Nine Baltimore County public high school marching bands got to show off their stuff at the Marching Band Showcase held at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium Sunday night. Photos by staff photographer Jen Rynda / Video (below) by multimedia intern Cara LaMaina.
The summer violence in Baltimore has turned husbands into single parents, transformed rookie cops into veterans, left missing verses in half-finished rap songs, forced politicians to personally confront the city’s crime problems, and sent longtime residents to new places and new lives.
At the Maryland State Fair — past the midway rides and games, past the 4-H building and past the penned-up goats — a man stands under a tent, netted on all four sides, with a chainsaw.
With that chainsaw, Marty Long slowly slices off pieces of a wooden stump. A few dozen people watch in awe from bleachers surrounding the tent as the stump becomes a statue of two birds, darkened by blow torches and wood stain.
Long will be at the fair making chainsaw sculptures all week that will be auctioned off.
For the past three years, the Howard County girls golf scene has been dominated by the talented duo of Bryana Nguyen (Atholton) and Rachel Lee (Marriotts Ridge).
Nguyen, a three-time county Player of the Year, added a state championship to her resume last fall at the University of Maryland golf course. She also owns the county’s girls golf record for scoring average over the course of an entire season.
Lee, meanwhile, is a three-time first team all-county selection in her own right. She has finished in the top three in the county in scoring average every season since arriving as a freshman and has finished fourth at the state championship tournament for two straight years.
Nguyen has verbally committed to play collegiately at the University of North Carolina, while Lee committed this spring to the University of Delaware.
After 16 years, attendees of the Howard County Fair finally got to see some bucking bulls.
With a new event called “Bull Blast” held Monday night, the fair launched itself back into the ring with professional riders putting on a show for about 2,000 cheering fans.
“We’re going to see some spills, some falls, maybe a couple cowboys getting bucked off real good,” said Justin Howard, of Rockin “R” Western Productions, which produced the show. “We’re going to have some fun.” (Story continues below video)
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.
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.