Because No. 7-ranked Mercy defeated the Institute of Notre Dame, 69-31, in girls basketball last week, the outcome of tonight's rematch appears certain.
No one involved, however, takes that for granted.
Tonight's event is simply known as The Game in Mercy-IND circles. Surrounded by a week of fanfare at each school and played at the Towson Center, The Game draws about 3,500 fans.
"It takes on a whole new meaning," said Magic coach Mary Ella Marion, who also played in The Game with Mercy. "It doesn't matter where you're ranked. Anyone can win, because there have been upsets in the past."
This marks the 33rd year for The Game, which began as a preliminary to a Bullets game at what is now Baltimore Arena. Mercy leads the series, 21-11.
The Game has outgrown several area facilities on its way to the Towson Center. Loyola High School and Loyola College's Reitz Arena were too small to hold the crowd of students, parents, alumnae and other fans.
"There's a lot of tradition in this game," said Marion, "and it almost becomes more than the game. There's a lot going on at both schools the whole week leading up to it, and it's a chance to play in front of 3,000 people at a university facility. It's not your regular, ordinary afternoon or evening game."
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door.
When Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rivals Mount St. Joseph and Boys' Latin wrestled to a 30-30 draw last week, Bernadette Nash probably was the happiest person in the Gaels' gymnasium.
Each of her sons was victorious: Devin, a freshman at Mount St. Joseph, scored a decision; Kevin, a junior at Boys' Latin, got a pin.
"I was ecstatic," said the wrestlers' mother. "The house was very quiet and very intense leading up to the match. Later that night, they really didn't talk about it."
Kevin, 16, is in his second year at Boys' Latin after having spent his sophomore year at Pikesville. But Devin chose the Gaels' program. Kevin has 26 wins, Devin 21.
Both will compete in this weekend's MIAA tourney at St. Joe.
Towson Catholic's Erica Haywood grabbed her 1,000th career rebound Monday and pulled within 13 points of her 1,000th career point.
The junior had 18 points and 19 rebounds in the Owls' 40-35 girls basketball loss to Oldfields in the opening round of the Association of Independent Schools B Division Tournament.
However, the Owls have three games left, and Haywood likely will get her 1,000th point when they play host to Harford Tech at 5: 30 Tuesday.
Despite her numbers, Haywood has quite a way to go to reach the school record of 2,516 points set by Tori Harrison, a 1983 graduate who went on to help Louisiana Tech to two NCAA finals.
Harrison's mark is just off the area's all-time record: 2,586 by Arlington Baptist's Curley Jones.
Narlis passes 100-win mark
Towson wrestler John Narlis, ranked No. 5 in the state, collected his school-record 100th career victory on Saturday when he pinned River Hill's Michael Dauberman. And with Monday's pin against Patapsco, Narlis picked up career win No. 101.
A senior who didn't begin wrestling until the middle of his freshman year, Narlis has been a two-time Baltimore County tournament finalist -- winning last year's title -- and twice a region champion.
Narlis (21-2) was third at last year's state tournament and sixth as a sophomore.
Brandy Ault, the Institute of Notre Dame's All-Metro striker, has signed with Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., to play soccer next fall.
Ault was one of the Catholic League's most powerful strikers all four years she played. Last fall, she contributed 11 goals and 10 assists for a young team that needed her to spend time at center midfield and at sweeper.
Ault, who carries a 3.9 grade-point average, plans to study biology for a career in physical therapy or medicine.
The Baltimore Sun High School Sports Show is now being aired at 2 p.m. Saturdays on WBAL-TV.
Woodlawn junior Ismael Robinson, a 6-foot-2 guard, is averaging 20 points, six rebounds and three assists as the 19th-ranked Warriors (13-6) head into tonight's showdown with Randallstown.
"The kid from Dulaney, Romas Krywonis, he's the best player in the county. But Ismael's the best junior," said coach Bobby Richardson.
Pub Date: 2/12/99