When the 37th Baltimore Catholic League boys basketball tournament begins today at Loyola College, several milestones could be reached.
In the first game, which pits second-seeded and eighth-ranked St. Frances (24-9) against seventh-seeded St. Maria Goretti (11-18), three-time All-Metro swingman Sean Mosley is in line to break the Panthers' career points record.
And the two coaches, William Wells of St. Frances and Cokey Robertson of Goretti, will be coaching in their last BCL tournaments. Wells and Robertson have announced their retirements.
Mosley, 6 feet 4, who signed to play at Maryland, has 2,765 career points and needs six to surpass the school record of 2,770 set by Mark Karcher.
Karcher, who went on to play at Temple and is now an assistant to Wells, played for the Panthers from 1993 to 1997. He will take over as head coach at St. Frances next season.
By passing Karcher, Mosley also would move into third place on the state's all-time scoring list. Rodney Monroe (Goretti, 1983-87) tops the list with 3,047 points, followed by Quintin Dailey (Cardinal Gibbons, 1976-79) with 2,844.
Mosley has scored 750 points this season (22.7 per game) and could pass Dailey for second place if St. Frances goes deep in the BCL and Alhambra Catholic Invitational tournaments. The Panthers and Mount St. Joseph have accepted invitations to the 48th Alhambra tournament March 13-15 in Frostburg.
Wells is leading St. Frances into its 20th BCL tournament, and Goretti's Robertson will coach in his 24th. Robertson has coached high school for 40 years, the past 34 with the Gaels.
Student tickets to the BCL tournament are $5 and adult tickets are $8. Youths 13 and under will be admitted free.
BCL Tournament(At Loyola College; seeds in parentheses)
Today (all times p.m.)
First round(2) St. Frances vs. (7) St. Maria Goretti, 3:30
(1) Mount St. Joseph vs. (8) Archbishop Spalding, 5:15
(3) Towson Catholic vs. (6) Calvert Hall, 7
(4) Cardinal Gibbons vs. (5) Loyola, 8:45
Mount St. Joseph-Spalding winner vs. Cardinal Gibbons-Loyola winner, 6
St. Frances-Goretti winner vs. Towson Catholic-Calvert Hall winner, 7:45
Semifinal winners, 7
All-time Maryland boys basketball scoring leaders:
No. Player, School Years Points 1. Rodney Monroe, St. Maria Goretti 1983-87 3,047 2. Quintin Dailey, Cardinal Gibbons 1976-79 2,844 3. Mark Karcher, St. Frances 1993-97 2,770 4. *Sean Mosley, St. Frances 2004-08 2,765 5. Adrian Dantley, DeMatha 1970-73 2,709 6. Duane Ferrell, Calvert Hall 1980-84 2,317