All season-opening games are special to players, whatever the sport may be.
For Centennial lacrosse standout Harrison Chaires, last Friday's 14-8 win over Mount Hebron was much more special.
The junior attackman, who transferred from Mount Hebron, had the chance to play against his former team and he responded favorably, scoring four goals to spark the Eagles' offense.
"I've stayed on good terms with all the players at Mount Hebron and I was just really pumped up for the game," Chaires said. "At the end of the game, a couple of their guys asked me who we played next and I didn't even know because I didn't want to look past this game."
After the fine effort in the season opener, Chaires came back on Saturday and continued his scoring run as the Eagles won the Karl Wolf Tournament at Howard High. He scored four goals and added two assists in a 14-8 win over Huntingtown and then provided three goals and two assists in an 11-4 win over the Lions in the championship. With 11 goals and four assists in the team's 3-0 start entering the week, Chaires says there more good things to follow.
"Offensively, it's just a matter of us all getting used to each other a little better and that will come with working together and practicing more," he said.
As far as what stood out the most in Friday's win against his former team, Chaires recognized the respect that was shared after the game.
"When we were done shaking hands, everybody was wishing me good luck and I got a lot of pats on the back," he said.
Basketball -- Six county players were selected to a Maryland All-Star team that competed against a team of Pennsylvania All-Stars Saturday at Steeltown High School in Harrisburg, Pa. While the home team came away with a 110-100 win, the county was well represented with some fine play. Marriotts Ridge senior guard Kevin Seker hit four three-pointers on his way to 14 points; Atholton's Anthony Jones (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Glenelg's Bruce Richardson (10 points, 10 rebounds) both enjoyed double-doubles; and Long Reach's Obi Ukwuoma had 10 points and six rebounds. Atholton's Deyon Cook contributed five points with Glenelg Country's Evan Williams finishing with four. On Sunday, Seker and Ukwuoma will play in the Charm City Challenge City/County All-Star Game at Towson University.
Wrestling -- Atholton senior Doug Carpenter and Glenelg sophomore Brendan Conway were mistakenly omitted in the All-Howard County Wrestling Team last Wednesday. Carpenter won the 160-pound county tournament title and joins Glenelg senior Alex Hufnagel on the team in that weight class, while Conway joins Centennial's Dan LeRoy in the 119-pound class. The Sun regrets the error.