Howard tops Atholton in volleyball
Marriotts Ridge leads state golf tournament
With the losing team falling out of the Howard County championship conversation, the No. 6 Howard volleyball team simply never flinched at No. 3 Atholton on Tuesday night.
Instead, the Lions had redemption on their mind.
Howard (11-2, 9-1 county) entered the final week of last season tied with River Hill in the county standings but lost to the Raiders (9-4, 8-2) in four sets, costing it a share of the county title.
At Atholton on Tuesday night, the resilient Lions overcame a 2-1 hole and won the final two sets to avenge the Raiders, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 15-11, and remain tied for first place in the county standings with Mount Hebron with one regular-season game left.
“We set goals of winning a county title, regional title, and state title – I won’t lie about that – but all the talk at practice the last two days was getting ready for Atholton,” Lions coach Grant Scott said. “We never mentioned we have to win this in order to get a county title — we talked about redemption. This was a team that knocked us out last year.”
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Marriotts Ridge, chasing a record-tying fifth straight state title this fall, opened with a team score of 324 to create a 10-stroke lead over second-place teams Middletown and Hereford in Class 2A-1A.
Mustangs senior Nick Mejia tied for medalist honors with Joey Weiland of Middletown. They shot 4-over-par 75.