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St. John's boys, girls open No. 1

December 03, 1996

By SHELDON SHEALER

Staff Writer

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.).

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St. Maria Goretti is the only Washington County school in the rankings, starting at No. 19.

In the girls' basketball Top 20, Linganore, led by Iowa-bound forward Cara Consuegra, is No. 2. Middletown, with several starters back from last year's 20-win team, is No. 20.

In addition to the overall Top 20, there are also classification rankings.

St. John's boys' team holds the top billing among the private schools. St. Maria Goretti, a runner-up to DeMatha in the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament last weekend, is No. 9.

Thomas Johnson is No. 2 among Class 3A schools. Frederick is No. 5 in the Class 4A rankings. Middletown is third in the 2As.

In Class 1A, Williamsport is third and Brunswick is ninth.

In girls' basketball, St. John's (private schools) and Linganore (Class 3A) hold the top spots in their groups.

Thomas Johnson is No. 5 in Class 3A. Middletown is fourth in Class 2A. And in Class 1A, Brunswick is third, Smithsburg is eighth and Williamsport is 10th.

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