November 8, 2011

Varsity Letters is switching addresses

Varsity Letters is on the move to a new address, so be sure to update your bookmarks.

The new home of our high school blog is:

The new Varsity Letters has a snazzier look, but our aim is still to give you the most up-to-date news and analysis on all of the local high school sports.

Come and visit us on the new page.

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November 7, 2011

Gilman's Ryan Ripken commits to South Carolina

ryan-ripken-south-carolina.jpg Ryan Ripken, a senior at Gilman and the son of Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, has committed to South Carolina to play baseball.

Ripken, 6 feet 6, is one of four Greyhounds who will sign letters of intent Monday at a special ceremony at the Gilman Athletic Center.

“He’s been terrific for us and it’s a wonderful opportunity for him and I’m sure he’ll make the most of it,” said Gilman coach Larry Sheets. “He had a few choice, quality schools who pursued him. Who wouldn’t want to go to school of the caliber of South Carolina?”

Ripken plays first base and pitches. He is a three-year starter who batted .353 as a junior. According to South Carolina fan site The Big Spur, Ripken chose the Gamecocks over Coastal Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest.

“It’s great news for Ryan,” said Gilman athletic director Tim Holley, who coached Ripken his freshman year before hiring Sheets. “He’s a solid Division I baseball player, who may go beyond that. South Carolina is a great place for him. They’ll benefit from his presence and he’s a hard worker who is going to get bigger and stronger. His physical maturity is still developing and I think his best years are ahead of him.

“I think he’s going to be a much more imposing athlete at 21 and 22.”

Also signing Monday from Gilman's baseball team are Brandon Casas (Maryland), Thomas O’Neill (Yale) and Seve Llanio (Delaware).

Click here for photos of Ryan Ripken through the years.

Photo of Ryan and Cal Ripken courtesy of 2011 Under Armour All-American Game staff.

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November 6, 2011

Football: By The Numbers for Week 10

After a wild season-ending weekend that unexpectedly ended some seasons and extended others, the playoffs are set to begin next week. Here's a look at a few numbers that stand out from this weekend's action and the playoff fields:

Outright Howard County championship for Atholton, which won this fall after sharing the title in 1976 and 1988

Team in the regional playoffs with a losing record – Havre de Grace at 4-6 in Class 1A East

Yard sneak by Archbishop Spalding quarterback Brian Louck to beat Loyola, 20-16 in overtime, and propel the Cavaliers into the playoffs in their first year in the MIAA A Conference

MIAA B Conference playoff berths decided on the last night of the regular season – Boys’ Latin with a win over St. Paul’s and John Carroll with a win over Archbishop Curley

Touchdowns for Poly in the final 2:23 of the 22-16 win over City

Undefeated teams in the Class 4A North region -- Poly and Catonsville

Defending state champions to miss out on this year’s playoffs – Urbana, McDonough and Wilde Lake – with only Dunbar left with a chance to repeat

Way tie for the UCBAC Chesapeake Division championship – Aberdeen, Fallston and North Harford

Fourth-quarter touchdowns for St. Mary’s in a 26-20 comeback win over Severn

Straight wins for Gilman over McDonogh

Straight wins for Poly over City

Baltimore area teams finishing the regular season undefeated – Old Mill, Poly, Catonsville and Overlea

Teams with one loss each in the Class 2A East regional playoffs – Fallston, Patterson Mill, Kent Island and Wicomico

Hammond turnovers – three leading to touchdowns – in Howard’s 39-6 win to clinch a playoff berth

Straight shutouts for Northwestern, which allowed its first points of the season this week and fell one shutout shy of the state record

Years since Chesapeake-AA posted a non-losing season until finishing 5-5 with a 25-0 win over North County

Teams remaining undefeated heading into the state playoffs – Old Mill, Poly, Catonsville, Overlea, Quince Orchard, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fort Hill and Perryville

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Football: How the Top 15 fared

The high school football regular season is over and it's on to the playoffs next weekend. Following is a look at how The Baltimore Sun's ranked teams fared this week and whom they play in the first round of the playoffs.

Look for the new rankings in Tuesday's paper.

