Spalding enjoying a stellar spring

The Baltimore Sun

The Archbishop Spalding boys and girls athletic teams are having quite a spring.

No other metro-area school is ranked in all four of the spring's major polls - baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse - as the Cavaliers are. Each of the four teams plays in the A Conference of either the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (boys) or Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (girls).

The golf team is competing for an MIAA B Conference title, as is the undefeated tennis team. And the track team just won the Patriot Games at John Carroll.

"You have to feel really good about what is happending this spring," Spalding athletic director Lee Dove said. "The softball team has been a top team for a long time, and the baseball team has really come up big the last few years. Then you have the lacrosse teams, both coached by first-year coaches. They believed they could get there and did."

The baseball team has taken over the No. 1 spot in The Sun's Top 15 poll, and the boys lacrosse team, under coach Zack Burke, has posted some big wins and was 7-5 through last weekend.

The Cavaliers boys lacrosse team, ranked No. 9, defeated No. 10 Severn, 14-8, for the first time in school history. A couple of weeks earlier, Spalding knocked off then-No. 5 Boys' Latin.

Moira Leavitt took over the girls lacrosse team and has turned a 5-13 team into a winner at 13-5. The Cavaliers girls are also ranked ninth.

Spalding's softball team is a perennial contender in the IAAM A Conference. It is ranked third and is the favorite to win the title.

Severn athletic director -- Julian Domenech, a former All-County soccer player at Severn and a 1984 graduate, is returning to his alma mater as athletic director. Domenech, 41, replaces Charles Duckett, who announced his resignation this year. Domenech, who has been women's lacrosse coach and assistant athletic director at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., since 2003, played soccer for his father, Julian Domenech Sr., a teacher-coach and head of the Severn upper school for almost 27 years. Domenech went on to play soccer and lacrosse at Pfeiffer and was the mens' lacrosse Most Valuable Player in 1989.

Severn Hall of Fame -- The Admirals added four members to their Athletic Hall of Fame last Friday: Michael DeStefano, Zach Wade, coach Karen Quarles and Bill Mealey (posthumously). DeStefano was a standout in football, swimming and lacrosse. In his senior year, 1984, he was named the All-Academic/Athletic Team Male Athlete of the Year in Anne Arundel County by The Sun and was also named to the All-Metro lacrosse team as a defenseman. He was an All-American defenseman at Cornell. Wade, a 1992 graduate, played football and lacrosse at Severn, and was an All-America midfielder at North Carolina. Quarles graduated from Radford and became a teacher and coach at Severn in 1976. She coached field hockey (including two straight undefeated seasons), basketball and lacrosse. A number of her players have been inducted into the Severn Hall of Fame. Mealey, Class of 1969, was captain of the football and lacrosse teams and earned several awards, including Severn's Athletic Award in 1969. He died in a plane crash in 1973.

Quick hits -- Andrew Smith has stepped down as Meade's football coach after eight seasons. Smith wants to spend more time with his wife, Clarice, who is in poor health. No successor has been named. ... Scholastic Coaches Magazine visited Arundel High's baseball practice on Saturday to do a feature on the team's drills. ... John Stewart of St. Mary's is batting .410 and is 3-2 with 67 strikeouts in 47 innings and a 2.23 ERA. ... Jason Patten has four wins and four saves for top-ranked Spalding's baseball team. ... Chesapeake softball coach Don Ellenberger said outfielder Ericka Stasch "has one of the best arms to ever come through Maryland."

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