Although its season came to an end with Tuesday's first-round playoff loss to last year's champ, Gilman, the Friends Quakers found solace in the fact that their boys basketball team had completed its best campaign in school history.
The Quakers' year-ending 13-12 record included seven league victories - numbers that nearly tripled last year's win total.
"I was told that this was a rebuilding job, and maybe it was, but there were great kids on the team," first-year coach Brian Anglim said. "They were willing to work hard and make any sacrifice. That's the kind of attitude that led to their success. Due to our lack of size, our philosophy was to be an ultra-aggressive team defensively and force turnovers. It allowed us to force 22 turnovers per game and hold teams to an average of 46 points."
The offense centered on star guard Pat Sissman, who averaged 15 points and three assists and steals. Sissman was among the Quakers' eight seniors, including Maxx Davis, who averaged 6.1 points and three steals.
Senior forward Phil Bartolini averaged seven points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals, and sophomore guard Justin Prushansky was the Quakers' second-leading scorer with nine points.
Toting the load
Bryn Mawr senior Darryll Peterson closed out a terrific basketball career last week with some of the best performances of her four years.
The 6-foot guard scored 25, 28 and 26 points in her last three games as the Mawrtians reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference quarterfinals.
Peterson averaged 19.9 points and 9.5 rebounds. She scored 1,252 points during her career, landing second on Bryn Mawr's all-time list behind 2004 graduate Andrea Dodrill's 1,340.
"She's too big for the guards to handle and she's too quick for most forwards," said Notre Dame Prep coach Mike Buchanan, whose team lost to the Mawrtians in the first round of the A Conference tournament. "In the last two games against us, she got 28 and 29 points and she got most of her points on layups. We tried everything [defensively]."
This winter, Peterson ended up having to do more than expected after teammates Allie Emala and Meredith Larsen tore anterior cruciate ligaments in November and were sidelined for the season.
"Instead of having someone to take the pressure off her, she had to carry the offensive load," Bryn Mawr coach Jim "Snuffy" Smith said. "She had to rebound and she always defended the other team's best post or wing player."
Peterson's versatile game helped the Mawrtians finish 11-14 after starting off 1-6. Next year she will play at SUNY-Binghamton on scholarship.
Lake Clifton basketball coach Herman Harried has been named to coach the 2006 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will compete in the ninth annual Nike Hoop Summit on April 8 at 3 p.m. at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
This is the second straight year in which Harried has been chosen to be a part of the program, having served as an assistant for last year's victorious U.S. Hoop Summit team.
The Nike Hoop Summit is considered one of the nation's premier annual basketball games, as it features some of the country's top senior prospects taking on a world select team of under-19 all-stars. The game will be televised by Fox Sports.
A 1984 Dunbar graduate, Harried starred as a forward for four years at Syracuse. He was part of four teams that earned NCAA tournament berths, including the 1986-87 Big East Conference champion that lost, 74-73, to Indiana in the NCAA title game.
Harried played five seasons as a professional in Europe, leading the Worthington Bears to two English championships.
"Being previously involved in this USA event gives me a jump-start on what to expect," said Harried, an assistant on last year's select team, which won, 106-98, and a former head coach of the bronze-medal-winning 2004 USA Basketball youth developmental squad. "I know a lot of high school coaches aren't as fortunate to be involved in such an event. They coach for years and years and just never have the opportunity. I definitely think this is an honor."
Tickets for today's 6 p.m. Baltimore City boys basketball title game between No. 2 Walbrook and No. 3 Southwestern to be played at Northwestern High will cost $5 and can be purchased at the participating schools or at the door.
For a game featuring All-Metro players Jamal Barney of Southwestern and Rodney Spruill of Walbrook, who have scored career high's of 48 and, 43 points, respectively, officials expect the 900-capacity gym to fill perhaps as much as 30 minutes prior to game time.
The same goes for the girls title game, featuring No.4 Western at City, to be played at 6 p.m. Western also meets City in the junior varsity game.
Friends duo commits
Drew Black, an All-Baltimore City outfield selection in The Sun, and Friends School teammate Adam Genn, a pitcher, have committed to play at Bradley and Emory universities, respectively.
Black, a four-year starter who hit .496 last season, was twice selected to the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference team. Black already has been named to the 2006 preseason All-State Team by an association of Maryland baseball coaches.
Genn threw in the high 80s last spring en route to an ERA of 1.94.
George Mason-bound All-Metro senior forward Louis Birdsong of Mount St. Joseph received the Jerry Savage Player of the Year award in honor of the retired former Loyola coach from the Baltimore Catholic League coaches.