Things are heating up as local high school teams vie for Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state championships baseball, lacrosse and softball.
Both Overlea High and Loch Raven have teams competing for the state championship, albeit in different classes.
In Class 1A ball, Overlea (No. 5) beat Bluford Drew Jemison-Civitas (No. 12) in a 13-3 rout Friday. The Falcons move on to play at Pikesville (No. 4) this afternoon. A victory would see them play the winner of a Bohemia Manor/Western match-up later this week.
Over in Class 2A, Loch Raven (No. 1) takes on Carver (No. 8) Monday afternoon at home following a first-round bye. A victory would see them play the winner of a Lake Clifton/Owings Mills contest with home-field advantage.
Parkville's Knights (No. 14) fell on Friday to Eastern Tech (No. 1) in a Class 3A game; the final score was 8-4.
Only the Loch Raven Raiders boys and girls team remain in a state lacrosse tournament, but both are going strong.
In Class 2A boys lacrosse Loch Raven (No. 9), hot off a 17-0 first-round victory over Overlea (No. 8), defeated New Town (No. 1) in a 19-4 upset. They move on to play an away game at Southern High School (No. 5) in Anne Arundel County at 7 p.m. today.
A win would put the Raiders in a regional championship game against the victor of a Chesapeake High/Patterson Mill matchup.
On the girls side, Loch Raven (No. 4) has yet to play a game in the tournament following an Overlea (No. 5) forfeit. They travel to Sparrows Point at 3:45 today, where a victory would put them into the regional championship game against the winner of a contest between Carver and Pikesville.
After the first round, only Loch Raven's Raiders (No. 6) remain of the three Parkville-area schools.
They travel to Lake Clifton (No. 3) Monday afternoon.
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