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The County Times newspaper. Serving St. Mary's County, Maryland. The online presence for The County Times is provided by Southern Maryland Online (www.somd.com).
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The team’s development this seasonis a point of pride for head coachVicki Lydon.
“It is denitely exciting to ad
vance to the next round of playoffs,especially when we got this far lastyear, but lost to South River,” Ly
-don said of last year’s 9-0 loss in the
quarternals.In Thursday’s game, Bonnelkicked off the scoring with a shotfrom 10 yards away that found the back of the cage and gave the Raid
ers the lead for the duration of the
By Chris StevensStaff Writer
LEONARDTOWN – It wasrainy, it was cold and it was no prob
lem for the St. Mary’s Ryken eldhockey team, as they ousted visit
ing St. John’s 1-0 Monday afternoon
Thursday, October 30, 2008
County Times
By Chris StevensStaff Writer
GREAT MILLS – In a 10-game high school foot
 ball season, there are so few opportunities that seem to be one team’s for the taking.The Great Mills football team let one of these slipthrough their ngers Friday night, as opportunisticCalvert High School came out with a 29-19 win thatspoiled the Hornets’ homecoming and left them with just two more games to pick up that elusive win.“Just too many mental mistakes again,” Hornetshead coach Bill Grifth said of a game which featuredfour Great Mills turnovers, all of which were Cavalier interceptions. “The kids are learning on the y, that’sall they can do.”The Hornets were given the opening kickoff by theCavaliers (2-6 on the year, 2-5 in Southern Maryland
Athletic Conference play) and promptly moved the
 ball into Calvert territory, but were forced to punt after  problems with two snaps knocked them back into their own half of the eld.After De’von Wheeler put Calvert ahead 7-0 ona ve-yard touchdown run, the Hornets marched 80yards in just ve plays, culminating in an acrobatic,one-hand touchdown grab by senior receiver Tyler Sanders, exciting the Hornet faithful and knotting thegame at 7. That excitement was tempered when Cal
By Chris StevensStaff Writer
Senior forward Shannon Bonneland Lauren Stevens both scored goalsThursday afternoon as the Leonard
town eld hockey team continuedtheir season long improvement de
feating Old Mill High School 2-1 inthe 4A East Regional quarternals.The Raiders, who improvedto 11-2 on the season with the win,look forward to taking on Broadneck High School on their turf surface, es
-pecially with a playoff win in hand.
Hornets Bounce Westlakein First Round
Speedy Jones’ Goal Keys Victory
Westlake’s AJ Tarleton is deended by Great Mills’ Nelka Careres-Rivera.
Photo By Chris Stevens
By Chris StevensStaff Writer
GREAT MILLS – Bria Jones knowsexactly what the Great Mills girls’ soccer team is up against night in and out.“They look down on us as a small team,like ‘oh, it’s just Great Mills,’” the soph
-omore forward said after the Hornets
defeated Westlake 2-0 in a 3A Southregion rst round match at Hornets Sta
dium Thursday night. “Now, we’re asmall team that’s actually good.”Jones came through with the Hornets’rst goal at the 24:20 mark in the rst half,when she broke between two Westlake
SeasonEnds for 
By Chris StevensStaff Writer
MORGANZA – It cer 
-tainly was not the way Chop-
ticon eld hockey coach AnneVallandingham saw the Braves’season winding down, but thereshe was, smiling in spite of a 2-1loss to Huntingtown High Schoollast Wednesday afternoon in the 3ASouth Region quarternals.Even though the game wasa loss, she expressed pride in
the team’s accomplishments thisseason.
“Some years you’re blessed,and some years, it’s work,” Valland
ingham said with a chuckle. “I wasimpressed with how they started outlike gangbusters in the beginning of the season, but sometimes the balldidn’t bounce our way, and youhave to be able to pick up the piecesfrom there.”Starting out 3-0 this season, the playoff defeat nished their seasonat 6-7, but their regular season re
cord was good enough to host a play
off game, and while the Hurricanesgot on the board rst – courtesy of a Katherine Athens goal – Chopti
con rallied to knot the score before
Sarah Jenkins sent a ball to
wards the net that Victoria Downsmanaged to squeeze by Hunting
 Huntingtown Holds off ChopticonChallenge in Field  Hockey Playoffs
Hornets Let Opportunity Slip
Calvert Forces Turnovers, Keeps Great Mills Winless
KnightsShutoutCadets,Head for WCAC
 Ryken Defense Makes LoneGoal Stand Up
town goalie Hannah Finlayson with just over four minutes left in therst half.The game remained deadlockeduntil the 21:45 mark when the Hur 
ricanes attacked the Braves’ net andChloe Fitzgerald seized control of the ball and slammed a shot pastTracey Bowles for the go-aheadgoal.Even still, Chopticon had sev
eral chances to tie to the game, the best coming in the nal 10 seconds.After the Braves were given posses
Raiders Beat OldMill, Advance to
Region Semifnals
Great Mills Football 
page B-2See
 Ryken Field Hockey
 page B-2See
 Raiders Field Hockey
page B-3See
 Braves Field Hockey
page B-4See
page B-3
Photo By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris Stevens
Ryken’s Ally Rodgers gains control o the ball.Chopticon’s Tara Lewis eyes the ball in last Wednesday’s 3A South Field Hockey Quarter-fnal match.Brian Jenner escapes the Calvert rush
Photo By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris Stevens
Leonardtown’s Emily Lynch sends a ball up feld in the frst hal o Thursday aternoon’s Field Hockey playo match with Old Mill.
