No more anticipation: Finals week has arrived

SIDELINES

High Schools

May 09, 2004|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's county championship week in Anne Arundel County as five titles will be decided. The boys and girls lacrosse finals are set for Tuesday at Arundel High, and the county track and field championships are on for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake.

The softball final starts at 5 p.m. Thursday at Randazzo Park, and the baseball final begins later that day at 7:15 at Joe Cannon Stadium.

While the matchups for boys and girls lacrosse and baseball are set, softball may have to go to the tiebreaker to determine which of the four contending teams emerge.

No. 6 Broadneck (11-3 overall, 10-1 league) and No. 7 South River (13-1, 11-0) meet for the girls lacrosse title at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

South River defeated Broadneck, 17-11, on Tuesday in Edgewater to earn its first berth in the county championship game since its inception in 1996.

Still looking for its first title, Broadneck will make its third straight appearance in the final. The Bruins lost, 7-6, in triple overtime to Severna Park in last year's title game.

No. 10 Broadneck (14-0, 11-0) plays No. 14 Severna Park (11-3, 9-1), the two-time defending boys lacrosse county champion, in the final at 7:15 p.m. The Bruins won the title in 1996 and 2001, but last year lost to Severna Park, 14-7.

Top-ranked Chesapeake (17-1, 14-1) and No. 5 Old Mill (14-4, 13-2) will play for the county baseball championship.

South River (7-10, 6-9) surprised No. 4 Arundel (15-4, 12-3) with a 2-0 victory yesterday in Gambrills to knock the Wildcats out of the picture. Arundel is also expected to receive a loss by forfeit to North County because a player cut class the day they played the Knights.

In softball, No. 1 Chesapeake (16-3, 13-2) is in the driver's seat for a berth in the final. The Cougars can clinch by winning tomorrow at home against Arundel (6-11, 5-10).

Meanwhile, all sorts of scenarios exist for No. 2 Severna Park (17-3, 12-3), No. 5 North County (13-4, 11-3) and No. 10 Northeast (13-4, 11-3). Severna Park finishes tomorrow at No. 13 Glen Burnie (9-8). North County and Northeast play tomorrow and Tuesday.

Northeast softball peaking

The Northeast softball team is one of the hottest in the area after taking four games over ranked teams last week in a three-day period.

On Tuesday, Northeast blanked No. 11 Old Mill, 6-0, and followed with a 4-2 upset of Severna Park in eight innings on Wednesday. The Eagles swept a doubleheader Thursday, beating Glen Burnie, 4-3, in eight innings and North County, 5-1.

Ace pitcher Ashley Gray posted three of the wins, with Lauren Hart the winner against Glen Burnie.

"We had a make-you-or-break-you week, and this is the time of the year to be peaking," said coach Marianne Schultz.

Bruins rule in gymnastics

The Broadneck girls totaled 124.9 points to nose out Arundel (120.85) in the gymnastics championships Thursday at Severna Park.

The Bruins and Wildcats advance to the regional final Tuesday at Severna Park against Montgomery County schools Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Because only Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties have gymnastics, the sport is not a sanctioned state championship sport.

Megan Askew, a sophomore at Chesapeake, won the county girls all-around title with a cumulative 35.225 points in the four events - floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars and vault.

Old Mill won the boys title by beating Severna Park, 161.5-153, in Wednesday's county championships.

Broadneck junior Andrew Podolin took the best all-around with 53 out of a possible 60 points.

Sideliners

The Meade baseball team (8-10) probably will fall short of attaining the second winning season in school history, but it is much-improved after going 2-19 a year ago. ... Old Mill's Greg Phelps, the All-County shortstop as a junior last year, had a homer and five RBIs in the Patriots' 18-2 rout of Meade on Friday. ... It took 143 pitches for Broadneck left-hander Bryan Hoffman to stop No. 11 Severna Park, 5-3, on Friday. ... Severna Park's stellar sophomore, Kaila Jenkins, fired a three-hitter with 19 strikeouts and singled in the only run in an eight-inning, 1-0 victory over Broadneck. ... With the hirings this week of Brian Brown at Annapolis and Andrew Smith at Meade, the county has two African-Americans as head football coaches for the first time. ... Tickets are still available for the 13th Friends of Joe Cannon Baseball Scholar Athlete Banquet on May 16 at LaFontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. Former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson is the guest speaker. Call Jocko Svoboda at 410-761-0642 for information.

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