The Mason Dixon Soccer League kicks off its season this Sunday with three additional teams and a new division format.
One of those newteams is Mount Airy, which returns to the men's league for the firsttime since the 1980s.
The league will feature 13 teams and one division (instead of the10-team, two division set-up last year). All 13 teams will play one another once, and the top eight teams will advance to the postseason playoffs.
Westminster and North Carroll are the two other Carroll representatives in the league.
North Carroll, which finished last season 8-4-1 in a three-way tie for first place in the South Division, again will be in strong contention for the league crown.
Last year, the team lost in the first round of the playoffs to Walkersville of Frederick County, 4-2.
North Carroll opens the season at home Sunday against league champion Middletown of Frederick County. Game time is 1:30 p.m. at Hampstead Elementary School.
Westminster qualified for the playoffs last year by finishing fourth in the South Division with a 3-8-2 record. It will play host to Hagerstown (1-12 last year) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at East Middle School.
Mount Airy will bewelcomed back into the league by last year's runner-up, Williamsportof Washington County, which finished fourth in the North Division during the regular season with a 5-8 mark but came to life in the postseason -- losing to Middletown in the championship game.
In other sports action this week:
* Former World Martial Mania Federation kick-boxing champion Mike "Cobrafast" Johnson of Manchester is promoting an amateur kick-boxing card Saturday at the Longwell Municipal Building in Westminster.
The card will feature seven kick-boxing matches and a special tag-team wrestling match.
Included on the card isJeff Whittington, Chuck Alder, Ed Beaford and John Jesky -- all out of Westminster. Tom Peters Jr. of Westminster will take on Billy Kocoronis of York, Pa., in a special kids match.
Doors open at 4 p.m.,with the first fight scheduled to begin at 5.
* The Carroll County Men's Softball League postseason tourney finals take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Carroll County Sports Complex north of Westminster.
Regular season champions were Lehigh-Stambaugh (24-4 in the "A" Division), A. P. Boone (22-6 in the "B" Division), Thumpers (23-5 in the "C" Division) and the Westminster Elks (23-5 in the "D" Division).
* Harrell's Agency is sponsoring a softball tourney for men's andwomen's teams Saturday and Sunday at the complex.
The event is for class "C" and "D" teams.