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AberdeenHead coach: Stacey Liles (third year)Outlook: A preview report from Coach Liles was not received by press time. The Eagles, led by junior center Brionna Jones, has a solid supporting cast, making the Eagles a real threat in the league and at the state level. Bel Air Head coach: Calvin Skelton (eighth year)Top returning players: Caela Tindilia, Sr., (G); Kim Harrell, Sr., (F); Jasmine Mutunga, Sr., (G); Connor Hanley, Jr., (F); Brooke Lorber, Jr., (G)Key newcomers: Kate Chizmar, Jr., (C); Jamie Bittner, So., (G); Rianna Brooks, So., (C)Outlook: "Expect the Lady Bobcats to play hard-nosed defense, led by our seniors and experienced junior class," coach Skelton said.C. Milton WrightHead coach: Marvin Evans (first year)Top returning players: Jessica Canami, Sr., (PG); Abby Smucker, Jr., (SG); Heather Mckee, Jr., (C)Key newcomers: Bridget Neff, Jr., (PF); Megan Aro, So., (SG)Outlook: "This year as a team we are looking to play an aggressive style defense, while still being able to maintain patience and discipline on the offense end," first year coach Evans said. "The girls are working hard everyday in practice to get better and I am confident that they will see the results of their hard work throughout the season."EdgewoodHead coach: Amber Croshaw (fourth year)Top returning players: Erica Johnson, Sr., (G); Alicia Grant, Sr., (G); Shanai Beadles, So., (G)Key newcomers: Jada Hatcher, So., (SF); Shania Stamper, So., (G); Tatiyana Stamper, Fr., (G); Breanna Hanna, Fr., (F/C); Shanai Beadles, So., (G)Outlook: Coach Croshaw says the Rams have a lot of changes this season. Few returners and a whole bunch of young talented underclassmen highlight the Edgewood roster. "We plan to be a strong competitor in our division this season, especially as the new players continue to develop their skills," said Croshaw.FallstonHead coach: Michael McTeague (fourth year)AberdeenHead coach: Keith Bustin (first year)2011 record: NA Top returning players: Brionna Jones, Sr., (Hitter); Jimmia McCluskey, Sr., (Hitter) Key newcomers: Tatiana Gomez, Sr., (Setter)Outlook: NABel AirHead coach: Tim Markland (fifth year)2011 record: 12-6Top returning players: Amanda Rodriguez, Jr., (Setter); Tia Williams, Sr., (Hitter); Jackie DeLuise, Sr., (Hitter); Celeste Roland, Sr.,(Hitter); Kendall Daley, Sr., (Libero); Kaila Gonzalez, Sr., (Hitter)Key newcomers: Rien Hachmann, Jr., (Defensive specialist); Sarah Sherba, Jr., (Hitter); Lexi Malinowski, Jr., (Defensive specialist); Savannah Martel, Jr., (Defensive specialist)Outlook: "This year we return eight seniors to our team with great experience and skill. Adding to this is a strong group of junior talent," coach Markland said. "The girls have prepared themselves physically for this season and realize the opportunities we have to do very well. Our team's success will be defined by how hard we train and prepare in practice as well as staying focused on keeping the team first mentality."C. Milton WrightHead coach: David Marzola (third year)2011 record: 16-3Top returners: Tori Smith, Jr., (Outside Hitter); Alyssa Horton, Sr., (Setter); Jenna Buettner, Sr., (Defensive specialist)Key newcomers: Haleigh Plummer, Jr., (Middle Hitter)Outlook: This year's C. Milton Wright team is focused and looking forward to moving back into the Chesapeake Division after a great run last year. The Mustangs have six returning players including All-County outside hitter Smith. These six players along with four players up from Junior Varsity and one newcomer will make for a good season. Coach Marzola realizes he lost a lot of height from last year's team, however, the athletic potential of this team will make the season exciting.EdgewoodHead coach: Beth Brown (second year) In a girls basketball matchup between two early season conference unbeatens, host Aberdeen knocked off North Harford 90-57 in UCBAC Chesapeake action Thursday night.On Monday, the Eagles took a break from the league schedule to post a 107-7 victory over visiting Patapsco. No further details were made available. In Thursday's game, the Eagles constant pressure led to numerous early Hawks turnovers, propelling Aberdeen to a 24-5 first quarter lead. Both teams hit their scoring strides in quarter number two, but a seven-point advantage allowed the Eagles to double the score at the half, 52-26.Aberdeen posted 21 points in third quarter, before emptying the bench in the final quarter en route to the 33-point win.Nia Alleyne led four Eagles (3-0 league, 9-0 overall) in double figures in a balanced scoring attack. Alleyne pumped in a game-high 23 points, while Bri Jones finished with 20. Jimmia McCluskey scored 15, and Lakeia Hayden added 12, on four three-point baskets.TK Fowlkes chipped in eight points, and freshman Kierra Palmer netted seven points, while dishing out eight nice assists. Jones completed a double-double with 13 rebounds.North Harford (1-1, 7-3) also had three players reach double figures, led by Kristen Eyler, who came off the bench to score 17 points. 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"She always said she didn't like it at all, but she did she would talk about being on the water and seeing the sun on the water," said Grace Carey, who, like Constants, just completed her freshman year at Broadneck High School, outside Annapolis. Constants tweeted hours before the accident that she didn't want to go sailing. But Carey said she often spoke happily of sailing with her family. "She was always like, 'I love it, it's always so beautiful.'"She and other friends from Broadneck High described Constants as a teenager with a ready smile whose inviting manner made it easy to warm up to her.Constants was taking lessons with the Severn Sailing Association Junior Sailing Program based in the Eastport section of Annapolis. The club was established in 1954.The sailing program was closed Friday, but lessons will resume Monday, said Hal Whitacre, the SSA's commodore.He was visibly shaken as he spoke about Constants' family. "Words fail me to say how sad I am and how much I feel for them that's all I have to say," he said.Family gathered Friday at the Constants' family home near the Annapolis Mall. An uncle, Al Constants, said that family members, extended family as well as her parents, Dorothy and Stephen, and older sister, , were devastated and could not speak Friday. Funeral arrangements were not complete.The well-known sailing club has Olympic sailors among its ranks. Club members race against each other, although the sailing school is open to the public. The junior program has a couple hundred students this summer, Whitacre said, calling them a "tight-knit group of kids."Windemuth said Constants, who was wearing a life jacket, and another sailing student were the only people aboard a 420 a boat that's 4.2 meters long, or a little under 14 feet, with two sails when the boat capsized.Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the accident, and the boat has been seized, standard practice during the investigation of a fatal accident.There have been three sailboat fatalities this year in the state, Windemuth said. In the 25 years that he has been with the Natural Resources Police, this is the first time to his knowledge that a harness has caused a fatal accident.A trapeze harness, which Constants was wearing, allows a sailor to place his or her feet on the rail of the boat and hang the whole body out over the water, said Steve Voorhis, an expert sailor who is a member of Eastport Yacht Club, which neighbors Severn Sailing Association. Hanging parallel to the water creates a counterweight to wind in the sails and allows the boat to stay level, he said.Voorhis said that although the 420 is a common training boat, it is not typical for harnesses to be used unless the student is fairly advanced. Although the release mechanism on trapeze harness hooks varies among brands and models, in certain situations the pressure on the harness clasp can make it difficult to unfasten, he said.Over the past 10 years, quick-release mechanisms have become more common on sailing harnesses, said Steve Mazur, a customer service representative at Annapolis Performance Sailing, which sells many types of harnesses.In his 45 years of competitive sailboat racing, Voorhis said, he has not seen anything like the accident that killed Constants. "It's a freak accident," he said. "It's probably less likely than being struck by lightning."Constants was also a member of the high school's junior varsity soccer team, where other team members, including the older ones on the varsity team, were drawn to her upbeat attitude and easy manner.Morgan Fowler, who graduated this spring and was a member of the varsity soccer team, was Constants' big sister in the big sister-little sister progam in soccer. 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And also, when I go down hills I can get sort of an advantage because of the incline."Hall's size has created one problem -- finding proper running shoes to fit his size-18 feet.Hall can't wear regular running flats, which are specially-designed, lightweight footwear used by a majority of runners.Instead, Hall runs in regular sneakers, putting him at a slight disadvantage due to the added weight.Hall was also unable to locate a pair of running spikes to give him better traction on some of the muddier race courses. Luckily, Beaver River coach Jay Steiner came up with a plan."Coach helped me out with that," Hall said. "I couldn't buy spikes anywhere, because they only go up to (size) 15, because obviously, guys with size 18s aren't going to be running cross country usually. So what coach did is he took normal running shoes and he screwed spikes on the bottom."Steiner took his first crack at the homemade spikes last season, and said that he took a different approach this year to lessen the weight."Last year we took a set of cleats and actually molded them to the bottom of his shoes," Steiner said. "This year we went to these different type of spikes that actually adhere to the rubber."It was the first time Steiner had come across such an issue, saying that he's never had a runner with such large feet."Most of them probably average around a size 8 or 10 at the most," Steiner said.Hall, who is also the starting center on the basketball team, said that he was talked into the sport his sophomore year by some friends, one being teammate and senior captain Nathan Cobb."When I got started, I just got hooked," Hall said. "It's such a chemistry-bound sport and you have to get along with your teammates and work hard with them to win. I think I really appreciated that."Steiner said that, regardless of his size, Hall would have found success due to his mental strength. He referred to Hall as a "gamer.""He has the mental drive, he has the determination, he has the fire, he has the game when it comes to finishing races," Steiner said. "He pushes himself to the max. I've never seen a guy that runs so hard in the last mile, last half mile, or last 200 meters. I think that's the difference between him and a lot of cross country runners."The Beavers won the Section 3 Class D title and placed third in the state meet last season. Hall said the team's goal this year is to win a state championship."We're trying to work as hard as we can right now because everybody thinks we're the top team," Hall said. "But what I've learned is, nothing is given in this. We got to work hard every single day because we're not going to win by just walking in there."Celebrating its 20th season, the Bel Air Women's Summer Lacrosse League opened another year of play Tuesday night in Rockfield Park, but late day storms cut the opening night three-game schedule down to two games - one each in the league's junior and senior divisions.The night started with junior division play, which for the first game of the season, was between teams A and B. Team B jumped to an early 3-2 lead and was never threatened, pushing to and maintaining a three-goal lead the rest of the way for an 11-8 win.McKenzie Cox led the winners with four goals, while Delaney Miller and Holly Edwards added two goals apiece. Mallory Boyd, Megan Bollinger and Anastasia Neuman also had goals for Team B. Alexis Susa led Team A with three goals and Olivia Zorn had two. Single goals were scored by Chloe Dietrich, Sam Foster and Corinna Zorn. Abby McClure made eight saves in Team B's goal and Bella Ianniello recorded seven saves for Team A.In the night's lone senior division contest, Gray Goose broke a 4-4 second half tie with Bubbalicious, scoring five unanswered goals, en route to a 9-5 win.Marisa Braungart scored three goals to pace Gray Goose and Chelsea Braungart netted a pair. Kelly Cross, Kelly Kemper, Kati Vu and Kaitlyn Koterwas each had single goals.Lisa Parr led Bubbalicious with two goals, while single goals were tallied by Gabby Spalt, Brooke Prater and Meghan Campbell.Brittany MacKnew made five saves in the Gray Goose goal and Kaitlyn Neumeister registered 10 saves in goal for Bubbalicious.The other senior division game, between Key Lime and Carribean Blue, got started but because of lightning, the game was halted with five minutes to play in the first half. Key Lime held a 3-0 lead when play was suspended.The league plays games at Rockfield Park's Ewing Street every Tuesday and Thursday evening, under the direction of league coordinator Terry Handerhan.Much like the weather, action in the Bel Air Women's Summer Lacrosse League heated up Tuesday night at Rockfield Park's Ewing Street Field. The night featured a full slate of games, highlighted by a near upset in the senior division.As with every Tuesday, play began with the junior division, which saw Red Hots (3-2) slide past the Bumblebees (2-3), 10-8, with a come-from-behind effort. Red Hots was down by two goals with less than 10 minutes to play, but rallied to steal away the win.Megan Bollinger and Taylor Walker scored two goals each to pace the winners, while single goals were netted by Rachel Miller, Carli Wassin, Olivia Zorn, Lisa Eller, Mallory Boyd and Sydney Shupe. Bollinger also had two assists and Wassin and Eller each had one. Delaney Miller and Chloe Dietrich led the Bumblebees with three goals apiece. Alex Hedley and Samantha Foster added single goals. Abby McClure posted the win in goal for Red Hots, making 14 saves, while Caraline Cypher had nine saves for the Bumblebees.In the night's first senior contest, Rip Sesh (1-5-1) nearly knocked Gray Goose (7-0-1) from the unbeaten ranks, before falling 7-6. Twice in the second half, Rip Sesh led the unbeatens by a goal, but Gray battled back and on Kim Eraso's goal with 1:12 to play, remained unbeaten. A last minute shot to force a tie was saved by Gray goalie Brittany MacKnew, who finished with 15 saves.Eraso and Kati Vu led the Gray scoring with two goals each. Kelly Kemper, Lacey Underhill and Brittney Gonzalez also had goals. Kristen Townsley dished out two assists and one assist was credited to Sarah Morris and Laurin Grauer each.Ashley Pietra and Alora Gullivan scored two goals apiece to lead Rip Sesh, while single goals were tallied by Kelley Duncan and Liz DiNunno. DiNunno also had both Rip Sesh assists.Heather Dove (four saves) and Katy Kerns (seven saves) shared duties in the Rip Sesh goal.In the night's final game, the Ba-Zing-Gas (3-3-1) held off team Bubbalicious (2-5-1) for a 14-10 win. Bubbalicious closed the gap to two goals late in the game, but the Ba-Zing-Gas sealed the win with a pair of unanswered goals.Sarah Willis paced the winners with four goals, while Aloise Diedrich and Nicole Terry scored three goals each. Sarah Chesla finished with two goals and three assists, while Cortney Chen and Kaylee Litke also scored. Diedrich also an assist.Roxanne Diedrich was in goal for the winning team, making 12 saves and Kaitlyn Neumeister tended goal for Bubbalicious with 14 saves.The Bel Air Women's Summer Lacrosse League got in a full slate of games Tuesday at Rockfield Park's Ewing Street Field.The junior division got the evening started with Team B (2-0) edging Team A (0-2) for a second straight week, 11-9.Alexis Susa scored four goals to highlight the win and Lisa Eller netted three goals. Mallory Boyd and Sarah Yashinskie closed out the scoring with a pair of goals each. Team B goalie Abby McClure had a huge night in goal with 16 saves. Holly Edwards led Team A with four goals, while five players - Rileigh Cypher, Shelby Shumate, Dulaney Miller, Chloe Dietrich and Grace Walker - scored single goals. Caraline Cypher made nine saves in goal for Team A.In the night's first senior division game the league saw its first tie of the season when Rip Sesh (formerly Key Lime) overcame a four-goal deficit to tie Gray Goose, 9-9. Rip Sesh (1-0-1) held Gray Goose (2-0-1) scoreless the final 17:33 to force the tie.Alora Gullivan led the Rip Sesh scoring with four goals and Katie Fonte added three. Kelley Duncan and Elizabeth DiNunno also had goals and Aloise Diedrich had two assists. Ashley Pietra also had one assist.Kim Eraso scored three goals to lead Gray Goose, while single goals were tallied by Sarah Morris, Kristen Russo, Kaitlyn Koterwas, Lacy Underhill, Kati Vu and Sydney Tudor.Rip Sesh played two goalies, with Heather Dove making four saves and Katy Kerns stopping six shots. Brittany MacKnew had 17 saves in the Gray Goose goal.In the nightcap, Brooke Prater of Bubbalicious scored with two seconds left to lead her team past Blue Ba-Zing-gas, 7-6, in senior division play.Sara Chesla, who led Bubbalicious (1-2) with four goals, was a sub from Blue, as Bubbalicious had no extra players. Prater finished with two goals and Megan Najewicz had one goal.Gabby Antonozzi and Kaylee Litke each scored two goals to lead Blue (0-2), while Nicole Terry and Sarah Willis also had goals. Nicole Miller added one assist.Kaitlyn Neumeister was in goal for Bubbalicious, making eight saves, while MacKnew subbed in the Blue nets, making 15 saves."Our Deal," the best song from 's still-good debut, Crazy For You, gets the Supervideo treatment. What's a Supervideo you ask? It's when commissions a video to later play on a channel that doesn't play music videos anymore. It's obviously counter-productive, but I'll leave that argument for writers who care more.Much more importantly, the -directed video is a silly joy, with graffiti, love, tragedy, a big-time gang brawl (I'd be a Day Trotter) and random cameos that work really well ( is a true star; Donald Glover, Alia Shawkat and herself, Miranda Cosgrave also show up). In short, it's a blast, and that's a relief because a song this gorgeous deserves it.Yi and Michael Becker, of Columbia, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Yamei Becker, on May 29, 2011, at 5:05 a.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Her grandparents are David and Sandra Becker, of East Sparta, Ohio; and Bailin and Ying Shen, of China.Bridgett and Schemerth Simon, of Columbia, announce the birth of their son, Perry Alexander Simon, on May 26, 2011, at 9:09 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. His sister is Josephine. His grandparents are Joe and Lisa Brady, of Silver Spring; and Wilmoth and Louella Simon, of Silver Spring.  In a rematch of the 2011 Gulf South Conference Championship, both North Alabama and Valdosta State put on a show for Blazer fans at the VSU Soccer Complex Friday night. Unfortunately for VSU, No. 22 North Alabama was able to secure the win with a goal in the 78th minute of the match to win, 4-3. The Blazers fall to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Gulf South Conference play while North Alabama improves to the same records.The Blazers actually seemed in control for most of the match, scoring three go ahead goals. Rebecca Miller started the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 13th minute. Emily Cooper sent a shot off the crossbar on a free kick. Miller corralled the rebound and slipped it past the North Alabama goalkeeper.North Alabama's Chloe Richards answered just four minutes later when Jo Chubb set her up for the finish. Chubb sent a cross over the face of the goal and Richards finished it on the left side to tie the match. After that, it looked to be Valdosta State's day when Abbi Edwards put in a beautiful goal from just inside the box. Edwards shook her UNA defender and fired from the outside right corner of the box past keeper Schyler Arnold to put VSU ahead, 2-1.The Lions, proving to be resilient was able to tie the match before the half. In the 28th minute Melanie Leonida was the lucky Lion to finish with a goal after a scrum at the net on a corner kick.Valdosta State's Hannah Mulkey was the next Blazer to put VSU ahead. Leanne Bishop put a ball to the left side of the box where Mulkey was wide open. She didn't have a great angle but fired into the keeper anyway. The new UNA keeper, Lauren Middleton, bobbled the ball into the net to give the Blazers a 3-2 advantage.That would be the last time Valdosta State led in the match.In the 69th minute, Richards scored again. Chubb made an excellent pass ahead to Richards who finished the one-onone against VSU goalkeeper Olivia Mills.With the match tied, both teams ratcheted up the aggressiveness, but it only paid off for UNA. Chubb made her third assist of the match, this one to Abbey Hellem, who corralled the cross from Chubb and finished in the left side of the goal.Despite multiple attempts and a few late opportunities on corner kicks, the Blazers could not sneak in another goal before regulation ended.Valdosta State will look to jump back on track with a road match against Montevallo Sunday at 1 p.m. and then will continue conference play with atWest Georgia Thursday at 6 p.m. Valdosta State will return home to host Anderson at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. ___(c)2012 The Valdosta Daily Times (Valdosta, Ga.)Visit The Valdosta Daily Times (Valdosta, Ga.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesThe Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team opened defense of its Orange Coast League title Tuesday without breaking a sweat.The Breakers, ranked seventh in Southern Section Division 2, were awarded a forfeit victory against Saddleback, which didn't have enough players for the match. The Breakers also played a league match against Estancia on Thursday , but the score wasn't available at press time.Last week, the Breaker played a pair of nonleague matches against Northwood and San Clemente. The Breakers lost both, falling, 12-6, to Northwood, and 15-3, to San Clemente. The Breakers' top doubles team of senior co-captains Chloe Mansour and Dominique Willette won five of six sets in the two matches. The Breakers have been playing without top singles player Brooke Michaels, who is out with an ankle injury. Michaels suffered her injury in a Sept. 5 match at Edison.Laguna hosts Beckman in nonleague play at 3 p.m. Monday.*Cross-CountryThe Laguna Beach girls' team finished in 19th place in the rated race Saturday at the Woodbridge Invitational in Irvine.Sophomore Olivia Clark turned in a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds, which girls' Coach Steve Lalim said is the eighth-fastest time in program history."As a whole, we are getting faster, we're getting stronger, and I think we competed well Saturday," said Lalim, whose team is ranked eighth in CIF Division 4. "After two races, I'm excited. We have a very good team."The Laguna boys' team also turned what Coach Scott Wittkop said was a "great showing," at the Woodbridge Invitational. In the overall standings, the Breakers placed 15th among 109 teams and were the top CIF-SS Division 4 team.Senior Jack Crawford was Laguna's top finisher at 15:47, with junior Veda Rebollar just behind at 15:54.The Breakers compete Saturday at the Dana Hills Invitational.*Girls' VolleyballThe Breakers, the top-ranked team in CIF-SS Division 1-A, dropped a tight match Tuesday at Corona del Mar, where the host Sea Kings, ranked third in Division 1-AA, scored a 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 victory.Alyse Ford had 23 kills and eight digs, Julia Goggin added eight kills and seven digs, and Sevana Drovak finished with 33 assists for Laguna, which fell to 3-2. The Breakers' other loss came Sept. 11 to Newport Harbor, the No. 9 team in Division 1-AA.Laguna starts play Friday at the Dave Mohs Tournament, hosted by Edison. The Breakers are the No. 2-seed in Pool 5 and will play their matches at Newport Harbor High.The Breakers open the tournament at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Upland.Following the Dave Mohs Tournament, the Breakers begin defense of their Orange Coast League title Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. home match against Saddleback.Being unranked in the Stanford Invitational Division 4 girls' race Saturday did little to deter the Laguna Beach High girls' cross-country team from having a great day in Palo Alto.Make that an outstanding day: the Breakers won the Division 4 girls' championship.The race featured the No. 4 (Mayfield), No. 5 (Notre Dame), No. 9 (La Reina) and No. 10 (Scotts Valley) teams in the state rankings, but it was Laguna -- unranked in the state going into the meet -- who turned heads. The Breakers took the lead at the one-mile mark and ran to victory against 25 other teams. "It was a great effort by our girls, from our first runner to our sixth runner," Laguna Coach Steve Lalim said. "It was a great team effort, and a lot of fun. I'm really proud of the girls. Their hard work is paying off. I can't wait to see what they do in November. I know one thing -- they'll be ready."At the Orange Coast League Cluster meet on Sept. 26, Laguna's girls also claimed first place. Placements for the Breakers: Janie Crawford (first); Livie Clark (second); Brenna Merchant (seventh); Eliza Romero (11th); Carlee Ressler (12th); Maddy Kristensen (13th); Katie Grayden (15th).Laguna, ranked No. 2 this week in Southern Section Division 4, will compete Saturday at the Clovis Invitational. The meet will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno, site of the CIF State Cross-Country Championships in November. The varsity girls' race is at 1:25 p.m., followed by the varsity boys' race at 1:55 p.m.*Girls' GolfIn a league four-way Monday at Aliso Creek Golf Course (par 32), Laguna went 2-1, scoring a 259-262 win over Calvary Chapel, won by forfeit against Costa Mesa and lost to league-leader Estancia.Laguna individual scores from Monday: Jackie McMahon (48); Mary Kate Quellmalz (52); Leslie Dwight (52); Jamie Hendrickson (53); Hailey Quigley (54); Audrey Curtis (59).Quigley's score was key for Laguna. She shot a 54, which was three strokes below her prior low score of the season. Quigley, Laguna's No. 6 golfer, along with Hendrickson and Curtis, the Nos. 4 and 5 players for the Breakers, each has shot her best score over the past two weeks.At the halfway point of the league season, Laguna (3-2 league) sits in second place.Laguna has two four-way league matches next week. The Breakers face Estancia at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Mesa Linda Golf Course in Costa Mesa, and face Calvary Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.*Girls' VolleyballLaguna, ranked No. 1 in Division 1-A, took Mira Costa to the wire in nonleague play Wednesday, but the host Mustangs were able to pull out a 17-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-17, 15-12 victory.Alyse Ford had 37 kills and eight digs, Alex Murphy six kills and 14 digs, Julia Goggin eight kills and Sevana Drovak 49 assists and eight digs for the Breakers, who fell to 8-5."I'm proud of the way we fought," Laguna Coach Lance Stewart said. "We played with good energy and fought hard all the way down to the final point. It was a good battle for us."Sevana Drovak had her best match of the year. She played some good defense, and her location was really good on her sets. I thought Alyse (Ford) was steady all match, and Alex Murphy played a real solid match in the back row."Laguna moved to 3-0 in Orange Coast League play Tuesday by sweeping visiting Calvary Chapel, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22. Ford had 20 kills and Drovak 32 assists. It was the first league loss for the Eagles, who went to 2-1 in league and 5-10 overall.Coral Shores High School junior Steven Chadwick took cross-country medalist honors in a Tuesday home meet decision over LaSalle.Chadwick posted an 18-minute, 46-second time on the 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) course at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.Other Canes scoring for the team win were Pablo Gonzalez (20:28), Jesse Wollangk (21:09), Landon Brooks (21:19) and John Mulkeen (22:40). The Hurricane girls finished second in a three-way meet with Immaculata-LaSalle and top squad . Scorers were Amber Erickson (27:01), Chloe Stokes (27:37), Aleya Ajiduro (27:41), Azia Keever (28:28) and Kyia Herlth (28:54).The cross-country team competes in the Pine Crest Invitational meet Thursday at Mills Pond Park in Four Lauderdale. ___(c)2012 the Florida Keys Keynoter (, Fla.)Visit the Florida Keys Keynoter (Marathon, Fla.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesThe Austin girls soccer team couldn't muster any scoring as it lost to Kasson-Mantorville (5-1 overall) 2-0 in Art Hass Stadium Saturday.Freshman keeper Chloe Summerfield helped keep the Packers (2-3 overall) in the game, but the offense never got going."We didn't play a good and we didn't play at the level we were playing against Big Nine teams," Austin head coach Enrique-Camarena-Corzo said. The Packers will host Stewartville Tuesday at 7 p.m. ___(c)2012 the Austin Daily Herald (Austin, Minn.)Visit the Austin Daily Herald (Austin, Minn.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesGreen Ridge finished in last place in a three-team tournament on Tuesday at California Country Club. The Lady Tigers' 241 trailed the host school's 193 and Osage's 201.Hannah Ingram carded the low score for Green Ridge with a 56; Evette Vincent had a 61.On Monday, Green Ridge lost 219-258 to St. Paul Lutheran at Tri-City Country Club in Emma. Chloe Needy and Vincent both carded 63s for the Lady Tigers and Ingram had a 65. The Lady Saints' Nicole Mueller and Lily Burrow were the co-medalists with 49s. ___(c)2012 The Sedalia Democrat (Sedalia, Mo.)Visit The Sedalia Democrat (Sedalia, Mo.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesSacred Heart won the Class 1, District 3 girls golf tournament with a 377 on Monday at Adam's Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs.Cole Camp's Megan Keck won the individual title with a 77.The Gremlins' Alex Bankovich shot an 83 to place second, Kaitlyn Sunnarborg placed fourth with a 90, Sarah Benitz shot a 101 to place ninth, Olivia Sobaski placed 12th with a 103 and Erin Holt placed 17th with a 110. Pembroke Hill was second with a 432 and Pleasant Hill was third with a 452. Green Ridge took sixth with a 508.Cole Camp's Taylor Eckhoff shot a 94 to take sixth place and Sara Wagenknecht shot a 119 to take 22nd.Hannah Ingram made the sectional cut for Green Ridge, but Lydia Needy and Chloe Needy came up short.The Gremlins, the three Cole Camp golfers and Ingram will compete at sectionals on Monday in Nevada, Mo. ___(c)2012 The Sedalia Democrat (Sedalia, Mo.)Visit The Sedalia Democrat (Sedalia, Mo.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesPREP VOLLEYBALLChatham 3, Appomattox 0Chloe Clarridge had nine digs and two aces, while Brooke Aaron finished with three aces, four digs and five kills in Chatham's 25-21, 25-22, 25-12 Dogwood District victory over Appomattox on Tuesday night in Chatham. Hannah Dewberry had six aces and four assists, and Jessica Cook added seven kills, one ace and one kill for the Cavaliers (2-3, 1-1).Dan River 3, William Campbell 0Hannah Shields had six kills and three blocks in Dan River's 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 Dogwood District victory over William Campbell in Naruna. Carley Ford finished with three kills and Karyl Smith added three blocks for the Wildcats (7-1, 2-0).Westover Christian 3, Timberlake Christian 1Morgan Hutcherson recorded 11 aces and 12 digs, while Leah Hand added 21 assists in Westover Christian's 25-12, 23-25, 25-16, 25-10 VACA Southeast District victory over Timberlake Christian in Lynchburg.Leah Clayton had 21 kills and 14 digs, and Natalie Petrovich finished with 13 kills and 16 digs for the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-0). ___(c)2012 the Danville Register Bee (Danville, Va.)Visit the Danville Register Bee (Danville, Va.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesBUCKSPORT, Maine -- Junior Alanna Davis had been one of the Bucksport High School soccer team's top scorers the past two seasons.Head coach Bill Tracy said she scored "seven or eight goals" each season.But when the Bucks lost goalkeeper Amber Embleton to a season-ending injury at the outset of the season, Tracy was in a bind. Embleton had been the JV goalkeeper and was going to replace the departed Bailey Blair.Tracy said that during summer soccer, they had "issues" when the goalkeepers couldn't show up, so he and his staff had to do some soul-searching in looking ahead to the fall."