Prep Notebook: Golf begins; Gerstell getting ready; Century baseball players honored

Prep Notebook: Golf begins; Gerstell getting ready; Century baseball players honored
Liberty's Gavin Greer tees off on the 10th hole of Friday's season-opening golf tournament at Westminster National Golf Course on Aug. 17, 2018. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Golf is the first fall sport to begin its regular season in Carroll, and the county opened the 2018 campaign with a six-team tournament last Friday at Westminster National.

The event featured individual and team scoring, but the tourney didn’t count toward the official Carroll County Athletic League standings. Still, Winters Mill is off to a 5-0 start to the season based on the Falcons’ team score of 314.


Westminster (4-1) was second, led by medalist Cory Campbell, at 327. Campbell, a junior, fired a 2-over 72 to win the tournament. The Owls visit Century (1-4) on Thursday at Links at Challedon.

Liberty is 3-2 after its third-place finish, and the Lions open their season Tuesday by hosting a tri-match against rivals Century and South Carroll (2-3) at River Downs.

That won’t be the official CCAL match for the three county foes, but it should feature a competitive afternoon with top players in the field — Century’s Liam Wolf, who shot 75 and placed fifth Friday; SC’s Ryan Stankewicz, who carded a 73 for second place; and Liberty’s Gavin Greer, whose 76 was good for sixth.

Francis Scott Key didn’t compete in the tourney, but the Eagles begin their season Tuesday in a tri-match with Frederick and Manchester Valley (0-5) at Oakmont Green.

Winters Mill opens its season Thursday against the Mavericks at Oakmont. Last Friday, the Falcons got a pair of 74s from Brian Inglis and Ethan Wolbert, and a 77 from Emil Serafin.

Gerstell gearing up for soccer

Gerstell’s boys soccer team is preparing for its first action this season with two scrimmages this week — Tuesday at home against Chapelgate Christian Academy, and Thursday at home to take on CHEN.

The regular season is set to begin Aug. 30 at Mount Carmel.

The Falcons will be trying to get back to prominence in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association’s B Conference — they won a championship in 2013 after back-to-back C Conference crowns in 2011 and 2012.

Meanwhile, Gerstell’s girls are closing in on their first foray as a Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland member. The Falcons who will compete in the A Conference this fall, visit Annapolis Area Christian School on Wednesday in a scrimmage, then head to Mount de Sales on Saturday for another one.

Gerstell’s season begins Sept. 4 at home against Liberty, but its first official IAAM A Conference tilt isn’t until Sept. 14 vs. Notre Dame Prep.

Knights have 2 honored at ‘Crab Claw Classic’

Century’s state champion baseball team had representation at the annual Mid-Atlantic High School Baseball Classic, also known as the Crab Claw Classic.

The game — part of a two-day showcase for college coaches — took place Aug. 4 at Johns Hopkins University and featured a Mid-Atlantic All-Star team against a Maryland All-Star squad. The day before, players from five states and Washington, DC, competed for the Best in Camp Baseball Skills Awards.

Century pitcher Jared Lamb earned Top Pitcher honors and threw a fastball clocked at 89 mph. Lamb was on the Maryland All-Star team, while Knights teammate Matt Born made the Mid-Atlantic All-Star roster.

Maryland won the game 3-0; Lamb collected a double and a run scored.


The event is run by Lou Holcomb, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association.