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The County Times Thursday, April 5, 2007 Section B -  Section Sports and Community Interest B England Goes Pro in Washington Perfect Local Standout Signs with Major League Lax Team Start for Raiders’ Draheim By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer Under Sothoron’s wing, however, England was soon molded into a great player. At Ryken, he was taught the fundamentals of the game and learned quickly. “Back then we didn’t have youth league, The Leonardtown Raiders couldn’t have asked for more from pitcher Hunter Draheim in his first varsity start last Wednesday against Northern High School. Draheim, a junior, gave up just two runs in almost seven innings on the mound as the Raiders beat the visiting Patriots 9-2 for their third straight win of the season. “There can’t be enough said about [Draheim]” said catcher Andrew Burgess. “That’s his first start on varsity and that’s the way to come in, I guess.” “For his first game of the season, I thought he did outstanding,” added head coach Ray Sapp. “I thought he did a real good job of keeping the pitches up and he got ahead most of the time.” Draheim said he felt nervous about his first varsity start, but quickly settled in and played his game. “I had the butterflies at the beginning of the game but once I got going, once I got through the first inning three-up three-down, I just kind of rolled from there,” Draheim said. After striking out the first and third batters in the top of the first inning, Draheim got the Raiders on board with a hard infield single with two outs and the bases loaded, bringing in Kevin Miles from third. Draheim returned to the mound and had a quick three-up, three-down inning in the second. In the third, he See England page B- See Raiders page B- Courtesy of Dennis England Jim England, who scored 54 career goals and had 35 assists as a midfielder for Saint Mary’s College, recently made the roster of the Washington Bayhawks’ Major League Lacrosse team. thought I was done, but luckily, one of the goalies had a spare in his car and I was able to continue playing.” Just a few days later, the Bayhawks announced that England and four other players were being added to the roster. “Couldn’t Catch, Couldn’t Throw, Couldn’t Cradle” Before ever touching a lacrosse stick, England was a soccer player, and in the eighth grade, he played on a youth league soccer team for John Sothoron, Ryken’s varsity boys’ lacrosse coach. Sothoron immediately noticed England’s athleticism and sheer speed. “I coached Jim when he was in first grade,” Sothoron said. “He was a little tiny guy but he was so fast nobody could stay with him.” It was then that England was introduced to lacrosse. “[Sothoron] encouraged me to pick up a stick and thought it was a sport I might enjoy when I got to [Ryken]. I went to a [lacrosse] camp at the University of Maryland during the summer of my eighth grade year.” But for England, who says he was “some- where south of five feet tall and 90 lbs.” at the time, the transition was not altogether smooth. “I was horrible,” he said. “Couldn’t catch, couldn’t throw, couldn’t cradle.” A Family Affair Braves Go Down Swinging Knights Dump By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer con’s fielding errors late in the game to take control of the game and earn the win. “We’ve got to play defense,” Braves Coach Steve Williams said. “We don’t play defense, we’re going to lose every game. We gave up four or five runs on errors.” In the bottom of the sixth, after trailing the entire game, Chopticon first baseman Jason Villa hit a single to centerfield, scoring Shane Nealis. The Chopticon Braves baseball The next batter, Tyler Summers, was team struggled both offensively and walked and the Braves had the bases defensively against Fallston Tuesday load. Then, centerfielder Carl Wilafternoon, losing 9-2 on their home liams knocked in another run, closfield. ing Fallston’s lead to three. Fallston capitalized on Chopti“We’re always thinking we can come back,” Villa said. “Once we got that started we thought we could make a run for it but it just didn’t happen.” In the top of the seventh, when the Braves needed their defense to pull through the most, they gave up four runs and had two errors in the field. In the bottom of the inning, the Braves couldn’t make up the deficit, as they continued to struggle offensively. The Cougars had a strong performance on the mound and made a statement early when they struck out Chopticon’s first five batters of the game. Still, the Braves stayed close for the first three innings due in part to strong pitching from Steve Shorter, who was called up from junior varsity to start for Chopticon. Shorter kept the game scoreless until the fourth, when Fallston poured in three runs. Two of those runs were scored when the Cougars hit a shot deep to centerfield and Carl Williams slipped while running after the ball. After the game, Steve Williams said he was disappointed with his team’s defensive effort and hopes the team can bounce back in time for the LeonarPhoto by Andrew Knowlton dtown Tournament this Braves left fielder Matt Nauman hits a single to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh. Chopticon weekend. could not capitalize on the opportunity, however, as they fell to the Cougars 9-2. See Chopticon page B- Carroll, Prep for “Big Boys” By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer Since opening the season with two losses, the Ryken boys’ lacrosse team has bounced back with four See Knights page B- Photo by Andrew Knowlton Brock Willis, a Ryken freshman, was one of 11 Knight players to score against Carroll.

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