Can anyone remember a season in which Glenelg's boys basketball team started with a 7-0 record?
The surprising Gladiators will find out this week and next whether they are for real or have just fattened up on some weaker teams.
They face Mount Hebron today, Atholton on Friday and Oakland Mills next Wednesday -- all on the road. Those teams were supposed to be the county's best before the season began, and they've lived up to the expectations: Oakland Mills is 6-2, and Mount Hebron and Atholton are 4-2.
"If we want respect, then these next three games are big," Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder said.
The Gladiators seem to be a strong fourth-quarter team.
Glenelg is coming off a Westminster Holiday Tournament victory in which it defeated Landon, 58-51, by hitting 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter, and Westminster, 46-34, by scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Glenelg trailed Westminster 11-1 at one point, and 20-12 at halftime.
"We scored only two points in the second quarter, but beat them on transition in the second half," Snyder said. "Our rebounding has improved. Eric Breland had 11 and 10 rebounds in the tournament. And we are averaging only 13 turnovers per game."
Glenelg's Dec. 23 game against Wilde Lake was postponed by snow and rescheduled for Feb. 1.
River Hill's basketball season has been filled with close losses.
The Hawks are 3-5 but could easily have three or four more victories. They lost their opener to Urbana, 49-47. They lost in overtime to Glenelg, and on a last-second long shot by Howard.
"We also played great against Oakland Mills," coach Tom Schneider said. "We led Oakland Mills by a point after three quarters, and were still in it with 45 seconds to go but made a couple of turnovers down the stretch."
The Hawks have lost their top shooter, Jay Kreider, until at least next month. Kreider broke a small bone in his shooting wrist during the Glenelg game.
Other players have stepped up for the Hawks. Justin Brewer scored 29 points in two games at the Holy Ghost Holiday Tournament in Pennsylvania and made the all-tournament team. River Hill lost to Haverford, 56-41, but defeated Niagara, 65-53.
"Haverford had a 6-5 player named Henry Fairfax that has already signed with Drexel and we held him to three field goals," Schneider said.
In the Niagara victory, two seldom-used players got a chance to play. Sophomore Alex Nowak scored 11 points and junior Alex Dummett scored 17.
"We've become a little different team now," Schneider said. "We're a bigger team with not as much outside scoring that tries to create with defense."
Seth Willingham (Wilde Lake) made first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference as a tight end for Eastern Illinois University. The 269-pound junior tight end caught 30 passes.
Jay Green (Wilde Lake) of Shepherd College earned second-team All-WVIAC Conference honors as a junior offensive lineman for the Rams. Keith Jefferson (Atholton) was an honorable mention pick as a Rams' sophomore defensive back.
Matt Shapiro (Wilde Lake) finished with one goal and two assists in his first season of soccer at Franklin and Marshall University in Lancaster, Pa.
Chris Poling (Howard) of Western Maryland College was inducted into the school's Fellowship of Champions Nov. 14 for winning the 177-pound Centennial Conference wrestling championship last season.
Tim Hawken (Wilde Lake) is part of a strong basketball freshmen recruiting class for York College, Pa. The Spartans' only local game will be at Goucher College on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
Teddy Zingman (Atholton) of Johns Hopkins is a second-team All-Centennial Conference soccer selection as a junior forward.
Brandon Lauer of River Hill is pictured on the cover of the Nov. 15 issue of Wrestling USA magazine. It's a shot of him wrestling in last season's state finals, which he won to complete a 34-0 season.
Pub Date: 1/06/99