Re-routing the title games
The road to the state public school soccer and field hockey championships may run through Anne Arundel County figuratively, with strong entrants in those sports. But it will run through there literally because of site changes, dictated by conflicts at the University of Maryland and at UMBC.
The boys soccer finals, which had been scheduled for three days -- Nov. 15, 16 and 17 -- at UMBC, will now take place on Nov. 17 at South River, with all four titles being decided on the same day. Meanwhile, the girls soccer championships, also originally slated for Nov. 15-17 at UMBC, will now take place at Broadneck, with a pair of games being played on Nov. 15 and the other two scheduled for Nov. 17.
Meanwhile, the field hockey title matches, which were scheduled for College Park on Nov. 12 and 13, will now be held at Broadneck, with the 2A and 4A games going at 5 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, and the 1A and 3A matches to be played also at 5 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 13.
There's been a slight change in the volleyball semifinals and finals in College Park. Originally, some of the semifinals were scheduled to be played at the Comcast Center's auxiliary gym, with others to be played at Ritchie Coliseum Nov. 13-14. Now, all eight semifinals will take place at Ritchie Coliseum over four nights, with the 1A semis to be held on Nov. 12 at 6 and 8 p.m. The 2A semifinals are scheduled for the next night at the same times, with the 3A and 4A semis on succeeding evenings at the same times. The championship matches will remain as originally scheduled, to be contested at Ritchie on Nov. 17.