Hold the drumroll, please. The stage for this year’s 4A state track and field championship already has been set.
Not minutes after Charles H. Flowers coach Carl Rose announced Bowie’s girls as the winner of the Prince George’s County Championship on Saturday, Eleanor Roosevelt coach Louis Sales Jr. talked to anyone remaining at Wise High School who would listen.
“Who complained about Eleanor Roosevelt?” he demanded. “Who? We will line them back up right now. We will line them back up right now.”
Sales’ comments were due, in part, by a complaint against his Raiders’ 800-meter relay team. The rumored complaint (neither Rose nor Bowie coach Rich Andrulonis would put a definite on it), which was anonymous at the time, was that an athlete on Eleanor Roosevelt had competed in five events (the limit is four), thereby disqualifying the Raiders from the event and any points gained from it.
Roosevelt and Bowie traded the lead throughout the entire meet, so for a competitor such as Sales, a fiery reaction toward the complaint was somewhat understandable. However, as Andrulonis pointed out, “if she ran in five events, then she did something illegal.”
Neither the heat sheet nor the results showed that the athlete ran in the relay, and no official decision has been made yet regarding the disqualification. However, the decision will make little difference in the meet standings. Bowie safely secured the championship trophy by nearly 20 points, a margin too wide to make up with a single relay team, and Roosevelt had nearly a 50-point advantage over third-place Largo.
But Sales let whoever it was that complained, as well as the 75 or so fans and athletes remaining, know exactly how he felt about it.
“We’re gonna do it just like we did in indoor and show you at states,” he said, referring to the Raiders 4A state crown. “Where it matters.”
Best bets:May 17-19: 2A South region championships. Frederick Douglass, who gave 4A Henry A. Wise a run for its money at the county championships, will be the team to beat for the smaller schools.
May 18-19: 4A South region championships. Henry A. Wise looks to pick up its second title of the season after taking home the county crown this past weekend.
SoftballA fly ball fractured Largo senior Toni Hinton's chin early in the season, and Largo coach Keith Hutchins thought she'd miss an extended period of time.
But by quickly returning for what Hutchins called "a wonderful season," Hinton set an example for her coach. After a discrepancy stripped Largo of the No. 2 seed and a bye in the 2A South, Hutchins said he didn't complain when his team was given the No. 4 seed and a first-round matchup with Long Reach.
"My kids, they want to play," Hutchins said. "That's why I didn't argue it. I said, 'Let's get it on.'"
Largo's 13-12 win over Long Reach, which included a key Hinton triple, made Largo the only 2A Prince George's County team to win a playoff game. Gwynn Park and Frederick Douglass also reached the second round thanks to byes, but like Largo (16-4), they each lost in round two.
BaseballThe county’s top two 3A/2A/1A League squads, Gwynn Park and Frederick Douglass, exited the 2A South Region playoffs in a quick and rude fashion, falling to Marriotts Ridge and McDonough by 10 or more runs in quarterfinal action Monday.
Gwynn Park and Douglass, who finished first and second, respectively, in the County 3A/2A/1A League, entered postseason play as the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively.
“We’re in just such a disadvantage in the teams we play and then we have to step right in with teams that are all baseball kids,” Yellow Jackets coach Matt Cooke said. “We made some defensive mistakes and when you give a good team an extra out, those teams tend to score a little more.”
Bowie first baseman Brady Barr had a home run, a double and knocked in four runs and catcher Matt Bieler produced two doubles, a triple and two runs batted in during the team’s 12-2, six-inning victory against Northwestern in a 4A South Region quarterfinal game Monday.