Centennial's hat trick is in championships

November 18, 1991|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Evening Sun Staff

Howard County's Centennial won three state championships over the weekend, climaxing perhaps the best fall season ever enjoyed by one area high school.

The boys and girls soccer teams took state championships, while the Eagles volleyball team was winning its title.

The volleyball team completed a 19-0 season, downing Seneca Valley, 15-13, 15-3, 15-7, for the Class 3A title at Catonsville Community College.

The girls soccer team (16-0) earned the Class 3A-4A championship at Arundel, stopping Dulaney, 4-1.

The boys (14-0-2) edged Thomas Stone at Old Mill, 2-1, for Class 3A honors.

Both soccer teams entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun polls. The volleyball squad was ranked No. 2 behind unbeaten Severna Park (19-0) of Anne Arundel County, which won the Class 4A championship, defeating Northern of Calvert County, 6-15, 15-10, 15-7, 15-5.

Centennial wasn't the only Howard County school that kept its fans busy this weekend. Wilde Lake (13-2-1) won the boys Class 1A soccer title, downing Clear Spring, 4-1.

The Wildecats girls team (12-4) bowed to Howard County rival Hammond (15-1) for the Class 1A-2A soccer championship and the football team (11-0) crushed Easton, 43-7, in a state quarterfinal.

Mount Hebron (16-3), another Howard County standout, won the Class 2A volleyball title, downing top-seeded Liberty of Carroll County, 14-16, 15-6, 16-14, 15-11.

Bowie (15-0) defended its Class 4A boys soccer title, holding off Churchill, 4-2, and Towson (15-0-1) played Rockville to a scoreless overtime share of the boys Class 2A soccer title.

Nearly all of the winning teams grabbed an early lead. One that didn't was the Centennial boys soccer team that spotted Thomas Stone a 1-0 advantage before Tod Downen sparked the comeback, heading in a restart pass from teammate Werner Kreuger just 75 seconds later.

"We knew we could come back when we got down because we've done it before," said Downen.

The Eagles outshot Thomas Stone 14-4, but needed a perfectly placed corner kick off the foot of Eric Tischer to seal the victory with 27:12 remaining.

Tischer beat Walt Whitman earlier this season with a similar corner kick that hooked directly into the goal.

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