Patrick Hinch's second state championship proved to be a little different from his first.
The Aberdeen senior golfer captured a state crown during his sophomore year, but when he won another title this past week, Hinch needed more than two days to find out exactly what happened. Hinch shot a 1-over par 72 at College Park and finished tied for first place with four other golfers after the first day of the Class 4A-3A competition on Oct. 24.
FOR THE RECORD - In Wednesday's editions, the winner of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference volleyball championship was reported incorrectly. North East won the title by defeating Bel Air, 25-14, 27-25, 25-23.
The Sun regrets the errors.
Rain washed out the first day of Class 2A-1A play the next morning, and state officials went to their long-stated policy of making up that day, but not adding the originally scheduled second round for any of the four classes. So Hinch didn't find out until last Wednesday night that his 72 stood up and he truly had a piece of a second state crown.
Hinch discovered that he had become a repeat champion when he got a phone call while attending a school soccer game. Hinch finished in a deadlock with Vincent Hancock (La Plata), Sam Hoffer (Northern), Devin Kay (Churchill) and Taylor Murdoch (Northwest) - each of whom will get a first-place plaque.
"I played better than what I shot," Hinch said. "I was happy because at one point I was at 3-over and got to even. But I'll take it."
State officials knew the situation grew into an unusual one, but they were concerned about having golfers and coaches miss too much time from school. Century High School from Carroll County had golfers come to College Park Monday night and not leave until late Wednesday afternoon.
Several other local golfers fared well in the tournament. Fallston's Stephen Bennett (79), North Harford's Garrett Guinivan (82), Bel Air's Paul Weddle (85) and Aberdeen's Anthony Vincenti (86) were among the top boys.
Samantha Rumbley from C. Milton Wright (86) and North Harford's Katey Bertier (87) were the top two Harford County girls.
Earlier last month, Fallston won the Harford County tournament, beating out Bel Air and North Harford.
It's championship time in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, and Harford County schools have fared well in the early going.
Greta Houlihan scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give No. 7 C. MiltonWright a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in the girls soccer title game. Houlihan scored both of the Mustangs' goals.
The Fallston field hockey team also had a busy week. The sixth-ranked Cougars scored a 2-0 victory over Bohemia Manor for the conference title. They then rolled to a 5-0 victory over Franklin in a Class 3A North regional playoff.
That region has a distinct Harford County flavor to it. North Harford was scheduled to meet top-seeded Towson in a semifinal game earlier this week. Second-seeded Fallston and county rival Bel Air were set to play in the other semifinal.
In volleyball, Bel Air earned a spot in the UCBAC title match with a 13-1 overall record and a 12-0 conference mark.
The Bobcats bounced back from a recent loss that ended a 10-match winning streak to finish the season with sweeps of Edgewood and Aberdeen.
No. 14 C. Milton Wright pulled out a 1-0 victory over county rival North Harford in the boys soccer championship game.
Off to the races
C. Milton Wright, Bel Air and John Carroll all had success in cross country championship meets last week.
The C. Milton Wright boys and girls swept the team titles at the UCBAC championships. The third-ranked girls placed seven runners in the top 10 en route to the title. The Mustang boys put three in the top 10 for their championship.
Sophomore Sara Bailey won the race in 18 minutes, 55 seconds. Senior Megan Ravenscraft (second), sophomore Lindsay Lippencott (fourth), senior Danielle Burcham (fifth) and sophomore Lindsay Carpentar (seventh) also helped carry the Mustang girls to the team championship at Gunpowder State Park. C. Milton Wright scored a near-perfect 19 points in that race.
Lindsay Smith (eighth) and Erica Scripa (ninth) also ran in the top 10 for the Mustangs.
For the boys, junior Matt Provonche (third), senior Pete Houlihan (seventh) and classmate Mike Disney (eighth) led the way, as the Mustangs took the title with 45 points.
Bel Air junior Andrew Mahone continued his string of impressive efforts by winning the race in 16:22, helping the Bobcats to a second-place finish with 62 points.
John Carroll found success in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's title race when junior Brittany Furst won the B race in 19:18. Seton Keough won the team title with 37 points, and John Carroll took second with 50.
Furst beat teammate Erika Stasakova, who finished second in 19:36. The Patriots also got a top-10 finish from Meghan McAdorey (sixth). Seton Keough put five runners in the top 11 to come away with the team championship.