Howard tops Atholton in vol­ley­ball

Mar­riotts Ridge leads state golf tour­na­ment

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Tim Schwartz — Brent Kennedy Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

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.”

Golf

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.

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