The South Carroll High boys and Liberty's girls play important Central Maryland Conference basketball games Friday.
South Carroll is 1-1 in the CMC and 6-5 overall after losing to Thomas Johnson of Frederick County, 84-60, Saturday in a contest postponed a day by snow. The Cavs play host to Frederick (2-0, 6-4) Friday (5:30 p.m. junior varsity, 7 varsity) in an early-season game important to several teams.
Westminster was supposed to play Frederick on Friday, but snow postponed the game until Saturday night, giving the Owls CMC games on consecutive days. Thomas Johnson lost to Westminster in its CMC opener12 days ago, but rebounded with a win over South Carroll Saturday.
And North Carroll didn't even get into CMC action until last night (after press time) after the Panthers' first two league contests werewiped out by snow.
Friday's Frederick-South Carroll game will match the Cadets' Richard Snowden (18 points, eight rebounds and four steals per game) against the South Carroll trio of George Dick (11 points per game), Jamie Harich (10 points) and Mike Downs (10 points). Kelly Athey averages 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game for Frederick.
On the girls side, the Liberty-Thomas Johnson game features a couple of somewhat surprising teams. Liberty's girls have struggled the last several years, but the Lions are 6-5 heading into today's home make-up game against City of Baltimore (3:45 p.m. jayvee, 5:15 varsity). Liberty also is 1-1 in the CMC and tangles with Thomas Johnson in Frederick on Friday (at 6 and 7:30 p.m.).
Thomas Johnson is the two-time defending state champion, but the Patriots were decimated by graduation and played like it early in the season. Thomas Johnson's record was 4-7 overall and 2-0 in the CMC as of Monday.
Senior centerCari Anders is averaging nearly 14 points per game, Junaia McCallum is grabbing nearly 11 rebounds per game and Ana Martin has hit 13 three-pointers and blocked 11 shots.
Kelly Foreman, the county's leading scorer, is the Lions' offensive leader, averaging 16.5 points pergame. Lisa Pauley (8 points) and Amy Wolff (6 points) also have emerged as solid scoring threats.
In other sports this weekend:
* Westminster travels to Liberty at 5 p.m. Saturday for a match to settle, for all intents and purposes, who is second best in county wrestling. Liberty was to meet North Carroll last night (after press time), but the Panthers, ranked fifth in the state, were expected to defeat Liberty.
Westminster, meanwhile, won the last three bouts with pins to rally for a 39-31 victory over Francis Scott Key Saturday. Westminster took a 5-1-1 record into last night's home meet against Frederick (after press time) and is 1-0 in county action, while Liberty is 2-0 in county matches heading into last night's tangle with North Carroll.
On paper, the best matchups in Saturday's Westminster-Liberty event should be at 145 pounds, 140 pounds and, perhaps, 189 pounds.
At 145, Liberty's Anthony Biasella (13-2) should meet Westminster's Randy Seiler (4-0). At 140, Westminster Justin Ott (7-1) faces Charlie Seal (13-3).
Boomer Warfield is 8-0 at 189 and fifth in the state in the most recent Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings. He could be tested by Liberty's Tom Rheubottom, 12-3.
* In boys basketball action Friday night, Francis Scott Key (1-4 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, 4-5 overall) is home against Brunswick (5-0, 7-2) at 5:30 and 7 p.m.; Liberty (0-2 in the CMC and 1-10 overall) entertains Thomas Johnson (1-1, 8-2) at 5:30 and 7; Westminster (1-0 in the CMC, 4-4 overall) plays host to Linganore (1-2, 5-6) at 5:30 and 7.
On Saturday, Westminster is home against Frederick in a makeup game (5:30 and 7 p.m.).
* In girls Friday night hoops action, Key (1-4, 2-7) visits Brunswick (5-0, 6-2) at 5:30 and 7 p.m.; South Carroll (0-0, 2-6) visits Frederick (2-5, 0-2) at 6 and 7:30; and Westminster (4-4, 0-1) visits Linganore (7-1, 2-0) at 6 and 7:30.
* Francis Scott Key (1-6 overall, 1-3 in the MVAL) wrestles at Walkersville (2-4, 0-2) Saturday at 2 p.m.
* Western Maryland's swimming teams are home at 2 p.m. Saturday against Lebanon Valley College, while the women's basketball team plays at Lebanon Valley at the same time.
The Green Terrors wrestling team, meanwhile, competes as defending champion at the York (Pa.) College Invitational starting at 11 a.m.Saturday.