County Times
vert’s Brandon Greening took the next kick-off 85 yards down the left sideline for a lead
that the Cavaliers would keep a rm grip on
throughout the contest.“It’s real frustrating,” said Sanders, who
caught ve passes for 121 yards and two
touchdowns on the evening. “Everybody’s
making mistakes, and we can’t just put it on
our youth.”Sanders did his part to keep the Hornets
around, including the rst Hornet score of thegame. On a second and seven from the Cava
lier 31, Sanders out-jumped Wheeler and
hauled in quarterback Brian Jenner’s passwith one hand as he fell into the end zone.
With Matt Brown’s kick sailing through theuprights, the score was briey tied and thecatch left Grifth with nothing but praise for 
his senior receiver.
“Tyler made some tremendous catches,
he had a great night,” the coach said. Sanders,
meanwhile maintains he’s just doing his job.“Just have to catch the ball,” he said mod
estly. “We needed those catches.”
After another Jenner-Sanders connectionbrought the Hornets to within three points,
Great Mills attempted and came up with a
successful onsides kick, but Jenner was picked
off by Greening. He promptly ran the ball allthe way back to the Great Mills 23, and thennished off the Hornets himself with a touch
-down run early in the fourth quarter, leaving
Great Mills disappointed, but undeterred.“This is still a young team,” Grifth saidof the sophomore and junior-heavy Hornets,with many players who are seeing varsity ac
tion for the rst time. “It’s coming together,
and we’re getting better each week.”
in the Washington Catholic
Athletic Conference play-in
game.“We’ve been focusing
on this, and the right week toget hot is playoff week,” saidKnights coach Tara Everly.
“We’re going to be playing[Elizabeth] Seton on Wednes
-day, so anything is possible.”
The Knights were com
ing off of a 2-1 loss to Setonat home the previous Friday,a game that took strokes to
decide after 80 scoreless
minutes of regulation andtwo overtimes couldn’t get it
“We know Seton wantsto win the championshipalso, so it’s going to make uswork that much harder,” saidsophomore Ali Buddenbohn,who scored the game’s onlygoal eight minutes and two
seconds into the second half of play. “Everybody wants tobe here, and we want to go to
the championship.When asked how tough
it would be to play Elizabeth
Seton on their home eld after giving them a battle just a few
days prior, Buddenbohn re-
sponded with a smile, “I think they’re meaner at home.”
Buddenbohn redirected
a pass from Liz Mesmer past
Cadet goalie Rachel DaBay
with just under 22 minutes
left in the second half, and
the stiing Knights defensetook over from there, playinga skilled game of keep-away
with St. John’s and holding onfor the victory.
“We’ve only allowedmore than three goals twice
all year,” Everly said of her
defense. “We’ve got a good
core group of seniors back there.”The Knights needed ev-ery bit of experience in thebiting wind and rain that de-
scended on their game. Even
with the less than stellar con-ditions and lack of experiencein those conditions, Ryken
won and advanced to a match-up with one of the WCAC’stop three eld hockey teams.“We haven’t had to play
in this kind of weather be-fore,” Everly said of the early
fall monsoon that swirledaround St. Mary’s County.“When you hit the ball, your 
stick vibrates, so it’s tough,but it suits us well.”
Continued from page B-
Great MillsFootball
Continued from page B-
St. Mary’s City, Md. – The No. 22 Salisbury Universityvolleyball team captured the Fourth Annual Seahawk Invita
tional hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a 4-0tournament record and having won 12 of 14 sets played. St.Mary’s (23-6) took third in the invitational with a 2-2 mark andcaptured nine of 15 games played.Virginia Wesleyan College (21-10) also nished with a 4-0 mark and won 12 of 15 sets played, while Marietta College(15-16) posted a 2-2 record and notched wins in seven sets outof 14. Rounding out the tournament standings were NeumannCollege (14-15) and Gwynedd-Mercy College (4-21).
