For Carroll, second place is just fine

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November 02, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Baltimore Sun

Coach Rob Torres was disappointed when his John Carroll girls cross country team finished second in last year's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship run. The Patriots were the defending champions and had two of the area's top runners.

But when John Carroll finished second again this year, Torres and the Patriots weren't upset at all. In fact, they were delighted, because John Carroll lost its top three runners from last year but turned in a strong performance at Oregon Ridge Park.

Notre Dame Prep repeated as team champion with 47 points, beating John Carroll by 15. The Patriots improved throughout the season and peaked at the right time, but the Pirates put five runners in the top 12 to win the race.

John Carroll had three in the top nine, but couldn't match the Notre Dame Prep depth.

"We were gunning for first," said Torres. "But Notre Dame Prep is tough, and they ran well."

John Carroll sophomore Elizabeth Tauber easily won the race in 19 minutes, 26 seconds, beating McDonogh's Jo Baird and Madeline Dulac, both of whom were 22 seconds behind. Tauber led from start to finish and ran away from the field.

"I wanted to go out and get ahead of everyone and not get boxed in," Tauber said.

Tauber will be back next year, along with Taylor Battaglia, a sophomore who finished fourth. Senior Morgan Buchanan (ninth) was the other top 10 runner for the Patriots.

The Patriots should have more to look forward to in next year's championship race since they'll have a squad loaded with talented underclassmen.

Hawks take second

Ryan Triller led the North Harford golf team to a second-place finish in the Class 4A-3A division at last week's state golf tournament.

Triller shot a 79 and a 74 at Potomac Ridge in Waldorf for a score of 153 to tie for third place in the individual competition. Patrick Neal, Nick Mafale and Cody Benjamin comprised the rest of the North Harford four-man team, which finished with a two-day total of 674, good enough for second place in the state, 12 shots behind Churchill of Montgomery County.

Triller tied with Will Wiseman of Parkside, six shots behind winner Josh Eure of South River.

It capped a successful season for North Harford, as the Hawks also won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference/District VII tournament, and then captured the Harford County crown before taking second in the state.

Fallston's Liz Silbernagle finished ninth in the girls competition.

They are the champions

John Carroll came away with two singles titles in the IAAM tennis tournament. Alli Lozinak won at No. 1 singles in the B Conference tournament, and Elly Dannenfelser captured the No. 2 singles title. ... C.M. Wright completed a perfect season by beating Havre de Grace in the finals of the county boys volleyball tournament last Wednesday at North Harford. The Mustangs went 14-0 in the regular season and earned the top seed in the tournament, a one-day double-elimination affair with one game played to 25 each time. C.M. Wright beat Harford Tech (25-11), then Bel Air (25-14) and Havre de Grace (25-20). The two teams met again in the finals, with the Mustangs rolling to a 25-15 victory to take the championship. Seniors Kyle Anthony and James Hennessy, juniors Andrew Gilley, Pedro Schneider, Adam Thatcher, Sam O'Hare and Shane DiCara started and played consistently throughout the tournament. ... C. Milton Wright won the county cheerleading championship last weekend.

UCBAC changes

In the UCBAC, teams get moved each season to try and keep the competition balanced. Here are some planned moves, all of which are pending appeals.

Patterson Mill would go to the Chesapeake Division and Aberdeen to Susquehanna in boys soccer. Harford Tech would move to Susquehanna in girls soccer, and the Hawks would shift to Chesapeake in golf.

Volleyball changes will come after the regular season ends.

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