[We asked ourselves] 'Who is our best athlete? Who has the right mentality to play in goal? Who is fearless?' Alanna is a catcher on the softball team. Alanna's name was the first one we came up with," he said.It didn't happen right away.But after three games, it was clear that they needed to make a move, and Tracy had a talk with Davis."I pulled her aside after practice and I told her 'We know what kind of athlete we have in you and we know we're going to lose a lot when we pull you out of your striker position. But we really want to take some time and train you in goal,'" said Tracy.Tracy sent her to his goalkeeper coach, Miles Bisher, and after a couple of practices, she made her first start against Orono on Sept. 11.Orono beat Bucksport 4-1, but Davis and the 5-3-2 Bucks have allowed just four goals over their next six games, including a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Orono on Tuesday and a 6-1 win over defending state Class C champ Central of Corinth. They have surrendered just one goal in their last four games."I was pretty nervous going into it. I didn't know if I should do it, but I wanted to step up for the team so I took it on. It has worked out well," said Davis. "I like it a lot better than when I played in that first Orono game. I work with Miles a lot every day in practice and I've gotten better. I feel a lot more comfortable now. It's natural for me, I guess.""Alanna has made tremendous progress," said Bucksport senior midfielder Chloe Carmichael. "She was probably a little nervous at first, but she was glad to take it and ready to help us out. She has put everything into it."Carmichael said Davis' strengths are her courage and fearlessness."She's not afraid to run into someone to take the ball when she needs to," said Carmichael, who added that Davis has enabled the team to play with more confidence."She has helped us out tremendously," said Carmichael. "When our defense gets beat, all you can do is hope and when she comes out, you know she's going to get the ball. She jumps, she dives, she's everywhere. She's perfect [for the position].""I just try my best and hope to make the saves," said Davis, who is also a shooting guard on the basketball team. "I've been happy [with the way I've played] so far. There are a few goals I think I could have gone after and saved. But I'm used to playing forward and it's very hard for me going back into the goal and knowing [how to play] the position. But since I've been working with Miles, it's a lot better."She said the most difficult aspect of the transition has been "knowing when to come out after the ball when [the opponents] are coming toward you, learning the angles and [deciding] whether to come out or stay back when they shoot high on you."Bisher and Tracy said the move has been a rousing success."She's been phenomenal," said Bisher. "She is so naturally athletic. She has great instincts for the game and great hand-eye coordination. The hand-eye coordination comes from softball and it really helps when you have to make a reaction save. She moves a lot better than most goalies because she's so athletic."He also said she works hard.Tracy added that Davis has great hands."You know when she gets the ball, she's not going to bobble it," said Tracy.Tracy does allow her to play up front if the team is leading and firmly in control of the game and she scored a pair of goals in a recent 9-0 win over Searsport.But her primary job these days is keeping the ball out of her net.And, so far, so good. ___(c)2012 the Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine)Visit the Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesTodd Burgan of Powell completed an eight-stroke win in the 25th annual Tennessee Mid-Amateur Championship golf tournament with a 68 Thursday at Jackson Country Club, and Hixson's Chris Schmidt tied for sixth at 217. Matt Cooper of Memphis and Danny Green of Jackson shared second place at 213. Riceville's Bob Rice tied for 17th at 217. He and Schmidt had final-round 73s.--Freshman Emily Javadi from Chattanooga and Baylor School broke her Sewanee single-round record again Wednesday in leading the to a second-place finish at the Transylvania Fall Invitational golf tournament at the University Course in Lexington, Ky. She shot a 68 as Sewanee finished four shots behind winner Campbellsville, and previous record-holder Jenna King had a career-low 77. Javadi has set the Sewanee women's record in each tournament this fall.Tennis --Chattanooga's Wes Cash and partner Mark Vines of Richmond, Va., will play for the doubles championship today at the USTA National Men's 55 Grass Court Championships at Forest Hills, N.Y. The top-seeded team of Cash and Vines advanced to the final Thursday by beating Chris Raynard and Christopher Bennett 6-2, 6-3. Also Thursday, Cash came up short in the quarterfinals of singles play, winning the opening set but falling 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 to second-seeded Maxime Buyckx.--The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga tennis teams will host the 30th annual UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic with more than 120 college players on the Champions Club courts today through Sunday. Kennesaw State, UAB, Mercer, Jacksonville State, Lipscomb and Lee representatives will join nine Lady Mocs in eight singles and four doubles draws. Players from South Carolina, UNC Greensboro, East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee, The Citadel and Samford will be in four men's singles and doubles flights along with KSU, JSU, Lipscomb, Lee and UTC. The event raises money for scholarships honoring the memory of a former Moc who graduated in 1974. Play begins at 8:30 this morning.Soccer--Wofford got its first Southern Conference women's soccer win of the season Thursday by defeating UTC 4-0 at Finley Stadium, as the Mocs played without goalkeeper Lauren Thomas and gave up three-first half goals with Haley Myers in goal one day after joining the team. Amanda Morris, Chelsea Turner, freshman Chloe Brackett from Baylor and Alex Kachulis had the goals for the Terriers (6-4, 1-2), who outshot the Mocs (2-6-1, 0-3) 19-8 with an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.--Trevecca Nazarene beat the Tennessee Temple women's soccer team 9-0 and added a 4-0 defeat of the Temple men Thursday in Nashville. Brooke Gann from East Ridge scored three first-half goals and Anna Hoffman from Chattanooga Christian had one in each half for the Lady Trojans (2-2-2), and Erica Carroll from Silverdale Baptist was a junior starting defender in the shutout. They outshot the Lady Crusaders (2-6-1) 32-2, and Donnae Bolden made 11 saves in defeat.Auto Racing--The Georgia Mini Sprint and Southern Mod Lite Racing series both will hold the final races of their seasons Saturday night at Cleveland Speedway, and most of the track's regular divisions also will run. Josh Pugh of Crossville is the SMLRS points leader with Knoxville's John Stout second, and Lookout Mountain's Aubrey Black is the Georgia Mini Sprint leader with Brandon Taylor of Cumming, Ga., second.Baseball--The Chattanooga Cyclones went 3-0 in winning the Southern Wood Bat Samford University Invitational baseball tournament. Logan Baldwin had five hits, five RBIs and three runs and Jake Wyrick added three hits, four RBIs and four runs in a 16-1 rout of Atlanta Sportstech, when Lee Gibson had two hits, a run and an RBI and Winston Whitener and did the pitching. Kyle Kapherr's single capped a four-run final inning for a 6-5 victory over Nelson Baseball 18s, giving Zach Thompson the pitching win in relief. Logan Fugate tripled, doubled and scored two runs, Drew Williams had two hits, two runs and two RBIs and Hunter Mercer added two hits and an RBI. Baldwin got the win in relief and batted in two runs in a 9-3 defeat of the OTC 18s, and Fugate had two hits, two RBIs and two runs. Cyclones starting pitcher Dakota Hudson hit 92 mph several times with his fastball. ___(c)2012 the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.)Visit the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesNew head coaches will lead both the boys and girls basketball programs when preseason practice opens Oct. 29 at Coral Shores.Final selection for both coaching spots could be announced this week, Athletic Director Rich Russell said."We've advertised and received some impressive applications that we're going over now," Russell said Wednesday. Coral Shores' boys will have their third new head coach in three years.Jay Sanderson coached the to a 7-16 mark in the 2011-2012 campaign, his first as varsity head coach. After reductions in 's teaching staff, Sanderson has moved to Southwest Florida and will be head coach at 's Ida Baker High School.Pat Meyers has stepped away from coaching the girls basketball program to focus on a growing family and preparing to return as the Hurricane baseball team's head coach.Cane runners winSteven Chadwick finished first to lead Coral Shores' boys team to a team win in a seven-school cross country meet Tuesday at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in .The Canes had four runners in the top 10 boys finishers, paced by Chadwick with a 19-minute, 5-second time on the 3.1-mile course.Other Cane scorers were (place, name, time): 5. Rex Zimmerman, 20:30; 7. Pablo Gonzalez, 20:46; 10. Landon Brooks, 21:45; 18. John Perrotti, 22:57; and 20. Lars Vihlen, 22:31.LaSalle and Marathon finished second and third in team standings. Times were not available. won the girls race, taking all top five finishes. Coral Shores tool third behind LaSalle.Lady Cane runners' times: Aliyah Ajiduro Yanez, 26:40; Azia Keever, 26:55; Chloe Stokes, 28: 10; Amber Erickson, 28:16; Aimee Erickson, 29:05: Kyia Herlth, 29:11; Monica Gonzalez, 29:12; and Ivy Summers, 29:38.The Coral Shores squad ran Friday in the Florida Runners Invitational in .Seach halts meetA search in for a missing Miami-Dade County student forced cancellation of a Coral Shores home swim meet Wednesday.Doral Academy's team was scheduled to race against the Hurricanes, but several members of the Firebirds team headed to to help look for recent Doral graduate Christian Aguilar, a University of Florida freshman.Aguilar has not been seen in several days. Another former Doral student is being held in custody in connection with the case.Lady Eagles fallIsland Christian ran into trouble Sept. 21, losing a 3-0 match to visiting Divine Savior Academy of Doral, a first-time ICS opponent.The Lady Sharks scored a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 win."They had some killer servers and some kids who could kill the ball" at the net, ICS coach Sheryl Yost said. "In each set, our girls improved."The Lady Eagles take a 4-2 record (3-0 in District 16-2A) on the road this week with away matches against the Lady Dolphin JV at 4 p.m. Monday at Marathon High School; at Calusa Prep on Tuesday; and at Colonial Christian on Thursday. ___(c)2012 the Florida Keys Keynoter (, Fla.)Visit the Florida Keys Keynoter (Marathon, Fla.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesDid you happen to catch Oak Forest resident Juanita Mohler in the television commercial for Union Memorial Hospital?The commercial features Juanita speaking about her surgery and Dr. Michael Fiocco, chief of open , sharing information about his unit.In January, Juanita went to the doctor complaining of shortness of breath. She learned she had a leaking heart valve and needed surgery. The operation went well and a few days later, Dr. Fiocco and Debbra Schindler, the hospital's media relations manager, stopped in to see her in her room walked in and brought balloons. She was the 15,000th open-heart surgery patient at the hospital. "I was looking for a check or a prize," said the longtime Catonsville resident who's been married for 43 years to husband Jimmy.They asked if she would be willing to be in a commercial and she said yes!"The staff at Union Memorial was wonderful," said Mohler, who is feeling great and participating in at St. Agnes.To see the 2:31 commercial which was shown as a special health report on WJZ-TV, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyRuXBfVr7c.So the bands played onCatonsville High School sophomore Lizzy Gruber deserves a ton of credit for her hard work producing the recent Battle of the Bands competition."Lizzy was very motivated and excited to take a big role in this event. She showed a level of maturity and organization that is not common among sophomores," said Carolyn Ruppel, a teacher at the school and the sophomore class sponsor.Lizzy coordinated the bands, ran the meetings with the bands, approved band applications and song lyrics, created the practice schedule, created the program for the event, and with her awesome committee, ran the backstage during the event.The Battle of the Bands Committee members were Fiona Cavanagh, Kaylyn Clark, Kaylin Fields, Caroline Gillman, Riley Goodman, Alyssa James, Chloe Lins, Lynsay Maltese, Nigel Minter, Casey Radner, Kevin Ward, Garrett Boone and Tori Sneden.Faculty members who served as judges were qualified and enthusiastic. Thanks to social studies teacher Doug Albright, science assistant Terisa Carpenter, English teachers Rich Hambor and Jo-Ellen O'Dell and math teacher Diane Wack.Well done!Support Comets' athletic programsCatonsville Comet Alumni. Dust off your lacrosse gear and show off your stickwork on the Catonsville High School turf field Saturday, April 7.Men's game starts at 4 p.m. Women's game starts at 6 p.m.Those still in college or out of school for years are invited to play and help a good cause.Entry fee is $15 for those in college and $35 for others.A year after distributing 250 Pillow Pets to patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Michele McFarland said she plans to triple that number this Christmas.Already in charge of an army of 1,400 of the plush stuffed animals, the resident said she intends to amass a large enough reserve so she can give them to young patients at five area hospitals no matter the season."We've been very busy in the last several months trying to figure out how to make this a year-round program," said McFarland, who started the Touching Lives With Comfort Foundation with her husband, Brian. "Because of this goal, my husband, Brian, and I felt that the establishment of a foundation would create more credibility when reaching out into the community to obtain donations." McFarland noted the foundation likely would give her more credibility as she seeks donations and when she goes to hospitals.McFarland has committed to distributing Pillow Pets to children at Johns Hopkins, Saint Agnes Hospital, University of Maryland Children's Hospital, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital this holiday season."We're finding that they're going to go really fast," added McFarland, who has two children, Chloe, 8, and Liam, 5. "We've got some stock. We want to keep that momentum going."Much of the stock, McFarland said, came in September from CJ Products, the manufacturer of the $15 toy.CJ Products told McFarland that they would donate 1,400 Pillow Pets to her cause if she became affiliated with a nonprofit organization.McFarland teamed with the Casey Cares Foundation in Arbutus, an organization that provides special programs to critically ill children."Michele contacted us because she's working to get nonprofit status for her charity," said Erin Ritter, a program development director at Casey Cares. "It's a very cool partnership because we wouldn't have requested this kind of donation because it just didn't dawn on us."Ritter noted that she has 20 boxes of 12 Pillow Pets in her office, and they take up so much room that she places sticky notes on the boxes to remind her of meetings.Ritter said Casey Cares has given out about 50 of the Pillow Pets so far and will give out more at its holiday party on Dec. 10.McFarland said she has already found "homes" for 1,000 of the Pillow Pets she received.They are an especially nice treat for children who can't leave the house because they have weak immune systems, Ritter noted."When it's difficult to provide an activity, it's nice to give them something," Ritter said. "It really is a great pick me up.""The 3-year-olds love the Pillow Pets, but we have 15-year-olds who couldn't have been more excited to get a Pillow Pet," she said.To Annie Beatson, a child life specialist at Johns Hopkins, McFarland's Pillow Pets benefit more people than just children."Having that amount is really something that we'd never be able to do ourselves," said Beatson, who noted the hospital has 140 beds. "(It's) really special in the terms that it can provide a positive memory for our patients and families."Since Pillow Pets come in a variety of forms, including puppies, ladybugs and pandas, Beatson said the pets allow patients to express their personality along with brightening up the sterile environment of a hospital room.McFarland's motivation in pursuing this project is simple."They're going through a difficult time," McFarland said of the patients. "(The Pillow Pets) provide them with a little bit of comfort. It gives them a little smile. It helps them feel like kids."The Touching Lives With Comfort Foundation may soon offer more than just Pillow Pets.McFarland said she is considering providing gift bags for young patients and starting Kapes for Kids, which would allow the patients to pretend to be super heroes."We want to make it bigger and reach out into the community more," McFarland said about her foundation.The first place many Catonsville residents will see the foundation's reach into the community is at the tree lighting on Nov. 26.The foundation, McFarland said, will have a bin next to Santa's house where people can donate Pillow Pets to the cause.The foundation will also have bins at Catonsville Gourmet, Catonsville Hair Company and McFarland Masters law firm on Road, McFarland said.Donations can be sent by mail to 920 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. Checks should be made out to the Touching Lives With Comfort Foundation. Most coaches wouldn't be satisfied with a .500 record, but 's Amanda Kaufman is different.She likes the fact that the Comets are 3-3."We lost seven seniors and five were starters," Kaufman explained. "I have a very young team. 500 is a pretty decent way to start our season. The teams we lost to, Dulaney, (Mount) de Sales and , are great teams." Kaufman said the youthful Comets are improving every week. Opposite hitter Danielle Francy and middle hitter Amanda Keller are the only seniors in the starting lineup.Junior middle hitter Hunter Stevens, junior setter Chloe Lins, junior libero Natalie Bockmiller, junior outside hitters Kayla Pruim and sophomore outside hitter Maja Wichhart also start for the Comets."Even though we have six games under our belt, they are still not completely used to playing with each other," Kaufman said. "They will become more comfortable playing with each other, start stepping up and winning these games that we can win."Catonsville hosts on Sept. 28, travels to Franklin four days later, then returns home to play on Oct. 8."They are all winnable games," Kaufman said. "It just depends if the girls show up to play and how bad they want to win the games. Now is the point in the season where they should be starting to peak and playing the best volleyball that they can be playing."The Comets opened the season with consecutive victories, sweeping Chesapeake, 25-12, 25-13, 27-25 and outlasting Lansdowne, 25-15, 25-11, 17-25, 23-25, 15-6.Francy led the way against Chesapeake with eight kills while Wichhart (8 kills) and the 6-foot-2 Francy (7 kills, 2 kills) powered the Comets to the victory over Lansdowne."Her height is great to have on the team," Kauffman said of Francy. "She does very well in the front row with blocking and she recently starting playing all the way around for me as well. "After the loss to Mount de Sales, Catonsville rebounded to beat , 22-25, 28-26, 25-18, 28-26.Francy finished with 14 kills and five aces against Patapsco. Bockmiller recorded eight digs."She has been a great leader and standout passer in the back row," Kauffman said of Bockmiller. "She filled in last year as a libero and did a great job. She really has taken a step up in that role this year."Look for more scoring this season as schools try to take advantage of a new rule that will give teams an extra player in the offensive end on certain fouls. already took advantage of the rule by scoring three goals when a penalized Centennial player was forced to leave the game for two minutes after receiving a yellow card.Read on to see who will be on the field going to goal for Catonsville, Western Tech, Mount de Sales and Seton Keough. Catonsville 2011 record: 9-8Coach Becky Clipp's quote: "We have a lot of offensive threats."Breakdown: A season-opening 21-16 victory over Centennial is an indication of how explosive the Comets can be.Senior attacker Rachel Schwaab, who will play at Temple University next year, and junior Deb Milani, who has verbally committed to play at the University of Maryland, will be the focal point of the offense.Schwaab had seven goals and an assist and Milani had six goals and three assists in the victory."Rachel and Deb are our go-to scorers," Clipp said. "They are the ones that we give the ball to, but I am comfortable with everybody going to goal, which is awesome."Seniors Jessie Vanhooser and Olivia Nicolaus, juniors Claudia Flister, Rachel Sachs and Kendall Law and Sydney Corbitt, sophomores Brooke Stevens and Chloe Corbitt and freshmen Lauren McDonald and Jenn Nonn are also scoring threats.Flister and Stevens had two goals each and McDonald, Sachs, Vanhooser and Corbitt also scored against Centennial.The defense is anchored by junior goalie Grace Campbell stationed behind senior Heather Kendrick and junior Maddie Hunt, another veteran defender.Seniors Grace Hockheimer and Lauren Carroll, sophomores Maddie Schwaab, Anna Higdon, Kelly Reymann and Madi Lazorchak and freshmen Natalie Croom and Catherine Sweeney should help the defense along with reserve junior goalie Maggie Whelley.Although the Comets suffered two one-goal losses among their eight setbacks last season, Clipp thinks a turnaround is likely."This team has more confidence and they are going to be good," Clipp said. "I'm happy with this team."Mount de Sales2011 record: 4-11Coach Abree Johnson's quote: "Our team is much better than it was last year."Breakdown: Early indications suggest the Sailors should improve if they cut down on turnovers and sustain longer possessions.Kurt Delker found a unique way to spend time with his family and see a part of America this summer.He went bicycling across Iowa with his 82-year-old father and 15-year-old son as part of the RAGBRAI (the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) July 22-28.The three were among nearly 10,000 riders who took part in the annual seven-day bicycle ride that is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Cyclists follow a route that changes every year and averages 468 miles over terrain that is not always flat. The ride, which celebrates its 40th year this summer, begins near Iowa's western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River. To prepare to ride an average of 67 miles a day through the Iowa countryside, Kurt and son Zach hit the bike trail aroundBaltimore-Washington International Airportevery chance they could.Father Mel is always prepared, having ridden in the race for 21 years!Cyclists camp out each night and enjoy the hospitality of towns along the route with dinner served by local churches, Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops, 4-H clubs, and VFW post volunteers.Camping provides its own unique challenges."Had a big storm blow through last night, 71 mph winds and got evacuated to the local shelter around 9:00," Kurt wrote in an email dated July 26."Got back to our tents around 11:00. My tent was collapsed with about 3 inches of water, Zach's tent had a couple and we picked Dad's tent up to drain the water out. Got everything mopped up and slept in a soggy tent for a few hours before starting the day. Have 87 miles today but at least it will be about 10 degrees cooler. Set a record of 106 yesterday with the temp on the road being 112."Brady Wiggins, 20, is spending his summer traveling with World Tour and having the time of his life.A DJ/producer/electronic music solo artist, he has been to Beirut, Monaco and Canada in addition to several stops in the United States.The 2010 Catonsville High grad, now a music student at theUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County, also composes electronic music.Olivia Nicolaus, the valedictorian for Catonsville High's Class of 2012, went to London last month after three days in Chapel Hill for freshman orientation at the University of North Carolina.She was joined by 24 fellow freshmen from the Honors Program at UNC and four professor chaperons for a week of fun in England."I learned about plant genomics in Kew Gardens, touredSotheby'sart gallery, and saw Henry V in the Globe Theater. We also drank lots of tea and rode the London Eye (a sightseeing wheel 135 meters high that can carry up to 800 passengers in 32 capsules rotating at a speed of .6 mph, according to its website), as well as checking out the major tourist attractions," she said.Speaking of London, recent Catonsville High School graduates Clay McCoy, Duncan Berry and Kevin Jackson are in London this week visiting Clay's aunt and checking out the Olympics.They plan to see the women's soccer, beach volleyball and women's basketball competitions.Clay will attend in the fall while Duncan will go to the and Kevin will head to Pennsylvania and Lafayette College.Jamie Dubyoski is enjoying plebe summer at the Naval Academy. outscored visiting Centennial 9-1 during a 15-minute span in the second half and the Comets pulled away for a 21-16 victory in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday afternoon.The score was tied 12-12 after a goal by Centennial's Rachel Benzing with 16:07 left in the second half before the Comets went on their scoring binge.Sophomore Maddie Schwaab forced a turnover and Deb Milani controlled the ground ball and went coast-to-coast for a 13-12 lead with 12:55 remaining. Less than a minute later, senior Rachel Schwaab, Maddie's older sister, spun past a defender and tossed in a feathery left-handed shot, then she added another southpaw tally for a 15-12 lead that forced an Eagles' time out. Megan Wallenhorst answered eight seconds later, cutting the deficit to 15-13.It was the closest the Eagles would get the rest of the way.With 7:17 remaining and the Comets clinging to the slim margin, Centennial was called for a yellow card, which resulted in them playing with a player down for two minutes.Under the new rule that was implemented this season, the Comets capitalized in a big way, scoring three goals during the unreleasable penalty."That was huge," Catonsville coach Becky Clipp said.Claudia Flister (2 goals) scored the first goal and Milani assisted senior Schwaab for the second, before Rachel Saks fed Lauren McDonald (1 goal, 1 assist) and the Comets led 18-13 with 5:23 remaining.Rachel Schwaab, who will play at Temple University next year, added two more goals and Chloe Corbitt scored one and Milani added two assists to build the bulge to 21-13 with 1:12 remaining.Centennial added three late goals in the last minute for the final margin.Rachel Schwaab led the Comets with seven goals and one assist and Milani added six goals and three assists."Rachel and Deb are like our go-to scorers," Clipp said. "They are the ones that we give the ball to, but I am comfortable with everybody going to goal, which is awesome,"Brooke Stevens added a pair of goals and Jessie Vanhooser and Corbitt scored one each to complete the Comets' scoring.The game was tied most of the first half, but the Comets seized some momentum in the final 12.9 seconds of the half.Rachel Schwaab hustled to win the ground ball off the draw and, after a whistle inside midfield stopped play, she fed Vanhooser for a goal at the buzzer, tying the score at 10-10.The Comets also got stellar defensive play in the second half from senior defender Heather Kendrick, junior Maddie Hunt and junior goalie Grace Campbell.In addition, they began winning draws in the second half, thanks to a spark provided by freshman Jenn Nonn.Centennial posted its first win of the season with a 5-1 win over Mt. Hebron this week.The Eagles came from behind after giving up a goal 13 minutes into the game to even the score by halftime and shut out Mt. Hebron over the final 40 minutes. Centennial is now 1-2 in the league standings and 1-4-1 overall.This turnaround started with the second half against Reservoir, said Centennial coach Steve Baxter, recalling a loss on Sept. 11. We dominated a solid team (Reservoir) for 40 minutes, but just couldn't score as we lost 1-0. Tonight, we were able to finish from inside the penalty box to score five times on 12 shots. We still have areas we must improve and will work hard to get better, he added, after the Sept. 13 game against Mt. Hebron. Anna Mitchell, a sophomore, led the offense with three goals and an assist. Ruthie Lucas and Darby Sinunu scored their first goals of the season.Baxter said Mt. Hebron was very dangerous on counter attacks throughout the game. Sammie Albornoz, Carolyn Eichhorn and Mitchell had assists for Centennial. No scoring details were available for Mt. Hebron. still unbeatenSabrina DeLeonibus hat trick led Glenelg Country School to a 5-1 win over Baltimore Lutheran and its third straight win of the season.Chloe Lewis and Deja Hursey also scored and both had assists as well for the Dragons. Glenelg Country had a 2-0 halftime lead.Minahil Choudry had four saves in the net for the Dragons.Another shut out for River HillMichaela Hennesey scored off a cross from Katie Arensmeier at 13 minutes to put River Hill in the drivers seat en route to a 4-0 win over Wilde Lake.With its third straight shutout, River Hill (5-0) is still unbeaten this season and has two county wins. The Hawks snapped Wilde Lakes three-game win streak and handed the Wildecats their first league setback. Wilde Lake is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the county.Alex Hamer, Sheridan Street and Arensmeier also scored in the win. Arensmeier had three assists and Hamer one.We held them to one goal at the half, and we had some pretty good opportunities from Brynn Drury and Maria Pascale, but their team is very strong, said Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida. She said her keeper, Lauren Hutchinson, made 12 saves, including a finger-tip save from a lofty volley from Street.We were definitely challenged the hardest we have been this season, and I am very interested to see how we bounce back from this game, Procida added.Crable sets up two goalsSamantha Price finished off a shot from Morgan Crable with four minutes left in the first overtime period to give Marriotts Ridge a 2-1 win and hand Atholton its first county loss.It is always a battle when the two of us meet, said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey, whose team is now 4-0 for the season and unbeaten in three county contests. Much of tonight wasn't pretty for us. It definitely wasn't our best effort, but we were able to collect ourselves and finish it off in overtime to get the win.There are days when I wonder, "What happened to ? Where has Clarksville gone?" Even the Clarksville post office is going, going, gone. Once we were a community where you knew your neighbors. People pulled together. There was one of almost every imaginable hardware item in Kendall's Quonset hut and they knew just where to find it. How times have changed, but then, the positive stories roll in.Colleen Craig made my day by sharing a couple of good news items about St. Louis students with photos. Brothers Evan and Eric Schneider set up a lemonade stand this summer to benefit the Food Bank. Nice cold lemonade is great on a hot summer day and it's nice to help supply the needs of others.Service with a smile is also the motto of Collette, Cecile, Camile, Claire and Chloe McGarvey and Marisa DeLuca. They were busy bringing smiles to other children. The girls made lemonade and baked goodies themselves and held a bake sale for nearly six hours. The money the girls raised was used to purchase cuddly pillow pets for children at Kennedy-Krieger Institute. It looks like the old community spirit of Clarksville may be alive and well. Among Clarksville residents you'll find Brad Closs, Executive Director of Neighbor Ride and Joy Boy, Stewart Hurtt, Colleen and Gerry Konstanzer, Elaine Masker, Ron Poniaszek, Terri Porter, Kathleen Stanley and Jean Weinstein, all volunteers helping seniors through Neighbor Ride. Those age 60 and over maintain independence by using this transportation. Demand has increased 44 percent in the past year. It's a great way for you to volunteer with no set schedule and flexible hours. Parents with young children are welcome to bring them along.Orientation sessions are scheduled at the Neighbor Ride office on Route 108, in Columbia, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m.; Sept. 13, 7:30 a.m.; and Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Special sessions can be scheduled for groups at your worksite or in your community by request. Callt Rosemary or Patrice at 410-884-7433 or to learn more.Invasion, a British Rock band will be closing out the season for the River Hill Summer Courtyard Concert series in the shopping center Friday, Aug. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Did your family take advantage of this free entertainment this summer?Happy birthday to Nila Jagdhani. She was 10 years old Aug. 11. Hope you have a great double-digit year, Nila.The River Hill High School PTSA will offer prep courses in math and critical reading/writing for the SAT exams in Jan. There will be two sessions this fall limited to 15 students each. Session 1 begins in mid September and runs through early December on Saturdays. Session 2 meets Tuesday and Thursday in October, November and early December. The cost for either subject is $175 or $275 for both subjects. To learn more go to , email or call 301-395-9728.If you are about to order or reorder magazines, please wait. For many years now, Clarksville Middle School has maintained a very successful fundraiser by selling magazine subscriptions. You can even use your discounts and the school still gets a commission. The magazine campaign starts Sept. 6. See any Clarksville Middle student or contact the school to support the effort.Tour a Bay-Wise garden Sept. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 10130 Maxine St., adjacent to Centennial Park. The event is free, sponsored by University of Maryland Extension Howard County Master Gardeners. Native plants will be available for sale.If you need special assistance to participate in this program, call 410-313-1913 by Aug. 29.E-mail to report college commitments by area high school athletes. This list includes local athletes that have signed national letters of intent or reportedly made oral commitments. BaseballKevin Bailey, Fallston - Alvernia (Pa.)Brent Bieker, Calvert Hall - Mount Aloysius Patrick Blair, Calvert Hall - Wake ForestEvan Cain, Calvert Hall - East Stroudsburg (Pa.)Jack Carey, St. Paul's - Wake ForestChristopher Cook, DeMatha - George Mason Stephen Cooke, Archbishop Curley - Indiana University (Pa.)Jason Creighton, Loch Raven - CCBC-EssexJefferson Curry, The Barrie School - Prince George's Community CollegeMike DeVecchio, C. Milton Wright - CCBC-EssexDaniel Dragos, DeMatha - Temple Tyler Drinkard, Northeast - UMBC Jason Driver, Century - Potomac StateWick Eisenberg, Friends - St. Mary's (Md.)Zack Fisher, Perry Hall - Maryland Brandon Franke, Archbishop Curley - CCBC-Essex Blake Geiger, Calvert Hall - RichmondNick Hallis, Liberty - CCBC-CatonsvilleCharlie Haslup, Easton - Maryland John Hornberger, Calvert Hall - CCBC-CatonsvilleAlex Hosier, Baltimore Lutheran - StevensonAndrew Huber, Patapsco - CCBC-CatonsvilleKevin Hughes, St. Vincent Pallotti - Belmont-AbbeyMatthew Jackson, Archbishop Spalding - Navy Austin Lasky, Friends - Juniata (Pa.)Drew Liebert, Towson - HofstraPaul Mellinger, Boys' Latin - Messiah CollegeHuntley Mitchell, Boys' Latin - Washington CollegeJohn Murawski, Mount St. Joseph - SalisburyEddie Palmer, Archbishop Spalding - St. Joseph's Andrew Parker, Cardinal Gibbons - TowsonMark Quaranta, Loyola - Mount St. Mary's Eric Ryan, Patapsco - CCBC-EssexCody Schuchman, CCBC-Essex - Stevenson ******Kevin Shields, Loyola - Franklin & MarshallCharles Simon, Perry Hall Christian - CCBC-EssexHarry Slade, Loyola - UNC-GreensboroJoe Sliwka, Calvert Hall - Washington CollegeCourtland Sullivan, Loch Raven - York College (Pa.)Ryan Taylor, Loyola - GettysburgMichael Trionfo, Calvert Hall - TowsonJustin Whittington, Catonsville - CCBC-Catonsville David (D.J.) Williams, Eastern Tech - CCBC-Essex Boys BasketballEric Atkins, Mount St. Joseph - Notre Dame (2010)Isaiah Armwood, Montrose Christian - VillanovaChris Baker, Hammond - Missouri SouthernBrendan Bald, Severna Park - VermontRaven Barber*, Paul VI (Va.) - Mount St. Mary'sAntonio Barton, Lake Clifton - Memphis (2010) Will Barton, Lake Clifton - Memphis (2010) MacGyver Biniak, Howard - St. Mary's (Md.)Corey Cooke, Owings Mills - Rochester (Minn.) Community and Technical CollegeTrey Cole, Wilde Lake - Methodist (N.C.) Donte Cotton, Owings Mills - Riverland (Minn.) Community CollegeJordan Diggs, North County - HoodC.J. Fair, City - Syracuse (2010)Andrew Fitzgerald**, Brewster (N.H.) Academy - OklahomaReginald Green, Owings Mills - LynchburgNick Groce, St. Mary's - UMBCNaji Hibbert, DeMatha - Texas A&MChristian Hill, Owings Mills - Rochester (Minn.) Community and Technical CollegeGerald Hill, Mount St. Joseph - Dominican (N.Y.)Adam Johnson, City - St. Francis (Pa.)Raphael Jordan, John Carroll - Bryant (R.I.)Ryan Joyce, Southern - HoodTroy King, St. John's-CP - NavySidney McCray, St. Paul's - ShepherdAndre Moore, Archbishop Spalding - Carnegie MellonIsaiah Philmore, John Carroll - Towson Trey Quinn, St. Mary's - St. Mary's (Md.)Matt Rum, Loyola - William & MaryDevon Saddler, Aberdeen - DelawareErick Smith, John Carroll - Bryant (R.I.) Wyatt Smith, John Carroll - Baltimore City Community CollegeWayne Sparrow, St. Frances - Richmond (2010)Devin Spencer, Towson Catholic - St. Mary's (Md.)Justin Stone, Brunswick - HoodTerrell Vinson, St. Frances - Massachusetts D.J. Whiten, Frederick - McDanielBoys Cross Country Sean Kirby, River Hill - St. FrancisZach Sullivan, Archbishop Spalding - LaSalle Boys GolfJay Dove, LaPlata - TowsonJosh Eure, South River - ArkansasBoys LacrosseTyler Adelsberger, Calvert Hall - Ohio State Corey Anderlick, Century - LynchburgJohn Anderson, St. Mary's - Mount St. Mary's Bryan Arnold, Glenelg Country - Stevenson Justin Bailey, North Carroll - Robert MorrisRyan Brant, DeMatha - Ohio State Parker Bratton, McDonogh - St. John'sAlex Bement, Loyola - PennBonsal Brooks, Gilman - Union College (N.Y.)Cooper Brown, Gilman - Washington & Lee (Va.)Garrett Byron, St. Paul's - Air ForceEmmett Cahill, Loyola - Maryland (2010)Matt Cahn, Gilman - Amherst CollegeBrian Carr, Calvert Hall - Detroit-MercyJack Casey, Loyola - St. Joseph'sPhilip Castronova, Calvert Hall - Johns Hopkins (2010)Marcus Cheatham, Loyola - Susquehanna (Pa.)Tyler Cockey, Century - RoanokeAdam Cohen, Severn - UMBCCorey Cooke, Archbishop Curley - YorkKevin Cooper, Archbishop Spalding - MarylandRyan Corrigan, Howard - Belmont AbbeyChris Costabile, Mount St. Joseph - DartmouthStew D'Ambrogi, Severn - Ohio StateRonJon Dadd, Urbana - BucknellTrevor Dauses, Loyola - Sacred HeartJosh Davey, Owings Mills - Lynchburg Collin Dent, Perryville - YorkNick Doub, St. Mary's - UMBC Connor Doyle, Howard - Belmont AbbeyDylan Doyle, Archbishop Curley - RoanokeJack Doyle, Gilman - HarvardPat Durkin, Good Counsel - U.S. Naval Academy Prep SchoolGreg Dutton, Calvert Hall - Ohio State (2010)Ryan Dutton-O'Hara, Urbana - St. John'sGreg Edmonds, Centennial - Johns Hopkins (2010)Davey Emala, Gilman - GeorgetownCory Esposito, Dulaney - YorkMike Faby, St. Paul's - Johns Hopkins (2010)Patrick Fanshaw, Calvert Hall - Loyola Kyle Fendley, Winters Mill - StevensonTodd Ferguson, Mount St. Joseph - GreensboroMichael Fields, Wilde Lake - Detroit-MercySean Fitzgerald, Arundel - Towson Rob Fitzpatrick, Loyola - PennPatrick Fletcher, Good Counsel - Sacred HeartMichael Florenzo, St. Vincent Pallotti - BinghamtonSam Ford, McDonogh - BrownJeff Fountain, St. Paul's - Georgetown (2010)Tim Gaines, St. Paul's - Franklin & MarshallColin Glavin, Fallston - YorkDylan Godbout, Reservoir - Christopher Newport UniversityJason Gonos, St. Mary's - Harvard Mitch Greene, Fallston - YorkMatthew Gregoire, South River - UMBC Ryan Gutowski, Calvert Hall - Bucknell TJ Harris, DeMatha - LoyolaPat Harrison, Archbishop Spalding - Air ForceBrian Hess***, Deerfield Academy (Mass.) - LehighDerrike Hill, Easton - YorkKyle Holechek, Loyola - LehighMarcus Holman, Gilman - North CarolinaCurtis Holmes, McDonogh - Maryland Scott Hopmann, St. Mary's - UMBC Duncan Hutchins, Gilman - North Carolina (2010)Joe Impallaria, Calvert Hall - UMBC Shane Jaeger, Centennial - MaristAlex Jones, Severn - Brown Sam Jones, Severna Park - NavyMatt Jovinelli, Arundel - York Warren Kalkstein, Loyola - TowsonFrankie Kelly, Calvert Hall - North Carolina (2010)Brian Kelly, Calvert Hall - Rutgers (2010)Joe Kennedy, Mount St. Joseph - UrsinusMatt King, Archbishop Spalding - TowsonSteve Kirkup, Severn - North CarolinaHarry Krieger, St. Paul's - HarvardPat Kurowski, Loyola - Marist George Lacher, Gilman - ColoradoJim LaPenna, Bel Air - Wheeling JesuitPete Lee, Archbishop Curley - StevensonMatt Lewis, Glenelg Country - Washington CollegeNeill Lewnes, St Mary's - UMBC Chris Lightner, Calvert Hall - Johns Hopkins DJ Llewellyn, Boys' Latin - Washington CollegeBen Love, Winters Mill - Air ForceJames Lowe, Urbana - YorkJeff Lowman, Severna Park - St. John's Tom Lurie, Bel Air - Lycoming CollegeKevin Mahon, Loyola - Muhlenberg Jim Marlatt, River Hill - Notre Dame (2010)Greg McBride, Gilman - North CarolinaJason McFadden, Calvert Hall - GeorgetownConor McGee, Gilman - MichiganMatt McGuire, Arundel - ArmyMark McNeill, St. Mary's - North CarolinaMitch Meredith, Archbishop Spalding - SalisburyMatt Miller, Calvert Hall - Washington CollegeRyan Mottley, John Carroll - YorkBlake Muller, River Hill - Randolph-Macon (Va.)Tyler Nechanicky, Good Counsel - U.S. Naval Academy Prep SchoolRob Owen, McDonogh - Mount St. Mary'sJordan Parker, Pikesville - HartfordKyle Pasta, North Carroll - Christopher NewportMike Poiter, Archbishop Spalding - MarylandPat Powderly, St. Paul's - Syracuse (2010)Harry Prevas, Gilman - Virginia Samuel Ramatowski, Annapolis Area Christian - StevensonMike Reid, Loyola - Dickinson Jack Rice, Boys' Latin - VillanovaSpencer Riehl, St. Paul's - DenisonJ.T. Rohe, Glenelg Country - St. Mary's (Md.)Tony Rossi, Calvert Hall - Maryland (2010)Mike Runk, Mount St. Joseph - Washington CollegeMike Scheeler, Calvert Hall - Maryland Dan Schonfeld, Marriotts Ridge - Air Force Eric Selingski, Archbishop Curley - YorkChris Sheehan, Winters Mill - StevensonAndrew Shepard, Loyola - Washington CollegeSteven Spindler, Mount St. Joseph - JacksonvilleNate Stewart, Westminster - YorkNicholas Stoop, Archbishop Curley - Robert MorrisRyan Strasdauskas, Fallston - Washington College Patrick Toohey, McDonogh - Ohio State Matt Torr, Boys' Latin - Washington CollegeAndy Truant, Loyola - RoanokeJake Ulman, Loyola - St. Mary's (Md.)Michael Ward, Howard - BellarmineSteven Wildberger, Liberty - Lebanon Valley (Pa.) JK Wittelsberger, Calvert Hall - Washington College Kyle Williams, Marriotts Ridge - St. Joseph's Erick Zarzecki, Pikesville - CabriniKeith Ziemba, Loyola - Mount St. Mary'sJake Zimmerman, Boys' Latin - UMBCPeter Zouck, Gilman - DickinsonBoys Soccer Ricky Cantore, River Hill - UNC-WilmingtonGreg Coard, Dulaney - StevensonJohn Connolly, Archbishop Curley - Long IslandJimmy Deasel, Loyola - LycomingZach Kane, Perry Hall - LoyolaMamadou Kansaye, McDonogh - Maryland (2010)Jonathan Kershaw, Severna Park - Gardner-Webb Paul Killian, Marriotts Ridge - West VirginiaMalcolm Manswell, River Hill - West VirginiaPhil Martinelli, Marriotts Ridge - TowsonRoston Moore, River Hill - Long IslandJimmy Mundy, Centennial - SalisburyGarrett Nickles, Mount Hebron - Duquesne Trevar Ondiek, The Kiski School - TowsonJake Pace, River Hill - Maryland Josh Patterson, Bowie - DuquesneCesar Ramos, Archbishop Curley - Loyola Patrick Rose, Boys' Latin - Howard Phillip Saunders, Perry Hall - UMBCMatt Seinfeld, Wilde Lake - Virginia Military Institute Jon Stephenson, Mount St. Joseph - RichmondIsaac Taylor****, Choate Rosemary Hall - Boston CollegeMatt Tyrie, Redeemer Classical Christian - LoyolaDavid Vaeth, Patapsco - UMBCJoe Vidmar, McDonogh - Virginia TechChris Weaver, Archbishop Curley - TowsonTrevor Wittman, Calvert Hall - Washington CollegeAlex Workman, Broadneck - La SalleKyle Yingling, James M. Bennett - TowsonBoys SwimmingWade Boarman, Kent Island - TowsonAndy Gough, Dulaney - TowsonJohn Hall, Easton - TowsonJoseph Mills, Cedar Brook Academy - TowsonEmmanuel Motsiopolous, Loyola - MarylandGreg Pelton, Loyola, Harvard Matthew Reinheimer, Good Counsel - TowsonSean Roddy, Loyola - LSU Kevin Roeder, Thomas Johnson - TowsonIan Slater, McDonogh - BrownGiles Smith, McDonogh - Tennessee Zach Stone, Centennial - TowsonAustin Surhoff, St. Paul's - Texas Evan Wollman, DeMatha - Florida Ian Zelaya, James M. Bennett - TowsonBoys Track and Field Graham Bazell, Atholton - StanfordJohn Davenport, Loyola - MarylandDorian Johnson, Mount St. Joseph - South CarolinaSolomon Haile, Sherwood - ArkansasMichael Lynch, Atholton - Oklahoma StateZach Sullivan, Archbishop Spalding - LaSalleChris Wunch, Atholton - VMIBoys Water PoloTyler Thein, Loyola - NavyArchie Warren, Calvert Hall - NavyField HockeyVirginia Caldeira, South River - Towson Ashlea Carl, North Carroll - Towson Ciarra Delost, Archbishop Spalding - Shippensburg (Pa.)Katie Gerbes, Fallston - Mary WashingtonKate Heineman, Centennial - MassachusettsCaroline Hollerbach, Broadneck - RadfordAmanda Kimbers, McDonogh - GeorgetownChristine Knauss, Garrison Forest - MarylandAmanda Lawrence, Broadneck - SalisburyKatie Matteo, Broadneck - SalisburyRachel Merritt, Chesapeake-AA - Frostburg State Lindsey Puckett, Fallston - Maryland Katie Teleky, Centennial - SwarthmoreFootball Nick Aloi, Atholton - SalisburyPeter Athens, Huntingtown - TowsonTavon Austin, Dunbar - West VirginiaBo Beall, Liberty - Lebanon Valley (Pa.)Greg Belle, Liberty - Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) Alex Blake, Friendly - TowsonJordan Bodnar, Chesapeake-AA - West Virginia TechRyan Bonheyo, Maryland School for the Deaf - TowsonCourtney Bridget, Dunbar - UNLVAntonio Brown, Dunbar - Morgan StateMichael Campanaro, River Hill - Wake ForestNygee Carmichael, Gwynn Park - TowsonTom Chroniger, DeMatha - TowsonKevin Clark, Gilman - Trinity (Conn.)Malik Compton, Gilman - Albright (Pa.)Brandon Copeland, Gilman - PennRaymond Cotton, Meade - MississippiAustin Crabill, St. Paul's - Appalachian StateRudy Lee Daniel, Woodlawn - Old DominionMark Davis Jr., Annapolis Area Christian - Capital (Ohio)Sherrod Davis, St. Paul's - DavidsonAnthony DiPerna, C. Milton Wright - Seton HillDarrius Douglas, Edmondson - Dean College Leron Eaddy, River Hill - Central Michigan Donovan Eaton, Loyola - HamptonArnold Farmer, Poly - TowsonSean Farr, Dunbar - LouisvilleCarl Fleming, Franklin - PittsburghBrandon Floyd, Loyola - GeorgetownEllis Foster, City - Rhode IslandEric Franklin, Archbishop Curley - MarylandDelano Frazer, Calvert Hall - FrostburgGehron Fredericks, Gilman - ValparaisoKevin Fulton, Milford Mill - North Carolina A&TTerence Garvin, Loyola - West Virginia Brett Gayhardt, Calvert Hall - St. Vincent (Pa.)Kevin Gordon, Atholton - FrostburgB.J. Greening, Calvert - TowsonBubba Harris*****, Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) - North Carolina Central Randall Harris, DuVal - TowsonBeau Haworth, Archbishop Spalding - NavyMatt Heacock, Loyola - WagnerArtis Holt, Mount St. Joseph - Merrimack (Mass.)Drew Hoppes, Loyola - GettysburgLaVaughn Hughes, Gwynn Park - West Virginia WesleyanAntonio Johnson, Fallston - Seton HillCharles Johnson, Poly - TowsonStephen Johnson, City - Shippensburg (Pa.)Mike Jones, Overlea - LackawannaTrenton Joseph, Liberty - Shippensburg (Pa.)Leon Kinnard, Loyola - ConnecticutMike Kogelschatz, St. Paul's - DickinsonRyan Krieg, Bel Air - SalisburyAlec Lemon, Arundel - SyracuseMatt Lentz, Loyola - Bryant (R.I.)TJ Livezey, Bel Air - WidenerDavid Mackall, Edmondson - Maryland Danny March, Wilde Lake - Shepherd Trey Massey, Douglass - West Virginia WesleyanJoey Merchak, Liberty - Thiel College (Pa.)Horace Miller, Dunbar - LouisvilleJonathan Mullinix, Glenelg - California (Pa.)Davon Muse, Dunbar - Central MichiganGary Onuekwusi, Dunbar - TempleJake Peery, Archbishop Curley - LehighJonathan Perry, Dunbar - UABJoe Petrides, Archbishop Curley - AkronEric Pike, DuVal - TowsonJim Poggi, Gilman - Iowa (2010)Brian Prater, St. Paul's - Franklin & MarshallDwayne Price, Friendly - TowsonMalek Redd, River Hill - Central MichiganLance Roberts, St. Paul's - Johns HopkinsJesse Robertson, Douglass - West Virginia WesleyanPatrick Robinson, Liberty - Carnegie MellonRenard Robinson, Mount St. Joseph - James Madison Ron Rose, Hereford - W.Va. Tech Thomas Ruley, Parkville - Lehigh John Scheve, Boys' Latin - DartmouthDoug Shaw, Loyola - TowsonDrew Simmons, Loyola - ShepherdWilliam Speight, Gwynn Park - TowsonDave Stinebaugh, Perry Hall - MarylandJake Stull, Atholton - FrostburgEvan Sturman, Atholton - SalisburySean Sullivan, St. Paul's - ElonBlake Thompson, Cardinal Gibbons - Elon Trevor Turner, Meade - Rhode Island Troy Vermillion, Fallston - Frostburg State Tyler Wiegand, John Carroll - West Virginia WesleyanBryan Wagshall, Atholton - FrostburgAnthony Waters, Dunbar - Howard Steven Wildberger, Liberty - Lebanon Valley (Pa.)Lance Wilkes, Western Tech - Wesley CollegeTim Willman, Reservoir - Connecticut Ean Wilson, Liberty - Fairmont State (W.Va.)Luke Wright, Century - DuquesneRyan Ziolkowski, Fallston - Wesley CollegeGirls Basketball Asia Bailey, Western - BenedictBreaira Barksdale, City - UNC-AshevilleCaitlin Bopp, IND - RiderBrianna Bradford, Reservoir - PennAsya Bussie, Seton Keough - West Virginia Cassie Cooke, Winters Mill - Rhode IslandRyann Dannelly, River Hill - Richmond Ashley Davis, Arundel - DrexelKatie Dickerson, Severn - EmorySimone Egwu, Arundel - VirginiaJess Harlee, Fallston - West Virginia (2010)Keirah Hicks, Western - West Virginia StateEbonee Jones, Arundel - LaSalleTiana Mitchell, Digital Harbor - Potomac State (W.Va.)Taylor Petrisko, Chesapeake-AA - St. Mary's (Md.)Akeema Richards, Western - West Virginia Cinthia Ruiz, North Carroll - York College (Pa.)Alicia Seelaus, River Hill - Yale Nyree Williams, Howard - North CarolinaShamika Williams, Catonsville - UMBCGirls Cross CountryKathryn Franke, Loch Raven - Mount St. Mary'sKatie Harman, River Hill - James MadisonHannah McKenzie, C.M. Wright - TowsonGirls Lacrosse Liz Adam, Severn - Stanford Kerianne Allen, Mount Hebron - UMBC Emmy Aras, Severn - George Washington Lelan Bailey, Severna Park - Florida Kathleen Barranco, Severna Park - Loyola Kate Benner, Annapolis Area Christian - St Joseph'sAbby Bisbee, Bryn Mawr - Georgetown Grace Bojanowski, Towson - Navy Cathryn Bonitz, Towson - Adelphi (N.Y.)Kelsi Bozel, Notre Dame Prep - Georgetown Claire Brady, Century - HofstraJamie Brentlinger, Arundel - Longwood (Va.)Ashley Bruns, Mount Hebron - Florida Ashley Cahill, Roland Park - Loyola Cara Canington, C. Milton Wright - Florida Kate Cathell, St. Paul's - Oregon Jordan Certeza, Lutheran - Mount St. Mary'sLauren Chatham, North Harford - La Salle Megan Chlada, John Carroll - Temple Aimee Chotikul, Lutheran - Rutgers Kendall Church, Glenelg - Virginia Tech Meghan Clothier, Maryvale - George MasonJordyn Collins, Urbana - Old DominionNatalie Crenshaw, North Harford - Belmont Abbey Kitty Cullen, McDonogh - Florida Brittany Dashiell, John Carroll - Florida Emma Davis, Loch Raven - UMBCLaura Dawson, Broadneck - American Alexa Demski, Loch Raven - Towson Melissa Diepold, Perry Hall - Maryland Rebecca Diggs, Severna Park - Belmont Abbey (N.C.)Lindsay Dockman, Notre Dame Prep - Delaware Emily Dohony, Hereford - Florida Devin Dorsey, South River - Savannah College of Art and DesignJen Eikenberg, John Carroll - Navy Kelsey Evans, Fallston - York (Pa.) CollegeJamie Fahey, Loch Raven - UMBC Sam Farrell, Severna Park - Florida Molly Fernandez, McDonogh - Penn State Sam Ferrell, Severna Park - Florida Emily Fine, Pikesville - Temple Megan Fiorito, McDonogh - Ohio State Monica Fischer, Fallston - Johns Hopkins Hannah Frallicciardi, Pikesville - GoucherCatherine Gartner, Archbishop Spalding - Longwood Jessica Giles, Mount Hebron - James Madison Alex Goldstein, Garrison Forest - SyracuseCori Gray, John Carroll - Florida Halle Gray, Roland Park - Loyola Jessica Gring, Notre Dame Prep - Denver Aubrey Green, Mount Hebron - Duquesne Ellen Halle, Hereford - Middlebury Kayla Hamberry, St. Mary's - Quinnipiac Rachel Hannon, Archbishop Spalding - JacksonvilleLindsay Harris, Urbana - Rutgers Chelsea Hauswirth, Old Mill - Connecticut Julia Heaps, North Harford - Virginia Tech Chloe Heckman, Centennial - Penn Kelsey Heine, Urbana - Ohio StateLindsay Higham, Severn - Florida Amanda Hirschfeld, Roland Park - Villanova Kasey Howard, Broadneck - Maryland Maura Imel, Seton Keough - Oregon Elizabeth K. Johnson, C. Milton Wright - Johns Hopkins (2010)Haydon Judge, St. Mary's - Florida Katie Kiriazaglou, John Carroll - Cincinnati Brie Kitchelt, Glenelg - Jacksonville Kim Kolarik, South River - Virginia Shannon Lane, Severn - Villanova Cosette Larash, Archbishop Spalding - Johns Hopkins Kaitlyn Larrimore, North Harford - Mount St. Mary's Erin Laschinger, Notre Dame Prep - Virginia Morgan Leonard, Liberty - Delaware Katie Liberatore, Notre Dame Prep - Cincinnati Olivia Linehan, Loch Raven - Old Dominion Britney Lukowski, Centennial - Savannah College of Art and DesignKelsey MacDonald, Bryn Mawr - James Madison Maura Mahoney, Bel Air - Old Dominion Katie Matz, McDonogh - Princeton Sarah Matz, Bryn Mawr - MarylandMairead McGuirk, John Carroll - Gettysburg Elizabeth McIntosh, Franklin - Hofstra Meghan McNeil, C. Milton Wright - Delaware Lindsay Menton, Glenelg Country - Gettysburg Gabi Miller, Loch Raven - Louisville Bridget Morrison, St. Mary's - Oregon Sam Nemec, Notre Dame Prep - Robert Morris Anna Patterson, Severna Park - Lehigh Jess Phelan, Mount de Sales - St. Joseph's Marissa Pierson, Century - Cincinnati Stephanie Peterson, South River - Jacksonville Shelby Polk, Catonsville - DelawareKate Prebil, Roland Park - Denver Colby Rhea, McDonogh - Florida Ashleigh Rohrback, Westminister - Towson Iliana Sanza, St. Paul's - Maryland Maddie Salamone, Bel Air - Duke Lindsey Saunders, Northeast - Detroit-MercyHayward Sawers, St. Paul's - Florida Julie Schindel, St. Mary's - Florida Katie Schwarzmann, Century - Maryland Lauren Selawski, Notre Dame Prep - Franklin & MarshallAmber Shifflett - Chesapeake - Bloomsburg (Pa.) Rachel Smith, Mount Hebron - Florida Abby Sneeringer, Catonsville - George Washington Alexis Spaide, Centennial - Savannah College of Art and DesignKayla Stolins, Loch Raven - FloridaSophia Thomas, Maryvale - Georgetown Chelsea Thompson, Broadneck - UMBC Katelyn Thompson, Queen Anne's - Jacksonville Emily Van Hollen, Severna Park - Hofstra Liz Vlk, St. Paul's - Louisville Sophie Walker, Mercy - Fresno State Holly Webb, John Carroll - Robert Morris Amanda Wedekind, Mount Hebron - Florida Katelyn Wettig, North Harford - Cincinnati Kori Wilke, Severna Park - Navy Jennifer Zoltoski, John Carroll - RichmondGirls SoccerRachel Aronchick, Atholton - Tufts Cheyenne Braga, Good Counsel - TowsonAli Brennan, McDonogh - Miami (Fla.) Kelsey Donohue, Mercy - Loyola Alex Evitts, Leonardtown - TowsonEmily Gehrig, Leonardtown - TowsonMegan Gibbons, McDonogh - Maryland Sarah Holmes, Eastern Tech - Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.)Sa'sha Kershaw, Loch Raven - Stony Brook Amy Lowitt, Roland Park - Connecticut CollegeCourtney Lupinek, Chesapeake-AA - Towson Lindsay Malpass, C. Milton Wright - Millersville Gigi Mangione, McDonogh - Loyola Erica Page, Archbishop Spalding - Maryland Lindsay Powell, Severna Park - UMBCCheyenne Skidmore, Liberty - TowsonAmy Song, River Hill - Mount St. Mary'sBrittany Yancey, River Hill - LoyolaJean Marie Yanchulis, Broadneck - Wheeling Girls SwimmingWhitney Avers, Broadneck - South Carolina Caroline Burns, Severn - James Madison Courtney Griffith, Westminster - Mount St. Mary'sRenee Parsons, McDonogh - NiagaraKelsey Rouse, Severna Park - TowsonAmanda Skroupa, Glenelg - TowsonGirls Track and Field Kamilah Brown, Reservoir - TowsonJessica Cooke, Leonardtown - TowsonKatie Crumbaugh, North Carroll - Mount St. Mary's Ashley Dabney, Wheaton - TowsonAmanda Deller, Aberdeen - UMBCTina DiPaola, Chesapeake-AA - TowsonDanielle Douglas, Western - HowardAlex Evitts, Leonardtown - TowsonKathryn Franke, Loch Raven - Mount St. Mary'sKatie Harman, River Hill - James MadisonShemika Martin, Aberdeen - TowsonKatie Salkie, Sherwood - TowsonAdrienne Tolson, Bowie - TowsonMoriah Young, McDonogh - MarylandRugbyAndrew Shewbridge, Mount. St. Joseph - South CarolinaSoftball Sarah Alpaugh, Liberty - SalisburyStacy Berg, McDonogh - BrandeisHeather Brown, Northeast - UMBC Allison Chew, Linganore - Millersville (Pa.)Cara Corsaro, North Carroll - College of Notre Dame of MarylandBrittany Favazza, C. Milton Wright - Loch Haven (Pa.)Lauren Gibson, Chesapeake-AA - Tennessee Cassie Greenhawk, Easton - BucknellAlexis Matula, Chesapeake-AA - ShepherdEmelie McFarland, Century - Ursinus (Pa.)Melanie Mitchell, McDonough - VirginiaKayla Mohr, IND - LynchburgElaine Nescio, Archbishop Spalding - George WashingtonKourtney Salvarola, Broadneck - South Florida (2010)Stephanie Schell, Maryvale - Messiah CollegeMegan Smith, Eastern Tech - CCBC-CatonsvilleStephanie Speierman, Hammond - Michigan Sara Sudano, Winters Mill - StevensonKatie Teleky, Centennial - SwarthmoreKelly Trimble, St. Vincent Pallotti - Maryland (2010)Tennis Paul Burgin, Pikesville - KenyonJohn Collins, DeMatha - MarylandFelix Hong, Severn - Carnegie MellonRyan Kent, Glenelg Country - Delaware Tim Lozinak, John Carroll - DelawareAndrew Lutz, Pikesville - TuftsHarsha Rao, Old Mill - Carnegie MellonHayden White, Towson - Washington and LeeSam Wichlin, Mount Hebron - Mary WashingtonJames Wieler, Gilman - SwarthmoreVolleyballKayla Broadwater, Williamsport - ConnecticutAndrea Catucci, Archbishop Spalding - Robert MorrisAlli Kamsch, Severna Park - Rochester Institute of TechnologyKasey Mercier, Mount de Sales - ShepherdStacey Niehoff, Thomas Johnson - TowsonJenn Rindone, Archbishop Spalding - St. Mary's (Md.)Bailey Webster, St. Paul's - TexasWrestlingShane Milam, McDonongh - PennsylvaniaAlex Pagnotta, McDonogh - RutgersAlbert Woody, McDonogh - Lehigh * Barber is from Edgewood.** Fitzgerald transferred to Brewster from Owings Mills.*** Hess graduated from McDonogh in 2008. **** Taylor graduated from Loyola in 2008. ***** Harris graduated from Loyola in 2008.****** Schuchman graduated from Calvert Hall in 2007.At the midwaypoint inthe season, the Glenelg Country boys basketball team is still getting settled into the demanding Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference after moving up from the B Conference.Coach Kevin Quinlan has continually preached a "one quarter at a time" approach, and Tuesday it helped produce the programs biggest win to date when the Dragons (7-6) upset perennial league power and No. 6 St. Frances, 57-55. For Quinlan, who led the Dragons to the B Conference crown and a 28-3 mark in his first season last year, there was little time to celebrate the team travels to Loyola on Friday. Growing up in a military family, Quinlan is a true basketball globetrotter. He started playing the sport when he was 7 and living in Belgium. After returning to the United States for nine years, playing and graduating at Bowie High School, he went on to play for a small university in Munich.After that, he earned two bachelor degrees at Maryland before getting a masters degree at George Mason. Prior to taking the job at Glenelg Country, where he also teaches science, Quinlan coached three years at Thomas Edison in Alexandria, Va., and he also spent one season each as an assistant coach at Sidwell Friends (D.C.) and T.C. Williams, also in Alexandria.When hes not teaching or coaching, Quinlan enjoys spending time with his daughter, Chloe, who turned 18 in December and is a biomedical engineering major at Johns Hopkins.How does the win over St. Frances stack up with others youve enjoyed as a coach?I take every game one quarter at a time, and Im very particular with the way I plan practice, too, so I dont really look ahead or look back a whole lot. Im really proud of our guys. I thought they really came together. Were pushing them to play as a team and make plays off their teammates and that sort of stuff. Im a very defensive-minded coach we spend a ton of time on defense and our philosophy is that everything we do springs from our defense. That takes a special kid, it takes a special mindset because its not easy to do. I think the guys are coming around, and it showed.What did you tell your team after the win?I told them they have a lot in them. I think our guys are just scratching the surface. A lot of it is about playing as hard as they can all the time and doing it all for the team, getting out of themselves and doing it for the group. I told them I was proud of them. To be honest, Ive been pretty frustrated with our group recently because I just didnt feel like weve been out there swinging. Im not completely obsessed with winning. Obviously I love to win and Im competitive and everything. But I feel like if we go out and go toe-to-toe and just fight, and if we dont come out on the right end and do lose, then we can go away fine. If we take a loss, really take one on the chin and didnt go out there and swing, we didnt play tough, didnt play as a team thats what makes me toss and turn at night.What has been the biggest challenge moving up to the A Conference?The biggest challenge is that each team is very well coached and each team has top-flight athletes that can play basketball. So our scouting has intensified and our practices and preparations have picked up a notch. Its one of the best conferences in the East Coast, so were really excited about it. For the coaches, I think we knew exactly how tough it would be and I think the kids are learning how tough it is. When I was hired, I was asked what kind of schedule I would like to play and I said you have to play the best to be the best. ... Outside of the conference, weve played some very tough competition, because were looking to sharpen the saw for later in the season.Moving forward in the A Conference, what will be the keys in maintaining consistency in the program over the years?It takes a number of things and the first is getting the support from the school. The school needs to understand exactly what it takes for the program to be successful for an extended period of time. We also need to find kids who are good fits for our school curriculum and we want to find kids that want to spend a ton of time in the gym.When did you know you wanted to become a coach?I started playing basketball when I was 7 when I lived in Belgium, and Ive basically always wanted to coach, but it took a while. I had my daughter and wanted to be around for her. I wanted to get my career in order and also, I was a little bit of a nut job as a player. I needed to get away and separate from being a player and being a coach. Over time, I just reflected on things and I guess about eight years ago was the right time.BONUS QUESTION: All the time you spent living abroad, how has that helped shape who you are today?To me, its very humbling. When you live in the States, you really get kind of near-sighted on just whats around in our society and our culture. For three years when I was over there, we lived off a little village in Belgium and it was humbling. I had to learn French and there was completely different customs. It looked different, the weather was different, so everything was different and it kind of puts you in your place. But you find a way to survive, to make friends and all that sort of stuff. When I was a little older, I lived in Munich and got to travel extensively Spain, Czech, Italy and other places. I came back humbled. The world is really special and it gives you a different perspective.Suzanne and Samuel Hulthage, of Columbia, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Annika Sophia Hulthage, on Aug. 31, 2011, at 9 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Her sister is Gabby. Her grandparents are Mary Beth Budd and Joseph Raksis, of Columbia; and Ingemar Hulthage and Melinda Singer, of Malibu, Calif.Kerin and John Olson, of , announce the birth of their son, Olson, on Sept. 12, 2011, at 5:39 p.m. He weighed 9 pounds. His grandparents are John and Colleen Thornton, of Columbia; John Olson, of Kingston, N.Y.; and Kathleen and Wayne Closi, of Kingston, N.Y. THE REPUBLICANS left , Fla., wondering who had invited . The are now wondering who disinvited God, wrote my pal Gail Collins in .This is the best thing written about the political conventions. Now, on to the debates: Jim Lehrer conducting on domestic policy with and Romney, on Wednesday, Oct. 3,Martha Raddatz with the vice-presidential nominees on Thursday, Oct. 11.Candy Crowley with a town meeting format, including foreign and domestic policy with Romney and Obama, on Tuesday, Oct. 16. with the presidential candidates on foreign policy, on Monday, Oct. 22.SPEAKING OF THE TIMES - maybe I'm behind in my newspapering but there was an advertisement for Blue Label Scotch whisky right on the front page last weekWell, I salute the Times for surviving in these hard days for print. But have to admit that shocked me a little. And, I didn't really know that scotch, the alcoholic drink of , was still popular. I thought vodka, tequila and white wine had taken over!MY FAVORITE PHOTO of the recent is this one of young Chloe Kimball (as an aide to ) sitting with family friend of .Chloe is the young, beautiful, self-possessed and smart child of novelist Holly Peterson and Wall Street's Rick Kimball. Her proud grandparents, Pete Peterson and Joan Ganz ooney, are long time philanthropists and friends.I am amazed at how knowledgeable, ethical and independent some young high schoolers are these days. They are good citizens. They want to work and help others. They are deep into and the ecology.They aren't all out drugging, drinking, and rocking and rolling, making a show of themselves. This fall school season, their homework alone would stagger the average adult.Instead of lying around this summer, some of them -- like Chloe -- made themselves useful.ALTHOUGH THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER muses that Clint Eastwood's odd speech at the RNC might affect the box-office and/or any possible Oscar nominations for his latest movie, Trouble With the Curve, I have to disagree.People who love Eastwood and his filmmaking will go see anything he does, including Trouble With the Curve. If anything, there might be increased curiosity among non-fans to get a more significant gander at the icon who chats in lively, quirky fashion to unseen presidents.APPARENTLY MADONNA'S recent experiences overseas (especially in the increasingly stringent Russia) has ignited The Big M's patriotism. At last Thursday night's show in , she spoke up rousingly (again) for the freedom of speech and expression in the U.S.A. (Is she just coming to realize her career would never have happened anyplace else in the world?)She also had Obama emblazoned on her back, and at one point declared, Well, thank God for ! I have a feeling watched at least part of the Democratic Convention.IF YOU thought you'd seen the last of , in the wake of the orgy of attention that the 50th anniversary of her death generated, think again. She is eternal. Indeed, the Humane Society of New York is using an exquisite 1955 Milton Greene photo of MM on the invitation to its Nov. 14 gala. This will be the organization's 4th Benefit Photography Auction. (One assumes Milton's photo of Marilyn will be up for sale, among others.) and George Stephanopoulos are the honorary chairs. Cornelia Guest is the evening's chair and the still-exquisite will be the special guest. Call 212-752-4842.I AM FOREVER WRITING here about Marilyn. And people often ask me when and if I met her and was I a good friend? I have already written that we were not friends and never actually met.My vast information about Marilyn springs from my long friendship with her great (and last) press agent Pat Newcomb, from the late PR insiders and John Springer, and from speaking privately with , Dean and Jeannie Martin, Pat Lawford, Tita Cahn, , et al. Marilyn knew a lot of people and I knew those people. And they all loved her. Lois Smith once told me, I never felt that way about another star I worked with. She made you want to protect her from anything hurtful. And Sinatra would have married her, if hadn't been around.But I have often recounted barely recovering, as a fan, back in early 1961, from seeing her smothered in a black sable wrap, very glamourous, very beautiful, very blond, attending the New York premiere of The Misfits in . She was with Montgomery lift. (The marriage had already collapsed.) They sat down in front of my aisle and I observed them throughout the film, cuddling, giggling and being very happy in the manner of real pals.Perhaps it is one of the few nights in the lives of these two talented stars when they were truly happy. (At least in each other's company.) Marilyn famously disliked the film and her character, which was based so much on her. Both of them were to die only too young, but they were, even then, already legends.I CELEBRATE THE APPOINTMENT of Anne-Imelda Radice to head up the directorship of the American Folk Art Museum. I have always loved this museum near , and at Christmas, going there solves all my gift problems. But it is much more than that.Anne was formerly the Director of the Institute of the Museum and Library Service for both presidents and Barack Obama. She is deeply experienced and loves art as a curator/director. Like many another talented native of Buffalo, N.Y., Anne is making her mark in .