High School Sports: Carroll soccer standouts given all-state honors

High School Sports: Carroll soccer standouts given all-state honors
Manchester Valley's Connor Allen and Magruder's Jason Medrano battle for the ball in the second half of the Mavericks' 2-1 win over the Colonels in Manchester Thursday, Nov 2, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO)

The Maryland Association of Soccer Coaches recently handed out its annual all-state honors, and Carroll County had its share of recognition on both boys and girls teams.

Connor Allen is the lone public school first-team recipient from Carroll — the Manchester Valley junior earned Times Boys Soccer Player of the Year honors this fall in guiding the Mavericks to a Class 3A state semifinal berth.


Allen had 10 goals and 10 assists as a forward for the Mavs, who went 14-3 and won the 3A West Region title. He’s listed as a midfielder on the all-state team.

Mount Airy resident Brett St. Martin, who plays defense at Mount St. Joseph, is also on the boys first team. St. Martin led the Gaels (15-6-1) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game this season.

He’s one of five MSJ players on the all-MIAA A Conference team. St. Martin made his college commitment to Maryland this past summer.

Winters Mill senior forward Anna Diffendal is part of the all-state second team. Diffendal, the Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year for a second straight season, led the county in scoring with 40 points (18 goals, four assists).

Century senior forward Chris Yanchoris earned second-team all-state honors after leading Carroll in scoring this fall. Yanchoris had 14 goals and six assists for 34 points, and guided the Knights to the 2A state semifinals.

Senior forwards Nico Lindsay (South Carroll) and Carter Munson (Liberty) each made honorable mention all-state. Lindsay finished second in the county in scoring with 30 points (13 goals) and Munson had 12 goals for the county champion Lions.

On the girls side, Westminster junior forward Ava Boussy and Liberty senior midfielder Emily Garrick made honorable mention. Boussy was second in the county in scoring with 39 points (16 goals, seven assists), and Garrick had eight goals and 18 points.

Embracing the ‘Grind’

The winter season’s first big dual meet tournament in the area takes place this weekend at Winters Mill High School with the annual Grindstone Duals. It’s a 10-team, two-day event that features Carroll rivals Westminster and Winters Mill.

The other teams involved are Broadneck, Digital Harbor, Lackey, Leonardtown, Northern Garrett, Owings Mills, Paint Branch, and Southern Garrett.

Wrestling begins Friday at 4 p.m. with the first of four rounds on Day 1, and Day 2 is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. with rounds 5-10. Tournament coaches will chose outstanding wrestlers for lightweight and heavyweight classes.

Lions at the net

Liberty volleyball players Emily Eckles and Taylor Fowlkes were omitted from the all-county second team in the Nov. 30 issue of the Times. Eckles, a middle hitter, and Fowlkes, an outside hitter, helped the Lions to a 13-3 record this fall.

Fowlkes averaged 2.1 kills per set (147 kills) and Eckles averaged 1.8 (121).