Before departing Monday afternoon’s practice, a trio of soft-spoken La Plata High School girls lacrosse players, two of them seniors, perhaps indicated through their quiet optimism that their play will do the talking for them throughout the upcoming spring season for head coach Kelley Nicholl.

The road to Minneapolis and a spot in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four starts with a slate of first round games Thursday and Friday while a coveted spot in the women’s Final Four in Tampa commences with first round games tipping off Friday and Saturday.

Although they will spend much of their playing time on opposite ends of the field this spring, McDonough High School senior goalie Cameron Edge and junior attack Brady Ferriter have similar goals for the Rams this season.

After ending Thursday’s practice on an unusually warm late winter afternoon through running drills and by negotiating the field tarp, a trio of La Plata High School baseball players admitted their personal goals this spring are genuinely secondary to their ultimate team goal.

The North Point Eagles softball team is determined to play ball late into May this spring and make a deep run in the postseason at the Class 4A tournament under head coach Tony Jones.

Friday, St. Mary’s College of Maryland once again opened up its Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center arena to the Southern Maryland Youth Basketball League for a night of celebration that featured basketball, cheerleading and awards.

Bishop McNamara High School junior and Waldorf resident Kale’a Perry helped the Mustangs’ girls soccer program reach new heights under head coach Dave Mongey last fall.