Ranking/Team/Record/Latest result/Next opponent/
1. Gilman/8-1/Def. McDonogh 31-21/Vs. Archbishop Spalding, Fri
2. Calvert Hall/8-1/Def. Mount St. Joseph 26-7/Vs. McDonogh, Fri.
3. Old Mill/10-0/Def. South River 54-20/Vs. South River, Fri.
4. Atholton/9-1/Def. Centennial 48-0/Vs. Stephen Decatur, Fri.
5. Poly/10-0/Def. City 22-16/Vs. Perry Hall, Fri.
6. Arundel/9-1/Def. Southern 58-13/Vs. North Point, Fri.
7. Dunbar/8-2/Def. Patterson 32-0/Vs. Southside at Poly, Fri.
8. McDonogh/6-4/Lost to Gilman 31-21/At Calvert Hall, Fri.
9. Archbishop Spalding/7-3/Def. Loyola 20-14 OT/At Gilman Fri.
10. Catonsville/10-0/Def. Parkville 28-16/Vs. Paint Branch, Fri.
11. Perry Hall/8-2/Lost to Hereford 34-31 OT/At Poly, Fri.
12. Westminster/8-2/Def. South Carroll 39-6/Season over.
13. Fallston/9-1/Lost to Aberdeen 21-14/At Wicomico, Fri.
14. River Hill/8-2/Def. Mount Hebron 42-0/Vs. Howard Fri.
15. Archbishop Curley/7-3/Lost to John Carroll 23-12/Vs. Boys’ Latin

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State football regional semifinals set

The regional football playoffs kick off next weekend, and MPSSAA officials announced the schedule this morning. Here are the matchups involving Baltimore-area teams:

Class 4A North
4 Perry Hall at 1 Poly, Friday, 7
3 Paint Branch at 2 Catonsville, Friday, 7

Class 4A East
4 South River at 1 Old Mill, Friday, 7
3 North Point at 2 Arundel, Friday, 7

Class 3A North
4 Digital Harbor at 1 North Harford, Friday, 7
3 Franklin at 2 Aberdeen, Friday, 7

Class 3A East
4 Stephen Decatur at 1 Atholton, Friday, 7
3 Howard at 2 River Hill, Friday, 7

Class 2A North
4 Dundalk vs. 1 Edmondson at Poly, Saturday, 6
3 Lake Clifton at 2 Chesapeake-B at CCBC-Essex, Friday, 7

Class 2A South
3 Gwynn Park at 2 Glenelg, Friday, 7

Class 2A East
4 Patterson Mill at 1 Kent Island, Friday, 7
3 Fallston vs. 2 Wicomico at Wicomico County Stadium, Friday, 7

Class 2A West
3 South Carroll at 2 Walkersville, Friday, 7

Class 1A North
4 Lewis at 1 Overlea, Friday, 7
3 Northwestern vs. 2 New Town at site TBA, Friday, 7

Class 1A South
4 Southside vs. 1 Dunbar at Poly, Saturday, noon
3 Surrattsville vs. 2 Du Bois at Poly, Saturday, 3

Class 1A East
4 Havre de Grace at 1 Perryville, Friday, 7

To see the regional matchups for the rest of the state as well as the final points standings, go to the MPSSAA website.

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November 5, 2011

Statewide high school football scores from Saturday


Poly's Jamal Chappell and the team mascot celebrate the Engineers' 22-16 victory over rival City in their 123rd meeting Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun) For more photos, click here.

Bowie 28, Northwestern-PG 21

C.H. Flowers 33, Laurel 6

Catonsville 28, Parkville 16

Chesapeake-B 40, Randallstown 6

DeMatha 21, Bishop McNamara 8

Dulaney 49, Loch Raven 14

DuVal 10, Parkdale 6

Eleanor Roosevelt 27, Suitland 20

Forestville 37, Fairmont Heights 6

Fort Hill 50, Allegany 7

Georgetown Prep 28, Landon 7

Gilman 31, McDonogh 21

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November 4, 2011

Friday's roundup: Northwestern allows first points of the season in win


Calvert Halls Delando Johson retrieves a fumble by Mount St. Joseph quarterback Luke Casey in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 26-7 win Friday night. (Brendan Cavanaugh/Patuxent Publishing)

From Sun Staff Reports


Northwestern beat host Reginald F. Lewis, 20-6, and clinched the Baltimore City Division II football title. But Friday's victory was bittersweet, as the Wildcats were 20 minutes away from tying a state record when the defense did something it hadn't done all year — give up a touchdown.

