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2013 Catonsville, Arbutus sports highlights

By Craig Clary cclary@baltsun.com

2:27 PM EST, December 26, 2013

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Take a brisk read down memory lane and enjoy reliving some of the memorable moments that the Catonsville and Arbutus area athletes enjoyed during 2013.

Catonsville girls soccer was school's best

The 17-2 Catonsville soccer team made history by winning more games than any other girls soccer team in school history and its 16-game winning streak was the longest ever for a Comet squad.

Although they lost to Walt Whitman in the Class 4A state championship game, the Comets won Baltimore County and regional titles and set retiring coach James Fitzpatrick out on top.

“I told them all year long you are the best team I have ever coached,” said Fitzpatrick, who retired after the Comets went 117-58-1 in his 12 seasons. “Top to bottom, all 19 players that we put on the field can do the job.”

The Comets outscored their opponents 69-13 and produced 10 shutouts.

Their most impressive win came in the state semifinals when they scored all their goals in the second half of a 5-0 win over Sherwood.

Junior Jenn Nonn led the Comets in scoring with 21 goals.

Catonsville baseball team reached state finals

Only one other team in school history went as far in the state tournament as the 2013 Catonsviile High baseball team and that was the 1976 team that won the state title.

This year’s Comets reached the Class 4A finals at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen but they came up short, falling to South River (20-5), 6-0.

Along the way, the Comets (17-5) won classic 4-3 victories over Winston Churchill in the state semifinals and Westminster in the regional title game.

Jeremy Davis drilled a game-winning hit off the left field fence and scored Rob Wheeltonin the win over Westminster.

“I wanted to be up there,” Davis said. “I trust myself and I was excited to hit the ball and that is what I did.”

Assistant coach Doug Campbell had seen many victories before at Catonsville and that one was the best.

“In 19 years as a head coach or an assistant coach, that is the best game I’ve ever seen,” said Campbell, who assisted Rich Hambor.

MSJ coach Clatchey reaches 500 wins

Mount St. Joseph closed out the Memorial Gymnasium and Gael coach Pat Clatchey celebrated his 499th career victory at the Irvington school with convincing 79-48 victory over visiting Loyola Blakefield in the quarterfinals of the 42nd annual Baltimore Catholic League tournament.

The Gaels gave the coach his historic 500th triumph in the semifinals when they trumped John Carroll.

His 501st win over Archbishop Spalding came as the Gaels defended their BCL tournament championship.

Western Tech girls wins state basketball title

Western Tech earned a thrilling 46-40 triumph over two-time defending state champion Dunbar and captured the school’s first-ever basketball state crown.

The Wolverines won the Class 1A title as junior Sydney Clopton (game-high 17 points) connected on six straight free throws in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Poets were denied their seventh state title and third in a row.

Comet field hockey nearly won pair of titles

The Catonsville field hockey won 12 games and handed Mount de Sales its only loss of the season, but the Comets were denied in the county and regional championship games by the same Dulaney squad they defeated during the regular season.

Senior Brooke Stevens led the Comets in scoring.

Catonsville lacrosse falls in county title game

The Catonsville girls lacrosse team came within inches of winning a second straight Baltimore County championship, but the Comets fell 13-12 in double-overtime to Hereford on May 4.

Lacey Aghazarian scored with 1:50 left in the second overtime to gives the Bulls the win after Catonsville’s Deb Milan had a shot that hit off the top post at the other end.

Catonsville (16-3) rebounded to win the regional crown, but lost to Broadneck in the state semifinals.

Western Tech wrestling takes six to state tourney

Junior Tejon Anthony (138 pounds), a 2012 state champion, was fifth and senior teammate Payton Beachum (215) took fourth in the Class 1A-2A bracket at the state wresting tournament.

The rest of the Wolverines who qualified were Thomas Anderson (126), Tony Simuel (152), Austin Harrison (160) and junior Necho Freeman (220).

