Fifteen Baltimore area schools won a total of 17 of the 28 MPSSAA state championships awarded last week.
The Severna Park, Hereford, and Oakland Mills’ athletic programs, the three most winningest athletic programs in the Baltimore area in MPSSAA history, added to their riches this weekend. The Falcons won a 4A state title in boys lacrosse, the Bulls won three state championships, in boys lacrosse (2A), girls track and field (3A), and tennis (2A), and the Scorpions won their state best 14th state title in boys track and field.
The Falcons won their state best 79th overall state championship, seven more than Eleanor Roosevelt. The Bulls won their 34th state title on the boys side, their 34th on the girls side (their state title in tennis is not credited to either boys or girls), and their 67th, 68th, and 69th overall state championships, catapulting Middletown for fourth best in MPSSAA history. The Scorpions won their 59th state title, and now have won 53 of their 59 state titles on the boys side, by far the best in MPSSAA history.
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State Titles by School (Overall)
79 Severna Park
72 Eleanor Roosevelt
59 Oakland Mills
49 River Hill
State Titles (Boys Program)
53 Oakland Mills
31 Fairmont Heights
28 River Hill
21 Severna Park
21 Thomas Johnson
State Titles (Girls Program)
57 Severna Park
53 Eleanor Roosevelt
29 Bethesda Chevy Chase
The Falcons won their tenth boys lacrosse state title, and their fifth straight, dominating Catonsville, 11-3, in the 4A state title game. Charlie Evans scored a MPSSAA championship game record seven goals, five in the first half, as the Falcons took a commanding 8-0 halftime lead. The Falcons took 28 shots before intermission, to the Comets three. The Falcons started nine seniors, including Evans and face off man Colin Shadowens (Navy commit), who won 14 of 15 face offs in the state title game. The Comets came in with a 11-0 record. First year coach Travis Loving won his first state championship as head coach with the Falcons, after winning a pair as their defensive coordinator. Before the season, Dave Earl stepped down as the Falcons coach for personal reasons, after leading the Falcons to four straight state championships. The Falcons have won 16 regional championships in boys lacrosse, 15 since 1999. The Falcons tenth state title in boys lacrosse is tied with Hereford (who won the ‘21 2A state title) for the most in MPSSAA history.
The Falcons athletic program’s girls teams have won more state championships – 57, than any other school in MPSSAA history, four ahead of Eleanor Roosevelt. The girls field hockey team have won more state championships – 24, than any other program in any other sport in MPSSAA history. Hall of Fame Coach Lillian Shelton led the Falcons to twenty of those state championships, more than any other coach in any sport in MPSSAA history. In addition to the boys lacrosse and field hockey state titles, the Falcons have won six state championships each in girls soccer, boys cross country, and volleyball.
Hereford had a state championship weekend like no other, winning three state titles, moving from the fifth most overall MPSSAA state championships and one behind Middletown, to fourth most overall, and two ahead of the Knights. The Bulls and Knights are the only two schools in MPSSAA history to have both their boys and girls athletic programs win at least 30 state championships. With the Hereford tennis team winning their first state title, out-pointing Poolesville, 75-65, the Bulls became just one of five schools to win state championships in 13 different sports. The Bulls fall sports teams have won 46 state championships, more than any other school in MPSSAA history.
After winning their first girls track and field state championship in 2019, the Bulls won their second consecutive (no state championship in 2020 due to the pandemic) state championship last week. Lizzie Lopez won the 3A long jump state title, clearing 5-04. Lopez was also a part of the Bulls gold medal winning 4×400 relay team, which clocked in at 4:02.78. Joining Lopez on the ‘4 by 4’ were Hadley Sweeney, Piper Lentz, and Laura Schmidt. The former three all return next year. The Bulls girls 4×800 relay team – Caroline Benda, Sweeney, Estelle Snider, and Lily Moore, also captured a gold medal. The latter three are all sophomores. Senior Elizabeth Schriver took the gold in the pole vault, clearing 11-06.
The Bulls boys lacrosse program won their 10th state title, keeping pace with Severna Park, who also won their tenth. The Bulls Owen Cogan scored his second game-winning goal in as many games in the state championship game, after Kent Island tied the game at 4-4, with less than five minutes remaining. Coach Kyle Lippert won his first state championship with the Bulls, who won their first state title since winning six straight state championships from ‘08 through ‘13. The Bulls had five different scorers score their five goals. The Bulls came back from down 6-1 to Glenelg in the state semifinals, to squeak past the Gladiators, 13-12, on Cogan’s game-winner. Trey Gibbons scored three goals for the Bulls in the semifinal win.
