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Gaels, BCL weathering the storm

February 20, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

Last weekend's snowstorm might just be the best thing to happen to St. Maria Goretti's basketball team.

Then again, it might be the worst thing, too.

The big storm that blanketed the state of Maryland has turned the Baltimore Catholic League postseason into a "your guess is as good as mine" affair.

Wednesday's tournament pairings meeting was postponed. So were the pairings. And the tournament is off for at least a week and might have a different format when the competition for the title starts.

"Everything is patchwork right now," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said.

Because of the postponements, Goretti will make up last Sunday's regular-season finale with McDonogh on Sunday at 1 p.m. It was postponed by last weekend's inclimate weather, but it doesn't mean it's any less important to the Gaels.

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It could have a direct bearing on where Goretti could be seeded for the tournament.

"We could be seventh, eighth or ninth. ... We won't know until after Sunday's games," Robertson said. "By Sunday night, we should know the pairings."

Meanwhile, Goretti's non-league game with Jefferson has yet to be rescheduled. Since neither school has had school this week, there hasn't been any communications to reset a date, if at all.

And even when the BCL tournament starts, there is no sure thing or location to play it.

"They are looking around for a place to play," Robertson said. "We are trying to find a neutral court where we might be able to play, but we don't know if we can get one for one, two or three days."

Goucher College is the first choice, but the BCL is also looking at any possibilities to play at Villa Julia or Loyola. If nothing is settled, the first round might be played at the home of the higher seed.

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