Classic draws creme of the crop

Spalding-Northeast meet in tourney showdown

Notebook

High Schools

April 21, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The state softball tournament will be at Randazzo Park next month, but even that event will be hard-pressed to match the talented field that will be there tomorrow.

Archbishop Spalding's 10-team Cavalier Classic, stacked with the area's most talented public and private schools, will get started at 10 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. with a round-robin format. Each team will play two games in the fourth annual event.

Among those in attendance will be: No. 1-ranked Spalding, No. 2 Northeast, No. 3 Chesapeake, No. 4 Glen Burnie, No. 5 North County, No. 6 Severna Park and No. 11 Seton Keough.

"We have a very strong talent level in Anne Arundel and the surrounding area and this tournament is a chance to showcase that," said Spalding coach and tournament host Linda Taylor.

The headliner comes at 4 when the host Cavaliers put their No. 1 ranking on the line against No. 2 Northeast.

Spalding, now competing in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, was the top private school in the state last spring. Northeast captured the Class 3A state crown.

The possible pitching matchup features two of the finest with Spalding sophomore Jessica Saunders and Northeast's Rachel Herrick. Both have an ERA lower than 0.50.

"It should be a nice pitching battle. The team that will be able to stay focused and do the small things should come out on top," said Northeast coach Marianne Shultz. "I love this tournament. This gives us a chance to see a couple of teams we wouldn't get to see all year. It's good exposure and a day to go out and have some fun."

Other key games include Glen Burnie vs. North County at noon and Chesapeake vs. Severna Park at 2.

Those are the top four teams from the demanding Class 4A East Region.

"This is a chance to do some different things and find some things out," said North County coach Brian Love. Going up against Glen Burnie will be like playing in a chess match. They're not going to show us anything and we don't want to show them anything with the playoffs coming."

Salmon moves up

Old Mill grad Michelle Salmon is the new women's soccer coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Salmon, an All-American striker at Old Mill under coach Bruce Sponsler in the mid-'90s, was a four-year starter at the University of Maryland in College Park.

She worked as an assistant coach at UMBC under former head coach Denise Schilte, who stepped down in January.

Biles keeps scoring

Severn junior attacker Lindsey Biles has picked up where she left off last season and then some.

After leading the Admirals in scoring as a sophomore with 41 goals and 13 assists, Biles has already surpassed those totals with 47 goals and 11 assists going into this week's action.

Last weekend, she scored 12 goals in the Potomac tournament to lead the Admirals to a 16-9 victory over Bishop O'Connell and a 11-7 decision over Potomac.

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