The Oakland Mills boys track and field team won the athletic program’s 59th overall state championship in the school’s 48 year history, led by a trio of runners who each won a pair of gold medals in their individual championship heats. Junior Judson Lincoln IV won the 200 and 400 meter sprints, including running a personal best 48.35 in the 400. Lincoln was undefeated in both the 200 and 400 this season. Senior Baidy Ba took home the gold in both the 800 and 3200, setting both the MPSSAA 3A state championship record, and the Howard County all-time mark, with a time of 9:11.32. Senior Isiah Rucker swept the hurdle events, winning at both 110 and 300 meters. The Scorpions 4×200 team won the gold, with another quartet of sprinters – Trevin McHargh, Quincy Julien, Kanye Holland, and Shane King.
Overall, the Scorpions boys won seven gold medals, and ten total medals, while also medaling in the 4×400, triple jump, and high jump, and adding a fourth place finish in the long jump. Lincoln, Ba, Rucker, and John Tatum IV, won a silver medal in the 4×400, Ba’s third race within a hour, after winning the 800 and 3200. Rules prevented Ba from competing in the 1600, a race that very well may have given him three gold medals on the day. Lincoln won the bronze in the 100, giving him four medals on the day. Sophomore Abdul Hassan won the bronze medal in the high jump.
The Scorpions extended their state best mark to 14 state championships in boys track and field, a sport that was awarding state titles by the MPSSAA twenty years before the school on Kilimanjaro even opened. No other school in the state has won more than half of the Scorpions 14 state titles since it opened. In track terms, the Scorpions have lapped everyone, at least once. The Scorpions have had the most successful boys athletic program in MPSSAA history, by far, with 53 state titles on the boys side, 19 more than the next best, Hereford. With the crown, Oakland Mills became the first school in MPSSAA history to win at least 15 state championships in each of the three sports seasons, and are the only school to win at least 12 state titles in three sports – boys track and field, boys soccer (12), and boys cross country (12).
Fallston won their sixth state championship in boys lacrosse, as the Baltimore area teams took three of the four boys lacrosse state championships. The Cougars saw their lead over Smithsburg in the state title game trimmed to one, 8-7, early in the third quarter, before scoring five of the last six goals and defeating the Leopards, 13-8. Peter Buckler scored five goals for the Cougars, while sophomore faceoff man Aiden Dixon won 22 of 24 faceoffs. Senior goalie Jack Emmett held the Leopards to one goal in the final 18 minutes.
In the 4A girls lacrosse state championship game, undefeated Broadneck held off a stiff challenge from Arundel, in an all Anne Arundel affair, as the Bruins escaped with a 12-11 victory over the Wildcats. The two league foes were tied at five early in the second half, before the Bruins exploded for six goals in less than five minutes to take a 11-5 seemingly commanding lead. The Wildcats scored four straight goals and cut the margin to two, 11-9, before the Bruins held off one last flurry by the Cats, one in which they scored twice in the final minute to cut the lead to one. Sophomore Lexi Dupcak, who scored a pair of goals in the Bruins second half run, won the faceoff to stave off the Wildcats.
The 3A girls lacrosse state title game had the Mustangs of Marriotts Ridge facing off with the Mustangs of CM Wright, before the former won their fourth state title in their program’s history, and their first in seven years. Marriotts Ridge six goal lead had been cut to two goals with just over five minutes to play, before they responded with a pair of goals within 35 seconds of each other, and took a 15-11 victory. Maisy Clevenger scored five goals for Marriotts Ridge, while Maggie Merrill scored four.
Liberty girls won the school’s first lacrosse state championship, in boys or girls, coming back from a 5-2 deficit and posting a 10-9 win over Fallston. The Lions, who came into the playoffs with a 5-4 record, had lost in all four of their previous state title title game appearances. The Lions took their first lead midway through the second half, 7-6, then built the lead to 10-7, before settling with a 10-9 victory. The Lions sophomore attacker Riley Matthiesen led all scorers with five goals.
Aside from Oakland Mills boys and Hereford girls capturing track and field state championships, Milford Mill captured the 3A boys state title, Dunbar the boys 1A state championship, Howard the girls 4A crown, and Western Tech the girls 1A state title, giving the Baltimore area six of the eight track and field championships held last week.
Milford Mill won their fourth state championship, but their first in 29 years, when they won their third in five years. Three different Millers runners won gold medals in the 100, 200, and 800 meters. Senior Shavar Staats won the 100 with a time of 10.70, senior Marquis Miller took the 400 with a time of 49.53, and junior Korede Otusaje came within five-hundredths of a second of setting the 2A MPSSAA championship mark in the 800, with a time of 1:53.85. Staats added a silver medal in the 200. Otusaje was also a part of the Millers 4×800 gold medal winning relay team, joining Alphonsis Korie, Breeze Wigfield, and Brian Wright. The Millers also won a silver medal in the 4×200 relay, and a bronze medal in the 4X100 relay.
