Hot Chesapeake eyes Cavalier crown


Two more ranked foes in softball are awaiting 4-0 Cougars at `Classic'

March 29, 2002|By Edward Lee and Pat O'Malley | Edward Lee and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Play in Archbishop Spalding's Cavalier Classic softball tournament opens tomorrow with eight top-15 teams competing, and confidence is running high among Chesapeake's players.

The No. 5 Cougars have won their first four games this season, three against ranked teams - No. 6 Glen Burnie, No. 10 Mount de Sales and No. 13 Catholic.

Although Chesapeake will meet Spalding (2-0), the host and No. 2-ranked team, and No. 12 North County (1-1) in the one-day tournament, momentum is clearly on the Cougars' side.

"I think we have a good chance to win it," said sophomore shortstop Tracey Dahlen, whose Chesapeake squad has not captured the Cavalier Classic in two tries. "We're going in and facing probably two of the best teams in the tournament. We just want to go out and give it our best."

The Cougars have been blessed with timely hitting and steady pitching from junior Lindsay Ettinger, who has won all four games for Chesapeake.

Cougars coach Don Ellenberger said his squad is looking forward to testing itself in the tournament.

"The better competition you face, the better you become," he said.

No. 11 Northeast (1-1) returns as the defending tournament champion and will meet No. 7 Severna Park (1-1) and Parkdale.

Glen Burnie (1-1), Mount de Sales (0-3), Catholic (1-1), and Broadneck (2-0) are the other four teams scheduled to compete in the tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. at Randazzo Park in Severn.

Injury update

A key injury has struck South River's girls lacrosse team, but Glen Burnie's softball team appears to have avoided one.

The No. 14 Seahawks, an early season contender for a county championship, learned Tuesday that they will have to play the rest of the season without senior defender Jen Davison, whose right anterior cruciate knee ligament was torn in a scrimmage a few weeks ago.

"If you had asked me before the season, I would not have known if we could have filled [Davison's] position," South River coach Kim McNemar said. "But we've found our depth with [juniors] Sarah Carter and Sheli Gobble."

On the flip side, the Gophers' fears subsided when sophomore shortstop Amber Stapler was released from North Arundel Hospital on Wednesday night with a sprained neck muscle.

Stapler, who crashed into senior pitcher Tina Willis while trying to grab a bloop hit in a 1-0 loss to Chesapeake, has been cleared to play in tomorrow's Cavalier Classic, but Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino said he would not hesitate to start senior Jennifer Ashcom if Stapler isn't healthy.

Cougars track

The Chesapeake girls track and field team served early notice Wednesday that it intends to challenge Broadneck and others in this spring's Anne Arundel County race. The Cougars won a four-team meet at their place in Lake Shore by 126.5 over the 108.75 by Annapolis.

After taking second in the county indoors championships last month, Chesapeake appeared to have even more depth outdoors.

The Cougars had three individual winners - Erin Millford (100-meter dash), Christy Greene (200), and Ginger Williams (discus) - and their 3,200 relay also won. Williams in the shot put and Sara Brady in the discus took seconds, along with the team's 400- and 1,600-meter relays. Chesapeake piled up the points with 11 third-place finishers.

Runner-up Annapolis won eight gold medals, with Maleka Diggs and Cvette Henson double winners. Diggs took the high hurdles and high jump, while Henson, who played basketball in the winter, won the long and triple jumps.

Boys track: Old Mill shocked reigning indoor county champion Annapolis, fourth-ranked outdoors, by taking seven first-places, with sophomore distance runner Anthony Littlejohn winning both the 800 and 1,600 runs. The Patriots also had two winning relays (400 and 3,200).

The Panthers were led by double winners in Chris Menendez (100, 300 dashes) and Demario Harris (long, triple jumps).

Old Mill and Annapolis are expected to contend for the county boys title this spring with Meade and Chesapeake.

Baseball stuff

No. 1 Arundel leads three ranked teams that will compete in next weekend's Baseball Factory Showcase at Joe Cannon Stadium and Arundel High School.

Joining the Wildcats (2-0) in what should be a very competitive event are No. 4 Mount St. Joseph (2-0) - Arundel's first opponent at 4 p.m. next Friday - and No. 6 Old Mill (4-0).

Games are 4 and 7 p.m. at each site on Friday and 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Along the sidelines

Three Annapolis girls lacrosse players have signed letters-of-intent for next spring. Defender Christine Palowitch will play at Johns Hopkins, defender Laura Barnes will go to George Washington, and defender Karyn Lean has signed with Boston University. ... Broadneck attack Kate Scott will play at George Mason, and midfielder Stephanie Jones has signed with Virginia Tech. ... Paul Macknis, a county and regional champion wrestler at Annapolis, will attend Maryland, where he hopes to play football as a walk-on. He was a kicker for the Panthers last fall.

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