No. 3 Old Mill @ Severna Park
WHEN: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Both teams have depth through their lineups, with visiting Old Mill having the edge in experience. The Patriots, who went undefeated in county competition during the regular season last year, boast three defending state semifinalists - heavyweight Aaron Hawkins, 125-pound senior Willie Pumphrey and 130-pound sophomore Ron Vaughters.
They also are coming off an impressive showing at the Mount Mat Madness Tournament last weekend and a recent dual-match victory over Howard County power River Hill. Severna Park, led by 215-pound senior Billy Nichols and 119-pound sophomore Brady Massaro, also has started strong with four straight county wins. The Falcons will have to bring their very best to the mat and lean on the home crowd to surprise in what should be a close match. The Patriots have the talent and the ability to rise to the challenge.
THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Old Mill
No. 14 Severn @ St. Mary's
WHEN: Friday, 5:30 pm.
OUTLOOK: The Admirals (12-3 overall, 5-2 IAAM B Conference ) made an impressive opening statement with a 54-39 home win on Dec. 12 in the rivals' first meeting. Pressure defense and a 14-point performance from junior G Leah Cranmer led the way for the defending conference champs. The Saints (10-6, 7-2) were still settling in under first-year coach Terri Daniels and have shown they are on the right track after winning just six games last year in the A Conference. Senior Melissa Perkins, Emily Slear and Katie Bolhorst are the catalysts, and the Saints must play 32 minutes of solid ball to get past the Admirals. In the first meeting, a two-point third quarter by the Saints ultimately did them in.
THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Severn