Centennial was 5-8 this season in county, and 11-12 overall.

"The highlight this season, for me, was how well they were able to come together," coach Erika Swan said. "This team had faced a variety of challenges, yet they managed to work through them and come out stronger in the end. I think they truly displayed their unity in their match against Reservoir. The girls played with discipline, enthusiasm and team work the entire match and beat a team that was undefeated in county play.

"I couldn't have been more proud of them and their performance. They pushed all the obstacles they had faced aside and performed like the team that I envisioned them to be since day one."

Second-year middle hitter Dasha Johnson utilized a great swing on the ball to pace Howard (8-6 overall, 8-5 county) this season. Madison Worrell was a team leader who brought the team together on and off the court. Outside hitter Torie Gettier and Casey Stencil were strong all-around players for the Lions.


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"It has been fantastic to see the girls work together," coach Emma Dawe said. "We had some really strong opponents this year and it was great to see the girls rally against these teams win or lose."

Mt. Hebron had a heart-pounding season with several wins and losses being very closely contested.

The Vikings finished 9-4 in the county and 9-5 overall.

"A memorable moment came in the second game against a tough Marriotts Ridge team," coach Susan Wiggs said. "The rallies went on and on, and even our referee commented that it was one of the best JV games he had seen in the county. Marriotts Ridge's continuous back row attacks finally overcame us as we lost 26-24, but it was not a set to hang your head about as both teams played extremely well."

In the final match of the season, Mt. Hebron squeaked by Wilde Lake, 26-24 and 26-24.

Mt. Hebron was led by sophomore Reeana Richardson, a transfer from Colorado. Richards, an outside hitter, totaled 77 kills. Hitters Cammy Case (27 kills) and captain Kathryn Diaz (14 kills) were strong contributors.

Captain setter Cheryl Dombrowski totaled 105 assists and Carly Smith added 55 more. Middle hitter Giovanna Alli, who had her season cut short due to injury, contributed six kills and Joselyn Markas had 15.

Lauren Goodwin and Brigid Daley gave the Vikings an offensive boost. Freshman Peyton LeConte made an impact with 15 kills and a team-high 10 point blocks.

Amanda Hough (60 digs), Stephanie Bao (18), Esther Kim (17) and freshman Ashley Chibb (44 digs) were all keys. Kim, Markas, Case (11 aces) and Smith all served over .900 percent. Daley had a 1.000 serving rate.

"This team is a terrific group and we'll remember the camaraderie, dancing, red hot cheering and pumpkin ice cream," Wiggs said.

Cross country

The Howard County cross country championships were held Oct. 23 with the following results from the "B" races:

Boys team scores: 1. Centennial, 19 points; 2. Reservoir, 74; 3. River Hill, 89; 4. Mt. Hebron, 105; 5. Marriotts Ridge, 131; 6. Atholton, 140; 7. Howard, 199; 8. Oakland Mills, 227; 9. Wilde Lake, 283; 10. Glenelg, 311; 11. Long Reach, 364; 12. Hammond, 372.

Top boys individuals: 1. Kyle Johnson, C, 18:29; 2. Shanon McIntyre, C, 18:31; 3. Brian Fieni, Re, 18:31; 4. Luke Mitchell, C, 18:46; 5. Ludlow, C, 18:57; 6. Tony Grabow, Re, 19:00; 7. Jeffrey Sham, C, 19:07; 8. Justin Spoon, A, 19:20; 9. Andrew Conca-Cheng, C, 19:29; 10. Dominic Mandile, RH, 19:32.

11. Jason Kohler, MR, 19:33; 12. Alex Richardson, MH, 19:37; 13. Darren Kline, RB, 19:38; 14. Jake Drohat, MH, 19:40; 15. Andrew Kutt, C, 19:41; 16. Reilly Butler, Ho, 19:44; 17. Christopher Choi, MR, 19:47; 18. Jacob Friedman, RH, 19:48; 19. Anthony Templeton, Re, 19:48; 20. Austin Owens, MH, 19:51.

