Western Tech's volleyball team recorded its first win as a varsity team last week, pulling out a tight match against Woodlawn, 17-15, in the fifth game.
"We had come so close a few times before," said coach Ian Blanchard. "We've had a lot of four-game matches, but the team just hadn't been playing together."
Last Friday night at home, the Wolverines fell behind two games to one and after rebounding to pull even, trailed 13-10 in the fifth.
Junior Amee Liggett came up with some big hits to lead the comeback. The Wolverines also sided out well and served unusually well.
"It was a refuse-to-lose attitude," said Blanchard of the 6-15, 15-10, 13-15, 16-14, 17-15 match.
Liggett, a 5-foot-7 junior with Junior Olympics experience, led the Wolverines with 14 kills including seven in the fifth game. And 53 percent of her hits going for kills.
Setters Jen Crawford and Amanda Pfeifley contributed 11 and seven assists, respectively.
Owings Mills' girls soccer team is enjoying its best season ever at 7-0-1.
The Golden Eagles have beaten all of their Division II opponents, but their biggest win came Monday when they stunned Division I Towson, 3-0. Michele Dube scored two goals and Andi Graham added another as the Eagles notched their first-ever win over the Generals.
The Eagles also have topped Division I Parkville, 4-0, as well as Spalding, 3-0. The tie came in the season opener, 1-1, against Northeast of Anne Arundel County.
"The bottom line is that we finish," said Eagles coach George Erdos. "That's the difference between us and most other teams we've played. We sometimes play against better teams, but they don't finish as well as we do."
The Eagles already have scored 29 goals. Sasha Block leads the team with 12 goals and four assists followed by Graham (seven, five), Dube (six, two) and Carly Sosslau (two, six).
On the other hand, the Eagles have allowed only three goals and never more than one in a game thanks to the stellar defense of backs Olivia Creekmore and Dana Herrmann, sweeper Jennifer Miller, stopper Nicole Immler and keeper Stacy Myers.
Ribbons for a friend
Roland Park's field hockey team is wearing purple ribbons on its uniforms to honor teammate Frances Pitts, who was killed in an automobile accident in August.
"We wanted to do something to remember her," said Reds co-captain Lizzy Bennett. "Purple was her favorite color, so we decided to wear the purple ribbons."
Pitts, 15, and several other young equestrians were killed when the van they were riding in overturned en route to a pony show in Kentucky.
As a freshman at Roland Park last year, Pitts played junior varsity field hockey, soccer and lacrosse earning the Reds' J.V. Athlete of the Year award. The award now will be named for her.
The older Reds who did not know Frances well knew her sister, Susannah, a 1994 Roland Park graduate, now playing lacrosse at Richmond.
Hall of Famer
Bryn Mawr School and Goucher College graduate Judy Devlin Hashman will be inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame in New York City on Monday.
Considered the best player in the history of badminton, Hashman holds U.S. records for most singles titles with 12, most doubles titles with 10 and most Under-18 singles titles with six. She also has won more All-England titles than anyone with 10 in singles and six in doubles.
Hashman, a Baltimore native who also played lacrosse on the U.S. team, won her first badminton title, the Mason-Dixon singles, at age 14. She won 31 national women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles from 1953 to 1963. At one point, she was unbeaten for five straight years.
Now retired from teaching and living in England, Hashman continues to coach junior badminton, tennis and squash and has written three books on badminton.