Accomplishments in football, soccer, softball, wrestling, golf and track marked 2014 calendar in Arbutus sports. Here are some of the highlights:
Lansdowne ends losing streak
On Sept. 6, the Lansdowne football team broke a 26-game losing streak when the Vikigns defeated visiting Kenwood, 7-6. It was the Vikings' first win since they defeated Loch Raven on Sept. 20, 2011.
The victory was the first of three wins for Lansdowne, winless the previous two seasons.
The Vikings trailed 6-0 when quarterback Ivan Atkinson connected with Kennard Robinson on a 7-yard pass play. Robinson fumbled, but teammate Michael Trietley recovered it at the 4-yard line and running back DeSahaun Banks ran it in on the next play.
Kicker Tom Weedon kicked the go-ahead extra point and the Vikings defense made one last stand when they stopped the Bluebirds on the 1-yard line as time expired.
Lansdowne soccer reaches finals
The Lansdowne soccer team finished 11-4 and reached the Class 2A North Region finals where the Vikings lost to Eastern Tech, 3-0.
Lansdowne defeated Patterson, 1-0, in the semifinals as Benny Brankoff scored the the game's only goal.
In the quarterfinals, Brankoff scored three goals in a 7-2 victory over Western Tech.
Under second-year coach George Dunn, the Vikings won eight straight games before the loss to Eastern Tech.
"It's been awesome," said Dunn, of the winning streak.
Western Tech's track standouts
Western Tech's Carrington Akosa won three individual state championships at the Maryland State outdoor track championships.
Akosa captured the 100-meter dash (10.62), 200 (21:15) and 400 (48:45) in the Class 2A boys meet.
In the girls 2A state meet, Western Tech's Sharon Dorsey won titles in the 200 (24:49) and 400 (55:24) and teammate Rebeka Holt won the 800 (2:13.45) and was second in the 400 (55:24).
The 800 relay team of Tiffany Trinh, Holt, Morgan Prioleau and Dorsey won a state title, as did the 3,200 team of Dorsey, Alexandria Willridge, Tori Taylor and Holt.
Western Tech champions with 100 wins
Western Tech seniors Tejon Anthony and Austin Harrison won Baltimore County wrestling championships.
Anthony won the 138-pound crown for his third county championship in a row. Both wrestlers also reached the 100-win mark during the tournament.
Harrison hit the historic milestone in the championship bout at 170 pounds.
Lansdowne wrestlers excel
Mauricio Franco, the Arbutus Times Athlete of the Year, won a regional wrestling championship and was one of three Vikings that competed at the Maryland state championship meet.
The Viking captain won his regional crown at 195 pounds and senior classmates Ruseell Seeney Cunningham (182) and Romario Orellana (170) also qualified for the state tournament.
"Mauricio showed up that Saturday [for regionals] and he had a great day," Coach George Dunn said.
Seton Keough sisters propel win
For the second year in a row, Seton Keough and Mount de Sales met in the finals for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference softball championship.
In 2013, the Sailors rallied from five runs down for a 7-6 victory.
In 2014, Seton Keough scored five early runs and cruised to an 8-1 victory.
Arbutus resident Hailee Clampitt belted a grand slam in the first inning. Her twin sister, Allison, led off the game with a double and scored the first run, and pitcher Kelly Lynch pitched a complete game.
UMBC soccer advances to Final Four
In his 24th season as head coach of the University of Maryland men's soccer team, coach Pete Caringi took the Retrievers to the NCAA College Cup final four for the first time in school history.
UMBC won at Wake Forest (penalty kicks), at Maryland (1-0), at Louisville (1-0) and at Creighton (PKs) in the tournament.
Goalie Billy Heavner was unscored on in the NCAA tournament until Virginia scored in the first half of its 1-0 victory over the Retrievers in the national semifinals.
UMBC finished 14-6-5 and won 10 in a row before the loss to Virginia.
Golfer on par
Justin Jarvis, a Halethorpe resident and member at the Rolling Road Golf Club, qualified for and played in the 2014 United States Mid-Amateur at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.
Approximately, 6,000 amateur golfers tried to qualify from all over the country, and the final field consisted of the top 264.
Jarvis earned the spot in the Mid-Amateur by finishing second at a qualifier at Norbeck Country Club in which the top five finishers earned spots.
Jarvis was 16-over par in stroke play and didn't qualify for match play.
Lansdowne female golfer stands out
Lansdowne junior Hannah Goodman went undefeated playing against all boys as the Vikings' No. 1 player on the unbeaten golf team that went 10-0. Goodman has lost only once to boys in 28 matches over three years. In the Baltimore County girls championship, she placed third.