Catonsville graduate wins Arbutus Firecracker 10K

Ty Stump, a 2009 Catonsville High graduate captured the Arbutus Firecracker 10K race in sweltering heat on July 4.

“This race is pretty tough with all the heat, but with all the sprinklers that is so nice,” said Stump, who finished in 33:58.1.

Catonsville wrestling stands out in postseason

Catonsville wrestling coach Eric Warm was thrilled to take five wrestlers to the University of Maryland, College Park for the state tournament.

But the coach was even more excited about his team’s performance at the Class 3A-4A North Region tournament at Milford Mill on Feb. 23.

The Comets (11-3) finished third behind powerhouses Urbana and 2013 Baltimore County tournament champion Hereford.

“I’m really happy with third place for the team,” said Warm, who noted the five wrestlers is the most the Comets has qualified for the state tournament since Warm started coaching in 2004.

Seniors Joseth Hylton (152) pounds and TJ Henry (195) captured regional titles.

Jordan Reynolds (220), Sean Thrasher (138) and Calloway Lee (285) also qualified for the state tournament.

Catonsville also qualified four the four-team regional dual meet tournament.

Mount de Sales crowned softball champions

Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Mount de Sales rallied with seven runs and held off Seton Keough, 7-6, to win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game at Bachman Park.

The Sailors earned their first championship since 2004, when they last played in the final game.

“It’s amazing,” said winning pitcher Ashley Lesniewski. “It’s like a dream come true. I’ve been waiting for this for four years. It’s a great feeling.”

Brandon Dixon is county shot put champion

“It felt right in my hand when I got it and the kick was just right and everything just lined up,” said Catonsville High senior Brandon Dixon before his winning throw of 49-feet, 05 inches at the Baltimore County track and field championships.

“It feels great,” said Dixon, who won his first county shot put medal. “I’ve been throwing for four years. I sacrificed my wrestling career because I really wanted to focus on throwing.”

Dixon’s throw of 48-feet, 10 inches was second at the Class 4A state meet.

Western Tech girls fall by a point of state track title

The Western Tech girls track team scored 112 points at the Class 1A state track championships, but they fell one point short of state champion Boonsboro.

Junior Sharon Dorsey won the individual 200 and 400 meters and was on the victorious 1,600 meter relay team with Rebeka Holt, Tori Taylor and Aleandra Willridge.

When the 3,200 relay team, that included Morgan Jennings, Taylor, Willridge and Dorsey placed second, it was the only race Dorsey was involved in all season that she didn’t win.

Joining Dorsey with individual state titles were Holt (800) and Daijona Revell (100 hurdles).

The 400 relay team of Revell, Tiffany Trinh, Brianna Wilson and Morgan Prioleau and 800 quartet, that included Willridge, Prioleau, Trinh and Holt, also captured state titles.

The seven state championships were the most ever outdoors for the girls squad.

Mount de Sales wins field hockey title in overtime

Senior Mary Kate Halligan scored a game-winning overtime goal to Mount de Sales to a 3-2 win over Maryvale Prep in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship game.

The win capped a 19-1 season for coach Mary Gentner’s squad.

The play started on a penalty corner by Halligan and ended with her celebrating the Sailors’ second title in three years.

“I’m never going to forget it,” said Halligan, whose first pass went to junior Lacy Cole. “I took the insert and it went out to Lacy and she took a shot and it just bounced off the goalie’s pads and ended up right in front of the goal and I just sent it into the corner.”

Welcome home for former Comet ace Adam Kolarek

Binghamton Mets Double-A relief pitcher and Catonsville native Adam Kolarek admitted he had some extra adrenaline flowing when he made his first relief appearance in the second game of the series with the Bowie Baysox at Prince Georges Stadium.

The crowd, that included former Catonsville High teammates, friends and family scattered throughout the stadium, welcomed him into the game with hearty applause.

