“It absolutely shows our resiliency,” said setter Olivia Zepp, who helped Francis Scott Key (5-2, 5-2 in the Carroll County Athletic League) win its fourth in a row. “We really had to work with what we had.”
Fresh off qualifying for the Class 2A-1A state tournament Tuesday, Justin Bartolowits carded a 43 to earn medalist honors and help Liberty down Manchester Valley 183-200 at River Downs Golf Club in Finksburg.
Liberty won the boys Small Schools team title by placing four runners in spots 2-3-4-5, while South Carroll’s John Kettula took the individual title. Liberty and South Carroll tied for the Small Schools girls crown, and SC’s Grace Siehler came in first in that race.
South Carroll's Nick Amateau carded a 1-over par 71 along with Oakdale’s Dell Greiser, who bested the Cavaliers junior on one extra hole (the par-4 8th) to win the Class 2A-1A District 1 golf tournament.
The Knights (7-2) find themselves atop the Carroll County Athletic League standings at 3-0, owners of a five-game winning streak. Century’s defense has four shutouts, including two in a row last week against CCAL foes Francis Scott Key (2-0 on Sept. 24) and Manchester Valley (4-0 on Sept. 26).
Led by veteran back Perry Stefanelli, the Terror answered their coach’s call and ran away from the Bullets in a 32-22 victory. Stefanelli went for 89 of McDaniel’s 219 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns — his first trip into the end zone since 2017.
The all-time series dates back to 1891, and this week marks the 73rd meeting between the schools. Gettysburg owns the series with 51 wins (51-20-1), but the Green Terror can notch a third consecutive victory over the Bullets on Saturday.
Five other Centennial teams joined McDaniel in the poll, and Gettysburg was one of them. The undefeated Bullets left Westminster with a 1-0 win, and added another victory in their lopsided all-time series with the Terror.
McDaniel won last week despite struggling on offense, but its defense forced seven turnovers and the Green Terror prevailed when Nick Alberto snagged a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Palermiti with 12 seconds to play. This week they head to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to play a Diplomats team that is 2-0 and coming off a 54-0 blowout against Juniata.
Winters Mill high school grad Anna Diffendal missed most of her freshman women's soccer season at Delaware in 2018, but returned this season. And she recently celebrated scoring her first collegiate goal.
Carroll Community College's men's soccer team took control in the first half and pulled away for a 6-3 victory over Hagerstown Community College in front of an enthusiastic crowd on campus. It was Carroll's first intercollegiate game in school history.
The news of Andrew Luck retiring from football surprised me late Saturday night, with the Colts quarterback making waves across the league with two weeks to go before the season begins. The reaction from much of Indianapolis didn’t shock me one bit.