Spring sports in the air: Time for county title showdowns

SIDELINES

May 06, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County Championship week is here, followed by the start of the region playoffs on Friday.

Seedings of the top four teams in boys and girls lacrosse, baseball and softball and the lottery draw for the other seeds in each of the sports will be held tomorrow (lacrosse) and Tuesday (baseball, softball) at Baltimore County's Greenwood office in Towson.

Lacrosse

The No. 14 Arundel boys (11-3) take on No. 15 Broadneck (11-3) at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the first game of a county championship doubleheader at Southern of Harwood; No. 5 Annapolis (13-1) takes on No. 6 Severna Park (12-2) in the girls final at 7:15.

Arundel, Broadneck and Severna Park (8-5) tied for first place at 9-2, but the Falcons were eliminated by a head-to-head tiebreaker. The Falcons lost to Broadneck, 8-6, and Arundel, 15-7.

The boys final is a rematch of the Wildcats-Bruins thriller in Cape St. Claire on April 24. That night, Arundel rallied from a 6-3 halftime deficit to a 9-8 victory.

The girls' final is also a rematch of a squeaker, won 8-7 by Annapolis. It was the only county loss for Severna Park (10-1); Annapolis went 11-0 in the league.

Softball

No. 7 Severna Park (15-3, 14-1) clinched a berth in the county final with a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Glen Burnie (10-8, 8-7) on junior Lauren Gibson's four-hitter.

Second-ranked Northeast (16-3, 12-3) is the Falcons' likely opponent for Wednesday's 5:15 p.m. final at Randazzo Park. The Eagles need a win at home tomorrow against Southern (3-12, 3-12) to play for the big trophy.

Baseball

Top-ranked Arundel (17-2) ran its winning streak to 10 with an 8-7 win over No. 8 Northeast (14-5) Friday in Gambrills. The two teams will do it again for the county title at 7:15 Wednesday night at Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Arundel ran away with the county regular-season title at 14-1 with second-place Northeast at 11-4 with one game left tomorrow. The Wildcats lost their season opener by 8-7 at Southern (10-7, 8-7), then reeled off 14 consecutive league wins.

Barring any surprises, Arundel will be the top seed in the tough 4A East regional with No. 7 C. Milton Wright (14-6) of Harford taking the second seed, Severna Park the No. 3 seed and unranked Old Mill (11-7) the fourth.

Records must be turned in by noon tomorrow, so neither Monday's games nor holiday tournament games count. In games that count, the top four were: Arundel (16-1), CMW (13-5), Severna Park (11-6) and Old Mill (10-6). Northeast could be No. 1 seed in the 3A East.

Track

Based on their impressive effort in the Bob Golliday Invitational at Old Mill on Wednesday, unranked Chesapeake ranks as the sleeper in Thursday's track and field championships at Annapolis.

Team scores were not kept at the Golliday, but had they been, the Cougars would have had 122 according to coach Skip Lee.

Sprinter Shawn Freshwater took the 100 and 200 dashes and anchored Chesapeake's winning 800 relay. The Cougars' mile relay of Jason Verhoef, Evan Carter, Matt Waranius and Adrian Titus won with a time of 3:32.1 coming on the heels of their fastest time for an Anne Arundel County school at 3:28 last week in the Penn Relays.

Waranius, the state indoor champ, won the high jump. Teammate Justin Cramer was second.

The county tennis tournament is set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at Chesapeake.

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