In two years of Capital Beltway Athletic Association play, Riverdale Baptist now has three titles to its name — 2013 league champions, 2013 tournament champions, 2014 league champions — with the opportunity for another this weekend at the CBAA tournament.
The Crusaders sealed up their second straight league title and the top seed in this week’s playoffs with its 63-59 win over first-year member Clinton Christian on Feb. 20.
“I tell you, every year we’re going with the mindset we got to be the best we could possibly be,” Riverdale coach Lou Wilson said. “We think we could win any league no matter the competition and it’s tough to repeat because everybody wants you. We knew it was going to be a tough chore to win back-to-back.”
The tournament, which is scheduled to begin Thursday at Takoma Academy — a prospective league member for next year — with Riverdale playing No. 4 seed Capitol Christian and No. 2 Clinton matching up with No. 3 National Christian.
“Even though we’re the top seed, it’s no given that we’re going to beat the four seed and even the two seed is no given to beat the three seed,” Wilson said. “But that’s the fun of it, that’s the fun of it.”
— Travis Mewhirter
Prince George’s Community College’s men’s basketball team (20-9) defeated Anne Arundel Community College 75-63 on Sunday to win the Region XX Division III basketball tournament. With the victory, the Owls advance to the District VII tournament, which is scheduled to begin Friday at Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C. The tournament winner advances to the NJCAA National Championship March 13-15.
Eleanor Roosevelt graduate Lerenzo Foote was named to the Region XX all-tournament team and Gabe McCray was the tournament’s most valuable player.
The Laurel High School girls’ basketball team received the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in what should be a competitive 4A South Section I postseason draw. The Spartans (11-9), led by Lisa Jing (16.6 points per game) and Megan Brown (15.9), play the winner of Friday’s game between DuVal (10-9) and Bladensburg (5-15).
No. 2 Parkdale (12-7) received a first-round bye in the bottom half of the section and plays the winner of Northwestern (1-16) and High Point (0-13) in the following round.
The powerhouse Section II features Eleanor Roosevelt (20-0), Charles H. Flowers (16-1), Henry A. Wise (11-8) and Bowie (15-7), along with Suitland (6-15) and Oxon Hill (5-13). Roosevelt and Flowers received first-round byes; the Raiders take on the winner of Wise-Bowie and the Jaguars will play the Suitland-Oxon Hill winner. Expect Roosevelt and Flowers to play in the semifinals. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 75-49 to give Flowers its only loss this season.
— Eric Goldwein
On Feb. 18, the DeMatha Catholic (11-19-5) saw its season come to an end when the Stags were defeated by Georgetown Prep, 7-3, in the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League semifinals.
DeMatha and Prep were tied 1-1 briefly, but the Little Hoyas went for six unanswered goals at one point to take comnplete command. Stags’ forward Kyle Hooper led the team this winter with 20 goals and 18 assists.
While DeMatha’s hockey season just ended, the Stags’ baseball team appeared on the FAB 50 preseason rankings. Shortstop Ben Prada and catcher Justin Morris, a University of Maryland, College Park recruit who appeared on the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches’ preseason all-state team, are among the top returners from last year’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship squad that ended the season at 25-6.
— Ted Black