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Sports Breakdown: Soccer penalty kick shoot-out

Sports Breakdown: Soccer penalty kick shoot-out

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The Oakland Mills boys soccer team put together its highest overall win total (13) of the past decade last fall, finishing third in the county standings and making the 2A North regional championship along the way.

The team’s mix of senior leadership and young talent was the backbone of that breakthrough campaign. John Caldwell, who will be a junior this year, is one of those underclassmen that are now hoping to help the Scorpions take that next step toward competing for a county championship.

Caldwell finished his sophomore year season with five goals and five assists. That point total (15) put him among the county’s top 20 scorers.

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Korean War veterans reflect at 60th anniversary

Korean War veterans reflect at 60th anniversary

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Korean War veterans Albert Medeiros and Lyle McCullough reflect on their time serving in advance of the 60th anniversary of the war’s end on July 27, 1953. Both men, who are residents at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, described times of tragedy and how the experience shaped their lives.

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Sports Breakdown: How to kick a field goal

Sports Breakdown: How to kick a field goal

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River Hill rising senior Alex Potocko is one of the most seasoned placekickers in the state, having helped the Hawks finish 14-0 last year, culminating with their fourth state championship, an 18-14 win over Huntingtown at M&T Bank Stadium.

Potocko finished the year 69-for-79 on extra point attempts, with two successful field goals, including a 37-yarder.

Potocko was named second team all-county, and will try to help River Hill get back to the state championship game this fall.

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Sports Breakdown: How to run cross country hills

Sports Breakdown: How to run cross country hills

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The Centennial boys cross country team pushed to the top of Howard County last fall, capturing county and regional titles. The team’s balance from top to bottom was a big reason for the breakthrough campaign.

Rising senior Hutson Baumann is among the Eagles runners returning this fall to try and successfully repeat.

Baumann turned in top 15 individual performances at both the county (10th in 17:55) and regional championship (15th in 17:47) meets, before finishing in the top 25 at the state meet.

His efforts earned him recognition on the all-county second team.

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Sports Breakdown: Putting with state champ Bennett Buch

Sports Breakdown: Putting with state champ Bennett Buch

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In the latest edition of Sports Breakdown with the Howard County Times, editor Brent Kennedy faces off on the putting green with reigning state golf champion Bennett Buch, of Marriotts Ridge High School.

Buch made history last fall as a freshman, capturing the boys golf state championship with a record-setting two-day total of 138 (4-under par) at the University of Maryland golf course.

Leading up to his sophomore year, Buch has continued his outstanding play. In late June, he captured the 89th Maryland Junior Amateur title by three shots.
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Sports Breakdown: How to hit fastpitch softball

Sports Breakdown: How to hit fastpitch softball

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Ever wanted to learn how to kick a field goal? Or how to long putt? Or make a penalty kick?

The Howard County Times, part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, has started a new summer video series called Sports Breakdown. In each installment, one of our sports reporters will team up with Howard County high school athletes to teach them (and you) how to do what they do best.

In our first installment, Howard sports editor Brent Kennedy gets a lesson in hitting fastpitch softball from River Hill High School’s Kinsey Johnson and pitcher Sabrina Curtiss, who led county this spring with a 0.89 ERA.
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Catonsville moms ‘Row Like A Mother’ at Charm City Sprints

Catonsville moms ‘Row Like A Mother’ at Charm City Sprints

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For four years in high school, and a brief stint in college (until I got tired of being tired all the time), I was a rower. I spent three months every fall and another three every spring on the water, but never gave much thought to how majestic the sport can be when photographed.

The president of the Baltimore Rowing Club, Jeff Ditter, let me hitch a ride in the motor boat – often called a launch – on Friday, June 28, the day before the Row Like A Mother crew raced in the Charm City Sprints.

From there, I was able to shoot the team’s warm-ups, race starts, technique drills and an odd moment involving crab traps slung over the side of a bridge. At the Sprints the next day, I arrived to the race site at Middle Branch Park just as the team began to show up. The women – seven from Catonsville, two from Baltimore and all nine mothers – raced another women’s novice eight from Capital Rowing Club.

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Say Anything ‘Rarities’ tour comes through Rams Head Live!

Say Anything ‘Rarities’ tour comes through Rams Head Live!

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Pop-punk group Say Anything came through Baltimore on Sunday, June 16, at Rams Head Live! as part of a tour celebrating their early work. The set included many songs written when frontman/songwriter Max Bemis was still in high school, and long before they signed with a record label.

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Best of High School Sports: Spring Edition

Best of High School Sports: Spring Edition

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Photographers in the Baltimore Sun Media Group shoot at dozens of high school sporting events in the spring. Softball, baseball and lacrosse are the most common team sports, but track and field and tennis are covered as well. Of all of their shutter clicks, photographers Jen Rynda, Brian Krista, Jon Sham, Gene Sweeney Jr., Karl Merton Ferron, Algerina Perna, Lloyd Fox and Kenneth K. Lam compiled some of their favorites from this season. It’s the Best of High School Sports: Spring Edition.

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Tom Sheehan’s Memorial Day letter

Tom Sheehan’s Memorial Day letter

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As he leads the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, retired Air Force Capt. Thomas Sheehan will have a special appreciation for the anticipated 1,000 reverent voices joining his.

In 1966, a Memorial Day ceremony in Pennsylvania was so poorly attended that Sheehan wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper decrying the lack of respect for fallen soldiers. Forty-seven years later, the mere thought of it brings him to tears.

“I didn’t cry then,” Sheehan said. “I was mad.”

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