By SHELDON SHEALER
FREDERICK, Md. - St. John's at Prospect Hall is a tiny school with huge expectations, especially when it comes to basketball.
For years, its boys' basketball teams have been ranked among the nation's elite. Now, the girls' program has stepped into the national spotlight.
The result is an Associated Press No. 1 state ranking for both.
St. John's, a Frederick City school with an enrollment slightly over 200 students, becomes the first Maryland school to simultaneously hold the state No. 1 ranking in both boys' and girls' basketball.
Last year, the St. John's boys team finished No. 1 and the girls No. 2.
Thomas Johnson, with prep All-America candidate Terence Morris, starts the season ranked No. 9 in the A.P. Boys' Basketball Top 20. Morris, a 6-foot-8 forward, has signed with the University of Maryland. Patriots point guard Hasheem Alexander has also signed with a Division I school - Loyola (Md.).