Youngsters from Mount Airy, Westminster, and North Carroll swept three soccer tournament championships in Mount Airy over the weekend.
The Westminster Wolverines under-14 boys' team won both its games to take the title in the four-team, first annual Mount Airy Invitational held at Watkins Park. The event was sponsored by the town recreation council and Kiwanis Club.
The Wolverines, coached by Mike Billingslea of Westminster, edged Mount Airy 3-2 Saturday on a late goal by Bobby Warfield and blanked the Linganore A team 2-0 Sunday on goals by Chris Long and Brian Tozer.
Nick Selby played all the way in goal in shutting out the Frederick County squad.
Meanwhile, locals were winning both age brackets in the Linganore Area Youth Athletic Association-New York J-P Pizza Girls' Soccer Tournament at Mount Airy Middle School.
The Mount Airy 14-under squad defeated North Carroll 3-1 in Saturday's opening game, then blanked Westminster 5-0 in Sunday's finals to take the title.
Mount Airy took a 1-0 first half lead on Shannon Henley's goal and broke it open after intermission on scores by Lindsey Vosloh, Jamie Yokay, and two by Becky Spates.
The team, which soon opens its campaign in the Carroll County Girls' Soccer League, is now undefeated in winning two pre-season tournaments.
So is the under-12 girls' team from North Carroll. It routed Linganore 8-0, Saturday and edged Westminster 2-1 in Sunday's championship game.
Kristina Thompson and Emily Gomez scored for the winners, who rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit.
Tournament coaches and officials gave top scorer awards to Westminster under-14's Katy Curtin, who had four goals, and North Carroll under-12's Katie Schuyler, who scored three.
Westminster's Abby Cooper won the under-14 bracket's top goalkeeper award.
The Carroll County Rangers 15-16 team finished its season by placing second among four teams in the Southern Maryland Oil Invitational Tournament in Pasadena last week.
The Rangers were 2-1 in the round-robin portion of the tournament, qualifying for the finals with a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Metro League's Yankee-Rebels on Aug. 24.
But Dayton, of Howard County, whom the Rangers had beaten earlier in the tourney, retaliated with an 8-6 verdict over the Carroll countians in the championship game Aug. 25 at Northeast High.
Fall baseball comes to Carroll County on Tuesday, when a four-team loop for 13- and 14-year-olds begins play at Landon Burns Park.
The league, operated by the Winfield recreation council, includes teams from Columbia and Damascus, and two from Winfield.
Winfield resident Mary Berlin, the new league's coordinator, said there was a great deal of interest among youngsters in the Winfield area. The loop, which as yet has no name, will be an informal one and no standings will be kept, Berlin said.
She said she couldn't get more Carroll County teams to join, but, "I would like to see more people from Carroll County next year."
The loop will end its fall season with a tournament in early November.