(E-mail at .) Corry standout Austin Pondel continued his incredible cross country season with another championship Saturday at the Cochranton Invitational.Pondel ran the course, which features the infamous Cochranton Hill, in 15 minutes, 47 seconds. Mercyhurst Prep's Sarah Kupniewski won the girls race with a time of 19:23.Saegertown placed three runners in the top 10 to win the boys team title with 74 points. The Panthers beat out West Middlesex (111 points) and Mercyhurst Prep (116). The West Middlesex girls placed five runners in the top 15, including two in the top five, to run away with the team title. Middlesex scored 45 points, well ahead of second-place Hickory at 101.Hunter Johnston, Morgan Schenberg and Brendon Barclay led the Saegertown boys. Johnston had an impressive time of 16:10 to finish in second place, while Schenberg (16:43) and Barclay (17:06) were fourth and 10th, respectively. Jeremy Parsons of Maplewood ran a 16:35 to take third, and Sebastian Curtin of Mercyhurst Prep rounded out the top five with a time of 16:49.The girls race was much closer after Kupniewski. Reilly Walsh (Cambridge Springs) was second with a time of 19:44, followed by Cranberry's McKenna Spence (19:46). West Middlesex placed Kristen White (19:56) in fourth and Chloe Tyillian (20:02) in fifth.The Big Reds also received a boost from Kelsey Murray, who finished in seventh place with a time of 20:10, along with Jordan Aubel (21:22) and Anna Zrile (21:26) in 14th and 15th place, respectively.- Smathers wins McQuaid crown: At Rochester, N.Y., North East runner Ryan Smathers finished with a time of 14:51 to win the Varsity A race at the 48th annual McQuaid Invitational Saturday.Smathers led North East to a fourth-place finish in the team standings. General McLane was No. 12 behind a 12th-place finish from Lukas Hallett (15:47). Gary Olson of North East also finished in the top 20 with a time of 15:52 to take 16th place.Cathedral Prep finished in 11th place in the Varsity AA race. Hogan Zegarelli ran a time of 16:56 to take 10th place for the Ramblers, while Ian Zegarelli finished in 44th (17:56).On the girls' side, North East finished ninth in the Unseeded A-2 race. Anne Lewis ran a 19:31 and Alex Artise had a 19:34 to finish in 11th and 12th place, respectively.Villa Maria took third in the Varsity A race, and General McLane was seventh. Bernadette Prichard finished second for Villa with a time of 17:37, while Clair Brown was 21st with a time of 18:52.-- from staff reports ___(c)2012 the Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.)Visit the Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesDulaney High School held its 2012 commencement on May 31 at the Towson Center at . The following are members of the Class of 2012:Rami Abdulrahman Abou-Seif, Oluwamayowa Oluwabunmi Adetula, Chloe Radcliffe Adler, Nima Aghdami-Karkan, Amekka Emanuel Akudinobi, Nagella Yahya Ramadan Al-Balushi, Dana Kathleen Albornoz, Euji An, Jessica , Namratha Reddy Annapareddy, Nicholas Alexander Anthony, David Paul Appel, Devin Marie ArringtonAusten Connor Babcock, Edward Louis Bafford, Ryan Wayne Baldock, Prabhani Sulochana Bandara, Ernest John Baracco, Karina Rose Barbosa, Andreanna Jo Barone, Nicolas Barragan Pabon, Ashley Renee Barrett, Ryan Garrett Bartenfelder, Sumedh Basani, Jimar Bazemore, Katherine Elizabeth Beard, Chelsea Beverly Beasley, Danielle , Nicholas Mark Benhoff, Lauren Michel Bernstein, Bhoomika Bhatia, Shanna Bhola, McKenna Lynn Bolonda, Paul Vincent Louis Bonolis, Parmida Borhani, Amy Gayle Bowden, Joseph Merrill Bowers, Leah Nicole Brave, Lauren Michele Breidigam, Briana Mona Broaddus, Erin Taylor Brock, Sean Patrick Brookhart, Dominique Caprice Lester Brooks, Sean Matthew Brower, Grace Mackenzie Brown, Sean Alexander Brown, Nicole Anne Bruneau, Christina Marie Buchanan, Emily Marie Buonsignore, Alexandra Christine Burleson Kristen Alexandra Cabrera, Alexandra Corey Calder, James Corey Calder, Desmond Donnell Campbell, Kayla Nadyne Campbell, Gabriel Campoverde, Michael Lyle Carpenter, Seamus McGuire Cashen, Ivy Amanda Caudle, Rebecca Anne Cavanaugh, Andrew Richard Centolella, Brandon David Chambers, William Chen, Devin Bryan Cherry, Kevin Ryan Cherry, Amanda Elizabeth Chesser, Elizabeth Sui-Tung Cheung, Nathan Dongill Cheung, Sylvia Ndirika Chigbo Jungbin Choi, Caroline Anne Christofferson, Kun-Ho James Chu, Jihae Chun, Christiana Marina Ciociola, Eladji Modou Cisse, Jeremiah Aaron Clements, Charaybian Champayne Coles, Grace Kenneth Collins, Andrew Joseph Compton, Christopher Steven Aaron Conway, Cydney Elizabeth Cook, Eleanor Rae Cook, Carus Lee Cookman, Cameron Joseph Cooper, Avery Brandon Corbin, Anjali Shauna Cornish, Klarenz Malabanan Cortez, Ethan Zachary Cote-Rumsey, Allison Rebecca Coulson, Natalie Rose Crawford, Hallie Madell Criste Michael Edward Cummings, Keirah Mona Curry John Anthony Daniello, William Francis Darley, Lauren Nicole Daugherty, Alysha Danniel Davila, Caroline Westcott Davis, Rhianna Katherine Davis, Mary Hannah Elaine Cos De Leon, Sergio Andres Del Barco, Sarah Elizabeth Del Bene, Christian Bradley Del Bianco, Nicole Catherine Demetrides, Nicholas Panayotis Demetrios, Jean Demitri Abelle Denis, Jenna Lynn DePasquale, Danielle Erica Deros, Jacqueline Anne Devine, Gregory Digalbo, Daniela Theresa Di Giacomo, Nicholas Dallin DiNucci, Sheridan McLeary Doan, Brianna Leigh Donadio, Shannen Nicole Driscoll, Emily Rose Dufrane, Carleigh Marie Duncan, Heather Lynn Dundas, Kelly Parsons DuttonAnice Marie Edwards, Youssef Mohamed Elalamy, Kevin Lamont Ellsworth, Juliann Barthel Elmer, Kaveh John Emdad, Rashad Jamal Epps, Tyler Rose Erickson, Tina Esnaashari, Katharine Diana EvansHiba Faridi, Caitlin Patricia Farrell, Nicole Marie Feglar, Samuel Bennett Fishman, Allyson Rae Fitzpatrick, Angelica Lyn Fleming, Jacob Zackri Fleming, Christopher James Flower, Wendell Elbert Foster, Alexandra Elizabeth Freas, Amanda Elizabeth Lynn FriedelDiamond Anjanique Gaines, Emiley Marie Gallagher, Christopher Brandon Garrett, Lacie Gwendolyn Garrett, Kevin Thomas Gay, Chase Adam Geddis, Ben Uri Gelman, Maria Elizabeth German, Gibson, Andrew Gillen, Jazmin Simone Givens, Eboni Qiana Glenn, Sydney Michele Glenn, Daniel Stuart Golden, Xiomara Del Carmen Gonzalez Sisterra, Gwendolyn CeCelia Goodman, Abigail Marie Gorman, Simona Grozdanova Gospodinova, Hannah Leslie Grauel, Rebecca Ann Greene, Rahul Grover, Alyson Rose Grygiel, Zachary William Gude, Brittany Nicole Guillott, Taylor Ashley Guntner, Gino William Gussio, Michael Benjamin GussioMackenzie Lynn Haass, Thomas Brien Haigley, Amanda Maude Hall, Millicent Grace Hambor, Sarah Ashley Hammond, Haewon Han, Christian Hurst Hanson, Michael Boyd Harman, Cole Aubrey Housten, Harris, Kevin Pickett Harris, Abbey Gilmore Harriss, Shuichiro Hayashi, Mckenzie Alton Hearn, Anastasia Renee Hedrick, Patrick Neil Heinecke, Marshay Henderson, Cara Melissa Henning, Keishia Nicole Hill, Nicholas Alexander Hogan, Yasmine Zhane Hopkins, Simin Hossain, Sherard Saidi Donyasha Houston, Andrew Thomas Huber, Amy Hung, Heather Ann Hurd, Samantha Leslie Hyde, Robert Jermaine HyltonDaniel Royer Iachan, Amali Alicia Ifill-Knobloch, Micaela Renee ItterAndre Dilshawn Jackson, Tyler Robert James, Jun Seong Jang, Miree Jang, Courtney Anne Jantzen, Douglas Da Jiang, Tarsha Kocina Johnson, Brandon DeSean Jones, Emily Catherine Jones, Jazmin JaCoya Jones, Nia Elyse Jones, Shard Kashera JoynerKevin Daniel Kahn, Melissa Chloe Karayinopulos, Ammanuel Leiykun Kassahun, Oren Benjamin Katz, Elizabeth Ashley Kauffman, Fallon Eileen Keavney, Julia Aileen Kern, George Edward Kerr, Kristen Marie Kilburn, Bryan Dea Hee Kim, Han Kyul Kim, Ju Won Kim, Lisa Yery Kim, Min Kyun Kim, Peter Jun Kim, Yon Je Kim, Jennifer Ann Kinnear, Victoria Katherine Knapick, Tomohiro Michael Ko, Brent Austin Koenig, Vernon Lawrence Koger, Alyssa Mei Kornick, Megan Grace Kraus, Dana Margaret Kresslein, Sanil Kumar, Phyo Razar KyawKatelyn Rose Lapenna, Briana Jordan Larrabee, Audrey Claire Lastner, Kayla Lynne Latshaw, Emily Maria Laubach, Samantha Anne Laubach, Shawn Christopher Laughinghouse, Eamilia Winn Laughton, Christopher Geun Lee, Diana Ives Lee, Josephine Ki Yeon Lee, Jung Hyub Lee, Jung Min Lee, Ethan Sanford Levy, Larissa Li, Vel Lian, Cheyenne Michelle Lide, Lei Lin, Roger Mark Lin, Alexandra Allyse Little, He Liu, Harrison Ross Lockhart, Derek Alexander LoGrande, Anea Michelle Lomax, Alexandra Lombardini, Jonathan Noel Lovo, Alexandra Lauren Lowry, Britney Kiara Lunn, Courtney Ellen Luzarraga, Fiona Zel LyonsKenneth Parsons MacDonald, Mary Caroline Quigg Mades, Gage Robert Magersupp, D'asia Ramone Magginson, Sara Mariam Mahmood, Huda Binte Majid, Nicole Elizabeth Malstrom, Sarah Catherine Mardiney, Nina Elizabeth Marks, Quinn McCabe Marvel, Tyler Mathew Marvel, Mohammad Marzooghian, Daycheara Diamond Matthews, Dewey McKinley Matthews, Jessica Ryan Mattson, Hunter Samuel Mazza, Allison Nicole McClelland, Margaret Carey McCormick, Madeleine Michele McDonald, Shannon Lynne McKew, Bridget Marie McManus, Erin Kathryn McNally, Alejandra Carolina Mejia, Allie Elizabeth Menzel, Chelcie Leigh Miller, Jonathan Joseph Miller, Nia Denise Miller, Keaton Mock Myers, Oneall Isaac Mogliazzi, Peter Dennis Guy Morey, Hannah Alexandra Mueller, Shoutik Mukherjee, Matthew Webster Murray, Madeline Celeste MuthAdnan Haider Naqvi, Cooper Jack Burfield Nash, Ahmed Mohamed Nassar, Shannon Marie Newcomer, Stefany Sommer Nicholls, Michael William Nolan, Parker Alan Norwood, Virginia Rose NuckolsErin Delaney O'Brien, Oladele Temitope O jo, Christopher Warren Oler, Emily Kathryn Oliver, Clinton Omesa Ondieki, Glenisha Rene OwensJacob Ryan Pahl, Esther Park, Jenny , Samantha Marie Parker, Keval Patel, Morganne Christina Corin Payne, Malcolm Marcus Peacock, Cheng Peng, Angel Perez, Christopher Vaughn Phillips, Nicholas Michael Piampi, Corey James Polston, William Michael Porter, Holly Claire Potis, Shelia Shanice Potts, Matthew Shea Powderly, Aleysha Marie Powell, Zachary David Prugh, Douglas Achilles PuryearSiyu Qian, Jessica Ofelia QuispeIsrael Ramirez, Faghia Telat Rana, Arjun Mahendra Rao, Simon-Pierre Rawlins, Logan August Reed, Shirley Marilyn Reyes, Jacob Alexander Reynolds, Kayla Serene Riley, William Alexander Rivas, Taylor Nicole Roberts, Nasi Robinson, Rayna Chavonne Robinson, Megan Katherine Robson, Chloe Emilie Rock, Marcellus James Rodgers, Ryan Scott Ronnenburg, Hannah Stine Rothschild, Michael David Roy, Tevin Shawdis Rucker, Stefan Hart Russell, Katlyn Elizabeth RussoJon Shelby Sachs, Colleen Ann Sack, Renee Danielle Sander, Lalitto Sanjibon Sarker, Jordan Delaney Sarnovsky, Samantha Aristan Sauter, Elizabeth Anne Schaeffler, Alex Michael Schech, Joshua Alan Lee Scheffsky, Joshua Philip Schindler, Jennifer Schmalzer, Jessica Mon Scott, Jordan Amber Seibert, Sai Khun Merng Seng, Jade Alexandra Shapiro, Abigail Elora Sharpe, Leroy Derek Sharpe, Saif Bahu Sheikh, Vladislav Yuriyevich Shevchenko, Cynthia Ming Shi, Kathryn Macgill Shipley, Pavli Franz Shkurti, Jesse Edward Siegel, William Connor Simke, Lorrie Frances Sinibaldi, Kendrick J Smith, Russell Rueben Solt, You Lim Son, Russell Louis Souder, Mercedes Ann Stahl, Alexander Haviland Stansbury, Starling, Nikhil Stephen, Michelle Christine Stewart, Taylor Ashmore Still, Daniel Suh, Lulu Sun, Marc-Thomas Woodward SundstromAndrew Tajfar, Jamie Elizabeth Tambor, Liangcheng Tao, Stephen Mark Tasselmyer, Lindsay Paige Taylor, Heidi L. Telles-Sorto, Samantha Marie Thibeault, Tearra Lindsay Thomas, Jeanine Anne Thommen, Destiny Linda Thompson, Weylan Rennolds Thompson, David M Tian, Luke Tomas Tignall, Megan Kotryna Tolson, Erin Michelle Tracey Natalie Jane Tsottles, Jonathan Adam Tucker, Kortney Patrice Tunstall, Kevin Thomas TurnerRaven Ona Vaughn, Gaetano Raul Vinas, Cole Daniel Vogelberger, Ariana Kai Li VongGrace Ledyard Walker, Logan Matthew Walker, Natalie Nicole Walker, Summer Lee Wall, Akeem Charon Wallace, Caitlin Eileen Ying Walther, Alexander Thomas Walz, Lucy Li Wang, Summer Michele Wassel, Brendan Robert Watson, Melissa Hamersly Webster, Ryan Patrick Weinberger, Wesley Alan Weitzel, Shaquille Malik Welch, Jillian Paige Wengler, Madison Paige Whalen, White, Kevin Richard White, Tyrese Trvon Williams, Samantha Lee Wills, Kenneth Diquan Wilson, Kristen Emily Wolfe, Andrew Arthur Woodard, Lillian Taylor Woodward, David Chen Wu, Abigail WunderlichYujia XieBrandon Michael Yeung, Natalie Kei Yoshioka, Erik Joseph YuillEllis John Zapas, Bahareh Zareei, Amna Zehra, Lareb Zehra and Alexandra Nicole ZeraAll information in this section appears as provided by the schools indicated. Because of publication deadlines, in some instances students' names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate.Charles Chip Esten doesn't consider himself a fresh face. The actor and musician, starring in Nashville alongside as the leader of her band, received one of his first television credits by walking through the famed barroom doors of Cheers on its series finale in 1993. Series television has been a mainstay for Esten recently, with roles in Enlightened, and previous multi-episode arcs on ER and The Office. Feature films, including The Postman and Swing Vote, also pepper his resume. But it was his turn as on stage in London that first got him noticed. I was new to acting, and had been in a band in college, Esten says. I got to perform for the queen, king and , and at the Kennedy Center. The London gig also led to a long-term perch on Whose Line Is It Anyway? As Deacon Claybourne on Nashville, which is being shot on location in Music City, Esten is utilizing his well-refined guitar chops. His relationship with Britton's character Rayna James -- they were former lovers, broke up because of his addictions but still have an affection for each other -- and with the up-and-coming country crooner played by make for dramatic storylines in the -created show. Esten lauds his talented leading ladies. I've been lucky to work with great women: , , , and , he says. That holds true with this role as well.Click for more television news on Variety.com. Sliding around on soaked turf and feeling the wash of windblown raindrops against their faces probably were appropriate experiences for Poland Regional High School field hockey Senior Day.The Knights have confronted countless storms and dark days during the past four years. One dozen strong, this year's seniors didn't win a game as freshmen, sophomores or juniors.If this day and this season are microcosms of that career, however, the common denominator is that all are concluding with wide smiles and tears of joy. Poland prevailed for the fourth time this fall and bolstered its case for a playoff berth Thursday with a 1-0 win over longtime Western Maine Conference nemesis Sacopee Valley. "Starting freshman year we didn't see a win. We were getting blown out by teams like this 14-0," senior Amanda Gibson said. "Even in the beginning of the season we were seeing ties, and now we've become a finishing team."Indeed, that was the difference in Thursday's steady shower. Poland (4-7-1) finished the first half in style, thanks to a goal by freshman Carly King. And Sacopee (2-10-1), largely on the shoulders of Knights goaltender Melora Lavoie and a tireless defense, did everything but notch the equalizer.Lavoie, a tri-captain along with Gibson and Brousseau, made 23 saves, punctuated by a staggering 18 in the second half. The issue hovered in the balance until she denied one last Hawks bid on a penalty corner in the closing seconds.The ball trickled to the edge of the circle, where Brousseau wrestled it away from Sacopee to trigger the final whistle."They seemed to step it up in the second half, mainly because they wanted to win," Lavoie said. "They wanted to beat us. We don't really have a good relationship with that team. We've tied them but we've never beaten them. It meant so much to beat them in our last senior game."Poland players lined up one-by-one to embrace an emotional Lavoie after the game, and why not?She turned away numerous point-blank offerings by Hawks senior sniper Paige Shortsleeves throughout the second half. Lavoie also stared down a penalty stroke by Shortsleeves with 20:55 remaining that sailed wide right of the cage."There was a little altercation. Our goalie got a little aggressive there. There may have been a little push," Poland coach Amy Hediger said. "But Melora has faced lots of strokes. She would almost rather have that happen. She likes that one-on-one situation."Brousseau, Richelle Pratt, Emily Gibson and Latesa Clark were instrumental defensively throughout. Their persistence paid dividends on a day when footing was hard to find and passes rarely traveled more than a few feet.One ball did pick up speed and find a seam through traffic, leading to the Knights' crucial goal in the final minute of the first half.Amanda Gibson tagged one from the right edge of the circle and located King at the left post. King's touch-up narrowly eluded the reach of Sacopee goalie Chloe ."That was crazy. We adjusted to what was happening on the field," Brousseau said. "As captains we were trying to pump the team up in the circle as strong as we could."Poland, which tied Sacopee 1-1 in South Hiram three weeks ago, didn't see another shot on goal until under 10 minutes remained in the game. The Hawks hammered out advantages of 23-7 in shots and 20-5 in corners.But the only numbers that mattered in the end were the ones on the scoreboard and in the Western Class B Heal Point standings, where Poland remains in the thick of the race for a preliminary round game.With two games remaining against Yarmouth and Old Orchard Beach, the Knights are in the 11th and final qualifying spot."Our key phrase this year is 'own it.' Owning that stick play and owning the field when you walk out there, and they've been pretty successful at that this year," Hediger [email protected] ___(c)2012 the Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)Visit the Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesNASSAUCLASS AThree-time defending Nassau champ Massapequa lost 10 seniors, but still fields a deep, experienced team with 27 upperclassmen. It's led by midfielder Liz Doherty and forwards Jamie Ahrens, Kristin Yevoli and Lena Pollich. Meghan Porr anchors the defense, along with goalies Cassidy O'Brien and Cameo Tietje. Port Washington, the county runner-up, will have an inexperienced defense but can offset that with a skilled offense. It's led by senior forwards Lauren Desimone, Olivia Anderson, Kristin Kujan, and midfielder Miranda Giovenco.Baldwin, a semifinalist, lost only one starter and should again be in contention. The Bruins have center-midfielder Amanda Clemens and left wing Casey Barberio, and the defense features Julie Innis and all-county goalie Carly Mertens.An enrollment boost has New Hyde Park up from Class B and back in "A" from where it reached the county final in 2010. The Gladiators are led by Jen Spagnuolo, Ana Bisciello, Melanie Sferrazza and twin midfielders Steph and Cara Bono. East Meadow reached the semifinals in a rebuilding year and should be improved.CLASS BGarden City lost 11 seniors from last season's state finalist squad, but it remains a force. The Trojans are led by midfielders Victoria Piscopo and Tara DeAngelo, forwards Charlotte Castronovo and Linda Attanasio, and defender Liz Kane. Margot McTiernan and Michaela Bruno -- the younger sisters of former stars Catherine McTiernan and Alexandra Bruno -- have great potential. Garden City will be tested in non-league matchups with Ward Melville and Sachem East in October.Cold Spring Harbor graduated 10 after reaching its first county final, but still is elite, led by midfielder/defender Courtney Burke, Jillian Lee, Haley Crosson and goalie Taylor Striar. The Seahawks have promising youngsters in freshman Lauren Paolano and eighth-grader Kate Kotowski, the little sisters of former All-Long Islanders Katie Paolano and Victoria Kotowski.Manhasset lost in the semis, marking only the second time in 14 years it's fallen short of the final. The Indians have a talented offense led by star forward Maddy Molinari, Emily Koufakis, Jackie Bruno, Julia Glynn and Abby Kucharczyk. Kate Conway and Kate Connors lead the defense.Clarke, a semifinalist, returns twins Amanda and Angelica Gargiulo along with forwards Kristen Keller, Jessica Gibaldi, Caileigh Berry and midfielder Alexandra Stokum. North Shore lost 13 seniors but has Mary Kate Sheehan, Tess Korten, Carly Comitino and Meaghan Brennan. Locust Valley could be in the mix with stars Julia Palermo and Preston Tansill both back from ACL surgery. The Falcons also are led by Emily Schlicht and goalie Gaby DeAngelis.CLASS CFriends Academy won a seventh straight county championship and its first title since 2006. The Quakers graduated several top players, but do return Chloe Friedman and Emily Mara on offense, and senior defenders Katie Saltz and Alix Heffron, and goalie Charlotte Gelfand.Carle Place, the county runner-up, is led by forward Taylor Ruscillo and center-midfielder Crystal Mitchell. Coach Carol Nesdill calls first-year goalie Lydia Wright, "the real deal." ___(c)2012 NewsdayVisit Newsday at Distributed by MCT Information Services Briana Lamoureux had two goals Tuesday to lead Traip Academy to a 4-0 victory against Sacopee Valley in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game.Ashleigh Roberts and Caitlyn Vera added goals, and Emily Bolton had four stops for the shutout for the Rangers (6-5-1), who scored three times in the first half.Chloe saved seven shots for the Hawks (2-9-1). MARSHWOOD 6, DEERING 1: Karissa Boesch scored three goals, Ashley Hickey added two and Sammy Crosman also scored to lead the Hawks (10-2) past the Rams (6-6) at South Berwick.Lindsey Poirier had two assists for Marshwood.BELFAST 2, LEAVITT 0: Lexi Nelligan scored both goals for the Lions (10-1) against Leavitt (9-2) at Belfast.Maddy Cummings set up both goals for Nelligan.MT. ARARAT 4, LEWISTON 0: Carly Raymond had two goals and two assists as Mt. Ararat (7-4) shut out Lewiston (8-4) at Topsham.CHEVERUS 3, KENNEBUNK 0: Anastasia Swallow, Meredith Willard and Anne Slattery scored to lead the Stags (11-1) past the Rams (4-7) at Portland.Katherine Cotton finished with eight saves for Kennebunk. Cynthia Clark and Libby DesRuisseaux combined for three saves for Cheverus.LAKE REGION 10, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Lucy Fowler scored four goals and Abby Scott-Mitchell added three to lead Lake Region (12-0) over the Patriots (0-12) at Gray.Victoria Girardin had two goals and Mackenzie Mondville also scored.OLD ORCHARD BEACH 2, FREEPORT 1: Mackenzie Rague scored with 6:30 left in overtime to lift the Seagulls (3-9) over Freeport (5-6-1) at Old Orchard Beach.The teams traded goals in the first half.WAYNFLETE 3, POLAND 0: Katherine Torrey made four saves as Waynflete (8-3-2) shut out Poland (3-6-1) at Portland.CONY 3, BRUNSWICK 3: Arika Brochu scored three goals, including the tying goal with 28 seconds left, as the Rams (3-6-3 tied the Dragons (2-7-3) at Augusta.WINSLOW 2, OCEANSIDE 1: Sarah Wildes and Jenn Poulin scored as the Black Raiders (10-2) beat the Mariners (6-4-1) at Rockland. ___(c)2012 the Portland Press Herald (Portland, Maine)Visit the Portland Press Herald (Portland, Maine) at Distributed by MCT Information Services Taylor Simpson scored off a rebound with 4:24 left in overtime Monday to give York a 1-0 win over Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game.Amanda Kasbohm made seven saves (7-2-1). Julianne Ayers totaled 15 saves for Cape Elizabeth (4-5).LAKE REGION 4, GREELY 1: Lucy Fowler had a goal and an assist as the Lakers (9-0) downed the Rangers (2-7-2) at Naples. Kayleigh Lepage, Elizabeth Schreiber and Victoria Girardin added a goal apiece.Jessica Wilson scored for Greely.DEERING 2, PORTLAND 0: Mia Thurston and Caryn True scored second-half goals to lift the visiting Rams (7-3) over the Bulldogs (0-8-1).Bri Delano needed three saves for the shutout. Portland goalie Gianna Gaudet made seven saves.OLD ORCHARD BEACH 3, SACOPEE VALLEY 2: Mackenzie Rague netted a penalty stroke in overtime to give the Seagulls (1-9) a win over the Hawks (1-8-1) at South Hiram.Daphne Allen put OOB on the board first with an assist from Emilie Chard. Paige Shortsleeves answered eight minutes later to make it 1-1 at halftime, then scored the go-ahead goal in the second half.Chard fed Rague for the tying goal with 13 minutes left in regulation.Seagulls goalie Colleen Dyer finished with 18 saves. Hawks goalie Chloe Roncoe made nine saves.FREEPORT 0, WAYNFLETE 0: Waynflete (5-3-1) held a 15-shot advantage over Freeport (4-4-1) but settled for a scoreless tie at Portland.Freeport goalie Tallie Martin made 13 saves. Katherine Torrey turned away six shots for Waynflete.YARMOUTH 4, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 2: Carleen Shaw scored a goal and set up another as the Clippers (5-3-1) opened a 3-0 lead and held off the Patriots (0-9) at Yarmouth.Emma Peterson, Sarah Oberink and Katie Overhaug chipped in with a goal each.Kelsey Pelton and Emily Harlow scored for Gray-New Gloucester.MT. ARARAT 2, HAMPDEN ACADEMY 0: The Eagles (6-4) got goals from Lizzie O'Neal and Micaela Mitchell in a win over the Broncos (2-7) at Hampden.Kaely Lewis contributed an assist.VOLLEYBALLGORHAM 3, CHEVERUS 0: Maddie Bennett had 13 rotation points with six aces, two digs and a kill as the Rams (7-1) defeated the Stags (2-5) in three sets, 25-14, 25-13, 25-10 at Portland.Lindsay Chapman had nine kills, nine rotation points, four aces and four digs. Kaitlyn Seehusen contributed 12 rotation points with four aces, eight assists, three kills and a pair of blocks. ___(c)2012 the Portland Press Herald (Portland, Maine)Visit the Portland Press Herald (Portland, Maine) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesHutchison's soccer improvement this season has come, in large part, from the excellent play of its talented freshman class. But it was a freshman from Briarcrest who stole the show Thursday.Brittany Hatmaker struck twice in the first half to give the visiting Saints a 2-0 victory over the in a matchup of teams ranked in The Commercial Appeal's Super Six."We knew Hutchison was going to be strong and put a lot of numbers behind the ball," said Saints coach Alexis Boyd. "We wanted to try and spread our attack out wide before getting the ball back into the center. It worked well." After keeping the ball in Hutchison's end for much of the early going, fifth-ranked Briarcrest (6-5-2) got on the scoreboard in the 26th minute. Alyssa Neuberger, another talented ninth-grader, played a clever ball to Hatmaker, who was just onside and finished nicely, slotting home in the lower left corner.She added her second two minutes before halftime off another assist from Nueberger. It finished an impressive first half in which the Saints outshot the Sting, 6-1."Brittany and Alyssa work so well together," said Boyd. "They play together year-round and each one knows which type of ball the other needs, where to pass it and when."Hutchison, tied for sixth with ECS in the rankings, created some better chances after the break, the best one coming when Saints keeper Michelle Turner tipped a shot over the bar.Sting goalkeeper Chloe Duke, meanwhile, made a couple of alert plays to keep the Saints from getting a third, including one in which she came well off her line to deny Briarcrest standout Summer Sheppard.The Sting, which won just two games in 2011, fell to 3-6-3. After playing second-ranked Houston close in a 1-0 loss on Tuesday, Thursday's defeat left Hutchison coach Candice Spinolas shaking her head."I think it's mental," she said. "We rise to the occasion, but we've been so poor in the region, we get anxious. It's just going to take experience; we have nine freshmen on the roster and five or six of them start."The victory was costly for the Saints as Sheppard, a senior, broke her collarbone after falling heavily late in the match. Briarcrest was already without Natalie Emery, a Liberty commitment, who injured a knee Monday and is scheduled to have an MRI next week. ___(c)2012 The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)Visit The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesNicole Stauffer scored a goal and recorded an assist and Jenna Hart added an insurance goal as the Cheshire girls' soccer team handed Amity its first loss of the season, 2-0, in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division game at Woodbridge.Natalie Reynolds stopped six shots in goal for the Rams (3-1-1). Zoie Reed had eight saves for the Spartans (2-1-1). Hart's goal to push the lead to 2-0 came in the 63rd minute off an assist from Stauffer.Branford 7, Wilbur Cross 0: Kelly Parker had two goals and an assist and Becca Vitale recorded her second shutout of the season as the Hornets routed the Governors in an SCC Oronoque Division game at New Haven. Jessie O'Connor, Sara Consolo, Rachel Cholewinski and Shyla Coughlin all scored for Branford (3-1-0). Cynthia Jofre had 10 saves for Wilbur Cross (0-4-0).Guilford 4, Foran 0: Carla Puchini and Allie Stephens scored two goals each and Julie McMahon had two assist as the Indians defeated the Lions in an SCC Hammonasset Division win at Guilford.Carly Pala had 13 saves for Foran.Hand 3, Law 1: Chloe Broquet, Kendra Lena and Kendall Goodman scored for the Tigers in their SCC Hammonasset Division win over the Eagles in Madison.Brianna Grazynski scored for Law (0-4). Emily Ashman had five saves for Hand (2-2). Amy Boswell had four saves for the Tigers.Mercy 2, Sacred Heart Academy 0: Blakeslee Palmer and Sheena Landy scored for the Tigers as they downed Sacred Heart Academy in an SCC Quinnipiac Division game at Hamden.Emily Mancini had four saves for Sacred Heart Academy (2-2-0). Alex Zampini had an assist for Mercy (3-0-1).North Haven 6, Seymour 0: Sarah Pandolfi had four goals and an assist to lead the host Indians to their non-league win.Maggie Sullivan and Katelyn Fournier each added a goal and an assist for the Indians (1-2-1).Sheehan 4, East Haven 0: Casey Hutchinson had three goals and Ania Spina added a goal and an assist to lead the Titans to their SCC interdivision win in Wallingford.Goalie Joelle Markanthony had nine saves for the Titans (2-0-1). Goalie Emily Kuzma had four saves for the Easties (0-3-1).Woodland 5, Ansonia 0: Keri DeBiase had two goals and an assist and Jess Rodrigues had a goal and assist as the Hawks routed the Chargers in a Naugatuck Valley League game at Ansonia.Audra Blewitt and Andrea Piccolo scored for Woodland in the win over Ansonia (1-4-0).Branford 7, Wilbur Cross 0(at New Haven)Branford 4 3 -- 7Wilbur Cross 0 0 -- 0Digital Harbor coach Patrick McDonald told his players prior to Saturday night's game against Riverdale Baptist that they would likely not run into a more difficult opponent the rest of the season.The Lady Crusaders are ranked in the top five in several national polls and have five players who have been offered Division I scholarships. And their size and quickness were simply too much for the No. 3 Rams to overcome in a 74-33 Riverdale Baptist victory at the Beast of the East showcase Saturday night at St. Frances."The game is decided 94 by 50," McDonald said, referencing the dimentions of the court. "It's not decided by rankings in the papers or the college coaches who were at this wonderful event. We didn't play well tonight, and they were exceptional. When you play a team that has all the tools, you have to bring the tool kit. We didn't do that tonight." A'Lexus Harrison led Digital Harbor (1-1) with 11 points. Chloe Jackson had 14 points for Riverdale Baptist, and Jennie Simms added 13. Riverdale Baptist never trailed. A layup by Brittany Murray gave the Lady Crusaders a 24-8 lead with 2:51 in the half, forcing Digital Harbor to call a timeout. The Lady Crusaders were most effective in transition, creating easy baskets for their forwards with quick, precise passes."Baltimore City has a fast-placed style of play, and we like that," Riverdale Baptist coach Diane Richardson said. "We just have to play our style of basketball. We can't get caught up in rankings, because they don't mean anything to end of the season."A layup and free throw by Erin Blaine extended the lead to 33-10 at the half.Riverdale Baptist continued to pull away in the second half. A layup and a three-pointer by Jennie Simms boosted the lead 40-13 with 5:55 left in third quarter. Digital Harbor continued to play aggressively, especially on defense, but it was not nearly enough to overcome the deficit.Girls basketballRiverdale Baptist 74, Digital Harbor 33R- Atkinson 6, Blaine 8, Ellis 5, Gilmore 1, Jackson 14, Jones 2, Johnson 3, Laster 3, Mungo 4, Murray 8, Sampson 5, Simms 13, Boykins 2.Totals: 25 12-19 74D- Parks 2, Straiten 7, Harrison 11, Alston 2, Scarborough 5, Carroll 2, Alexander 4Totals: 10 11-27 33The girls basketball season went into UCBAC division play Monday night with five games on the schedule.At Havre de Grace, Patterson Mill got off to a great start in Susquehanna (lower) play. The Huskies rolled over the Warriors, 65-9, propelled by a 38-2 run that started in the first quarter and ended in the third.Morgan Golec scored a game-high 21 points to pace the Huskies, who held the Warriors scoreless in the second and fourth quarters. Freshman Sam Herman added 11 points and Elizabeth Wilson had 10 for the Huskies, 2-2 overall and 1-0 in league. Gaby Joyner scored five points, the Warriors' third quarter total. Katie Bubb and Briana Pennington also had baskets for Havre de Grace, 0-5/0-1. Eagles win bigAberdeen had an equally easy time in its Chesapeake (upper) opener, beating visiting Elkton, 89-28.Nia Alleyne had the hot hand for the Eagles, (4-0/1-0) netting a game-high 24 points. Teammate junior center Brionna Jones added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Takiara Fowlkes had 10 points. Danisha Porter added nine rebounds.Renee Dunn scored 10 points to lead Elkton.Hawks edge BobcatsNorth Harford also opened Chesapeake play with a win, nipping visiting Bel Air, 56-52. Sarah Heaps scored 20 points to pace the Hawks (4-1/1-0). Brooke Lorber scored 18 points and Connor Hanley added 15 points for the Bobcats (1-5/0-1).Tigers drop RamsEdgewood dropped its Susquehanna opener to visiting Rising Sun, despite leading by nine points after three quarters. The Rams (1-5/0-1) were outscored 21-7 in the final quarter in the 52-47 loss. Jada Hatcher pumped in 25 points to lead all scorers.Mariners beat Severna ParkJoppatowne (4-0) stayed out of league play for one more night and won, 73-52, over visiting Severna Park.Shakara Head had a monster night, scoring 36 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Head made seven of her nine free throws.Te'jha Patton-Hill added 20 points, highlighted by four three-point baskets and TroiQuay Malloy added six points and four assists.Mustangs top PanthersC. Milton Wright (4-1/1-0) also picked up a division win, beating host Perryville, 75-36, in Susquehanna action.Abby Smucker and Savannah Humpreys scored 14 points each to lead the Mustangs, who led 32-20 at the half. Heather McKee and Colleen Houck added 11 points each. Humpreys added eight rebounds and Houck had six.HCS loses firstThe third time was the charm for 's Olivia Nicolaus as her third shot at stingy goalie Sara Ginsburg proved the be the game winner in the Comets' 