Story Courtesy Of the St. Mary’s College Department of Sports Information
Calvert – Wheeler 5 run (Beukers kick)Great Mills – Sanders 31 pass from Jen
ner (Brown kick)Calvert – Greening 85 kickoff return (kick failed)Calvert – Beukers 22 FGGreat Mills – Wilkerson 43 run (kick failed)Calvert – Beukers 53 pass from May (kick failed)Great Mills – Sanders 30 pass from Jen
ner (kick failed)Calvert – Greening 23 yard run (Beukerskick) 1 2 3 4
7 9 6 7(2-6, 2-5 SMAC)
Great Mills
0 7 12 0(0-8, 0-7 SMAC)
Calvert 29, Great Mills 19
St. Mary’s City, Md. – Freshman midelder Bridget Mc
Govern (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional) netted back-to-back goals in a 10-minute span to erase a 1-0 halftime decitand give the St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s soccer team a 2-1 triumph over Christopher Newport University Sun
-day afternoon on Senior Day.
McGovern put SMCM on the scoreboard at 57:49 whenshe connected with freshman Allison Ahdieh’s (West Grove,Pa./Avon Grove) cross from the right with a sliding kick at the
far left post.
Just a little bit over 10 minutes later, McGovern struck again but this time she headed in a cross from the left from ju
nior midelder Sophia Esparza (Silver Spring, Md./Montgom
ery Blair). Three minutes before McGovern’s header, Chesbrogave CNU hope of regaining its lead but Marie Oben came up
with a huge, point blank save.
The game also marked the nal regular-season home gamefor seniors Abby Bishop (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), KatrinaBorden (Harteld, Va./Wakeeld), Lauren Carrier (Crowns
ville, Md./Old Mill), Taylor Cervenka (Damascus, Md./Damas
cus), Caitlin Evans (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville), Sarah Grady(Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), Katie Klotz (Bowie, Md./GoodCounsel), and Oben (Glenn Dale, Md./St. Mary’s, Annapolis).In the past four seasons, the senior class is 37-25-7 over 
all, which includes a 19-9-2 conference record. The Seahawksmade back-to-back appearances in the Capital Athletic Confer 
ence seminals in 2005 and 2006 and will be making another one this season. St. Mary’s advanced for the rst time ever tothe CAC Championship game in 2006 as well.St. Mary’s will be idle for the next eight days before hostingone of two conference seminal match-ups Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m.The Seahawks drew a rst round bye in the upcoming CACTournament which begins Nov. 1 after nishing as the No. 2
seed in the league standings.
Story Courtesy Of the St. Mary’s College Department of Sports Information
McGovern Pair Guides Seahawksto VictoryNo. 22 SalisburyCaptures SeahawkInvitational
Photo By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris Stevens
The Knights’ Katie Leard leads the charge to the ball in Monday aternoon’s WCAC feld hockey play-inmatch-up.Ronnie Ridgell o St. Mary’s Ryken pushes the ball up feld. Ali Buddenbohn scored the lone goal o the game as the Knightsadvanced to the second round o the WCAC playos.Great Mills’ Andrew Lopez tries to bring down the Cavaliers’ Brandon Greening.The Hornets’ Derrick Pettet emerges rom the line to chase down Calvert’s Zac Beukers Friday night.Matt Brown punts the ball or Great Mills.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
County Times
Section B - 3
defenders and with a perfectfrom Liddie Brown in herpossession, rocketed a shotinto the net for a 1-0 lead.That lead stood up until fresh-man Courtney Bartsch scored just eight and a half minutesinto the second half.“I think they played well,”said Hornets coach AmyHerndon of the game whichturned out to be the identi-cal result of a regular seasonmatch Great Mills (now 6-8-1on the season) won two weeksprior. “We beat them 2-0 be-fore, but we played much bet-ter today than we did [twoweeks ago].”
