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Prep Notebook: McTavish joins brother in 1,000-point club

Coming into this basketball season, South Carroll senior Gavin McTavish needed just 27 points to join an exclusive group - the 1,000 point club.

After scoring 18 points in the opener, McTavish notched 15 points on Dec. 11 against Winters Mill to make him the fourth 1,000-point scorer that attended South Carroll.

His brother, Ryan, is the boys all-time leading points scorer with 1,504 and the McTavishes are the second sibling combo to join the club. Liberty's Kelly and Maggie McCormick have accomplished the feat on the girls side.

"I had no idea I joined him in the 1,000-point club," McTavish said after Wednesday's win over North Carroll. "I'm not really concerned about my points right now. I'm just concerned about winning."

If McTavish continues his current average of 20.0 points per game and the Cavaliers play in just one playoff game, he will finish his career around 1,400 points. If he hits that mark, he would join his brother and Bobby Briggs (1,437) to give the Cavs three of the top four career scorers in Carroll history.

After scoring 19 in a win over North Carroll on Wednesday night, McTavish's career total sits at 1,193 points. Cavs coach Doug Goff has been around for both of the McTavish brothers and doesn't understate the role they've played in South Carroll's success.

"It helps out tremendously. Coaching is a hard job and there's so many things we can do to try to teach and motivate and game plan and strategize, but when you have players of that caliber they make winning games easier," Goff said Wednesday. "It's just a luxury that makes winning easier."

FALCONS WIN INVITE: Winters Mill's wrestling team won its host invitational last Saturday, an eight-team tournament that included county foes Francis Scott Key and Westminster.

The Falcons earned championships from Flavio Valdez (106), Taylor Logue (113), Cody Sharkey (152), Malik Randall (195), Ryan Hightower (220), and Jake Utz (285).

Winters Mill finished with 443 points, and Archbishop Curley was second with 363.

FSK took fifth (135 points) behind third-place finishers Nobert Bayelle (170) and Eli Hyman (285). Westminster was sixth with 132 points thanks to Ryker Eckenbarger (third, 106) and Kevin Maks (third, 145).

100-WIN CLUB: Over the past couple weeks, several wrestlers have reached the 100-win plateau and the most recent are Manchester Valley's Colby Janowitz and Liberty's Casey Shea.

Janowitz recorded his win last Friday night at the Loch Raven Duals and Shea tallied his over the weekend as well and now sits at 107-26 for his career.

PANTHER'S PICK: North Carroll senior Mackenzie Farley recently signed a national letter of intent with George Mason University and plans on playing women's soccer with the Patriots next year.

Farley, the 2011 Times Player of the Year, earned second-team all-state honors this past season and crafted a 91.4 save percentage as the Panthers' goalie.

POOL PARTY: Two local swimmers recently helped Mount de Sales' girls team beat McDonogh on Jan. 8, the Sailors' first victory over the Eagles since 2008.

Kristen Vargas (Manchester) and co-captain Katie Nevin (Finksburg) swam on the team's first-place 200-meter medley relay, and the 200 freestyle relay. Vargas took second in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke while Nevin won the 50 free and 100 breast.

Staff writer Danny Haines contributed to this article.