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Blair Garrett

As temperatures rise, the snow begins to melt, and February comes to a close, high school spring sports will be kicking into high gear.

A cast of new athletes are coming in to provide Catoctin High athletics spring sports teams with the energy, drive, and dedication to be successful on and off the field. Catoctin spring sports include: boys baseball, girls softball, boys and girls lacrosse, and tennis.

Baseball. The Cougars look to improve on last season’s 6-4 record. The team has multiple matchups versus Boonsboro and Brunswick on its plate, which may be the deciding factor for the success of Catoctin High’s season. With a crop of talented athletes across the field, Catoctin Baseball appears to have another strong season in the works. The season tees off  March 21, against familiar foe Gov. Thomas Johnson.

Softball. Catoctin Softball’s 11-4 2018 season was a smashing success, and the team hopes to replicate its winning ways for the 2019 campaign. The team was bounced by the Bohemia Manor Eagles in the Maryland Girls Softball State Championships, but the Cougars’ trail back to the playoffs runs through its rivalry games early in the season.

Boys Lacrosse. Catoctin Lacrosse struggled across the board last season, but with a fresh team, fresh year, and a fresh mindset, the boys head into the 2019 season with the goal to continue improving. Getting off to a strong start might make the difference for the Cougars. The team kicks off its season in an away game on March 26 against Gov. Thomas Johnson.

Girls Lacrosse. After a rough previous season, Catoctin Girls Lacrosse has its sights set on a new start, as the team kicks off its season versus North Hagerstown on March 21. A win in the first game of the season could turn the tides and build confidence for the team moving forward.

Tennis. Catoctin Tennis kicks off with back-to-back matches March 21 and March 22 in back-to-back exhibition matches against local rivals, Boonsboro and Linganore. The team will look to get back into the win column after its hot start last season.

Theresa Dardanell

Catoctin High School (CHS) athletes who signed up to attend  colleges and universities in the fall.


Football: Will Bingman, Clarion University; Joey Fogle, Gettysburg College.


Soccer: Noah Olson, Frederick Community College.


Baseball: Ryan Fisher, Mount St. Mary’s University; Dylan Reid, Hagerstown Community College; Nick Ford, Frederick Community College; Brett Weatherly, Fairmont State University; Connor Cramer, Fairmont State University.


Lacrosse: Colin Webb, Messiah College; Brenden Bozick, Frederick Community College; Sam Staley, Frederick Community College.


Softball: Lizzie Dougherty, Frederick Community College; Taylor Beckley, Frederick Community College; Maddie Krantz, Penn State.


A ceremony was held at CHS on May 23, 2018, to recognize the athletes. Assistant Athletic Director Keith Bruck introduced the coaches, Paul Dumars, Rob Phelan, Mike Franklin, and Neil Metzgar, who praised and congratulated the students. An enthusiastic crowd of parents, families, friends, and fellow students attended the event.

Pictured are ten of the student athletes recognized during the signing ceremony at Catoctin High School. Pictured left to right are Brett Weatherly, Dylan Reid, Nick Ford, Ryan Fisher, Connor Cramer, Joey Fogle, Will Bingman, Colin Webb, Brendan Bozick, and Noah Olson. Unavailable for photo: Sam Staley, Lizzie Dougherty, Taylor Beckley, and Maddie Krantz.

Photo by Theresa Dardanell

Thurmont Little League Invites Entire Community to Join in Celebration of 65th Season of Baseball

Melissa Kinna

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, over 275 little league players, from the ages of four through twelve, will take the fields for Thurmont Little League’s (TLL) 65th season of baseball. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the first round of games, followed by an Opening Day Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. The Board of Directors would like to invite the entire community to celebrate the beginning of the 2016 season and reflect on sixty-five years of baseball history.

The TLL Opening Day festivities will include a Kid’s Fun Zone with several games and activities, raffles, 50/50 drawings, ice cream, and more—a love of baseball and a celebration of the community.

“Our opening ceremonies are always a wonderful day to celebrate our players, parents, and volunteers,” said Ed Lowry, TLL president. “This year is an extra special year as we celebrate Thurmont Little League’s 65th season of baseball. We’re excited to kick off our new season and look forward to a great year of baseball.”

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 be able to provide this opportunity to our community for sixty-five years and continue to be one of the largest youth sports association in the Northern Frederick County area.

