Perryville softball coach Dave Ruark didn't pretend it was just another game.
Then the Panthers went out and played like it was important.
The Rising Sun boys lacrosse team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 16-8 triumph over host Oxford Tuesday afternoon, March 29.
They say blondes have more fun.
That was certainly true Thursday night.
Rising Sun's boys lacrosse team, with most of its players sporting bleached-blonde hair, pulled away in the second half for a 19-8 triumph over visiting Perryville.
Noah Juergens tossed a five-inning no-hitter as the Rising Sun baseball team rebounded from a season-opening loss to pummel Perryville 16-0 Thursday afternoon.
"It's a big step, especially with it being my first game [pitching this season]," Juergens said. "It's Perryville, a county rival. I feel like, not just for me, it gave the whole pitching staff confidence for the rest of the year."
The Rising Sun tennis team bounced back from a season-opening loss to blank North East 11-0 Wednesday afternoon.
The Perryville girls lacrosse team downed host Rising Sun 20-4 in the season opener Tuesday night.
Rising Sun's track and field opened the season with a meet in North East Tuesday, March 22.
Reagan Connell tossed a shutout and Kelly Porte collected four hits and four RBIs as the Rising Sun softball team opened with season with a 13-0 triumph over host Havre de Grace Monday, March 21.
Connell, a sophomore, struck out nine while allowing four hits and three walks.
The Perryville boys track and field team has a good mix of talented veterans and promising newcomers.
Travon Morgan, an integral part of the Panther program in recent years, has assumed even more responsibilities with departure of longtime coach Jake Moore. He relishes the challenge.
Coach Jim Burkhardt is expecting success from both of his track and field teams.
The boys team is a bit more well rounded.