The county wrestling tournament is Saturday afternoon at Liberty,butfirst things first.

The county dual-meet title will be up for grabs tonight when Francis Scott Key plays host to North Carroll.

Key enters tonight's match unbeaten this season at 8-0-1. North Carroll is 10-1,with the only loss at the hands of Old Mill of Anne Arundel County,the top-ranked team in The Baltimore Sun poll. Both are 3-0 in the county.

North Carroll is ranked third in the most recent poll,while Francis Scott Key has jumped to 10th.

"They will bothbe very tough battles," North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein said.

"Francis Scott Key has a solid team all the way up. You'll see a goodmatch. It's tough to figure the county tournament right now without seeing the matchups,but it should be much the same."

The last timethese two teams met at Key in 1990,the Eagles upset North Carroll tosnap the Panthers' 48-match win streak and clinch the county title.

"We had a senior-dominated team that year,which is not the case this year," Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson said.

"About the onlysimilarity is that we both came in unbeaten and wrestling for the county title -- that's about where it ends.

"There is respect on both sides. We know how hard they work,and we're hoping we closed the gap enough to have a competitive match."

The county tournament features some interesting possible matchups in the different weight classes. (Final pairings will be set later this week.)

The 112-pound class has four wrestlers with winning records. Key's Steve Lessard owns a 12-4 mark with South Carroll's Jeff Irvine (14-6),North Carroll's Bobby Schech (10-6)and Liberty's Tim Stuple's (9-7-2)not far behind.

At 130,the Panthers Andy Rill (16-1)and Eagles Zac Yinger (12-1)should get to know each other pretty well by week's end.

Rill comes into tonight's match with a 16-1 record while Yinger is 12-1.

In other sports this week:

* The Westminster boys basketball team can climb into contention for the county title this week with back-to-backgames against county rivals tomorrow and Friday.

The Owls,which entered the week 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the county,will play host to North Carroll (5-10,1-3)tomorrow,then visit Liberty (6-9,2-0)Friday.

South Carroll (8-6 and 3-0 in the county at the start of the week)will be at home against Damascus Friday.

* In girls hoops Friday,Liberty (6-8 overall and 1-1 in county play)travels to Westminster (7-7and 0-1 in the county).

North Carroll will entertain CMC rival Frederick Friday. North Carroll started the week 10-5 and 4-2 in conference play,just behind second-place Frederick (10-5,5-2).

* Both Western Maryland College basketball teams will be on the road Saturday,playing conference games.

The men (3-12 and 0-7)still are looking for their first conference win and may get it at 1-6 Gettysburg. The women (8-7,3-3)visit Johns Hopkins,which entered the week tied for first in the conference (5-1)with Franklin &Marshall.;

Upcoming schedule

(All times p.m. unless noted)


Swimming:Gettysburg at Western Maryland,7

Girls basketball:Liberty at Catholic,4 and 5:30;Linganore at North Carroll,5:30 and 7;Thomas Johnson at South Carroll,5:30 and 7

Wrestling:North Carroll at Francis Scott Key,5:30 and 7;Liberty at Westminster,5:30 and 7;South Carroll at Frederick,5:30 and 7


Men's basketball:Western Maryland at Washington College,8

Boys basketball:Francis Scott Key at Walkersville,6 and 7:30;North Carroll at Westminster,5:30 and 7

Freshman basketball:North Carroll at Francis Scott Key,girls at 4,boys at 5:30;Westminster at Liberty,girls at 4,boys at 5:30


Boys basketball:Westminster at Liberty,5:30 and 7;North Carroll at Frederick,5:30 and 7;Damascus at South Carroll,5:30 and 7

Girls basketball:Walkersville at Francis Scott Key,5:30 and 7;Liberty at Westminster,5:30 and 7;Frederick at North Carroll,5:30 and 7;South Carroll at Damascus,5:30 and 7


Men's basketball:Western Maryland at Gettysburg,8

Women's basketball:Western Maryland at Johns Hopkins,6

Swimming:Western Maryland at Swarthmore,2

Wrestling:County Tournament atLiberty,1 p.m.;Western Maryland/Mansfield/Ursinus at Lebanon Valley,12


Freshman basketball:Francis Scott Key at Westminster,girls at 4,boys at 5:30;Liberty at South Carroll,girls at 4,boys at 5:30


Men's basketball:Western Maryland at Franklin &Marshall;,8

Women's basketball:Western Maryland at Franklin &Marshall;,6

Swimming:Western Maryland/Gallaudet at Goucher,6

Boys basketball:Smithsburg at Francis Scott Key,5:30 and 7;Thomas Johnson at Liberty,5:30 and 7;Damascus at North Carroll,5:30 and 7;Frederick at SouthCarroll,5:30 and 7;Linganore at Westminster,5:30 and 7

Girls basketball:North Carroll at Damascus,5:15 and 6:45;South Carroll at Frederick,6 and 7:30;Westminster at Linganore,6 and 7:30

Wrestling:North Carroll at Thomas Johnson,6 and 7:30

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