It will be a great 2016 season at Thurmont Little League; please mark your calendars for Opening Day on Saturday, April 16. Check us out on the web at or visit us on Facebook @ThurmontLittleLeague or on Twitter or Instagram @theTLLnetwork.

Catoctin High School JV Lady Cougars Finish Successful Season

The Junior Varsity Lady Cougars recently completed the 2015-2016 season. Despite being in a new conference and playing a very tough schedule, they finished with a record of thirteen wins and seven losses. This included wins over Urbana, Walkersville, and Governor Thomas Johnson. Coaches Rick and Sara Wastler would like to thank the girls for their hard work to make this a successful season.


Pictured from left are: (front row) Syd Zentz, Lexi Smith, Olivia Crum, Mel Topper, Dru Long, and Rachel Waldron; (back row) Coach Sara Wastler, Chloe Wivell, Raegan Smith, Lizzie Dougherty, Kelly Glass, Summer Belanger, and Coach Rick Wastler.

Catoctin High School Sports Boosters Announce “Wall of Honor” Inductees

Catoctin High School (CHS) Sports Boosters has added a “Wall of Honor” Banner in the gymnasium to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond the normal parent or fan support. The first two names on the banner are William “Buzz” Barker and Bernard “Bun” Wivell. Each in his own way has been a tremendous asset to the Sports Boosters, a sports program at CHS, and they both have been equally as generous with youth programs.

Mr. William “Buzz” Barker passed away on November 23, 2015. Buzz was a Frederick County Basketball referee for eight years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He volunteered for thirty-three years with both the girls and boys basketball programs, keeping the clock for over 1,300 games. He helped with the “chain gang” for football games, helped with timing events at track meets, and umpired at little league games over the years.

His family has created the “Buzz” Barker Scholarship Fund in his memory through Sports Boosters. Accepting the “Wall of Honor” recognition for William “Buzz” Barker were daughter Gwenae Wachter and husband Jerry and daughter Krista Kae Hazen and husband Matt.

Mr. Bernard “Bun” Wivell is the Treasurer of the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company and has held that position for forty-three years. He was chosen because of all the support over the years to CHS Sports Boosters, youth programs, and fees for families in distress through the Michael L. and Douglas A. Wivell Memorial Fund. One of the first big projects was the clothing shack down at the Football Stadium; filling a need for a place for students to purchase apparel and miscellaneous items to promote school spirit, the “Clothing Shack” was born.


Pictured from left are Gwenae and Jerry Wachter and Matt and Krista Kae Hazen, accepting the “Wall of Honor” for William “Buzz” Barker; and “Wall of Honor” Inductee, Bernard “Bun” Wivell.

Catoctin Girls Basketball Celebrates Alumni Night

Catoctin High School Girls Basketball invited alumni to be their guests at the basketball game on February 2, 2016.

There was a very nice turn out for the first year, considering the date had to be changed due to inclement weather. Alumni were introduced at the break between the JV and Varsity games. A brief reception was held after the Varsity game, and everyone enjoyed visiting with old friends.


Alumni in attendance were: (kneeling) Donna Martin ’74, Denise Sanders Valentine ’79, Anne Umbel Benjamin ’72, Jenn Eyler Creeger ’02, Morgan Cole ’11, and Sarah Wastler ’05; (center) Carol Gearhart Long ’72, Samantha Valentine ’05; Jessica Valentine ’05; and Lindsay Benjamin Fuss ’98; (standing) Karen Stitely ’81, Liv Myers ’72, Loretta Stitely Stouter ’79, Karen and Long Cole ’75, Melissa Shaw Kinna ’96, Cyndi Benjamin Miller ’01, Vicky Seiss Troxell ’93, and Tina Boyd Reaver ’80.

Photo by Georgette Stitely


2016 Mid-Maryland Jayvee “A” League Champion Catoctin Cougars

Catoctin won its first-ever League tournament championship, taking jayvee honors in the “A” championships. This is the first time in the history of Mid-Maryland Basketball that a Catoctin team has won the league championship tournament. They are very proud of their players.


2016 Mid-Maryland Jayvee “A” League Tournament Champion Catoctin Cougars: (back row) Coach Jim Weddle, Aiden Shadle, Josh Maze, Bryson Caballero, Chase Bowers, Connor Kock, Bryant Palmer, Mason Albright, Coach Brian Burdette; (front row) Zach Whitmore, Dylan Click, Garrett Malachowski, Tommy Fitzgerald, Ethan Burdette, Garrett Mayhew, and Coach Darryl Dextrauder.

