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The Catoctin-Ettes, Inc. Graduates Beginner Twirlers

The Catoctin-Ettes, a local non-profit marching organization, has graduated several beginner twirlers from its free course that was held in March. Ages of the graduated twirlers range from four to fourteen years old.

Those who wish to join the organization will have the opportunity to march with the group, as full-fledged majorettes, in the upcoming marching season, which begins the last week of May.

The group also sponsors a street parade color guard unit and competitive percussion line and color guard units. Membership is still open for those interested in percussion and/or color guard.

The group will be marching in the Ocean City Ravens Roost Parade the first weekend of June. This is always an exciting event for the corps. Catoctin-Aires members have the option of performing with the corps in this exciting event, which features Ravens football players, staffers, and cheeerleaders!

Following the performance in the Ocean City Ravens Roost Parade, the group will march in local parades sponsored by volunteer fire departments, as well as competitions catering to the marching corps experience.

For more information about the group, please contact Donna Landsperger at 240-405-2604 or by email at donito@aol.com.

This is the fortieth year for Catoctin High School (CHS) softball. The first team was fielded in 1979, and went on to compete in the State Championship game. This was the beginning of a successful program for Catoctin High School. Because of the time constraints, the spring sports teams have not been included in the yearbook for many years. In an effort to have a picture of every CHS Softball Team, we are seeking your help. If you have a team picture for any of the years of 1979 through 1998, please contact Coach Mike at 301-447-6816 or 301-606-7874. We will be glad to copy your photo and return it to you. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this project.

 

James Rada, Jr.

Emmitsburg will still have baseball in town this season, but it won’t be provided by the Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball League (EBSL). Because of dwindling support and participation, the Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball League is taking a break to either re-energize or disband.

According to an e-mail from the EBSL to the Town of Emmitsburg, “Through the devoted efforts of a few, Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball managed to somehow survive the dwindling number of players and volunteers, but the time has now come to merge the two.”

Some residents expressed a bit of shock when the EBSL’s Facebook page showed a post directing players to register with the Thurmont Little League or Catoctin Recreation Council. One member wrote, “There were meetings scheduled to decide what to do. No one attended. More parent volunteers would have eliminated the need to merge with Thurmont. There were only a few board members doing all the work without a president or vice president or player agent or fund raiser, plus many more board vacancies. Some people said they would help next year, but no guarantee, and where were they for the past few years when help was needed. Too little, too late. This will at least provide the opportunity for more kids to play.”

Sandy Umbel with the Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball League said it has been years since the league has had a full board. This means that more and more duties fell on a smaller number of volunteers, and this led to fewer people willing to volunteer because they didn’t have the time to do everything. The league also had fewer than 90 participants last year. The softball program was dropped entirely because the team that did play, aged out. “To run a good program, you need probably 180 to 200 kids,” Umbel said. “Kids have been dwindling each year.”

With so few participants, all of the games could not be played against other town teams. The teams needed to travel to nearby communities to play against other teams. All of the travel proved to be a reason that many parents cited for enrolling their team in another league.

All of the Emmitsburg baseball players under thirteen years of age are being referred to Thurmont Little League so that they can register to play. Softball players are being sent to the Catoctin Rec Council.

“Little League is for every kid, and if we can get kids playing together, it’s a fabulous thing,” Thurmont Little League President Jeremy Johnson told the Emmitsburg Mayor and Commissioners.

He said that the area’s kids played basketball, soccer, and football together already, and once they reach middle school, they participate on the same teams. That was his vision for including the Emmitsburg children in Thurmont Little League. Coaches will hold a draft, where players are picked for a team, regardless of where they live. Emmitsburg players already make up roughly a third of the 250 Thurmont Little League players.

Thurmont Little League, which was established in 1952, has a strong record. Its teams were the 2015 9/10 Maryland State Champions, 2016  9/10 Maryland State Champions, 2016 Little League District 2 Champions, 2017 9-11 District 2 Champions, 2017 Little League District 2, and 2017 Maryland State Champions.

Some discussion has taken place about whether the name of Thurmont Little League could be changed, perhaps to Catoctin Little League, to reflect Emmitsburg’s participation in the league. Thurmont Little League President Jeremy Johnson told the Emmitsburg Commissioners that his board would not agree to that at this time. He pointed out that if the name was changed, and then in a year or two the Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball League decided to re-organize, all of the efforts to make the changes would have been for naught.

Thurmont Little League asked the commissioners to use three of the Emmitsburg town’s ballfields for practices and games during the season. This would ensure that baseball was still played in Emmitsburg. He said that Thurmont Little League would prepare, clean, and maintain the fields for the town.

