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By Jeff Seidel and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2010
The Dunbar girls basketball team averaged 87 points in its first three playoff games. The Poets fell well short of that Friday night. Dunbar scored only one point in the first quarter, needed almost 10 minutes to get its first basket and trailed the entire game. The Poets' slow start allowed Smithsburg to get some early confidence, and the Leopards came away with a 41-36 victory in a Class 1A state semifinal at UMBC's RAC Arena. This was Dunbar's first state final four appearance since 2003, and the Poets finish with an 18-6 record.
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By Matt Owings and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 1, 2014
North Carroll wide receiver Zack Sherman has made a name for himself across Carroll County through four weeks of football this fall. Week 2, the Panthers (4-0, 1-0 county) took down Williamsport thanks to four touchdowns on four receptions and a county-record 294 yards from Sherman. Since then, he's made his mark on defense, and special teams as well - kicking a 31-yard field goal against Smithsburg that was the difference-maker. Sherman is undecided about where he'll attend college next fall, but is interested in pursuing either mathematics or accounting as a potential major.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun | November 19, 1994
There were two things about the visiting Smithsburg Leopards last night that made it nearly impossible for Joppatowne to win its Class 1A quarterfinal game.They were big and angry.With the Leopards' large offensive front controlling the line of scrimmage, and the Washington County team seeking redemption after last week's tough loss to Boonsboro, Joppatowne never had a chance in its 21-0 loss.The Mariners (7-4) gained just 72 yards on offense, never really threatening the end zone.Meanwhile, Smithsburg -- led by running back Billy Reuter (22 carries for 102 yards, two touchdowns)
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By Andrew Bahl, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
In a season full of stellar performances, Smithsburg starting pitcher Josh Miller saved his best for last. The senior tossed a complete game shutout and struck out 10 to lift the Leopards of Washington County to the Class 1A state championship, defeating Sparrows Point 9-0 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Pointers senior ace Josh Icenrode started despite a broken finger that sidelined him for two weeks. The injury appeared to affect his control; after walking only eight batters all season, Icenrode walked 10 against Smithsburg.
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By Andrew Bahl, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
In a season full of stellar performances, Smithsburg starting pitcher Josh Miller saved his best for last. The senior tossed a complete game shutout and struck out 10 to lift the Leopards of Washington County to the Class 1A state championship, defeating Sparrows Point 9-0 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Pointers senior ace Josh Icenrode started despite a broken finger that sidelined him for two weeks. The injury appeared to affect his control; after walking only eight batters all season, Icenrode walked 10 against Smithsburg.
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By Special to the sun | November 25, 1990
SMITHSBURG -- Colby Bachtell's 6-yard touchdown run in, the first quarter yesterday was all the offense Smithsburg (8-4) needed, and the Leopards advanced to the Class lA state final with a 9-0 win over visiting Rising Sun (6-6).The Class lA title will be decided Saturday at High point when the Leopards meet Kent, which advanced Friday with a 33-13 win over Owings Mills.The Leopards added a safety in the first quarter when a Rising Sun offensive lineman fell on a fumble in his end zone.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer | November 11, 1992
Francis Scott Key volleyball coach Leo Totten said it wasn't going to be easy and he was exactly right.The Eagles survived a five-game match -- 15-13, 8-15, 15-6, 13-15, 15-12 -- with Smithsburg in a Class 1A, Region II semifinal-round match last night in Uniontown.Shelley Smith closed out the match with a service ace.Totten said, "The kids just never quit. After the fourth game, I told them this is what we've been working toward from day one when they were freshmen, and they came through."
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer | September 24, 1994
Knowing how to win. That, Francis Scott Key coach Mike Coons insists, is the difference between Smithsburg and his Eagles.Smithsburg recovered from a shaky start to eventually roll past Key, 43-12, in Uniontown."
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1997
Recently fired Smithsburg police Chief Thomas Bowers will be allowed a public hearing to hear the reasons for his dismissal, which prompted a federal lawsuit and public outcry among the small Western Maryland town's citizens.Attorneys representing the town government of Smithsburg in Washington County agreed to the hearing in a conference call yesterday with Baltimore U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg. The hearing is tentatively planned for Nov. 25. Meanwhile, Bowers' firing stands and he will not be paid.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | February 29, 1996
It was the same gym with a different playing court, but a lot of the same players. Unfortunately for the Francis Scott Key Eagles, they didn't get the same result on the basketball court against Smithsburg that they did playing volleyball last fall.On Nov. 10, the Francis Scott Key volleyball team came away with an emotional four-game win over Monocacy Valley Athletic League rival Smithsburg in the region finals.On that day junior hitters Stephanie Stambaugh and Cindy Sheedy combined for 18 kills, more than enough to offset the strong net play of Smithsburg senior Alexa Robertson.
