Tonight could be the night for Southern's Linda Kilpatrick.
Her girls basketball team plays host to Surrattsville of Prince George's County at 5:15 p.m. and the Bulldogs hope to present their coach with career win No. 300.
Southern is 2-3 and Kilpatrick, in her 18th season in Harwood, is 299-119.
Pat Chance of No. 7 Old Mill (5-2) is the only other county girls basketball coach with 300 wins. Chance, in her 23rd season, is 377-128.
Kilpatrick hopes to get No. 300 at home but knows her chances are reduced after Surrattsville (5-3). No. 8 Severna Park (6-1) and No. 12 Arundel (7-0) travel to Harwood Friday and Tuesday. After those games, Southern travels to Glen Burnie (2-4) and South River (2-5).
Severn rocks for free
After more than 500 fans jammed into Severn's little gym for the Admirals' first Christmas Classic final, and coach Wayne Fowler's host team nearly upset top-ranked Lake Clifton in a 73-71 loss, do you think athletic director Fred Hewitt and the administration might consider charging admission?
Where else in Anne Arundel County, or the metro area for that matter, can you get such entertainment for free?
People laughed when Fowler said he had lined up Lake Clifton for his holiday event, but he showed what a motivator he is. Fowler had the Admirals believing they could beat the powerful Lakers and they nearly did.
Three days before Christmas, Fowler welcomed back 19 former Admiral basketball players for the school's second annual alumni game. Among the returnees were Fowler's son, Brad, a '93 grad now at Richmond; James Carpenter and Joe Burke, 1994, Washington College; Jake Mack, 1993, Salisbury State; Graydon Ripley, 1992, Cornell; Brendan Haggerty, 1991, Bucknell; Mike Long, 1990, James Madison; Sandy Watkins, 1989, Swarthmore; and Kyle Keith, 1988, Loyola.
How about Old Mill (4-3) with Joe Barnes scoring 42 points winning the Wes Unseld Classic Red Bracket Championship by 63-57 over No. 11 Randallstown (7-1, then No. 8) and 54-44 over Catonsville (3-3)?
Four-year starter Jason Smith, who started the season as Broadneck's leading scorer and steals leader, is now the Bruins' all-time assists leader.
Smith's seven assists in the No. 8 Bruins' 67-56 victory over No. 18 Loyola in the Green Bracket final of the Wes Unseld Classic brought his career total to 329. The old record was 326 by 1991 grad Johnny Williams.
The Unseld title was the Bruins' fifth in nine years and first since 1990, and Smith, who has a football scholarship to Rutgers, was named the tournament MVP.
Broadneck plays host to No. 9 Annapolis at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Over the years, the Annapolis/Broadneck matchups have been classics, and as a result rarely are tickets sold at the door. Such will be the case Friday. Anyone interested in a ticket should see Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer or Broadneck assistant athletic director Tim McMullen.
Did you know that Annapolis High now has a Panther Hotline (266-7474), sponsored by the school's sports boosters, to pass on the latest goings-on?
The Annapolis boys basketball team was not the only Panther team disappointed when the Cap City Classic Final did not include the host team. Coach Dan Hart's boys lacrosse squad also emerged disappointed.
Hart's Panthers won the 4A state championship and plans were made to present the championship banner at halftime of the Cap City final. A partisan Annapolis crowd was a guarantee for the banner presentation. . . . well, almost.
"You might know for the first time in 18 years we weren't in the final," said Hart, laughing off the disappointment.
Annapolis was upset by Northern of Calvert County, 73-58 in the opening game and had to settle for the consolation of its own tournament for the first time in John Brady's 18 years as head coach.
Still Hart had his ceremony at halftime of the Northern/Pallotti championship game. Much to Hart's delight, the entire state championship team showed for a look at the banner that joined the school's many others on the rafters of the gymnasium.
Graduated members of the state championship team who returned to their alma mater to take part in the presentation included: Taylor Boone and Brian Jefferson of Anne Arundel Community College; David Winegrad, Virginia; Sean McFadden, Virginia Wesleyan; Morgan Hurtt, Hill Prep School; Chris Harris, Richmond, and Jack Copus and Scott Regina, Radford.
Head start at Chesapeake
New Chesapeake boys lacrosse coach Brien Mc Murray has wasted little time in preparing for his first season. McMurray and the Cougar lacrosse parents have planned a bull roast/fund-raiser for Feb. 11 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie and $2 per ticket cane be saved by reserving them by Jan. 15.
Cougar alumni and guests are invited. For ticket information, call (410) 437-2170 or (410) 437-4827.