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McDonogh keeps raising its difficulty level

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Notebook After suffering its first loss of the season at Penn Charter in Pennsylvania on Saturday, the McDonogh football team is headed back to Pennsylvania on Sunday to play another tough opponent in Malvern Prep.

"Those teams and the conference they play in [the Inter-Academic league] is a little bit better than the [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association] A Conference," McDonogh coach Dom Damico said.

"We had three chances inside their 20 but turned it over twice and gave it up on downs the other time. We could have won, 21-3, over a team that is in the state's Top 25."

Instead, McDonogh, which fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in The Sun's poll, lost, 3-0. Damico said middle linebacker Malcolm Moses-Hampton and Eagles cornerbacks Brian Hess and J.P. Grant all played well.

The loss left McDonogh 1-1 after it opened with a 28-14 win over Archbishop Curley of the MIAA B Conference.

"Malvern is better than Penn Charter, and that's saying something," Damico said. "They're No. 6 in Pennsylvania, so it's going to be another tough game, but the idea is to get ready for Loyola on Oct. 6 [at McDonogh]."

Dons host Fork Union

Loyola, The Sun's new No. 1 football team, will face its toughest competition thus far when it plays at home against Fork Union (Va.) Military at noon Saturday.

The Dons (3-0) routed Landon of Washington, 27-6, on Saturday as junior quarterback Leon Kinnard threw two touchdown passes.

"They're awesome, large and fast, with a lot of returnees," Dons coach Brian Abbott said of one of the top five teams in Virginia.

Fork Union has fifth-year players, and its main linebacker and tailback are headed to the University of Georgia.

"We have been playing well, but we will have to play great to beat them," Abbott said.

Kinnard and running back Terence Garvin will have to have good games offensively, while linebackers Bubba Harris and Tim Bolte and junior down lineman Elliott Poehlman will have to step up on the other side of the ball.

On the road

For the first time in eight years, Roland Park's field hockey team had to play its annual Sally Nyborg Invitational Tournament on the road. Severna Park coach Lil Shelton agreed to host the tournament Saturday while the Reds' fields are being converted to artificial turf.

Still, the event raised $500 for the Sally Nyborg Foundation for Lupus Research in memory of the Reds player who died of complications from lupus in 1998.

Reds coach Debbie Bloodsworth thanked the Falcons, who have played in the tournament every year, and Shelton for helping out.

Sailors start fast

The No. 11 Mount de Sales volleyball team is 3-0, including a victory over then-No. 11 Wilde Lake last week.

The Sailors rely on two 5-foot-9 outside hitters, junior Kasey Mercier and sophomore Katy Buck. Mercier had eight kills and 16 digs in the Wilde Lake match, and Buck had 15 kills and 12 digs.

Mercier moved from setter to hitter this season when senior Shannon Clancy took over the setting chores. Freshman Hannah Schmidt, a 5-11 middle blocker, also has been a big contributor to wins over Wilde Lake, Atholton and Maret.

The Sailors finished 11-7 last season but had six sophomores on the team. Coach Kenny Mills, who has a lot of club players on the team, said that extra year of experience is making a difference.

Green commits

St. Frances center Kandice Green has committed orally to play basketball for Seton Hall. The 6-foot-1 All-Metro selection averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds, dominating the inside with her size, strength and agility while helping the No. 1 Panthers to their fifth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship last winter.

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