First-year Glenelg boys basketball coach Klaude Krannebitter has shown a Midas touch so far.
His team is 3-0, including an 51-44 upset of Westminster.
Turnovers have proven the key to Glenelg's success. The Gladiators created 35 in a 58-43 win over Bel Air, then forced North Carroll into 33 turnovers during a 61-39 win. They also created 28 turnovers against Westminster.
Gladiators guard Jeff Cline has led the way with 20 steals.
"We've been averaging 15 to 20 steals," Krannebitter said. "But none of those teams really had a good point guard."
Glenelg is working hard at limiting its own turnovers. The TC Gladiators have gone from 24 in their first game to 20 against North Carroll and only 16 against Westminster.
Glenelg is a ball-control team that doesn't score a lot. And the scoring is spread out.
First-year guard Earl Frazier led the team with 14 against Bel Air. Brian Meshkin led with 15 against North Carroll. And football star James McKenney led with 12 against Westminster.
Glenelg's winning streak faces a stiff test today, when the Gladiators play host to ninth-ranked Milford Mill at 5:30 p.m.
Atholton earns billing
Rated as the team to beat by county coaches in a preseason poll, Atholton's boys basketball team has lived up to its hype.
The Raiders clobbered Liberty, 84-47, last Friday as Tony Stewart led with 20 points.
They also beat South Carroll, 88-86, a score that was highly deceptive.
With four minutes left to play, Atholton led by 20 points and coach Jim Albert substituted heavily. He also called off the press.
South Carroll responded with some sharp shooting, and its defense gave Atholton problems on in-bounds passes, allowing the Cavaliers to climb back into the game.
With a minute to play, Albert sent his starters back in. South Carroll sank a three-pointer on its last possession before time ran out.
"They were well-coached and shot well and handled pressure well at times," Albert said of South Carroll.
Guards Brian Benden and Tyrone Allmond and forwards Stewart and D. J. Chiles all have played well for the Raiders.
Wilde Lake coach upbeat
On the heels of a 74-56 loss to Loyola, Wilde Lake's boys basketball team dropped an 86-64 decision to Pallotti on Friday to fall to 0-2, but coach Paul Ellis remains positive.
"Pallotti ran a very good offense and boxed out well," Ellis said. "We've lost to two good teams."
Palloti scored 33 points in the second quarter against Wilde Lake.
Centennial coach positive
Centennial also lost its first two boys basketball games, a 56-49 overtime decision to C. Milton Wright and a 71-48 thumping by Thomas Johnson. The Eagles then beat Bel Air Monday.
"We lost to two tough teams so I'm not discouraged," said coach Jim Hill. "Thomas Johnson brought 13 players into the game and pressed the entire game."
Seann Jones, who scored 21 points against C. Milton Wright, was not 100 percent for the Thomas Johnson game and sat down after the Patriots went up by 20. Jones suffered a slight concussion and a gash over one eye in a collision during practice Thursday.
Howard runs into problems
Howard dropped its first two boys basketball games to Edgewood and to South Carroll.
Javier Michaux scored 28 points in the South Carroll loss.
Howard has had problems breaking presses and rebounding. It had only 22 rebounds against South Carroll.
"South Carroll was well-coached, physical, disciplined and had good outside shooters," said Howard coach Kevin Broadus.
Hylock commits to UMBC
Baseball standout Greg Hylock of Mount Hebron orally has committed to UMBC.
The hard-hitting first baseman and outfielder batted .446 with two homers, four doubles, one triple, 17 RBI, 22 runs and 27 stolen bases last spring. He was thrown out stealing only once.
As a pitcher he was 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA. He made The Baltimore Sun's All-Howard County team.
He also led the Dayton Baltimore Metro League team in batting last summer with a .389 average.
Hylock most likely will play the outfield at UMBC. He'll receive a $2,500-per-year baseball scholarship.
Game of the week
Howard Community College, ranked No. 1 in the nation in the preseason, takes on Allegany's men's basketball squad at 8 tonight at HCC.