There has been a change in Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference softball - primarily on the mound.
"Last year, you had four teams - Friends, Park, Chapelgate and St. John's - and those four teams had pitching," St. Paul's coach John Meil said. "We've played seven games [this season] and with one exception, all of the teams have pitching or developing pitching."
Friday's showdown between two of the league's top teams featured a pair of the best pitchers, Park senior Madison Elliott (2.06 ERA, 54 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings) and St. Paul's freshman Sarah Meil (1.87 ERA, 75 strikeouts in 45 innings).
Elliott came out on top in a 12-2 decision that lifted the Bruins to 5-1. Maddie Macks drove in three runs with a double in the seventh inning to help put the game out of reach.
Meil allowed five earned runs, but the Gators (7-1) didn't help her much, committing seven errors.
Still, Park coach Bob Sitton didn't rest easy until the final out.
"The score was not representative of how close the two teams are," he said. "It could have gone either way."
The Bruins, who fell to St. John's in last season's title game, have a strong lineup of hitters - Elliott is hitting .571; Carly Attman .500; Lea Bachrach .470, and Julia Schwartz .416.
Both Rachel Kelly and Mary-Stone Eddins lead the Gators at .353, and Kathleen Mack is batting .346.
Smith steps down
Jim "Snuffy" Smith has stepped down after nine years as Bryn Mawr's girls basketball coach.
After coaching basketball at the college, high school and Amateur Athletic Union levels, Smith plans to spend more time with his family, which includes four grandchildren.
Smith, 64, said the timing was right to hand the reins to junior varsity coach Mimi Walters.
"There's nothing wrong," Smith said, "but the situation during the season now prohibits [Smith and his wife, Terry Kelly] from doing some things we'd like to do. With six seniors this year and with Mimi there, I thought this was a good time."
The Mawrtians finished 19-7 this winter and second in the regular season in the IAAM B Conference with the most wins in school history.
Walters, who played at Virginia Tech, was head coach at the University of New Haven before coming to Bryn Mawr.
Tough tennis tourney
McDonogh will host the 11th annual New England/Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tennis Tournament on April 28-29, featuring 16 prep schools from Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Gilman also will participate in the event.
For more information, contact McDonogh coach Laddie Levy at 410-363-0600.
Franklin assistant principal Jeff Mann, a former football coach and athletic director, has begun a mentoring program for boys at Franklin along with assistant principals Elliot Flam and Catalina McHenry and basketball coach Michael Thomas.
There will be meetings each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will hear a guest speaker for about 15 to 20 minutes and each session will end with physical activities such as weightlifting and playing basketball, Mann wrote in an e-mail.