Howard County Times sports podcast Feb. 16, 2017

Howard County sports reporters Monica D'Ippolito, Brent Kennedy and Tim Schwartz recap the week that was and the week ahead for Howard County high school athletics.

At the :37 mark, Tim breaks down what to expect from the county wrestling tournament. He gives his thoughts on what will be the best finals matchup (106 pounds: Oakland Mills’ Daiquan Anderson vs. Marriotts Ridge’s Ethan Bohan); the most confusing seed (120 pounds: Marriotts Ridge’s Chris Spano, No. 2 seed); the deepest weight class (138 pounds: Centennial’s Jason Kraisser, Mt. Hebron’s Jimmy Hayden and Reservoir’s Todd Del Tufo); lowest seeded wrestler with a shot to reach the finals (145 pounds: Glenelg’s Dylan Istre, No. 7 seed) and why Glenelg will win the team title.

At the 15:52 mark, Brent sits down with River Hill boys basketball players Ori Clark and Jaden Martin to talk about the team recently clinching the program’s first county title since 2002. They also discuss the new county format, what they learned from last year’s losing record and how they matchup with potential playoff opponents Wilde Lake and Glenelg. Brent also breaks down the current playoff standings for the 3A East region where River Hill has secured the top seed in Section I.

At the 28:26 mark, Monica talks about Long Reach handing Howard its first loss of the season in girls basketball. She also breaks down the current county championship race, which Reservoir, Atholton and Long Reach still have a shot at earning a share of, though Howard can clinch outright with a win Friday against Centennial.

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