With fewer players, Vikings march on

Mount Hebron's top-ranked girls lacrosse team continues its winning streak despite being depleted by injuries and talent shifting to a neighboring school



The top-ranked Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team continues to make the most of less this season, with injuries and other departures not stopping the team's unrivaled success.

In years past, the Vikings (8-0 going into the week) have typically carried 24 players on the varsity roster, but the number has been cut to 17 for most of the season.

Senior attack/midfielder Alex Mengel, senior attack Kate Smith and junior attack Jessica Stanford are out with injuries, and as junior goalie Lindsay Sfekas returned to the field, junior defender Kellianne Wunk went down for the season.

The arrival of Marriotts Ridge High School also cut into the Vikings' talent pool, leaving the junior varsity team thinner than usual as well.

"Injuries are part of the game, but when you're already depleted it can freak you out," Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said. "We're still managing and pushing through. The adversity has been there, but they've risen above everything and they're having fun, which is something we try to implore every day."

The lack of numbers have been most costly in practice, with the Vikings unable to go with full-field scrimmages.

Mount Hebron still has depth on attack, however. The Vikings, who have won nine straight state titles and 87 consecutive games dating to 2001, have three players with 20 or more goals and three others with 10 or more.

The balance was apparent in the Vikings' 14-8 win over Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champ and No. 3 St. Mary's on April 17.

"That's been the greatest thing," Kuhl-McClelland said. "St. Mary's came out face-guarding Meggie Bosica right from the start. It didn't matter. We had Katie Rekart, Alicia Krause, Jacqueline Giles - all these other players stepped up and we have a few defenders who are really incredible at attacking the goal."

Rekart went into the week with 24 goals, followed by Giles (23) and Bosica (22).

Capra wins 1st title

Ellicott City resident and tennis standout Beatrice Capra, who turned 14 earlier this month, celebrated by capturing the Easter Bowl National Junior Tennis Championships in her age group April 17 in Palm Springs, Calif.

It was the first junior national tournament title for Capra, who attends McDonogh School in Owings Mills and has been playing tennis for five years.

Capra, who was seeded fourth, had to come back to defeat Lilly Kimbell of Braunfels, Texas, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

"I just told myself to keep focused and that I've been in this situation before and I can do it," said Capra, who has been playing tennis at the junior national level for three years.

Chapelgate teams roll

Chapelgate Christian is enjoying plenty of success on the diamonds this spring.

The baseball team went into the week with an 11-2 record and an 8-0 mark in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.

"The guys are working hard and everybody is buying into the team concept," first-year coach Anthony McMillan said.

Last Wednesday, sophomore pitcher Matt Siggins pitched a no-hitter as the Yellowjackets claimed a 1-0 win over St. Mary's. Catcher Andrew Wilcox and pitcher-outfielder Joe Zimmerman - both seniors - have provided fine play and leadership.

The softball team, in its third season of varsity, has come a long way in a short time.

The Yellowjackets went 4-7 in their first campaign in 2004 with a roster that had only three players with previous softball experience.

After going 15-3 last season, they are 8-3 this spring and 7-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference. Freshman Meghan Black and sophomore Lauren Ahrens have been standouts on the mound, sophomore catcher Ashley Bennett has been solid behind the plate and senior Laura Isaac has provided leadership as captain.

On Thursday, two-time defending league champion Friends (8-1 in the league) handed Chapelgate its first conference loss, 8-3.

Good sports

Along with taking home its first state title, the River Hill girls basketball team also was the recipient of the Mildred H. Murray Award for sportsmanship during the girls state basketball tournament at UMBC.

A selection committee evaluated players, coaches, cheerleaders and supporters from each of the participating schools during the semifinal and final rounds.


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