Tournament time has come to have a whole new meaning for field hockey teams. Forget about postseason. Some of the best matchups come this weekend in tournaments around the state.
Coaches and players look forward to facing non-traditional foes and gaining experience against tough teams.
"It's a fun team day," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett. "You're together all day, and it's a good bonding thing. The games don't count against your regional standing, you get to play kids who don't get a chance to play in regular games, and you play good teams."
Tomorrow, Puckett's No. 3 Cougars, the defending Class 3A state champions, head to No. 10 Centennial's tournament. Every team in the field reached at least the state semifinals last season. The Cougars face Elkton, the Class 1A runner-up, at 9:30 a.m.
The longest running local event is Roland Park's Sally E. Nyborg Tournament, which opens with the No. 4 Reds battling No. 7 Severna Park at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. The field includes Bethesda-Chevy Chase, winner or co-winner of eight straight state titles, and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, a Northern Virginia power.
Second-ranked Bryn Mawr goes on the road tomorrow to North East in Cecil County and faces defending 1A state champion Pocomoke at 10 a.m.
The Grizzly Tournament tomorrow at No. 11 Garrison Forest includes No. 8 Mount Hebron. And this afternoon, No. 6 St. Paul's is at Long Reach's tournament. Next weekend, the Gators play host to No. 1 Towson at their tournament.
Maryvale twin cross country runners Glenna and Kelly Sullivan don't make telling them apart easy anymore.
Although Glenna was a first-team All-Metro selection last season, the sophomores crossed the finish line together Saturday at the St. John's at Prospect Hall Invitational in Frederick. Because only one can win, Glenna was declared the champ, but both ran 20 minutes, 20 seconds to lead the No. 7 Lions to the team title.
"What one can do the other can do," said Lions coach Jim McCoach. "You can hardly get a dime in between them. If you look at their workouts at practice, it's like carbon paper. Last year, Glenna had a little more confidence than Kelly did, but as the season went by, the gap closed."
The Sullivans will try for another twin win tomorrow at the Mid-Atlantic Classic at Goucher College.