The Emmitsburg Mayor and Commissioners seemed uncertain as to whether or not to embrace the merger. They were happy that children in town would still have a baseball league, but they were disappointed that it wouldn’t be Emmitsburg Baseball.

“We’ve got to beef it (our baseball league) up and bring it back,” expressed Mayor Don Briggs.

Commissioner Cliff Sweeney asked why there couldn’t be teams that were just made up of Emmitsburg players.

“The segregation of Thurmont and Emmitsburg is defeating the purpose of why Sandy (Umbel) came to me,” Johnson said.

Sweeney then mentioned that Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball League had been affiliated with Thurmont Little League at one point, but it had become part of the Cal Ripken program. He said if the town started a Little League program again, the district lines for league teams would require any Little League players from Emmitsburg to play for the Emmitsburg team, even if they were currently part of Thurmont Little League.

“We’re trying to get our league established here again, and we’re not going to get that through Thurmont, I don’t think,” Sweeney said.

Commissioner Elizabeth Buckman pointed out that besides making sure there were enough players, Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball hadn’t been able to get enough parent involvement to run the program.

While the commissioners held off approving Thurmont Little League’s field use request until the league could decide on which specific fields it did want to use, they did approve a request for Mid Maryland United Baseball League to use three of the town’s six fields.

This relatively new league has traveling teams and, unlike Little League, not everyone makes the cut to play on one of the teams. It is also much more expensive to participate in this league. The league will be sponsoring several youth clinics in town, with the goal of eventually rebuilding a new Emmitsburg Baseball League that would be affiliated with either Little League, Babe Ruth, or Cal Ripken Baseball sometime in the future.

“A lot of people want to see it restarted, and once the mechanism is moving forward, I think people will be attracted to it,” said Commission President Tim O’Donnell. “Success attracts interest.”

So, the town now finds itself in the position of having its baseball players recruited for two leagues, and neither one is organized by volunteers in Emmitsburg, at least for this year.

The Catoctin-Ettes, Inc. will again be hosting its free introductory baton twirling course, set to begin on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Classes will be held at the Emmitsburg Elementary School gym from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

The course is taught in a series of five classes, which are geared for the beginner twirler (ages five and up), by experienced teachers.

This is a great way to determine your child’s interest and talent for baton twirling with no costs whatsoever, no obligations, and no commitments.

Batons are loaned free of charge for classtime. Graduation certificates are presented at the last class of the set.

Baton twirling is an exciting and ever-growing sport for both girls and boys.  This course is a refreshing way to learn about marching and twirling in a fun atmosphere.

For more information or to register for the free baton twirling course, please email DONITO@aol.com or call 240-405-2604.

The Catoctin-Ettes are now accepting registration for color guard members for the competition guard. This guard will compete in August through September, using a variety of equipment, including rifles, flags, and sabres.

This is a great opportunity for those who once performed with high school, indoor guard, or winter guard groups to gain experience in dance and color guard arts on the competition floor. They are also accepting those who are interested in marching with the honor guard in this exciting and thrilling activity.

There are also open positions for the parade color guard as well. This consists of marching corps and color guard drill routines.

For more information or to register, please call 240-405-2604 or email DONITO@aol.com.

Friday, February 9, 2018, was a big night at Catoctin High School, when the community gathered at the Lady Cougars’ final home basketball game of the season for a night of celebration and recognition, as graduating senior players were honored and tenured volunteers were recognized.

Prior to the start of the varsity game, during which the Lady Cougars played the Walkersville Lady Lions, the first senior recognized was Britney Murray. Britney managed the lady cougars varsity basketball team and was a part of the Just Dance Club her junior and senior year. After graduation, Britney plans to attend Frederick Community College.

The second senior recognized was Elizabeth “Lizzy” Anne Dougherty. Lizzy has been a member of the Catoctin High School basketball organization for all four years. In addition to basketball, Lizzy has also been a member of the softball organization for all four years. She participated in the “Catoctin Crazies” in the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior class. After graduation, Lizzy plans to attend Frederick Community College, where she intends to play softball. She then anticipates on transferring to Frostburg State University to major in physical education and minor in coaching.

Following the Senior Recognition Program, Catoctin Athletic Director Kevin “Mac” MacMillan introduced the 2018 Wall of Honor inductees.

Gary Miller and Don Santos were also acknowledged for their long-time volunteer work with the Catoctin High athletic program. Both Santos and Miller were inducted onto Catoctin’s “Wall of Honor.”

Gary Miller has been an active volunteer with the football program for thirty-four years. During that time, he handmade helmet plaques for graduating seniors and has been the primary in-game statistician. Gary has also spent twenty-five years coaching both football and baseball for the Catoctin Youth Association program.

