The games keep getting bigger as the spring fling continues for county high school teams.
Lacrosse reaches region-final play today for boys and girls, and in baseball and softball, region semifinals are next.
Today's region lacrosse winners advance to UMBC for Friday and Saturday's state semifinals.
Class 3A-4A East: This final finds No. 10-ranked Arundel (16-2) playing host to No. 12 Severna Park (10-6) at 7 p.m.
Severna Park was a surprise 8-3 winner over No. 11 Annapolis (13-4) on Monday, but Arundel's 8-5 win over No. 13 Broadneck (10-6) was not surprising.
Annapolis was the best county team during the regular season at 10-1 before losing to 9-2 Arundel, 13-7, in the county championship game. The Falcons were 8-3 in the league and came into the playoffs 8-6 overall -- with problems.
Second-year Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte has been feuding with several Falcons parents, and internally speaking, this team is struggling.
On field, the Falcons are capable of upsetting Arundel, although coach Clint Gosnell's Wildcats have been on a roll.
Arundel last won the region in 1995 and went on to a state championship. Interestingly enough, the Wildcats were 16-2 that season. This time, finishing with the state crown will take a 19-2 mark.
Severna Park has never won a state championship but claimed three straight district titles 1977 to 1979, equivalent then to the state tournament in those days.
Class 1A-2A: No. 14 South River (11-5), a 16-5 winner over Poly, travels to Queen Anne's for the region final.
Class 3A-4A: The big girls lacrosse contest is in Cape St. Claire, where No. 8 Broadneck (14-3) hosts No. 6 Annapolis at 5 p.m. The host Bruins advanced with a 12-8 victory over Arundel (11-6) and earlier this season lost a one-goal decision to defending state champion Annapolis.
Annapolis got by its rival, No. 5 Severna Park (15-2), on Monday by 6-4 to take two out of three from the Falcons.
Class 1A-2A: The No. 9 South River girls (11-3) visit Kent on the Eastern Shore for a championship game, giving the Seahawks a chance to be the only county school with both boys and girls moving onto the state semifinals.
Class 4A: The semifinals have top-ranked Arundel (17-5), the defending Class 4A state champion, visiting Chesapeake (10-10), and No. 15 Old Mill (15-6) hosting No. 17 Glen Burnie (14-7).
Others: Class 3A Northeast (8-11) and Class 2A South River (6-13), a 3-1 upset victor at No. 19 Poly (16-3), are still playing.
Class 4A East: The semifinals pit No. 3 Severna Park (18-4) against No. 5 Chesapeake (15-4) and No. 8 North County (16-6) against unranked Old Mill (6-15). Both games at Severn's Randazzo Park start at 6 p.m.
Class 3A East: Top-ranked Northeast (20-2) meets Wilde Lake (15-4) at 4 p.m. in a semifinal.
Those who saw the strange double play turned by top-ranked Arundel in the seventh inning of Monday's baseball quarterfinal in Gambrills against No. 2 Severna Park won't soon forget it.
Here's what happened:
His team behind 3-2 in the seventh, Severna Park leadoff batter Kevin Wells singled and was on first when Tony Dokoupil hit a shot up the middle that took a bizarre bounce into the bare hand of second baseman Kevin Brooks, who stepped on second and threw to first for a double play.
Arundel coach Bernie Walter joked afterward that his teams "practice those double plays, work on those kinds of double plays all the time." The fact is, Arundel had equally odd DP several years ago in a playoff game at Old Mill.
In that game, Arundel second baseman Jimmy Woods got surprised while moving toward second base on a soft line drive with the bases loaded. As he glanced at his shortstop, the ball hit him square in his athletic supporter.
Cradling the ball there, he stepped on second for a force out and threw home to nab a second runner for an inning-ending double play. Arundel won the region.
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Pub Date: 5/19/99