SwimmingSix swimmers from the Carroll County YMCA...

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Swimming

Six swimmers from the Carroll County YMCA placed in last Sunday's YMCA Minimeet for youngsters 8 and under.

The boys 8-under 100-yard medley relay team of Jeff Rosier, James Mielke, Keith Rice and Robert Bay placed eighth out of 16. It also finished 10th in the 100-yard freestyle relay.

Individual swimmers placing were: girls 6-and-under 25-yard freestyle -- 5. Deanna Edwards; girls 6-under 25-yard backstroke -- 11. Deanna Edwards; girls 7-under 25-yard breaststroke -- 8. Kacie Caldwell; boys 8-under 25-yard breaststroke -- 8. Keith Rice, 9. James Mielke.

Two members of the Carroll YMCA swim team had qualifying times at the YMCA Southern District meet, giving them berths in the North-South Meet.

Matt Reese and Sean Avore each qualified in the 9-10 boys 50-yard butterfly.

A number of Retriever Aquatic Club swimmers placed first or second in their events at the recent Maryland Zone All-State Meet. The finishes earned them berths at the Eastern Zone Short Course Championships.

Jason Kay, of Sykesville, was second in the boys 10-under 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 100-meter individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. He was first in the boys 10-under 50-yard butterfly.

Matt Easterday, of Sykesville, had firsts in the boys 12-under 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly.

He placed second in the boys 12-under 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard individual medley and 200-yard individual medley.

Megan Straehle, of Westminster, was second in the girls 12-under 200-yard freestyle. Terra Petersen, of Mount Airy, placed second in the girls 14-under 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Marie Tomarelli, of Westminster, was second in the girls 18-under 100-yard butterfly.

Gymnastics

Three girls from the Perna Gymnastics Club qualified for the state tournament by virtue of their all-around scores at a recent Level X sectional qualifier.

Tanya Snyder (32.95), Melissa Denhardt (34.70, second) and Jennifer Groszkowski (33.80, third) all qualified for the Level X State championships, to be held in Annapolis on March 27.

St. Joseph's Basketball * Prep Division -- White, which went undefeated in winning the regular-season title, swept three more games in taking the postseason crown.

The White squad nailed down the championship when Greg Zentz's shot at the buzzer gave it a 53-52 overtime squeaker over Red in the final game.

Ken Clark, Red's leading scorer with 22 points, sent the game into overtime by hitting two foul shots at the end of regulation.

White's Bill Wilson paced all scorers with 26 points. Dan Bird added 12 for the winners, who rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit.

In an opening-round game, White beat Gold, 44-42. Wilson's 21 points led White, while Bird and Alex Hafer each contributed eight. Keith Sullivan had 21 for Gold, and Will Frankton 14.

Black topped Green, 38-31. Nathan Poole-McCullough had 14 points for Black and John Shurak 10. Matt Wilder scored eight for Green.

Red topped Blue, 45-39, despite a game-high 18 points by Blue's Jared Hudson. Mike Pearsall and Ken Clark each scored nine for Red.

Black knocked off Red, 37-32. Nathan Poole-McCullough and Jeremy Shurak scored eight, and seven points, respectively, for Black.

Gold got past Green, 39-37. Keith Sullivan threw in a game-high 20 points for Gold and Will Frankton contributed 13. Chad Basham had 13 for Green, and Matt Wilder, 11.

Red took Blue, 43-35. Ken Clark and Mike Pearsall paced the winners' attack with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Ryan Swinton had 11 for Blue, and Tim Forrestor 10.

White downed Black, 46-39. Bill Wilson paced the winners with 17 points; Craig Wentz and Steve Partenope each added nine. Jeremy Shurak scored 19 points for Black.

Red downed Gold, 54-32. Ken Clark had 16 points for Red; Bobby Ward added 12. Keith Sullivan had 12 for Gold, and Will Frankton seven.

In its semifinal game, Red nipped Black, 54-52 in overtime. Ken Clark had 21 points, and Bob Ward added 17 for Red. Jeremy Shurak had 15 for Black and Ed Upton 11.

* Senior Division -- The Gold team, which was only fourth during the regular season, won all three playoff games to win the tourney crown, climaxing the sweep with a 50-47 victory over Black.

The winners, using a strong defensive effort, wiped out a 17-point Black lead in the fourth quarter. Point guard Shawn Shelley led a balanced Gold attack with 14 points. Brian Steiger added 12. Kevin Saum scored 16 points, and Mike Nagle, 15 for Black.

In a preliminary round game, Yellow nipped Green, 45-44. John ** Wingate scored 11 points to pace Yellow; Will Kane had 14 for Green.

Black got past Blue, 61-58, despite a 24-point effort form Mike Dolan. Darnell Brockington paced the winners with 14 points. Dolan then threw in 27 points to lead Blue to a 58-55 victory over Green. Brother Sean Dolan added 14 points.

Brian Steiger poured in 30 points to lead Gold to a 54-41 verdict over regular-season champion Gray. Dave Buerlin chipped in with 16 points for Gold.

Dunbar pumped in 27 points to lead Gray's 58-47 win over Blue. Kafchinski supported with 11 points. Blue's Mike Dolan threw in 27 points.

Brian Steiger scored 19 points and Shawn Shelley 17 to lead Gold to a 61-45 victory over Black. Kevin Saum had 16 points for Black and Zach Williams 12.

In the semifinal, T. J. Cooke hit two free throws with no time remaining to pull out Black's 49-48 squeaker over Gray. Cooke paced all scorers with 20 points, and Kevin Saum added 10 for Black.

Taneytown Basketball The American Division regular-season titlist Hornets topped the National Division first-place Bulls, 44-22, in the 5th-8th grade girls championship game.

Jessica Matos scored in 26 points for the winners and Amanda Overby added 12.

Indoor soccer The South Carroll Devils led all the way to top the Freedom Dynamo, 3-1, at the Carroll Indoor Sports Center in Westminster.

The victory gave the Devils the Winter Session post-season title in the under-14 girls division.

Brenda Hovanec, Courtney McCray and Amy Martinez scored for the Devils, who had placed second to Westminster during the regular season.

Keeper Misty Davis played an excellent defensive game for South Carroll.

Wrestling

Manchester won the Maryland-Virginia Junior League Wrestling State Tournament for the third time in the last four years last weekend.

The local youth wrestling group outpaced roughly 50 other teams from Maryland and Virginia.

It garnered 176 team points, which are given for wins or ties. Dundalk was second with 164.

Three local grapplers won individual titles.

These were Manchester's Randy Holmes (100) and Adam Boog (105) and the Warriors' Jared Zillmer (85).

Other local wrestlers placing in the event: 50 -- Geoff Leeper (Manchester) fifth; 55 -- Kellen Weber (Warriors) fifth; 65 -- Tyler Alexander (Manchester) third; 70 -- Fran Jackson (Manchester) second, Zach Maloff (Manchester) sixth; 85 -- John Muse (Francis Scott Key) fourth; 90 -- Clint Day (Manchester) sixth; 100 -- Matt Yinger (Francis Scott Key) second, Dave Spicer (Westminster) sixth; 105 -- Mike Muller (Warriors) fourth; 115 -- Dameon Davis (Manchester) second; 150 -- Colin Eutsler (Manchester) third, Jim Sharkey (Westminster) sixth.

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