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Sports Breakdown: Golf chipping and sand bunkers

Sports Breakdown: Golf chipping and sand bunkers

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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.

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Bull Blast rodeo at the Howard County Fair

Bull Blast rodeo at the Howard County Fair

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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)

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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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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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Baltimore United Viewfinders, part 1

Baltimore United Viewfinders, part 1

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Baltimore United Viewfinders is a youth leadership initiative where participants use multimedia arts to explore their definition of self and place, encourage community action and exchange visual and verbal dialogue.

What they don’t say on their website is that they’re a group of teenagers that use art and photography to document their lives in East Baltimore.

In recent years, the area known as Middle East in Baltimore – just east of Johns Hopkins Medical Center – has been in conversations of urban decay, housing abandonment and conflicts between residents and Hopkins.

But if you look at the groups’ published photo book, ‘Eastside Stories,’ you see a different Middle East. [Read more below]

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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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