Don Santos has been the stadium announcer for Catoctin’s home football games for eighteen years. He not only announces the Friday night varsity home games, but also the junior varsity and ninth grade teams.

Two long-time coaches were also recognized that evening. John and Brenda Woelfel, who are relocating to North Carolina. They received a plaque from the athletic department that read “John and Brenda Woelfel: In appreciation to the both of you for your dedicated service to Catoctin High School. Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar. CHS ATHLETICS 2018.”

As the Wall of Honor is in its third year, previous inductees were William “Buzz” Barker and Bernard “Bun” Wivell (2016), and Mike Valentine and Denise Valentine (2017).

Congratulations to all of these dedicated Catoctin Cougars! The next time you visit Catoctin’s main gym, take a look on the wall where banners are hung to honor Catoctin’s state champion athletes, naming them, their sport, and the year they became champions.

Pictured are CHS Principal Bernard Quesada, CHS Football Coach Doug Williams, Don Santos, Gary Miller, and CHS Athletic Director, Kevin “Mac” McMullen.

The Catoctin Youth Association (CYA) Basketball had its first annual Shoot-A-Thon event on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Catoctin High School. It was an action-packed, fun-filled day for all the participants, ranging from  kindergarten-aged to seniors in high school. Participants competed in seven different age divisions.

There were plenty of smiles, great shots, entertaining games, and community bonding that showed the spirit of their Cougar family. Concessions, music, face painting by Elizabeth McBride, and a bunch of high fives and hugs throughout the day allowed for continuous fun. In addition, over three hundred non-perishable canned foods were collected during the event to be donated to the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Food Banks.

CYA Basketball has forty teams this season, with close to four hundred players. The intent of the Shoot-A-Thon was to help raise funds to offset CYA’s operating costs, help keep team fees as low as possible, provide future developmental resources for the program, and showcase players’ shooting skills.

Prizes were awarded to the highest percentage foul shooter, overall; highest percentage foul shooter in each age group; highest fundraiser overall (1st, 2nd, 3rd place); highest fundraiser at each division level; and the team that raised the most money at each level.

Highest fundraisers overall—1st Place: Drew Nicholson, 2nd Place: Jacob Kiltsch, 3rd Place: Anthony Kreitz and Kelly Glass; Divisional winners: Kellan McGuire, Landis Johnson, Josh Deyton, Abby Shives, Makena Sickeri, Katie Glass, and Courtney Eyler. Highest percentage foul shooter overall—Josh Skowronski; Divisional winners: Layne Ferrell and Kamryn Goodin, Josey Shaffer, Ethan Williams and Colton Gray, Abbey Shaffer, Dalton Reed, Kaden Fossett, and Rachel Fox.

Jason Smith, CYA Basketball president stated, “The leadership team has a vision to truly develop a ‘program.’ This means uniting our youth organization with our high school programs. Our motto is: ONE TEAM, ONE PROGRAM, ONE FAMILY! We used this event to bring all the programs together, and we have much to gain in the future from the success of this event.  We plan to make this an annual event and build on this year’s experience. We do not participate in any other fundraising activities outside of asking local businesses for sponsorships, so this will be our sole fundraiser each year.”

Pictured are Tommy Fitzpatrick (dunking) and Dylan Nicholson.

Photo by Hillary Palmer

Amy Entwistle, Jim Weddle, Chris Barnhart, and Jason Smith are shown during the Shoot-A-Thon. The coaches are coordinating efforts between programs to strenghten basketball participation in the area.

Photo by Deb Abraham Spalding

The Thurmont Top Shots are the youth shooting sports athletes that participate in the youth trapshooting program at the Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman’s Club.

With the support of the Thurmont American Legion Post 168, eight members of the Top Shots participated in the 2017 AIM Grand National Championships, held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, from July 28-August 1, 2017, the largest shooting event of its kind. The Top Shots were awarded the American Legion Champion Squad in the trapshooting singles competition for the second year in a row.

Individual awards were presented to Stephanie Kennedy, who was the Junior, Class C Doubles Champion; and PJ Hinch, who placed tenth in the Junior Handicap competition.

For more information on how to join the Thurmont Top Shot shooting program or if you have any questions, you can contact Coach Dan Neuland at danneuland@verizon.net.

Congratulations to the Thurmont Top Shots!

Pictured from left are Josh Runion, Kyle Snowden, Stephanie Kennedy, Nathaniel Neuland, Blake Seonarain, Jack Stohlman, Shane Biser, and PJ Hinch.

