Megan Schaaf and Julie Taylor are both still in college. Megan is a freshman at Presbyterian College and Julie a senior at Elon University, but they each have retirement parties planned for this week.
On Monday, when Mt. Hebron plays at home against Howard at 5:30 p.m., the Vikings plan to retire Megan’s No. 23 basketball jersey. She scored nearly 900 points in her four-year basketball career at Mt. Hebron.
On Wednesday, Atholton will retire Julie’s jersey (No. 40) when the Raiders play at home against Oakland Mills at 5:30. Julie graduated in 2007 as the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer (1,466) in girls basketball.
Julie is averaging 5.8 points a game coming off the bench for the Elon Phoenix. Megan is averaging 2 points a game for the Presbyterian Blue Hose.
The fall sports season is over and the honors are being awarded to those selected as the county’s most outstanding players in each sport.The public school field hockey coaches met recently and selected the following players to their all-county team.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Alyssa Parker, Glenelg, junior, midfield
Jenna Boarman, Mt. Hebron, senior, forward
Molly Garza, Reservoir, senior, forward
Kayleigh Hinkle, Glenelg, senior, forward
Kim Markovitz, Atholton, senior, forward
Kat Varga, River Hill, sophomore forward
Mary Kate Olson, Glenelg, junior, midfield
Emily Russo, Glenelg, sophomore, midfield
Pauline Shih, River Hill, junior, midfield
Carolyn Sullivan, Howard, senior, midfield
Melissa Linn, Mt. Hebron, senior, defense
Morgan Culler, Mt. Hebron, senior, goalkeeper
Jordan Levy, River Hill, senior, goalkeeper
Stephanie Asher, Glenelg, freshman, forward
Nina Collins, River Hill, junior, forward
Alanna Diffendal, Marriotts Ridge, senior, forward
Danielle Schiavone, Howard, senior, forward
Caroline Bird, River Hill, senior, midfield
Molly Fleming, Marriotts Ridge, junior, midfield
Kelly Jones, Mt. Hebron, junior, midfield
Morgan Philie, Glenelg, freshman, midfield
Alexandra Quattrone, Reservoir, senior, midfield
Shannon Kearney, Reservoir, senior, defense
Andrea Starinsky, Glenelg, senior, defense
Chrissy DiStefano, Centennial, senior, goalkeeper
Didi Ertenu, Wilde Lake, junior, goalkeeper
Amanda Dell, Oakland Mills, senior, forward
Bri Hanlon, Marriotts Ridge, junior, forward
Jacqueline Tape, Long Reach, senior, midfield
Nicole Drummond, Marriotts Ridge, senior, defense
Katie Woolls, River Hill, junior, defense
The Columbia Flier/Howard County Times all-county field hockey teams, including final statistics and final standings, will appear in the Dec. 16 issue.
All season long, since an opening night win at Glenelg almost three months ago, Wilde Lake has played on Friday nights, save for a pair of Saturday games in October.
Now for the first time this season, and for the biggest game of the season, the Wildecats will play on a Thursday night, against Franklin at M&T Bank Stadium for the 3A state championship.
Both teams are playing on six days of rest, and Wilde Lake coach Mike Harrison says his team is ready to go.
“We’ve been going at this since Aug. 15, so there’s not a lot more can you do with one extra day or practice,” he said.
It will be the Wildecats second game on the Ravens home field in the last three years. (Wilde Lake lost to Westlake in the 3A state championship in 2008, coach Doug DuVall’s 36th and final season.)
Franklin has never played at ‘The Bank’ before — the Indians’ only other state final appearance was in 1978 — but Harrison says that the field isn’t as important as what the players do on it.
“The field is the same dimensions as it is at Wilde Lake or Damascus or anywhere else, although the atmosphere is a bit different,” said Harrison, who played for Wilde Lake before serving as an assistant to DuVall from 1987 to 2008. “Once that whistle blows, it’s still just a football game.”
Wilde Lake will face a 2,000-yard passing attack for the second week in a row, after its 21-14 win over Damascus last Friday.
“The styles are similar, though Franklin can run the ball a little bit more if that’s what they choose to do,” Harrison said. “Hopefully, the ball will bounce our way a couple more times like it has been the last few weeks.”
Tale of the tape
Franklin: Mark Venable (172 carries, 1,067 yards, 11 TDs); Joe Dorsey (59-260-7); Anthony Taylor (43-253-2).
Wilde Lake: Khalil Viera (144-1,028-8); E.J. Gilman (114-700-8); A.J. Harris (90-541-6).
Franklin: Ian Thomas (46 catches, 899 yards, 13 TDs); Navassa Brown (23-617-6); Mark Venable (17-320-1).
Wilde Lake: E’ron Pruitt (8-187-4); Khalil Viera (7-144-4); Jordan Mynatt (11-135-1).
Franklin: Joe Dorsey (106 completions, 204 attempts, 2,013 yards, 19 TDs, 7 interceptions).
Wilde Lake: Joe Kelly (34/75, 550-10-4).
Franklin: Mark Venable (145), Erik Pasternack (103), Ryan Bacote (67).
Wilde Lake: Devin McCoy (91), E.J. Gilman (85), Antoine Barnes (76).
Franklin: Jamal Ibrahim (4), Anthony Taylor (4).
Wilde Lake: Erik Smith (6), A.J. Harris (5).
Franklin: Mark Venable (2); seven others (1).
Wilde Lake: Jordan Mynatt (4); Antoine Barnes (3).
Kickoff return leader
Franklin: Reggie Ellis (14 returns, 323 yards, 23.1 avg.)
Wilde Lake: Anthony Miller (14-281-20.1)
Punt return leader
Franklin: Ian Thomas (7 returns, 189 yards, 27.0 avg.)
Wilde Lake: Anthony Miller (14-167-11.2)
Franklin: Jake Gibson (30 punts, 1,032 yards, 34.4 avg.)
Wilde Lake: Joe Kelly (30-1,283-42.8)
Andrew took his first job with the Howard County Times as an editorial assistant/obituary writer in 2001. He has written about an array of sports, from rugby to roller skate dancing. Andrew was a (mediocre) swimmer at Loyola College, but he enjoys playing many sports, including rec-league softball, kickball, basketball, football, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. He would play rec-league unicycle badminton if he could find a league. He is a fan of all the Baltimore sports clubs, from the O’s to the Blast. When he’s not obsessing over the athletic endeavors of others, Andrew enjoys watching zombie movies from the 70s and 80s. He resides in Catonsville.