With eight minutes left in the third quarter and Northwestern leading 8-0, Lewis' Tayvon Queen completed a pass to Earl McNair for a 13-yard touchdown, ending the shutout bid and Northwestern's chance at the record set by Henry A. Wise from Prince George's County in 2009. The Wildcats (8-1, with the loss coming by forfeit) had shut out their previous seven opponents. The Falcons fell to 7-2.

No. 2 Calvert Hall 26, Mount St. Joseph 7: The Cardinals locked up the second seed in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs with a workmanlike victory over the visiting Gaels at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson.

The Cardinals (8-1, 4-1) will host No. 8 McDonogh on Friday night in a conference semifinal. The winner of that game will advance to the championship at Towson University on Nov. 18.

Calvert Hall struck first on its opening drive, covering 65 yards in four plays finished on a 10-yard sweep by senior running back Brandon Neverdon before junior Stephen Kelly scored on a 27-yard pass from quarterback Thomas Stuart for a 13-0 advantage.

The Gaels (3-6, 2-4) scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Jangro to Samuel Benjamin. Calvert Hall added scores on a 2-yard touchdown run by Garrett Flannery and a 35-yard pass from Stuart to Trevor Williams.

No. 7 Dunbar 32, Patterson 0: William Crest threw three touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard run as the Poets (8-2) rolled over the visiting Clippers.

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Statewide high school football scores from Friday


Westminster's Dan Johnson runs for one of the four touchdowns he scored in a 39-6 win at South Carroll Friday night. (Patrick Smith/Special to The Baltimore Sun)

Aberdeen 21, Fallston 14

Annapolis Area Christian 40, Pallotti 0

Arundel 58, Southern-AA 13

Atholton 48, Centennial 0

Bel Air 21, C. Milton Wright 14

Bethesda 28, Walter Johnson 14

Bishop Ireton, Va. 48, St. Mary's Ryken 0

Bishop Walsh 57, Randolph-Macon, Va. 47

Boonsboro 34, Smithsburg 13

Boys' Latin 6, St. Paul's 0

Broadneck 31, Meade 24

Brunswick 50, Catoctin 22

Bullis 42, Episcopal, Va. 7

Calvert Hall 26, Mount St. Joseph 7

Cambridge/SD 52, Easton 0

Carver 14, Southwestern 8

Century 26, Liberty 20

Chesapeake-AA 25, North County 0

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4 NBA players will compete in exhibition Monday at St. Frances


Fittingly, Under Armour is kicking off its “Are You From Here?” Tour here in Baltimore Monday. To promote its basketball brand, the company is having four of its sponsored NBA players compete in an exhibition against host St. Frances that's free and open to the public.

Former Terp Greivis Vasquez (Memphis) will be joined by Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee) and rookies Derrick Williams (Minnesota) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte) in the game, which is scheduled to tip off at 3:30.

Afterwards, the players are scheduled to visit Foot Locker in the Mondawmin Mall to interact with fans, sign autographs, and participate in a Q&A session.

For more information on the event, visit

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Ravens' Rice and Suggs react to the Perry Hall soccer situation

We'll have more on Perry Hall's decision to revive its boys soccer season as the day goes on.

But here's a look at how Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and running back Ray Rice reacted when asked about the story today by reporter Edward Lee at the team's facility in Owings Mills. (The Perry Hall players were initially punished for imitating the "Bernie" dance Suggs and Rice are known for doing.)

Suggs on his reaction to the controversy: “You’ve got to remember that these are young adults that have achieved the highest level they could achieve at that age level, and I think the punishment was too harsh. Whatever I could do, I definitely want to help because I was just flattered that they did that.”

Suggs on if he thinks the dance is lewd or inappropriate: “I did the dance on Monday Night Football, but I didn’t tweet or say, ‘Everybody should do this.’ It was fun. I saw the dance online, and I thought, ‘That’s cool. I’m going to do that after I get a sack.’ Maybe the kids saw me and did it. I don’t know if they did it after me or if they saw the same thing I did [online], but if they did do it after me, I’m flattered. I think it was way too harsh for them to get suspended because they were happy and did the dance.”

