Hebron looks to its McGinnis for edge


Mount Hebron's Erin McGinnis needs a nickname -- at least for tomorrow's Roland Park North/South Lacrosse Tournament.

That would cut down on the confusion because the Reds have their own Erin McGinnes. Not only do they have the same name, but both Erins play center and both handle the draw.

However based on experience, the Vikings should have the edge at the position because McGinnis is a senior All-Metro second-teamer. The Reds' McGinnes is a freshman.

The Vikings are hoping to have the edge all around and avenge last season's 11-10 loss in the tournament championship. In 1993, the first year of the tournament, the Vikings defeated the Reds in the title game.

For the top-ranked Vikings and the No. 4 Reds to reach the finale, however, both will have to beat solid out-of-state teams in the first round.

The tournament gets under way at 10 a.m. with Roland Park facing the Potomac School of Virginia. The Vikings will play Baldwinsville from New York at 11. The consolation goes at 1:30 with the championship at 2:30.

High-flying Eagles

Centennial's softball team puts its nine-game winning streak on the line tomorrow morning in its annual spring break tournament.

The fourth-ranked Eagles (9-1) are looking to avenge last year's loss in the championship to IND, now ranked No. 5 at 7-1. To set up the showdown, however, both will have to get past their first-round opponents.

The Eagles meet Mount de Sales at 10 a.m. while IND plays Damascus. Both the consolation and championship will go at 1:30.

Even though the Eagles certainly would like to win their own tournament, Centennial coach Dale Huting has a more important reason for scheduling the annual event.

"The kids have been on vacation all week and this is a chance to get back into softball," said Huting. "I'm not worried about wins and losses as much as polishing things up so when we come back to real games, we're ready for them."

So far, the Eagles have been ready for everything since their season-opening loss to Westminster. They are hitting .320 as a team and fielding .960 while outscoring their opponents 66-8.

The primary reason for the Eagles' success is a sensational season from veteran pitcher Kim May (9-1).

The senior right-hander has a 0.37 ERA and has pitched a no-hitter and three one-hitters. In 76 innings, she struck out 103 while allowing 22 walks and 23 hits.

May also has gotten plenty of support from her teammates' bats. Three Eagles are hitting .400 or better -- Brittany Deuchler and Jodi Godbout at .410 and Marcie Kunkel at .400.

Deuchler has three doubles and four RBIs while Godbout has scored 11 runs. Kunkel leads the team with 13 RBIs and also has a home run, a triple and three doubles.

Terri Bickerton leads the team in runs scored (16) and steals (11) while hitting .380.

Those performances have led the Eagles to first place in the Howard County league where they are unbeaten in six games.

College bound

handful of local girls lacrosse players have signed national letters of intent to continue their careers next spring.

Mount Hebron has four players headed to Division I programs on scholarship: Erin McGinnis (North Carolina), Dani Vissers (William Mary), Lynette Chastant (Delaware) and Katie Marks (Hofstra).

Howard's Laura Foerster will play for Old Dominion on scholarship.

Two other Vikings will play in Division I although not on scholarship: Amanda Fleck (Davidson) and Vikki Tomazic (Lehigh). Amber Fanta will play at Division III Gettysburg.

Skating to second

Figure skater Tiffany Mead finished second in the intermediate division of the Princeton Open at Princeton University three weeks ago.

The seventh-grader at Owen Brown Middle School came as close as she could to winning with two of the five judges giving her first-place scores. The other three placed her second.

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