Last week's snow and ice pushed a lot of games back a few days, but as the school closures piled up, girls private schools officials opted to move their basketball tournament back a full week.
The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tournament was scheduled to resume last night, continue with the semifinals tomorrow and conclude with the finals Saturday at Goucher College.
Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion, the chairwoman of the IAAM basketball committee, said she, other coaches and other IAAM officials were concerned about the welfare of the players, who don't practice when school is closed for snow. There also was an issue with some schools being closed more days than others.
"As we got further along and there were more days off, we wanted to make sure teams got two days of practice before they played, because it had been a long time since anyone had picked up a ball or played a game," Marion said. "We were trying to do what was best for everybody. Some of those teams hadn't played since [the week before the storm]."
The conference titles will be played Saturday at 3, 5 and 7, with the timetable expected to be finalized today.
Last month was a difficult one on the mats for Milford Mill wrestler Nile Alexander. The 285-pound senior lost an overtime match to Hereford's Louis Stiffler, and also was pinned in the title bout of the Overlea Invitational Tournament by Woodlawn's Alex Harper.
Alexander, however, turned the tables on both wrestlers in Saturday's Baltimore County tournament, edging Stiffler in overtime of their semifinal bout before building a seven-point lead in a 10-6 victory over Harper.
The wins earned the second straight county title for Alexander, who improved to 26-4.
Another wrestler who redeemed himself was Parkville's Yousef Mohamed, who rose to 33-0 by pinning Milford Mill's Charles Blue in the second period of their 171-pound match.
A year ago, Mohamed did not place at counties after getting pinned by Blue in the consolation rounds. But Saturday's pin was Mohamed's second over Blue.
A third grudge match featured Hereford's Jeremy Keil (130) dethroning Owings Mills' Cody Rosen-Stone in a rematch of last year's final. This weekend, Keil will defend his 2A-1A North regional crown.
Southside Academy will field its first boys lacrosse team this spring, coached by Adam Kelly. a native of Weymouth, Mass.
His assistants will be Hartford, Conn., native Dennis Daly; Charlotte, N.C., native Gregg Carr; and Andy Posil, a 2002 Towson High graduate who was Carr's college roommate at North Carolina.
Carver's Danny Johnson dethroned his twin brother, Sammy Johnson, 6-4, in last weekend's Baltimore City wrestling tournament. The twins are 2-2 against each other.
Younger Barrett wins
Baltimore native Kevin Barrett, 14, of Boystown High in Omaha, won the 215-pound Class B Nebraska state title Saturday night at Creighton University to finish the year with a 29-3 record (24 pins). Barrett's older brother, Deshawn, was The Sun's 2004-05 All-Metro Wrestler of the Year as a senior at Patterson.