Sometimes, Northeast-AA's softball winning streak looks a bit ugly, but it grows and grows.
Friday, Ericka Shades scored the winning run on a throwing error, lifting the unbeaten Eagles (7-0) over North County, 2-1. The victory extended their streak to 63 and moved the Eagles into fourth on the all-time national high school consecutive victory list. James Madison High of Vienna, Va., stands third at 71.
Overtaking No. 1, Vandebilt (La.) High, will take a while. Vandebilt won 112 straight (1980-1983).
* In baseball, top-ranked Perry Hall (4-0) got another all-around performance from Kevin Loewe, who pitched a two-hitter against Woodlawn and also contributed a double and triple at the plate. The Gators committed five errors. Roy Marsh added a home run for the winners.
The Gators, defending Class 4A state champs, previously defeated Parkville when Loewe hurled a no-hitter.
* In basketball, bragging rights will stay on the east side of town for another year. The East seniors and underclassmen again won both ends of the annual East-West High School All-Star games at Morgan State Saturday night.
In the underclass opener, Dunbar's Michael Lloyd (20 points, eight rebounds, eight steals) and Donta Bright (22 points, six rebounds) led the East to a 116-103 victory. Jermaine Porter of Walbrook paced the West with 29 points.
In the senior feature attraction, Southern's David Cason calmly sank the game-winning three-pointer with three seconds remaining to lift the East over the West, 81-80. Devin Gray of St. Frances (20 points) and Dunbar's Terrance Alexander (15) paced the East offense. Forest Park's Eric Bazemore (23 points) and Walbrook's Stevie Thomas (13) led the West.
* Mount St. Joe will induct the following into its Hall of Fame on April 24: Charles L. Chaney ('62), James R. Creamer ('60), James B. Dew ('63), Timothy D. Druzgala ('79), John R. Fick ('40), Francis E. Kozel ('54), Kevin J. Kreis ('73), Jose L. Prado ('46), John W. Roberts ('44) and Paul E. Triplett ('79). Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. ceremony are available at the school, at the door, or by calling 646-4700.
* Callers frequently ask why a record is incorrect or a scoring statistic is in error. The response is simple: Game results are not reported to The Sun (332-6200) for any number of reasons. With 110 schools playing so many boys and girls varsity sports in the spring, coaches are asked to keep The Evening Sun up to date (332-6669), especially when previously postponed games are made up. The best time to telephone is Monday and Wednesday mornings before noon.
* Nominate Athletes of the Week to The Evening Sun (332-6669) before noon on Mondays. Invitations to the 25th annual Athlete of the Year luncheon, set for June 5, will be mailed in early May.