A good season all around for Fallston

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November 09, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Baltimore Sun

Fallston is having a season to remember this fall - in all sports.

The Cougars made it to yesterday's Class 3A state title game in field hockey, in search of their 11th state title and second in a row. Fallston also placed teams in yesterday's state final four in boys and girls soccer.

Fallston was in the region finals in volleyball, as well, and its girls qualified as a team for the state cross country meet.

The state football playoff regionals will be announced tomorrow.

Fallston could make it for the first time in school history. Dave Cesky has been the coach for all of the program's 31 seasons, and despite coming close several times, is still looking for his first state playoff game.

The Cougars were in good shape heading into Friday's season finale against Rising Sun. Fallston was in second place in the Class 3A North region, and a win would clinch not only a playoff spot but a first-round home game.

"This is the first time we've had people chasing us instead of us chasing other people to get more points" in the system that decides playoff berths, Cesky said. "It would be huge if we made it."

Fallston missed in 1999 despite a 9-1 record. The Cougars came up short in 2000 and 2001 even though they went 8-2 and 7-3, respectively. They were 6-3 heading into this season's final game, thanks mostly to an offense that was averaging 30.6 points per game through last week.

"This team, the chemistry is really good," Cesky said. "We've scored a lot of points, and I think that makes a difference."

Quarterback Garrett Weinhold leads the Fallston offense. The senior has run for 14 touchdowns, passed for seven and caught one. Wide receiver Matt Barlie caught 21 passes for 495 yards and six touchdowns through the first nine games.

David Ivory ran for 763 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing the two games with an ankle injury. Tony Johnson has helped the defense with six interceptions.

Nice start

The Patterson Mill field hockey team had quite a first year of varsity competition.

The Huskies won the Class 1A North region, earning a spot in the state final four. They dropped a 6-0 decision to a talented Glenelg team Nov. 3 at Broadneck, but there still were a lot of smiles afterward.

"They played hard for me all year," said coach Shannon Troyer.

Patterson Mill had no seniors on this team, which finished with a 7-8 record. Sophomore Samantha Rutkowski led the Huskies with 12 goals, while freshman Emily Keesling (six goals, four assists) also was a bog contributor. Sophomore goalie Gabby Brooks was consistent.

Philmore commits

Isaiah Philmore of John Carroll has committed to play at Towson University next year.

Philmore, a 6-foot-7 senior, plays several positions and is John Carroll's top returning scorer. He was a first-team All-Metro pick last year.

Last year, Philmore averaged 18.3 points per game and is third on John Carroll's all-time scoring list.

Cross country titles

The C. Milton Wright girls cross country team went into yesterday's state championship meet on a roll after taking the Class 4A North title last weeks.

The Mustangs were trying to repeat as state champions, but coach Donnie Mickey's team would face tough competition from Montgomery County teams.

Bel Air's girls also came to the state race after winning a regional title. The Bobcats, who've run strongly all season, captured the Class 3A East title last week.

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