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Take an early look at Md. state playoffs - Baseball notebook

February 08, 2002

Take an early look at Md. state playoffs - Baseball notebook



The MPSSAA open draw for the Maryland state tournament will be held on Feb. 17 at Arundel High School around noontime. For the second straight year, the top four teams in each region will be seeded - based on non-Christmas tournament records.

With just eight days, and likely only three games, before the draw, here's how area teams stack up in their quest for a top-four seed. All records include Christmas tournament games and were taken from newspapers across the state.

1A South


Boys: Dunbar 16-3, Poolesville 10-7, Brunswick 10-8, Oakland Mills 7-9, Catoctin 4-13, Forest Park 1-11, Southside Academy 0-14, Forestville 0-15. Victor Cullen n/a.

Girls: Dunbar 16-1, Poolesville 16-1, Forestville 14-4, Southside Academy 10-4, Catoctin 10-6, Brunswick 9-9, Oakland Mills 5-12, Forest Park 2-11.

1A West


Boys: South Hagerstown 17-0, Southern Garrett 14-3, Hancock 12-5, Beall 9-9, Williamsport 9-9, Allengay 7-11, Westmar 6-11, Northern Garrett 5-11, Smithsburg 5-13, Clear Spring 4-14, Boonsboro 2-15.

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Girls: Southern Garrett 19-0, Smithsburg 16-3, Beall 15-4, Allegany 6-11, Boonsboro 6-11, Northern Garrett 6-11, Williamsport 6-12, Westmar 4-12, Hancock 3-13, South Hagerstown 1-14, Clear Spring 0-16.

2A West


Boys: Fort Hill 15-2, North Hagerstown 15-3, Middletown 11-7, FSK 10-8, Centennial 9-9, Hammond 9-9, Howard 9-9, Walkersville 9-9, Glenelg 8-10, Atholton 2-15.

Girls: Walkersville 17-2, Glenelg 14-3, Centennial 13-4, Hammond 12-5, Middletown 12-6, North Hagerstown 10-7, Fort Hill 9-9, Atholton 2-14, FSK 2-16, Howard 2-16.

4A East


Boys: Thomas Johnson 16-1, Meade 14-5, Glen Burnie 13-6, North County 12-7, Frederick 11-6, Westminster 11-7, South River 8-10, C.M. Wright 7-9, Arundel 6-13, Broadneck 6-13, Old Mill 6-13, Chesapeake 3-15.

Girls: Frederick 14-3, Chesapeake 15-4, Arundel 13-6, Meade 13-6, South River 12-6, Westminster 12-6, Broadneck 10-9, C.M. Wright 8-9, Thomas Johnson 7-9, Glen Burnie 8-11, Old Mill 5-14, North County 0-19.

Take that back


The Broadfording and Heritage girls lost January victories over Martinsburg Christian after the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference's executive committee deemed the team ineligible to play on the varsity level.

The Warriors' use of seventh- and eighth-graders on the varsity level concerned the league, which responded by telling teams earlier this month to no longer use their varsity when playing Martinsburg Christian. A similar decision was made last season.

The league re-released a Dec. 11, 2000, memo to all MDCC athletic directors from league president David Clark, which said "the preliminary decision was made to protect the integrity and Christian testimony of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference league. Above all, standards of excellence must be upheld."

Clark also said that "no stats shall be added to any records for newspapers or schools for any players playing" a varsity game against MCA. But, he urged teams to continue to play the school on a junior varsity and junior high level.

A dozen hundred


Plenty of hullaballoo is given to people that hit the 1,000-point mark, but South's Domonique Richmond flew under the radar and past the milestone without virtually anyone knowing.

After Tuesday night's 20-point game against Middletown, Richmond stands at 1,201 for his career - despite not playing the first 10 games of his sophomore season because of his transfer back from Montrose Christian.

Richmond hit 1,000, ironically, against the Knights in their first meeting on the first of two free throws with 2:08 left in the game.

Bowling for dollars


The Thomas Johnson boys may not be professional bowlers, but the No. 1 Patriots combined for a perfect game in the last week. In victories over Urbana, Linganore and North Carroll, they put up a staggering 300 points while allowing just 153.

Almost there


Today is the final day for teams to qualify for the Pa. District 3 playoffs. The Chambersburg boys are a sure bet in Class AAAA with a 17-5 record and 16-4 mark in PIAA games. The Trojans' Mid Penn first-half championship loss to Harrisburg and Wednesday's win over Martinsburg do not count in the seeding equation.

The JB girls will definitely get in with a win over fellow AAA hopeful Big Spring tonight in Mercersburg. The Rockets are 15-7 overall, 14-6 in PIAA games (not counting a win over Leonardtown, Md., at Christmas and a loss to Shippensburg in the Mid Penn first-half title game).

At 13-9, 12-9 in the PIAA, Greencastle's boys need help tonight to make the 16-team AAA field. The Blue Devils have finished their games before the deadline and face defending AA champion Trinity up in Harrisburg on Saturday night.

This week's notebook compiled by staff writer Dan Spears. He can be reached at dans@herald-mail.com or 301-733-5131 ext. 2334.

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