Thumbs up: Century volleyball, we didn’t forget about you. After we saluted the collection of Carroll County high school sports teams who won state titles this season, the Knights captured the Class 2A state championship in a four-set victory (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16) over Oakdale last Saturday. The Knights swept each of their previous playoff opponents to advance to the state title game against Oakdale, though the Bears battled back in the third set to avoid another sweep. Also on Saturday, Carroll County placed nine athletes in the top 25 at the 2A state cross country meet. Hayden Hebert of Century led the way for Carroll with a sixth-place finish in 16:17.82. Liberty, in search of its fifth state title in a row, finished second to champion Oakdale. And two local football teams were hoping to continue their own playoff runs. Liberty and Westminster both were re-seeded for the state quarterfinals to set up a pair of fresh matchups in their classifications on Friday. (For results of those games, turn to Page B1.) We knew that more football squads would make the playoffs after a rule change went into effect this season, but it’s telling that Carroll still has representation this deep into the postseason. Regardless of the result of the Owls’ and Lions’ games, Carroll teams have been had a strong showing on the state level this fall.