Hong leads Severn as it defends state title

Chess hones strategy on tennis court

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April 04, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Led by sophomore Felix Hong, Severn's tennis team opened its defense of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title Thursday with a 5-0 victory over Annapolis Area Christian School at Anne Arundel Community College.

Hong, who was the B Conference singles champion last spring, swept the Eagles' Adam Sheir in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

Hong, who has a 4.0 grade point average and counts chess, drawing and fitness among his interests, wants to pursue a career in architecture and said chess helps his tennis game "with the strategy tactics and my mental aspect."

A native of Shanghai, China, Hong came to the United States five years ago.

Arundel off to Georgia

The defending Class 4A state champion Arundel baseball team is scheduled to fly to Marietta, Ga., tomorrow to play in the Wheeler High School Invitational.

"Maybe we have bitten off more than we can chew, but we're going to find out how good our ballclub is," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, whose team will open tomorrow against nationally ranked Lassiter, Georgia's defending 5A state champion.

After watching the Atlanta Braves' home opener against the New York Mets on Friday, the Wildcats will play a doubleheader Saturday.

The Wildcats will play Kell High School, also a nationally ranked team and the state runner-up to Lassiter last year. Host Wheeler will be Arundel's other opponent before the Wildcats return home.

Falcons flying high

The Severna Park boys lacrosse team is off to a 4-0 start under first-year coach Larry Kramer. Last week, the Falcons defeated neighborhood rival Broadneck, 11-9, running their county winning streak to 37 games.

The Falcons have beaten the Bruins six straight times. Returning All-County attackman Chris Hunt led the Falcons with three goals against the Bruins (3-1).

Severna Park followed the Broadneck victory with an 18-1 rout at North County (1-3), as Eric Lusby led the way with four goals. Colby Rhodes and Tommy Bryant each added three goals.

"We led 14-0 at the half and the kids came back and played pretty hard after the tough battle against Broadneck," said Kramer, who left Northeast just before the season started to replace Jimmy Beardmore, whose contract was not renewed. "We're 4-0 and one step closer to reaching our goal of a state championship. The kids are working hard and having fun."

Quick Hits

Bekah Wahl of Annapolis Area Christian School struck out 16 and allowed just two runs and five hits in Friday's softball game against St. Mary's - and lost. The Saints won, 2-0. ... Archbishop Spalding's Stephanie Weigman pitched a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts and went 3-for-3 in a 5-2 win over John Carroll on Friday.pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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