Donaldson seen giving Terror softball a boost; Severna Park graduate is 'total package' says Western Maryland coach; Notebook; HIGH SCHOOLS


Severna Park grad Amanda Donaldson, who led the Falcons to the Class 4A state championship game in softball last spring, has taken her pitching talent to Western Maryland College in Westminster.

The three-time All-Metro pitcher came to Western Maryland this semester after spending one semester at CCBC-Catonsville. Last season at Severna Park, Donaldson went 15-4 with a 0.89 ERA. In 132 innings, she had 145 strikeouts with 16 walks.

Western Maryland coach George Dix is expecting Donaldson to step right in and dominate at the Division III level. "Amanda has pinpoint control and can throw from 58 to 61 mph. Rarely do you see that in Division III. She has the total package: control, velocity and mental toughness," said Dix.

The Green Terror, a 1998 national tournament participant, had plenty of offense in a 20-11 season in 1999, but inconsistencies on the mound. Dix believes Donaldson will solve those problems.

"She can take us to the next level. We haven't had a pitcher of her caliber since Marilyn Naas in 1994. She's the total package and the answer we've been looking for."

Those spoiler Saints

More proof the upcoming IAAM Tournament, scheduled to start Feb. 14, is wide open: After years of playing as the favorite, the St. Mary's girls basketball team is looking plenty comfortable in the role of spoiler.

With Tuesday's 41-39 win over second-ranked Seton Keough, the 19th-ranked Saints (10-8) now have wins over the Baltimore area's top two teams and their Independent Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference. Earlier in the season, they upset No. 1-ranked St. Frances.

In other girls basketball news, No. 7 Severna Park (11-3, 9-0) took control of the county with back-to-back wins over No. 8 Arundel and No. 17 Glen Burnie.

In those two key wins, the Falcons senior foursome of Natalie Hicks, Kim Lawton, Meg Miller and Lauren Bessire accounted for 111 of the team's 114 points. Hicks and Lawton are the county's hottest one-two punch, scoring 84 points in those two wins.

3A-4A regional wrestling

Old Mill, Broadneck and Arundel appear set for next week's Class 3A-4A East region dual-meet wrestling championships set for either Wednesday or Thursday at Old Mill.

The No. 4 Patriots lead the region with 7.64 points, followed by No. 10 Broadneck (7.33) and No. 11 Arundel (6: 55). Baltimore's Patterson (6.36) is holding down the fourth and final spot with Severna Park and Chesapeake on the outside looking in.

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