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Rematches to decide MIAA, IAAM soccer crowns


Goalkeeper Matt Sanchez and McDonogh face Gilman again in Saturday's MIAA A Conference final. (Karl Merton Ferron /Baltimore Sun)

Last year, Gilman got a first-half goal from forward Cotter Brown and leaned on goalie Andrew Harris (10 saves) to come away with a thrilling 1-0 win over McDonogh to capture the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title game, McDonogh needed overtime -- getting a goal from Casey Martinez -- to earn a 2-1 win over Archbishop Spalding that ended the Cavaliers' run of two straight crowns. This year, the playoffs stayed true to form, with the top two seeds in both leagues getting through to the championship games. Here's a look at how the two title games stack up.

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November 3, 2011

Thursday's roundup: Garrison Forest advances to IAAM field hockey final


Garrison Forest's Garland Mooney hits a ball past Spalding's Summer Liberto during the first half of Thursday's IAAM A Conference field hockey semifinal. The Grizzlies won 3-0. (Steve Ruark/Patuxent Publishing)

By Sandra McKee
The Baltimore Sun

No. 3 Garrison Forest had the upper hand midway through the first half of its Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference field hockey semifinal against Archbishop Spalding Thursday afternoon. And once Spalding lost its only goalie to injury, it was just a matter of time before the Grizzlies put the game away.

With a 3-0 victory, Garrison (17-1-2) advances to Sunday’s final at Goucher College to face No. 14 McDonogh (13-4), which defeated No. 11 Notre Dame Prep, 1-0, in overtime.

This will be Garrison Forest’s sixth straight trip to the A Conference final, which the Grizzlies won in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

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Updated results from the MIAA cross country championships

There were some revisions to the scores from Wednesday's MIAA cross country championships. The same teams and individuals won, but some of the team scores and places were changed a little bit after a scoring error was rectified.

Following are the revised leaders:

A Conference

Team scores (top 5): 1. Loyola, 38; 2. Gilman, 66; 3. John Carroll, 82; 4. Calvert Hall, 126; 5. McDonogh, 162.

Individuals (top 10): 1. Corbusier (LOY), 15:52; 2. Meadows (GIL), 16:04; 3. Pickett (JC), 16:28; 4. Zunkeler (GIL), 16:30; 5. Ozarowski (CUR), 16:35; 6. Wegner (LOY), 16:38; 7. Terpos (LOY), 16:40; 8. Spear (LOY), 16:46; 9. Naylor (GIL), 16:52; 10. Hedlin (SPA), 16:56.

B Conference

Team scores (top 5): 1. St. Paul’s, 206; 2. Boys’ Latin, 290; 3. Glenelg Country, 342; 4. Severn, 359; 5. Friends, 398.

Individuals (top 10): 1. Hamed (SP), 17:04; 2. Byrns (SEV), 17:43; 3. Greenwald (FR), 17:46; 4. Tribble (PAR), 17:46; 5. Noble (SEV), 17:46; 6. Mullally (BL), 17:47; 7. Moreland (SP), 17:50; 8. Pickens (GCS), 17:53; 9. Heilman (LUT), 18:03; 10. Peters (SP), 18:12.

For the revised story, click here.

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Perry Hall boys soccer forfeits Class 4A North semifinal after allegations of taunting

By Todd Karpovich
Special to The Baltimore Sun

Officials at Perry Hall have decided to forfeit their boys soccer team’s upcoming Class 4A North Region semifinal game following allegations of taunting after the Gators’ 2-1 win at Dulaney in Tuesday’s quarterfinal.

Several family members of Dulaney players sent emails to Perry Hall principal George Roberts complaining about the Gators’ celebration following their victory. One alleged the Perry Hall players made “lewd and suggestive movements that showed absolutely no respect or sportsmanship.”

Players told coach Pete Eibner that they were imitating a dance called the “Bernie” performed by Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and running back Ray Rice after big plays, but that they were not taunting anyone from Dulaney.

Roberts said he spent more than eight hours Wednesday interviewing players and coaches and sorting through emails from people who were at the game to determine what happened during the celebration. After compiling all of the information, Roberts decided the best course of action was to terminate the rest of the season.