The 2016-17 wrestling season was a difficult one for the Cougars.  Coach Green, now 144 wins and 99 losses in his ten-year career at Catoctin High School, compiled a 4 and 10 regular dual meet record and an overall season total of 6 and 23, not exactly the stellar returns that Catoctin wrestling fans have grown accustomed to.  For a team that has shared so much success in recent years, these uncharacteristic numbers are both disheartening and deceiving, but do nothing to take away the heart and steadfastness that Catoctin wrestlers possess. Disheartening, because Green and his long-time assistants, Coach Gialanella and Garrett Baer, were permanently hobbled by fielding an ultra-thin line-up, and the shrinking number of participants resulted in forfeiting 36 points per match, making winning as a team next to impossible. Deceiving, because six of eight squad members would win 65 percent or more of their individual bouts, a remarkable statistic considering had Catoctin engaged a complete line up, even with wrestlers losing without giving up pins, the team scores would have been  tighter and, in all probability, more than a few of the losses suffered could have been victories. As a result, the Cougars fell from the Maryland State Wrestling Association’s  overall and dual meet rankings, but did manage to hold onto an honorable mention spot as a tournament team—again, due to the fortitude of the young men representing the team. In head-to-head matches, however, the tough and competent squad fared remarkably well and 14 of the 23 losses suffered this year fell within the 36-point deficit, an attribute to the resolve of the individuals that took to the mat in this year of rebuilding. Of the eight wrestlers on the team, only one failed to advance to the regional tournament, and five qualified for the state championships.

At the Bauerlein duals, the Cougars were victorious in only one match as a team, but individual results were much more positive. Zachary Bryant, the 113-pound junior, swept the competition to remain unbeaten in seven matches. Jacob Baker suffered only a single loss during the tournament, and Wyatt Payne and Josh Small registered only two losses. At the Hub Cup—still regarded as one of the toughest tournaments around—a notable six of eight Cougar wrestlers advanced to the medal rounds, including RJ Monaghan and Jacob Baker, taking 5th place; Ethan Fuss and Wyatt Payne each securing 4th; Joshua Small settling for 3rd place after a loss in semi’s; and Zachary Bryant taking 2nd  place with a loss in finals. Catoctin still placed 8th as a team in a field of twenty-two squads, a testament to the quality and grit of  the Cougar wrestlers. Although the team would win only a single match at the Catoctin duals, the team’s home tournament, the individual wrestlers would continue to perform above expectations. RJ Monaghan would remain undefeated in all eight matches; Ethan Fuss, Zachary Bryant, Jake Baker, and Josh Small would lose only one match apiece.

Frederick County has witnessed  the unprecedented perennial success of its high school wrestling programs in recent years, achievements that are simply unequaled anywhere else in the state. The ten public high schools in Frederick County are continually setting new standards for wrestling excellence throughout the state. This year, eight of the twenty-eight state champions represented Frederick County—that’s almost one quarter of  all the champions. Montgomery County, which has the largest number of public high schools in the state with twenty-five, produced  only three state champions, and all came from the same school. Last season, Frederick County sent thirty-four wrestlers to the state tournament and twenty-two of them placed. The year prior to that, Frederick County boasted ten finalists and five state champions. It is no wonder then, why the Frederick County wrestling tournament is often more competitive than the ensuing regional and state tourneys. Catoctin took 4th place as a team, and all but one of the Cougars made the medal rounds. Zach Bryant and Travis Fields each remained unbeaten en route to their county titles. Fields, a freshman and a fifth-seed underdog, was also honored with the Fred Burgee Award, presented to the tournaments most outstanding wrestler, marking the third time in six years that a Catoctin wrestler was honored with that award (Charlie Perella 2012, 2015). RJ Monaghan, Ethan Fuss, and Wyatt Payne each suffered only one loss early in the competition, to secure 3rd place. Jake Baker and Josh Small both placed 4th. Matt Linker, the 220-pound freshman, failed to advance, but saw plenty of varsity action during his opening year. He finished with a 9-18 record in a very unforgiving weight class for a freshman.

The Cougars secured a 7th place team finish at the 1A-2A West Regional Tournament out of seventeen clubs, not a daunting result considering the teams’ lack of entries. The 1A-2A West is—and statistics back it up—considered to be the best region for wrestling in the entire state. In the past three years, almost half (41 percent) of all place-winners at the state championships represented one of the seventeen schools in this region, 103 of 252. In addition, 62 percent of all state champions (26 of 42) represented the region. Furthermore, there were thirteen 1A-2A West regional final rematches in the state finals, including one particular rematch this year at 113 pounds, a testament to the consistent high level of toughness of the wrestlers that this region continues to produce. Zachary Bryant claimed his first regional crown, along with the number one seed for states, after a first round bye, a first period pin in quarter’s, a 9 to 5 decision in semi’s, and a 10 to 1 major in finals. Ethan Fuss and Josh Small both wrestled back to 3rd place after losing one match a piece. Fuss would drop his quarterfinal match in a close 4 to 2 decision, but win two in a row by decision to advance to states. Small lost his first bout by fall, but qualified for states by winning his next three, two by decision and one by pin. Jake Baker and RJ Monaghan each took 4th place, punching their tickets to be included in the sixteen-man bracket for the state tournament. Baker would lose his first match, win two more by decision, only to face the same opponent he lost to earlier with the same result. Monaghan’s fate would mirror that of Baker. Dropping his first match by fall, Monaghan would win his next two bouts with a pin and a 7 to 1 decision, and  lose a second time to his opening opponent, but this time by a very close 5 to 4 decision.

