Falcons field hockey cruises to 18th state title


November 13, 2008|By Katherine Dunn and Glenn Graham | Katherine Dunn and Glenn Graham,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com and glenn.graham@baltsun.com

After Severna Park's field hockey team defeated Broadneck, 3-2, in overtime, to win the Class 3A East region championship Oct. 30, there was a feeling among the No. 1 Falcons that that would be the toughest postseason contest they would face.

"This was definitely the state championship game," Falcons junior Cassie Ballard said after scoring the game-winning goal.

She was right. The Falcons cruised the rest of the way, beating Springbrook, 4-0, in the state semifinal and Quince Orchard, 6-0, Saturday for their 18th state title.

Falcons coach Lil Shelton, in her 34th season, would like to see a change in the way teams advance to the state finals.

"There's no reason for them to have the regions the way they are," said Shelton. "I left two teams sitting back in Anne Arundel County that could easily have beaten any of those teams there. That's not demeaning anybody, but it's a shame they were sitting at home while we're playing these other teams that we just ran rampant over."

Many times, those teams back home - No. 4 Broadneck and No. 6 South River - have given the Falcons their toughest postseason competition. This year, before nipping Broadneck, the Falcons defeated South River, 4-2, in the regional semifinal.

However, for the next two years at least, this will continue to be the toughest hockey region in the state.

Despite rumors that Severna Park would move to Class 3A with the biennial realignment of classifications based on population change, all three programs will remain in Class 4A East for at least two more years.

Becker in cup play

Old Mill senior MaryAnn Becker has been chosen to the North American Select Team for the Cup in the Netherlands, a fast-pitch softball tournament slated for Jan. 14. North America has won six of the 13 cups it has competed in.

Bruins look for repeat

The Broadneck volleyball team is set to defend its Class 4A state crown starting with tonight's semifinal match against Eleanor Roosevelt. The match starts at 8 p.m. at Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.


The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has released the proposed classification alignments for the next two school years and will seek approval by the Board of Controls on Dec. 10.

In the proposed realignment, Annapolis and Meade would go from the Class 3A East to the 4A East and join fellow county schools Arundel, Broadneck, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, North County, Old Mill and South River, along with Great Mills and Leonardtown of St. Mary's County and Charles County's North Point.

Northeast would remain in the Class 3A East, and Southern would stay in the Class 2A South.

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