The first of three legs to determine the annual Carroll Cup champion is complete, and three schools have emerged as early contenders.
Westminster flexed its fall muscle by winning four county championships. Liberty put forth a balanced campaign, with three county titles and three second-place finishes, and earned some bonus points for postseason success. Century, the reigning Cup holder, held off Winters Mill and South Carroll with three third-place finishes and one second.
The Cup is awarded each year by the Carroll County Times to the school that accumulates the most points based on regular-season standings in each sport. Points are given based on order of finish in the standings, with six for first place, five for second, in descending order (ties are broken, if possible, based on head-to-head results).
Bonus points are awarded for any regional or state championships won.
Liberty leads after the fall season with 45 points, with Westminster in second (33 points) and Century in third (29).
The Lions crowned county champions in boys soccer, boys cross country, and girls cross country, then received bonus points for both cross county squads — two from the boys, who won regional and state titles, and one for the girls squad winning a region title.
Liberty placed second in football, field hockey, and volleyball. The Lions’ field hockey team won the 2A West championship for a Carroll Cup bonus point.
The Owls won county championships in football, field hockey, volleyball, and golf. The volleyball team picked up a bonus point for its run to the Class 3A state final by winning the West Region crown.
Century’s thirds came in football, boys soccer, and volleyball, and the Knights were second in boys cross country. The boys soccer team won the 2A West title to earn a bonus point.
Winters Mill is fourth in the Cup standings with 25 points, and South Carroll sits fifth with 23. The Falcons secured a girls soccer county title, and the team notched a bonus point.
WM took second in golf and girls cross country. The Cavaliers got third in field hockey and girls cross country.
Manchester Valley is sixth with 14 points and Francis Scott Key is seventh with seven. Each school picked up a bonus point this fall for claiming regional titles — the Mavericks in boys soccer, the Eagles in field hockey.
Man Valley was second in boys soccer this season.