Another year of spring sports is upon us for Carroll County.
Weather permitting, of course.
Wednesday is the first day of the season, with county teams in action for baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, tennis, and track and field. Every spring sport is in play on Day 1 — how many events take place as scheduled, however, is the question with the threat of one more winter storm in the forecast over the next 48 hours.
In girls lacrosse, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Carroll this spring, five teams are set for their season openers. Century, Manchester Valley, and Westminster are at home, with Liberty and South Carroll on the road.
Westminster hosts Oakdale in an intriguing matchup — the Owls lost a heartbreaker to Bel Air in their Class 4A-3A South Region final last spring, 10-9 in overtime, while the Bears won the 3A-3A West title.
The sport’s landscape changed a bit during the offseason, however.
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association shuffled lacrosse to include four classifications instead of the three it had used for the previous 17 seasons.
Westminster and Man Valley are in 3A West; Century, Liberty, South Carroll, and Winters Mill are in 2A West; and Francis Scott Key is in 1A West.
This removes the chance for an all-county state semifinal, which Carroll had two of last spring in 2A-1A. Liberty and Century girls met in one contest, and the Lions boys faced rival South Carroll in the other.
Century’s girls won their eighth state crown in 2017, and second in three seasons.
Meanwhile, SC’s boys made it to the state final before losing to Southern-Anne Arundel. The Cavs open their season Wednesday at home, along with Liberty.
Westminster visits Mount St. Joseph in its opener — the Owls beat the Gaels last spring en route to another county title campaign and a spot in the 4A-3A state tourney, their third final four spot in six seasons.
Century and Man Valley also start their seasons Wednesday.
Carroll had a softball state finalist last spring in South Carroll, which made its first championship game appearance by playing in the 2A final. The reigning county champ Cavaliers visit Linganore, a 3A state semifinalist last spring, in their opener Wednesday.
Manchester Valley and Westminster each have home games to open their softball years.