Now that Calvert Hall's soccer team has completed its series against Howard County's best, the Cardinals will turn their full attention to winning back-to-back Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference titles.
Saturday, in a matchup of the area's top teams, No. 2 Calvert Hall lost to top-ranked Centennial, 2-1. Still, the Cardinals finished with a 2-1 record against Howard County teams this season.
Earlier, the Cardinals produced shutouts to break two-game losing streaks to other Howard County powers: 3-0 against Howard and 2-0 against Oakland Mills.
Calvert Hall has won five of the past six A Conference titles, and the Cardinals are favorites to repeat.
The primary reasons are midfielder J. J. Kremer and striker Bryan Bugarin. The senior captains not only combine for seven years of starting experience but they give veteran coach Bill Karpovich something he has lacked in the past.
"I've always had one good finisher. I've had Pete Caringi and Tim Wittman, but this year I'm blessed with two players who can exceed 15 goals," he said. "That's something we've never had. It's going to be very tough to mark us down."
The unprecedented firepower results from Kremer going to the goal more than ever. He had two goals in the 3-0 victory over Howard.
"He wants to finish a little more," Karpovich said. "You're looking at a 15- to 20-goal season, which is outstanding for a midfielder."
Blend Kremer's projected output with that of unselfish striker Bugarin, who last year had 11 assists and 18 goals, and the Cardinals are going to be a handful for their conference foes.
"He [Bugarin] will scrap for the ball and win it. That really paid off for him last year," Karpovich said. "And the assists mean that he doesn't just finish, but initiates."
The Cardinals play at St. Paul's (0-3, 0-1) today (3:45 p.m.) and then face a tough test against No. 14 Loyola (1-2-1, 1-0) Friday at Calvert Hall at 3:45 p.m.
Just call Western Maryland College the official home of state high school tournaments.
Already site of the state wrestling and outdoor track and field tournaments, Western Maryland has been chosen as the site for the state cross country meets on Nov. 9.
Actually, the Hereford course will be available but other facilities that are needed for the race (locker rooms, cafeteria and gymnasium) will not.
Severna Park's 3-0 win over North County in girls soccer Saturday marked the third time a Severna Park team has gone unbeaten in at least 50 straight games.
Goals by Amy Carnaggio, Stephanie Roberts and Erin Burkhard improved the Falcons to 49-0-1 since losing the 1987 Region IV final to Old Mill, 2-0. It was also Severna Park's 43rd straight victory.
Severna Park's girls lacrosse team won 57 straight from 1987-91. The volleyball team won 87 consecutive regular-season matches from 1984-90.
The field hockey team came close, winning 46 straight games in 1986-88.
The MSA has realigned its conferences for lacrosse for the spring season, with several contenders taking a step up.
McDonogh and John Carroll have moved from the BB Conference to the A Conference. John Carroll has won the past two BB Conference titles and won the B Conference title in each of the previous two seasons.
Park and Poly, which have squared off in the past two B Conference championship games, have moved up to the BB Conference.
Forest Park, Lake Clifton and Patterson (each a participant in the past three C Conference title games) have moved from the C Conference to the B Conference.
The A Conference will be broken into two divisions, with Gilman, Loyola, McDonogh, St. Paul's and Severn in one division. The other division will consist of Boys' Latin, Calvert Hall, John Carroll, Mount St. Joseph and St. Mary's.
Overtime: Sophomores Shannon Bagrosky (Howard) and Michelle Salmon (Old Mill) have been named to the under-16 United States Youth Soccer Association Region I Olympic Development Team. . . . Junior Eric Carroll, a second-team All-Metro basketball selection last season from St. Frances, is at Walbrook. . . . The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board No. 23 is looking for applicants for its 1991-92 class. Board No. 23 serves Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore Catholic League. Anyone interested should call 788-4285 or 461-9653. . . . DE Leon Newsome and OT Andy Matire, two former Gilman football players who were All-Metro selections by The Sun, are starters this fall for Princeton, the defending Ivy League champion. . . . Towson needs a varsity basketball scrimmage and a varsity lacrosse regular-season opponent. Call Randy Dase at 887-3608. . . . Annapolis needs a girls basketball varsity assistant and a head junior varsity coach. Call athletic director Fred Stauffer at 266-5240 or head coach Teresa Ross at 268-4841.