By the time the Oakdale girls basketball team had raced to an 11-2 lead in Wednesday nights 2A state semifinal at Towson University's SECU Arena, the outcome seemed clear. The Bears' size advantage, shooting accuracy, sharp passing and unrelenting defense all added up to a 57-35 victory and a meeting with Patterson Mill on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the 2A state championship.
When it came time for cheerleading tryouts at Laurel High School, Jackie and Mike McLaughlin, were sure it would be a good opportunity for their sophomore daughter, Erin, who was born with Down syndrome, which can affect mental abilities and physical development.
One year ago, Essien Ture was a talented if unspectacular basketball player at Columbia's Hammond High School, hoping to make the varsity squad in the fall. Today, after enduring agonizing foot pain, a grueling series of tests and surgeries that culminated with his right leg being amputated below the knee and a remarkable return to Hammond's basketball team, the 16-year-old has become an inspiration. The 16-year-old's quiet grit and determination have wowed his family, his friends and coaches
The championship came down to the next to last match, when South Carroll's Tim Null won the title with a 5-3 victory over Oakdale's Kyle McDonald at 113 pounds. No. 5 South Carroll finished with 1071/2 points to win its second consecutive Class 2A-1A title.
Junior guard Falu Seck hit three three pointers in a 90-second span at the end of the first half to fire up Springbrook, and the visiting Blue Devils went on to defeat Dulaney, 69-45, in the Class 4A North region final championship Monday night.
Catonsville girls basketball coach Mike Mohler knew if the Comets were going to have a chance to beat Paint Branch in Class 4A North Region title game, they would have to slow down the Panthers' running game.
Senior point guard Dereck Oliver scored 22 points and fellow senior guard Gary Blackston had a double double with 13 points and 14 rebounds as No. 4 Patterson (21-5) beat Randallstown, 59-50, to win the Class 2A North region final, their fourth region title in five years.
Tied with No. 5 Aberdeen with 40 seconds left in the second quarter Monday, White hit a 3-pointer from the corner and then scored 18 of her team's next 26 points to spark the defending state champion and No. 4 Millers to a 72-54 victory in the Class 3A North region final.
Laurel High junior Mia Rutherford couldn't escape the memory of the 2014 South Region 3A-4A swimming championships, when she missed qualifying for the state championships by a hundredth of a second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Basketball teams usually only dream about the kind of comeback Dulaney had against Catonsville Saturday night with the pressure of the playoffs adding to the drama. The Lions rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to post a 63-62 victory over the Comets in overtime in the Class 4A North Region semifinal at Dulaney High School.
Visiting Poly (22-3) used a suffocating defense and a timely offense to break a 9-9 halftime tie and outscore Mount Hebron, 11-4, in the third quarter en route to a 40-17 victory over the Vikings (20-4) in a Class 3A East sectional final.
Breakfast, followed by morning basketball, proved to be the right ingredients for the Western Tech girls basketball team, which overcame a sluggish start before pouring it on in the final three quarters of a 55-18 victory over Loch Raven in the Class 2A North Region Section I finals at Western Tech.
Mt. Hebron got what it has been waiting for all season when it defeated visiting City College in the 3A East regional playoffs Wednesday night, 55-49, avenging a season-ending loss to the Black Knights last winter.
Centennial went on a 19-0 run covering 10:15 of the second half to turn a seven-point deficit into a comfortable lead. The Eagles held Poly to just 12 points in the half to secure a 50-34 win that sends them on to the next round of the region playoffs.
The threat of more icy weather expected to hit the Baltimore area Tuesday afternoon has prompted some school officials to close early and others to cancel afternoon activities which will postpone many basketball playoff games and the state Class 4A-3A swimming championships.
Icy roads Monday morning closed all Baltimore-area public schools and postponed the girls basketball sectional quarterfinals. Games will be made up Tuesday although some times may change because schools also hosting boys sectional quarterfinals will have double headers.
Wrestling in the 170-pound bracket in the Class 2A-1A West region finals, No. 8 South Carroll's Wade Slatniske pinned Catoctin's Kevin Simmel with just one second remaining in the first period. The pin helped lift the Cavaliers to the title.
Nicole Sharpe had the kind of dominant performance many thought she was capable of in leading Dulaney to a 59-51 victory in overtime over Perry Hall in a girls basketball Class 4A North Region first-round playoff game Friday night.
In 1982, Dulaney High School distance runner Brian Russo set the school record in the 3,200 meters in a time of 9:17 in an outdoor track meet. Thirty-three years later, Dulaney coach Chad Boyle thinks Lions junior Eric Walz can break the record this spring.