Games to watch

September 12, 2007|By GLENN GRAHAM

FOOTBALL

No. 15 Atholton @ Wilde Lake

WHEN -- Friday, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- Both teams were impressive in season-opening wins Friday. Wilde Lake handled Glenelg, 24-7, while Atholton shut out Centennial, 20-0. The Wildecats enjoyed a big defensive effort with two interception returns for touchdowns - Danny March took one back 106 yards and Vaughn Stamper returned another 60 yards. Friday, the Wildecats' primary concern will be containing Atholton running back Kelechi Odocha, who ran for 165 yards and two scores in the Raiders' win.

GIRLS SOCCER

No. 10 Centennial @ No. 2 McDonogh

WHEN -- Saturday, 10 a.m.

OUTLOOK -- Centennial has enjoyed success against tough Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference competition, taking down Institute of Notre Dame, 2-1, in the team's season opener last Wednesday. McDonogh is led by midfielder Gigi Mangione, defender Ali Brennan and forward Megan Gibbons, a Columbia resident. Senior midfielder Elsa Wu anchors the middle for Centennial, while fellow senior sweeper Leanna Catalano will lead the way in holding off the home team's talented offense.

VOLLEYBALL

No. 6 River Hill @ No. 5 Centennial

WHEN -- Monday, 5:45 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- The visiting Hawks, led by All-County senior hitter Maddi Lee, have returned the majority of their talent from last year's 12-4 team, while the defending Class 3A state champion Eagles are largely counting on a talented junior class up from the junior varsity with new coach Larry Schofield. With their season-opening loss at Broadneck last week, the Eagles have lost as many games as last year's 17-1 squad.

GIRLS SOCCER

No. 13 Mount Hebron @ No. 5 River Hill

WHEN -- Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- In Class 3A state champion River Hill's 20-0 season last year, no team gave the Hawks a tougher time than the Vikings, who took them into overtime during the regular season and then lost a hard-fought, 1-0 game later in the county title contest. Expect much of the same Tuesday, with both teams primed for another fine season. River Hill senior midfielder Janie Tankard scored twice in last week's season-opening 3-0 win over Urbana, while the Vikings rely on strong midfield play from Jessica Giles and Leslie Carrese.

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