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Annapolis is just one of tournaments to put focus on lacrosse this weekend; No. 3 Panthers girls set to defend their title; Notebook; High schools


Lacrosse takes center stage this weekend with a handful of tournaments to choose from.

Here's a quick look at the strongest fields:

Annapolis Women's Lacrosse Tournament: The host Panthers, ranked No. 3 in the metro area, will try to defend last year's title with an opening-round game against two-time Delaware state champ St. Andrew's at 5: 15 p.m. today. No. 6 St. Mary's takes on No. 12 Broadneck at 7: 15.

The tournament will resume tomorrow, with the consolation at 5: 15 and the championship at 7: 15.

Last season, Annapolis (6-0-1) defeated St. Mary's, 9-7, in the final.

"This is a chance to see some people we don't usually see," said Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes. "We have three top teams in our area and another team in St. Andrew's that plays excellent lacrosse."

Face-Off Classic at Severna Park: The Severna Park boys will be host to a four -team tournament that doesn't have a championship game, but plenty of competition.

Annapolis and Good Counsel get things started this afternoon at 5: 15 p.m., followed by Severna Park and Cape Henlopen at 7: 15.

Tomorrow, Annapolis will take on Cape Henlopen at 5: 15, and the Falcons meet Good Counsel at 7: 15.

Also tomorrow, the Old Mill boys will be host to an inaugural tournament -- the Patriot Invitational, which also features Glenelg, Great Mills and Leonardtown.

On the girls side tomorrow, Arundel and Northeast also will be hosts to one-day tournaments.

On the hill

A number of former All-Metro softball pitchers have carried their success into the college ranks this spring.

North County graduate Kellie Evans is enjoying a banner season at Division II Kutztown (Pa.) University.

The freshman is 11-2 with an 0.87 ERA and one save. In 88.1 innings, she has 34 strikeouts and 19 walks.

Evans has been just as productive at the plate, hitting a team-high .402 with 19 RBIs and 17 runs. She also leads the team with nine doubles and five triples.

Severna Park grad Amanda Donaldson also is enjoying a fine freshman season at Division III Western Maryland College.

Donaldson is 11-0 with a 1.53 ERA to lead the Green Terror to a three-way tie for first in the Centennial Conference with a 7-1 mark.

In 73 innings, Donaldson has struck out 61 while permitting eight walks.

In her third career college start, she pitched a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Swarthmore and has added three three-hitters.

All in the family

Chesapeake's first-year softball coach, Don Bishoff, is enjoying the opportunity to coach his daughter, third baseman Kristen, in her final season, but it's not totally new.

"I've done it for years in summer ball, but this is a little different," said Coach Bishoff.

The No. 5 Cougars are 8-2, and Kristen, a senior co-captain, is batting around .350. In a 3-1 win over No. 4 North County, Bishoff went 3-for-4 and scored two runs.

Stromberg to St. Paul's

Jim Stromberg, who guided Seton Keough's basketball team to three Catholic League tournament championships and last year's inaugural Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tournament title, will leave Seton Keough at the end of the school year to become athletic director and basketball coach at St. Paul's School for Girls.

Stromberg, athletic director and basketball coach at Seton Keough for the past six years, said he is making the move for several reasons.

At St. Paul's, Stromberg's responsibilities will all be in athletics, whereas at Seton Keough, he has juggled additional jobs, including head of food services this year.

-- Sun staff writer Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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