Carroll County soccer and field hockey teams will be busy Tuesday and Wednesday with first-round regional playoff games.
Though official final region standings were not to be ready until today, a check with region coordinators Friday showed as many as 13 of the 15 county teams in boys and girls soccer and hockey will advance to the playoffs.
Here is a sport-by-sport look at how teams stand, with tentative schedules for early this week:
* Field hockey: Four teams apparently have qualified for the playoffs.
Westminster clinched the top spot in Class 4A Region II and will entertain No. 4 Gaithersburg of Montgomery County at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, while No. 3 Dulaney is at No. 2Perry Hall, both from Baltimore County, the same afternoon.
The winners will meet at the higher seed Thursday.
Despite a 5-7 record, second-seeded Francis Scott Key will open the Class 1A Region I playoffs at home Tuesday afternoon against No. 3 Wilde Lake.
Poolesville of Montgomery County is the top seed in the region, and the finals likely will be Thursday afternoon at the higher seed.
South Carroll is top seed in the Class 3A Region III tournament and will play host to No. 4 Howard at 3 Tuesday afternoon. The finals in that regionwould be at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Liberty appears to be the third-seeded team in Class 2A Region I and likely will play at No. 2 Glenelg ofHoward County on Tuesday afternoon. Damascus of Montgomery County apparently had nipped North Carroll for the final playoff spot and would play top-seeded Middletown of Frederick County Tuesday if the seedings hold.
The regional title game probably would be Thursday afternoon at the higher-seeded school.
* Boys soccer: Three county teams are definitely in, but the fate of Westminster still was not clear as of Friday night.
Liberty will play at home in the Class 2A Region II tournament as either the first or second seed. Middletown was top seed heading into its season finale late Friday against Linganore (after press time), and would have held that position with a win or atie, but dropped to second with a loss.
As the likely second seed, Liberty would entertain third-seeded North Hagerstown of WashingtonCounty on Tuesday night. If the Lions become the top seed, they would entertain North Carroll on Tuesday. Conversely, if the Lions are second seed, the Panthers would travel to Middletown on Tuesday night.
That regional final is scheduled for Saturday night.
In Class 1A Region II, Francis Scott Key parlayed a strong late-season surge tothe fourth spot in the region tournament and will visit Wilde Lake of Howard County on Wednesday.
The fate of Westminster hinged on the outcome of Laurel's final game of the season. If the Prince George's County team lost, Westminster would slip in as the fourth seed and likely would meet either Dulaney of Baltimore County or Northwestern of Prince George's County in the first playoff game.
South Carrolldid not make the boys soccer playoffs.
* Girls soccer: Three teams appear playoff-bound from the county.
No. 4 Liberty travels to No. 1 North Carroll at 7 Wednesday night in the first round of the Class 1A/2A Region II tournament, while No. 3 Towson visits No. 2 Hereford that afternoon in an all-Baltimore County semifinal.
If North Carroll wins its opener, the Panthers would play host to the regional title game at 7 p.m. Saturday. If Liberty win, the Lions would visit the winner of the Baltimore County game at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Third-seeded South Carroll visits second-seeded Linganore at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the Class 3A/4A Region III tournament. Laureledged Westminster for the fourth spot and visits top-seeded Centennial of Howard County on Tuesday.
If Centennial wins its game, the Eagles will play host to the championship game at 3:15 Friday afternoon.
Francis Scott Key did not make the playoffs.
* Volleyball: The regular volleyball season still has a week to go, but the playoff picture is beginning to take shape.
Liberty and North Carroll appear headed for the top spots in the Class 2A Region I tournament.
If the current standings hold, No. 4 Fort Hill of Allegany County would visit No. 1 Liberty, while No. 3 Allegany would visit No. 2 North Carroll. Both games would be Nov. 5, with the regional final Nov. 7 atthe higher-seeded school.
Key is battling Boonsboro of WashingtonCounty for second in the Class 1A Region II standings and would visit the Warriors on Nov. 6 in a first-round playoff game. If Key climbsto second, the Eagles will be the host team.
No information was available for the Class 4A Region II standings Friday night, but Westminster's 6-6 record, teamed with its schedule of primarily Class 2A and 3A teams (more points are awarded for wins over the bigger Class 4A schools) appears to make the Owls a long shot.
South Carroll apparently is eliminated from the Class 3A Region III race.