Some, including Howard coach Dan Ross, believe Baltimore County lacrosse teams are violating the spirit of the state playoff rules.
Howard finished its regular season at 10-2, but did not make the state Class 4A/3A quarterfinals. Excluding holiday tournament games, which do not count for purposes of the state's point system, Baltimore County's Perry Hall team ended the regular season at 8-2 and did qualify. Ross believes the system hurts a team that chooses to play the maximum number of games, which is 12 (or 14 if you compete in a holiday tournament).
"Dulaney and Towson [also of Baltimore County] won't play each other because they fear a loss will hurt their playoff chances," said Ross. "They choose to play fewer games, yet will call and ask for a scrimmage 10 games into the season so they can stay sharp for the playoffs. It doesn't make sense.
"I believe the kids are entitled to play the maximum number of games and they should. We played seven league games and picked up five other games to fill out the schedule. We also played in a holiday tournament. But the rules allow others to choose not to play games. It's not right."
Before dismissing the Howard coach's opinion as sour grapes, consider that the Baltimore County 4A/3A champion girls team, Dulaney, did play the Class 2A/1A champ, Loch Raven for the Baltimore County title. But the boys won't do the same.
That inconsistency is curious, if not puzzling.
* Basketball fans can catch tonight's tripleheader at Northeast, benefiting junior baseball player Matt Gallagher, who practices as often as he is able. Matt is in early stages of remission in his battle with cancer.
There will be no charge for the games, but all donations will go to Matt and his family to defray medical expenses.
The first game will be a girls alumnae affair at 6 o'clock. The boys alumni will tap off at 7 and the faculty will play an alumni squad at 8.
* This comes from Mount Hebron baseball coach Dave Appleby, following his team's recent 21-17 victory over Liberty: "Every time you looked up, the bases were loaded and nobody was out." Hebron had 21 hits and two errors. Liberty had 19 hits and three errors.
Of the 41 hits, 17 were for extra bases. Hebron catcher Baron Gauna led the way with five hits, including two triples. He also had four RBIs, scored five runs and stole four bases.
The 38 runs snapped a state record for combined single-game scoring.
* On the subject of state records, Northeast-AA third baseman Don Shump stands alone in the state record book under the listing for homes runs in a single game. Shump belted three at Severna Park last week.