Centennial golf hopes to drive to state title

October 17, 2007|By Glenn Graham Pat O'Malley | Glenn Graham Pat O'Malley,Sun reporters

Centennial senior golfer Chris Wellde took second place in the county tournament in his sophomore and junior years before claiming top individual honors this season. At the Class 4A-3A District V tournament the previous two years, he finished third both times before breaking through with a title last week - firing a 73 at Eisenhower Golf Course on Oct. 8.

His next challenge - the Class 4A-3A state tournament, which is set to begin with the semifinal round Monday at the University of Maryland - will be his biggest. After taking fifth at states last season, he's hoping to make similar strides to help lead the Eagles to their first team state title. It's the first time the school has qualified as a team in state play.

"The county and regionals are good, but states is a whole different ballgame, so we got to come out and play that much better. Team-wise and individual-wise, having gotten it done [in the county and district tournaments] tells us we know we can definitely do it," said Wellde. "I feel very confident. I'm practicing hard and know what to expect. Playing for the team and representing the school makes you want to play that much better because you don't want to let anyone down. We're just going to go out and try to get it done."

Big win for Mustangs

Derek Coleman scored both touchdowns as Marriotts Ridge stunned Atholton, 12-7, on Saturday to improve to 4-2 in its second season of varsity football.

The Mustangs, who were 1-9 in their inaugural season, spoiled the Raiders' homecoming and put themselves in contention for one of the four playoff berths in the Class 2A South region.

Both Patuxent and county foe River Hill have 6-0 marks to hold the top two spots. Marriotts Ridge is in a scramble with three other 4-2 teams - Southern of Anne Arundel, and Prince George's County teams Gwynn Park and Douglass - for the final two berths.

In upsetting Atholton, which was tied for first place in Class 3A East with North Harford before the loss, the Mustangs took a 6-0 lead when Coleman caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Seker in the first quarter. Trailing 7-6 in the third quarter, Coleman recovered a 1-yard fumble to regain the lead, and the defense held on for the win.

Atholton fell to 4-2 and trails three 5-1 teams in Class 3A East - North Harford and county foes Howard and Wilde Lake. Stephen Decatur, in Worcester County, also is 4-2.

A key game will come Oct. 27 when Wilde Lake travels to Howard.

In its 44-0 win over Long Reach on Saturday, River Hill got a combined 190 yards rushing and two touchdowns apiece from Michael Campanaro and Zach Martin. Martin also had a game-high 11 tackles at linebacker for the Hawks.

County title games

Defending champion Glenelg went into yesterday's game against Reservoir with a 9-0 county record to assure a spot in Friday's county field hockey championship game. A win by Centennial (10-2, 7-1 in league play) yesterday against Oakland Mills would assure a rematch of last year's title game.

Last year, Rachael Leaf scored in overtime to give the Gladiators a 3-2 win over Centennial, avenging a regular-season loss.

In girls soccer, River Hill and Centennial both went into the week with 7-0-1 county marks. The regular season closes out tomorrow, with the county title game set for Tuesday.

The River Hill boys soccer team went into the week with a seven-game winning streak after a key 2-0 win over Marriotts Ridge on Friday to put itself in prime position to claim one of the two spots in Tuesday's county title game. The Hawks took a 7-1 county mark into their game against Reservoir yesterday and will close out the regular season on Friday against Howard.

Oakland Mills was tied with River Hill at 7-1 going into yesterday's game against Wilde Lake. The Scorpions will close out the season at home against Centennial tomorrow.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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