Hawks win first UCBAC golf title

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North Harford ruled last week's District VII/Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference golf tournament.

Ryan Triller shot a 1-under-par 71 to win Monday's competition at the Geneva Farms course. Triller was one of four Hawks to finish in the top 10 and help North Harford take the team championship.

North Harford won its first UCBAC title with a score of 307, beating out C. Milton Wright (324) and Fallston (330). The Hawks are the only team from the tournament to qualify as a team for the state competition Oct. 21-23 at Potomac Ridge in Waldorf.

In addition to Triller, Nick Mafale (75, third place), Cody Benjamin (80, tie for fifth) and Patrick Neal (81, ninth) were the other top 10 finishers, turning in efforts that delighted long-time coach Nick Panos.

"This is the hardest-working group I've ever had as a coach," Panos said. "During the offseason ... these four have outworked everybody. The work is showing; it's paying off."

The Hawks have been one of the county's top teams throughout the fall. Panos is hoping they can keep up that consistency in the postseason.

They've got a few more regular-season events before the Oct. 16 Harford County tournament and the state competition five days later.

"If you win the districts, you've already had a good time," Panos said. "Now we hope to get some icing on the cake."

Matt Fry from CM. Wright finished second (73), two shots behind Triller. Liz Silbernagle took fourth at 77, between Mafale and Benjamin, who tied for fifth with Patrick Mull (Fallston), Casey Van Dyke (Rising Sun) and Nick Collins (C.M. Wright).

More golf

Harford Tech won the Susquehanna Divisional tournament on Sept. 25 at the Brantwood Golf Course in Cecil County. The Cobras shot 236 to beat out North East-Cecil (244) and Patterson Mill (247) for its first team golf title.

Stefany King of Patterson Mill was the medalist on the girls side, shooting a 48 for nine holes.

Harford Tech is tentatively scheduled to move up to the Chesapeake Division next year, while Aberden is set to go to the Susquehanna.

Still perfect

Joppatowne remained the county's lone 4-0 football team after a 28-0 shutout of Elkton nine days ago. The Mariners often get a lot of credit for their consistent running game, but coach Bill Waibel's defense has been strong this season.

Joppatowne has posted three shutouts and given up only seven points in four games while scoring 108. The only points the Mariners have allowed was during a season-opening 26-7 win over North Carroll, when the Panthers scored in the final minute.

After that came shutouts over Havre de Grace (20-0) and North East-Cecil (34-0) before the win over Elkton.

"Our defense is playing really well," Waibel said. "We seem to have some depth at the linebacker position, and our defensive line has exceeded our initial expectations."

Seniors Manny Ezedike (DE) and Jules Forney (DT) have been strong up front, while juniors Jake McGinnis and Keith Neal, plus sophomore Epe Henriques, continue to play well at linebacker.

Waibel also praised junior safety Dominic Harper, who has filled the void left by C.J. Townes, a dominating player last year.

The Mariners use a 4-4 and a 5-3 format, which often lets them put eight players at or close to the line and slows the opposition's running attack. The big question for Joppatowne is how it will fare against teams that can pass well.

More perfection

The Fallston girls soccer and volleyball teams have been perfect in a few ways this fall.

The Cougars had a 7-0 overall record (6-0 in the Chesapeake Division) in volleyball through last Wednesday. Fallston had more of the same in girls soccer, posting a 7-0 overall record and 3-0 in the Chesapeake Division, tied for first with North East-Cecil.

In soccer, the Cougars and North East-Cecil both had a half-game lead over C. Milton Wright (7-1 overall, 3-1 in division).

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