Chesapeake captures title

May 28, 2008|By Pat O'Malley

For the second year in a row, Chesapeake's softball team upheld Anne Arundel County's stature in the bat and ball sports.

The Cougars (24-2) were the only state champion in softball or baseball from the county, capturing the Class 4A softball title a second straight year by defeating Sherwood of Montgomery County, 7-0.

Cougars ace Lauren Gibson, a junior, pitched a no-hitter in the final for a second consecutive season to win the school's seventh state crown, the last two under coach Don Ellenberger.

Only county neighbor Northeast has more titles, with a state-record nine.

Since the state baseball tournament began in 1975, Anne Arundel teams have won a Maryland-record 25 titles, the last by Arundel in 2006.

A county baseball team has won a state title 21 times in the 34-year history of the tournament.

Lacrosse: Seven players from Anne Arundel schools - three boys and four girls - have been named Under Armour and Corrigan Sports All-Americans, which recognizes the nation's top 44 high school seniors. They will play in the boys and girls North versus South All-American games at the Under Armour Lacrosse Classic at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on July 12. The boys game will be live on ESPNU at 8 p.m., preceded by the girls at 6. Two of the three county boys selected for the South team are defensemen in St. Mary's Joe Bonnani, who is bound for Ohio State, and Severn's Mark Staines, who will play at North Carolina. Midfielder John Dalton of St. Mary's is the third county boy and he will attend Loyola College. Three of the four county girls, all of whom are midfielders, are headed for Virginia. They are St. Mary's Caroline Cochran, Julie Gardner of Severna Park and Severn's Josie Owen. Broadneck's Karri Ellen Johnson, who will play at Maryland, completes the list of county girls.

Tennis: Severna Park's Kevin Zingler and Ben Rosenthal, who started playing as a doubles team in the Anne Arundel championships, won the consolation match to take third place in the state tournament. Their loss in the state semifinals to a duo from Winston Churchill was the first defeat this season for both. Quick hits: Ray Cotton, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback who led Mobile High to the Alabama state tournament final, is transferring to Meade, rivals.com reported. His father, Ray Sr., a Coast Guard officer, is being moved to Fort Meade. Cotton, who also is a sprinter in track, is being recruited by a host of Division I schools, including Auburn. ... Four Anne Arundel County residents have been named Adidas All-Americans in McDonogh teammates Chris Agorsor (Severn) and Andrew Bulls (Millersville), Severna Park's Michael Rose and Archbishop Spalding's Christine Nairn.

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