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Annapolis High Baseball Coach Plans to Resign

Saints take aim at title, Key School girls lacrosse shows improvement, while St. Mary's boys lacrosse has playoff game Friday.

Friday's game against Broadneck could be the last one for Annapolis High baseball coach Kevin Schiavone.

Schiavone told Patch on Thursday that he plans to turn in his letter of resignation to Athletic Director Dave Gehrdes on Monday, depending on Friday's 4 p.m. game in the first round of the playoffs.

"We are inexperienced compared to other teams," Schiavone said. "We don't have the numbers. We don't have a lot of depth. The kids today have other things to do, like college visits"

Schiavone has been the baseball coach for nine years. He said he plans to stay at Annapolis as a special-education teacher and academic adviser.

With an upset win over Broadneck, Annapolis would play South River on Monday in the playoffs. Schiavone, who has taught at the school for 12 years, is a former football coach at the school.

In a recent doubleheader at Arundel, Annapolis made several infield errors on routine plays and lost both games by a wide margin.

In other sports, you will will have to excuse Gehrdes if he had just a few minutes to talk this week. The athletic director at Annapolis also doubles as the head coach for girls varsity lacrosse and there was a lot of action going on at the home of the Panthers.

On Wednesday the county championships for track and tennis were held at Annapolis.

The girls lacrosse team was in the playoffs on Thursday at Arundel, while the softball team was home with Arundel on Thursday in the playoffs. The boys lacrosse team was home with Chesapeake on Thursday, also in the playoffs.

Saints ready for playoffs

It is playoff time and the St. Mary's boys lacrosse team is ready, said head coach Rob Chomo. The No. 2 seed Saints will host No. 3 seed St. Paul's on Friday at 3 p.m. in the MIAA quarterfinals.

"We have done a real good job of separating the seasons into three parts," Chomo said Thursday. "There is the first run through the division, the second run through the division and then the playoffs, which we have qualified for. The first two parts of the season are over."

Chomo held out several of his top players in a 16-5 loss to Calvert Hall on Tuesday since he figured even with a win his team could not improve their position in the standings.

"We wanted to give them some extra days of rest leading up to the most important game of the season. We are concentrating on what is in front of us," said Chomo, who brought up some players from the junior varsity for the contest.

With a win on Friday, St. Mary's would play Tuesday evening in the semifinals at Towson University against Calvert Hall, which got a bye in the quarterfinals.

St. Mary's lost by one goal in the semifinals last season to St. Paul's.

"It is going to be a tough game," Chomo said. "We need to make sure we clear the ball well."

The Saints got a big 8-6 win over The Severn School on May 6. St. Mary's is 12-5 overall this season.

In other sports the MIAA playoffs will begin Monday in golf, but St. Mary's head coach Bob Fretwell told Patch on Wednesday his team should have a bye.

The Saints will appear in the semifinals Wednesday, May 18 and the championship is May 21, according to Fretwell. The Saints lost May 5 to Saints Peter and Paul.

"We lost but it was a good match. The kids played fine," Fretwell said.

The MIAA/IAAM track and field championships began earlier this week and are slated to end on Saturday at Calvert Hall.

The girls lacrosse team at St. Mary's was knocked out of the playoffs on Tuesday against powerhouse McDonogh.

The baseball team was slated to end the season Thursday at Baltimore Friends.

The Key School has strong season

The girls lacrosse team at The Key School lost, 13-10, on Tuesday at St. Vincent Pallotti at Fairland Regional Park in West Laurel in the first round of the playoffs in the C division of the IAAM.

The head coach for Key is Erin Russell, who has been an assistant in Anne Arundel club action with the 2012 Maryland United East under Pallotti head coach Paul Billingsley.

"She is a very good coach. She has done a great job with that (Key) team," Billingsley said of Russell, who played lacrosse at the The Severn School and at Johns Hopkins University.

Pallotti also beat Key 18-9 in regular-season play in April when Key was missing several players during spring break. The teams also met in a pre-season tournament and Pallotti won, 9-1, which Billingsley said shows how Russell helped the team improve this season.

Rose Leshner had four goals for The Key School against Pallotti on Tuesday as the Panthers advanced to the IAAM semifinals. Carissa Hill had four goals and one assist to lead Pallotti while Jill Pavlacka and Lisa Bianchini had three each.

Robert McCullough May 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Its ashame that Shivione has to come up with excuses for poor play rather than shoulder some of the blame. Annapolis baseball has not won a game in two (2) years. That is a combination of Varsity and J V Baseball.

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