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What to watch this week in Carroll County Athletic League winter sports

Carroll County Athletic League standings are taking shape as the third week of the winter sports season begins.

COVID-19 has impacted the schedule to this point, with basketball and wrestling teams having to postpone and shuffle varsity and junior varsity contests to give athletes and coaches time to quarantine or isolate.

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In boys basketball, Century, Liberty and Winters Mill varsity should be resuming this week. Same goes for South Carroll and Winters Mill’s boys junior varsity programs, and girls JV squads at Liberty and Westminster. Liberty’s cheer team was also on pause until later this week.

But Carroll’s winter teams are making due, and many have enjoyed success to date.

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Liberty's Eren Tari, tries to block a shot by Century's Colby Owings with teammate Sam Allen, left, also defending on the play, during a boys basketball game at Liberty High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
Liberty's Eren Tari, tries to block a shot by Century's Colby Owings with teammate Sam Allen, left, also defending on the play, during a boys basketball game at Liberty High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media)

South Carroll is off to a 4-0 start in boys basketball, and the Cavaliers host Century (1-0) on Wednesday in a key matchup. Karson Pavlik, a junior, has been the Cavaliers’ catalyst and is averaging 19.8 points per game. The Knights likely counter with senior guards Colby Owings and Noah Riley, who helped Century get past Liberty (1-1) in its season opener Jan. 6 with a combined 31 points.

The Knights have had three games postponed since then, although Winters Mill (0-1) has dealt with four postponements as well.

Francis Scott Key (2-1) dropped its season opener but the Eagles put together back-to-back thrilling victories after that. They clipped Westminster (1-3) 55-53 on Jan. 13 on a last-second layup from Ryan Rill, and edged Manchester Valley (0-3) 61-60 on Friday.

In girls basketball, Liberty is 4-0 and dealt rival South Carroll its first loss when the Lions won 61-47 on Friday. Alex Bull leads Liberty with 15.5 points per game.

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Manchester Valley's Carmaya Bowman stretches for a rebound ahead of Westminster's Abby Kindle during the first half of Friday night's meeting between Manchester Valley and host, Westminster.
Manchester Valley's Carmaya Bowman stretches for a rebound ahead of Westminster's Abby Kindle during the first half of Friday night's meeting between Manchester Valley and host, Westminster. (Doug Kapustin/Carroll County Times)

The Cavs are 3-1 heading into their Wedneday night matchup with Century (3-1). Man Valley is also 3-1 and the Mavericks host the Lions on Wednesday. Winters Mill (1-3), Francis Scott Key (0-4), and Westminster (0-4) round out the girls standings.

South Carroll’s wrestling team is 3-0 and the Cavs visit Liberty (1-0) on Tuesday. Westminster (2-1) travels to FSK (0-3) on Thursday, and the Eagles host Man Valley (1-1) on Tuesday.

Century (0-1) gets back on the mat Tuesday with a county dual against Winters Mill (1-2).

There are also a pair of indoor track meets slated for Saturday. Century hosts southern rivals Liberty and South Carroll, while Manchester Valley has a home quad-meet with FSK, Westminster, and Winters Mill.

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