Northern of Calvert County (26-0) stretched its winning streak to 76 and captured a third consecutive Class 4A state championship with a 15-11, 13-15, 15-9, 15-12 victory over Watkins Mill (18-2) last night at Catonsville Community College.
The Patriots, who finished 26-0, played erratic volleyball that nearly offset their advantage in power. Northern finished with 35 attack errors and 14 missed serves.
But the Patriots' power eventually proved to be too much. Katy Coleman (19 kills), Allison Burroughs (nine kills) and Brandi Blevins (eight kills) combined to dominate play at the net.
Class 3A final: Meredith Price, the only senior for Centennial (19-0) led the Eagles with 20 kills and Briana Zolak had 13 as top-ranked Centennial won its fifth Class 3A state championship in the last six years with a 13-15, 15-13, 15-7, 15-4 victory over Thomas Johnson (17-3) of Frederick at Catonsville Community College.
Class 1A final: Senior hitters Stephanie Stambaugh (12 kills) and Cindy Sheedy (10 kills) played big at the net with senior setter Erin Ness dishing out 21 assists as Francis Scott Key Eagles swept past defending state champ Williamsport -- 15-10, 15-13, 15-1 -- to win the Class 1A state championship at Catonsville Community College, the fifth state title for the No. 6 Eagles (18-1).
Class 2A final: Katie Davis led North East (19-0) of Cecil with 16 kills as the Indians won their fifth state championship and its first since 1986 with a 15-7, 10-15, 15-11, 15-13 victory over Atholton for the Class 2A state title at Catonsville Community College.
Class 3A final: Ricky Brown beat three defenders to score the game-winning goal with 2: 30 left in regulation to give Charles County's Thomas Stone (17-0) a 3-2 win over Montgomery County's Walter Johnson (15-2-1) in the Class 3A state championship game last night at Old Mill High.
Class 1A final: Eighth-ranked River Hill (14-4), playing its inaugural season, lost to Williamsport (14-1-1) in the state Class 1A championship game, 2-1, at Old Mill on a goal by Williamsport's Steve Ritchie.
Class 2A final: Frank Adusei-Poku's goal in the seventh minute at Old Mill gave Rockville (15-3) its seventh state championship and a 1-0 victory over Wilde Lake (11-5-1), which also lost in the state finals last season.
Class 2A-1A final: Nicole Wartman scored three goals and Ashley Froman added another as No. 3 Loch Raven (17-1) became Baltimore County's first two-time girls soccer state champ defeating Hammond (8-8-1), 3-0, for the Class 2A-1A title at Dundalk Community College.
Dunbar 36, Douglass-PG 21: Ali Culpepper, limited to 63 yards in a regular-season loss to Douglass, came back with a vengance in the rematch yesterday at Morgan State, finishing with 163 yards and two touchdowns as No. 6 Dunbar (9-2) downed Douglass (9-2) in a state Class 3A quarterfinal to advance to a Friday semifinal at 7: 30 p.m. at Wheaton (11-0).
Sherwood 59, Patterson 16: Tyree Foreman rushed for 190 yards and four touchdowns to lead Sherwood (10-1) of Montgomery County in a 4A state quarterfinal victory over host and No. 2-ranked Patterson (9-2). Sherwood travels to Seneca Valley Friday at 7: 30 for a semifinal game.
Middletown 24, Wilde Lake 14: Shaun Peters kicked a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter to put visiting Middletown (10-1) ahead for good as the Knights downed Wilde Lake (10-1) in a state Class 2A quarterfinal. Matt Main passed and ran for a score for Middletown, which travel to Wheaton Saturday at 1 p.m. in next week's semifinals.
City 26, Potomac 22: Taber Small rushed for two touchdowns to lead No. 7 City (9-2) over Potomac (10-1) in a Class 2A quarterfinal at Poly. City's defense limited the Braves to 24 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers (two fumbles and an interception) in the second half. City host Fort Hill at Poly at 1 p.m. Saturday in a semifinal game.
Pub Date: 11/17/96