11-10 victory over the visiting Generals Tuesday night.Nicolaus scored her only goal of the game off a Deb Milani feed with 5:04 left and the Comet defense survived some tense final moments.Catonsville has one game remaining against Dulaney on Thursday and a victory over the Lions clinches a berth in the Baltimore County championship game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Franklin High. A loss to the Lions could still earn them a spot in the game because they would have the head-to-head advantage over Towson. Against Towson, Catonsville raced to a 5-1 lead thanks to draw control, but the Tigers fought back and tied the game 7-7 by halftime on goals by Hannah Wohltmann (team-high 4 goals) and Kelly Lacy (1 goals, 2 assists).Milani led the Comets with three goals in the first half and freshman Lauren McDonald scored two before intermission."Lauren McDonald came up big in the midfield in the first half and we were working the fast break really well and then we got a little lazy with the ball," Catonsville coach Becky Clipp said."Outside of their fast break in the beginning of the game, our defense had a very good game," said Towson coach Deedee Franke who praised Wohltmann, Kelly Wiglesworth, Sara Beach, Aylish Ptak and Audrey Chesser for their defensive effort, but was even more elated about the work of her goalie. "Sarah Ginsburg was just unbelievable."Clipp appreciated Ginsburg's 14-save effort as well: "She played very well today."The Comet coach was also stoked by her team's defensive effort which was led by Maddie Hunt and goalie Grace Campbell."Some of their players like No. 1 (Morgan Young) go hard to the goal and you can't let her dictate the pace because she is a good player, but we got on their cutters and that was huge," Clipp said.Campbell (10 saves) enjoyed the solid defensive work of Hunt, Heather Kendrick and Anna Higdon, but admitted it was jittery down the stretch."It was really scary because it's really a lot of pressure, but I knew that we could pull through because we always do," Campbell said.Protecting the one-goal lead, Campbell came up with a clutch save on Lacy with 2:04 left and tipped a free position shot by Lacy less than 10 seconds later.After an errant pass with 1:35 left was scooped up by Milani she was fouled hard on the clear and the ensuing yellow card gave the Comets an extra-man opportunity for the final 1:27.Milani, Claudia Flister, Brooke Stevens, Kendall Law, Rachel Schwaab, Jenn Nonn and McDonald played keep away the rest of the way and secured the win.ScoringCatonsvilleGoals: Deb Milani 4, Lauren McDonald 3, Rachel Schwaab 2, Jenn Nonn, 1, Olivia Nicolaus 1.Assists: Chloe Corbitt 1, Milani 1, McDonald 1, Schwaab 1, Nonn 1.TowsonGoals: Hannah Wohltmann 4, Kelsey Wiglesworth 2, Morgan Young 2, Kelly Lacy 1, Samantha Rickels 1.Assists: Lacy 2, Sophia Buck 1.The battle for girls lacrosse pride in Catonsville came down to possession and Catonsville junior Deb Milani made sure the Comets were the ones controlling the ball and the game.She dominated the draws and spurred the unranked Comets (8-1) to an 18-12 victory over no. 12 Mount de Sales (8-4) on Thursday evening.Milani won the final five draws of the first half and helped the host Comets erase Sailor leads of 6-3 and 8-6 and take a 12-8 lead into intermission. After the half she was even better, winning nine of 11 draws, including the final six of the second half when the Comets built the lead and time of possession. "I attribute their win to a team effort and to the phenomenal play of Deb Milani on the draw circle," said Sailor coach Abree Johnson, whose squad had beaten no. 5 ranked Notre Dame Prep a day earlier, 17-9. "She is a draw specialist and a phenomenal draw controller."Of the 18 draws she won, she corralled 13 by herself as if grabbing a rebound with her stick."We adjusted to it," said Catonsville coach Becky Clipp. "She was going up with her hands at the top of the stick (earlier) and I told her to pull her hand down because you've got much more space."Sailor senior Kelly Phelan won seven of the first nine draws before Milani made the adjustment and the Sailors tried several different players at the circle.Milani, who has verbally committed to the University of Maryland, didn't just win draws she shared high Comet goal scoring honors with senior Rachel Schwaab (6 goals each).Chloe Corbitt added two goals and Lauren McDonald, Brooke Stevens, Jenn Nonn and Claudia Flister added one each to complete the Comet scoring.Mount de Sales was led by Carly Williams who scored a game-high eight points (5 goals, 3 assists).Kayley Jones (2 goals, 1 assist), Gabby Cha (2 goals), Amanda Ignacio (2 goals) and Juliana Shearer (1 goal, 1 assist) also scored for the Sailors.The Sailors led 6-3 after Williams fed Cha with 14:34 left in the first half, but the Comets came out with renewed vigor."Coach kept us positive and said we are still in it and we came out and played hard," Milani said.Led by defenders Maddie Hunt and Heather Kendrick and goalie Grace Campbell (10 saves), the Comets were more disruptive in the defensive end."They are a great feeding team so we brought everybody in and said we've got to get bodies to the cutters and everyone stepped up together on them and we worked really well as a cohesive unit," Hunt said.After Williams assisted Jones for an 8-6 lead with 9:38 left in the first half, the Sailors went scoreless for the next 19:49.Catonsville scored eight unanswered goals during the span and took a lead they never relinquished.Schwaab had five and the Comets' only assist during that 8-0 run when patience and smart shots were the key.Milani, who scored four of the first five Comet goals scored the final two as the Comets played keep away for the waning minutes.The battle for girls lacrosse pride in Catonsville came down to possession, and Catonsville junior Deb Milani made sure the Comets were the ones controlling the ball and the game.She dominated the draws and spurred the unranked Comets to an 18-12 victory over No. 12 Mount de Sales on Thursday evening.Milani won the final five draws of the first half and helped the host Comets (8-1) erase Sailor leads of 6-3 and 8-6 and take a 12-8 lead into intermission. After the half, she was even better, winning nine of 11 draws, including the final six of the second half when the Comets built the lead and time of possession. "I attribute their win to a team effort and to the phenomenal play of Deb Milani on the draw circle," said Mount de Sales coach Abree Johnson, whose squad had beaten No. 5 Notre Dame Prep a day earlier, 17-9, but fell to 8-4. "She is a draw specialist and a phenomenal draw-controller."Of the 18 draws Milani won, she corralled 13 by herself as if grabbing a rebound with her stick."We adjusted to it," Catonsville coach Becky Clipp said. "She was going up with her hands at the top of the stick [earlier], and I told her to pull her hand down because you've got much more space."Milani, who has orally committed to Maryland, didn't just win draws she shared team-high scoring honors with senior Rachel Schwaab (6 goals each).Chloe Corbitt added two goals and Lauren McDonald, Brooke Stevens, Jenn Nonn and Claudia Flister each had one.Carly Williams had 5 goals and 3 assists to lead Mount de Sales.Kayley Jones (2 goals, 1 assist), Gabby Cha (2 goals), Amanda Ignacio (2 goals) and Juliana Shearer (1 goal, 1 assist) also scored for the Sailors.Mount de Sales led 6-3 after Williams fed Cha with 14:34 left in the first half, but the Comets came out with renewed vigor."Coach kept us positive and said we are still in it, and we came out and played hard," Milani said.Led by defenders Maddie Hunt and Heather Kendrick and goalie Grace Campbell (10 saves), the Comets were more disruptive in the defensive end."They are a great feeding team, so we brought everybody in and said we've got to get bodies to the cutters," Hunt said, "and everyone stepped up together on them and we worked really well as a cohesive unit."After Williams assisted Jones for an 8-6 lead with 9:38 left in the first half, the Sailors went scoreless for the next 19:49. Catonsville scored eight unanswered goals during the span, with Schwaab scoring five of them.Milani, who scored four of the first five Comet goals scored the final two as they played keep-away for the waning minutes."We wanted to beat them because it's like a rivalry, but it's just for pride," said Milani, who played recreation lacrosse with four of the Sailors.She made an impression on them, as well as her coach, who played at Maryland."I know Deb scores goals all the time and she plays hard and does a lot of little things right," Clipp said, "but today I saw her being a leader."Right from the draw.Goals: CMilani 6, Schwaab 6, Corbitt 2, McDonald 1, Stevens 1, Nonn 1, Flister 1; MDSWilliams 5, Jones 2, Cha 2, Ignacio 2, Shearer 1Assists: CSchwaab 1; MDS Williams 3, Shearer 1, Jones 1, Hiltz 1. scooped more ground balls, forced more turnovers and dominated time of possession on its way to eliminating , 15-10 in the Class 4A-3A state semifinals at Franklin High Friday night.The victory earned the Falcons (17-2) a shot at its fifth state title in the past six years on May 22 or 23.Senior Ally Adams was key to the victory as she and her teammates around the draw circle neutralized the Comets (17-2), who have dominated draw control during an 11-game winning streak that was snapped with the loss. "We just knew we had to get the girls on the circle to get possession because we knew No. 4 (Deb Milani) was really strong on the draws," Adams said. Milani and company won three of the first four draws and junior goalie Grace Campbell had a pair of saves as Catonsville built a 4-2 lead in the first nine minutes.Catonsville goals by Milani, Jenn Nonn, Brooke Stevens and Rachel Schwaab and an assist from Lauren McDonald helped them gain the advantage.Morgan Torggler (4 goals) made it 4-3 with 13:35 remaining, before Severna Park senior goalie Camille King made a tough save with 12:02 left on a shot by Claudia Flister.King was injured on the salvo and the Falcons inserted sophomore reserve Rachel Vander Kolk.Vander Kolk, whose twin sister and Falcon teammate, Tracy, passed away on May 10, came into the game for King and provided inspiration to her teammates.Torggler scored to knot the score at 4-4 with 8:50 left in the half and Lizzy Lloyd followed Milani's tally, tying the game at 5-5.Catonsville's Schwaab won the ensuing draw, but Vander Kolk stopped Nonn's free position shot and Torggler gave the Falcons a lead they would never relinquish.Courtney Wells added a pair of goals and Adams had one score and one assist when the Falcons closed the half with four goals in the final 4:39."It was just us looking into ourselves and saying we really want this and giving everything we had because we had nothing to lose at that point," Adams said.The Comets trailed 11-6 in the second half before they made their most spirited rally with three consecutive tallies.Stevens scored the first off a free position goal and the Comets took advantage of a yellow card by Torggler with goals by Stevens, off a McDonald assist, and Milani, making it 11-8.They nearly cut the deficit to two, but McDonald's goal was disallowed because shooting space stopped play before the shot and Chloe Corbitt's free position shot was saved by Vander Kolk.Ryan Bathras assisted Kirk on a fast break at the other end before Flister made it 12-9 with 9:18 remaining.But Torggler dug out the next draw and Adams converted Lloyd's feed and the Comets never got any closer."We really focused on those hustle plays like getting ground balls, draw control and forcing turnovers," Adams said. "That is what we really focused on and it's the little things like that, that wins the game."Catonsville coach Becky Clipp agreed. Adna marked its first every home girls soccer game with an 8-1 romp over Forks in a SWW 1A League Evergreen Division matchup on Tuesday. Julia Dallas wowed the home crowd by scoring the first two goals thanks to assists by Chloe Manning and the rout was on.Before halftime, Savannah Massingham and Kendra Strajduhar each added goals and Regyn Gaffney notched two scores herself to put the Pirates up 6-1. One of Gaffney's goal was deflected off a Forks defender."The girls played well and worked hard at making overlapping runs and supporting each other on the field," Pirate coach Juli Aselton said. "I would have liked to see a shutout for Adna but the win will boost the confidence of the girls." In the second half, Kelsey Aselton scored for Adna and Amber Langworthy knocked home the final goal of the evening for the hosts. Goalkeeper Hailey Minkoff came out of the goal in the second half and worked as a midfield wing.Dallas, Aselton added, did a nice job of positioning herself for crosses."I've very proud of how Julia kept popping up in the correct place to put the crosses for other teammates in the goal," Aselton said. "We will keep working on tightening our defense and working together."Adna (2-1) will play at Rochester on Wednesday. ___(c)2012 The Chronicle (Centralia, Wash.)Visit The Chronicle (Centralia, Wash.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services Pope John Paul II jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Jenna and Maggie Murphy, survived a pair of goals by Upper Cape's Krystle DiBona, and then rallied for two more scores to lock up a 4-2 victory over the Rams on Monday.PJP II (5-3-1, 3-1-1 CI) took a 2-0 lead into the half on tallies by Cornwall (from Danielle Denetriadis) and Murphy (from Corwall).DiBona led a second-half comeback to tie it at 2-2. Brianna Rozell assisted on one of DiBona's goals. The other was an unassisted effort. The Rams were unable to capitalize on the shift in momentum and gave up two unanswered goals by the Lions with Denetriadis and Staci Hopkins finding the back of the net for PJP II.Playing well for the Lions was stopper back Maria Matrango and goalie Maddie Greiner.Karyn McDonough played exceptionally well for Upper Cape on defense.UCT (2-5-1) hosts Avon this afternoon in Mayflower Athletic Conference Small play while Pope Johyn Paul II returns to action Wednesday at league leader Nantucket.Marshfield 3, Sandwich 1EAST SANDWICH -- Jill Clapp scored two goals and had an assist for the Rams as they won the Atlantic Coast League match ovber the Blue Knights to remain undefeated at 8-0.The Blue Knights struck first in the fifth minute on a cross from Caroline McKenna that was put in net by Chelsea Sutton. The lead didn't last long as Marshfield came roaring back scoring three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead into the half.The majority of the second half was played in Marshfield's end, but Sandwich was unable to break through for a score.Blue Knights goaltender sophomore Maggie Levangie was oustanding in her second start, recording several saves. Katie McKenna and Lea Adams were solid on the back line while Kenna Garrison played well at midfield.The Knights (5-3-1) host Plymouth North on Wednesday in ACL play.Plymouth South 3, Falmouth 0PLYMOUTH -- The Panthers surprised the visiting Clippers with a solid game and took advantage of scoring opportunities to notch the shutout.Three different Plymouth South (6-2-1) players scored against Falmouth (5-4-0). Jayci Andrews and Brittany Cleary gave the Panthers a 2-0 halftime advantage and Molly Sessler scored the final goal for the winners.Playing well for the Clippers were midfielders Kate Sullivan and Aoife Callinan as well as goalie Maddie Scavotto.Falmouth hosts Bourne Friday.Falmouth Academy 4, Barrington Christian 0BARRINGTON, R.I. -- Four first-half goals were all the Mariners would need to notch a road victory on Monday.Give credit where its due.Glenelg Country Schools defense held Mt. Carmels Jada Talley to a single goal Thursday afternoon.Talley, a returning all-star in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, had already scored 25 goals this fall. Five of those came against conference rival Indian Creek on Monday. Unfortunately, that one goal Thursday was all Mt. Carmel needed for a shutout victory, 1-0, over Glenelg Country at Western Regional Park. Talley struck early for the Eastern Baltimore school, about two minutes into the game, when she found herself alone at the top of the box, looking right at keeper Minahil Choudry.I remember (Talley) from last year, said Glenelg Country coach Christy Mink, whose team suffered its second loss in three games. The Dragons are now 7-2 overall.We didnt recover from that early goal, she added. We had many opportunities but we couldnt capitalize and put the shots up that we needed to.The Dragons had beaten Key, 7-0, a day earlier. Yesterday we were one (team), Mink said. Today we werent 11 strong.We lost to them last year, so this is a big win for us, said Mt. Carmels Amanda Simms.Mt. Carmel is in the Red Division of the IAAM C Conference and currently in second place behind Park, which beat Glenelg Country, 4-1, last week. Talley said her team could again face Glenelg Country, which leads the C Gold division. Today we got to see what they are about, she said.After Talleys early blow, Catelyn Gamble became her shadow. After the first goal, Catelyn really marked on her. She was everywhere with her, said defender Megan Steeley.Ninah Dawson also stepped up to shut down Talley, added Chloe Lewis. Ninah stayed with her a couple times and shut her down and just took her out.Steeley also had an outstanding performance, shutting down Mt. Carmel threats throughout the game.The defense, especially Megan, played well. She had one of the best games Ive seen her have, said Sabrina DeLeonibus, who stood out on offense.But Glenelgs offense sputtered. The touches werent there and the passes werent there, said DeLeonibus. Everyone was a little off.It just wasnt our game. Our shots were there but they werent falling. We had really good shots and the keeper had really good saves, said Dawson, referring to Mt. Carmel keeper Katie Clark.Glenelgs offense had golden opportunities in the last 10 minutes. But Lewis shot soared over the cage, a shot by Dawson off a corner kick missed its mark, and Clark hung onto a line drive from Deja Hursey with eight minutes left. Then, with about 30 seconds left on the clock, Hursey hit another line drive, perhaps the Dragons best shot of the afternoon, but again Clark withstood the challenge.We need to play to together in the first half, said Lewis. The second half is usually when we show all of our heart. In the last minutes we play hard. We need to find something that makes us do that from the very start and I guarantee we can beat anybody. 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Because of publication deadlines, in some instances students' names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate.St. Paul's School for Girls held its commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2011 on June 11 at the school in Brooklandville. Congratulations to the Class of 2011:Christina Fotios AraviakisMadison Margaret Awalt Autumn Taylor Ayers Brittany Darnell BallentineAlissa Jene BennettDaniela Barbara Angelika BonattiLindsey Jean Audre BondEmma Miller BrooksAugusta Lee Carroll BruchSophia Suzanna BruunFaith Victoria CarlsonGabrielle Jaclyn CarrollIlaria CaturegliChelsea Elisabeth CloughKatherine J. ColeNatalie Kilby DeckerParis Chapin DeYoungLucy Grier DonofrioGabrielle Lawrence DowellSeven students from the private GreenMount School in will travel Tuesday to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in an international problem-solving competition.The team dubbed Soul Seven participates in Destination Imagination, a program that presents challenges to students, from kindergarten through college, and judges their solutions on effectiveness and creativity. The competition has six categories: technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural and community service. A team chooses a category and then, in the months leading up to the competition, solves that category's challenge. Each team can spend $125 on its solution, but there are sometimes stipulations on what materials they may use (only paper clips and duct tape, for example).Soul Seven selected the fine-arts category, "Coming Attractions," which required creating a 4-minute live "movie trailer" that involves characters from two nations and includes a student-designed cinematic special effect and an original soundtrack.Since October, team members have been working on their trailer, an enactment of Native American children in the Lakota tribe being forced into European-style boarding schools and being stripped of their culture in the late 1800s. The team went to the Smithsonian in Washington to research the topic. Students said what they learned there about Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian Industrial School, in particular, brought to mind a dramatic, suspenseful movie.For their special effect, team members built a "shadow box" that serves as a backdrop to the students acting in the trailer; during a scene where a Native American girl is ordered to cut her hair, the shadows behind her show a ponytail being cut off.The soundtrack features drumming and Native American chanting. The trailer is called "The Disturbing Truth."Jeffrey Obike, a 12-year-old student from Baltimore's Perring Loch neighborhood, said he originally liked the idea of a fiction trailer with a car racing scene."I never even thought of the Native American story," he said. "But we did some research on the Lakota nation and added some of our own information."One of Jeffrey's teammates, Chloe Bates, 13, from Canton, said she likes Destination Imagination not just because of its educational aspects, but the social side as well."My favorite part of it is hanging out with my friends," Chloe said. "We spend a lot of time together and share a lot of experiences."Linda Pietila, the team's manager and mother of two girls on the team, said she enjoys the competitions because the students solve the problems in so many different ways."It really opens the kids up to what can be accomplished," she said.Jeffrey said the competition allows students to "think outside the box.""Whatever they don't say you can't do, you can do it," he said.Tess Pietila, 12, said the program challenges the team to think creatively."It's hard work, but it's fun hard work," she said. "We made a dress out of duct tape. You end up taking something you wouldn't normally use and making something."About 100,000 students in 30 countries take part in Destination Imagination, according to the program. More than 8,000 students whose teams won local competitions are expected at the Global Finals competition, which runs through Saturday.GreenMount's head of school, Steve Warner, said this is the first year GreenMount students have competed in Destination Imagination. It works well with the school's mission of molding students intellectually and creatively, he said."It's a good fit for GreenMount School," Warner said. "There are a lot of problems in the world today. With the advances in knowledge, medicine, technology, a problem-solving approach will help these kids." Eliza Hudson was having an up-and-down day on Saturday at Eagle Valley Golf Course.But one putt turned the Floyd Central girls' golfer's roller-coaster round into a memorable one during the Evansville Memorial Regional.Hudson nailed a long birdie putt on the ninth hole to conclude her round with a 77. (Floyd Central started its round on the 10th hole.) That enabled the junior to qualify for next weekend's State Finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.Hudson was among the top five individuals on non-advancing teams to move on to state. The top three teams qualified for state as well."It feels amazing. I've worked so hard for it," Hudson said.Things did not look good for Hudson late in her round. She made a heart-wrenching double bogey on the seventh hole, followed by a bogey on the eighth.After her double on No. 7, Floyd Central coach Lenny Hartlage gave his No. 1 golfer some encouraging words."He told me it was not over and to fight for every last shot," Hudson said.Hudson listened.On the ninth green, she fought through the adversity by knocking in a 35-foot birdie. Hudson had two birdies, eight pars and seven bogeys and ended up in a four-way tie for third place overall."That double killed me, but I was proud to come back from it," Hudson said.No one was more proud of Hudson than Hartlage."She held it together. I kept saying to her [after the seventh hole], 'You are in this. You are in this,'" Hartlage said. "It's wonderful for her. She started playing in the seventh or eighth grade when most of these girls started earlier. She got serious about her game when she got to high school. The past few weeks, she has started to believe that she's good. She started believing in herself and that helped her compete with other players."Floyd Central ended up sixth in the team standings with a team score of 341, four shots out of third. Three Highlanders fired scores in the 80s -- freshman Jessica Ingram with an 86 and sophomore and junior Ashley Dankovich each with an 89. Floyd Central junior Scarlett Hartlage had a 107."We were close," Coach Hartlage said about almost advancing to state as a team. "Now, [the Highlanders] know they can compete. I'm looking forward to next year."New Albany placed 12th with a 374. Sophomore Heidi Steinert paced the Bulldogs with an 82 while battling windy conditions on Saturday."As a sophomore shooting 82 in these conditions, you've got to take it," New Albany coach Rick Belcher said.Rounding out the New Albany scoring were junior Haley Roth with a 90, sophomore Franci Burton with a 100 and freshman Chloe Watts with a 102. New Albany senior Bailey Biggs shot a 103.Belcher said Biggs, who only played high school golf her junior and senior seasons, was a big reason the Bulldogs have captured two sectional championships in a row.As I write this, I'm feeling a bit pretty good about Baltimore. According to a survey by Baltimore is the nation's 13th most popular city. Not too shabby, Baltimore.But then, an article in ( ranks Baltimore as America's 24th Best City for Hipsters, and cites, specifically, . On the count of three, let's all groan together about that one. Ready? One, two, three groan. At the Open Space Gallery, 2720 Sisson St., on April 28 and 29, from noon to 6 p.m., the third annual Publications and Multiples Fair will take place. It features lectures by David Senior and Ed Penar. A host of vendors will be selling small batch, handmade publications, including Chloe Maratta, Chris Day, Closed Caption Comics, Dylan Thadani, Friends Records, Gary Kachadourian, Jason Kachadourian, Important Comics, Noel Friebert and Suzanna Zak. Think of these things as analog apps that require no tablet or smart phone. On May 2, the Hampden Family Center, 1104-1108 W. 36th St., is hosting a blood drive from 3:45 6:30 p.m. A photo ID is required. To make an appointment, please call 410-467-8710.And Saturday, May 5 is Free Comic Book Day. You read that right, FREE Comic Book Day. And Hampden has two stores participating. You can stop by Amazing Spiral at The Rotunda Mall, 711 W. 40th St., and Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, and select from dozens of titles printed specially for the day.Atomic Books will also be printing and debuting the fourth issue of the annual free comic Mutant!, which includes work by local cartoonists, including Dina Kelberman, Ben Claassen, Haleigh Buck, Melody Often, Ben Stiegler, Will Laren and me (I did a parody strip of Hagar The Horrible mixed with Game of Thrones), as well as national cartoonists like Tom Neely, Noah Van Sciver, Julia Wertz, Shannon Wheeler and Ben Marra.Yep, it's pretty easy to feel pretty good about Baltimore. Well, unless someone mentions The . But that's a whole different sort of column that I'm not paid to write.The Bel Air Bobcats girls basketball team took a break from the UCBAC schedule Monday night, playing host to Notre Dame Prep. The visitors outscored the Bobcats 10-4 in overtime to send the Bobcats to a 61-55 defeat.Kim Harrell led Bel Air (2-11) with 11 points and Connor Hanley snagged 11 rebounds for the Bobcats.Bel Air led at the half, 25-22, and the game was knotted at 51-51 through regulation. Patriots win 10th straight The John Carroll Patriots ran their record to 12-3 with a workman-like 41-22 win at Garrison Forest Monday night. The Patriots led 26-11 at the half and used a swarming defensive effort from all 11 players to win their 10th game in a row.Emily Soller and Yemaya Johnson led the Patriots on the offensive end with 11 points each, while Miranda Ripken added eight to bring her career total to 985 points. Ripken is expected to top the 1,000 point mark this week during one of John Carroll's three other games. The Pats are on the road today (Wednesday) at IND, where the team expects Ripken to reach the milestone, then they return home Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. non-conference game versus Fallston in which John Carroll has planned a celebration to honor the senior captain before the game.Mustangs top Huskies, stay atop divisionWith the division lead at stake, Patterson Mill and C. Milton Wright waged a battle Thursday night on the hardwood at the Fountain Green Road school in a girls basketball game in the UCBAC's Susquehanna Division.The host Mustangs had all kinds of trouble offensively in the opening quarter, but rallied to overcome an ugly beginning to win, 55-49.Patterson Mill (5-1, 6-5) jumped all over CMW (6-0, 9-3) in the first quarter, leading 15-3. The Mustangs, though, chiseled away a bit at the lead in the second quarter, despite a temporary blackout.With 3:13 left in the half, every light in the gym went out. And stayed out for about 10 seconds before the emergency lights started to come back on. The delay lasted about six minutes.The Mustangs cut the lead to single digits with 1:14 to play and went to the half trailing, 29-20.In the second half, as the Huskies shooting cooled, the Mustangs, specifically Allie Appleby, started to heat up.Appleby's first of three second half three-pointers cut the Huskies lead to 37-33 late in the third quarter.Her second three tied the game at 40 and 40 seconds later, a short jumper by Appleby gave the Mustangs their first lead, 42-41.Minutes later, Appleby tossed in her third three-point shot for a 46-42 lead. A driving layup by Katie Burgee pushed CMW to its largest lead, 49-42.The Huskies made a late run, but the Mustangs made enough free throws to clinch the victory.Appleby scored 17 points to lead the winners and Abby Smucker had 13. Burgee came off the bench to contribute seven key points.Patterson Mill freshman Qalea Ismail led all scorers with 18 points and Morgan Golec scored 13. The Huskies were playing without freshman point guard Sam Herman, who was on the bench in a walking boot.Eagles soar over ElksThe Fallston Cougars (4-0) recorded their fourth straight win to begin the season Monday night, dropping host Overlea 58-27 in a non-league contest.Rachael Holehouse, who scored her 1,000th career point Saturday, scored 14 more points Monday to lead the Cougars, who led big at the half, 34-9. Holehouse has 1,019 points in her career.Dana Katzenberger added 12 points and Jayme Harmon had 10 for the Cougars. Joppatowne beats Havre de Grace Visiting Joppatowne (3-0) won its third straight Monday night, beating Havre de Grace 60-21. The Warriors slipped to 0-3 with the loss.Shakara Head paced the Mariners with 15 points and five rebounds. Head was seven of nine from the free throw line. TroiQuay Malloy added 11 points and was also seven of nine from the charity stripe. LaKiah Huff also contributed nine points.Edgewood loses on roadEdgewood (0-4) is still searching for win number one after a 57-34 loss at MATHS Charter School Monday.The Rams fell behind 16-6 after one quarter and never recovered. Shania Stamper and Jakia Robinson scored eight points each to lead Edgewood.Bobcats also fall on roadBel Air (1-3) also fell on the road Monday, losing 79-31 at Digital Harbor. Jamie Bittner scored seven points and Caela Tindilia added six points to lead the Bobcats. Bel Air trailed at the half 45-12.HCS is 4-0Harford Christian improved to 4-0 Monday with a 50-32 win over visiting Rosedale Baptist. Chloe Akers scored 11 points and Leah Edwards scored 10 to pace the Eagles. Cady Farrish added seven points and 11 rebounds.Other Monday scoresNorth Harford and C. Milton Wright both improved to 2-1 on the season with road wins in Baltimore County Monday. North Harford won at Hereford, 50-46, while CMW won at Towson, 57-34.Fallston beats MervoFallston won its third straight Saturday afternoon at the Beast of the East Showcase at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. The Cougars topped Mervo, 43-23.Holehouse, who finished with a game-high 14 points, reached and passed the 1,000 point plateau with a three-point basket from the corner. Alyssa March added 12 points in the win. The Cougars led 19-9 at the half.John Carroll drops twoThe John Carroll Patriots dropped two tough games to close out a busy week. The Patriots fell at home to Poly, 54-47, Thursday and then at the Beast of the East Showcase on Saturday, a 53-51 loss to the Hill School of Pottstown, Pa.Bel Air, Fallston and Harford Christian were big winners in girls basketball in recent days.The Fallston Cougars opened their 2011 girls basketball season Monday night with a 50-33 win over visiting Franklin.Rachael Holehouse and Alyssa March scored 14 points each to lead the Cougars to the opening night victory. Holehouse is 16 points shy of her 1,000th career point. Senior guards Emily Nosek and Devin Brady added eight points apiece. The Cougars led, 22-12, at the half. HARFORD CHRISTIAN wins its tourney Harford Christian won its tournament for the second time in its 14-year history Saturday in Dublin. The Eagles came from behind to beat Grace Christian Academy, of Waldorf, 58-52, in the championship game.The Eagles trailed at the half, 23-20, and after three quarters, 34-27, but outscored the visitors, 31-18, in the final quarter for the win. A year ago, Grace Christian beat Harford by 34 points.Cady Farrish had a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Chloe Akers added 11 points and seven assists and Emily Dodson had 10 points. Akers and Dodson were named All-Tournament.The Eagles opened the tournament Friday night with an easy win, 68-15, over Towle Institute, of Hockessin, De.Harford rolled out to a 35-6 halftime lead and cruised to the lopsided win. Sara Karschner pumped in 17 points and Akers scored 14 points, including making four three-point baskets. The Eagles aided themselves with 29 steals.BEL AIR beats EDGEWOODBel Air knocked off host Edgewood, 55-48, Monday night. The