Oakland Mills picks up pace

Notebook

October 19, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

After enduring a difficult 3-10-1 season in 2004 that included just one county win, the Oakland Mills boys soccer team has returned to form this fall.

The biggest proof came in last week's 1-0 upset win over then-No. 7 Mount Hebron. The Scorpions, who were 6-3-2 entering the week, got a goal from junior forward Chris Finney in the game's first minute and then were able to hold off a persistent Vikings attack.

"It was like we were defending the Alamo there a little bit," said Oakland Mills second-year coach Mike Libber, whose team is 3-1-2 in league play. "There was a span during the game where they had it inside the 18 for about 10 minutes straight. They had plenty of chances, but we dominated in the air to clear balls out of the box."

Finney went into the week with 10 goals as the Scorpions' primary scorer. The defense is led by senior captain Kevin Gibson at sweeper and senior goalkeeper Mason Frost. Freshman David Jannatti has been a welcome addition at one of the center midfield positions with the Scorpions playing four in back, five in the middle and one forward.

After winning state titles in the Class 1A, Oakland Mills makes the jump to 2A this postseason.

Streaking Eagles

Top ranked Centennial will put its unbeaten volleyball record on the line tomorrow at No. 5 Glenelg at 5:30 p.m. The Eagles (11-0 overall) are 10-0 in the Howard County league and haven't lost a league match since 2003.

Earlier this season, it took five games for the Eagles to dispose of Glenelg's Gladiators, who are 7-2 in the league and overall, and in third place, a game behind No. 4 Atholton. The Raiders (8-1, 8-1) defeated Glenelg, 3-2, but also lost at Centennial, 3-2.

Centennial's defensive quickness, especially by junior libero Jennifer Hilchey was the difference in their 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 25-27 and 15-12 over the Gladiators on Sept. 13.

Golf well-represented

Howard County will send 10 golfers to next week's state tournament, set to run from Monday through Wednesday at the University of Maryland.

Oakland Mills junior Donnie Shin, the county and District V champ, heads a list of seven boys to qualify. Joining Shin is Glenelg's Andrew Gotschall, Mount Hebron's Kyoo Hwang, Centennial's Chris Wellde, River Hill's Justin Fabling, Centennial's Sparsh Mehta and Wilde Lake's Jarred Fernandez.

Qualifying on the girls side was county champ Leslie Walker of Atholton, Centennial's Audra McShane and Mount Hebron's Suh Hwang. River Hill qualified as a team in Class 4A/3A as did Glenelg in 2A/1A.

The Class 4A/3A semifinals will get things started on Monday, and the 2A/1A semifinals will take place on Tuesday. The finals will then take place on Wednesday. Tournament play will begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start each day.

Jackets hold own

Though the Chapelgate girls soccer team isn't having the same dominant season it enjoyed last year in going 17-1 and capturing its first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference crown, the Yellowjackets are still holding their own in a bid to repeat.

Going into the final week of the regular season, the Yellowjackets (8-7) were at the top of the league standings with a 7-1 record. Kylee Ramsland has played a big role defensively at sweeper, while the offense has been spread out with Amanda Webster and Rachel Mercir leading the way.

Mount Carmel, which took a 7-1-1 league mark into this week's play, should provide the Yellowjackets with their toughest challenge in the playoffs.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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