The regular season is winding down and three Carroll teams still remain perfect.
The Westminster field hockey and South Carroll girls soccer teams both enter important county games tonight with 10-0 marks and Key volleyball is 11-0 after last night's victory over North Hagerstown.
Westminster's success is the least surprising with its strong tradition -- four state titles and countless other state playoff appearances -- and the fact the team returned 12 seniors. The Owls will face No. 8 Liberty (7-1) tonight before closing out the regular season Tuesday at home against C. Milton Wright.
South Carroll has built a strong foundation in girls soccer under coach Jim Horn, but this was supposed to be a rebuilding year with a lot of experience lost to graduation.
Instead, the Cavaliers have been flawless with a balanced offense led by Lindsey Vosloh (six goals, three assists) and transfer Shannan Henley (seven goals, one assist) and a strong defense anchored by senior Jamie Baier. The Cavaliers will go up against an improving North Carroll team tonight in Winfield before closing out the regular season at Westminster on Monday.
There were thoughts going into the season at Key that this could be one of those special years volleyball coach Leo Totten has a way of producing. Last season, a young Eagles team surpassed all expectations with a trip to the state playoffs. A year later, Key is making the most of that experience with the emphasis on strong team play. The Eagles have three matches remaining, the most difficult being a visit to Williamsport next Thursday.
Key runs well
Francis Scott Key cross country coach Rich Salkin was pleased with the effort he got from his young squad at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Championships Saturday.
The boys team -- with its top five runners sophomores and freshmen -- finished fourth with sophomore David Higgs finishing ninth as the Eagles' top finisher. Last season, he was the Eagles' fifth runner.
The Key girls, who finished sixth, got a seventh-place finish from sophomore Dawn Harner.
Middletown took the boys title with Boonsboro claiming the girls title.
Terror dominate to no end
Just how dominant was the Western Maryland football team in the first half of Saturday's 38-24 loss to defending Centennial Conference champ Dickinson?
The Green Terror outgained the Red Devils 236-29 in total yards; had a 16-2 edge in first downs and had possession of the ball for nearly twice as long.
All that for a 17-7 halftime lead.
Big plays hurt the Green Terror. The only Dickinson points in the first half came on a 40-yard interception return by linebacker Matt Bixler. He wasn't finished, icing the game in the closing minutes with another interception returned 95 yards for a touchdown. It was the last of four straight touchdowns by Dickinson in the second half.
Bixler, who also had 12 tackles, wasn't the only defensive standout. Western Maryland freshman free safety Peter Hinckle had two fumble recoveries, an interception and eight tackles.