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Atholton's Conroys share in the glory

The Baltimore Sun

After helping the Atholton girls basketball team win a regional title March 3, junior guard Julianne Conroy was immediately on the road -- no time to change clothes, no time for the team photos.

Next stop was Maryland's Cole Field House to watch her older brother, Ryan, compete in the state wrestling tournament for Atholton. Getting there just as he walked on the mat, Julianne watched Ryan earn a 4-2 decision over Middletown's Brandon Johnson to win his first state title.

"It was an indescribable feeling to walk off the mat and see my sister -- one of my biggest supporters -- there in her game attire and all. I knew right away that she came right from her game and it showed me how much she cares about my wrestling," Ryan said.

One week later, Ryan was at UMBC's RAC Arena, in the front row of the Raiders' cheering section as Julianne got her chance to win a state title. Scoring five points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out four assists and snagging two steals, Julianne would help the Raiders beat Southern of Anne Arundel County, 69-62, for the program's first state title.

"It was incredible," Julianne said. "Afterward, we went out to dinner as a family, and Mom and Dad were congratulating us and we talked about all the hard work we both put in. It was really nice because I've always tried to get to all his matches, and he's always there to cheer me on when I'm playing basketball."

Ryan, who finished the season with a 30-1 mark, said winning his state title a week before enabled him to relax and further enjoy watching his sister do the same.

"It just made it that much better because you're on such a high after you win your state title and you want to be able to share that feeling with somebody else," he said. "There's no better person to share it with than one of my biggest supporters. I was just so happy that she could have the same exact experience that I had the week before."

Quick hits

Hammond sophomore pitcher Stephanie Speierman has picked up right where she left off last season, when she earned second-team All-Metro honors. How's this for an opening week? On Wednesday, she opened with a perfect game in a 6-0 win over North Harford. Speierman came back Friday and pitched a one-hitter, also getting a homer and double in the Bears' 5-0 win over Marriotts Ridge. ... The Long Reach baseball team pounded out eight extra-base hits in a 14-9 win over Cardinal Gibbons on Wednesday, with catcher Brian Wyman collecting a triple and double to lead the attack. ... Oakland Mills hit five home runs -- two by third baseman Jeff Randolph -- in a 13-2 win over Edgewood.glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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