The rst half was a nip
and tuck affair, until Brownkicked a ball only Jones couldget to; a good 20 yards in frontof the two Wolverine defend-ers. All she had to do was pick her spot.“[The coaches] tell me to just stand there and wait for apass, because I am faster thana lot of other players,” shesaid.While Jones got the Hor-nets off on the right foot of-fensively, junior goalkeeperShannon Barr was the ben-
eciary of a solid Hornets de
-fense that didn’t allow manytough shots to reach her. WhenWestlake was able to get off a
shot, they were usually oat
-ing and bouncing drives thatBarr easily scooped up orcaught with her hands, givingher six saves on the evening.Bartsch’s shot, courtesyof an assist from Alison Hal-lock, proved to be icing on thecake for these baby Hornets,who feature just three seniorsand have tripled 2007’s wintotal this year. Their coachis pleased with the team andthe intensity they have shown,and is looking forward to thefuture, even with a quarter-
nal game looming againstHuntingtown (the game n
-ished too late to be includedin this edition of the CountyTimes.)“[Winning this game] washuge, as is the whole seasonas a whole,” Herndon said. “Ithink they’re starting to real-ize that they can win games.”For her part, Jones was just thrilled her team advancesto play another day, and withthe Great Mills youth move-ment in full effect, the best isyet to come.“It’s kind of exciting to gointo the next round,” she said.“If we practice well and dowhat we do in practice in the
game, we’ll be ne.”
match. Stevens added a goalfor insurance purposes andthe Raiders were on their wayto a match-up with another
Anne Arundel eld hockey
power in Broadneck, based inAnnapolis (the game, which
occurred Tuesday night n
-ished too late to be includedin this week’s edition of theCounty Times).Lydon felt going intothe match that Leonardtowncould match-up evenly withthe Lady Bruins, although the
articial surface could swing
things in Broadneck’s favor.“It would be awesome towin this next game againstthem, and I feel that our girlshave the same amount of tal-ent that Broadneck brings tothe game,” the coach said.“The only difference willbe the playing conditions.
Playing on a turf eld is a
whole different game,” Lydnsaid. “Much faster then play-ing on grass.”With each of the county’spublic schools having suc-
cessful seasons in eld hock 
-ey, Lydon hopes it will spark 
some interest in eld hockey-
only facilities for the Raiders,which would greatly improvean already talented team.“I wish the county orsomeone could provide us
with our own elds. When we
get to this level it is really hardto compete with schools upthe road because of the play-
ing elds,” Lydon explained.
However, she remained con-
dent that the Raiders would
still be successful in the statecapital Tuesday evening.“If the girls can adjust to
their eld and play their game
I believe they can win.”
Continued from page B-
Raiders Field Hockey
Continued from page B-
By Ronald N. Guy Jr.Contributing Writer
It’s hard to believe 20 orso years have passed sinceJose Canseco, Mark McGwireand the Oakland A’s were thetoast of Major League Base-ball (MLB). In 1988, the A’s
made their rst of three con
-secutive trips to the World Se-ries (they won the title in 1989)
and Canseco became the rst
player in baseball history tohit 40 home runs and steal 40bases in a season. The “BashBrothers”, as Canseco andMcGwire were called, weretwo young sluggers built likelinebackers who approachedeach at bat with one objective:hit it far. It’s a baseball mar-keting cliché now that “chicksdig the long ball”, but I’ll letyou in on a little secret: allbaseball fans dig the long ball.And nobody at the time hit thelong ball better and with more
air than Canseco and McG
-wire. Hindsight has changedour view of both men, but fora 4-5 year span they lookedlike my generation’s Geh-rig and Ruth or Mantle andMaris. Such comparisonsproved naïvely premature of 
course. Canseco amed out
quickly in Oakland; injuries,ego and steroids derailed whatappeared to be a Hall of Fame
career. After chafng team
mates with his selsh attitude
and an alleged tabloid affairwith Madonna, Canseco woreout his welcome with the A’sand was traded to the TexasRangers in 1992. After a fewyears in Texas, he bouncedaround to a handful of otherteams until his career endedin 2001. Why it ended is de-batable. MLB executives will
tell you Canseco was nished.
