The first half of the Howard-Hammond football game Saturday was especially nerve-racking, considering that three people were taken to the hospital by separate ambulances.
The first incident occurred when a heavy wooden door to the press box at Hammond came unhinged and hit public address announcer Janet Loughran in the back of the head. The blow left her dazed.
An ambulance called for her was instead used for what was then thought to be a more severe emergency.
Howard tackle Shawn Sherman, who has a congenital heart problem, had sidelined himself, complaining of chest pain.
"It turned out to be just a pulled chest muscle," Howard coach John Quinn said. "But his anxiety caused his heart to race. We thought he might be hyperventilating. We were fortunate. An ambulance was already there."
A second ambulance transported Loughran, who was then fully conscious. A CT scan revealed no serious damage, and she is scheduled to announce on Saturday.
Right after Loughran's ambulance left, the call went out for a third ambulance after John White, 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior Hammond linebacker and running back, suffered a broken collarbone.
Howard won the game, 8-7.
The Glenelg girls soccer team's 2-1 victory over Middletown on Monday boosted its confidence as it begins league play Friday against Atholton.
Middletown was 4-0 and is traditionally the best girls team in Frederick County. Last year the Knights trounced Glenelg, 8-1.
Christina Flowers (two goals, two assists) scored the game-winning goal on a 30-yard direct kick into the upper-left corner.
"She's our glue in the middle and one of our key team leaders," first-year Glenelg coach Mike Williams said.
Emily Cox leads the team with five goals. Only two tremendous saves stopped her from scoring against Middletown.
The only negative for Glenelg was that fullback Tracy Brown broke her toe and will miss two weeks.
Terry Flaig, field hockey coach at Howard High, deserves recognition for dedication to her job.
Her husband has moved to Cleveland after his employer transferred him there, but she has stayed behind to finish the season. She commutes to Cleveland on weekends.