Century saved its best for last to bring home another Carroll Cup trophy.
The Knights put together a stellar spring, with three county championships and three second-place finishes, to surge ahead of the field and win the annual Carroll County Times award for an eighth time since the Cup was established in 2007. Century was in fourth place after the fall and winter sports seasons, but totaled 42 points in the spring and vaulted to the title.
The Carroll Cup is awarded each year by the 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 place, and so on 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.
Century’s big spring — the Knights won Carroll County Athletic League titles in baseball, girls lacrosse, and boys track — helped the Knights finish the school year with 89 points, one more than reigning Cup holder Westminster. The Owls won a county title in boys lacrosse, and came in second in the spring with 34 points.
“I knew it was going to be close,” said Century athletic director Randy Pentz. “We really shined this spring.”
South Carroll was third in the overall Cup standings with 82.5 points, followed by Liberty (77.5), Manchester Valley (55.5), Winters Mill (48.5), and Francis Scott Key (18). The Cavaliers were third in the spring with 31.5 points, Man Valley was fourth with 28.5, and Liberty fifth with 27.
Westminster earned four bonus points for its boys and girls lacrosse regional and Class 3A state crowns, while South Carroll grabbed three extra points (girls lacrosse got two for winning 2A West and 2A state titles, and one for the CCAL champion girls track team winning a regional championship).
The Owls’ boys lacrosse team posted a 19-0 record and won a second straight state title. Bubba Love, a senior attackman, led the way with 104 points (60 goals, 44 assists).
The Cavaliers stayed close in the spring with four second-place CCAL finishes — baseball, girls lacrosse, boys track, and girls tennis.
Liberty earned two bonus points for winning boys and girls tennis 2A West titles, and Century’s boys lacrosse team picked up a bonus point for its regional crown. The Lions won both CCAL tennis titles as well, while Manchester Valley claimed the county crown in softball.
Century’s boys track team won its seventh consecutive county meet title when the Knights scored 204 points, nearly 100 more than runner-ups SC and Man Valley. Jalen Stanton led the way with four county titles — he won the 200-meter dash, 110 hurdles, and high jump, and helped the 4x100 relay take gold.
The Knights’ baseball team repeated as CCAL champions, and the girls lacrosse team won its first outright county title in six years. Jared Lamb, a senior, led Carroll in batting average (.560) and home runs (seven) this spring, while sophomore Demma Hall was second among the county’s girls lacrosse scoring leaders with 97 points (48 goals, 49 assists).
Century finished second in boys lacrosse, boys tennis, and girls track.
Liberty’s tennis teams each went 12-0 during the regular season — the girls have won 75 consecutive matches, with 12 straight county titles; the boys are on a 47-match win streak with four county crowns in a row. Liberty juniors Emily Brecker and Noelle Htwar (21-0) teamed up to win county, regional, and state titles for girls doubles.
Manchester Valley’s softball county championship came in unbeaten fashion — the Mavericks went 12-0 in CCAL play and reached a regional final, led by junior Kassidy Johnson and her gaudy numbers. Johnson led Carroll in batting average (.649), doubles (18), and homers (eight), and was second in RBIs (35).
South Carroll’s third girls track county crown in as many seasons came after the Cavs scored 181.5 points, led by junior Brooke Flanigan’s first-place runs in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Flanigan also help SC’s 4x100 relay earn a win.
Century won the inaugural Carroll Cup in 2007, Pentz’s first as the Knights’ AD, then reeled off five in a row from 2010-14 after North Carroll won in 2008 and 2009. Liberty earned back-to-back Cup crowns in 2015 and 2016.
The Knights added another Cup title in 2017 before Westminster won its first the following year. The Owls led this year’s Cup standings after the fall and winter seasons with 54 points, followed by South Carroll (51), Liberty (50.5), and Century (47).
The Knights finished first in the spring standings last year too, but Westminster edged them in the final tally 93-91.5.
“It’s nice to have such a well-rounded program,” Pentz said.