Chopticon at La Plata

4:30 p.m. Monday

The two participants in last season's 3A South Region title game have used pitching to remain near the top of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. La Plata (3-3) has allowed only three runs in its three victories, and Chopticon (4-1 through Friday) has had success despite not scoring more than six runs in a game. La Plata won, 8-4, in last year's region title game and also won a pair of one-run regular season games against the Braves.


McDonough at Great Mills

4:30 p.m. Monday

The first matchup of the league's top two pitchers -- McDonough senior Abbey Welch and Great Mills senior Lacey Trossbach -- nearly was a washout. Driving rain and wind left both throwers a little off target. Still, the Rams managed a one-run victory in extra innings. Expect this rematch to provide more of the same drama, even with Trossbach missing the Hornets' loss to Patuxent on Friday while recovering from a knee injury.

Track and Field

McDonough and Lackey

at Westlake

4 p.m. Tuesday

This tri-meet, particularly on the boys' side, should not lack for excitement. The Rams, led by middle-distance runner Dean Lee and hurdler Tim Minor, are the league favorites. They will get a stern test from a Wolverine team that is always deep, particularly in sprints and field events. The challenge for Westlake, though, is that Lackey is another squad that is sprinter-heavy. The 100 and 200 races between Westlake junior Jared Fagan and Lackey junior Courtney Knight should not be missed.

Boys' Lacrosse

Patuxent at Northern

4 p.m. Thursday

This matchup could be for first place in the six-team SMAC standings. The teams entered the weekend with perfect records, a combined 9-0, and tied for first place in the league. The game also features two of the highest-scoring players in Southern Maryland, Patuxent's Paul Rudell and Northern's Scott Boutaugh.