Bobcats and Rams were tied at 15 through one quarter, but Bel Air went ahead by three at the half and then pulled away in the final quarter.Senior guard Jasmine Mutunga scored 13 points to lead the Bobcats and fellow senior guard Caela Tindilia added 11 points. Junior Brooke Lorber had 10 points.Jada Hatcher, a sophomore forward, paced Edgewood with 20 points and sophomore guard Shania Stamper pumped in 17 points.Irene Harris of Cockeysville, attending University of Dallas, Irving, Texas is spending the spring semester studying abroad at the University of Dallas' 12-acre Eugene Constantin Campus just outside Rome, Italy.The following students were named to the dean's list at James Madison University in , Va.SamanthaLippy, of Cockeysville; EvanNorris and Alexander Smyth, of ; RebeccaMoorshead and MauraPerry, of Lutherville; GeorgeCox, of Phoenix; Alec Moss and CarolineYates, of Towson. James Gerding, RebeccaGuthrie, JessicaKleinhen, MollyO'Hara and RachelWallick, of . Cadet Bradley Rogers Mueller of Lutherville was honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. Mueller earned one of the college's top academic honors, a Gold Star. Regina Spatarella, of Cockeysville, was selected among campus leaders at Marymount University, Arlington, Va., in the 2012 edition of Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.William J. Turner, of Towson has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Vermont, , Vt.Chloe Shiras, of Lutherville, atttending in , Conn., has received faculty honors for the 2011 fall semester.Hannah Allen, of Lutherville, has been named to the dean's list at in Norton, Mass., for the fall 2011 semester.The following students from , Winston, N.C. made the fall 2011 dean's list.Lindsay Hurley, Brett Donahoo, Emily Breiter and Jennifer Santos, of Cockeysville; Alexandra Lull, of Hunt Valley; Andrew Schwab, Kaitlyn Baker and Scott Mafale, of Lutherville; Molly Mitzner and Helen Yearley, of Baltimore; and Rebecca Regan, of Towson.The following students from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa. have been named to the dean's commendation list for the fall 2011.Kara Becker, of Cockeysville; Robert Distler and Hannah Leone, of Lutherville; Hayward Sawers, of Timonium; Megan Bailey and Samuel Schwarz, of Towson.The following students from McDaniel College in Westminster were named to the fall 2011 dean's list.Patrick C. Bivons, of Cockeysville received honors; Kiersten N. Patron of Cockeysville received high honors; Virginia M. Sarant and Caroline L. Schippereit, of Cockeysville received highest honors. Cody F. Magness, of Lutherville received honors and Lauren E. Brown, of received high honors.The following students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at St. Mary's College of Maryland,.Karen Danielson, Lauren Dellman, Stoytcho Nechev and Jeremy Perrin, of Cockeysville; Jaymie Im and Kalyn Shields of Timonium; Emma Reisinger and Kimberly Routson of Lutherville; David Mitchell-McShane, Sarah Codd and Peter Windsor of Towson.Aberdeen Central senior Hannah Kastigar gave runners a target, and then a hug at the Roncalli Cross Country Invitational Thursday in Aberdeen.While Kastigar was winning the girls' race, Summit senior Matt Zirbel turned in an impressive run to win the boys' race. The Aberdeen Roncalli boys and the Redfield-Doland girls were the team champions.One of the top Class AA runners -- as well as swimmers and students -- in the state, Kastigar covered the 4,000-meter Lee Park course in 15 minutes, 4 seconds to win the girls' race, which was run mostly by Class A and B runners. Kastigar won't be running with her Golden Eagle teammates this weekend in Saturday's Clyde Cotton Invite in Huron, as she is visiting the campus. Kastigar, who qualified for the Olympic swimming trials this summer, is being heavily recruited as a swimmer. She is interested in a variety of schools, including Stanford, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix where her brother Adam is a freshmen swimmer and the University of Minnesota where her mom and Northern State/Aberdeen Swim Club coach Elyce Kastigar was a standout.Kastigar said she was thankful to have the chance to run at the Roncalli meet and to run against girls in which she normally does not get a chance to compete. "I like different challenges like that, and I like running in home meets," she said. "I felt good today. I just got started a while ago and my times have been dropping off. I just need to keep getting in more practices and meets to keep improving."After the race, as is her tradition, Kastigar waited at the finish line to give each runner in the race a hug after they finished. MiKayla Prouty of Clark-Willow Lake finished second in 15:25 in the girls' run while Roncalli's Kendra Woytassek was third in 15:48. Team champion Redfield-Doland had three finishers in the top eight in Nicolette Schmidt, Chloe Edgar and Tana Muellenberg.The winning time for Zirbel over 5,000 meters in the boys' race was 17:11. Second was John Noyes of Redfield-Doland in 17:40, while Roncalli runners Austin Hanisch, Dan Albl, Zach Schaefbauer and Favian Aguirre claimed four of the next six spots in the top 10 to push the Cavaliers to the team title.Zirbel tore the inside and outside meniscus in his right knee during basketball last season. "I had knee surgery last spring and I didn't start working out until July," Zirbel said. "So I had a lot of questions coming into the season, but so far so good. It seems to be working out."Speaking of things working out, that is what is happening for the Roncalli boys. They are developing consistency, and have had a good week. The Cavaliers turned in a good run at Webster on Monday, and then won their home meet. The Deuel meet in Clear Lake awaits Monday."Our boys have been running well," Roncalli coach Mark Stone said. "The gap between our top position and our fourth, fifth and sixth positions have really been tightening up. And that is what we need. When you start grouping up like that, you start doing better as a team.""We want to do well as individuals, but it all points back to the team. You want your top runners to keep improving, and your other runners to keep moving up next to them. We have a chance to keep being successful as a team if we keep working hard and keep improving."Stone said the Roncalli girls, which have been fighting injuries, need to continue to strive for that same kind of improvement. Stone said he is proud of his entire team, and it brings him joy to see 48 athletes from Roncalli compete on a beautiful day to run. "Sometimes it is nice to take all that in and your forget about the places and the times."VARSITY BOYSTeam: Aberdeen Roncalli (AR) 17, Redfield-Doland (RD) 26, Warner 35. Other teams competing were Webster, Summit, Sisseton, Northwestern (NW), Groton (G), Britton-Hecla (BH) and Clark-Willow Lake (CWL).5,000 meters: Matthew Zirbel, Summit, 17:11; John Noyes, RD, 17:40; Austin Hanisch, AR, 17:50; Brady Chase, RD, 17:51; Mitch Prouty, CWL, 18:05; Dan Albl, AR, 18:09; Zach Schaefbauer, AR, 18:11; Favian Aguirre, AR, 18:44; Lane Schopp, Warner, 18:47; Brandon Barrett, BH, 18:54; Chance Torrance, Warner, 18:56; Dirk Backman, Warner, 19:09; Evin Miller, RD, 19:12; Niklas Hansen, Warner, 19:28; Alex Leschisin, Webster, 19:30; Luke Smith, G, 19:37; Justin Rosebrock, AR, 19:40; Daniel Holmstrom, AR, 19:44; Rawson Yost, CWL, 19:47; Tate Stroup, RD, 19:56; Tyler Hanson, RD, 20:37; Dron Becker, RD, 20:40; Trey Cosato, RD, 20:47; Zach Crandall, BH, 21:13; Travis Purdy, Summit, 21:20; Isaac Groft, NW, 21:21:00; Kaden Huber, Sisseton, 21:43; Dalton Tschetter, RD, 21:58; Kevin Huber, Sisseton, 23:01; Rob Wiley, Webster, 23:03; Tanne Heitmann, BH, 24:20.GIRLS' VARSITYTeam: Redfield-Doland (RD) 19, Aberdeen Roncalli (AR) 25, Webster 34. Other teams competing were Warner, Summit, Sisseton, Aberdeen Central (AC), Northwestern (NW), Groton (G), Britton-Hecla (BH) and Clark-Willow Lake (CWL).4,000 meters: Hannah Kastigar, AC, 15:04; MiKayla Prouty, CWL, 15:25; Kendra Woytassek, AR, 15:48; Nicolette Schmidt, RD, 16:01; Jasmine Schaller, G, 16:45; Emily Wiley, Webster, 16:46; Chloe Edgar, RD, 16:50; Tana Muellenberg, RD, 16:55; Molle Karst, AR, 17:00; Isabel Litzen, AR, 17:11; Peyton Groft, NW, 17:12; Isabel Blume, RD, 17:17; Katie Klopperrch, RD, 17:19; Maria Volesky, Webster, 17:49; Josie Clemens, NW, 17:58; Kandace Kolden, CWL, 17:59; Chelsey Lehrke, Sisseton, 18:03; Kate Gillette, RD, 18:04; MaKayla Zirbel, Summit, 18:10; Darby Duncan, NW, 18:25; Ashley Fosness, BH, 18:26; Sydney Moore, RD, 18:45; Courtney Somsen , Webster, 18:54; Brianna Weber, AR, 19:03; Emily Bohle, AR, 19:09; Ellie Weinmeister, AR, 19:19; Ariana Arampatzis, AC, 19:28; Whitney Zirbel, Summit, 19:30; Kristen Huber, Sisseton, 19:35; Hannah Block, Webster, 20:12; Ellie Harms, G, 20:15; Candace Burdich, RD, 20:16; Taylor Pudwill, RD, 20:24; Dylan Hanson, Webster, 21:11; Hannah Leschisin, Webster, 22:17; Seline Azar, Sisseton, 23:02; Allison Wicks, CWL, 23:13.JUNIOR VARSITY3,000 MetersSouth Park senior Molly Shultz scored on a perfect crossing shot from 25 yards out at 12 minutes, 44 seconds of the second half to help the Class AA No. 4 Eagles (7-2-1, 7-1-1) earn a 2-1 victory over Elizabeth Forward (8-3-0, 6-2-0) to complete a season sweep of the Warriors on Monday night. The loss also ended Elizabeth Forward's seven-game win streak.In the three years since Elizabeth Forward dropped from Class AAA and landed in Section 4-AA, the Warriors are 0-6-0 against South Park.Latrobe 6, Connellsville 0 -- Emma Kate Womack and Marissa Duvall each scored twice to lead Latrobe to a Section 1-AAA victory. Jane Piontkowski and Stephanie Kubus shared the shutout for the Wildcats (8-5, 5-3). Norwin 7, Hempfield 0 -- In Section 1-AAA, Sami Farabaugh recorded a hat trick to lead No. 4 Norwin (9-1-2, 7-1) to victory.Hampton 2, Shaler 0 -- Lauren Frey scored two goals to lead Hampton (8-3-1, 7-1-1) to a Section 2-AAA victory. Trish Winters earned the shutout.South Allegheny 2, Charleroi 0 -- Shannon Wygonik and Audra Lewis scored to lead No. 4 South Allegheny to a Section 2-A victory. Amber Brownfield had the shutout for the Gladiators (11-0, 8-0).Chartiers-Houston 3, Bentworth 3 -- Chartiers-Houston scored twice in the second half to eliminate a 2-0 deficit, and both teams scored in the final 1:10 of regulation in a Section 2-A game that ended in a tie after two overtime periods. Jordan Locy scored twice for Chartiers-Houston (6-7-1, 3-5-1), while Kelsey Clute scored two for Bentworth (8-4-1, 6-2-1).Shady Side Academy 8, Geibel 0 -- Maggie Scott scored four goals, and Olivia Cochran earned a shutout to lead No. 2 Shady Side Academy (8-2-1, 7-1-0) to a Section 4-A victory.Boys soccerBaldwin 2, Penn Trafford 1 (OT) -- Fedja Smajic scored two goals, including the game-winner with six minutes remaining in overtime, to lead Baldwin (8-6) to a nonsection victory.Boys golfBelle Vernon 219, Elizabeth Forward 225 -- Kirby Manown shot a 2-under-par 34 to lead Belle Vernon (7-6, 7-4) to a Section 2-AAA victory. Troy Maley's 41 led EF (10-5, 7-5).Greensburg C.C. 214,Jeannette 248 -- In Section 2-AA, Brady Wargofchik shot 2-over 37 and Ryan Queale shot 38 to lead GCC (12-4, 11-1).Girls tennisPenn-Trafford 4, Hempfield 1 -- Charlotte Vertes, Alexis Ryan and Rachel Ford each won in singles as Penn-Trafford (11-2) captured a Section 1-AA victory.Peters Township 4, Canon-McMillan 1 -- Chloe Grzyb and Abby Cummings earned singles wins to lead Peters Township (12-1, 10-0) to a Section 5-AAA win. ___(c)2012 The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.)Visit The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesFort Madison and Mediapolis high schools swept their divisions in the 31st Panther Invitational cross country meet at McMillan Park in Mount Pleasant Tuesday.Fort Madison placed six runners in the top 10 to win the Class AA boys title with 17 points. The Bloodhounds' Isaac Steffensmeier won the individual race in 15 minutes, 55 seconds and teammates Nick Guzman and and Daniel Goebel took second and third.Steffensmeier's sister Sarah, a freshman, captured the individual title in the Class AA girls race, leading the Bloodhounds to a 30-30 tie for first with host Mount Pleasant. Fort Madison won the tiebreaker for the title by comparing each team's sixth runner. Fort Madison's sixth runner Rachel Wolf finished 12th while Mount Pleasant's Megan Shumaker was 21st. Mediapolis' Dillon Timmerman won the Class A boys race in 16:59 in leading the Bulldogs to the team title at 46 points. Ben Polley's second-place finish individually guided his Wapello Indians to a runner-up team finish.Savanna Banwart's second place individually propelled Mediapolis to the girls team title. Danville-New London's Cassie Stuflick won the individual race in 16:06, 13 seconds ahead of Banwart.CLASS AABoysTeam scores1. Fort Madison, 17; 2. Mount Pleasant, 48; 3. Fairfield, 77; 4. Keokuk, 114; 5. Washington, 126.Individual resultsFort Madison -- 1. Isaac Steffensmeier, 15:55; 2. Nick Guzman, 17:11; 3. Daniel Goebel, 17:28; 5. Derek Tallman, 18:03; 6. Noah Dean, 18:04; 9. Joel Knipe, 18:21; 16. Kaleb Wischmeier, 18:52.Mount Pleasant -- 7. Tommy Thorne, 18:09; 8. Logan Mulford, 18:10; 10. Derek Holtkamp, 18:26; 11. Brach Prough, 18:35; 12. Drew Perry, 18:43; 18. Henry Pham, 19:18; 23. Martin, 20:20.Keokuk -- 13. Sam Sprunger, 18:46; 15. Keith Doore, 18:51; 27. Jacob Mitchell, 20:45; 29. Ryan Zetterlund, 22:19; 30. Barlow Guess, 22:24; 31. Marc Wharton, 23:01; 33. Eric Bogner, 26:12.GirlsTeam scores1. Fort Madison, 30 (won tiebreaker); 2. Mount Pleasant, 30; 3. Fairfield, 66; 4. Washington, 106.Individual resultsFort Madison -- 1. Sarah Steffensmeier, 15:59; 3. Kaylee Alvarez, 16:19; 7. Alyssa Stickfort, 16:46; 9. MeKenzie Coppage, 17:14; 10. Jordan Meierotto, 17:20; 12. Rachel Wolf, 17:33; 18. Hanna Goebel, 18:46.Mount Pleasant -- 2. Natalie Ita, 16:19; 4. Emma Ludwig, 16:37; 5. Hannah Weber, 16:4; 6. Chloe Haffarnan, 16:44; 13. Maddie Lance, 17:36; 21. Megan Shumaker, 19:05; 25. Emma Smith, 20:10.CLASS APut four names in a bag, say, Reservoir, Marriotts Ridge, River Hill and Glenelg.Draw them out, one by one. One will be the county champ. One will be spoiler. The third will comete for a Class 3A state title and the last for a Class 2A state title.But which team will achieve what? That's parity. That's what this fall season promises: parity and surprises. "Reservoir is the team to beat," Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey said. "Since Josh (Sullivan) has taken over the program, Reservoir has become a powerhouse. They believe in his system and execute it beautifully. They might have lost some key players in (Katlyn) Axenfeld, but their core remains. Plus, they have a huge threat in Amanda Jackson. I expect us to be in the hunt for the county title (along with Glenelg, River Hill, and Centennial), but right now I give the edge to Reservoir."Jackson, who helped the Reservoir Gators win their first state title a year ago, has "the ability to take over the game from an offensive or defensive perspective," coach Josh Sullivan said. "She is the best player I have ever had the chance to coach and see on the field. She's absolutely a game-changer."Delaney Reiff, another Gator, is fresh off a summer season that included playing for the SAC-15 team that finished second in the nation. And new Wilde Lake coach Robin Sawyer said Reservoir's Michele Viegas is the "total package in midfield."Sullivan worries about youth. "I graduated quite a bit and we have some holes to fix. But all in all, the biggest thing that I'm concerned with is experience. It's something you can't coach. I think what this team needs is time to get to know one another out on the field."Grey lost Player of the Year Alex Price, but said that is only a small nick in the Mustangs' plans for a second straight county title, at the least."Yes, we're young, but I wouldn't call us rebuilding so much as reloading," she said. "The talent is definitely there. It is just a matter of finding a combination that works and building chemistry from there."River Hill is always talented and could easily be the best team by the end of the season. Centennial and Atholton are always strong and upset-minded. Steve Baxter at Centennial said he has a Player of the Year candidate in defender Jordan Coburn, who is already committed to Virginia Tech. While Jackson is a game-changer on offense, Coburn does the same on defense, Baxter said.And if you are listing other early Player of the Year candidates, don't overlook Wilde Lake's Gillian Sawyer, Glenelg's Danielle Burris and Marriotts Ridge's Maria Hochuli.Here's a quick look at the teams as the season starts.Atholton2010 record: 5-4-2 county, 5-6-2 overallTop returning players: Seniors Amy Weinberg (GK), Emily Pattillo (D) and Desiree Bodziony (M); junior Katrina Macadoff (F).Scouting report: Look for Macadoff (four goals, four assists) and all-county second-team pick Bodziony to lead the Raiders' offense. "We have many scoring options. We need to score early and often," coach Stephanie Stoutenborough said. "We have a lot of speed that we will use to attack. We have height right up the middle so we will dominate in the air."The Raiders get a boost from the return of senior defender Adriana Vitagliano, who did not play as a junior. "She's a tough and strong defender," Stoutenborough said. She'll compliment goalkeeper Weinberg, who can dominate the air."We will need everyone working together to achieve our goals. We don't just rely on one player to win the game," she added.CentennialA lowly piece of paper can be transformed into ever so much more than that, as the young artists demonstrate in "Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper." This exhibit at the features Howard County Public School students in kindergarten through 12th grade.Paper is a perfect medium for creative projects in the classroom, because it's cheap and versatile. It's obviously just waiting for some budding Rembrandt to draw or paint on it; and it's also easily cut, bent or somehow manipulated.The resulting artwork gives the students a valuable outlet in terms of self-expression, so it's only natural that some of them turn to portraits of themselves and others. Elizabeth Gallagher, of Oakland Mills High, has a "Self Portrait" comprised of numerous black-and-white photographs that have been cut up into tiny pieces and then rearranged into a collage. A more or less representational image is formed by those many pieces. Relying upon ripped and torn pieces of paper for the collage titled "Thumbs Up," Evan Folsom, of Glenelg High, is especially good at bringing out the varied flesh tones in the face of this portrait subject. If some of these artists cut up the paper into small pieces and then use them as material for collages, other artists cut into flat pieces of paper and come up with interesting designs. Berman, of Atholton High, has a "Wrought Iron Design" that consists of a stalk-and-petals organic design that's achieved by carefully planning every cut into the paper.Besides cutting into paper, many of these artists also proceed to bend, fold, spindle and otherwise mutilate it. Juliana Benitez ,of Bollman Bridge Elementary, has a wall-hanging, mini-sculpture titled "Bicycle" that is made out of cut and rolled newspaper. She has painted the wheels red, and also painted silver spokes on them. Talk about peddling newspapers!Vanessa Barker, of Folly Quarter Middle, uses cardboard to make her modestly scaled sculptural assemblage titled "Elephant." The rough-textured and segmented quality of cardboard makes it suitable for theelephant'sears, trunk and tusks. Simply by joining together several cut-and-shaped pieces of cardboard, she's able to give a palpable sense of that imposing beast.The shaping of the paper is a more delicate operation for Alicia Veliz, of Mayfield Woods Middle. She uses many thin pieces of white paper for "Big Wigs," encouraging them to boisterously curl outward in all directions.The cut paper remains much flatter for the yellow strands representing the feathers adorning a green-faced, orange-beaked creature in "Bird Mask." The student who made this mask, Abby Andrews, of Rockburn Elementary, may well have been thinking about a certain large bird that stars on the TV program "Sesame Street."Among those boldly venturing into three-dimensional creations is Avey Yang, of Centennial High, whose "Asian Land" is akin to a pop-up book in the way that a cut-paper temple pops up from an otherwise flat landscape. The paint that has been sensitively applied to this Asian landscape further enhances the illusion that we're immersed in that environment.There are quite a few other artists in the show who push their artwork out into the gallery space. Some cut into and reshape books, others paint on paper bags and yet others make architectural or figurative constructions.If much of this three-dimensional artwork is strictly meant for gallery installation, some pieces are meant to be worn. Lauren Wagner, of Marriotts Ridge High, has a papier mache mask titled "The Tragic Fool" that would be neat to wear at a costume party. Indeed, an accompanying photograph shows this mask being worn by somebody.Jena Rutten, of Reservoir High, has a "Magazine Outfit" created out of collaged fashion magazine pages that now have been fashioned into a dress that's displayed on a mannequin in the gallery. The accompanying magazine page-covered boots also are made for walking. If a student wore this cool outfit to the prom, it would be front-page news in the school, er, paper."Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper" runs through April 20 in Gallery I at the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, in . Running concurrently in Gallery II is "No Boundaries," an exhibit by artists with developmental disabilities; this exhibit is in partnership with Howard County Recreation and Parks Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services. Call 410-313-2787 or go to The North St. John's dive team has completed yet another undefeated season. At a meet that began July 19 and ended July 23, North St. John's defeated Forest Hill, 59.529.5, at Forest Hill.In its last meet of the season, North St. John's hosted Frederick and won, 56-23. There were multiple qualifying scores in both meets.North St. John's results: Forest Hill meet 6-UG: 2. Jamie Kraft, 27.2.8-UG: 1. Arya Gupta, 58.40 (Q); 2. Logan Scarbath, 53.30; 3. Katie Boyle, 51.10; 4. Anna Suri, 48.10.8-UB: 2. Ryan Conroy, 64.65 (Q); 3. Jake Kraft, 51.10; 5. Carson Lang, no score; 6. Andrew Garman, 41.309-10G: 2. Emily Bullock, 74.50 (Q); 4. Bridget Lang, 56.70; 5. Ayeesha Fadlaai, 51.50; 6. Molly Boyle, 50.60; 7. Caitlyn Carpenito, 47.10; 8. Tatum Pinsky, 28.80.9-10B: 2. Bryce Kampert, 84.90 (Q); 3. Garrett Snyder, 84.15 (Q); 5. Neal Fyock, 68.2 (Q); 8. Justin Cargiulo, 60.90; 11. Kevin Watts, 47.30.11-12G: 1. Jenna Kohler, 101.90 (Q); 2. Victoria Hensch, 101.75 (Q); 3. Julia Manning, 100.45 (Q); 4. Gracie Hamman, 94.70; 5. Mallory Conroy, 94.5; 7. Susannah Offenbacher, 80.70; Katie Zigorski, 81.10; Sarah Fadlaoui, 64.60.11-12B: 2. Cooper Watts, 126.45 (Q).13-14G: 1. Peyton Fuller, 157.00 (Q); 2. Grace Kelly, 153.85 (Q); 3. Kaylee Toth, 135.85 (Q); 5. Lexie Arens, 128.0 (Q); 6. Morgan Carguilo, 113.50.13-14B: 1. Brian Kennedy, 160.90 (Q); 2. Kevin Nolan, 138.60; 4. Kyle Watts, 102.55.15-18B: 1. Nick Lucchesi, 243.45 (Q); 2. Matt Kohler, 239.55 (Q); 3. Sean Holcomb, 178.35 (Q).Frederick meet8-UG: 3. Ana Suri, 71.00; 4. Abigail Fuller, 58.3; 5. Christianne Vaxmonsky, 57.7; 6. Katie Boyle, 57.4; 7. Arya Gupta, 47.05; Abby Simcock, 39.5.8-UB: 2. Carson Lang, 59.5; Luke Pinsky, 38.6.9-10G: 1. Emily Bullock, 80.3 (Q); 2. Molly Boyle, 66.8; 3. Bridget Lang, 64.75; 4. Ayeesha Fadlaai, 60.6; Megan Eisentraut, 37.5; Tatum Pinsky, 36.009-10B: 1. Bryce Kampert, 95.5 (Q); 2. Garrett Snyder, 93.85 (Q); 4. Justin Cargiulo, 68.8 (Q); 5. Will Vaxmonsky, 68.6 (Q); 6. Neal Fyock, 66.5; 8. Kevin Watts, 56.70.11-12G: 1. Payton Vaxmonsky, 117.80 (Q); 2. Julia Manning, 108.6 (Q); 3. Victoria Hensch, 107.15(Q); 5. Katie Zigorski, 92.25; 6. Jenna Kohler 90.9; 7. Susannah Offenbacher, 88.95; Sarah Fadlaoui, 79.6.The first couple years of high school are often ones of transition a chance to learn new skills and meet new people. It's a time for change and a time for growth.And for junior varsity athletes, it's the opportunity to lay the foundation for the future.On fields and courts around the county, outside the varsity spotlight, these athletes competed in their respective sports and picked up life lessons that stretched well beyond wins and losses. We contacted each school, through its athletic administration, and asked for information on the JV teams. Here's what we heard back: Cross countryThe Howard County cross country championships were held Oct. 25 with the following results:Boys team scores: 1. River Hill, 43 points; 2. Centennial, 99; 3. Oakland Mills, 104; 4. Reservoir, 122; 5. Wilde Lake, 131; 6. Atholton, 138; 7. Marriotts Ridge, 161; 8. Mt. Hebron, 163; 9. Glenelg, 172; 10. Howard, 292; 11. Hammond, 368; 12. Long Reach, 381.Top individuals: 1. Griffin Riddler, C, 18:52; 2. Mark Moody, RH, 18:58; 3. Lee Moore, G, 19:05; 4. David Smart, WL, 19:08; 5. Shafer Burnett, MR, 19:12; 6. Daniel Geldof, RH, 19:13; 7. Zachary Hannan, RH, 19:19; 8. Jai Thakor, RH, 19:22; 9. Nikhil Manohar, WL, 19:25; 10. Michael McAuliffe, MR, 19:27.11. Nicholas Shulder, OM, 19:30; 12. Jeremy Starr, G, 19:31; 13. , C, 19:31, 14. Greg Carmean, MH, 19:32, 15. Kevin O'Hara, OM, 19:34; 16. Paul Grabow, Re, 19:34; 17. Isaac Kirk-Davidoff, OM, 19:35; 18. Alex Hedgren, Re, 19:41; 19. Justin Spoon, A, 19:42; 20. Logan Hill, RH, 19:42.21. , A, 19:44; 22. Dan Ludlow, C, 19:48; 23. Drew Risinger, MH, 19:52; 24. Kaede Johnson, RH, 19:56; 25. Colin Cornish, Re, 19:58; 26. Mark Lapointe, RH, 20:00; 27. William Woodcock, OM, 20:01; 28. Nick Hogg, A, 20:03; 29. Timothy Bernard, A, 20:03; 30. Kurt Weinheimer, Re, 20:05.31. Mathew Vaughn, C, 20:07; 32. Stephen Watson, C, 20:07; 33. Brian Fieni, Re, 20:10; 34. Vince Chaverini, OM, 20:10; 35. Jared Golian, WL, 20:11; 36. Ryan Huyett, MH, 20:11; 37. Luke Mitchell, C, 20:11; 38. Vaibhav Ponnuri, WL, 20:12; 39. Aedan Hale, MR, 20:12; 40. Tim Fisher, RH, 20:13.41. Eliot Fenton, RH, 20:13; 42. Danny Schofield, C, 20:14; 43. John Dannelly, RH, 20:14; 44. , A, 20:15; 45. John Glazer, Re, 20:17; 46. Tristan King, Re, 20:17; 47. Max Gleichauf, MH, 20:17; 48. Sam Swirdovich, WL, 20:18; 49. Drew Washington, MH, 20:19; 50. Nathan Tatum, G, 20:19.Girls teams: 1. Centennial, 40; 2. River Hill, 53; 3. Howard, 56; 4. Atholton, 98; 5. Glenelg. 149; 6. Reservoir, 161; 7. Wilde Lake, 213; 8. Marriotts Ridge, 214; 9. Mt. Hebron, 227; 10. Oakland Mills, 288.Top individuals: 1. Elizabeth Oldhouser, RH, 23:45; 2. Colleen Larkin, C, 23:50; 3. Maggie Saki, A, 23:52; 4. Shreya Nalubola, C, 23:53; 5. Elizabeth Horstkamp, C, 23:55; 6. Julia Li, RH, 24:02; 7. Kelsey Cardace, Ho, 23:05; 8. Alice Settle, RH, 24:19; 9. Katie Smith, A, 24:22; 10. Molly Hart, Ho, 24:31.11. Becky Newell, Ho, 24:37; 12. Rebecca Sachs, Ho, 24:47; 13. Tailor Smith, Re, 24:49; 14. Becky Goodridge, C, 24:49; 15. Victoria Costa, C, 24:51; 16. Megan Hart, Ho, 24:53; 17. Kirsten Kruus, RH, 24:58; 18. Laura Froh, Ho, 24:59; 19. Erin Swanhart, G, 25:02; 20. April Anlage, Re, 25:02.21. Julia Ripple, RH, 25:04; 22. Sarah Bank, RH, 25:06; 23. Demi Fortson, G, 25:12; 24. Bailey Merrill, MR, 25:20; 25. Caitlin Stewart-Moore, RH, 25:23; 26. Kathryn Andersen, RH, 25:25; 27. Lauren Dalton, G, 25:25; 28. Erika Sadler, A, 25:25; 29. Ellie Graef, Ho, 25:26; 30. Megan Soffen, Ho, 25:28.31. Elizabeth Towner, A, 25:29; 32. Kathryn Monthie, A, 25:30; 33. Sandia Akhtar, C, 25:31; 34. Holly Sandler, RH, 25:32; 35. Hannah Sheffrin, Re, 25:35; 36. Jordan Arian-Nejad, Re, 25:35; 37. Sarah Niezelski, MH, 25:39; 38. Nicole Young, RH, 25:41; 39. Kayla Johnson, A, 25:42; 40. Emily Richardson, RH, 25:44.41. Kelsey Savje, Ho, 25:49; 42. Rachel Rabinowitz, WL, 25:51; 43. Christi Schnorf, WL, 25:52; 44. Karina Aquiahvath, MH, 25:52; 45. MengYaun Sun, C, 25:54; 46. Nayelli Autry, G, 25:57; 47. Paige Culver, G, 25:59; 48. Kimia Abtahi, RH, 26:02; 49. Marina Chang, WL, 26:04; 50. Morgan Craney, RH, 26:05.CheerleadingThe county does not hold a JV fall cheerleading championship, but the teams do compete in the District V JV cheerleading championship.Marriotts Ridge lost to Century, 3-1, Monday, Sept. 19 at Century.It is the second loss of the season for the Mustangs (1-1 county, 1-2 overall)."My girls are definitely frustrated as the score doesn't reflect their efforts," said Mustang coach Robin Grey. "Soccer is an interesting sport in that regard. We outshot Century (18-9), but struggled to finish the ball off. Our opportunities were there. We just didn't take advantage of them." Marriotts Ridge scored first in the game, with Sam Terrill finishing off a deflection from a Morgan Crable shot at the 21:50 minute mark in the first half. Century scored the next three. Serena Delgado scored off a fast break 10 minutes after Terrill to tie the game, and Jaci Buteau scored twice in the second half."Over these past couple of games, we've definitely shown our youth. In each game, we've made mistakes that have cost us. Tonight is another example of that. Our communication needs to be better. Luckily, with each game comes experience and the hope that we will continue to learn and grow," Grey added.Jenna Bergquist had six saves for Marriotts Ridge.Glenelg Country loses conference matchPark School beat Glenelg Country School, 3-1, in the IAAM C Conference's first game on Sept. 14. Deja Hursey scored for Glenelg Country, on an assist by Chloe Lewis.Shayna Keller had nine saves for Glenelg Country.River Hill left a lot unaccomplished a year ago. That history is not likely to be repeated. The Hawks took a bruising defeat at the hands of Atholton last year, and were bumped from the Class 3A playoffs in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. Never mind that River Hill won a county title and the District 5 championship. A chance to compete for the big prize a state title got away.Coach Brian Song, who notched his 100th win at River Hill last year, said, "As with any coach or players, we want to win. Ultimately, the team wants to win the state championship." Already, the Hawks have won two games, outscoring their opponents, 9-2, in the Tournament of Champions at Tuscarora.But, Song added, the county race will be as tough as ever. "There are multiple teams" that can claim the crown. "My expectation of my team does not change and we want be a winner. The seniors have set the tone and everyone is following their leadership and guidance," he said. Marriotts Ridge, the only team to beat the Hawks in county play last year, rebuilt in 2011 and will challenge the Hawks."River Hill is the team to beat," coach Robin Grey said. "In addition to being extremely well coached, they return Hamer and Street up top I call them the destructive duo," she said, referring to sophomore Alex Hamer and junior Sheridan Street. "And (Katie ) Arensmeier is in the midfield. All are tremendous talents and huge playmakers.Still, she added, "Given the number of kids we have returning seven are starters along with our newcomers, we have the potential to cause some trouble in the county this fall. The key will be staying grounded and healthy. We have a tremendous amount of speed and athleticism in every position."Marriotts Ridge would like to do better in the Class B playoffs but has never gotten past Glenelg. "Glenelg has always been our kryptonite. If we can get over that mental hurdle, we should be able to make that goal a reality," Grey said.Count Centennial to be in the top three. The Eagles have gotten off to a slow start (0-1-1) after losing player of the year Jordan Coburn, who anchored the Eagles' defense, and keeper Katie Donegan to graduation, and three players are sidelined with injuries. But, said coach Steve Baxter, "We set the bar high last season and we could very well be that good again. With our county being so competitive, it is simply too hard to predict."Howard is my dark horse pick to make noise in the county this season," Baxter added.Glenelg, always looking toward the playoffs, is going through some growing pains, with a new coach and a team full of talented freshmen. Reservoir, a state semifinalist in 2011, has lost Amanda Jackson, a pre-season player of the year candidate who has torn her ACL and is out for the season. But, not too surprisingly, Reservoir may have the talent to work around the loss."Amanda has been an all-state, all-met player for three years, so she is obviously a huge loss, but we have a lot of girls who can fill step up and hopefully fill her void," said Josh Sullivan.In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, the nice rivalry that was building between Glenelg County School and Chapelgate has been broken up. Chapelgate moves up to a more competitive division this fall after winning two straight conference titles. "This will be a rebuilding year for us," said Christen Gjeldum.New eras for fathers, daughtersTwo role reversals have happened at two schools. Maureen Hammond takes over at Glenelg. She served six seasons as assistant to her father, Dean Sheridan. He won six regional titles and three state titles since 2003, and will now be his daughter's assistant."I have always loved working with my father," she said. "This is a great year for us to switch roles because the team is so young and most of them have younger siblings who will come through Glenelg. I will get to coach these girls and get to know their families for many years."Rick Rollyson, the long-time JV coach at Glenelg, has a new assistant: his daughter, Janice. "We have a real father-daughter thing going on," said Hammond. "Family and community are so important at Glenelg. It is nice to be able incorporate that into our soccer program."At Wilde Lake, there's another father-daughter team. Davia Procida, a Wilde Lake graduate, takes over the reins. She played for her father, David, who coached Wilde Lake from 2003 to 2007. His last team lost a heartbreaker in the state championship game."My dad is the person who inspired me to become a teacher and a coach," said Davia Procida. "I was lucky enough to play for him for three years at Wilde Lake. The night that we lost to River Hill in the second round of playoffs (2005) my senior year, I knew a couple things: One, I was going to sincerely miss spending every afternoon with my dad, and two, I wanted to come back to Wilde Lake and coach -- and I knew I wanted him right beside me."His ability to inspire others and motivate young athletes to be the best they can be is exactly the kind of teacher and coach I have been striving to be since I began