Wyatt Payne, the 145-pound sophomore, was only a point away from qualifying for states. He lost his opening bout by two points, won by seven in his next match, and lost a close 2 to 1 decision in consolation quarter-finals. Payne continues to improve as he won eight regular season dual matches this season. He went 4 and 2, winning some notable match-ups and taking 4th place at the Hub Cup, finished 5 and 2 at the Bauerlien Duals, and placed 3rd in the county tournament. Selected as an honorable mention to the Frederick News Post All-Area team, he concluded his season with a 21 and 12 total, winning 69 percent of his matches, and bumping his career record to 42 wins and 28 losses.

Like Payne, Travis Fields came up short at the regional tournament, suffering a 9 to 2 loss in the preliminary round. The 132-pound freshman showed promise by winning 56 percent of his matches, including eight regular season duals. He was victorious in three bouts at the Hub Cup, three at the Bauerlien Duals, and five at the Catoctin Duals. He stunned the crowd by sweeping the bracket at the Frederick County tournament, winning not only a county title, but the outstanding wrestler award as well. He posted a  22 and 16 record on the season, and secured an honorable mention bid to the Frederick News Post All-Area team.

Catoctin was able to achieve a 7th place team finish among some ninety-nine public high school wrestling programs, and advanced two of the five state qualifiers to the medal rounds during the state wrestling championships, held for the second year at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. One wrestler would lose a single match in semi-finals, but fight back to take 3rd place. The other would pin his way to finals and become Catoctin’s 8th individual state wrestling champion.(Shane Tiffany 1995, Seth Chilson 2010, Tim Nordan and Charlie Perella 2013, Wayne Wivell and Charlie Perella 2014, and Perella again in 2015).

Placing 4th last year as a sophomore, Ethan Fuss, the 126-pound junior, made his second appearance at the state tournament. Fuss lost his preliminary match, but showed composure by pinning his next two opponents, knowing that his next loss would eliminate him from the contest. He slipped from the medal rounds after a 9 to 3 loss in the following session. Fuss, whose wrestling style is both fearless and exciting, won five regular season dual matches this season, placed 4th at the Hub Cup, went 4 and 3 at Bauerlien, and finished 7 and 1 at the Catoctin Duals. He placed 3rd in both the county and regional tournaments, earning him a  bid to the Frederick News Post All-Area 2nd team. He achieved a record of 28 wins and 15 losses on the year and is creeping toward the 100 win mark, with a career total of 89 victories and 31 defeats. He concludes the year with a ranking of #21 in the State by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Jacob Baker, the 160-pound freshman, was 1 and 2 in his first appearance at the state tournament. He was defeated in his first match by the eventual state champion, won a 10 to 2 decision in the consolation bracket, but was defeated in his next bout and bumped from the competition. The Frederick News Post All-Area 2nd team nominee  had a stellar debut to his high school wrestling career, winning 11 of 14 regular season dual matches, placing 5th at the Hub Cup, and registering only one loss at both the Bauerlien Duals and the Catoctin Duals. He placed 4th in the Frederick County Championships, 4th in the regional championships, won 68 percent of his matches, and finishes his freshman season with a 32 and 13 record.

RJ Monaghan made his first appearance to the state tournament as a junior, representing the 170-pound weight class. He was defeated in his first bout by a one-point, 3 to 2 decision to the eventual 4th place finisher. He scored 18 points to overwhelm his next opponent with a third period technical fall, but failed to advance to the medal rounds, with another close 3 to 2 loss. The exceptionally strong Monaghan, who is ranked at #25 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association and recognized as a Frederick News Post All-Area 2nd team member,  posted a regular dual meet record of nine victories and five defeats. He placed 5th in the Hub Cup, went 4 and 3 at the Bauerlien Duals, and was a perfect 8 and 0 at the Catoctin Duals. He placed 3rd in the county, qualified for states by placing 4th at regionals, finished the season with a 29 and 16 tally, and now has a career total of 60 wins and 43 losses.

