With Annapolis, Meade and Old Mill going down to the wire for the two berths in the county championship set for 5 p.m. a week from today at Meade and the 4A East Region playoffs to follow, the Anne Arundel single-season record for wins by a public school is likely to fall.
Six county public school teams, four from Annapolis under coach John Brady and two more from Meade under Butch Young, share the single-season record for wins at 23. The last to do it was the 1989-90 state champion Annapolis Panthers at 23-3.
It's conceivable that this season could produce three 20-game winners for the first time in county history. It's mathematically possible for the top three to tie or break the record for most wins in a season.
The three teams were tied for first at 12-1 going into last night's action with their overall record even more impressive. Third-ranked Annapolis and No. 5 Meade were each 18-1 and No. 9 Old Mill was 17-2.
Old Mill has tied their school season record of 17 wins, a total they reached in back-to-back seasons, 1989-90 (17-7) and 1990-91 (17-6).
Counting last night, there were three league games remaining with the region playoffs beginning on Feb. 26. It will take at least three wins (byes) or possibly four to win the region depending on how the draw goes.
Annapolis was last year's only 20-game winner and state final four team finishing 21-7 in the 4A semis.
There were two teams with 20 wins in 1996-97, Broadneck (21-5) and Annapolis (20-6), but for the first time since 1967, the county did not send a team to the state tournament at Cole Field House.
During the 90s, only two teams have advanced to a state final four without 20 wins: Old Mill (16-10), 4A East Region winner in 1991-92 and Southern (16-9) in 1995-96 as 2A East Region champ.
The county private school record for most wins in a season was set by last year's Antioch Christian team at 27-5. The Eagles went into yesterday's game with a 26-5 mark with at least five games remaining.
Severn's 1992-93 team held the record at 25-2 before Antioch Christian.
After losing two games last week, not to mention 7-foot senior center Derrick Goode for the season with a broken right foot and tumbling from The Sun's No. 1 ranking, Spalding coach Tony Martin was more than concerned before Sunday's 73-51 victory over No. 19 Mount St. Joseph.
The win gave the No. 4 Cavaliers (22-4) a school record for wins.
"Our team is hard to read right now, and I've watched a lot of other league games this year and teams really get up to play us, " said Martin after a 59-48 loss at Calvert Hall Friday night.
"We've come on so hard, so strong, so quick that we take most everybody's best shot. I just hope everybody plays everybody else as hard as Calvert Hall did and maybe we'll have a chance at a playoff game."
The playoff game he's referring to would be on Monday to determine the top seed in the Catholic League Tournament were Spalding to win its last two games -- home Friday vs. Loyola and Sunday at No. 16 St. Frances -- and Towson Catholic (which has a one-game lead in the league) to lose one of its final two -- St. Frances at home Friday or Sunday at St. Maria Goretti.
New lacrosse referees
Following a bitter controversy last spring with the newly formed Southern Lacrosse Officials Association (SLOA), the Chesapeake Lacrosse Officials Association (CLOA) retained the rights to referee county boys lacrosse.
Last Thursday, however, the county Board of Education awarded this year's contract to the SLOA.
Headed up by Harry Dobson and Albert Winchester, the CLOA had worked the county games for nearly 30 years, but were threatened last year when some of their members jumped ship to the SLOA with Ray Henderson as commissioner and put in a bid for the county contract.
'Jocko' steals the show
Glen Burnie's Frank "Jocko" Svoboda delighted a crowd of nearly 350 people Friday at Camden Yards. Receiving the Umpire of the Year Award from the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches (MSABC), the 80-year-old Svoboda, who has umpired over 40 years on the youth and high school levels, stood at the podium in the dimly-lit room and shouted, "I can't see!"
Dean Albany, coach of the two-time national champion Maryland Orioles, said that "Jocko cracked everybody up. He was the life of the show, really funny when he couldn't read up there."
The MSABC also honored 10 District High School Coaches of the Year and an overall Coach of the Year. Arundel's Bernie Walter was named National Coach of the Year, but was not among the district coaches locally.
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Pub Date: 2/17/99