my career. To work alongside him is a blessing; we are a great team," she said.CheerleadingCounty championship: 1. Howard, 133 points; 2. Glenelg, 117.05; 3. Marriotts Ridge, 114.2; 4. Long Reach, 112.9; 5. River Hill, 111.45; 6. Atholton, 105.6; 7. Mt. Hebron, 100.5; 8. Oakland Mills, 99.45; 9. Hammond, 87.75; 10. Reservoir, 81.75; 11. Centennial, 77.65; 12. Wilde Lake, 76.95.Cross country 2A South Region (Oakland Mills High School, Nov. 3) Girls team results: 1. Calvert, 52 points; 2. Glenelg, 54; 3. Oakland Mills, 66; 4. Marriotts Ridge, 92.Girls individual results: 1. Tiffany Lang, OM, 19:25; 2. Julia Nardone, G, 19:55; 5. Alyssa Hemler, OM, 20:30; 6. Caragh MacDermott, G, 20:37; 8. Lanie Swanhart, G, 21:15; 9. Jacquelin Berges, MR, 21:16; 11. Abigail Whiting, MR, 21:20; 14. Shamere Law, OM, 21:48; 17. Julianna Boswell, G, 21:59; 19. Mackenzie Snyder, OM, 22:04.20. Abigail Warman, MR, 22:22; 22. Samantha Biegel, G, 22:34; 25. Amanda Miller, MR, 22:38; 28. Lara Celtnieks, OM, 22:48; 29. Katherine Bradshaw, LR, 22:54; 30. Emma Warman, MR, 22:57; 35. Katelyn Ogden, MR, 23:21; 37. Katie Sroka, G, 23:47; 38. Hannah Cash, G, 23:47; 39. Kristin Strand, OM, 23:52.41. Emily Park, LR, 24:04; 42. Caroline Johnson, MR, 24:15; 43. Grace Davenport, OM, 24:31.Boys team results: 1. Oakland Mills, 32 points; 2. Marriotts Ridge, 65; 4. Long Reach, 85; 5. Glenelg, 122.Boys individual results: 1. Sam Andrews, OM, 16:40; 2. Connor Foley, MR, 17:10; 4. Tom Brumbaugh, OM, 17:22; 5. Steven Cale, OM, 17:34; 6. Gulraize Khan, MR, 17:40; 7. Robert Donaldson, LR, 17:42; 8. Charles Moran, LR, 17:51; 9. Cameron Bowling, OM, 17:52; 13. Louie Chaverini, OM, 18:13; 15. Michael Bernal, MR, 18:20.16. David Lowenstein, LR, 18:20; 17. Jeremy Starr, G, 18:21; 18. Lee Moore, G, 18:22; 20. Silas Buck, MR, 18:28; 22. Kyle Levickas, MR, 18:32; 23. Ralph Erickson, LR, 18:34; 24. Shafer Burnett, MR, 18:40; 25. Ryan Hermstein, MR, 18:44; 26. Daniel Facchina, G, 18:49; 27. Dylan McDaniel, G, 18:52.29. Nick Shulder, OM, 18:53; 30. Paul Kirk-Davidoff, OM, 18:54; 31. Chris Young, LR, 18:59; 34. Sural Ranamukaarachchi, G, 19:09; 37. Justin Mikk, G, 19:24; 38. Peter Trout, G, 19:25; 43. Kyle Brunner, LR, 19:46; 47. Brian Samples, LR, 19:59.3A East Region (Centennial High School, Nov. 3)Girls team results: 1. River Hill, 52; 2. Reservoir, 78; 3. Mt. Hebron, 85; 4. Howard, 94; 5. Centennial, 129; 6. Wilde Lake, 149; 8. Atholton, 191; 10. Hammond, 259.Girls individual results: 1. Rachel Yep, MH, 20:37; 2. Nicole Dawson, Ha, 20:50; 3. Leanne Young, RH, 21:04; 4. Alyssa Taylor, C, 21:07; 5. Angelica Yi, RH, 21:13; 6. Amy Oliver, Re, 21:21; 7. Chelsea Vane, MH, 21:24; 8. Lisa Horowitz, Re, 21:32; 9. Katie Wilson, Re, 21:41; 10. Hollie Adejumo, Ho, 21:41.12. Abby Malkin, WL, 21:52; 13. Kelly Maloney, RH, 21:57; 14. Caroline Haden, Ho, 21:59; 15. Stacey Young, RH, 22:05; 16. Becca Andersen, RH, 22:07; 17. Karli Buescher, MH, 22:10; 18. Emma Boone, WL, 22:11; 19. Marissa Lechmann, MH, 22:15; 20. Anne Kinsey, Ho, 22:17; 22. Taylor McGrann, Ho, 22:25.24. Jill Greenwald, A, 22:41; 25. Kate Shumaker, Re, 22:46; 26. Kari Dunagan, C, 22:47; 27. Mary Olson, WL, 22:48; 29. Casey Flynn, A, 22:50; 30. Emily Miller, Re, 22:51; 31. Grace Paterson, C, 23:06; 32. Katelyn Seale, C, 23:12; 33. Bridget Graef, Ho, 23:14; 34. Kate McHale, WL, 23:17.34. Kate McHale, WL, 23:17; 36. Colleen Larkin, C, 23:25; 37. Danielle Gray, Re, 23:26; 39. Courtney Colosimo, RH, 23:28; 40. Katrina Pelikan, A, 23:28; 41. Mareli Aguiniga, MH, 23:29; 43. Kelsey Ponton, Re, 23:35; 44. Abby Smith, MH, 23:35; 45. Jasmine Johnson, MH, 23:39; 47. Madison Rogers, A, 23:47.48. Chloe Garrison, RH, 23:48; 50. Jenna Harrity, C, 23:49; 51. Rosemary Davidson, A, 23:51; 52. Josie MacDonald, Ha, 24:00; 53. Shannon Kirby, Ho, 24:04; 54. Alicia Bazell, A, 24:14; 55. Margaret Saki, A, 24:16; 56. Rachel Dvornicky, C, 24:26; 58. Candace Ho, WL, 24:37; 59. Serena Lao, WL, 25:19.62. Ilana Malkin, WL, 25:56; 65. Emily Elkonoh, Ha, 26:58; 73. Amy Kaiser-Jones, Ha, 29:09; 75. Jackie Pangburn, Ha, 32:00.Boys team results: 1. Wilde Lake, 57; 2. River Hill, 86; 4. Howard, 107; 5. Centennial, 110; 6. Reservoir, 125; 7. Mt. Hebron, 156; 8. Atholton, 171; 10. Hammond, 290.Boys individual results: 1. Tim Virostek, WL, 17:14; 3. Henry Enerson, WL, 17:25; 5. Duncan Enerson, WL, 17:28; 6. Danny Rau, Ho, 17:33; 7. Chris Heydrick, RH, 17:34; 8. Edward Quinn, A, 17:50; 9. Pranay Patel, C, 17:51; 10. Gary Smolyak, A, 17:53; 11. Ben Weinstein, MH, 17:53; 12. Teddy LaFemina, Re, 17:58.13. Hashem Hraky, RH, 18:01; 14. Harry Colby, C, 18:01; 15. Kirtan Patel, Ho, 18:03; 16. Joey Milici, RH, 18:08; 18. Alec Font, C, 18:12; 19. Adam Gartrell, Re, 18:13; 20. Daniel Valinsky, WL, 18:13; 21. Karl Schmidt, MH, 18:14; 23. Owen Pochettino, Re, 18:16; 24. Terry Tossman, RH, 18:17.25. Steven Eastman, Ho, 18:20; 26. Sean Salisbury, RH, 18:21; 27. Reid Stadler, RH, 18:23; 28. Anthony Rizzi, WL, 18:28; 29. Marshall Demaree, RH, 18:28; 30. Luke Filar, Ho, 18:32; 31. Ray Smith, Ho, 18:33; 32. Andrew Durkee, C, 18:34; 33. Ricardo Rosario, Re, 18:36; 34. Michael Smith, MH, 18:38.35. Cole Rosenberg, Ha, 18:41; 36. Jode Faulkner, WL, 18:44; 37. Griffin Riddler, C, 18:45; 38. Ed Richardson, Re, 18:49; 39. Adam Sachs, C, 18:55; 40. James Oslund, Ho, 18:59; 41. Andy DeLaitsch, MH, 19:02; 42. Matthew Jackson, Re, 19:10; 43. Jeffrey Sham, C, 19:11; 44. Joseph Keating, WL, 19:13.46. Sean Kwon, Ha, 19:17; 48. Matt Heron, A, 19:22; 49. Jon Ireland, MH, 19:23; 50. Greg Carmean, MH, 19:24; 51. Justin Spoon, A, 19:26; 52. Paul Grabow, Re, 19:29; 53. Alex Richardson, MH, 19:31; 54. Sungho Park, A, 19:51; 55. Bryce Rosicky, A, 19:53; 58. James Allen, A, 20:07.64. Nolan Dunnigan, Ho, 20:33; 66. Kevin Kawasaki, Ha, 21:06; 70. Will Winder, Ha, 21:22; 73. Jimmy Rollin, Ha, 22:20; 75. Eliot Wascavage, Ha, 23:04.Rec sportsThe deadline for submitting sports copy is 9 a.m. on Mondays. We prefer email ([email protected]). We do not accept results by phone. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Questions? Call 410-332-6578.Field hockey Howard Stampede After their scoreless tie last week, the Stampede Elite team was charged with working to finish off their plays in the offensive 16. The team responded with an 8-0 victory over Fallston in the MYFHL Elite division.Lexi Rieu and Keally Ingersoll had two goals each, Caleigh Covell, Julia Sheehan, Mary Monroe and Bridget Cavanaugh also scored. Grace Olson, Natalie Fyock and Madison Zehring added assists.The offensive zone pressure was relentless especially in the second half with Gillian Kramer, Carly Clarke and Molly Tucker providing strong front line and midfield pressure.On the defensive side, Megan Hooper, Gabby Cadoux and Denise Linn provided strong back line support in and around the defensive 16 that enabled Noelle Frost to notch her third straight shutout of the season.RunningHoward County Junior StridersOver 300 young runners from around the state competed at the Howard County Junior Striders youth cross country meet at Centennial High School on Sunday. The Junior Striders' results were:6-UG (1k): 2. Nicole Mejia Barringer, 5:34; 4. Erika Mosley, 5:42; 5. Jackie Esquivel, 6:06; 7. Emma Koech, 6:15; 8. Emily Woolford, 6:26; 10. Sarah Hall, 6:32; 11. Nellie Kay Squirlock, 6:35; 12. Scarlett Greene, 6:49; 14. Maya Johnson, 6:53; 16. Linnea Johnson, 7:02; 17. Caroline McCaffrey, 7:19.6-UB (1k): 1. Peter Keating, 5:11; 2. Stephen Sine, 5:12; 3. Connor Kovach, 5:32; 4. Abraham Garner, 5:39; 13. Reid Thomas, 6:48; 16. Dominic Delpo, 7:42; 17. Brayden Johnson, 7:47; 19. Joshua Pennsy, 7:50; 20. Amari Carter, 9:05; 21. Ilan Tracton, 9:06.7-8G (2k): 2. Abigail Acton, 10:10; 5. Haley Glassburn, 10:32; 6. Isabel Sinnott, 11:35; 8. Talia Tacton, 11:52; 10. Olivia Tedesco, 12:04; 14. Katherine Hall, 13:03; 16. Romy Delpo, 14:28; 17. Elise Mejia Barringer, 14:47; 18. Caroline Barrett, 14:48; 19. Lindsey Holmes, 14:49; 20. Olivia Marquart, 15:02; 22. Audrey Loudin, 15:24.7-8B (2k): 2. Liam McCaffrey, 8:56; 4. Bryce Johnson-Dendy, 9:59; 6. Jeremiah Windsor, 10:21; 7. Mats Chattin, 10:27; 8. Logan Kim, 10:27; 12. Connor Croft, 10:48; 15. Joey Squirlock, 11:14; 16. Colin Krause, 11:45; 20. Evan Kaye, 13:23; 24. Matthew Cheruiyot, 14:37; 26. Joey Pennsy, 14:55; 28. Christopher Maloy, 15:23; 29. Matthew Ganel-Constant, 17:12.9-10G (3k): 5. Zoe Reading, 14:36; 9. Isabella Nelson, 14:39; 13. Gaby Esquivel, 15:38; 14. Bridgette Kim, 15:41; 16. Claire Warman, 16:37; 18. Mikayla Walls, 16:49; 22. Hadley Kay Pennington, 17:55; 25. Kyria Windsor, 18:34; 26. Maria Newell, 19:19; 30. Ava Birdin, 21:43; 33. Bridget Thompson, 22:38.9-10B (3k): 1. Hamzah Elhabashy, 11:50; 11. Collin Dempsey, 14:33; 14. Liam Sullivan, 14:49; 15. Tyler Richardson, 14:56; 16. Connor Malone, 15:02; 20. Jacob Myers, 15:32; 21. Philip Allen, 15:37; 24. Elliott Pochettino, 15:55; 29 . Rocco Delpo, 16:46; 30. Andrew Dworski, 16:48; 31. Noah Kim, 16:53; 34. Ben Roseman, 17:14; 35. Jake Orloff, 17:16; 37. Daniel Jordan, 17:39; 38. Ryan Rose, 17:55; 40. Henry Wilt, 18:04.41. Tyler LaBorwit, 18:14; 46. Kareem Kariuki, 19:26; 48. C.J. Bierce, 19:31; 49. Diego DelaCruz, 20:10; 50. Michael Cheruiyot, 20:13; 53. Spencer Thomas, 21:29; 54. Lincoln Sine, 21:55; 56. Henry Grinnell, 23:44; 58. Matthew Hernandez, 35:44; 59. Josh Greene, 36:18.11-12G (3k): 5. Megan Prescott, 13:41; 8. Natalie Perkins, 14:02; 10. Courtney Mann, 14:42; 11. Haley Krause, 14:43; 13. Grace Chaverini, 14:51; 14. Jane Tripp, 14:52; 18. Erica Fenton, 15:23; 20. Isabel Pineo, 15:40; 24. Katie Murphy, 16:08; 26. Hanna Decre, 16:59; 28. Rosa Kirk-Davidoff, 17:16; 30. Clara Wagh, 17:55; 33. Virginia Knight 19:35; 36. Chloe Hinson, 24:34.11-12B (3k):4. Ben Oldhouser, 12:31; 5. Kevin Reynolds, 12:40; 6. Max Hill, 12:44; 7. Kenny Accardi, 12:46; 8. Ben Rosicky, 12:47; 10. Anders Chattin, 13:06; 13. Ian Hinson, 13:43; 16. Thomas McCarty, 14:31; 18. Scott Malloy, 14:36; 22. Cyrus Bird-Walker, 15:36; 23. Thomas Wilson, 15:56; 28. Lucas Kaiser, 16:26; 31. Mikie Allen, 16:59; 33. Sebastian Thorpe, 17:21; 35. Billy Bott, 17:24; 36. David PoleFrone 17:31; 37. Jovan Monteiro, 18:40; 38. Scott Thompson, 19:36.More and more these days, it seems as if the most interesting TV projects are coming from new and different places. "House of Cards," which Netflix is making in Baltimore, leads the parade. But DirecTV is getting in the game, too, and this week debuts a six-part mini-series about a transgendered contract killer played by Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love," "Boys Don't Cry")."Hit Miss," which premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on DirecTV's Audience Channel is a British import created byPaul Abbott, who is usually praised for "Shameless"and "State of Play." I like them both, but I love "Cracker" his series about an angry, out of control forensic psychologist played by Robbie Coltrane. Love it for the wise ways in which it explored issue of social class, gender, education and anger. Gender and anger are the orders of the day in "Hit Miss" as well. And I think that's where the cultural mojo is in this production.Folks who were outraged, angered or even sickened by the savage attack on a transgendered woman last year at a McDonald's in Baltimore will find a real satisfaction the first time Sevigny's character, Mia, takes down a bully. And without too much spoiling, let me just say that "take down" is a mild-mild term for what she does to the guy. If you can't handle TV violence, stay away from "Hit Miss."There is a debate here, of course, as there always is when TV breaks new ground this way or takes on complicated issues. While some viewers will find empowerment in Mia's acts of violence, others will say they define her as possibly a monster.Don't ask me to sort it. You pays your money and you takes your choice. I am glad to see the range of characters on prime-time television expand with the addition of Sevigny's Mia. I really am, and I have to be honest, I did find pleasure in her taking down a very nasty guy.If that's not politically correct, I am sorry. But part of my job is to direct folks to what's new and noteworthy on the tube -- and to try and honestly describe and explain the complicated relationship between TV and our lives. This one fits the bill.As for "Hit Miss" as entertainment and drama, that's a bit complicated, too. We first meet Mia in her role as the cold-blooded killer for hire.She also gets naked quickly in a scene that explores, exploits and illuminates gender in ways I have not seen American TV do.But then, her past life intrudes in the form ofa letter from a former lover with whom she fathered a child before starting the journey to become Mia.Long story short: via Mia, viewers quickly find themselves enmeshed in a family drama with Mia looking like she is going to be the adult guardian not just for her biological child but alsothree of his siblings.Yikes. And the only way she can make enough money to keep the wolf from the door is to keep killing.It's definitely complicated, and I am sure it is just not going to work for some viewers. But you have to love the dare of creatingthis kind of family drama for television. No same-old, same-old here, baby.Martina Ford holds a photograph showing her son, a chubby child with a misshapen head, lying in a hospital bed in pajamas. In another photo, she awkwardly cradles the boy, whose body is attached to tentacles of tubing. "That's my pumpkin," said Ford as she pointed to the image of her 3 1/2 -year-old son, Brandon Williams. About a year ago, Brandon was severely injured while living in a foster home. On Monday, Ford filed a lawsuit seeking $34 million from the foster care provider, Chloe Ann Jones, 56, and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, the state agency that placed Brandon in Jones' home. J. Wyndal Gordon, an attorney for Jones, disputed Ford's claims yesterday, saying the incident was a tragic accident. The lawsuit says Brandon suffered a fractured skull and permanent brain damage, and the money is necessary to take care of him for the rest of his life. Jones' 15-year-old daughter was charged as a juvenile in connection with the incident. She is said to have slammed Brandon onto concrete steps and violently shaken him. Ford's complaint, filed in city Circuit Court on Monday, is the latest in a string of problems for the city social services agency. The problems include the disclosure that caseworkers illegally housed foster children in a downtown office building, as well as oversight problems with privately run group homes. Ford said that she visits her son at Pediatric Hospital at least twice a week. The two communicate with simple sign language and hand gestures. Brandon is the darling of the hospital floor, the mother said. "Everyone there loves him," said Ford, 29, of South Baltimore. Still, it is difficult for the mother to erase the image of her son when he was a healthy toddler. Today, his body is connected to so many tubes and monitors that his sister is afraid to go near him. He cannot hold up his head on his own. DSS officials have declined to comment on the lawsuit. Agency officials placed Brandon with Jones in May 2004 after he and his three siblings were taken from their mother after she was hospitalized for a chronic ailment while participating in a witness protection program. She witnessed the attempted killing of an undercover city police officer in 2002. Ford blames DSS officials for not doing a better job of screening Jones to make sure her home was safe for Brandon and his sister, Naya Williams, 5, who was also placed there. Her complaint states that case workers didn't know that Jones had a teenage daughter or that the girl was caring for Brandon and Naya while Jones was at work. The lawsuit also says that a man who was living with Jones had a criminal record. That situation likely would have prevented Jones from serving as a foster parent, DSS officials said. Gordon, the attorney for Jones and her daughter, said DSS officials knew Jones was working outside the home and that she had no male guests at the house. He called the incident "tragic" and explained that a previously undiagnosed mental problem might have caused the teenager to inadvertently endanger the boy. Gordon said the teenager was in foster care when she went to live with Jones in 2001. Jones adopted the girl last year when it became clear that she would not be able to return to her biological parents. "It was not malicious, it was not deliberate, it was not intentional - it was an accident," he said. Gordon said the teenager dropped Brandon while re-enacting a scene from a SpongeBob Square Pants cartoon in which one character flips another into the air, but the teenager was unable to catch Brandon, and he hit his head on a concrete floor. Although an adult other than Jones was at the house at the time, the girl did not immediately notify anyone of the boy's injury, the attorney said. Jones, who returned to the house later in the day, took the boy to the hospital when he could not be roused. Although the teenager had not displayed any mental problems in the past, a psychiatric evaluation after the incident showed some deficiencies, Gordon said. He declined to be more specific. Gordon called Jones a responsible and well-regarded foster parent who cared for dozens of foster children over the years.After selling more than 100 million albums, starring in one of America's most beloved films and finding time to be a wife, mother and author, Olivia Newton-John has earned a break. But don't tell her that she's as dedicated as ever, focusing on philanthropy and raising cancer awareness. Newton-John, who's 62 but looks 40 and has been -free since 1992, continues her fight against the disease Saturday as she co-hosts the "Pink and Blue for Two" cancer awareness event with former NFL star Terrell Owens at . Calling from her kitchen, Newton-John spoke about her focus on philanthropy, her "Glee" cameo and what she's most proud of in her career.You've done extensive work for cancer and cancer awareness for decades now. What keeps you going on days you'd rather sleep in? [Laughs] That's a good question. Really, [it's] gratitude that I'm able to wake up and face another day because it could have been another scenario. I feel very lucky and at this point in my life. It feels really good to give back. I'm opening the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre in Australia. We're encouraging couples to get exams. [Raising cancer awareness] is just part of my life now.You and Terrell Owens are hosting this event. Some might think that's an odd pairing. How did you two hook up? I haven't met him yet. My nephew, who put this event together, managed to get him to be one of the hosts. I think it's great because he's known and he's liked, and he reaches out to men. We want men to come. Prostate cancer is a touchy subject for men but its important to for them to check.He's been known to not work well with others. Obviously this is for a great cause but did you have any concerns before you agreed? [Laughs] I've never had a problem working with anyone. We're not playing football so we should be OK.Very few entertainers have had a career as long and fruitful as yours. Besides the humanitarian work, what are you most proud of professionally? Gosh, lots. There's pride and there's success. I'm so happy with "Grease" and "Xanadu," particularly because of the music in both films. The films still stand up. Professionally, when I did the Olympic games and sang for my country in Australia. It was a big moment, Sydney in 2000. It was just a brilliant moment in my life. I made an album of healing music called Grace and Gratitude that came from my soul.When you're noticed on the street, what do fans say to you most often? Do they sing "Physical" or shout "Grease" or something else? The most common is "Grease is my favorite movie!" And that they've seen it 100 times.Your "Glee" cameo was a huge hit. How was it recreating "Physical"? And how was working with Jane Lynch? Jane Lynch is a divine lady, very funny and very charming. Very nice in person. When I walked on the set and it was a total recreation that was surreal.You have a cookbook, "Liv Wise," that will be released in the States next year. If you had only one nutritional tip for women, what would it be? Eat lots of greens and try to eat organically as much as you can. Eat a balance diet. There's a lot of tips but everything in moderation is a good one.What's the main difference between married life now versus being married 25 years ago? [Laughs] It's a different time in my life. My husband is an amazing person and we share a lot in common, like caring for the environment. My husband that I had my daughter with, that was whole different time but we created [25-year-old daughter and actress] Chloe and that's beautiful to me. They were very different times in my life.If you go Olivia Newton-John co-hosts "Pink and Blue for Two" at , 20 Market Place, with Terrell Owens and the Kelly Bell Band at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $45-$500. Call 410-244-1131 or go to . It's been a game of lost and found for the women's basketball team.The Redbirds lost two key players with the graduation of shooting guard Katie Broadway and the transfer of forward Marley Hall.Yet ISU may have found an invigorated inside game with the weight loss of center Megan Grace and forwards Maddie Oliver and Brianna Puni. And the biggest find of all may be Janae Smith, who is ready for action after sitting out last season as a transfer from the College of Charleston."We have a great team," gushed senior guard Jamie Russell at Media Day on Friday. "We are so far ahead just five days into practice. We're focused on our team and the things we want to do this year. We're ready to lay it down and do what we have to do."The 5-foot-8 Russell joined Broadway on the all- first team and was named Newcomer of the Year after averaging 13.1 points."Jamie leads by example and leads in her effort. The energy and spark she provides for our team is excellent," said third-year coach Stephanie Glance. "She's playing at a very high level."The other full-time starter back is 5-10 senior Candace Sykes, a versatile wing player who averaged 11.6 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds.The 6-2 Smith appears ready to immediately assume a significant role."I'm so excited. Sitting on the sideline was so hard," Smith said. "I'm a big post player who is going to be aggressive.""Janae brings a different kind of energy and toughness to our team," Glance said. "She's a hard-nosed player who loves to play the game."The defection of Hall to Western Illinois casts a spotlight on Grace, a 6-4 senior who has not been a major contributor in the past, and sophomores Oliver and Puni."Really my motivation was the team and to make this my best year yet," Grace said of her 50-pound weight loss. "After my (foot) injury last year, I realized I let myself go. I needed to turn it around. This is the best I've felt since I've been here."Oliver and Puni both were reserves last season as ISU finished 19-13."As a group of posts, we're really ready to step up," said Oliver. "Marley was a big contributor last year, but we're ready to fill that gap."Junior Chloe Nelson took the starting point guard position from senior Alexis Jenkins at midseason. That competition continues into this year."We definitely push each other, but it's a healthy competition," Nelson said. "We're both aiming for the same goal, a championship this year."Broadway's graduation removes 16.2 points and 89 3-pointers from the ISU attack.Glance envisions Sykes, Jenkins, junior Alison Seberger, sophomore Katy Winge and possibly freshman Alexis Foley keeping opponents honest from 3-point range."There is a lot of potential for this team this year," said Glance. "It will take a little longer to determine who the starters are and what the rotation is because it's so competitive. That's a positive thing for our team."Across the country last year, the most popular baby names were Jacob and Sophia, according to the latest count.Sophia is a new comer the No. 1 spot, knocking off Isabella, which came in as No. 2 last year on the girls list. Jacob has been in the top position for 13 years on the boys list. The only totally new name to the Top 10 was Mason, which ranked No. 2 on the boys list last year.All of the are on the Social Security website.But heres the list of the most popular boys names: Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden, Noah, Michael, Ethan, Alexander, Aiden and Daniel.For girls the names were: Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Mia and Chloe.The government folks credit pop culture with some of the names. Mason, for example, is TV personality Kourtney Kardashians sons name. Its also belongs to Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby and is popular in Wisconsin.Briella, lower down on the popular list, may come from Briella Calafiore, the hair dresser/reality star from Jerseylicious. Brantley, on the boys list, may come from college football star/country singer Brantley Gilbert.Closer to home, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, which has one of the busiest delivery room in the state, says its top names list looks a lot like the national list, as well as one compiled by the parenting website .Mason and Olivia were the most popular names out of the 4,254 infants born there in 2011. Olivia has been on the Top 10 list at GBMC for five years, ranking No. 1 three times.The most popular girls names after Olivia were Ava, Madison, Isabella, Elizabeth, Emily, Emma, Abigail, Grace and Cloe.For boys, Mason, Jacob and Ryan were in the lead, followed by Andrew, Ethan, Liam, Noah, Benjamin, Jackson and Matthew.Picking a baby's name is often an emotional and difficult decision, but can be a fun one for parents as well, said Lori Kantziper, nurse manager of GBMCs PostPartum Unit and a nurse specializing in care for new mothers and infants.She said some parents want to see the baby before they name them and sometimes siblings pick. They mostly try and avoid names that can be easily turned into embarrassing nicknames or have already been given to the family pet. Still some like to be different and go with out-of-the-ordinary names or different spellings. Some are personal: One family named their daughter Acadia because the parents met at Acadia National Forest. After a bumpy ride earlier in the week, things were more stable for the 'Ridge on Thursday."We were like a roller coaster against Layton (on Tuesday in a five-set road loss)," said Northridge junior outside hitter Kaitlin Verbitski. "It was an awesome team win today and it was real fun."In a back-and-forth Region 1 tussle with Syracuse High, the Knights prevailed 25-16, 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-12 in 1 hour and 51 minutes. "We played a lot of tough teams in preseason and winning set 5 was a turning point because we were playing with intensity," the 16-year-old Verbitski said. "We all worked together as a team, kept up the intensity and found the want to win in our hearts."It wasn't like we gave up against Layton. We just made more errors," she said. "Working as a team is really all it is. We're not happy being 2-2, but I think we'll do better against those teams the second time around."Northridge rallied from a 6-2 set 5 deficit against the Titans.Verbitski had 12 kills, two block assists, 11 digs and two aces. Brittley Eldredge had 14 kills, one solo block and three block assists; Alex Gardner had six kills and two block assists; Shayd Wright had three kills and eight digs; setter Aimee Kyed had 31 assists, two kills, two block assists and four digs; and libero Nikki Hansen had 22 digs, one assist and one ace for the Knights (10-12 overall, 2-2 league).The Titans' Maggie Hansen had 14 kills and 15 digs; Lizzy Reich had 11 kills and 11 blocks; Maddi Bitton had 11 kills and nine blocks; setter Brook Follett had 21 assists; setter Breckell Soifua had 20 assists; and libero Takenna Hamblin had 20 digs for Syracuse (14-9, 0-4).--DAVIS DEF. WEBER 25-17, 25-18, 25-12: At Pleasant View, the Darts' Kaylie Kamalu had 11 kills, three digs and one ace; Tanisha Langston had 10 kills, eight digs and two aces; Marissa Todd had seven kills, two block assists, three digs and three aces; and setter Jamie Selleneit had 17 assists and four aces for defending state 5-A champion Davis (23-1, 4-0).The Warriors are 13-10, 0-4.--LAYTON DEF. FREMONT 25-16, 26-24, 25-14: At Layton High, the Lancers' Eliza Katoa had 31 kills, one block assist, two digs and one ace; Corinne Rhoton had five kills, four block assists and one ace; and setter Mckell Moss had 30 assists and six digs for Layton (14-8, 4-0).McKenzie Burrows had 18 assists, four kills and six digs and libero Sariah Pelaez had 18 digs for Fremont (11-10, 2-2).Region 5--SKY VIEW DEF. BONNEVILLE 25-20, 25-18, 29-27: At , the Lakers' Kalyn Sotomayor had five kills, five solo blocks and four block assists; Kelly Roberts had seven kills, three solo blocks and eight digs; McKell Goddard had four solo blocks and eight block assists; Tavia Young had two kills, four solo blocks and 11 digs; setter Elora Penrod had seven assists; and setter Andy Hancock had five assists for Bonneville (7-8, 1-1).--MOUNTAIN CREST DEF. ROY 25-14, 25-16, 25-23: At Hyrum, the Royals are 2-12, 0-2.Region 6--WOODS CROSS DEF. CLEARFIELD 25-7, 25-13, 25-20: At Woods Cross, the Falcons fell to 3-20, 0-2.Region 11--GRANTSVILLE DEF. OGDEN 20-25, 25-20, 25-15, 20-25, 15-12: At Ogden High, the Tigers' Madi Kramer had 11 kills and nine service points; Chloe Oki had 10 kills, one solo block, five digs and four service points; setter Clara Call had 15 assists, four digs and 10 service points; and libero Taelynn Abrego had 10 digs, three kills, two assists and 12 service points for Ogden (5-9, 0-6).--TOOELE DEF. BEAR RIVER 25-11, 25-23, 25-18: At Tooele, the Bears are 4-13, 1-5.Region 17--ST. JOSEPH DEF. LAYTON CHRISTIAN 25-18, 25-12, 25-19: At Layton Christian, the Jayhawks' Britt Sederholm had eight kills and eight digs; Audra Thurston had seven kills, two solo blocks and five aces; Jessie Bischoff had five kills and three digs; setters Bailey Pacheco and Emily Jackson combined for 21 assists; and libero Mady White had eight digs and two aces for St. Joseph (11-0, 5-0). The Eagles are 10-6, 5-1. ___(c)2012 the Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah)Visit the Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesThe way things have gone for the high school volleyball teams in District 5-AAA this season, Soddy-Daisy losing to Cleveland on Tuesday should could come as no surprise. At least not anymore of a surprise than the Lady Trojans coming back from two sets down Thursday to defeat Ooltewah 3-2.The Lady Owls had won six consecutive district matches after losing their first two. Back in contention for the district regular-season title, Ooltewah appeared in control at Soddy-Daisy, but the Lady Trojans found some magic from somewhere and rallied to win 22-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-9."The first game we gave them some early points, five or six, then beat them the rest of the way," Soddy-Daisy coach Lorri Johnson said. "It was nip and tuck in the second game, and then we let them have a series of points. If we stop that, we win. Games three, four and five, we stopped that." Alex Schafer was among the statistical leaders for the Lady Trojans with 22 kills and 26 digs, but it was someone on the bench whom Johnson credited for sparking the turnaround."Abby Walker is who stepped up," Johnson said. "She's a sophomore who wasn't even in the game. She was cheering, talking, doing everything she could do from the bench. She was a coach. When we talked in between games two and three, I let her have it."Even after losing the third and fourth sets, the Lady Owls took a 4-2 lead in the fifth. It was 6-6 when the Lady Trojans ran off five consecutive points and took control."Soddy-Daisy outplayed us," Ooltewah coach Elaine Peigen said. "We get them two games down and then we don't play smart. Their girls wanted it more than ours. We had some good things happen -- don't get me wrong. But you can't play two games and then stop playing with intensity."Our girls knew how important this match was. We'll go back to practice and see how we can finish up."Ooltewah (19-9) and Soddy-Daisy (22-16) are each now 6-3 in the district. League-leading Bradley Central had one district loss entering Thursday's match against Walker Valley."Yeah, it would be nice to be first," Johnson said of the seedings for the district tournament, and Bradley is among the Lady Trojans' three remaining district matches. "I suppose we're not mathematically eliminated yet."Other leaders for the Lady Trojans included Hannah Robertson, who led them with 42 digs and three aces. Chloe Mitchell topped them with 39 assists. Karigan Fulgham gave Schafer support with 10 kills and Lauren Smith contributed 34 digs.Leondra Barrett's 17 kills and Courtlyn Ison's six blocks led the Lady Owls at the net. Ison and Karly Newman made nine kills each.Kelsey Chernak led Ooltewah in assists with 37. Isabela Zdunek had a team-high 22 digs, Josie Cain added 19 and Sloan Sullivan chipped in with 14. ___(c)2012 the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.)Visit the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services Bucksport High School senior midfielder Chloe Carmichael was late to her team's Eastern Maine Class C soccer game against Orono on Tuesday because she had a doctor's appointment at Bangor's Eastern Maine Medical Center.Better late than never.Carmichael capped her busy afternoon by scoring the game-tying goal with 9:09 left in regulation as the Golden Bucks earned a 1-1 double overtime tie. The Bucks ran their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) and improved to 5-3-2 while the Red Riots are now 6-3-1.Orono had beaten Bucksport 4-1 on Sept. 11."I had hoped to have been here sooner," said Carmichael, who arrived approximately 10 minutes into the game. "I broke down in the hospital room. I told them I had to be there. It was a huge game and I had to be a part of it."Carmichael explained that she has had some problems and was seeing a cardiologist to rule out anything else."They gave me an inhaler and sent me on my way," said Carmichael.On her goal, she gained possession of the ball on the right side, evaded a defender and launched a high, 26-yarder that hit the extended hands of Orono goalie Elizabeth Hardison and deflected in off the underside of the crossbar."Someone had cleared it out and the ball was a little ways in front of me," said Carmichael. "I got around someone who was in my way and I just kicked it as hard as I could and hoped it would go in."It was Carmichael's fourth goal of the season."Chloe also marked Analies [Ross-Dyjak] and did a helluva' job," said Bucksport coach Bill Tracy.The Bucks nearly collected a game-winner in overtime.Danish exchange student Elisabeth Jakobsen's corner kick bounced dangerously near the goal line but Orono freshman back Lauren Stoops made a critical clearance."I was at the near post and the ball hit someone and came a little bit at me. I tried to kick it out," said Stoops.Orono had taken a 1-0 lead with 24:59 left in the first half when Diana Tyutyunnyk ran on to a well-placed diagonal pass from Ross-Dyjak, continued dribbling across the right side of the penalty area and fired a 12-yarder across the grain into the far-side corner."It was a beautiful pass from Analies," said Tyutyunnyk.The quick and highly-skilled Riots had the better of play in the first half but Alanna Davis made some important saves including an early one off Tyutyunnyk, who curled a shot toward the upper far corner. Davis parried it away with her hands.Dynamic Orono midfielder Hanna Renedo, who made several impressive runs throughout the game, Ross-Dyjak and Tyutyunnyk put constant pressure on the Bucksport back line in the first half.But Bucksport's superior depth paid dividends in the second half as the Bucks, who played a more direct style, were able to limit Orono's dangerous attacks by winning a majority of the 50-50 balls and they began applying some sustained pressure.The Perryville Little League Major softball all-stars won a state title last week and the Havre de Grace Little League senior softball all-stars was on the verge of its own state title.After losing to Delmar in the first championship game, Perryville was forced to the "if" game in Sharpsburg on July 12, while Havre de Grace won Monday night at Stancill Park to get into the state title game, which was set for Thursday.Havre de Grace's big win Monday, 3-1 over St. Mary's, was a come-from-behind effort, after the locals were trailing 1-0 in the final inning. St. Mary's took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after Jasmyn Ogletree walked and scored on a Haley Squires single. Havre de Grace came alive in the top of the seventh, when Kateri Peters reached on a fielder's choice. Ashley Algard followed with a single, and a walk to Riley Arnold loaded the bases. Rebecca Ashman, who reached base three times by being hit by a pitch, took the final one for the team in the last inning, bringing in Peters with the tie run. Hailey Bethke then walked, bringing Algard across the plate with the go-ahead run. Moments later, Megan Thompson also walked, plating Arnold for a key insurance run.St. Mary's put its leadoff batter on base with a single by Courtney Bell in the bottom of the inning, but she was stranded there as the next three St. Mary's batters were retired by winning pitcher Sarah Scott.Scott pitched seven innings, striking out two, walking three, hitting a batter and allowing three hits.Offensively, Algard led Havre de Grace with two hits, including a double; Arnold also hit a double.Chloe Day was the losing pitcher, working into the seventh inning, before losing the lead and getting relief aid from Ogletree. Day struck out seven, walked five, hit three batters and gave up three hits.Ogletree, Bell and Squires had St. Mary's three hits.A win by Havre de Grace Thursday would send them to the East Region tourney in Worcester, Mass. An "if" game will be played today (Friday) if needed. Havre de Grace opened state tourney play Sunday, beating Mid Shore, 16-2.Perryville majors move onAfter losing 6-5 a night earlier, Perryville won the state title with an 11-3 win over Delmar. