Walkersville High School girls lacrosse coach Jessica Sardella was selected May 2 to coach one of eight teams at the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a U.S. Lacrosse-sponsored high school all-star event.
Sardella, who will coach Team Liberty, said she is thrilled at the opportunity to interact with several of the country’s finest high school student-athletes.
“I applied in March and didn’t think I had much of a chance,” she said. “But I tried and forgot about it until they notified me the other day. I was really, really surprised. I’ll get to coach 20 of the best girls in the country and see 80 of them.”
The round-robin style tournament is scheduled for July 22-24 at the ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Walkersville (7-5) completed the regular season and played Brunswick Wednesday in the first round of the Class 2A/1A West Region playoffs.
A-Rod carrying Walkersville
Walkersville’s Alex Rodriguez is having a strong season. He is batting .431 (22 for 51) with 11 runs, 22 runs batted in, five doubles, two triples and a home run to lead the Lions to a 12-7 record through Monday.
Rodriguez had produced at least one RBI in all but two of his team’s 19 games with a high of four in a 12-2 win against Williamsport March 23. Rodriguez had also produced three RBI in games against Mount Hebron (8-6 loss, April 7), Gov. Thomas Johnson (7-6 loss, April 11) and Linganore (13-2 win, April 25).
Oakdale wins first track conference title
Oakdale picked up its first win in an outdoor track meet in the school’s young history on May 1. It also happened to be its first Antietam Conference title.
Adell Remsberg led the senior-less squad of Bears to a 32-point victory, picking up wins in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump and adding a bronze in the 300 hurdles.
Teammate Emma King came dangerously close to breaking her own state record in the pole vault, which she set on April 14, by clearing 12 feet, 10 inches. The junior bowed out at 12-8 at the conference championships.
“She likes to show that she can be consistent,” said Oakdale coach Chris Lewis.
Tuscarora has come on strong in recent weeks, narrowly missing out on the Piedmont Conference championship last weekend as indoor state champ Liberty snagged the title.
“It was a little disappointing, losing to Liberty by what, four points?” Tuscarora coach Chris Babb said. “But we’re starting to hit our stride. I’m hoping to peak at the right time here.”
Senior Rachel Watkins, who has battled several nagging injuries all season, is back to 100 percent health, Babb said. She captured three conference championships on May 4, hitting personal records in the 100 and 200 — she now ranks in the top 10 in the state in both events — and anchoring a red-hot 800 relay team.
Linganore’s boys also had a strong showing at the conference championships, taking home the Piedmont crown with a surprisingly strong performance from a group of sprinters that has been largely absent this season.
Joseph Riddle broke the 11-second barrier in the 100 to beat out Tuscarora’s Caleb Stennis by .01 seconds.
“We’re as competitive as anybody,” said Linganore coach Alvin Pridgeon. “We’re not one dimensional. Our sprinters are coming along.”
Urbana, Tuscarora set for Round 3
The Urbana softball team beat Tuscarora, 4-1, on April 3. In a rematch 27 days later, Tuscarora won, 7-6.
“Tuscarora was a much better ball club at the end of the season,” Urbana coach Frank Husson said. “They showed of a lot improvement from the beginning of the season to the end of the season.”
Thursday, Tuscarora will have a chance to show how much it has progressed. The teams’ third meeting will come in the first round of the 3A West Region playoffs, in which Urbana is the No. 4 seed.
Linganore has the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. No. 1 seed Walkersville, No. 3 seed South Carroll and No. 4 seed Catoctin also received byes in the 2A West.
HOW THEY RANK Girls lacrosse
1. Middletown Knights
League champions are playing their best lacrosse entering the playoffs
2. Tuscarora Titans
Titans finished 9-3 and earned first-seeded playoff berth ever.
3. Urbana HawksWhich Hawks team will show up in the playoffs? Capable of playing with anyone.
4. Walkersville Lions
Also playing their best when it matters most.
5. Linganore Lancers
Have fallen off since midseason, but played tough competition down the stretch.
Boys track1. Linganore Lancers
Became Piedmont Conference champs on Friday, beating Thomas Johnson by 15.5 points.
2. Gov. Thomas Johnson Patriots
Hassan Omar ran his fastest 1,600 of the season, winning by four seconds and keeping the Patriots up with Linganore.
3. Walkersville Lions
T.J. Gamble and Patrick Simons finished 2-3 in the high jump at the conference championships to lead the Lions past Tuscarora by .5 points.
4. Tuscarora Titans
Anthony Davis and Caleb Stennis both broke the 11-second barrier in the 100 on Friday.
5. Catoctin Cougars
Took second in the Antietam Conference Championships.
Girls track1. Tuscarora Titans
Rachel Watkins hit her stride on Friday, leading them to a second-place finish in the Piedmont Conference Championships.
2. Thomas Johnson Patriots
Breana Brownfield hit 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump, just 1/2 inch below the No. 1 spot in the state.
3. Oakdale BearsWere crowned the Antietam Conference champs on May 1.
4. Middletown Knights
Megan Kelly’s win in the 300 hurdles at the Piedmont Conference Championships led the Knights to a fourth place finish.
5. Catoctin Cougars
Hannah Stone took first in the 300 hurdles and long jump at the Antietam Conference Championships.