21. Joseph Frascarella, A, 19:54; 22. Kurt Weinheimer, Re, 19:54; 23. Eliot Fenton, RH, 19:56; 24. Cameron Cornish, Re, 19:57; 25. Samuel Trossman, RH, 19:57; 26. Ben Ailinger, Re, 19:59; 27. Michael Barber, MH, 20:04; 28. Sanjay George, MR, 20:04; 29. Phillip Hillard, RH, 20:09; 30. Evan Moore, Ho, 20:10.

31. Grant D'Agrosa, A, 20:11; 32. Drew Washington, MH, 20:12; 33. Michael Cai, C, 20:13; 34. Prayaag Venkat, MH, 20:16; 35. Mathew Vaughn, C, 20:19; 36. Jason Schuler, Re, 20:19; 37. Kieran Calambro, MR, 20:20; 38. Joe Pavao, C, 20:20; 39. Kyle Watts, MH, 20:23; 40. Ryan Romanik-Romano, RH, 20:24.

41. Will Ma, MH, 20:25; 42. Greg Bisant, MH, 20:26; 43. Scott Zimmerman, A, 20:28; 44. Liam Doherty, OM, 20:30; 45. Jared Garber, MR, 20:30; 46. Matthew Ault, MR, 20:31; 47. Benjamin Hall, A, 20:36; 48. Ethan Budsock, MR, 20:38; 49. Jeffrey Carbello, WL, 20:41; 50. Alexander Crich, RH, 20:41.

Girls team scores: 1. River Hill, 31; 2. Centennial, 50; 3. Reservoir, 55; 4. Howard, 103; 5. Wilde Lake, 148; 6. Glenelg, 181; 7. Atholton, 189; 8. Marriotts Ridge, 197; 9. Mt. Hebron, 284.

Top girls individuals: 1. Stacy Young, RH, 21:30; 2. Emily Miller, Re, 22:02; 3. Sherin Menachery, RH, 22:37; 4. Alyssa Taylor, C, 22:47; 5. Kelly Maloney, RH, 23:06; 6. Maggie Niland, Re, 23:16; 7. Becky Goodridge, C, 23:33; 8. Katie Krutz, Re, 23:44; 9. Melissa Froh, Ho, 23:46; 10. Kirsten Kruus, RH, 23:52.

11. Mina Sun, C, 23:57; 12. Nicole Young, RH, 24:13; 13. Amy Zhang, C, 24:13; 14. Theresa Menachery, RH, 24:14; 15. Jenna Harrity, C, 24:17; 16. Lillian Messer, RH, 24:19; 17. Taylor Jaranyi, Ho, 24:23; 18. Stephanie Lietzau, WL, 24:26; 19. Chloe Garrison, RH, 24:30; 20. Katie Cho, RH, 24:41.

21. Autumn Durham, Re, 24:44; 22. Libby LaFemina, Re, 24:50; 23. Erin Heimlicher, G, 24:56; 24. Genesis Ramirez, Ho, 25:00; 25. Stephanie Crispell, C, 25:01; 26. Alexis Dorsey, MR, 25:07; 27. Maria Skibniewska, A, 25:11; 28. Molly Hart, Ho, 25:13; 29. Kaitlyn Hennacy, RH, 25:20; 30. Ashley Mazer, C, 25:20.

31. Hannah Lee, C, 25:20; 32. Ilana Malkin, WL, 25:31; 33. Amanda Iovine, RH, 25:34; 34. Brynn Trevizo, Ho, 25:35; 35. Rebecca Walker, Ho, 25:38; 36. Marina Chang, WL, 25:40; 37. Julie An, Ho, 25:43; 38. Katie Sroka, G, 25:43; 39. Emily Hazzard, RH, 25:57; 40. Alli Liberman, MR, 25:58.

41. Nupur Hegde, Ho, 26:01; 42. Taylor Baird, WL, 26:06; 43. Serena Lao, WL, 26:07; 44. Sarah Bank, RH, 26:07; 45. Amanda Harvey, A, 26:08; 46. Samantha Pearce, G, 26:10; 47. Ally Schito, C, 26:11; 48. Rachel Jaksec, Ho, 26:13; 49. Jillian Swaim, Ho, 26:14; 50. Zainab Yahaya, WL, 26:21.