Joshua Small, the 152-pound junior, is no stranger to the state tournament. His name has appeared in the state bracket three times. As a freshman, he came away empty handed, but last season, he was able to earn a hard-fought 5th place medal. This year, he would build on that success with two straight wins out of the gate, both by pin, in prelim’s and in quarter’s, guaranteeing himself a spot on the podium. After a 5 to 1 decision loss to the state runner-up, Small would put together two more consecutive wins, a 13 to 3 decision and a 6 to 4 final, to secure a 3rd place finish in a field where the top three medalists all hailed from the 1A-2A West.  Executing a basic, no-nonsense style of wrestling, Small won 9 of 14 regular season dual matches, suffered only one loss for a 3rd place finish at the Hub Cup, sported a 5 and 2 record at the Bauerlien Duals, and went 7 and 1 at the Catoctin Duals. In championship events, he placed 4th in the county, 3rd in the region, and took 3rd at states, resulting in a 1st team nomination to the Frederick News Post All-Area team. Ranked at #17 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, Small wraps up his junior year with 33 wins versus 13 losses, bringing his career total ever closer to the 100 win mark, with 93 victories and 36 losses.

Zachary Bryant is the lone member of the current Catoctin squad that sports a state championship medal for each of his high school wrestling seasons. The deceivingly strong and exciting risk-taker would settle for a 4th place finish during both his freshman and sophomore years, but this year he would realize his potential. Wrestling as the number-one seed in the 113-pound weight class, he would simply dominate his first three opponents in true Bryant fashion, with an aggression that could not be matched, claiming victory by fall in each contest. In finals, Bryant would face an opponent that he had derailed just a week earlier. He prevailed with a 6-3 decision, a score that seems much closer than the action actually showed; when his hand was raised, Bryant officially became Catoctin’s 8th Maryland state champion wrestler. Bryant’s remarkable statistics include a perfect 11 and 0 undefeated regular dual meet total, as well as a flawless 7 and 0 showing at the Bauerlien Duals. He would lose a close finals match at the Hub Cup, settling for 2nd place and finish with one loss, going 7 and 1 at the Catoctin Duals, his only loss of the year to a fellow Maryland high school wrestler. Winning 95 percent of his bouts, the Frederick County champion, 1A-2A West regional champion, and Maryland state champion, Bryant would post a 37 and 2 season record, bringing his career totals to 105 wins and 17 losses. He was honored with a 1st team bid to the Frederick News Post All-Area team and is currently ranked #2 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

      

 Zachary Bryant, 113-pound Maryland State Wrestling Champion

   Josh Small takes 3rd place at Maryland State Wrestling Championships.

Zachary Bryant, 113-pound Maryland State Wrestling Champion.

Charmane Nesbitt

The Catoctin High School Cougars placed second in the State during the Interscholastic Unified Track and Field State High School Invitational in May.  All season, they worked hard preparing for this day.

Heat results for the 100-meter run include: 1st place—Destiny Knestout, Max Bingman, Nathan Schwartzbeck; 2nd place—Savannah Smith-Sanchez; 3rd place—David Toddes.

Placing first in the 200-meter run were Kaleb Welch and Jordan Kaas.

Kimberly Shields placed second in the 400-meter run.

The shot put division winners are as follows: 1st place—Kaleb Welch; 2nd place—Max Bingman, Cecelia Bosche, and Nathan Schwartzbeck; 3rd place—Caleigh Laprad.

The javelin flight winners include: 1st place—Savannah Gillis, Riley Flick, and Kimberly Shields; 2nd place—David Toddes; 3rd place—Jordan Kaas, Destiny Knestout, and Savannah Smith-Sanchez.

In the running long jump event, Tierney Monaghan placed second.

The 4 x 400 relay team: Caleigh Laprad, Jordan Kaas, Kimberly Shields, and David Toddes placed second.

The 4 x 100 relay team:  Savannah Smith-Sanchez, Nathan Schwartzbeck, Cecelia Bosche, and Kaleb Welch placed first.

The Cougars were awesome, giving their personal best and showing good sportsmanship! Great job, Team. We celebrate your second place finish in the state!

CHS Unified Track and Field team with coaches Charmane Nesbitt and Guy Nesbitt.

