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With 3 top-seven teams, 2A North will be tough

The seedings were announced for the boys basketball state championship tournament Sunday, and the Class 2A North region will feature some of the area's top teams in what figures to be an exciting run to Comcast Center.

The region features three teams ranked in the top seven, and four ranked teams overall. No. 3 Randallstown (16-3) earned the No. 1 seed, No. 6 Douglass (17-4) earned the second seed, No. 7 City (19-3) is third and No. 11 Northwestern (13-4) had an unlucky draw, getting the No. 11 seed.

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The top four seeds in each region are determined by the state's points system, and the remaining seeds are determined by a blind draw.

"Our region is extremely tough," Douglass coach Rodney Coffield said. "The key is guard play. Good guards can get you out of the region."

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Lucky for the Ducks, their strength is in their guard play. Douglass is led by senior guards Omar Strong, Brandon Simms and Justin Berry.

To get to College Park, Randallstown has always been the team to go through. The Rams have won the state championship the past three seasons, and have a talented guard of their own in All-Metro pick Tione Womack.

The Knights have played consistently well all season, led by two of the best forwards in the area, sophomore C.J. Fair and junior Adam Johnson.

Randallstown, Douglass and City will all have byes in the first round of the tournament, along with Loch Raven (fourth seed) and Eastern Tech (fifth seed). Northwestern will face sixth-seeded Overlea in the first round.

Charm City Challenge -- The event, in its eighth year, announced its rosters Monday. Featuring some of the best boys basketball players in Baltimore, the main event will take place at the Towson Center at 3 p.m. on April 6, with the Baltimore All-Stars facing the U.S. All-Stars. The Baltimore All-Stars will be coached by Randallstown's Kim Rivers, and the roster will feature Sean Mosley, St. Frances; Henry Sims, Mount St. Joseph; Troy Franklin, Mount Carmel; Omar Strong, Douglass; Brandon Greene, Towson Catholic; Marc Anthony Franks, Mount Carmel; Brad Bald, Severna Park; Byron Westmoreland, Mervo; Gerrard Sheppard, McDonogh; Kimmie English, Randallstown (currently playing at Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts); Terrence Jones, Lake Clifton (also playing at Notre Dame Prep), and Allan Chaney, St. Paul's (currently playing in New London, Conn.). The roster for the U.S. All-Stars will be announced later this week. The event will kick off April 4 with dunking and three-point shooting contests. Tickets will be $10 for students if purchased on game day, $15 for general admission, $25 for reserved seating in the first 11 rows and $75 for VIP, which features courtside seats, programs and free food and beverage in the VIP lounge. Tickets can be purchased at charmcitychallenge.com or by calling 410-605-9381. Rosters for the Baltimore City and County All-Stars were also announced. For those, go to baltimoresun.com/varsity letters.

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Record for the No. 4 Towson Catholic boys basketball team against No. 8 St. Frances and No. 2 Mount St. Joseph during the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular season. However, in last week's league tournament, the Owls beat the Panthers in the semifinals and the Gaels in the final to capture their second consecutive conference tournament title.



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