NEWS AND NOTES:
Severna Park and Loch Raven keep rolling in girls lacrosse.
Saturday, at Catonsville Community College, Saverna Park took its fifth straight championship and Loch Raven its fourth. The Falcons downed Chesapeake-AA, 9-5, to earn the state Class 4A/3A championship, and the Raiders topped Fallston, 14-9, for the state Class 2A/1A title.
Severna Park has won 98 of its last 102 games. Loch Raven has won 51 straight over four seasons, and has gone undefeated 13 times since the county took up the sport 19 years ago.
Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn has only four starting seniors, including Christy Dial (four goals, one assist) and Missy Compton (three goals, two assists). Neither has played in a losing game in their high school careers.
* Sportsmanship was most evident at the MSA track and field championships. Meet official Hy Zolet was anxious to let it be known.
"The conditions for pole vaulting were not ideal," said Zolet. "The mats were too short and every vaulter was landing on or near the edge of the mats. Jamie Edwards of Gilman cleared 10 feet, 6 inches, but missed the edge of the mat. As he landed on the ground, his foot kicked the standard holding the bar and caused it to fall off.
"The rule is clear and I had no choice but to disallow the vault because he had caused the bar to fall."
To Zolet's surprise and admiration, the remaining competitors, Loyola's Pete Bounaccorsi, Jeff Zeilinski and McDonogh's Joey Escalante, approached him, asking he rule Edwards' vault good because the mats' being too short really caused the bar to fall.
"I agreed and allowed the vault, then shook their hands," said Zolet. "It was a great display of sportsmanship."
Edwards required medical attention, but recovered and cleared 11-6 to win the competition. Bounaccorsi (11-3), Escalante (10-6) and Zeilinski (10-6) trailed, but only in the scoring.
* At the MSA meet, Poly repeated as team champion, led by Trae Evans, Eric Gay and seniors Ron Drummond and Stevon Hamilton. McDonogh senior Jim Lewis made the most of his only year of high school track as he won the shot put (52-4 1/2 ) and discus (159-4). Lewis' teammate Mark Wilson was another double winner, capturing the 400 in 50.6 and the long jump at 21-10. The only other double winner was Mervo junior Eric Keene, who won the 100 (11.0) and 200 (22.1).
* In state regional baseball, strong pitching boosted Dundalk as Kevin Rexrode threw a one-hitter at Parkville.
Top-ranked Northeast pounded 12 hits for 19 runs after only three innings in stopping Fairmont Heights. Charlie Buckheit did not allow a hit for the Eagles.
Most of the regionals had to be completed today, because of the poor weekend weather.
* Fathers coaching sons played an important role in two of the four MSA lacrosse championships. St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley and junior attackman Tim Whiteley were on the winning side as the Crusaders stopped St. Mary's 9-8 for the A Conference title, and Obie Barnes Sr. and Obie Barnes Jr. got their first championship as the Foresters stopped Lake Clifton 8-6 for C Conference honors.
John Carroll won its third straight BB Conference championship on the heels of a B Conference title in 1988, and Poly avenged last year's loss to Park with a 7-6 overtime victory for the B Conference title.