Catoctin MYBA U12 Girls Team Finishes Sucessful Season

The Catoctin MYBA U12 Girls Basketball team finished a very successful season, winning the championship.


Pictured from left are: (back row) Coach Jenn Cregger, who has been volunteering/coaching for CYA Girls Basketball for the past thirteen years; Hailie Dawson, Brynn Shank, Katie Glass, Assistant Coach Brian Glass; (middle row) Mackenzie Thompson, Jaz Weedon, Liza Morgan, Jenna Zentz, Corinn Gregory, Anna Belluomo; (bottom row) Dakota Fitzpatrick, Reese Fox, and Allison Brawner.

Catoctin High School Softball to Hold Crab Cake Dinner

The Catoctin High School (CHS) Softball Team will hold a Crab Cake Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the American Legion in Thurmont, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner will include two crab cakes (a Vigilant Hose Company specialty), baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, roll, drink, and your choice of a dessert. The cost is $15.00 per dinner (eat in or carryout). You can purchase tickets from any CHS softball player or call Coach Jess at 301-788-0976 to hold your tickets at the door. All remaining tickets will be sold at the door until dinners are sold out.

10U Catoctin Baseball Club Claims the Tournament Championship

The 10U Catoctin Baseball Club (CBC) traveled to the Durham, North Carolina, metropolitan area over the weekend of March 18-20, 2016, and were named the Champions of the AAU Super Regional tournament, outscoring their opponents 53-25 over five games.

Over the course of two days, the 10U CBC went five wins and zero losses, competing against teams from Virginia and North Carolina, to claim the tournament championship. One of the highlights of the tournament came in the semi-final round with CBC trailing Elon Phoenix Baseball Club. Down 5-0, Joe McMannis belted a grand slam to put the game in reach. In the bottom of the last inning, Brad Butts singled to tie the game up, and Peyton Castellow’s “walk off” single clinched the game for CBC. Catoctin Baseball Club went on to beat 4G3 Baseball Academy (Greensboro, NC) 17-9 in the championship final.


Pictured from left are: (top row) Brad Butts, Dominic Moats, Joe McMannis, Braden Manning, Garrett Worth, Ajonte Bullock, Caden Diggs; (bottom row) Danny Orr, Peyton Castellow, D.J. Shipton, and Donovan Baker.

Catoctin Youth Association’s Sharks Basketball Team Finishes a Great Season and Gives Back to Community

de Catoctin Youth Association (CYA) Rec Basketball team, the Sharks!  This season, they focused on learning basketball fundamentals; being coachable; and most importantly, teamwork.

The team celebrated their last practice by bringing in non-perishable food items to donate to the Thurmont Food Bank. These young people have learned that they can bring teamwork outside of the court and into their community. CYA would like to thank the Sharks’ players and their parents for all of their support.


Pictured are: (back row) Keelm Dove, Zachary Kerr, Chance Dove, Josh Deyton, and Ethan Williams; (front row) Simon Burrier, Zachary Williams, Carson Fry, Gavin Horn, and Jake Miller.

65th-Seasons-of-Baseball-CoIn the spring of 2016, Thurmont Little League (TLL) will be celebrating its 65th season of baseball. To help celebrate this exciting year of baseball, they asked their TLL families to share with them in ten words or less: “What Does Thurmont Little League Mean to You?” Below is what they had to say.

“Pretty much life, because I love baseball.” —Bryont Green, player.

“Friends, family, mentors, teachers, role models . . . all wrapped into one.” — Dylan and Tracey Jessee, player and parent.

“Seeing the development of all the kids over the years.” —Jason Moore, coach.

“TLL provides the invaluable opportunity for family and friends to nurture a sense of pride, commitment, and community.” —Mark and Tammy Tingler, coach and parent.

“TLL is a place where kid’s dreams can come true.” —Melissa Kinna, parent.

“Lots of fun enjoying the excitement of baseball.” —Aiden Mayne, player.

“It represents my community and that makes me want to do my best.” —Matthew Tingler, player.

“TLL has made me realize how fun baseball is!” —Justin Mehall, player.

“Smiles on the kids’ faces when friends compete against each other.” —Jen Moore, parent.

“I love baseball and making new friends. It makes me happy.” —Brady Davis, player.

“The best place to play baseball.” —Wyatt Kinna.