Deb Spalding

Brian Mo, a WFRE radio deejay, served as master of ceremonies during the Thurmont Little League’s 66th Season Opening Day on April 15, 2017. The Thurmont Little League (TLL) teams were introduced starting with Tee-Ball. This season, the Cubs are being sponsored by the Thurmont Free Masons with Manager Justus Yocum, and Assistant Coaches David Ohler, Chad Hahn, Brandon Green, and Chris Cassidy; the Nationals are being sponsored by Roy Rogers with Manager Jon Barton, and Assistant Coach, Ted Belanger; the Orioles are sponsored by Tobacco Free Frederick with Manager Jeremy Johnson, Assistant Coaches Ryan Tokar, and Eric Renner; the Pirates are sponsored by Bekwarm with Manager Devin Bradshaw with Chris Santos, Josh Workman, and Chris Kehne; the Royals are sponsored by Roddy Creek Auto with Manager John Veronie, and Assistant Coaches BJ Schildt, Chris Emert, and Kevin Riffle; the White Sox are sponsored by Gateway Orthodontics with Manager Nick Whetzel, and Assistant Coaches Chad Dewees, Justin Misner, and Troy Tyler.

The Instructional League teams were introduced including the Cubs sponsored by Dave Seiss Construction with Manager Brandon McQuay, and Assistant Coaches Ron Lewis, and Chris Merriman; the Indians are sponsored by Davis Systems with Manager Chris Morlan, and Assistant Coaches Lane Strobel, Jimmy MCCauley, and Matt Gallion; the Mets are sponsored by Affordable Glass with Manager Chris Hewitt, with Jason Braner, and Rob Bassler; the Orioles are sponsored by Mearl R. Tyler Painting with Manager Dan Austil, and Assistant Coaches Adam Cregger and PJ Nicholson; the Pirates are sponsored by 40 West & J. Rothrock Outfitters with Manager Joey Youngerman, and Assistant Coaches Tommy Odeon, Matthew Rolko, and Luke Humerick; the Rangers are sponsored by Ashby Transportation Consultants with Manager Michael Courtney.

The Minor League teams include the Brewers sponsored by Ace Hardware with Manager Matt Myers, and Assistant Coaches Craig Mayne, Karl Williams, and Chris Stahley; the Cubs are sponsored by American Legion #168 with Manager Keith Myers, and Assistant Coaches Jay Code, Chris Buyers, and Jordan Snyder; the Nationals are sponsored by PJ’s Roofing with Manager Devin Bradshaw, and Assistant Coaches Justin Bowley, Marc Clauson, and Jason Savage; the Orioles are sponsored by Amber Hill Physical Therapy with Manager Joe Wehage, and Assistant Coaches Melissa Kinna, Tony Scarzello, Jeremy Johnson; the Rays are sponsored by A Step Up Physical Therapy wit Manager Rob Beloumo, and Assistant Coaches Greg Mehall, and Bill Salonis; the Red Sox are sponsored by Shamrock Restaurant with Manager Phil Morris, and Assistant Coaches John Reese, Michael Smith, and James Martin.

The Major League Teams include the Cubs sponsored by Concur with Manager Erik Krauss and Assistant Coaches Tim Cramer, Tom Fraley, and Clint Moore; the Nationals are sponsored by Thurmont AMVETS with Manager Bill Utermahlen, and Assistant Coaches Wayne Watkins, George Puvell, and Bob Buffington; the Orioles are sponsored by Catoctin Dental with Manager Bobby Shugars, and Assistant Coaches Paul Kovalchik, Brent Reynolds, and Craig Wangness; the Reds are sponsored by Med One Pharmacy with Manager Jeremiah Stull, and Assistant Coaches Chris Skowronski, Ryan Ferrell, and Jake Baker; the Yankees are sponsored by Woodsboro Bank, with Manager Tim Castellow, Assistant Coaches Jason Crum, Dave Manning, and Dave Shipton.

Congratulations were extended to the 2016 All-Star Team 11/12 District 2 Champions managed by Jessie Williams and coaches Ed Lowry and Chris Skowronski with players Griffin Puvel, Logan Simanski, Will Gisriel, EJ Lowry, Joshua Skowronski, Braden Bell, Connor Crum, Dylan Nicholson, Ayden Shadle, Dalton Williams, Devin Baxter, and Dylan Cevario.

The 2016 All-Star 9/10 District 2 Maryland State Champions were introduced with Manager Tim Castellow, coaches Dave Manning and Dave Shipton, and players Keith Castellow, Jacob Bell, Rylan Manning, Garrett Worth, Caden Diggs, Donovan Baker, Peyton Castellow, Braden Manning, Joseph McMannis, and DJ Shipton.

The Little League Pledge and Little League Parent Pledge were recited. A tribute to Jackie Robinson was presented in this 70th anniversary of the first time he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Since 2009, Major League Baseball has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. Each TLL player was given a number 42 to hold during this special tribute and one TLL player, Peyton Morris, chose to wear number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson this season.