The 2007 Catonsville High graduate’s father, Frank Kolarek, who is a Baltimore Orioles scout for four teams in the Double-A Eastern League, including Binghamton, felt the love for his son.

“As Ad starts making his way in from the bullpen, you see all the groups start standing up and cheering. It was like a little wave,” said Kolarek, who played in the Oakland Athletics organization from 1976 through 1982.

Kolarek retired the only batter he faced in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth that ended that inning with a 95-mile per hour fastball on the outside corner for strike three.

“I was pumped and I was letting one go,” said Kolarek, who consistently throws his heater in the low 90’s.

“That was for Catonsville,” his dad said. “It was the Catonsville pitch. It was either going to hit the black or hit the screen and it was so cool because everybody was up. You would have thought he was at a home game because of all the people that were here.”

Arbutus Little League squad wins District 4 title

For the first time since 2007, the Arbutus 11-12 Little League all-star baseball team won the District 4 championship and advanced to the Maryland State Tournament at Arbutus Middle School.

Arbutus earned its berth in the state tournament by winning three games in the District 4 tournament held in Southern Maryland.

Head coach Kevin Lober’s squad outscored its foes 32-5.

Ricky Gruby pitched a complete game in the 5-inning slaughter rule 18-1 victory over South Baltimore.

Jacob Baney twirled a six-inning complete-game gem in the second game 5-2 victory over Forest Park and he was aided by excellent glovework from C.J. Baker in right field.

Jake Perry and Baker shared mount duties in the title game.

The 12 players were selected from the Arbutus Little League 11-12 in-house program and Lober’s Southwestern Car Care championship squad produced four of them, including his son, Bailey Lober, Baney, Nick Palacorolla and Tyler Lewis.

The squad also included Casey Dixon, Zach Bock, T.J. Hebron, Zach Smith and Robert Sawyer Jr.

Lansdowne basketball wins overtime thriller

Lansdowne High coach Greg Karpers lost four players from his varsity basketball squad in the span of two weeks, but the rest of his resilient roster proved they were up to the challenge of keeping the team together on Feb. 1 when they defeated visiting Overlea 64-62 in overtime.

Junior Tyler Jones scored a team-high 19 points, but it was a pair of plays he made at the defensive end of the court that secured the win.

Jones blocked a shot attempt with one second left in regulation to preserve the tie and send the game into overtime.

He also blocked a layup attempt by Overlea’s Daquan Pittman with 43 seconds left in overtime and converted a follow-shot at the other end for a 64-62 lead with 31 seconds left.

“They were both buckets if he didn’t block them,” Karpers said.

Jones and senior Trevor Morris (15 points) have been the leading scorers this season, but sometimes Jones’ scoring goes under the radar.

“That’s him, you look at the scorebook and you’re like ‘he really had that many,’” said Karpers, who watched him score 14 of his 19 points after halftime.

Lansdowne wins fourth regional softballl title in five years

Lansdowne High graduated its All-County ace pitcher Maude McCourry after its third regional softball championship in four years, but that didn’t stop the 2013 squad from picking up where she left off.

With Audrey Melcher on the mound, the Vikings captured the Class 2A North Region title with a 13-2 victory over Chesapeake.

Melcher struck out three and allowed only four hits in the game that was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run slaughter rule.

She allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Vikings responded by batting around in the top of the second inning and scoring 10 runs.

They tacked on two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth and finished with 13 hits as they handed the Bayhawks their only loss of the season.

Hannah Goodman (triple) and Melcher (2 RBIs) each had three hits and Kayla Welsh (4 RBIs) to lead the offensive attack that also got a pair of RBIs from Katie Loeffler, Sierra Romano and Channing Long and a triple from Marlaina McCourry.

Chesapeake threatened to rally in the third inning, but Viking second baseman Katelyn Strumsky made a tough catch of a pop up to shallow right field and she doubled off the runner at first base.

Coach Jamie Izdebski’s squad (12-8) eventually fell to Catoctin in the state semifinals.