Oxford softball catcher Stacey Pinno has a rifle of an arm and knows how to use it.

In a recent 10-inning game, Pinno picked an Octorara runner off second base with just one quick flip of her wrist. It thwarted a threat in what was an 0-0 game at the time.

"That's about the sixth or seventh runner she's picked off second base this season," Oxford coach Gary Hamm said. "They don't try to steal on her anymore, so the number of runners she's thrown out probably dropped this year.

"She has a signal set up with [shortstop] Meghan Tait when a runner gets to second base. She really takes charge. I've deferred a lot of stuff to her because of her ability."

Hamm says Pinno is the best defensive catcher in the area.

The 5-foot-10 senior relishes the opportunity to show what she can do with her right arm. That, her other defensive skills behind the plate, and her bat have earned her a full scholarship to play for North Carolina-Wilmington next season. She finished this season batting .400.

When asked what the signal with Tait was, Pinno replied, "You don't want me to give away my secret, do you?"

Pinno, who gave up field hockey and basketball to concentrate on softball, is also a member of the Maryland Legends, a club team based in Rising Sun, Md.

"My grandfather, who lives about a mile down the road from me, and my Legends coach really helped me when it comes to catching," Pinno said.

Dream come true.

The West Chester women's lacrosse team ended four years of frustration Saturday when it hung on for a 13-12 victory over C.W. Post in the NCAA Division II championship game in Houston.

No one was perhaps more relieved than Stephanie Kienle, the Rams' lone senior.

"This is absolutely like a dream," said Kienle, a graduate of West Chester Henderson who had faced three straight runner-up finishes - among four straight for the team - before this season. The Rams (20-1) won the national title in 2002.

The national championship capped a record-breaking year for Kienle, who was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's player of the year for the second straight season.

Kienle, a lefthander, was the Division II scoring leader with 65 goals and 78 assists for 143 points this season. That bettered her own NCAA record for points, set a year ago. She also broke the NCAA record for career points in the last game of the regular season, ending with 385.

Kienle was joined by six of her West Chester teammates on the PSAC all-star team. Three of them - goalie Mary Beth Green, defender Lauren Tatios, and midfielder Courtney Whiting - are Chester Countians.

Green, like Kienle, graduated from Henderson. Tatios and Whiting are graduates of West Chester East and Downingtown East, respectively.

Pair earns PAC honors.

Neumann's Jen Goslin and Lauren Gallagher, a pair of Chester Countians, have been named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference all-star softball team.

Goslin, a Coatesville graduate and first baseman, hit .472 and belted 18 home runs. Her homer total was tops in the conference. She also led the PAC in RBIs with 56, slugging percentage at 1.078, and total bases with 110.

Gallagher, a home-schooled student from Parkesburg, hit .381 in conference play, collecting seven doubles and two triples. She's an outfielder.

Neumann finished 27-12.

Golf tournament set.

The eighth annual Rebekah Hostetter Memorial Golf Tournament will be June 12 at the Moccasin Run Golf Course in Atglen.

The tournament benefits a learn-to-swim program at the Southern Chester County YMCA. Hostetter, a standout athlete at Oxford High, was a swimming coach, lifeguard and swimming instructor at the YMCA at the time of her death in an auto accident in December 1999.

To register for the tournament, contact Ann Fanning at 610-869-9622, Ext. 106.