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By Jeff Seidel, For The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
LANDOVER - The Pikesville and Western Tech girls each created their own bits of history at Monday's indoor track state championship meet. Pikesville scored 18 points in the final two events to edge out Manchester Valley and capture its first Class 1A state title. No. 9 Western Tech won the Class 2A crown in its first year in the division in the meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. The Class 3A and 4A parts of the state meet are scheduled for 4 p.m. today, also at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex - weather permitting.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
The wait is over for the Sparrows Point girls soccer team. After reaching the state tournament for a 10th time since 1999 and making their fifth title game appearance, the No. 12 Pointers used a gritty performance and two late goals against Smithsburg to score a dramatic 2-1 win in the Class 1A final at UMBC Stadium. It took tying goal from sophomore Lindsea Webb with seven minutes left and then an epic winning goal from freshman Kasie Lambert with 2:16 to play to beat the Leopards from Washington County.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
A 42-year-old Washington County man was killed early Saturday evening after a mowing tractor he was riding rolled over pinning him beneath the mower. Terry Verdier, who lived in the 22200 block of Jefferson Road in Smithsburg, was using a zero-turn style mower at the time of the accident. While cutting grass on a hillside, the tractor rolled over, pinning Verdier beneath it for an undetermined amount of time, according to Maryland State Police, who were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. Verdier was taken to Meritus Medical Center Hagerstown, where he was pronounced dead.
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By Mike Frainie, For The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
- Dunbar made its first ever trip to the state Class 1A volleyball tournament at Ritchie Coliseum last night. Unfortunately for the Poets, the trip was not a fruitful one. Dunbar gave Perryville (13-6) all it could handle in two of three games, but fell to the Panthers 25-21, 25-7, 25-22. Tara Holland led Dunbar with six digs and three kills. Perryville was led by Morgan Tennant with 22 assists. The Panthers will play Smithsburg, a 3-0 winner in the other semifinal, on Friday at 6 p.m. for the Class 1A state title.
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By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
Hannah Oneda made a little history in her final 3,200-meter run in high school Thursday. The Winters Mill senior ran away from the field early and broke a 30-year old record when she won the Class 2A race in 10:52.01 during the first day of the state track and field championships at Morgan State. The Johns Hopkins-bound runner broke the mark of 10:56.3, set by Atholton's Carolyn Forde in 1982. But while she said she's happy to do so, she seemed more concerned with the fact she won't get to run the race again at this level.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
COLLEGE PARK - The Class 1A state semifinal between New Town and Smithsburg was filled with momentum swings. New Town, displaying a poised finishing touch, had the most important one. Down five points with six minutes left, the Titans went on a 13-1 run to take charge and then hit their free throws to seal a 75-72 win over the Leopards of Washington County at the Comcast Center. New Town (20-6) will return to College Park on Saturday to face two-time defending state champ and No. 1 Dunbar in a bid to capture the program's second title.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer | December 22, 1993
Francis Scott Key heavyweight Brad Bockelmann made his first career victory a memorable one.Bockelmann pinned Chay Lahew at 1:23 to give No. 4 Francis Scott Key a come-from-behind 30-30 tie with visiting Smithsburg in a battle of the defending Monocacy Valley Athletic League co-champions last night.Bockelmann -- and Key (2-0-1, 1-0-1) -- appeared in trouble early in the final match. Lahew scored a takedown 40 seconds into the match and was in control for most of the first period.Lahew still was on top with just under 50 seconds left in the period when Bockelmann used an elbow roll to put the Smithsburg heavyweight on his back.
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By Dave Glassman and Dave Glassman,Special to The Evening Sun | November 25, 1991
All season long Wilde Lake has been beating up on 3A, 2A and, in the last two weeks of the state playoffs, 1A teams. The Wildecats have outscored opponents by an average of 33 points to 3.9. Saturday's 42-0 shutout of Milford Mill was their eighth of the year.Finally, in the state championship game Saturday at Byrd Stadium (4 p.m.), the 12-0 Wildecats may get their first true test of the season against little Smithsburg of Washington County. But don't expect another blowout, and don't be too surprised if Wilde Lake's 25-game win streak is ended.
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November 19, 2011
College Park - Perryville's bid for a state championship in girls volleyball was spiked by the powerful Smithsburg Leopards, who won their third straight Maryland Class 1A state title Saturday, breezing to an easy three-game sweep. The scores were 25-3, 25-13 and 25-14 in a match that was over in 50 minutes inside Ritchie Coliseum. For the Panthers, the power of Smithsburg was more than they could handle and it was evident early. Sarah Shives served the Leopards to an 11-1 lead, with Perryville's lone point coming on Emily Merklinger's block.
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By Tom Worgo, Catonsville Times | November 15, 2011
The Western Tech volleyball team's first visit to the state semifinals didn't last long, yet for coach Eric Jett and the Wolverines, the experience is something to savor. Just an hour after the opening introductions, the Wolverines were dispatched by three-time defending state champion Smithsburg of Washington County, 25-7, 25-13, 25-11, in a Class 1A matchup Tuesday night at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum. "They are the three-time defending state champion, and they played like it," Jett said.
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