Last night's Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) state tournament draw produced one big time, unwanted matchup for Anne Arundel County teams.
In volleyball, No. 4 ranked Severna Park defeated No. 7 Broadneck, 3-0 by scores of 15-3, 15-12 and 15-11 yesterday in a battle of Anne Arundel County unbeatens. Winning coach Tim Dunbar said afterwards, that "this could have been the first of three games with them."
How right the Severna Park coach was.
The two teams are likely to finish 1-2 in the county league and play for the county championship on Nov. 2 at Broadneck, and they have a definite date in the quarterfinals of the 4A East regional on Nov. 6 at Severna Park because of the state lottery.
At last night's draw the Falcons (8-0, 8-3) pulled the No. 3 seed while the Bruins (7-1, 7-1) notched the No. 6 seed in their move up from 3A to 4A. Each of the two drew first-round byes.
"They [Broadneck] make the regional tougher," said Dunbar whose Falcons get the home game because of the higher seed.
"They're a good ball club, better than that score because I think they underplayed which I have to remind my team. I have to tell them Broadneck is better than what they showed. It's tough to beat a good team three times in a year."
Severna Park is seeking their third straight region title and was last year's 4A state finalist to Walt Whitman.
Also, in volleyball Annapolis, which is winless this season, drew a first round bye.
Boys soccer: The chance of a rematch of the 4A East region final exists in boys soccer with defending state champion and No. 4 Chesapeake (12-1, 10-0) and No. 12 Severna Park (10-3, 9-1) in separate brackets.
Chesapeake, a 2-0 regular season winner over Severna Park, meets the Falcons for the county championship Tuesday at Old Mill with a third match likely in the region final come Nov. 9.
Chesapeake lost to the Falcons in regular season and in the county championship by 2-1 last year before stunning the defending region champion Falcons, 1-0 in the region title game and going onto to win the state 4A championship.
Last night, the Cougars drew the No. 5 seed and will play a quarterfinal Nov. 5 or 6 at Old Mill (4-5-2) while Severna Park is sixth seed and plays at Broadneck (3-7-1). It would take two wins by each team to meet again in the final.
Field hockey: Following her Cougars' 4-2 loss to two-time defending state champ Severna Park in last night's county championship game, Chesapeake coach Jerry Taylor had one wish: not to see the Falcons first in the Class 4A East region playoffs.
Wish likely not granted.
Severna Park (13-2) will take on winless Meade in the opening round while Chesapeake gets a first-round bye. The Cougars (11-3-1) can expect to see a Severna Park team that beat them twice in three days this week.
On the other side of the East region bracket, Broadneck -- newcomers to 4A this season -- will start off with North County while Arundel will meet Old Mill.
A couple of newcomers to the Class 3A -- South River and Annapolis -- may meet in the third round of the East region.
South River, which moved up from the Class 2A this fall, must get past Northeast first, while Annapolis, which dropped down from Class 4A, takes on Franklin from Baltimore County in its opener.
Girls soccer: Severna Park, state runner-up in the Class 4A last fall, will look to take it one step farther this season.
The No. 2-ranked Falcons (11-1) will first meet vastly improved Broadneck (8-3) in their opener in the Class 4A East region.
Cheapeake and Arundel are contenders on the other side of the East bracket.
In the Class 3A East, No. 6 South River, the only team to defeat Severna Park this season, will have a serious challenge getting out of the region with No. 4 River Hill of Howard County on the opposite side of the bracket.
River Hill was ranked No. 1 in the metro area for a good part of the season before falling to Centennial, 1-0, last Friday.