Severna Park broke ground last week on a 3,000 square-foot, $140,000 fieldhouse that will feature boys' and girls' locker rooms, offices for coaches and public restrooms.
The Andy Borland Fieldhouse, named for the school's longtime football coach and athletic director who retired in 1998, is expected to be completed in September.
Located behind an end zone of the football stadium, the fieldhouse will allow athletes to store equipment in lockers throughout the season. In the past, lockers were shared with physical education classes, forcing athletes to remove equipment every day.
The fieldhouse also gives players shelter during storms. Until now, players have had to run about 1,000 feet to the school when bad weather postponed games.
"Having a fieldhouse is wonderful, and it's the best thing that has happened since I've been here for eight years," said football coach J.P. Hines. "It makes everything more convenient and professional. Now we have everything we need right at the field."
The fieldhouse -- paid for through fundraisers and donations -- follows the completion of a $90,000 renovation of the school's baseball and softball fields.
"We've been talking about a fieldhouse for the past six years, and it was next on our list after the baseball and softball stadiums we improved," said Calvin Cavey, vice president of the school's athletic booster club. "It's something this school really needs."
The new fieldhouse could also be expanded to hold a Severna Park Hall of Fame and public meeting rooms, he said.
Borland arrived at Severna Park in 1963 as an assistant football coach and was head coach from 1973 to 1998. He also had stints coaching the wrestling and boys' indoor and outdoor track teams. He was Falcons athletic director from 1978 to 1985.
Tough and Tougher
Archbishop Spalding's girls' soccer team played perhaps the toughest schedule in Maryland last year, facing seven teams that ranked in the top 10. And this season, the team's schedule might be even harder.
The Cavaliers open their season with games at South River, St. John's and O'Connell, three traditional powers. Even though Spalding returns eight starters, its early-season slate has Coach Bob Dieterle feeling only cautiously optimistic.
"We made a decision to schedule the toughest teams we can, and that's the way it's going to go," Dieterle said. "I feel confident in our team, but given our schedule, we're going to lose some games. That's how you get better. It's worth it."
Spalding returns six seniors who started last season as juniors. It also brings back sophomore goalie Karen Blocker, who kept the Cavaliers competitive in several close games as a freshman last season.
"We're really excited about the players we have back," Dieterle said. "We should have a really good team, and we'll be competitive -- even against the types of teams we're playing."
Monarchs Fare Well
The Maryland Monarchs finished fifth at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) 18-and-under Wooden Bat World Series in Charleston, S.C. Southern's Ken Misal pitched the Monarchs to two wins, and Alex Buchholz had six hits and six RBI in eight games.
The Monarchs finished their summer season 41-10 and won their third consecutive Mid-Atlantic Elite Baseball League title.
"We played some of the most storied amateur baseball teams in the country," Coach Bernie Walter said. "The Monarchs fared very well against some of the best teams in amateur baseball."
Twenty Anne Arundel athletes were honored as all-Americans by U.S. Lacrosse. Nine athletes made first team: Mike Gvozden (Severna Park); Matt Vetter (Annapolis); Anastasia Adam (Severn); Natasha Davies (Broadneck); Ali Flury (Broadneck); Katie Monaghan (Spalding); Bridget Noon (St. Mary's); Allison Perkins (St. Mary's); and Amanda Spinnenweber (Chesapeake).
Seven other girls from the county earned honorable mention status: Bretton Bathras (Severn); Liz Burke (Severna Park); Jessie Heisterman (Broadneck); Jill Hodges (South River); Megan Jendrossek (Spalding); Sarah Meisenberg (Severn); and Samantha Schrum (St. Mary's).
Matt Antonelli (Spalding) and Josh Peck (Broadneck) were named academic all-Americans. Steve Spence (Old Mill) was named a coach of the year; Kevin Necessary, from Arundel, was an assistant coach of the year.