Search the Carroll County community newspaper archives


>> Click here to search for stories published AFTER 2011

>> Use this search box to find stories published prior to 2011.
Note: All Words is a more strict search. Implied operator is "AND."
Ex: Charles Dickens"
From
subscriber services email print comment


Boys basketball

Considering how well they are playing now, it's hard to believe the North Carroll boys' basketball team lost two of its first three county games this season.

Nearly two months later, North Carroll is playing the best basketball in Carroll County.

The Panthers -- who returned four starters from last season's team that reached the Class 4A North Region championship game -- avenged those early-season losses to Century and Liberty during the past week, posting solid victories over the Knights and Lions to move into the thick of the county title race.

With last Thursday's 67-47 win over visiting Liberty, the Panthers boosted their county record to 8-2 with two games remaining against Carroll opponents, and appear ready to make a run through the post season again this year.

North Carroll, now 10-5 overall, trails first place Century (6-1 county, 13-3 overall), but the Knights have five more games against county teams before the regular season ends Feb. 20.

The loss to North Carroll virtually eliminated Liberty (4-3 county, 7-7 overall) from the county title race.

Reserve forward Dan Hoffman led a balanced North Carroll squad, scoring 12 points and blocking five Liberty shots. The Panthers also got 11 points from senior David Birnie. Ten of North Carroll's 12 players scored in the victory.

"We've been looking for balance all year," said Chris Vaughn, North Carroll's first-year head coach. "Some teams would say we're the 'David Birnie Panthers,' but we've got players like Jordan Parker and Kenny Krieger stepping up for us now.

"Dan Hoffman comes in off the bench and adds five blocks, and that turns it into more of an offensive game for us. It takes the pressure off, because instead of our players thinking they've got to make a shot, they're worrying about playing good defense and stopping the ball."

Birnie, one of two North Carroll seniors in their third varsity season, is equally adept playing in the low post defensively and running the offense from the point guard spot.

"I thought they shot the ball really well," said Liberty head coach Steve Johnson, whose team was led by junior center Trey Parson's game-high 13 points. "They beat us at what we like to do, which is getting up and down the floor."

The Panthers never trailed against a Liberty team that was missing top scorer Dan Martinez (illness). After the Lions' Geoff Suddath scored to bring Liberty within 5-4, the Panthers went on an 8-0 run and were never threatened. A Ricky Silver layup started the decisive stretch, which was capped by a baseline jumper from junior guard Eric Kron that gave North Carroll a 13-4 edge with 1:34 left in the opening quarter.

The Panthers built the lead to 34-18 at half-time, then turned the game into a rout in the third quarter.

A baseline jumper by senior forward Andy Levy started a 15-6 North Carroll run that expanded the Panthers' lead to 49-26 with three minutes remaining in the quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Panther momentum was so strong that a play that failed still wound up as a North Carroll basket.

While leading a three-on-two fast break, Parker tried to lob a pass to the soaring Birnie for a dunk. The pass never reached Birnie, but went cleanly through the net to give the Panthers a 54-30 advantage with 7:35 remaining in the game.

"We wanted to come out hot and get a lead early," said Levy, a member of the 2007-08 Panther team that lost in the regional final to Parkville. "We're playing intense basketball and keeping everyone involved. We're taller and more athletic this year, and I think we're ready to make another playoff run and go even further."

The Panthers have county games remaining against Westminster and Francis Scott Key, who have combined for just three wins this season.

North Carroll has already played Century twice, so the Panthers will have to hope that another county team can derail the Knights' quest for the county title.

"We're hitting our stride now," said Vaughn. "It's going to be tough in the playoffs, because our region isn't the easiest in the world. Several of our players know what the feeling is like come playoff time. They understand it, and hopefully can teach the younger guys."

North Carroll 67, Liberty 47

1 2 3 4 F

Liberty 8 10 12 17 47

North Carroll 15 19 18 15 67

Half-time: North Carroll, 34-18

Liberty: Trey Parson 13, Connor Rigby 7, Nathan Strelczyk 7, Joe Cuff 5, Geoff Suddath 4, Bill Ham 3, Eric Miller 2, T.J. Pickler 2, Chris Thompson 2, Garrett Sinott 2.

North Carroll: Dan Hoffman 12, David Birnie 11, Ricky Silver 9, Kenny Krieger 8, Andy Levy 7, Jordan Parker 6, Bryan Johnson 5, Trevor Walzl 5, Eric Kron 2, Charlie Clark 2.


user comments (0)


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and traffic
xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Learn more about subscriptions
Learn more about subscriptions
Advertisement
Nancy K. Kopp, Maryland’s longtime state treasurer, announced Monday that she plans to retire from politics by the end of the year after more than four decades of public service.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s redistricting commission has proposed a new set of maps for electing state and federal lawmakers going forward that appear to give Republicans a better shot of winning seats in Congress.
Advertisement
The kinds of serious outbreaks that legislators pointed to happening in other states before school started this year appear to have been largely avoided, thanks to a statewide mandatory masking mandate, as well as testing, social distancing and other safety measures.
An MS-13 gang leader who pleaded guilty earlier this year to directing two murders in Maryland was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
A 16-year-old male has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of 15-year-old Ja’Nyi Weeden in Southwest Baltimore, police said Monday.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Valley Food Storage consultedthe Federal Emergency Management Agency’s list of disasters and emergencies and selected key ways to stay prepared for a variety of emergency scenarios. Using information from government organizations like FEMA, the Ready Campaign, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Red Cross, dozens of steps to ensure you and your loved ones are safe should anything from a power outage to a nuclear explosion hit your area have been compiled. Visit thestacker.com for similar lists and stories.
Baltimore officials reopened the city’s renovated Towanda Recreation Center Monday nearly four years after the community hub closed to the public.
Anne Arundel County police responded to the Old Mill High School complex around 2 p.m. for a report of a possible armed subject who was in the area earlier in the day, the police department tweeted.
The first full week of mandates requiring all municipal workers in Baltimore and Baltimore County to either be vaccinated or undergo regular testing has begun, but tabulating the number of police and firefighters who complied remains a work in progress, officials said.
Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it’s suffered a data breach and is still working to determine what information the data contained.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing that the Sykesville National Guard armory be named after the first Black person and first woman to lead the Maryland National Guard.
Anne Arundel County Councilman Nathan Volke has proposed a bill to further define the term “discrimination” under county law and to prohibit the use of county funding for discrimination, as the bill defines it, saying such “discrimination, sometimes found in critical race theory” inflames division.
Washington’s regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday morning over a lingering problem with the wheels and axles that caused a dramatic derailing last week.
Advertisement

Free Fun & Games

  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Crossword
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Jumble Daily in color
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Solitaire
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Bubble Shooter HD
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    2020 Connect
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Cookie Crush
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Butterfly Kyodai
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Classic Mahjong
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Sudoku
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Baltimore Sun Store

Advertisement

GAMES & TRIVIA

Advertisement