Is Atholton's boys soccer team peaking for the playoffs?
It appears to be. The Raiders upset No. 11 Wilde Lake, 2-1, Monday and their third straight victory raised their record to 5-3-1 overall and 2-2 in the league.
The Raiders face No. 12 Hammond today and have a make-up game with No. 4 Oakland Mills scheduled for Friday.
Coach Reg Hahne doesn't think Monday's game was really an upset.
"We've been playing well all season," he said.
Both teams entered the game with four wins, but three of Atholton's wins were against notably weak teams -- Liberty, Laurel and Gibbons. The other win was against Glenelg, a team that is winless (0-4-1) in league play.
The game against Wilde Lake was scoreless at halftime, which the Raiders considered a big plus because Wilde Lake had the wind at its back in the first half.
Atholton finally scored in the 50th minute when Brent Hooper volleyed in a long throw-in from Paul Barnes.
Hooper set up the second goal with an advancing dribble to Wilde Lake's 35-yard line. When Wilde Lake goalkeeper Nick Parypinski came out, Hooper passed inside to Randy Greenbaum for an easy score.
Wilde Lake's Mike Riismandel scored with 30 seconds left to ruin Atholton's shutout.
Wildecats win Lancer
Wilde Lake's boys cross country team won the Lancer Invitational at Linganore Saturday, scoring 90 points to edge second-place Linganore at 106 and third-place Centennial at 114.
Faisal Hasan led Wilde Lake with a second-place finish. Mike Brosenne finished ninth.
Hasan led until Centennial's Mike French caught him with about a quarter-mile to go. French finished first in 16 minutes.
Wilde Lake, the defending county champion, also has won the Arundel Invitational and turned in fourths at the North County and Griffin invitationals and a second at the Howard County Invitational.
Centennial, the favorite to win the county title, was missing injured No. 2 runner Eric Myers, but received a big race from Jeff Olenick, who finished seventh at 16:52.
The Centennial girls team was missing two of its top seven runners but finished fifth at Linganore. Kari Meyer led the Eagles with a fifth-place finish at 20:34. Sarah Ordaz was close behind at 20:45.
Nine golfers qualify
Nine members of the Howard County Golf Club have qualified for the state high school championships Oct. 22 and 23 at the University of Maryland.
Centennial finished third in the District V Class 3A competition by shooting a combined 328 at Geneva Farms in Harford County last Thursday. The whole team qualified for states -- Lance Rhodes (who shot 79), Matt Sexton (82), Sean LaBonne (83) and Clark Dutterer (84).
Glenelg won the District V Class 1A-2A title by shooting 346. Team members are Brock King (77), Andrew Ashmore (87), Mike Sargeant (88) and Greg Edell (94).
Jason Masters (80) of Hammond also qualified for the states in