upset.

At the same time, Arundel coach Bernie Walter has the option of countering with Brandon Agamennone (6-0) or Tim Giles (7-1), right-handers who are more than capable of avoiding the upset.

Aggie started that first game against Chesapeake and gave up six hits and both runs in 5 1/3 innings before Giles came on and gained the win by retiring all eight batters he faced.

Walter figures to be leaning toward Giles, who was the loser in the Old Mill game. Because he pitched so well against Chesapeake and not so well against Old Mill, the potential opponent in the Region IV final at noon tomorrow, look for Giles to be on the hill today.

No matter what, this game could be a classic, so don't miss it.

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