The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association held draws for region tournaments in boys' and girls' lacrosse and softball Monday at the Baltimore County Board of Education.
In each region, the four teams with the best regular season winning percentage were given the top seeds. The remaining teams were seeded by a blind draw. The baseball draw was held Tuesday and could not be included in this edition.
Glenelg's softball team, which earned the top seed in the 2A South Region tournament, appears to have the best path to the state tournament. The defending region champion Gladiators (16-4) will not have to face a team with a winning record until the region final, where it could face second-seeded Atholton or third-seeded Howard.
"Our draw is sweet," said Glenelg Coach Cameron Rahnama, whose team will play either Central or Forestville on Monday. "I wish we could get this every year."
Centennial's girls' lacrosse team: In the 3A/2A North Region, the third-seeded Eagles have one team with a winning record in their half of the bracket -- second-seeded North Harford (10-3) -- and will not have to worry about a possible game against top-seeded Mount Hebron (12-0) until the region final.
River Hill's girls' lacrosse team: In the 3A/2A North Region, the fourth-seed Hawks (7-2) didn't get rewarded for posting one of the best regular seasons in school history. River Hill will host Hammond and, if they advance, likely will play at Mount Hebron.
Glenelg's boys' lacrosse team: In the 2A/1A North Region, the top-seeded Gladiators (9-1) have one team with a winning record in their half of the bracket -- fourth-seeded Joppatowne -- which puts them in good position to make back-to-back trips to the state tournament.
Centennial's boys' lacrosse team: The top-seeded Eagles (10-3) will face Long Reach or Edgewood in the 3A/2A North Region. If they win, they face either Mount Hebron or North Harford on Monday.
"North Harford has some very talented players and is very good defensively" said Centennial Coach Mike Siegert, as he watched North Harford play Hereford on Monday. "And with Hebron, they have always been our nemesis, and it's always a very tough game against them, no matter when we play them."
Glenelg Girls' Tennis Wins
The Glenelg girls' tennis team posted a 3-2 victory over Reservoir to win the inaugural county championship match between the regular season's top two finishers at the Wilde Lake Tennis Center on Monday.
Reservoir (15-3) finished atop the standings during the regular season, which in previous seasons would have earned it the county title. But Glenelg took advantage of the new format to win its second county title in three seasons.
After victories by Julia Facchina at No. 1 singles and Nicole Bogoslaw and Alison Bittner at No. 1 doubles, Glenelg (15-3) clinched the best-of-five match when its No. 3 doubles team of Sarah Simmons and Alana Marrie posted an 8-6 victory over Reservoir's Stephanie Mitchell and Alley Boris.
"Being the first girls' team to win the county title definitely makes it more special," said Facchina, who improved to 18-0. "Sometimes tennis is an individual thing, but this is purely a team thing."
Reservoir's Meredith Ely posted an 8-0 victory over Lindsey Dombert at No. 2 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team of Monica Machado and Angela Tenaglia earned an 8-5 victory over Krista Schmidt and Stephanie Garrett.
'A Great Moment'
Long Reach Coach Tim O'Brien had never asked a former player to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, but when Army Spec. Jason O'Hare came home after a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was given the honor.
O'Hare, a two-year varsity player at Long Reach who graduated in 2002, threw a perfect strike down the middle of the plate before the Lightning defeated Reservoir on May 5.
"It was a great moment, and I think it taught our kids a lot about responsibility and honor," O'Brien said. "I could see how much everyone on our team looked up to Jason for serving our country."
O'Hare, wearing fatigues and combat boots to the ceremony, said he thought about his playing days at Long Reach during every 12-hour patrol shift.
"It gets lonely out there, and all you have to think about is the good times you've had, and for me, a lot of that had to do with playing baseball here," said O'Hare, who kept in touch with O'Brien via e-mail. "Playing baseball here taught me a lot about discipline and staying in shape, and that helped me in the Army."