Ask Canseco and he’ll tell youMLB blacklisted him; that itcolluded to shove him out of the game. It is plausible toconclude that, by 2001, MLBsimply had had enough of Canseco’s antics and looselips; that it saw him as a light-ening rod of controversy andsmoldering keg full of damn-ing information about steroiduse in the game. Now, did thepowers that be within MLB, inan effort to silence the weak-est link, go so far as to col-lude to end Canseco’s career?That may sound crazy, but it’snot above the possible. Forexample, do you think BarryBonds could have contributedto a MLB team this year? Hehit 28 homeruns last year in just 126 games with 0.480 onbase percentage. That’s stillreal good. Yet he remainedunemployed this year. I be-lieve MLB blacklisted Bonds;I’m unconvinced Canseco justdidn’t wear out his welcomeon his own. Regardless, if MLB nudged Canseco hop-ing he would go quietly, it wasa poorly played chess piece.Over the last half-dozen years,Canseco has been on a ven-detta to get even. He’s written
 books, pointed ngers, named
names and provided Congres-sional testimony that helpedblow the lid of the rampantsteroid use in the game andbrought sweeping changes indrug testing in professionalsports. With that end, Can-seco should be commended.You could make the argumentthat without Canseco, littlewould have changed. I havemy doubts whether MLBwould have ever cleanseditself. For all his nonsenseover the years, his accusationsabout particular players andthe level of drug use in base-ball have in most cases provedout. Yet with the worst nowover and having emerged onthe other side of the steroidsoap opera somewhat vindi-cated and with his credibil-ity in better shape now thanperhaps ever before, Cansecorecently expressed an oddemotion about his relentlessattack: sorrow. He contendsthat had he known how bigthis issue would be and howmany people it would hurt, hewouldn’t have done it. Huh?Admittedly, it is hard totake Canseco seriously. It
is often difcult to discern
whether he’s telling the truthor concocting another wayto make a dime and remainrelevant. For the sake of thisdiscussion, lets assume Can-seco is still capable of typicalhuman emotions. That said,or assumed, it’s understand-able why Canseco reactedwith such aggression. He per-ceived MLB as having takenaway his livelihood, and theone thing that kept him in thespotlight, for committing noworse a crime (steroid use)than a countless number of his peers. Wouldn’t you beupset? But Canseco erredby garnering his motivationfrom his anger and bitterness.His singular goal was gettingeven. He acted, not in a de-sire to change the game forthe better, but with a need toharm. He got personal. Hetore down the game and ru-ined the name, and to someextent the lives, of a goodnumber of his peers. Was itworth it? Given his recent ad-mission, apparently not. Now,
Canseco nds himself isolated
from the game and apparentlywith a bit of whistle-blower’sremorse. That is unfortunate,because some good camefrom his actions. It’s just toobad it got so needlessly nasty.Canseco is a reminder to re-main in-tune to our motivesand in control of our emo-tions. Little is accomplishedfrom anger and bitterness.We all know life can be un-fair. Sometimes you get dealtan unsuited deuce and threeand it just makes sense to foldand move on to the next hand.Could Canseco have promotedthe same change by workingwith MLB and his former ste-roid-using peers? We’ll neverknow. What we do know isCanseco’s lust for revenge andMLB’s stubbornness landedboth parties and a generationof the game’s biggest stars ex-posed in a sad display in frontof our Government. Cansecosays he’s sorry it happenedthat way. I am too.Extra Point: Texas TechUniversity boasts a size-able enrollment of 28,000students. Its football team,which competes in the Big12 (arguably the best confer-ence in the nation), is havinga tremendous season. Techis currently undefeated andranked in the top 10. So foot-ball resources shouldn’t be aproblem. But despite its size,scholarships and success,Texas Tech is having a heck of 
a time nding a kicker. Tech
kickers are struggling to makeextra points. In fact, a coupleweeks ago an extra point wasblocked, scooped up and re-turned for two points by Tech’sopponent. When you send a
kicker on the eld, it’s is with
the expectation that your teamis about to score points…notyour opponent. Ahhh, butnecessity is the motherhoodof invention. Only the inven-tion in this case may havecome from one of those corny
 promotional llers. If you’ve
been to a sporting event youseen these things. In betweenquarters or at halftime youget t-shirt launchers, the guytaking a half-court shot forcash or, in this case, a student
trying to boot a eld goal for 
free rent. On September 20th,Matt Williams, a Texas Techstudent was plucked out of thestands and drilled a 30-yard
eld goal between quarters
to win 6 months of free rentat a Lubbock, TX housingcomplex. Texas Tech coacheswere so impressed, or des-perate, they brought the kidin for a tryout. Long storyshort…this is the extra pointafter all…Williams made thesquad and went 9 for 9 on ex-tra points in Tech’s big win atKansas last Saturday. In a fewshort weeks, Williams wentfrom an unknown student tostarting kicker on a team witha shot to win it all. So you justnever know when opportunitywill knock. We just need to beat the ready and when asked,drill it through the uprights.
Send your comments to rguyjoon@yahoo.com
 A View From The Bleachers
Be Mindful Of Your Motives
Photo By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris StevensPhoto By Chris Stevens
The Raiders’ Kristin Kauman nurses the ball into Old Mill territory.The Hornets’ Brittany Sellers gains control o the ball in frst hal action.Bria Jones (let) scored the opening goal in the Hornets’ 2-0 win over Westlake in the 3A South First Round.Kristin Kauman chases ater the ball during Leonardtown’s 2-1 4A East quarterfnal win over Old Mill HighSchool Thursday aternoon.

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