“No educator likes to see kids that upset,” said Roberts, who noted that there was no video available of the incident. “Depending on whom you ask, the [players’] dance was either offensive or non-offensive. Based on the information I received, my concern was that they engaged in a celebratory dance at that time and in the manner that they did. Ray Rice might do that dance, but performs in front of 60,000 people. He is a pro athlete and is paid to play. These are high school athletes.”

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November 2, 2011

Northwestern football aiming to tie state shutout record

Northwestern’s football team has been quietly rolling over its competition in Baltimore City’s Division II this fall. Not only have the Wildcats won seven straight games – they haven’t given up a single point all season.

With one more shutout, they would tie the state record of eight consecutive shutouts set by Henry A. Wise, from Prince George's County, in 2009.

“I’ve been coaching going on 17 years at various schools,” said Wildcats coach Eric Woodson, “and this is a first at any level. I’ve won some titles, I’ve played on the college level and I have never seen this before. This is uncharted waters, but I take my hat off to my coaching staff and our preparation – and foremost to my players because without them, we wouldn’t be where we are now.”

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Fallston's Cesky named Ravens Coach of the Week


Fallston football coach Dave Cesky was named Ravens High School Coach of the Week Wednesday after leading the Cougars to a 35-20 win over Harford County rival North Harford last week that gave them sole possession of first place in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division.

Cesky, in his 35th season coaching the Cougars, has guided them to a 9-0 record this fall and the No. 13 ranking in The Baltimore Sun.

"Our major goal is to try and go undefeated," Cesky said in a news release. "We want to have the best record Fallston as ever seen and have a home playoff game. We played twice on the road last year in the playoffs and it was tough. A home playoff game is one of the most exciting things that the school community can have."

The Cougars currently rank second in the Class 2A East regional behind Kent Island, which is also undefeated.

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Coachspeak: Poly football's Roger Wrenn


After 40 years of coaching high school football in Baltimore City, Poly coach Roger Wrenn will hang up his whistle at the end of this season.

First, he'll guide the Engineers into the 123rd Poly-City game Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium. After that, his career will extend as long as the 9-0 Engineers can continue in the Class 4A playoffs. They aim to make it to Dec. 2, so they can present Wrenn with the ultimate retirement gift – his first state title.

Wrenn’s career started here as an assistant coach at City in 1972. He took over at Patterson in 1974 and moved to Poly in 2006. The Engineers have already clinched the Baltimore City Division I title – the 14th city championship of Wrenn’s career. His career record is 183-113-2.

Although Wrenn’s many proteges coaching in the area insisted the he would never retire, Wrenn decided that it was time to do new things. He and his wife Donna Bowers, a former Patterson athletic director, plan to travel and visit family.

As this week’s football Coachspeak guest, Wrenn discussed the Poly-City game, his undefeated Poly team and his retirement.

What does the Poly-City game mean to you?

I was at Poly a couple years before I kind of reflected a little bit. It’s been the neatest thing about coaching there. The last year I played in college was 1969 and that was the 100th anniversary of the Princeton-Rutgers game, the first college football game. I know that because we all wore 100s on our helmets, everybody who played college football when I was playing at lowly Division III Frostburg. It wasn’t until I had been at Poly for a while and I thought, the 100th anniversary of the first college football game was in 1869 and by 1889, these two high schools were playing each other. That was just 20 years later. That had to be really at the advent of football in America, much less high school football in America. When you think of these long college rivalries, Poly’s played City longer than Arrny’s played Navy, longer than Michigan’s played Ohio State. It’s really an amazing rivalry. I was invited to a luncheon with the players who had played on 1944 team and they were obviously elderly gentlemen, but they were just as interested in what we do now. They would say, “Some of the spin stuff you do looked just like what we used to do with the single wing.” I thought the more things change, the more they’re the same. One guy said, “My brother played and they hadn’t beaten City in a while. Poly had lost three times in a row. Then we beat them and I wrote him a letter. I knew he got it and read it and had a smile on his face, because they found the letter on his body when he was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.” I was so moved when he talked about that. Isn’t that a great story? It was interesting that those elderly gentlemen were still just as interested in high school football and telling me all about their experiences and what it was like and how much they loved it. I always tell our players, “You’re just one in a very long line of guys who have worn those beautiful orange and Navy blue uniforms and represented Poly.”

