High School Sports: County titles on the line this week

Manchester Valley is looking for its first boys soccer county championship in school history, and the Mavericks can attain their goal this week.

The Mavs (8-2, 4-0 in the county) need one more win in Carroll County Athletic League play to capture the regular-season title, and they host Westminster (7-4, 2-2) on Tuesday. They’ve won eight games in a row and haven’t lost since Sept. 6.


Man Valley gets Francis Scott Key on Thursday to complete its Carroll schedule.

Century (7-2, 3-1) is still alive for a county crown, but the Knights’ lone loss came against Man Valley so they’d need to win out and have the Mavericks lose to both Westminster and FSK.

Century hasn’t won a county title since 2013 when it shared the championship with South Carroll.

Girls Soccer

Man Valley (4-6, 3-0 county) has a chance to make it a CCAL boys-girls soccer championship sweep this fall. The Mavericks visit Westminster (5-3-1, 2-1-1) on Tuesday in a pivotal matchup.

The Mavs shared the county title in 2014 with Century, but have never won one outright.

Winters Mill, the reigning CCAL champ, is 3-1-1 in county play and travels to Man Valley on Friday.


The CCAL championship likely comes down to Thursday’s match between Westminster (9-1, 8-1 county) and Winters Mill (9-1, 8-0).

The Falcons bested their city rival in five sets Sept. 24 at home in the first meeting this season. The reigning county champs haven’t lost since, however, and get a chance for revenge later this week.

Winters Mill hasn’t won a county title since 2012, but a second win over Westminster would all but secure another one. The Falcons have Manchester Valley on Tuesday before the rematch with the Owls.

Century (7-3, 6-3) already has two losses vs. Westminster and one against WM, and don’t play the Falcons again until Oct. 23.


The annual county tournament is set for Friday at Oakmont Green Golf Club in Hampstead. The county title is decided by Carroll’s point system, which combines regular-season wins with order of finish at the tournament to determine the team champ.

Teams get two points for each official county win during the fall.

Westminster (14-1, 5-0) has 10 points for its five wins, and Winters Mill (15-0, 4-0) has eight. The Owls and Falcons resume their match from Oct. 4 this Tuesday.

South Carroll (7-6, 3-1) has six points.


The team that wins the tournament title gets six points, followed by five for second place, four for third, etc.

Last season, Winters Mill won the county tourney but Westminster claimed the CCAL title after a third-place finish gave the Owls enough points to hold on.

Field Hockey

Liberty (12-2, 6-0 county) wrapped up the CCAL championship with a win over Century last week — the Lions enjoyed their first county crown since 1982.

Cross Country

The annual county meet is still more than one week away, but several teams are in action before then.

Wednesday features a pair of county tri-meets — Westminster hosts Manchester Valley and Winters Mill, while South Carroll hosts FSK and Liberty.

The Lions are coming off a Small Schools boys team victory over the weekend at the Frank Keyser Invitational in Boonsboro.


Liberty (7-0, 3-0 county) moved closer to a CCAL championship after Friday’s win at Westminster (5-2, 3-1). The Lions can capture their second county title in three seasons if they win out.

Next up for Liberty is Manchester Valley this Friday.

Century (5-2, 3-1) is still alive, and after this week’s game at Boonsboro the Knights close out with Winters Mill and Liberty.