Football* Damascus nipped the Mount Airy Bulldogs,...



* Damascus nipped the Mount Airy Bulldogs, 16-14, in a Mountain Valley Football League varsity division playoff game.

Mount Airy led 14-8 at halftime on Mike Cleveland's two touchdown runs, plus a two-point conversion kick by Nick Herbert.

Cleveland rushed for 210 yards in the game. He had 2,020 for the year, scoring 28 touchdowns.

Damascus went ahead early in the fourth quarter. The Montgomery countians then hung on to win after Cleveland's -- to their 1-yard line in the closing minutes was called back by a holding penalty.

Youth soccer

Under-14 girls -- Sacred Heart edged Francis Scott Key, 2-1, in a Carroll County Girls Soccer League matchup.

Melissa Merson put Key ahead 1-0 late in the first half. Sacred Heart scored twice after intermission to win, despite an excellent all-around offensive game by Key's Becky Buppert.

Keeper Megan Roop had 11 saves for Francis Scott Key.

Grades 4 & 5 girls -- J.J. Fiorani Home Improvements defeated Royal Oak Savings Bank, 3-1, in a Freedom Optimist Youth Soccer league game.

Kelli Fiorani, Jessica Planty and Kristin Schaefer scored for the winners.

Bartolini and Seaman, Attn. topped Hutchinson's Flowers, 4-1. Leah Onda, Lauren Wallace, Melissa Kruger and Lindsay Weiner supplied Bartolini's goals.

Grades 5 & 6 boys -- Jeff Friedland scored all the goals in Carroll County Sports Medicine's 4-0 shutout of Marty's Oriole Mart. Matt Elban, Luke Goolsby and Seth Perrine added assists for the winners.

Hubbard Mobile Power Wash beat P.A.T. M.D., 3-1. Mike Dorsey's third-quarter shot accounted for P.A.T.'s only goal, with an assist from Keith Gibson. Fullbacks Chris Faries and Mike Powers played well defensively for P.A.T.

Grades 6 & 7 girls -- Eldersburg Pool beat Vince's Video, 4-1, behind goals by Casey Sanders, Kim Higgs, Melanie Sheets and Michelle Hollars.

Dione Whittington and Sanders added assists. Kim Campbell had Vince's goal and Amy Williams had the assist. Vince's goalkeeper Leigh Symmonds had 12 saves.

Under-14 boys -- The Westminster Force clinched first place in the under-14 division by blanking Deer Park, 4-0.

Roy Arce, who led the division with 10 goals, had three in the final game.

The Blast's Ashley VanDorn and the Force's John Stillwell tied for second with seven goals.

Ian Redding added the Force's other goal against Deer Park. Matt Groves, who was the Force's goalkeeper, had a league-leading 70 saves this season.

Under-14 co-eds -- Josh Gall scored three goals to lead the Westminster Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Westminster Blast in a Westminster In-House Youth Soccer League contest.

Josh Barbe and John Muhl added goals for the winners. John Weller and Jeremy Tippet scored for the Blast.

PHS of Deer Park edged the Francis Scott Key Black Knights, 2-1, in a Taneytown In-House Soccer League game. Shaun Pittinger scored for Key.


The Mason-Dixon Rugby Club closed out its fall season by winning the Hagerstown Tournament.

It upended Kent Island, 44-0, and Hagerstown-based Rock City, 22-0.

Neil Myers, Tommy Spangler and Timmy Desmond each scored two five-point tries against Kent Island. Mike Hyde and Lee Koontz added one apiece.

Neil Myers booted two two-point conversion kicks for Mason-Dixon.


Three cliffhangers and a continuing winning streak were the big stories in this month's matches at the Carroll Racquet Club.

The Love Machine, on the strength of a late win by Debbie Courter and Allen Anthony, extended its three-year winning streak to 20 with a 29-28 win over the Death Squad.

The pair won a 8-1 decision in the mixed doubles final event, overcoming a 27-21 deficit.

Maria Vailas and Vicki Ferguson gave the Death Squad a good start in the match by winning the women's doubles, 8-2.

Steve Powell and Frank Flora later put the Death Squad ahead 20-13 with an 8-3 victory in men's doubles, before the Machine made its closing rush.

Chris Weber and Sandy Jankevicius took an 8-1 win in the mixed doubles to clinch the Crushers' 26-25 squeaker over the Aces. The Crushers had trailed, 24-18, entering that final event.

The Aces' Linda White and Paula King opened the match with an 8-2 women's doubles victory.

Ron Chang's 8-0 win in men's No. 1 singles then gave the Aces a commanding 16-2 lead. The Crushers, won the last three events.

The 10S Tonite squad nipped the Coyotes, 26-25. Mike Rowe beat the Coyotes' David Johns, 8-1, in men's No. 1 singles to give 10S an early 11-9 lead.

It marked the first time Johns had lost in three years of Carroll Cup singles play. Johns and Matt Zajac later put the Coyotes ahead, 17-14, by winning in men's doubles, 8-3. Greg Zielske's 8-0 win in No. 2 men's singles put 10S ahead for good, 22-17.

The Lynesmen led all the way to upend the Topspinners, 30-24.

Lynesmen women's doubles combo Debbie Speed and Carole Fortney opened the match with an 8-2 win.

The Topspinners' Duane Yingling later won the men's No. 2 singles, 8-4, and teamed with Tom Jackson to take the men's doubles, 8-2. However, Ann Muhvich and John Lynam clinched things with an 8-3 decision in mixed doubles.

The Smashers' Ray and Suzie Lyons opened their match with an 8-5 win in mixed doubles, but the Poachers went on to top the Smashers, 33-30.

Brian Haight and Ed Gorsuch put the Poachers ahead for good with an 8-5 in men's doubles.

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