For the first time since 2012, a local high school team did not win a state title.
Not by coincidence, this was also the first time since 2012 the Sparrows Point girls soccer team did not win a state title (to be fair, it wasn’t just the Pointer girls; the Pointer boys soccer team also won a state title in 2017).
There were a couple of regional champions this fall: the Sparrows Point volleyball and field hockey teams.
Macy Gerbes, a Sparrows Point junior, just missed taking her third straight cross country regional title, finishing in second place after missing most of the season with an injury.
Dundalk made it to the second round of the Class 3A North Region playoffs for the second year in a row. That’s the first time the Owl football team has won playoff games in back-to-back years.
Owl quarterback Treshawn Ray and defensive end Greg Hollis were both named to the All-Baltimore County first team. Montez Burnside was named to the All-County Division I first team.
Patapsco had two players earn spots on the All-County second team: wide receiver Maurice Williams and linebacker/running back Sylvil Blake.
Sparrows Point may have had its state-record state title streak snapped at six, but the Pointers won the Baltimore County championship for the second year in a row and fifth in the last six years.
Senior goalkeeper Jaddah Foos, senior midfielder Alayna Jerome and senior defender Abby Meadows were all named to the All-County first team, and all plated in the Baltimore County Senior All-Star game.
Dezirae Mortimer and Elsa Turner also played in the Senior All-Star game.
For Dundalk, Abby Francazi, Ariana Procopiou, Alyson Marshall and Lexi McLaughlin were named to the All-Division III team.
All but McLaughlin were selected for the Senior All-Star game.
Patapsco’s Madison Chester earned second-team All-County honors and represented Patapsco on the All-Division III first team.
Chester and Lanyia Jacobs played in the Senior All-Star game.
The regional title was only the second ever for Sparrows Point, which went on to lose a narrow one-goal decision in the state quarterfinals.
Alyssa Shifflett, Callie Polanka and Taylor Culver were both named to the Baltimore County All-Division I second team.
Kayla Campbell, Ramsey Coffman, Jordan Smith and Cora Fyffe were All-Division Honorable Mention.
After sweeping Chesapeake and Patterson for the regional title, Sparrows Point had to go out west and lost to top-seeded (and eventual state runner-up) Oakdale.
Samantha Smith and Samantha Gamble were both named to the All-Division II first team, while Madison Martell and Natalia Roane earned spots on the All-Division second team.
Jessica Smith received an All-Division Honorable Mention.
For Patapsco, which reached the second round of the Class 3A North Section II regional tournament, Morgan Hugg and Morgan Dennis were both named to the All-Division II first team.
(That is not a typo; both Sparrows Point players named all-division first team are named Samantha, and both Patapsco first-teamers are named Morgan.)
Heather Staudt was named to the All-Division second team for the Patriots.
Sparrows Point won its first two playoff games before running into rival Eastern Tech in the second round and losing 3-1 after a scoreless first half.
Josh Mustachio and Bradley Bryant were both named to the All-Baltimore County first team. Bryant, Nathan Wynne and Nevin Branham all played in the Senior All-Star Game.
After a poor start, Patapsco made a strong late-season run that eventually reached the Class 3A North Region Section II championship game, where the Patriots lost to eventual state runner-up C. Milton Wright.
Steve Fulton was named to the All-Baltimore County first team, whie Diego Placido was an All-County second-team selection.
Ryan Baxter and Gabe Shifflett were both selected to play in the Senior All-Star game, as were Dundalk’s Maynor Aguirre Lopez and Marco Hernandez.
Football Senior All-Star game
The Baltimore County East team, coached by Patapsco High coach Tyler Clough and his staff, defeated the West team 18-16 on Monday night at Catonsville High.
The victory broke a long winning streak in the annual game, which has been dominated by the West team.
“It feels great to beat the West side,” Clough said. “The West side 100 percent thinks they’re better than the East, but they’re not. They just talk about themselves more.”
Patapsco layers each Dezmond Henderson and Tyler Sheckells each had a sack during the game.
The East team scored on its opening drive, taking a 6-0 lead on a touchdown run by Kenwood quarterback Adam Harter.
The West side took a 16-6 halftime lead, with two touchdowns and a safety in the second quarter.
The score stayed 16-6 until the fourth quarter, when the East team got another touchdown run by Harter and then the winning touchdown on a fumble return by Overlea’s Deon Whye.