THUMBS UP: Carroll County’s fall high school sports got through a season that started in early March and ran through mid-April. Not the traditional setting for football, soccer, volleyball, and the like, but county coaches and athletes did their best amid COVID-19 guidelines. Carroll was the only county in the state to have a winter season when it did, back in January and February, and that momentum carried into a modified fall season. Football had a six-game schedule, made up of intra-county matchups, while most of the other sports did the same but played eight games. Almost every scheduled game took place ― one notable football game, the annual Century-Liberty clash for the Freedom Bell, was canceled ― and Carroll crowned county champs just as it did for the winter. Liberty won county titles in boys cross country, girls cross country, boys soccer, and field hockey. Century claimed the girls soccer crown, while Westminster won for football, golf, and volleyball. The boys soccer, girls soccer, golf, field hockey, volleyball, and football county champs each went undefeated. Who knows what postseason success might’ve been in store for those teams, or another Carroll squad set to embark on a playoff run, had this been a normal season? We’ll be showcasing the top athletes from each fall sport with our all-county teams in the coming week, and then it’s onto a spring season that is set to begin May 7 and run through the middle of June.