The Dunbar Poets won their first track and field championship, in boys or girls, with junior Aaron Charles winning four gold medals, taking the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and providing the anchor leg on both the state champion 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams. Senior Tyreek Sykes, who won the silver medal in the 100, finishing behind only Charles, joined Charles on both the gold medal winning relay teams. Joining Charles and Sykes on the 4X100 team were juniors Jalen Bowen and Marquil Green, who also ran on the 4X200 title team. Darin Ragin was the fourth member of the 4×200 relay unit. The Poets state title was their 33rd overall for their athletic program, and first outside boys basketball, football, and girls basketball.
Howard girls track and field won their third state championship in their program’s history, and their first since 1995. The Lions became the first Howard County school to win a 4A state title in track and field, boys or girls. The Lions won just one individual and/or team gold medal, but it was their balance that pushed the Lions atop the 4A girls board, with 11 top 5 finishes, including eight medal winners. The Lions won the gold in the 4×200 relay, with three juniors and a freshman. Juniors Michaela Greene, Olivia Hammond, and Kiara Murray, joined freshman Dakota West on the award winning quartet.
After having won just four girls track and field state titles over the 45 years of the event, and just four of the 175 gold medals given over all classifications, Baltimore County schools took home their fifth and sixth gold medals in the sport.
Western Tech won their first girls track and field state title in school history, and joined Hereford in handing the county two champions in the same year in the sport for the first time. The Wolverines became just the third different school in the county to win a girls track and field crown, joining Milford Mill, who won two outright state titles and shared another, and Hereford, who won their second last weekend. A group of five girls led the Wolverines to four gold medals and enough points to hold off Brunswick, 77.5-74. Smithsburg had won (shared in 2019) eight straight 1A state championships. Junior Laila Gaynor took the 400 meter crown, coming in at a time of 57.75, and joined a trio of teammates to capture the 4X400 crown. Junior Samara Jones secured the triple jump gold medal, measuring 35-04, and joined Gaynor on the gold medal winning relay team. Freshman Shania Staats won the long jump event, measuring 15-00.5 in her final leap. Staats sister, Shanise, a sophomore, joined Gaynor and Jones on the 4×400 champion unit, as did senior Aissatou Diallo. Jones, Diallo, and the Staats sisters, took home a silver medal in the 4X200 relay. Gaynor and Jones placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 meter dash.
Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County joined league foe Northeast as the only two schools in MPSSAA history to win eight softball state titles, as the Cougars topped Reservoir, 3-1, in the 3A state championship game. Jerzie Nutile carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, and held off a Gators rally in the seventh to secure the program’s eighth crown. Sophomore catcher Samantha Larkin hit a two run blast in the fifth inning to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.
Catonsville won their third state title in softball, and their first in 18 years, with a 1-0 shutout of North County in the 4A state title game. The Comets scored after sophomore Abigail Mitchell reached base on an error in the second inning, and came home on a sacrifice bunt from junior Caelyn Voss. Comets Sammi Sisolak pitched a shutout against the previously unbeaten Knights, and struck out nine. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Knights had runners on second and third base, with one out, before the Comets denied a ‘suicide squeeze’, and Sisolak closed the game with her ninth ‘k’.
Patterson Mill shut down Allegany, 4-1, in the 1A softball state championship game, and the Huskies won their first state crown in the sport. Huskies pitcher Madison Knight, a Syracuse commit, struck out ten Campers, and allowed just one run. The Huskies, who finished the season 22-0, rallied in the fifth inning off of a bloop single, a swinging bunt, and an error. Pikesville won the 1A tennis state championship in the second year a team champion was recognized in the sport. Severna Park’s bid to become the first MPSSAA school to win an overall total of 80 state championships was foiled when the Falcons lost to Sherwood in extra innings of the 4A state title game in baseball.
In all, Baltimore area teams won 17 of the 28 state titles given on championship weekend, including 15 of 20 in boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls track and field, and softball.
HS Sports Analyst
Willie, a native of Chicago, and now a resident of Columbia for 40 years, is an educator at Homewood Center in Howard County, after spending 12 years as a real estate agent, following 10 years of running a small men’s retail company. Willie has contributed to Max Preps, Digital Sports, and Varsity Sports Network. Willie has produced MPSSAA top 25 rankings for both football and basketball for 15 years, across various platforms. From a large ‘sports family’, Willie’s brother Mike led Reservoir High to the 3A basketball state title game in 2018, while his nephew Anthony serves as the Indianapolis Colts College Scouting Coordinator.