Two of Carroll County's top athletes in their respective sports mapped out their collegiate futures last week. North Carroll quarterback Stefan Mitchell signed with Division II power Shepherd University and Winters Mill basketball guard Cammeron Woodyard orally committed to Penn State.
Mitchell, a multi-talented athlete who was named The Sun's Carroll County Offensive Player of the Year last fall after passing for 1,795 yards and 19 touchdowns, said he chose the West Virginia school over Shenandoah and Salisbury for football as well as academic reasons.
The senior will have a teammate in former Westminster quarterback Kevin Clancy, The Sun's 2005 All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, who was a redshirt freshman last season.
"I'll play whatever position just to get on the field," said Mitchell, who began his high school career as a wide receiver. "If they want me to play quarterback, then I'll play quarterback. But if they want me to play wide receiver and then still get reps in at quarterback, I can do that. too. I just want to do whatever to get on the field."
The Rams finished 10-2 last fall, scoring an average of 36 points per game. They ended the season ranked No. 8 nationally by D2Football.com (media) and No. 13 by the American Football Coaches Association (coaches).
Two of Mitchell's North Carroll teammates, offensive lineman Mike MacFee (Monmouth) and wide receiver Phil Sheppard (Salisbury), also signed their letters of intent last week.
Woodyard, who plans to make his decision official when the late signing period opens April 16, is a 6-foot-5 senior who combines the body of a forward with the ball-handling and shooting skills of a guard. He is averaging 20.4 points, five rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, shooting about 35 percent from three-point range.
He said he decided on Penn State over Holy Cross, Jacksonville, Loyola and Youngstown State after attending a recent game in which the Nittany Lions upset then-No. 8 Michigan State.
"It was the atmosphere, the coaching and the campus," Woodyard said. "It all made me feel at home."
Woodyard said that he will see time at multiple guard positions at Penn State, which is set to graduate six members of its backcourt over the next two years.
"I know I have to work on defense and my strength," he said.
The Carroll County wrestling tournament, which was postponed this weekend due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday at Westminster. The event, which has been reduced to varsity only, will begin at 4 each day.
No. 3 North Carroll will be favored to win, but should face stiff competition from defending champion No. 10 South Carroll and host No. 14 Westminster.
Carroll County Hall of Fame
Four former county high school standouts will be honored next month with inductions into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame, the Rotary Club of Westminster announced.
The four inductees include Angie (Green) McCauslin, who starred in soccer, basketball and track at Francis Scott Key; Bobby Poist, one of the top football players in the history of South Carroll; Shirl (Dorsey) Green, a Westminster track standout who holds a state record for discus; and Steve Forman, who set records in track both at Francis Scott Key and Frostburg State University.
The four will be honored at a banquet on March 28 at Carroll Community College, where they will join 59 previous inductees. Call 410-848-9095 for more information.
Morales on rise
Westminster shot-putter Brendan Morales might not have won his event at last week's Class 4A state meet, but the junior nonetheless continued his rapid ascension toward the top of the local track and field scene.
Coming off previous wins at the county, Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference and regional meets, Morales earned a silver medal at the state meet with a throw of 51 feet, 8 inches. He was one of only two athletes in the event to clear the 50-foot mark.
Morales' results of late have been a major improvement from a year ago, when he placed seventh in Carroll County, barely clearing 40 feet.
"He has absolutely focused more and become more dedicated to track," Westminster coach Jessica Price said. "As you can see, it's paying off."
A trio of wrestlers from No. 10 South Carroll are included in the latest Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings that were released Monday.
The Cavaliers' Cam Hobin and Tyler Mullen were each ranked second at 119 and 171 pounds, respectively, while teammate Zac Stavish was ranked No. 6 at 160.
Another county wrestler, North Carroll's Jason Thomen, was ranked No. 3 at 215. Thomen helped lead the No. 3 Panthers into the finals of last weekend's Class 4A-3A state dual meet tournament, where they lost to Stephen Decatur of Worcester County, 33-26.
North Carroll beat La Plata in the semifinals, 30-28. ending the Charles County team's 52-match Maryland winning streak.
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