Playing without spectators is not what county boys basketball champion Broadneck (16-6) had in mind for its 3A East quarterfinal at Edmondson on Tuesday.
No spectators will be allowed.
An incident involving gunfire during the Dunbar-at-Edmondson game Wednesday in which no one was injured or arrested has led to the precaution.
Broadneck parents and fans are not happy about it, to say the least.
"The whole thing is unfortunate," said Broadneck assistant athletic director Tim McMullen, who said he had many calls from concerned parents Friday. "But we are supportive of our principal's decision."
Broadneck principal Linda B. Blackman and her Edmondson counterpart, Irby L. Miller, conferred and came to the agreement.
It was a decision the two schools regret having to make, considering the overtime game the two played in the Wes Unseld Classic at Catonsville Community College with Edmondson winning, 72-60, but it had to be made.
"The general consensus was we had to do the safest thing," said Broadneck athletic director and boys coach Ken Kazmarek. "Certainly this is not a good reflection of state basketball."
Broadneck will have to make only one trip to Edmondson on Tuesday, rather than the girls playing there Monday and the boys Tuesday under the original schedule. The girls game is set for 3:30 p.m., the boys for 5:30 p.m., and the Bruins will have a police escort.
The game officials, players, the basketball coaching staffs (no other coaches), scorekeepers and videotape personnel, assistant athletic directors and the media will be the only ones allowed in the Edmondson gym.
"Talk about two different levels of emotion for our kids," said Kazmarek. "After playing the county championship game Wednesday at Old Mill in such a great atmosphere with almost 1,500 people there and all the positives of high school sports, it comes down to this."
What a bittersweet final game Friday for retiring Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle.
Sitting in his office after a tough 78-71 loss to Annapolis in the first round of the 4A East Region playoffs, Bogle fought back the tears as he talked about how special this year's team (17-7) was to him.
Former player and nine-year assistant coach Mike Rudd could not hold back the tears in paying tribute to the 28-year coach.
"He's been a father figure to me and every kid who ever played here," said Rudd, who is interested in succeeding his mentor. "It just won't be the same without Terry, kinda like going through a divorce."
No coach wants to go out on a loss, but that was a distant second in Bogle's mind as he coached his final game. Nothing pleases a coach more than knowing his players never quit, no matter what odds they faced, and Bogle never had a team make him prouder.
It was ironic that Desmond Dailey, whose father, Tony, played for Bogle in the late '70s, took the last shot Friday. It was a three-pointer that just fell short but served as a symbol of playing hard every second of every game.
Dailey played hurt all year, battling tendinitis in his right knee. His tenacity was a reflection of his coach and a team of short, skinny players who played every team tough, especially the last 10 days in five pressure games.
Early last week after his Gophers clinched the county North division title, Bogle asked, "If you added up the weights of all our players, what would we have out there on the floor, 50 pounds?"
Bogle wasn't including the weight of their hearts. Had he done that, the scales would hit 500 pounds.
Young sets records
Broadneck's 6-foot-1 senior center Jamaine Young not only set a school record for most points (40) in a game Wednesday in the 87-84 overtime county championship victory over Glen Burnie, but also for the most field goals (15).
The 40 points broke the record of 39 shared by Kurtis Brooks (vs. St. Mary's, 1984) and Matt Campbell (vs. Meade, 1990). The field goal record of 14 was shared by Carroll Watts (vs. South River) and Jamie Ballard (vs. Brooklyn Park) in the same 1986 season.
Old Mill recently checked its records on girls basketball coach Pat Chance (21 years at Old Mill, three at Glen Burnie). Athletic director Jim Dillon called to say that Chance (400-142, .738) had reached the 400-victory milestone.