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 surprisingly 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 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 County 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.
It was the first state title for Thomas Stone coach Thomas Parker who had won 223 career games and taken his team to 10 state semifinals in 21 years.
* 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 4A final: Matt Fleischer scored on a header off an assist from from Matt Gormley with about 22 minutes left as No. 6 Severna Park (13-4) dropped a 2-1 decision to Montgomery's Walt Whitman (12-5-1) in the 4A State final last night at Old Mill leaving the Anne Arundel County team 0-7-1 in state championship games.
* 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. Wilde Lake (11-5-1) has made it to the finals in four of the last six seasons, but won only one of those games (1991).
* Class 3A-2A final: Two teams making their first ever state championship game appearance, No. 5 Liberty (14-1-3) and No. 8 South River (16-0-3), battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie at Dundalk Community College to share the Class 3A-2A state championship.
The Lions outshot the Seahawks by a 20-8 margin with South River goalie Erin Graham coming up with 10 saves.
* 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.
* Loyola 21, John Carroll 0: Tim Nicholas rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on seven carries as Loyola (5-4) won on the road.
Pub Date: 11/17/96