Old Mill lacrosse coach Bruce Sponsler has discovered how to keep opponents from double- and triple-teaming senior Allison Zaetz.
"It took me two games to get my act together," said Sponsler, whose team went 2-10 last season. "I hardly played freshman Michelle Salmon in the first two games against Severna Park and Chesapeake. She had never played the sport before and I just didn't realize how effective she was going to be."
Sponsler started Salmon against North County and she got his attention with four goals.
The Patriots are 3-3 and Salmon already has 19 goals and two assists, but that hasn't slowed Zaetz. The senior has 18 and five.
* A tale recently circulating had it that Archbishop Curley's Al Frank has worn the same baseball hat for 29 seasons as the Friars coach. Frank denied it. "I got a new hat in 1978, the year we won the championship, and I got this one [here he carefully doffed the black hat he now wears] when we won our last championship in 1983."
With the Friars off to a 7-0 start, Frank may soon be placing an order for a new one.
Incidentally, with Monday's 2-0 victory over Mount St. Joseph, Frank registered his 380th career win. The Friars do not have 20 games remaining this season, so Frank may not reach No. 400. "I'm thinking about retiring after this season," he said. "I don't know. Twenty-nine seasons is a long time."
* The second annual East-West High School All-Star Game, sponsored by the Baltimore Metro Basketball Coaches Association, taps off Saturday at Morgan State. The underclass preliminary begins at 6 p.m., followed by the seniors contest at 8 p.m.
Tickets ($3 in advance/$5 at the door) are available at Charlie Rudo's Sports, from metro area coaches or by calling 945-7370.
The East seniors boast Devin Gray (St. Frances), teammates David Cason and John Salley (Southern) and The Evening Sun Player of the Year, Terrance Alexander (Dunbar). They'll oppose the likes of West seniors Stevie Thomas (Walbrook), teammates Casey Musick and Ross Peacock (Gibbons) and Eric Basemore (Forest Park).
In the underclass game, Dunbar's Michael Lloyd, Keith Booth and Donta Bright (Dunbar) head the East squad against the West contingent led by Walbrook's Rodney Beasley, Shamar Bass and Sean Evans.
All proceeds will benefit BMBCA programs and scholarship funds.
* Mount St. Joseph 140-pound wrestler Khris Reina, who had a career mark of 118-23-1, will attend Harvard next fall. Reina's 3.81 grade-point average and 1,210 on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests helped him land an academic scholarship.
* Annapolis is strongly considering naming its football field at Richard G. Ensor Panther Stadium, "Al Laramore Field." Ensor was the former principal who died in an auto accident, and Laramore was the longtime football and lacrosse coach who died of a heart attack. Both men were central figures in the Annapolis sports community.
The gymnasium at North County was renamed "Hart Hall" last night, in memory of coach Dick Hart, who died in February of brain cancer. Hart was the only coach Andover High ever had. Andover merged with Brooklyn Park last fall to become North County High.