Turf fields put down roots

Broadneck is just the latest to join private schools in growing trend to beat adverse weather conditions



Several private schools in Baltimore have put in turf fields in recent years, and the trend has started in state public schools with Broadneck High becoming the second to do so.

The Bruins joined new Charles County school North Point as the only state public schools with turf, but Severna Park hopes to follow.

According to the Falcons' Boosters club president Larry Sells, Severna Park is exploring fund-raising for a turf field. Broadneck received $125,000 from the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Bruins boosters raised nearly $600,000 to pay for the approximately $700,000 field.

Having turf fields practically eliminates games having to be postponed due to the weather. Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek said the new field, which took three months to put in, necessitating the lacrosse teams to play home games at Anne Arundel Community College, drains 20 inches of water in an hour.

Broadneck played on its field for the first time last Thursday, with the Bruins taking on Annapolis in boys and girls lacrosse. However, the official opening of the field will be this Friday.

Unfortunately, Broadneck's new field was vandalized last Friday night along with a baseball batting cage, resulting in over $10,000 in damages. There were burn marks in the center of the turf , and the net to the batting cage was totally burned.

The Bruin Boosters Club is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can give information and aid the investigation of the school and police. Call 410-222-6145.

More records

Severna Park's Kaila Jenkins set two more county pitching records last week. In a 2-0 win in eight innings over North County on Friday, the three-time All-Metro pitcher threw her fifth no-hitter of the season, breaking the county record of four no-hitters in a season by Archbishop Spalding's Kim Sheridan in 1992.

Jenkins struck out 18 in the game, which followed an 18-strikeout performance Wednesday, when she tossed a one-hitter in a 7-1 win over South River.

The 18 strikeouts against South River broke the record for a seven-inning game of 17, set by North County's Kellie Evans in 1999.

Jenkins, who has 860 career strikeouts, already had broken two county records in that category this season. The previous county mark was held by Sheridan (779) and the county public school record was held by 1989 Northeast graduate Jennifer Grinath (767).

Big game today

With the county baseball race winding down and four games left in the regular season at the start of this week, four teams were still in the running for a berth in the county championship game on May 11 at Joe Cannon Stadium.

A crucial game today pits No. 4 Arundel at No. 7 Chesapeake at 4 p.m.

Arundel (13-3 overall) was in first at 11-1 to start the week, while Chesapeake (13-3) moved into second at 10-2 after No. 8 Severna Park was upset, 6-0, by North County (10-6, 7-5) on Friday and fell to third at 9-3, followed by No. 10 Broadneck (12-4, 8-4).

Quick hits

Pat Smith of North County has emerged as one of the county's top pitchers. The senior posted his biggest win of the season Friday against Severna Park. Smith pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts. ... Arundel's sophomore ace Tyler Hibbs also had a big week. After tossing a 2-0, four-hit shutout at Broadneck in Gambrills last Wednesday to end the Bruins' seven-game winning streak, Hibbs notched his county-leading eighth win (8-1) in relief as the Wildcats defeated Old Mill, 4-3, Friday. ... Brian Woolford led surging Northeast (8-7) to three wins in four baseball games last week, including two victories over ranked teams. Woolford, who is 3-1 and is batting .540 with 20 RBIs, had two hits in a 6-5 win over Arundel; pitched a three-hitter and hit a two-run homer to upset No. 9 Catonsville, 2-0; had a double in a 4-3 loss at Chesapeake; and went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs in a 9-5 win at Southern. ... Arundel's defending county champion boys No. 1 singles tennis player, Emre Ucal, is unbeaten in nine matches, winning in straight sets over South River's Mason Alishie Friday.


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