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Class 3A East girls soccer turned upside down

Year after year, Howard County produces some of the finest girls soccer in the area, with most every team able to present a formidable challenge to another on any given night. Tuesday's Class 3A East region quarterfinal round provided more evidence.

Atholton stunned county champ and No. 3 River Hill, the region's top seed, with three unanswered goals before hanging on for a 3-2 win. Defending 3A state champion Reservoir, which battled early injuries and a 1-7 start, upended second-seed and No. 7 Centennial, 1-0, to move on.

For Atholton, Selena Chin, Katrina Macadoff and Jenna Brewer scored goals to upset River Hill. The Raiders will next travel to fellow county foe Mount Hebron in the semifinals. Reservoir, which next travels to Stephen Decatur, appears to be peaking at just the right time with last year's valuable playoff experience showing up.

At Centennial, the Gators dominated throughout and got the necessary offense in the second half from senior midifelder Michelle Viegas.

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Karcher steps down at St. Frances

karcher400.gifSt. Frances boys basketball coach Mark Karcher has abruptly resigned after three seasons, with assistant coach Nick Myles taking over. The season's first practice is set for this afternoon.

"I just want to put the kids in a good position to succeed," said Myles, also the school's athletic director, who declined to discuss specific details as to why Karcher stepped down. "It's an unfortunate situation. I'm just looking to prepare the kids to have a successful season."

Karcher, a 1997 St. Frances grad who is regarded as one of the finest players to come out of Baltimore, could not be reached for comment.

In his stellar four-year playing career at St. Frances, Karcher was twice named All-Metro Player of the Year, leading the Panthers to three straight Baltimore Catholic League championships.

He went on to play three years at Temple before becoming a second round draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers following his junior year. Karcher played professionally overseas before returning to his alma mater in 2007. He spent one season as an assistant under longtime coach William Wells before taking over the program in the 2008-09 season.

In his first season as head coach, the Panthers swept the BCL and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles and they went on to repeat as MIAA champs in the 2009-10 season.

Last season, St. Frances went 19-10 and finished runner-up to John Carroll in both the BCL and MIAA.

In May, Karcher became a charter member in the BCL Hall of Fame. Myles has been an assistant coach the past six seasons and the school's AD for two years. St. Frances opens the season on Dec. 2 at Calvert Hall.

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November 1, 2011

4 locals creeping up in state football poll


McDonogh's Taysean Scott out-ran Calvert Hall's Will Johnson for a touchdown in the first half of Sunday's game, but the Eagles dropped a spot in the state poll after the Cardinals prevailed 48-42 in triple overtime. (Steve Ruark/Patuxent Publishing)

Only one the 10 Baltimore area football teams in this week's ESPN High School Maryland football media poll dropped, while several others crept up a spot or three.

McDonogh dropped from 18th to No. 19 after its 48-42 triple-overtime loss to Calvert Hall. The Cardinals stayed put at No. 4 behind No. 1 Good Counsel, No. 2 Gilman and No. 3 Quince Orchard.

No. 7 Old Mill, No. 15 Dunbar, and No. 16 Arundel stayed put while No. 8 Atholton, No. 10 Poly and No. 13 Catonsville each jumped one spot. Archbishop Spalding moved from 25th to No. 22.

To see where everyone else falls this week and which three local teams also received votes for the Top 25, check out the full state football poll.

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20 state finalists named for Wendy’s High School Heisman

Wendy's announced 20 state finalists Tuesday for its High School Heisman Award.

Of the 48,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 458 applicants came from Maryland. According to a press release, these finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.

On Friday, one male and one female finalist from each state will be named state winners. Of those state winners, 12 will be chosen as national finalists and go on to compete for the national title Dec. 9 in New York. National finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools.

One male and one female national winner will receive a Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, and Wendy’s will donate $10,000 to each winner’s high school.The winners will also be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast Dec. 10 on ESPN.

Following is the list of state finalists:

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October 31, 2011

Weather forces several field hockey playoff games changed, others postponed

Due to wet fields following Saturday's snow and heavy rains, some MPSSAA field hockey playoff games today have been changed.

