The upcoming Easter weekend doesn't mean time off for everyone.
Many local high school athletes and coaches will be competing in holiday tournaments, some beginning this evening.
Arundel will play host to its eighth-annual boys lacrosse invitational, with Southern going against New York state champion Friends Academy of Long Island at 5:30 p.m. and the Wildcats taking on Byrum Hills (N.Y.) at 7:30 p.m.
The consolation game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the title game at noon.
"Friends won it last year, but this tournament is always tough and I don't think any team has won it twice in a row," said Arundel coach Clint Gosnell, whose team is looking for its first victory of 1991.
"We won it in 1988 and we'd like to win it this year, but we're looking more for the competition and getting some experience against good teams for the younger kids on our squad."
Meanwhile, Northeast is the site of the sixth-annual James Griffin Lacrosse Tournament, beginning this evening with Easton (Talbot County) taking on Chesapeake at 5 and the Eagles (0-2) facing Glen Burnie at 7 in a rematch of last year's championship game, won by Northeast.
The consolation game begins at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, followed by the 6:30 championship round.
"We've already lost to North County, 4-3, but it proved we could stay with the best teams," said Northeast coach Kevin Buckley, whose squad also won the title in the tournament's second season.
"The way that we're playing right now, we need the experience this tournament can give us.There are no clear-cut favorites, but we're looking forward to this weekend to possibly get a few wins."
One of the newer, and more prestigious, holiday boys events is the second-annual Al Laramore Memorial Lacrosse Tournament,
which takes place tomorrow and Saturday at Broadneck.
Annapolis meets Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference power Severn at 5 p.m., and the host Bruins will battle another MSA A standout, St. Mary's, at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, St. Mary's and Annapolis play at 5 p.m., followed by the Severn-Broadneck clash at 7 p.m.
Two other tournaments getting under way this afternoon and concluding Saturday are the North County Lacrosse Classics, involving both the Knights' boys and girls entries.
The Old Mill and St. Ignatius boys begin play at 2 p.m. today, followed by North County and Archbishop Spalding at 3:30 p.m.
The consolation game starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the finals at 11 a.m.
On the girls side, North County faces Old Mill at 11 a.m. today, and Seton Keough and Archbishop Spalding meet at 12:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the consolation game gets under way at 1 p.m., with the finals slated for 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Old Mill baseball team looks to continue its dominance of the Bruin Holiday Baseball Tournament at Broadneck, where the Patriots have lost just two games in seven years.
One of those losses occurred last year, when Archbishop Curley took a 4-2 decision in the finals. Old Mill had beaten Loyola, 6-0, in the semifinals, behind a one-hitter from Eric Scott.
The Patriots had won the 8-year-old tournament every year except 1986.
"It's great, because you play a lotof people who wouldn't normally play, and the games don't count on the overall record. Plus, it's fun, and it's two extra games," Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery said.
The two semifinal games on Saturday -- Loyola vs. Broadneck and Curley vs. Old Mill -- take place at 10 a.m. The championship and consolation games will be played at 1 p.m.
Four of the county's best softball teams will gather for this year's North County Knights Invitational Softball Tournament, with first-round games scheduled for Saturday.
Last year, Chesapeake defeated eventual Catholic League champion Archbishop Spalding, 5-2, in the opening round. The Cougars hope to duplicate the feat in their 11 a.m. meeting with the Cavaliers.
The ensuing game, at 1 p.m. pits North County against Glen Burnie.
The consolation game is 11 a.m. Monday, with the finals set for 1 p.m.
Chesapeake defeated eventual Class 1A state champion Brooklyn Park, 1-0, to secure last year's championship.
"It's a toss-up because Spalding's a good ballclub with an excellent pitcher," Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele said, eluding to the Cavaliers' Kim Sheridan.
Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino said Chesapeake must be regarded as the favorite.
"The team that wins is going to be thought of as a powerhouse," he said.