The Baltimore area's top four field hockey teams will face some non-traditional foes in tournament action Saturday.
Top-ranked Bryn Mawr heads to North East in Cecil County for a third straight year while No. 3 Garrison Forest hosts its first Grizzly Tournament and No. 4 Roland Park plays host to No. 2 Severna Park at its second annual Sally Nyborg Tournament.
Jeanette Budzik's Mawrtians, three-time winners at North East, meet Quince Orchard at 10: 30 a.m. in a tournament that also includes Kent. Quince Orchard reached the state Class 4A semifinals last year while Kent made it in Class 1A.
Last year, the Mawrtians edged Bethesda-Chevy Chase in a shootout for the North East title, but BCC moves to Roland Park's tournament this year.
In a battle of the top two public school programs in the state, the Barons will face Severna Park at 2: 15 in the round-robin Nyborg Tournament. Last year, the Falcons won their second straight Class 4A title -- their 11th in the last 20 years -- while BCC won in Class 2A -- their fifth straight title and their eighth in 11 years.
The Nyborg Tournament kicks off with the third meeting between the Reds and Severna Park at 10 a.m. Last year, Debbie Bloodsworth's Reds defeated the Falcons for the second straight year en route to an unbeaten season and the final No. 1 ranking. Lil Shelton's Falcons, who did not lose another game last year, are looking for the first win over the Reds.
Roland Park also will play St. Stephen's/St. Agnes at 3: 30.
At the Grizzly Tournament, the third-ranked home team meets Madeira (Va.) at 10: 30 followed by Bel Air vs. Episcopal Academy (Pa.) at 11: 30 with the championship set for 2 p.m.
Also, eighth-ranked St. Paul's plays No. 12 Mount Hebron in the opener of its invitational tournament followed by the Vikings vs. St. Mary's at 10: 30 and St. Paul's vs. St. Mary's at noon.
Poly's new editions
Poly athletic director Mark Schlenoff has announced the hiring of five new coaches in Gerald Boyd (girls basketball), Wavie Gibson (wrestling), Wallace Sifford (indoor track), Mark Sawyer (baseball) and Latoscha Daniels (girls track).
A dozen high school field hockey players from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County will represent Maryland at the U.S. Field Hockey Association's National Field Hockey Festival in Palm Beach, Fla., over Thanksgiving weekend.
The players selected for Team Maryland were divided into two teams of 16 girls.
Playing for the Breakers: Jen Ahn and Courtney Shay, Bryn Mawr; Elaine Belitsos, St. Paul's; Caroline Cox, Garrison Forest; and Allison Higgins, Roland Park. Playing for the Riptide: Anna Colvin, Park; Gina Elutrio, C. Milton Wright; Jana Facchinei, John Carroll; Rebecca Kiselewich and Meagan Perry, Bryn Mawr; Jenny Landsman, St. Paul's; and Heather Warnken, McDonogh.
Megan Burker, Bryn Mawr; Erin Coberth, Catonsville; Emily Gray, John Carroll; and Ashley Staples, Fallston, were among the alternates.
Showdown goes down
The high school lacrosse showdown, which matched the best boys and girls private schools against the best public schools at Johns Hopkins the past four spring seasons, will not take place next spring, according to tournament organizer Craig Amos.
"It came down to field availability against the schedules of the Johns Hopkins lacrosse teams," Amos said. "The earliest available day was on April 8, which is an SAT day and that's going to be pretty difficult to work around."
Amos said he would "put the thing on the shelf for a year and try to bring it back in 2,001."
St. Paul's soccer coach Howard Schindler, in his 13th season, entered the week with 116 career wins, which ranked him sixth among the area's winningest coaches. Coach Fred Foster's North Harford football team, 2-0, has a chance to make it three wins in a row against Harford Tech tomorrow.
Pub Date: 9/16/99