Morrison family leaves mark on county schools, varsity notes

April 23, 2008|By Pat O'Malley

Three members of the Morrison family are each making their marks at Anne Arundel County schools.

Patrick Morrison, a senior at Severna Park, was a four-year varsity starter in football at quarterback and defensive back who has signed with Wagner. The All-County and second-team All-Metro player is also a starting midfielder on the lacrosse team.

He has two sisters excelling in lacrosse at their respective schools in junior Bridgett Morrison of St. Mary's and freshman Maggie Morrison of Archbishop Spalding.

Their father, Pat Morrison, is an assistant football coach at Severna Park and also assisted in girls basketball at Spalding.

"The Morrison parents have done a good job of raising nice kids who get good grades," Severna Park football coach J.P. Hines said. "It's a great family that also has two younger boys on the way up."

Bridgett is a two-year starter in lacrosse and also plays field hockey for St. Mary's. As a starting defender, Bridgett has drawn interest from several colleges, such as Oregon, Stanford, California, Denver, George Mason and Towson.

County race -- The races in four sports to reach county championship games are heating up. Baseball is the most competitive, with seven teams vying for the top two spots to play in the county final. Softball and girls lacrosse are basically two-way races for first and second, with some other teams mathematically alive but not likely to make it. And it's pretty much a three-way race in boys lacrosse. Arundel leads in county baseball by a game at 8-1 (through Sunday), with Northeast, Old Mill and South River at 7-2 each. Severna Park follows at 6-3, Chesapeake at 5-3 and North County, 5-4. The teams that finish 1-2 after the 16-game schedule will play for the county crown at 7 p.m. May 8 at Joe Cannon Stadium. While several other teams could push ahead in softball, it would be a shocker if Broadneck (9-0 league) and Chesapeake (8-1) are not on the field at 5 p.m. May 8 at Bachman Park playing for the county championship. The same can be said for girls lacrosse, as Severna Park (7-0) and Broadneck (7-1) are the probable opponents for the county final 5 p.m. May 6 at Meade. Although South River (6-1), which visits Severna Park on May 2, could make things interesting. In boys lacrosse, the same trio -- South River, Broadneck and Severna Park -- are vying for the boys final, which is at 7 p.m. May 6 at Meade.

Tennis -- All four Severna Park singles players won their matches to lead the Falcons over Broadneck in their annual showdown on Friday, 6-3. The result left the Falcons at 7-0 and the Bruins at 6-1. No. 1 girls single Christina Harrington, a freshman, stunned Broadneck's two-time defending champion Michele Jordan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Kevin Zingler, the Falcons' No. 1 boys single and the defending county champion, improved to 8-0 with a hard-earned 7-5, 6-4 victory over the Bruins' Stephen Woody. Severna Park's No. 2 singles, Aaron Littlejohn and Claudia Ingram, also were victorious.

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