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The Carroll County Summer Lacrosse League gets started Sunday with a couple of new teams and some new, yet still-familiar faces.

The league's format will remain the same as last year, with a travel division and a county division.

Nearly all sections of the county will be represented in the Carroll division -- which has expanded from four teams to six.

Sunday's opening day slate is a busy one at the Carroll County Sports Complex.

In the early games at 4 p.m., A.P. Boone will take on Dr. Deigert's, while Manchester Contractors will face International Foreign Car.

The 6 p.m. Carroll division game pits F &TM; Bank against Monroe Construction.

The Carroll Division is a who's who of high school players from the county and should be very competitive.

A.P. Boone is mainly comprised of North Carroll High players; the Dr. Deigert's team primarily consists of Liberty High grads; International Foreign Car has both current Westminster High players as well as grads; and Monroe Construction is made up of players from South Carroll High.

The travel division is a bit more competitive with some names area lacrosse fans should recognize.

There's former Syracuse All-Everything and now Detroit Turbo (Major Indoor Lacrosse League) star Gary Gait playing with Shannon's Salon, who will open up against Wiley House Sunday in the other late game at 6 p.m.

Along with Gait, Shannon's also has a pair of Baltimore Thunder players in Tim Welsh, an All-American while at North Carolina, and Jim Huelskamp, a Salisbury State University product who is a co-captain with the Thunder.

Wiley House is no slouch of a team either, mostly comprised of current varsity players of Division III powers Gettysburg College and Franklin & Marshall. Among them is Liberty grad Steve Mayer, now playing at Gettysburg.

The four other teams in the travel division -- Monaghan's Pub (Glyndon), Greene Turtle (Baltimore), Maloney's Bar (Catonsville) and Towson Sports Medicine (Carroll) -- will start their season the following Sunday.

In other sports this week:

* The South Penn League all-stars will play nationally-renowned Corrigan's (formerly Johnny's) from Baltimore 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Taneytown Memorial Park.

Corrigan's is one of the nation's best amateur teams, with a blend of the finest collegiate talent from around the United States.

Among the starters for the South Penn League all-stars are Taneytown Cardinals' Jeff Wagner (second base), Scott Thomson and Dave Crouse (outfielders) and Steve Insley (designated hitter).

Taneytown reserves include Bruce Rupp (catcher), Jeff Frock (infielder), Bill Swaggerty and Trevor Buckley (pitchers). Infielder Denny Snyder will represent the Westminster Elks.

Both Carroll teams will be in action on Thursday prior to Saturday's all-star affair. The Cardinals (15-4) enter the night with a one-game lead over second-place Littlestown (14-5).

Littlestown will take on the Elks (6-10) at Francis Scott Key High School in Uniontown at 6:15 p.m. The Cards will be at home against last-place Hanover (2-19) at 7 p.m.

* The Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League is at the halfway point of its season with the Westminster Storm (10-2) battling with Mount Airy (9-4) for the top spot in the five-team league.

On Thursday, the Storm will take on A.G. Carry-Out, winless at 0-10, at South Carroll High in Winfield, while Snydersburg (3-6) faces Carroll County Pools (6-6) at Landon Burns Park in Westminster. Both games are slated for 6:15 p.m.

A pair of doubleheaders are slated for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with Snydersburg at Mount Airy at Legion Field and A.G. Carry-Out at Carroll County Pools.

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