COOLIDGE TAKES SOFTBALL: Undefeated Coolidge, led by All-Met outfielder LaVeeda Wells, defeated H.D. Woodson, 10-5, to capture the Interhigh League softball tournament championship game. Coolidge finished the season at 13-0, H.D. Woodson at 9-3.
Wilson defeated Roosevelt, 13-10, in the consolation game.
In the first round, Coolidge shut out Ballou, 7-0; Theodore Roosevelt outlasted Eastern, 24-22; Wilson edged Cardozo, 9-8; and H.D. Woodson defeated Dunbar, 31-11.
In the semifinals, Coolidge beat Theodore Roosevelt, 22-12, and H.D. Woodson defeated Wilson, 15-8.
In the Maryland state 4A title game, Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County bested Seneca Valley, 11-2.
Virginia Northern Region champion Chantilly and runner-up Oakton both shut out their semifinal opponents to set up an all-area state AAA championship game. Chantilly defeated Varina, 7-0, and Oakton beat Lee-Davis, 1-0.
Chantilly, a 9-2 winner over Oakton in their region final, found the going a bit tougher in the state title game. Trailing by 1-0 in the sixth, Kim Lauderdale hit a two-run homer to give Chantilly a dramatic 2-1 victory.
In state quarterfinal games, Chantilly defeated Halifax, 9-1, while Oakton won by 3-2 over Potomac.
Park View scored seven runs in the fifth inning and went on to defeat Lord Botetourt, 14-9, for its second straight Virginia AA state championship. Nikki Tingsley had a bases-empty home run and an RBI single and Caya Russell had a two-run single for the winners.
BASEBALL WRAP-UP: Paint Branch completed an unbeaten season (20-0) and earned its second Maryland state 3A championship as Jon Walsh drew a bases-loaded walk off Northern's Felbert Jones in the final inning for a 5-4 victory.
All-Met freshman Ryan Lambert overcame early nervousness to settle down and hold off the Patriots for his 10th win of the season.
High Point didn't fare as well as nationally ranked Perry Hall of Baltimore County hit two home runs in a 10-6 victory for the 4A title.
In Virginia, W.T. Woodson, upstaged by West Springfield, 12-7, in the Northern Region final, had all the answers last week as it won three games to capture its second consecutive state AAA championship.
Cavaliers Coach Lee Knupp juggled his pitching staff for the three games and got three splendid efforts. T.J. Jones pitched six innings as W.T. Woodson defeated Hermitage, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. Trying to save ace Doug Newstrom and Jones for the title game, Knupp threw his Nos. 3 and 4 pitchers, Tom Hamilton and Jason Love, against Douglas Freeman in the semifinals. They combined to pitch a three-hitter in an 11-1 victory.
In the final, Newstrom was tough, allowing only two hits and striking out 13 in beating Lafayette, 2-0. The senior also had two hits and scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by Brian Rainey.
West Springfield, which had scored 36 runs in its three previous games, couldn't get the big inning and was eliminated by Lafayette, 2-1, in the semifinals. Lafayette scored both runs without a hit or hitting the ball out of the infield.
In the state AA final, Louisa scored four unearned runs to defeat Broad Run, 4-1. The victory avenged an 11-2 loss to Broad Run in the Region II final a week ago. Broad Run's Scott Schultz, who blanked York, 4-0, in a quarterfinal game, gave up only three hits and struck out 12 in a losing effort. ALL-STARS SET: All-Mets Jeff Bounds of DeMatha, Tim Hall of Riverdale Baptist, Kevin Mitchell, Keith Nalepka of Good Counsel, Clark Wagner of Old Mill and Andy Srebroski of Northeast are among those selected for the South team of the Crown All-Star baseball game. It will be played Sunday, June 17, at Memorial Stadium just after the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox at 1:35.
The other local players named to the South team are Annapolis's Harry Stepney, Calvert's Tom Sydner, Chesapeake's Frank Billings, Arundel's Michael Arenth, Laurel's Frank Malfertone, La Plata's Kenny Sheperd and Atholton's Alex Pugliese. The alternates are Arundel's Chris Dinoto and Dave Turner, Wilde Lake's Howie Brown, High Point's Greg Prochnow, Glenelg's Todd Smith, Gaithersburg's John Walter and Glen Burnie's Sean Kelly. THIS WEEK: The Interhigh League baseball regular season, plagued by postponements, forfeitures and transportation problems, finally finished Saturday. The tournament will be held this week at RFK auxiliary field.
On Tuesday it will be Eastern vs. Dunbar at 1 and West Division co-champion Bell vs. H.D. Woodson at 3:30. In Wednesday's semifinals, East Division champion Ballou will take on the Eastern-Dunbar winner at 1 and West Division co-champion Wilson will meet the Bell-H.D. Woodson winner at 3:30. On Thursday the championship game will be played at 3:30.
The Interhigh League boys tennis championships conclude today at the Carter Barron Fitzgerald Tennis Center. Duke Ellington's Taro Alexander will face Ballou's DeJuan McIllwaine for the singles'title. Alexander eliminated Wilson's Daniel DaCosta, 10-4, and McIllwaine beat Milford Best, 10-7, in the semifinals.
Wilson's girls won their seventh straight team title Friday. Julianne Hunter defeated Dana Byrd of Banneker, 6-1, 6-1, for the singles championship.