Westminster High School claimed the Carroll Cup for the first time last year, and the Owls are off to a strong start in their quest to retain it for 2018-19.
Westminster won two Carroll County Athletic League championships in the fall and finished second in three other sports to finish the season ahead of the pack. Liberty rolled to three CCAL titles and sits in second place in the Cup standings, with Century in third place and South Carroll in fourth.
The Carroll 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 varsity 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.
Westminster totaled 38.5 points in the fall, with Liberty at 33 and Century at 30.5. South Carroll has 28 points, followed by Winters Mill (26.5), Manchester Valley (15.5), and Francis Scott Key (four).
The Owls won county titles in golf and volleyball, which they shared with Winters Mill. They picked up three bonus points by earning regional championships in field hockey, girls cross country, and volleyball.
Westminster padded its lead with county runner-up finishes in football, girls soccer, and girls cross country.
Liberty, the Carroll Cup champion in 2017, won county crowns in football, field hockey, and boys cross country. The Lions also added three bonus points thanks to a regional title and two Class 2A state championships — boys cross country and field hockey.
Liberty won its second field hockey state title in three seasons; the boys cross country squad captured its fourth consecutive state meet championship.
Century put together a consistent fall with second-place county finishes in field hockey and boys soccer, and thirds in football, boys cross country, and girls cross country.
South Carroll stayed near the top of the Cup standings with a girls cross country county crown and runners-up in golf and boys cross country. The Cavaliers collected two bonus points when their field hockey team won regional and Class 1A state championships — SC claimed its first state crown since 2002.
Winters Mill split the volleyball CCAL title and won the girls soccer county crown for a second consecutive season. The Falcons added a third-place finish in golf.
Man Valley won the boys soccer county championship for the first time.