Severna Park girls, Chesapeake boys win county cross country titles

The top-ranked Severna Park girls and No. 3 Chesapeake boys each used their depth to come away with team titles in Thursday's Anne Arundel County cross country championships at Arundel.

            Severna Park put five runners in the top 10 to finish with 29 points and repeat as county champion. The Falcons needed all those points to top a Broadneck team that was paced by overall winner Stephanie Crane. She won the race in 21 minutes, 01.2 seconds, beating out Severna Park's Jodie Clouser (21:21.2).

            But Severna Park also got top 10 finishes from Lauren Schoener (sixth), Michelle Nelson (seventh), Chris Patrick (eighth) and Maddie Clouser (10th). Still, Severna Park coach Ed Purpura hoped for more from his defending state champions.

            "I think that a team that's thinking of winning the state has to be more dominant in their own county," Purpura said. "They could've run better."

            Severna Park now has won the girls title 24 times in 30 years.

Broadneck made it interesting because of four runners who finished in the top 11: Crane, Ellie Smith (third), Rachel Armstrong (ninth) and Ashleigh Sullivan (11th).

            The Chesapeake boys placed five runners in the top 20 to finish with 54 points and win a county title for the first time.  No. 4 Severna Park (61 points) came in second.

Cody Vernon of Old Mill won the race in 16:57.3 with a dramatic sprint in the final 300 meters to overtake Shane O'Donnell from Annapolis. O'Donnell (17:02.5) and Vernon are good friends who jockeyed back and forth throughout the race, helping pace each other.

Alex Love (fifth) was the top Chesapeake runner. Ripken LaMarsh (eighth), Ted Tibert (10th), Sam Phipps (11th) and Matt Fontaine (20th) also gave Chesapeake points.

Chesapeake coach Chris Daubert said this is the way his team has run throughout the season.

"They've got so much heart," he said. "They've run as a team. It's just been a fantastic year so far."

Field hockey

No. 1 Severna Park 5, Annapolis 1: Marissa Balleza scored two goals and Kendyl Gardner added a goal and an assist to lift the host Falcons (14-1-1) past the Panthers in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A East playoffs.

No. 2 South River 10, North Point 0: Jennie Milligan scored two goals and recorded two assists in the visiting Seahawks' victory over the Eagles in a Class 4A East quarterfinal game.

No. 13 Hereford 5, Towson 2: Allie Hackbarth scored two goals and added two assists while Jessica Karwacki scored a goal and an assist to lead the host Bulls (12-2) over the Generals in the Class 3A North quarterfinals.

Boys soccer

No. 6 Gilman 3, Archbishop Spalding 1: Sam Wancowicz scored two goals as the visiting Greyhounds (15-2-3) clinched the first seed of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs with their victory over the Cavaliers.

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Girls volleyball

No. 6 Archbishop Spalding d. No. 10 St. Paul's, 3-2: After losing the first two sets, the Cavaliers (17-1) won three straight sets to beat the visiting Gators (14-3) and move on to the IAAM A Conference final.

Nikki Hurley recorded 63 digs and was succesful on 19 of her 21 serves. Jamey Rombauch recorded 20 kills with 17 assists and 30 digs, and Kristen Seeba recorded 16 kills and 26 assists and was successful in all 23 of her serves.

No. 3 Mount de Sales d. Seton Keough, 3-1: Hannah Schmidt recorded 18 kills and nine digs to lead the Sailors (12-1) past the Gators in the semifinals of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference playoffs.

North East d. No. 5 Fallston, 3-1: Megan Amend made 13 kills and Lauren Harrison recorded 30 assists in the host Indians' victory over the Cougars (13-2).

No. 13 Severna Park d. No. 11 South River, 3-2: Carli Converse led the visiting Falcons (11-3) with 16 kills and added 11 digs in their win over the Seahawks.

Erin Bell added 10 kills, 10 digs and six aces, and her sister, Kim, had 31 assists.

John Carroll d. Annapolis Area Christian School, 3-0: Nicole Wagner and Taylor Schafer combined for 11 kills as the host Patriots (14-5) beat the Eagles in an IAAM B Conference semifinal.

John Carroll faces the winner of the Mercy/Maryvale match in Saturday's championship at 5 p.m. at Roland Park.

Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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