Showdown at the Panthers' den!
The two boys basketball teams that played for the county championship and again in the Class 4A East Region semifinals last winter, No. 4 Annapolis and Meade, renew their rivalry at 7: 15 p.m. Tuesday in Annapolis.
Annapolis (5-0) lost to the Mustangs, 80-70, in the regular season last season and by 70-63 in the county championship game before turning the tables on Meade (5-0) in the playoffs. The Panthers upset Meade, 64-62, in that game, and then took a 55-52 thriller at Westminster to win the Class 4A East title. They advanced to the state semifinals for a state record 24th time and the 13th time in 21 seasons.
Annapolis, a young squad, lost a 70-64 heart-breaker to eventual state champion Gaithersburg of Montgomery County in the state semifinals.
With all five starters back, a return to College Park is a realistic goal for the Panthers.
Meade hopes to have something to say about that.
Two of the stars in last season's playoff meeting between the two are back -- Thomas Hawkins of Annapolis and Meade's Jeff Charles.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-3 junior swingman who was last season's County Player of the Year, led the Panthers with 19 points.
Charles, a 6-4 senior forward who was second-team All-County, had 16 points, six rebounds and a game-high six blocked shots.
Third-ranked Archbishop Spalding (7-1) meets St. Mary's (0-4) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. After Christmas, the Cavaliers leave for Pine Bluff, Ark., and the King Cotton Classic, where they will compete against three nationally ranked teams Dec. 28-30.
Coach Tony Martin said his Cavaliers' victories at the Latrobe (Pa.) Invitational last weekend "were the two biggest wins in our three years at Spalding."
Spalding became the first team outside Pennsylvania to win the 10-year-old Latrobe event, but the Cavs can go one better with a strong showing in Arkansas.
Another honor for Walter
Arundel coach Bernie Walter, whose baseball teams have won a state-record eight state titles and made him the county's winningest coach (427-117 in 25 seasons), will be honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association in Atlanta Jan. 2.
Walter, also the Gambrills school's athletic director, has been named the ABCA/Diamond Sports High School Division II Region Coach of the Year. That region covers the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic part of the country. Walter will receive his award at the ABCA annual Hall of Fame Coach of the Year banquet.
Walter led the Wildcats to a state-record 12th appearance in the state semifinals this spring and was The Sun's Anne Arundel and Metro Baseball Coach of the Year.
Question: Is St. Mary's guard Maria Smear the best non-signed basketball player in the state? Smear said recently that she hopes to pick a college soon. Her backcourt mate, Emily Lipton, committed early to Virginia Tech.
Meade's Angie Creek recently reached 1,000 career points.
It seems strange watching Annapolis play basketball this season and not seeing Roy Brown on the Panthers' bench next to coach John Brady. Brown, the Panthers' football coach, is taking a year off from basketball.
Jones Cable 22 will be showing, several times, the tape of Broadneck's 82-46 loss last Tuesday to DeMatha, the nation's top-ranked boys basketball team.
DeMatha's romp was its third straight over Broadneck and fourth over a county team since 1997, including a 105-50 rout at Annapolis. Broadneck will visit DeMatha next season.
Northeast grad Kathy Lewis, recently an assistant at Notre Dame Prep in Towson, will return to her Pasadena alma mater as girls lacrosse coach, succeeding Carolyn Parks.
Erin Hon, an All-County soccer forward at St. Mary's in 1994, is one of six University of Kansas players named to the academic All-Big 12 Conference soccer team. Hon, who lives in Severna Park, is a sports-management major.
Sandy Jenkin, a second-team All-County soccer forward at Severna Park in 1994-95, is now a senior tri-captain at Susquehanna (Pa.) University.
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Pub Date: 12/20/98