When Matt Sanders toes the line Saturday at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross-Country Championships in New York, he wants to erase the memory of a second-place finish at the Maryland 3A Cross-Country Championships on Nov. 9.

"It will motivate me," said Sanders, a senior at Mount Hebron who raced through the county season undefeated. "[States] was a big kick in the butt, so it should be interesting. . . . This is the race I really want, the one I have been training for, states and this. I really want to go out on a good note."

Also participating in the Foot Locker competition will be Mount Hebron senior Seth Kampf and Wilde Lake junior Mehdi Bensarghin and senior David Schnorf. Mount Hebron's Elise Lindenmayer and Katie Mason and Centennial's Leah Suhrstedt and Sarah Lancos will also attend. But Sanders is widely regarded as having the best shot to qualify for the national championship.

While Sanders sat out with a sprained ankle last year, Izudin Mehmedovic of Oakland Mills came close to qualifying for nationals, finishing 13th at the 2001 Foot Locker regional. The top eight move on to the national meet Dec. 14 in San Diego. A Howard County runner hasn't qualified for nationals in at least a decade.

Sanders hit a wall after the two-mile mark at the state meet. He finished second in 16 minutes 42.12 seconds to Urbana's Kurt Kuehne, and after the race, he began looking toward the Foot Locker meet for redemption.

"At least I have one more race, Northeast Regionals," Sanders said at the time. "I hope to make nationals. I am still keeping my head up about that. That will be a bigger thing to do than states."

Scorpions' Rosado Steps Down After six years at Wilde Lake in the early 1980s and the last 11 at Oakland Mills, Scorpions volleyball coach Kim Rosado decided she was retiring earlier this month, and this time she says it's for good.

Rosado, 53, announced her retirement after the Scorpions' 1-13 season. There have been better times at Oakland Mills for Rosado, namely the Scorpions' run to the Class 1A South Region title in 2000 and the school's only appearance in the state semifinals. She lists that year as the highlight of her 17-year coaching career.

"That was the pinnacle," she said. "That and having Rayna [DuBose] on my team."

The Stars Come Out Howard County's girls' soccer players were winners and its boys were losers at the annual Senior All-State Game on Nov. 18 at Johns Hopkins University.

Three county girls helped the South to a 2-1 victory over the North. Wilde Lake senior Lynlea Cronin scored, and Glenelg senior Chrissy Starcher and Centennial senior Beth Foley each saw significant time in the midfield and on defense. River Hill senior Megan Buescher did not attend the game.

River Hill senior Justin Hughes and Wilde Lake senior Marco Filipponi each had an assist, but it was not enough to help the North, which lost to the South, 3-2. County seniors Josh Burford and Brad Costantino (Glenelg), Kwaku Boateng (Hammond), Randy Collins (Centennial), Jerome DeFrances (Atholton), Mo Hamzeh (River Hill) and Stanley Kaweesi (Oakland Mills) also participated in the game.

Bring On Baltimore Twenty Howard County senior football players have been chosen as Metro All-Stars by the Baltimore Touchdown Club and will play the Baltimore City All-Stars on Dec. 7 at Howard High School.

Playing in the game will be Will Staples (Atholton); Sean Garroway (Centennial); Kevin Ganascioli and Mike Hedlesky (Glenelg); Maurice Fowler and Ravi Nastvogel (Hammond); Tim McNulty (Howard); Justin Pruitt, Ryan Pope and Rob Onolfi (Long Reach); Steve Bloom (Mount Hebron); Darryl Pastor, Dennis Lange and Corey Felder (Oakland Mills); Jesse Fawcett, Chris Martin and Peter Perantonakis (River Hill); and A.J. Case, Austen Merrills, Doug Smith and Colin Quinn (Wilde Lake).

California Here We Come Five Howard County field hockey players will travel to California to compete in the under-19 National Field Hockey Festival, which begins today at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

Emily Goldman of Mount Hebron and Jordan Swaim of Long Reach will compete for the Capitol Pegasus Terps at the three-day tournament, featuring the country's top players. Nadia Clendening and Dayna Eng of Centennial and Katie Bauer of Glenelg Country will play for Team Maryland Riptide.

Three Sign on the Dotted Line Three Howard County baseball players signed letters-of-intent during the national signing period this month.

River Hill senior Kevin Marrie, a right-handed pitcher, signed to play for Coastal Carolina, while River Hill senior left-hander Mike Anton signed to play for the Virginia Military Institute. Chapelgate Christian senior Steve Evans signed to play for the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.