Glen Burnie boys basketball coach Mike Rudd has watched his son, Tyler, grow up in the program, going from being a ball boy as a youngster to becoming the go-to player in the crunch.
What do the two think about this being Tyler's last year before moving on to college? They try not to.
"I'm just enjoying it, and when he leaves for college I don't know who it will be harder for - probably me," Coach Rudd said.
What has also come with Tyler's senior season is a special opportunity at Glen Burnie, which has a talented nucleus intact to make a strong run in the county as well as the state playoffs.
The Gophers are 4-0 after Monday's 66-49 win over Western Tech.
Tyler, a 6-foot-4 forward who also sees time at shooting guard, is averaging 20 points, and fellow senior Danny Murphy averages 15 points.
Tyler who is still undecided on a college, has McDaniel near the top of the list.
What makes Mike Rudd most proud is Tyler's work ethic.
"He's always pushing me, 'Dad, can we go to the gym to practice on some shooting?' He's my only child and to watch him grow into a fine young man is very satisfying," the coach said.
Bonus time for Wildcats
Injuries have limited the Arundel girls basketball team, but coach Lee Rogers is hoping to find a positive to the situation for the long haul.
Standout senior center Simone Egwu has been out with an ankle injury and is being brought back slowly, while fellow senior starter Naimah Kimbrue also has missed time. It has allowed other players to step into starting roles and given more minutes to other players in the rotation. Rogers said Dedra Moore, Courtney Jones, Briana McKellery and Ariel Ross all have had added responsibilities and produced.
"It gave them quality time against some quality opponents, and we'll need that as we get deep into the season. It's valuable experience," said Rogers, whose Wildcats took a 2-1 mark into the week.
Softball clinics offered
The North County softball program is sponsoring two four-week softball clinics in January and February at the Sandlot BWI on Ordinance Road in Glen Burnie.
The January clinic, which will focus on hitting, will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The February clinic, focusing on fielding and throwing, also will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The clinics are for girls ages 12 to 17 and all skill levels. Contact coach Tom Thompson at 410-294-1091.