It's county championship week and Severna Park has a South Division entry in all four county championships against the North. Three will be determined this week.
Field hockey starts things tomorrow at Severna Park with the host and top-ranked Falcons (11-0) playing unranked Chesapeake (7-4), the North Division winner at 7 p.m.
Arundel High in Gambrills will be the site of a boys and girls soccer doubleheader Tuesday to decide county titles. No. 5 Severna Park (11-0-1) represents the South Division in the 5 p.m. girls contest and its opponent from the North is No. 11 Old Mill (8-2-1).
The boys soccer championship is set for 7 p.m. with No. 14 Severna Park (9-3) coming out of the South against No. 2 Chesapeake (11-0) of the North.
Severna Park and Chesapeake shared the title last year after a 3-3 marathon and the two teams were 1-1-1 overall with the Cougars winning their first region title.
Chesapeake took this season's meeting by 2-1 in the county season opener on Sept. 14.
"Chesapeake is the team we hoped to get another opportunity to play for the county championship," said Severna Park senior striker Scott Vane. "We are playing better now, are a more cohesive unit."
The volleyball championship match won't be played until 7 p.m. rTC Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Meade. No. 2 Severna Park (16-2) and No. 11 Glen Burnie (10-4) are the likely opponents.
Meanwhile, drawings for the open tournaments in boys and girls soccer and field hockey were held yesterday at Centennial High in Howard County with the state playoffs set to begin Friday.
The state volleyball lottery won't be conducted until Saturday, Oct. 29 at Centennial.
Winning county championships and going undefeated in the regular season means absolutely zilch at lottery time, and that's too bad. A county champion or unbeaten team ought to at least get a home game for its effort.
A 12-0 team is no different than an 0-12 in the era of show up and pay your fee to play in the state tournament.
Vane, All-County as a junior in soccer and a pitcher/infielder on the Falcons' baseball team, hopes to receive an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.
"I hope to meet the requirements and play baseball at Navy," said Vane.
By June, Vane will have logged three years of varsity each in soccer and baseball.
Did Falcon colors change?
Severna Park High's colors are navy and gold, so why are the boys soccer home uniforms only navy and white with NO gold?
Falcon keeper Evan Henry wears a bright gold jersey, but there is not even gold trim on the soccer uniforms.
Pasadena soccer explosion
School board member and Pasadena resident Tom Twombly says youth soccer has really caught on in his area of the county.
Twombly said hundreds of youngsters are playing outdoors in the county and indoors at such quality and not-too-distant arenas as the Willie Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn and the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.
"It has really taken off in the Pasadena area," said Twombly, who hails from New England.
The Chesapeake Cougars seem to draw most of the top players from the Pasadena/Lake Shore area, but the Northeast Eagles soon may profit from the number of youngsters participating in soccer.