The National Anthem was sung by Thurmont resident, Bridey Puvel. She had just finished her last show at the Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre in Frederick, Maryland in the production of The Little Mermaid. She completed studies at Shenandoah University’s Music Conservatory and will be leaving in May for an internship in Music Therapy at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The First Pitch of the season was thrown by Wyatt Black whose dad, Chris Black, spoke about Wyatt’s journey battling and healing from bacterial meningitis and thanked the community for their support.

A group of TLL players closed out the ceremony with the song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Players, coaches, parents, and spectators excitedly await the commencement of Thurmont Little League’s 66th Season Opening Day on April 15, 2017.

Members of the Pirates Tee-Ball Team are shown exiting the field following the opening day ceremony.
Wyatt Black throws the first pitch to open the 2017 Thurmont Little League season of baseball.

 2016 Championship Team players proudly display their championship banners during the opening day ceremony.

Melissa Kinna

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, over 275 Little League players, ages four through twelve, will take to the fields for the 2017 Thurmont Little League (TLL) Opening Day of Baseball. The day will begin at 8:45 a.m., with the first round of games, followed by an Opening Day Ceremony at 10:00 a.m., with special guest announcer Brain Mo from WFRE.  The Board of Directors would like to invite the entire community to celebrate the beginning of the 2017 season.

The TLL Opening Day festivities will include two Egg Hunts for the kids at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., as well as 50/50 drawings, ice cream, and more.

“Our Opening Ceremonies are always a wonderful day to celebrate our players, parents, and volunteers,” said Ed Lowry, TLL president.

Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball. Thurmont Little League is proud to have been able to provide this opportunity to our community for sixty-six years, and continue to be one of the largest youth sports association in the Northern Frederick County area.

It will be a great 2017 season at Thurmont Little League, so please mark your calendars for Opening Day on Saturday, April 15. Check us out on the web at www.TLLbaseball.com, visit us on Facebook: ThurmontLittleLeague, or on Twitter or Instagram @theTLLnetwork.

The 41st Annual YMCA of Frederick County Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Downtown Y on Market Street in Frederick. Seven new inductees will be recognized, including 1983 Catoctin High School graduate, Jerome Nolan, as a Record-Setting Place Kicker.

Jerome, born and raised in Thurmont, was active in youth sports from an early age. Three of the five midget league football teams that he played on went undefeated. As a two-way starter on the undefeated Catoctin High School JV team, he also began his career as a place kicker. As a sophomore two-way starter for the varsity team, Jerome won all-MVAL and all-county honors as a place kicker and set a school record for PATs in a game. As a high school junior, he was named a First Team all-area linebacker and kicker. As senior captain of the undefeated MVAL and region champion Cougars, he was named as the Frederick News Post Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with repeating all-star honors from his junior year. He went on to set several team kicking and punting records at Towson University.

Other inductees include Rosalind Anderson—National Age Group Champion Hurdler; Cara Consuegra—All-American Basketball Player and Outstanding College Coach; Ron Manges—Great Athlete, Football Coach, and Sports Announcer; Franklin Martz (deceased)—Outstanding Baseball Player and Coach; Randy Richter—Founder of Soccer and Lacrosse Officials Associations; Darryl Whiten—Outstanding Basketball Player, Coach, and Community Leader.

Tickets to the banquet are $40.00 each and are available through Kim Selby at the Frederick YMCA at 301-663-5131.

Thurmont Baseball is actively planning to make 2017 their best year ever. Registration is now open and is in full swing until February 24, 2017. Visit their website at www.TLLbaseball.com to register, and please share the message with your friends. Additionally, they will be offering in-person registration on February 5 at the TLL clubhouse (above the concession stand) from 10:00 a.m.-noon.

Players from Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Rocky Ridge, Woodsboro, Taneytown, and Union Bridge are welcome to register. They also offer a sibling discount that applies to families with more than one player. The 2017 League Divisions: All games played at the Thurmont Complex — Tee-Ball (ages 4-6): typically 7 to 10 teams; Instructional League (ages 5-8): typically 6 to 8 teams; Minor League (ages 7-11): typically 8 to 10 teams; Little League Major (ages 9-12): 6 teams; Babe Ruth (ages 13-18): typically 3 to 5 teams.

At the Tee-ball, Instructional, Minor, and Major divisions, all of their games are played in-house at the Thurmont Baseball Complex. This provides their families the convenience of not having to travel around the county for games during school nights. They also have their beautifully renovated concession stand, serving some of the best concession fare in Frederick County. New in 2017, they will be offering some healthier dinner options for families—but don’t worry, the pizza and nachos aren’t going anywhere!

Thurmont Little League is looking forward to seeing your player on their ball fields. Feel free to call Ed Lowry at 267-664-5059 with questions or email them at thurmontbaseball@hotmail.com. View their advertisement on page 28.