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High School Notebook: Lax honors abound for Carroll

Westminster’s Ryan McManus fights past Century's Nate Lang on April 21, 2016 at Century High School.

US Lacrosse recently unveiled its boys and girls high school awards, and Carroll had a few distinguished recipients.

On the boys side, Westminster senior defenseman Joey Conklin earned one of the state's seven Boys High School all-Academic honors. Conklin carried a 4.45 grade-point average while playing three sports, and he earned Times all-county honors in basketball and boys lacrosse.


Conklin helped anchor Westminster's defensive unit that allowed six goals per game, and led the Owls to a county and regional championship. Conklin is headed to McDaniel to continue his lacrosse career.

Owls senior attackman Ryan McManus is one of Maryland's seven Boys High School all-America winners. McManus totaled 41 goals and 21 goals for Westminster and was chosen to play in the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association's Senior All-Star Game.


McManus, a Times first-team all-county pick, is bound for Mount St. Mary's next year and plans to play men's lacrosse for the Mountaineers.

South Carroll's Brad Widner earned one of the state's four Boys High School Coach of the Year awards. Widner led the Cavaliers to a 13-6 record and a regional championship. South Carroll reached the Class 2A-1A state final for the second time in five seasons, the first with Widner as its coach.

The Cavs were 9-7 last spring, Widner's first as varsity coach.

Liberty senior midfielder Grace Griffin earned a Girls High School all-America honor from the Greater Baltimore chapter. Griffin collected 107 points (74 goals, 33 assists) and helped the Lions win their first regional title in 17 years.

Griffin was second in the county in points and goals, and she finished her career with 208 goals.

She's a four-time Times first-team all-county selection, and Griffin is set to play at Maryland next year.

Spring all-county has sprung

Here's a look at the tentative spring sports lineup for the Times' all-county teams. It begins Sunday, and each of the spring's eight sports will be featured on eight consecutive days.


Girls tennis starts things off, followed by boys tennis, softball, baseball, girls track, boys track, girls lacrosse, and boys lacrosse.

The all-county teams, and Player of the Year, for each sport are chosen by the Times sports staff after consulting with Carroll coaches and using statistics and other accolades.

All-county athletes are determined solely by on-field performance. Other factors are not considered.

A baseball Panther in Carroll

Eldersburg resident Michael McManus (Mount St. Joseph) in late April signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at University of Pittsburgh.

McManus batted .307 this spring for the Gaels (14-15) with one home run, five doubles, and 19 RBIs. He added 18 runs scored and crafted a .459 on-base percentage (20 walks).


McManus was Mount St. Joe's representative on the all-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference team.

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On Parr at national wrestling tourney

Westminster resident Jack Parr just finished his sophomore year at St. Paul's School in Baltimore as a two-sport athlete (football, wrestling). In late March, Parr competed in the National High School Coaches Association Sophomore national tournament in Virginia Beach.

Parr placed first in his 185-pound weight class, coming off wins at the MIAA and Maryland Independent Schools tournaments at 182. Parr earned all-MIAA A Conference honors.

Parr placed fourth at 182 in the National Preps tournament in late February at Lehigh University.