In surprising softball season, almost anyone has a chance


Sports Beat

Anne Arundel County schools

April 27, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

When Severna Park softball coach Jeff Shepherd took a look at the box scores in Friday's newspaper - particularly South River's upset of Broadneck - he was a bit stunned.

And then again ...

"South River played us pretty tough. It's almost like there's a lot of parity that we're not used to seeing, and it's not like the top teams are falling off. It's just the others are getting better," said Shepherd, whose Falcons regained the metro area's top ranking this week with a 9-1 record at the start of the week.

Broadneck, 8-2 entering the week, has been the biggest surprise. The No. 7 Bruins, led by pitcher Jess Battista, have twice knocked off top-ranked teams, beating Severna Park earlier in the season before edging last week's No. 1 team, Chesapeake, 2-1, on Wednesday. Both of those wins, however, were followed by losses.

Going into the week, Severna Park was 8-1 in the county with Broadneck, Chesapeake and North County each 7-2 and Northeast 6-3. Glen Burnie (5-4 in county) knocked off then-No. 1 Chesapeake, too, and Old Mill and South River have shown they are capable of beating anyone.

Bruins improve

The younger players on the No. 3 Broadneck girls lacrosse team have been quick studies, while the four returning starters have been good teachers.

It has added up to an impressive 8-1 season with wins over Severna Park and Annapolis last week.

"I think the coaching staff recognized the potential early on, but we knew it would take some time for the girls to get used to playing together," said Bruins coach Karen Tengwall. "We're playing well as a team and have a nice balance with the returning players doing a nice job of embracing the talent of the newcomers."

Returnees Jessie Heisterman (30 goals, 33 assists) and Aly Flury (team-high 32 goals) lead the Bruins' attack, with freshman Kari-Ellen Johnson (17 goals, 13 assists) making a big impact with strong play at center midfield.

Windesheim excels

North County sophomore Cynthia Windesheim won two events and placed second in two more to earn the girls' Outstanding Performer award at the Knights Invite last Wednesday.

The Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year in indoor track claimed the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.2 seconds and the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 6 inches. Windesheim finished second in the long and triple jumps.

Windesheim was runner-up in both events to South River senior Ellie Pedelty. She took the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 3 1/2 inches and the triple jump with a mark of 33-3 1/2 .

On the boys side, Old Mill senior Ethan Burney captured the triple jump with a leap of 41-2. He also ran legs of the 400 and 800 relay squads that set meet records.

Burney, seniors Terrell Ingram and Isiah Johnson and junior Steve Holmes completed the 400 relay in 42.8 seconds. Burney, Holmes, Ingram and junior Ryan Callahan finished the 800 relay in 1 minute, 28.4 seconds.

Junior Christopher Bridges posted victories in the 800 (2:02.2) and the 1,500 (4:17.5).

South River senior Troy Norton, who won the 110 high hurdles (14.4 seconds) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.6 seconds) at the Knights Invite, nearly pulled off a similar feat at the Hawk Invitational at Urbana High School in Ijamsville on Saturday.

Norton tied Gaithersburg's Joey Robinson to share top honors in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Both crossed the finish line in 39.8 seconds.

Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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