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Fallston volleyball: sweeping perfection

The Baltimore Sun

The Fallston volleyball team has been perfect through the first half of its season.

The Cougars were 9-0 through the middle of last week, sweeping each opponent, including defending Class 2A state champion Rising Sun.

"I am pleased with the progress the team has made throughout the season," Fallston coach Nicole Hoover said. "They have developed great chemistry on and off the court, which has paid dividends in the victory column."

The Cougars have had consistency all over the court.

Becca Webb led the team in kills (80) and blocks (32) and helped control play at the net, along with Jess Harlee (45 kills and 25 blocks) and Shannon Webb (44 kills).

Erika Schmidt and Rachael Holehouse have been consistent with serves. Schmidt posted 96 points and 25 aces, and Holehouse leads with 28 aces and has 72 service points. Becca Webb (25 aces) also helps with serving.

Schmidt leads the team with 134 assists. Brit Hawkes and Shannon Webb are tied for first with 37 digs.

"If we maintain focus and continue to work on the fundamentals, we have a great deal of potential in the postseason," Hoover said. "However, we are not looking at the big picture right now. It's all about winning the next point."

Joppatowne waits

The Joppatowne football team is waiting for an appeal date from the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association after having to forfeit its first three games.

The use of an ineligible player dropped the Mariners from 5-0 to 2-3.

They removed the player in question from the team after their third game and reported the infraction.

A decision on the appeal will likely come within a week of the hearing, which should take place soon as the football season's seventh game takes place this week.

One of the forfeits involves Havre de Grace, which lost 20-0 to Joppatowne in the second game. That forfeit improved the Warriors from 4-1 to 5-0 before last weekend's games.

But Joppatowne could still get into the playoffs even if the forfeits remain in place. If the Mariners win their final five games to finish 7-3, they would have a chance at earning a bid. They were in fifth place in their region after the forfeits and still had a chance to get the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 1A East.

Havre de Grace has moved up to first place in the region and had a large lead over runner-up Snow Hill.

Running strong now

The John Carroll girls cross country team turned in a good performance at last weekend's Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University, finishing fifth out of 34 teams.

Elizabeth Tauber continued her solid fall season by finishing third out of 240 runners in 18 minutes, 57 seconds in the five-kilometer race. It was the first time Tauber has broken the 19-minute barrier.

Meghan McAdorey turned in one of her top performances, taking 17th in 20:18. McAdorey has battled a number of health problems including asthma, and her effort was a big reason the Patriots were able to finish fifth.

Taylor Battaglia (37th), Janine Martin (67th) and Amanda Hudak (81st) were the team's other top five finishers.

John Carroll ended up with 184 points. Chevy Chase won the team title with 116 in the White Division.

"This was the best we've run so far this year," John Carroll coach Rob Torres said.

Ben Pickett led the boys with a time of 17:18 to finish 16th overall. The Patriots boys finished 19th in the White Division.

Coming up

The schedule for the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship events is coming together, with cross country being first.

The Chesapeake Divisional meet is set for Thursday at Jerusalem Mill at 3 p.m. In addition, the Susquehanna Divisional meet is also Thursday at 3, at Fair Hill.

After that, the UCBAC championship meet will take place Oct. 23 at Fair Hill.

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