“Learning skills while making lifetime memories with friends.” —Trish Hahn, parent.

“Meeting new friends and making good memories.” —Nate Marsh, player.

“TLL is community: fun, friends, and baseball family in a small town!” —Kate Gray, player.

“I like the life lessons and memories being made.” —Karen Morris, parent.

“Learning and growing to be the best I can be.” —Jordan Moore, player.

“Making memories with friends while sharing the love of the game.” —Stacey Mayne, parent.

“Great opportunity to interact with other families in our community.” —Erik and Laura Krauss, coach and parent.

“An organization that has made Thurmont feel like home for our family.” —Kathleen Davis, parent.

“I love TLL because I love to play baseball.” —Colton Gray, player.

“…the boys are all so supportive of each other. I think that says a lot about our program.” —Cara McMannis, parent.

“I like the growth by the league and what it’s done for my boys.” —Phil Morris, coach.

“It’s not just baseball; it’s learning character and building life lessons.” —Layla Watkins, parent.

“Forming great relationships with people in our community.” —Dana Marsh, parent.

“Being with friends and it’s just plain fun.” —Payton Morris, player.

“In today’s busy, high tech world, it’s simplicity and tradition.” —Heather Burke, parent.

“TLL means being part of One Big Family.” —Dawn Cevario, parent.

“…it is not just about learning a sport, but learning about patience, consistency, and respect for others.” —Dave Shipton, coach.

“Inspires you to reach your goals.” – Gavin Watkins, player.

“Great opportunity for young children in the community to have fun.” —Dawn Fisher, parent.

“It means family, friendship, fun, sportsmanship and our home away from home.”—Kara Castellow, parent.

“TLL is learning about baseball and getting the chance to play baseball with your friends.” —Matin Donnelly, player.

“TLL is where memories are made, players become friends, and coaches become kids again.” — Ryan and Tammy Ferrell, parents and coach.

“TLL is our home away from home.” —Lisa Lowry, parent.

“Everything; it is good!” —Evan Morris, player.

“The place where you have fun.” —Ben Krauss, player.

“TLL has helped me learn the game and have FUN through some tough years of my life.” —Noland Kinna, player.

“Class act organization and very rewarding to coach and see youth grow on and off the field.” —Craig Mayne, coach.

“Competitive, fun, and I get to play with my friends.” —Dylan Wangness, player.

“Good friends, having fun, enjoying the game, and making memories.” —Debbi Burke, parent.

“Fun, baseball, teamwork, and friends.” —Peyton Castellow, player.

“TLL means having a place to spend countless hours with my son.” —Brent Reynolds, coach.

“TLL means being able to have fun and play a game of baseball with my friends.” —Kyleigh Donnelly, player.

“Fun environment to learn and share with kids and adults.” —Wayne Watkins, coach.

“Community, friendships, and family, all rolled up into one. The experience is UNRIVALED.” —Ed Lowry, coach and president.

“Playing the game I love with my friends.” —Dylan “Pip” Cevario, player.

“Family friendly and fun for the whole family.” —Kiley Gray, parent.

“TLL has been a great experience for our family…it’s been about being part of a community that comes together and forms lasting friendships.” —Brooke Kovalcik, parent.

“Concession stand, friends, games, wall ball, and playing around.” —Keiten Castellow, player.

“At TLL, my boys have fallen in love with the game of baseball, built friendships, and have learned the meaning of being part of a community.” —Nick Kinna, parent.

“TLL is the best place to run the bases with friends.”—Mason Ferrell, player.

“Baseball, friends, small town community, coaching, life-long lessons, memories.” —Tim Castellow, coach.

“TLL is a place where the community comes together to support the movement of children learning about baseball and developing and maintaining lifelong friendships.” —Missy Donnelly, parent.

“TLL means… Learning America’s pastime from a great bunch of volunteers!” —Blaine Young, volunteer.


Registration for the TLL 2016 spring season is NOW OPEN until Tuesday March 1, 2016. Online registration is available at their website at Players for Thurmont, Sabillasville, Emmitsburg, Rocky Ridge, Woodsboro, Taneytown, and Union Bridge are welcome to register.

Come be a part of the Little League experience. All games are played in-house at the Thurmont Little League Complex, which provides families the convenience of not having to travel around the county during school nights for games.

The TLL is looking forward to seeing your player on the Little League Ball Fields. Feel free to call Ed Lowry with questions at 267-664-5059 or email