Soccer titles are on the line for the girls and boys teams in the Howard County championships Tuesday.
Going into this week on the girls side, River Hill held the top spot in the county with an 8-0-1 record with three matches left - against Long Reach, Reservoir and Howard - and anticipated playing Wilde Lake (8-1) for the county title.
On the boys side, Marriotts Ridge, led by leading scorer sophomore Pat Sullivan (10 goals) and senior goalkeeper and captain Paul Killian, has pushed River Hill from the top spot. The Mustangs beat the Hawks, 3-1, last week and won again Monday to improve to 10-0. That win assured the Mustangs a spot in the county championship game, where their most likely opponent is River Hill. The Hawks play their last game of the regular season today.
River Hill won the county championship last season and captured the Class 2A state championship.
Glenelg makes bid
The county field hockey season comes to an end today with Glenelg hosting the 4 p.m. county championship game against River Hill.
The Gladiators are led by seniors Lauriann Parker (12 goals, 16 assists) and goalie Courtney Mill.
"We beat River Hill in overtime, but it was early in the season," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, whose team is 10-0 in the county. "We'll have to play our best game."
The quiet men
While the No. 1 River Hill football team as a group has been rolling up flamboyant, gaudy wins and its running backs, Michael Campanaro and Malek Redd, have been getting a lot of attention, there are players on the team who have quietly contributed to the team's success.
Chief among them is center/nose guard Sean Hull, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound senior and two-year starter. He has solidly snapped the ball and blocked on offense, while anchoring the middle of the defensive line.
Also making an impact during their first year as starters are senior inside linebackers Patrick McCleaf (35 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks) and Ryan Griffin (34 tackles, two sacks), and junior inside linebacker Kevin Moore (39 tackles, four sacks).