The 2A North semifinal between No. 2 seed Winters Mill and No. 3 seed will be played at Towson at 3:30 p.m., instead of at the higher seed. And 2A East No. 1 seed Glenelg and No. 4 seed Loch Raven will move from Glenelg to Western Regional Park at 3:30.

The games between 1A West No. 1 seed Manchester Valley and No. 4 seed Catoctin and No. 3 seed Francis Scott Key and No. 2 seed North Carroll have both been postponed until Tuesday at the higher seeds.

The 3A North game between at No. 1 seed Hereford against No. 4 Bel Air is on as scheduled today at 5 p.m., as is the 2A North game at No. 1 seed Century against Rising Sun.

Field hockey fans might want to contact schools to confirm all other games and times for today's playoff games before heading out..

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Football: By The Numbers for Week 9

After nine weeks of high school football action, competition is fierce for those last few contested playoff berths and for high seedings. Here are some of the numbers that stand out this week:

Week left in the regular season

Extra point kicked in overtime by River Hill’s Davis Grove to make the difference in a 21-20 win over Glenelg

9-1 team that could miss the playoffs in Class 4A North, a region that could have two 10-0 teams and three 9-1 teams for only four playoff berths

Teams left undefeated in the Carroll County league – Westminster and South Carroll who meet on Friday night

Overtimes for Calvert Hall to beat McDonogh 48-42

Touchdowns by Fallston’s Ryan Umpleby – two receptions, one interception return – to open their 35-20 win over North Harford

Rushing touchdowns by Perry Hall’s Eric Latham in a 24-14 win over Franklin

Third-quarter touchdowns for Meade in less than seven minutes in a 46-19 win over Severna Park

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October 30, 2011

Football: How the Top 15 fared

A few upsets at the bottom of the poll and a nailbiter of a triple overtime game highlighted this week's football action in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15. Following is a look at how the ranked teams fared this week and who they play on the final weekend of the regular season.

Look for the new rankings in Tuesday's paper.

Ranking/Team/Record/Latest result/Next opponent/
1. Gilman/7-1/Def. Mount St. Joseph 58-28/at McDonogh, Sat.
2. Calvert Hall/7-1/Def. McDonogh 48-42 3OT/Vs. Mount St. Joseph, Fri.
3. Old Mill/9-0 /Def Glen Burnie, 21-0/Vs. South River, Fri.
4. Atholton/8-1/Def. Mount Hebron 38-0/At Centennial, Fri.
5. Poly/9-0/Def. Mervo 34-20./Vs. City at M&T Bank Stadium, Sat.
6. Arundel/8-1/Def. Chesapeake-AA, 40-7/Vs. Southern, Fri
7. Dunbar/7-2/Def. Carver 22-12/Vs. Patterson at Poly, Sat.
8. McDonogh/6-3/Lost to Calvert Hall 48-42 3OT/Vs. Gilman, Sat.
9. Archbishop Spalding/6-3/Def. Leonardtown 62-33/Vs. Loyola, Fri.
10. Catonsville/9-0/Def.Kenwood, 48-0/At Parkville, Sat.
11. Loyola/4-4/Lost to Georgetown Prep 20-16/At Spalding, Fri.
12. Westminster/8-1/Def. Manchester Valley 57-7/At South Carroll, Fri
13. Perry Hall/8-1/Def. Franklin 24-14/At Hereford, Fri.
14. Glenelg/7-2/Lost to River Hill 21-20 OT/Marriotts Ridge, Fri.
15. North Harford/7-2/Lost to Fallston 35-20/At Joppatowne, Fri.

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 7:12 PM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Football

October 29, 2011

Saturday's statewide high school football scores

Aberdeen 41, C.M. Wright 8

Atholton 38, Mt. Hebron 0

Bullis 26, Landon 21

Centennial 26, Marriotts Ridge 0

Gonzaga College, D.C. 17, DeMatha 9

Good Counsel 54, Bishop O'Connell, Va. 19

Hammond 44, Oakland Mills 0

Joppatowne 34, Owings Mills 15

Lewis 20, Southside 6

Maret, D.C. 30, St. James 6

New Town 37, Western Tech 0

St. Frances 44, Mt. Carmel 0

Posted by David Selig at 7:41 PM | | Comments (0)
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