If the state playoffs are over, it must be all-star game season.
On the heels of a couple of post-season lacrosse games, the upcoming lineup includes an all-star baseball game Saturday and a Hall of Famelacrosse all-star classic involving several games next weekend.
With attention turned away from the area high school scene, fans can start turning their attention to baseball's South Penn League, the Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League, youth and adult softball and various Babe Ruth and youth baseball loops.
The Carroll-Howardall-star series moves to baseball at 2 p.m. Saturday when the top seniors from Carroll face the top seniors from our neighbor to the south at Glenelg High.
In other upcoming sports:
* On the heels of Friday's Lacrosse for Leukemia boys and girls all-star games and the Carroll-Howard game earlier last week comes next week's Ninth Annual Lacrosse Hall of Fame Classic on Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The event features youth, high school, college and old-timers' teams.
Unlike the other regional tournaments, the Hall of Fame all-star games are open to players from around the lacrosse-playing areas of the country --primarily the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, but with some players coming from the Midwest and evena player from California in high school all-star game.
South Carroll's Kyle Blough, who was selected for the Lacrosse for Leukemia game, also is on the Boys South High School All-Star team. The only other countian on any of the available Hall of Fame rosters is Westminster resident Butch Hilliard, a lacrosse Hal of Fame inductee and Cornell University graduate who will be playing for the North team in one of two old-timers games.
The old-timers' games are slated to startat 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 as part of the opening festivities. The high school game is set for 1:30 p.m.the following Saturday.
The roster for the men's NCAA Division III all-star game has not yet been set, but two county natives -- Gettysburg's Erik Johnson (Westminster High) and Washington's Greg Rupert (Liberty) -- are eligibleand are outside shots to be selected.
* In the South Penn League,Westminster and Taneytown meet head-to-head for the first time Saturday at Memorial Park in Taneytown. On paper, the game may not appear crucial, but it's the first of four meetings for county bragging rights.
Taneytown is battling Cashtown for first in the West Division of the league, while Westminster is trying to battle out of the cellar in the East.
The Cardinals are paced by David Crouse, who led the loop with a .611 batting average a week ago and was second in runs batted in. Bryan Harman also is one of the league leaders in victories and is among the strikeout leaders.
Westminster is led by Mike Murphy (.500), John May (.417) and Walt VonBussenius Jr. (.412) offensively.
The teams will meet in a rematch at 7 p.m. Tuesday, also atMemorial Park.
* The Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League continues its first season with a couple of important doubleheaders Sunday.
Mount Airy will try to maintain its early-season lead with twogames against North Carroll at the South Carroll High field at 1:30 p.m. Frederick and Westminster Storm tangle at 1:30 at Landon C. Burns Park in Westminster. Westminster Pools is off Sunday.
* The American Legion Western Maryland District opens Saturday with one less Carroll team than last year -- Taneytown dropped out in the off-season.
But Westminster and Mount Airy remain, battling perennial powers Funkstown, Frederick and Brunswick for the district title.