As one outstanding softball career came to an end at Western Maryland, another one is emerging from Carroll circles.
Senior third baseman Sandra Johnson (North Carroll) concluded her career on Saturday with Western Maryland's season-ending split against Lebanon Valley.
Johnson leaves as Western Maryland's all-time career leader in at-bats (318), runs (100), hits (130), RBIs (89), doubles (27) and total bases (214). She also finishes third in slugging percentage (.673) and fourth in hitting (.409).
Freshman second baseman Julie Backof (Westminster) could eventually chase some of Johnson's marks. Her freshman numbers were more than comparable to Johnson's in her first season. Backof hit .438 with 31 RBIs, 28 runs scored, seven doubles and four homers.
Freshman center fielder Kari Thompson also was impressive: .457 with 43 hits and 34 runs scored as leadoff for the Green Terror (19-6, co-champs of CC).
Track and field
The Green Terror will travel to Lancaster, Pa., tomorrow to compete in the two-day Centennial Conference championships at Franklin & Marshall.
Julie Cox (Liberty) is slowed by a pulled hamstring and probably will not compete in her usual four events -- 100 and 400 hurdles, shot put and triple jump. She'll likely just throw the shot put and look to get healthy for the NCAA Division III championships set for May 25-27 at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) goes into the weekend with the conference's second-fastest time in the 200-meter dash, third-fastest time in the 400 and fourth-fastest time in the 100 this season. At the 17th annual Millersville (Pa.) University Metrics meet last weekend, she beat her own school mark in the 400 with a time of 1 minute, 1.19 seconds.
Melanie Phipps (South Carroll) should be the favorite in the javelin. Her best throw of the season (115 feet, 10 inches) was more than 16 feet better than the second-best throw in the conference.
Pauline McAlonan (Westminster) should get some points for the Green Terror in the triple jump, her leap of 31 feet, 9 1/2 inches was third-best in the conference this season.