Last year, Westminster won the title. But two Sundays ago, it was Freedom's turn. The South Carroll-based kids, led by Century boys varsity basketball coach George Wunder, topped Westminster, 38-34 to win the title.
When it came time for league officials to name its Volunteer of the Year for 2015, there is no way they could have selected one of these men and not the other. So, Zapf and Yinglng were named St. John's Co-Volunteers of the Year for 2015.
This resident of Taneytown has four children who have gotten heavily involved in youth sports. That gave him ample incentive to get involved, himself. About nine years ago, he did. He took over a boys team with Taneytown's Francis Scott Key youth soccer program.
These kids from Hampstead and Manchester have lost all four of their games in the county's girls travel basketball league this season. However in late-December's Holiday on the Hill basketball tournament in Westminster, they were more or less electric.
FSK's sixth-grade travel basketball team celebrated the holidays at McDaniel College by going undefeated in the school's Thanksgiving Turkey on the Hill tournament and sweeping to the championship of its Dec. 27-28 Holiday on the Hill tourney.
The win culminated a three-game playoff sweep and one of the more unlikely championship runs in recent Carroll County rec sports history. The Cavaliers won only three of eight regular season games and seemed to be among the least likely to succeed in terms of winning a football championship.
Groves explained that a lot of players had come and gone over the team's five-year run. Five new ones came on this fall, changing the 8-8 summer team's roster by almost half. Many on this revised roster were from the Westminster area and some, including Groves, were from Hampstead. A couple of players even commuted from Hanover.
The title was the first for the team in the fall loop, although manager Justin Rill noted that his team has finished second in that league a number of times. His team also won the summer Men's League's Sunday Division two years ago.
Gamber overpowered everybody this season. Over one stretch, The Mustangs shut out six straight opponents, and then seven of eight. They outscored everybody else in the Varsity Division with 281 points. They allowed 42 points, which were second lowest in the league.
Three Sundays ago at Frederick County's Kemptown Park, the young Lions swept three playoff games to win the Middle Atlantic Baseball Association's 12-under fall season championship. And judging from its performance in those wins, manager Griffin and assistant coaches "Pop" Griffin, Brian O'Donnell, Brian Mount, and Clint Walker can rest assured that those things they wanted to improve this fall got improved.
The Tigers are a unified team. A unified team features the Special Olympics athletes themselves along with coaches who also play some of the positions on the field. They help the athletes by telling them what to do on fielding plays and also by giving them pointers when they bat. The Tigers usually had five players with special needs on the field at a time.
Crush manager Erin Vorke picked up several new players for this campaign, and they helped the team over the top. The Crush finally reached the summit in late July when it emerged from the championship tournament's consolation bracket to beat Hits and Balls twice and take the title.