Crossing County Lines

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Anne Arundel, Howard Teams To Meet In District Finals

April 30, 2009|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun

This spring, officials in Anne Arundel and Howard counties are introducing an alternative to county championship games - a District V championship that pits the best Anne Arundel team against the best in Howard.

The program kicks off with title games in boys and girls lacrosse Tuesday at North County. The girls will play at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m.

Greg LeGrand, coordinator of athletics for Anne Arundel County, said officials in the two counties have talked about ways to bring their teams together.

"We kicked around a bunch of ideas," LeGrand said. "The way in college they have the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, we kicked something like that around. This is real advantageous for us because our regions are so locked. You can play a team during the regular season, play them again in the county championship and again in the regional final. This is a little bit better way of showcasing our elite teams. It seems to have a natural fit since most of our teams won't face their teams in the regionals."

Beginning in the fall, there will be District V championships in each sport, with half played in Anne Arundel and half played in Howard. After that, the sites will rotate between the counties and among each county's schools.

There will still be county champs, but those will be the teams that come out on top during the regular season and advance to the district final.

Race for district slots

Though county title games no longer exist, Anne Arundel just about has one in boys lacrosse with No. 11 Severna Park traveling to South River in the regular-season finale Friday.

Both teams took undefeated county records into this week's play. It guarantees that the two teams that met in last year's county championship game won by Severna Park, will be playing for the right to play in the inaugural District V championship.

Which team will represent Howard County in the game is still undecided, with No. 13 Marriotts Ridge the front-runner, looking to close out a perfect county slate when it meets Centennial on Friday. The Mustangs are 13-1 overall and 10-0 in the county, while Centennial has just one county loss.

On the girls' side, No. 4 Broadneck is the leading contender for the Anne Arundel title, and No. 7 Mount Hebron and Glenelg are battling for the Howard title.

Glenn Graham

Patapsco waits

Patapsco baseball coach Tony Maggard is worried that the weather might prevent the Patriots and a number of other area teams from playing the 14 games needed to qualify for the playoffs before the final day of the regular season Tuesday.

"We've played 11 games, and we've got five scheduled between now and Tuesday," Maggard said before Wednesday's game against Chesapeake of Baltimore County. "If there's [more rain] ... we'll be put in a pool for a blind draw."

Currently, Patapsco should be the No. 1 seed in Class 3A North, but if it doesn't get its games in, Franklin (8-6) could be the top seed.

The coach is hoping the weather will hold and that if it doesn't there will be enough teams without the required number of games to encourage officials to reduce the number from 14 to 12.

Sandra McKee

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