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Perryville broke open a tight 6-3 game with five runs.Aubrey Hill plated Emily Phillips and Claire Hudson to start the scoring and Booke Reynolds then walked, stole second and scored with Aubrey Hill on Sierra Zittle's single. Zittle later scored when Ellen Little got caught in a rundown."We played excellent defense against a good hitting team and Emily Phillips settled down and only allowed one runner the last four innings and that was on a throwing error," Perryville Manager Buzzy Phillips said.Phillips walked two and struck out five in the complete game win.Zittle led the offense, going 4-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Jordyn Pollitt was 2-for-4with a triple, two runs and an RBI. Reynolds added a hit, two walks and two runs and Phillips walked three times and scored twice.Perryville was forced to the "if" game after the 6-5 loss to Delmar the previous night. Perryville led 3-0 through three innings, but Delmar scored five times in the fourth and once more in the fifth to take control.Perryville scored three runs in the second on one hit, a leadoff single by Phillips. Two errors and two sacrifices aided the inning.Delmar then rallied with four hits, two for extra bases, to push across its five runs in the fourth. A fielder's choice and error assisted the Delmar inning. Delmar added a single run in the fifth on a walk, stolen base and single.Perryville put together a rally in its last at bat, scoring two runs to fall a run shy. Hudson and Hill both hit RBI singles and Perryville had a runner thrown out a home as well.Zittlesuffered the loss, lasting four innings. She struck out two, walked one and allowed six hits.Hudson, Phillips, Hill and Reynolds had hits for Perryville.Perryville will travel to Bristol, Conn., today to begin East Region play. Perryville will play New York at 5 p.m. today and Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. Saturday. Perryville faces Delaware at 11 a.m Monday and rounds out Mid-Atlantic pool play Tuesday with a 5 p.m .game against New Jersey.Perryville junior softball plays todayPerryville's Junior softball all-stars will also begin play today in the Maryland State Tournament in Delmar. Perryville will open against District 6 champ at 6 p.m. Win or lose, Perryville will play again Saturday. The four-team tourney is slated to finish Sunday.If is going to come in second to , as he did again Tuesday night, he may find some comfort in the whisper of this particular margin: the Baltimore swimmer finished .02 seconds behind his rival in their semifinal heat in the 200-meter freestyle.The two, who are battling for swimming supremacy at the Olympic qualifying trials , faceoff in the finals Wednesday night that will decide which two swimmers will go on to compete in the event in London. "At this point right now, it's about getting spots on the team," said Phelps after the heat. "The most important thing for me is to try to secure a spot, and then from here I have three to four weeks to prepare myself and get some extra training."The final 50 meters had the crowd at CenturyLink Center roaring, as they watched the much vaunted rivalry between the two swimmers play out before them. Either looked to be in position to touch the wall first, but the clock would show Lochte hitting it at 1:46.25 , followed by Phelps at 1.46:27."Definitely we kicked it in gear the last 50, me and him," Lochte said . "You know [Wednesday] night it's going to be a lot faster."The race came just 24 hours after their duel in the 400-meter individual medley, won by Lochte although both secured Olympic berths.Lochte initially faced a double swim on Tuesday, or quadruple counting the morning heats, racing first in the 200-free and then the 100-meter backstroke. But after swimming preliminaries for both, coming in first in the 200-free and second in the 100-back, he scratched the latter."I just wanted to get ready for the 200 free and I don't want to worry about swimming more than I have to," Lochte said."This isn't about how many we can swim, but how many we can swim really well," his coach Gregg Troy said.Allison Schmitt, who trains with Phelps at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, won the 400-meter freestyle and with Chloe Sutton punched their tickets to London. Gillian Ryan, also of NBAC came in fourth in the event.Dana Vollmer and Claire Donahue qualified for the Olympics in the women's 100-meter butterfly, and Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau qualified in the 100-meter backstroke.Franklin makes her debutTuesday brought the debut of Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old phenom from Colorado, who swam the fastest 100-meter backstroke to win top seed in the evening finals, over veteran Natalie Coughlin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event. Coughlin was fourth after preliminaries, and also swam in the women's 100-meter butterfly finals Tuesday night.Warm applause greeted Janet Evans, 40, as she returned to the trials after a 16-year absence. "It was so sweet," she said after placing a 80th in the preliminaries for the 400-meter freestyle. Evans, the great distance swimmer, said she hopes "to regroup and do better in my 800" free. Preliminaries for that race are Saturday, followed by finals on Sunday. ...Rounding up the day for swimmersNBAC's Annie Zhu made the semifinals in the 100-meter breast, finishing 11th after preliminaries in a particularly tough field that included Rebecca Soni, Jessica Hardy and veteran Amanda Beard. Navy's Laura Gorinski didn't advance to semifinals.Swimming in the preliminaries but not advancing: Terps Virginia Glover and Ann Fittin and NBAC's Felicia Lee in the women's 100-meter back; Navy's Kennedy Trotter and NBAC's Chris Brady in the men's 100 back; Terp John Hauser and NBAC's Drew Cosgarea and Austin Surhoff in the men's 200-meter freestyle; NBAC's Natalie Beale, Willa Wang and Camryne Morris and Chelsea Chenault in the women's 400-meter free.twitter.com/jean_marbellaChelsea Chenault's affiliation was misidentified in a previous version of this article. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.Mt. View Middle School traditionally hosts the auditions for the Middle School Gifted and Talented Band and Mt. View band director Shelly Williams would like to thank the many student and parent volunteers who assisted this month during the event as everything ran smoothly.Additionally, congratulations to the Mt. View students who were accepted into the GT band: Daniel Ahn (trumpet), Johanna Alonso (trombone), Daniel Degenford (trombone), Grant Felch (alto saxophone), Ben Giroux (percussion), Ryan Howard (trumpet), Tom Malloy (trumpet), David Polefrone (trumpet), Niklas Schnake (French horn), Charis Smith (percussion), Tan (clarinet), (percussion), and alternates Dorian Barnas (clarinet), Danny Choi (trombone), Brennan Hartigan (trumpet), Alexandra Ostrander (euphonium), and Katie Roth (flute). What a great representation!The GT band will begin a series of intensive rehearsals during the last week of October and will then perform for the public Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. This year's venue will be the fine arts building at Towson University. For more information or a complete list of seating results, go to http://www.howard.k12.md.us/music/gtband.html. If you read my column last week, you probably noticed how busy Marriotts Ridge High School will be the last weekend of the month with the annual Mustang Stampede and various homecoming activities. Well, add one more event to the list: the sixth annual homecoming pasta dinner, catered by Serafino's restaurant, inEllicott City.The meal, which will take place in the school cafeteria Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for students and $6 for children younger than 12. Proceeds will support the 2012 After Prom Event.Tickets will be available at the door, or purchase them in advance by emailing Diana Dorsch at or Susan Brown at .The Marriotts Ridge PTSA invites the community to attend another After Prom fundraiser "Bags, Baubles, and Basket Bingo," scheduled for Nov. 4 in the school cafeteria. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with games beginning at 7 p.m. Make sure to arrive early to enjoy a delicious southern-style barbecue sandwich or other dining option, then try your chances at winning designer handbags, fine jewelry and gift-laden baskets.Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include 20 games and door prizes. Raffles and specials cost extra. To purchase advance tickets or learn more, go to or email .The Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation has begun its annual citrus fruit sale. The first order is due Monday, Oct. 24 for a Nov. 12 pickup at the school (12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville) and this month's selection includes Ruby Red grapefruit, Florida Navel oranges, tangerines and a variety pack.Check for an order form (should be posted by the time this column goes to print), or email for assistance. Don't worry if you miss this particular opportunity three more orders will take place before winter ends.It's that time again St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will host its monthly community feast Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. As always, Smokin' Hot Catering will donate the delicious assortment of main dishes and sides (Italian this month!) plus beverages and plenty of decadent desserts.The feast costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family. October proceeds will benefit Worldwide Shelters ( a Glenwood-based nonprofit organization that helps develop transitional housing for communities displaced by natural disasters or war.You can find St. Andrew's at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood, between the post office and Union Chapel Road. For more information, email Lynne Quinn at , or call 410-292-8202.Since the need for blood products never wanes, the continually seeks donors. Perhaps you can help? Friendship Baptist Church will sponsor a blood drive at 1391 Road Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the church office at 410-442-5506 to schedule an appointment.Time is running out for many of our area's fall activities. Have you tried out the Mullinix Corn Maze, which is designed this year in the shape of a Maryland Blue Crab? The 10-acre attraction is located in Glenwood, almost a mile west of Route 97 on Carrs Mill Road, across from Western Regional Park. Visitors can also enjoy a children's straw maze, a corn pit, and hayrides. Mums, pumpkins, apples, cider, and other food and beverages will be available for purchase.The corn maze will open every weekend through Oct. 30. Friday hours are 3-10 p.m., with the last tickets sold at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. 6 p.m., with the last tickets sold at 5 p.m. Make sure to bring a flashlight for the Friday night maze or purchase one onsite.Tickets cost $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-11; children younger than 3 are free. For more information, go to .There was a moment on Thursday night -- and it certainly wasn't the only one -- when Jonni Dorr's soft hands lifted a gorgeous back set to the right side.There was nothing soft about the subsequent hurt Mead middle Hannah Zalopany put on the ball in picking up one of her match-leading 12 kills.Nor was it a surprise that when two of the top volleyball teams in the Greater Spokane League met, it was the Panthers who prevailed, sweeping the visiting Mt. Spokane Wildcats 25-18, 25-11, 25-14. "With that rivalry match, it was high energy and we know anything can happen, so I was pleased with how we handled that," said Mead coach Judy Kight, whose Panthers are 3-0 in league play and undefeated this season."I think it was definitely closer than the scores indicated," said Mead senior Taylor Ellingsen, who will play for Washington State next season."Everyone -- on both sides -- was really going after every point," she added. "It was a great match and a great atmosphere."And it was Ellingsen's impressive jump serve that pushed the Panthers to victory in the final game."Just keep it in," Ellingsen said. "That's all I wanted to do."She and the Panthers did much more than that.With the Wildcats (2-1) leading 14-10, Ellingsen stepped back to serve and the Panthers took advantage of two quick unforced errors by Mt. Spokane before Ellingsen rattled off two aces to tie it up and gave the Wildcats enough serve-receive trouble on her third serve to give Mead a 15-14 lead."Game 3 was really slow, stop and start, and we needed to get back into our own rhythm," Kight said. "That was a good moment for us."Zalopany followed with a kill and a tip, and Dana Norris -- whose two older sisters each won a State 4A title under Kight in separate seasons -- stretched the lead to 18-14 by blocking an overpass on Ellingsen's serve."I think there were some unforced errors and our serve-receive hurt us -- you can't let a team like Mead go on a scoring run," Mt. Spokane coach Dave Whitehead said."When that happens," he added, "that's when you get in trouble."That was the case as the Wildcats were never able to get a side-out on Ellingsen's serve.One point later, Norris punished another overpass by the Wildcats and the Panthers led 20-14. Mt. Spokane, led by seven kills from senior Kennadie Clute, couldn't generate any more problems for Mead."We were right there with them for a lot of it," Whitehead said. "And we're still getting better. Our thing is we still need to find out our true identity and I think we will get there."Kight echoed that statement in the sense that she doesn't believe her Panthers have yet arrived, either."We had some little breakdowns here and there, but Mt. Spokane is a good team," Kight said. "They have everything they need to be in every game -- they have some power -- so it was important for us to get back to what we do."And it's clearly important for the Panthers to keep upping the ante as the season moves along."We definitely want to get that state title this year and we're keeping that in the back of our minds while we're keeping an eye on every match," Ellingsen said. "We have expectations. Last year was hard for us, but we know we can live up to expectations."Elsewhere in the GSL, Darby Santos finished with 25 assists and 10 aces and the Shadle Park Highlanders (1-2) swept the visiting Gonzaga Prep Bullpups 25-13, 25-16, 25-17. Rachel Stuart had a season-high 12 kills for Shadle Park, while Chloe Brooks pitched in a season-high 20 digs. Sara Mackin finished with 11 digs and two aces for the Bullpups (2-1), and setter Bianna Nikdel had a match-high 46 assists. ... Sydney Schlect racked up 12 kills and 12 digs and University (2-1) swept host Lewis and Clark (1-2) 25-18, 25-16, 25-16. ... Ferris (1-2) defeated visiting Rogers (1-2) 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23. ___(c)2012 The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)Visit The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesThere was a moment on Thursday night -- and it certainly wasn't the only one -- when Jonni Dorr's soft hands lifted a gorgeous back set to the right side.There was nothing soft about the subsequent hurt Mead middle Hannah Zalopany put on the ball in picking up one of her match-leading 12 kills.Nor was it a surprise that when two of the top volleyball teams in the Greater Spokane League met, it was the Panthers who prevailed, sweeping the visiting Mt. Spokane Wildcats 25-18, 25-11, 25-14. "With that rivalry match, it was high energy and we know anything can happen, so I was pleased with how we handled that," said Mead coach Judy Kight, whose Panthers are 3-0 in league play and undefeated this season."I think it was definitely closer than the scores indicated," said Mead senior Taylor Ellingsen, who will play for Washington State next season."Everyone -- on both sides -- was really going after every point," she added. "It was a great match and a great atmosphere."And it was Ellingsen's impressive jump serve that pushed the Panthers to victory in the final game."Just keep it in," Ellingsen said. "That's all I wanted to do."She and the Panthers did much more than that.With the Wildcats (2-1) leading 14-10, Ellingsen stepped back to serve and the Panthers took advantage of two quick unforced errors by Mt. Spokane before Ellingsen rattled off two aces to tie it up and gave the Wildcats enough serve-receive trouble on her third serve to give Mead a 15-14 lead."Game 3 was really slow, stop and start, and we needed to get back into our own rhythm," Kight said. "That was a good moment for us."Zalopany followed with a kill and a tip, and Dana Norris -- whose two older sisters each won a State 4A title under Kight in separate seasons -- stretched the lead to 18-14 by blocking an overpass on Ellingsen's serve."I think there were some unforced errors and our serve-receive hurt us -- you can't let a team like Mead go on a scoring run," Mt. Spokane coach Dave Whitehead said."When that happens," he added, "that's when you get in trouble."That was the case as the Wildcats were never able to get a side-out on Ellingsen's serve.One point later, Norris punished another overpass by the Wildcats and the Panthers led 20-14. Mt. Spokane, led by seven kills from senior Kennadie Clute, couldn't generate any more problems for Mead."We were right there with them for a lot of it," Whitehead said. "And we're still getting better. Our thing is we still need to find out our true identity and I think we will get there."Kight echoed that statement in the sense that she doesn't believe her Panthers have yet arrived, either."We had some little breakdowns here and there, but Mt. Spokane is a good team," Kight said. "They have everything they need to be in every game -- they have some power -- so it was important for us to get back to what we do."And it's clearly important for the Panthers to keep upping the ante as the season moves along."We definitely want to get that state title this year and we're keeping that in the back of our minds while we're keeping an eye on every match," Ellingsen said. "We have expectations. Last year was hard for us, but we know we can live up to expectations."Elsewhere in the GSL, Darby Santos finished with 25 assists and 10 aces and the Shadle Park Highlanders (1-2) swept the visiting Gonzaga Prep Bullpups 25-13, 25-16, 25-17. Rachel Stuart had a season-high 12 kills for Shadle Park, while Chloe Brooks pitched in a season-high 20 digs. Sara Mackin finished with 11 digs and two aces for the Bullpups (2-1), and setter Bianna Nikdel had a match-high 46 assists. ... Sydney Schlect racked up 12 kills and 12 digs and University (2-1) swept host Lewis and Clark (1-2) 25-18, 25-16, 25-16. ... Ferris (1-2) defeated visiting Rogers (1-2) 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23.Inland Empire LeagueAt Lewiston, the Bengals needed four games to beat Coeur d'Alene 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-16. Brett Hastings and Emilee Schlader finished with 12 kills apiece and Schlader led with 13 digs for the Bengals (4-0), while Kayla McGlathery led all players with 15 kills for the Vikings (1-3). ___(c)2012 The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)Visit The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services planned on going to the Final Four in Denver months ago. The future Terp just assumed that she'd be watching her future teammates compete for a national title.But Maryland never made it Colorado, suffering a 31-point loss to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. Pavlech's decision to book tickets for the Final Four, however, showed just how much confidence she had in her team."I was really sad and disappointed they werent able to be there," Pavlech said. "But I just know that next year, we will be here and I cant wait." Pavlech, who was joined in Denver by her future Maryland classmates and , was the Terps' first commitment of the 2012 class. For as long as she could remember, Maryland has been her "dream school." Her status as a Maryland-bound player has affirmed her thoughts about the team and the university."Its just a special program, and I think anyone who gets the chance to meet the girls that play for Maryland, especiallyoff the court, knows that theyre not just ordinary people or ordinary players," Pavlech said. "Maryland just really I keep saying its special, but its the only way to describe it. Theres something special about the program and the people."Pavlech plans to finish high school and enroll in Maryland's summer session next month. She can't wait to get started."Now being at the Final Four, Im watching some of these teams [thinking], Oh my God. This is going to be us next year. Its really more exciting than anything because its finally here."Name: Chloe PavlechBirthdate: Nov. 30, 1993Birthplace: Cincinnati, OhioHometown: Cincinnati, OhioHeight: 5-9Position: Point guardHigh School: SycamoreSenior statistics: 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three stealsRankings: ESPN HoopGurlz -- Four-star prospect, No. 24 point guard, 91 rating.Runner-up school: MiamiOther schools considered: George Washington, Notre Dame, Louisville, DaytonFavorite pro basketball player: Marissa ColemanFavorite pro basketball team: Washington Mystics and Los Angeles SparksAfter a season that included winning the world figure skating championship and finishing sixth at the , is ready to start over. Next week, the Bel Air teenager will start working on new routines that judges and fans will see when she begins her second year on the Grand Prix circuit. Despite jumping from novice level to world's best in three years, Meissner harbors no illusions that she has it made. "I'm going to approach this year the way I did last year and the year before," said Meissner, whose first event is likely to be in late October at Skate America, the season's first Grand Prix event. "I'm still a little bit under the radar because worlds were right after the Olympics, and it didn't get the attention it would in other years." Choreographer Lori Nichol, who has designed programs for and 2002 pairs gold medalists Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, said this might be the young skater's toughest year. "The expectations get huge. They almost get out of hand," said Nichol, who is starting her third season with Meissner. "She has to work hard and know that it is the beginning of a new four-year cycle." Doing well on the elite international level and defending her world championship are high on Meissner's immediate agenda, but her No. 1 goal is to win the U.S. title in January. To get there, she and coach Pam Gregory and Nichol shelved last year's short and long programs in favor of fresh routines they hope reflect her growth. Next week, Meissner will visit Nichol's Toronto office to tackle the hardest and most contentious component - the music. "The bottom line is, it's what motivates the skater. It's what they love to skate to. They have to skate to it every single day," Nichol said. "They have bad days and good days skating, and they have to want to get back on the ice to do that program to that music." Two years ago, Meissner loved the first thing Nichol played for her: Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe," a piece to which the skater performed when she won the bronze medal at the 2005 nationals. But last year, it was three days of nonstop listening as Meissner rejected Nichol's suggestions of skating to a piano concerto. Meissner wanted something bigger and fuller, something Nichol worried was too advanced for a skater with little elite international experience. "I like piano music, but I can't skate to it," Meissner said. "At least I don't think so." Finally, the choreographer played a CD she had set aside with another skater in mind. Respighi's "Queen of Sheba" was music to Meissner's ears. "She definitely knows what she wants," Nichol said. "We just have to find the music for it. ... Who knows how long it will take this year?" Once Meissner settles on the sound, Nichol and Gregory will incorporate the spins, spirals and jumps. The triple axel, the 3 1/2 -rotation jump that announced her coming of age at the 2005 U.S. championships, is back in her repertoire. Meissner and the jump parted company as her focus switched to learning the new scoring system used at this year's nationals, the Olympics and the worlds. Even without the triple axel, though, her technical skill shined. At worlds, she brought the crowd to its feet by landing seven triple jumps, including two triple-triples. "She has progressed so quickly technically that a lot of the artistic side of skating she simply didn't have much time to work on as much," Nichol said. So this year, the coaches will concentrate on softening Meissner's arm motions, getting her to put more passion into her performance and honing her interpretation of the music. "I think we're just seeing the beginning of what Kimmie Meissner can do," Nichol said. "She just has to stay true to what her vision for herself is and be willing to listen to outside voices." In the offseason, Meissner has had to catch up on classroom work at Fallston High, perform 10 shows for Champions on Ice, throw out the first pitch at Orioles and games and attend fund-raisers for charities and nonprofit groups. On July 4, she'll ride in both the Towson and Bel Air parades. Somehow, she found time to get her learner's permit and practice driving with her father. Her least-favorite driving maneuver? "I don't like to go backwards," she said with a giggle. As a competitor, it's a direction the world champion will try to avoid in her second season. "To try to retain a title is tough," Gregory said. "She's never tried to hang on before. This year, we'll see what she's made of." During her opening remarks at West Towson Elementary's second annual celebration, principal Sue Hershfeld acknowledged that for many students, the holiday meant swim clubs were open, family picnics were held, and summer was officially here.But through a patriotic program that runs before school, West Towson is now full of students who voluntarily learned about the sacrifices we celebrate each Memorial Day."When you know what Memorial Day stands for, it makes you feel more appreciative that you live in America," said fifth-grader Colleen Mader said. Through the Patriots and Defenders program, which was brought to West Towson by first-grade teacher Judith Rietz and art teacher Renee Whelehan, students voluntarily studied and memorized various parts of American history in order to better their understanding of our country's past. The kindergarten students, dubbed Yankee Doodles, learned the Pledge of Allegiance and why they read it, and learned to identify President . Every kindergarten student achieved the rank of Yankee Doodle.First-grade students did the same, plus learn the number of stars and stripes on the flag and how to identify key figures in American history.Second-graders learned how to pick the United States out of a map and identify American symbols and more historic figures, while third-graders learn about Maryland history as well.But fourth- and fifth-graders were the stars of Friday's event, which was attended by State Sen. Jim Brochin, Councilman , and members of the Post 22.For the past six weeks, 12 fifth-graders and 48 fourth-graders studied to earn the title of Patriot, which required them to memorize the Star Spangled Banner as well as an excerpt fromMartin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and identify all 50 states and Maryland's 23 counties on a map.Additionally, 18 fifth-graders, including Colleen Mader, built on their status as Patriots from last year and memorized, among other things, the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the names of all 44 presidents giving them the title of Defender.They were given a medal and a Maryland flag, while the Patriots were awarded an American flag.But the hook that got many of these students to commit their free time and memorize pages of information are the field trips that Patriots and Defenders are having this month.On Wednesday, the group went on a trip to Philadelphia, where they enjoyed the local fare and toured the city's historical sites."We went to the , Independence Hall, Betsy Ross' house, and Ben Franklin's house," said fifth-grade Defender Ava Williams, 12.Next week, they'll be heading to Washington D.C., where Patriot Elisabeth Sampson, 11, said they will see the changing of the guard outside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and take a trip to the Air and Space Museum.Many of the students who were recognized Friday, including fifth-graders Miguel Iglesias, an 11-year-old Defender, and Corey Hanlon, an 11-year-old Patriot, said the trip to Washington was a factor in their participation.Corey said his grandfather, a veteran who earned a Purple Heart, and his grandmother are both buried at Arlington, and he's excited to visit there for a second time.Several students were also honored for their work in a school-wide essay and poster contest based onJohn F. Kennedy's famous quote about what each could offer their country.Ally Gaddy, Abi Simmons and Cait Kristoff won the essay contests, while Reed Spaulding, Mia Smith, Kayla Vosburg, Chloe Simpson, Angelica Jameson and Journey Gianna won the poster contest.Claire Beaudry, who was named a Defender Friday, said all of the recognition the students received at the ceremony made the effort worthwhile."We did a lot of hard work," she said.COLLEGE SOCCERJunior Nkem Ezurike scored in the 101st minute to give the women's soccer team a 2-1, double-overtime victory over on Sunday in Ann Arbor.During the victory, the U-M defense set a school record for minutes without allowing a goal at 632:08. The Wolverines had recorded six straight shutouts since a 2-1 loss at Long Beach State on Sept. 2. After a scoreless first half Sunday, sophomore defender Chloe Sosenko gave the Wolverines (10-2-1, 4-0-1 ) the lead at 71:14, scoring on a deflection off a corner kick. Nebraska (5-7-1, 2-3-0) answered 41 seconds later, snapping U-M's shutout streak.The score remained tied through the rest of regulation and the first overtime. Less than a minute into the second overtime, however, U-M freshman Corinne Harris flicked the ball through two Nebraska defenders to Ezurike, who fought off her defender and shot the ball into the net.More soccer: outshot , 17-7, during a scoreless draw at East Lansing. Courtney Clem made two saves in her fifth shutout of the season for the Spartans (8-3-2, 2-2-1 Big Ten). Iowa is 11-1-3, 2-1-2. ... 's Nina Carter scored off a corner kick at 84:51 to give the Titans (5-5-1, 2-1 ) a 1-0 victory over (6-5-1, 1-2) at Titan Field. Nora Abolins made two saves for the shutout. ... Oakland's Abigail Haelewyn scored in the 16th minute to give the Golden Grizzlies (4-3-3, 1-0 Summit League) a 1-0 win at Omaha (1-11-0, 1-1). Shannon Coley made five saves for her third shutout of the season. ... 's Angela Vultaggio and Martha Stevens scored for the host Eagles (7-3-1; 4-0-0 ) in a 2-0 victory over (7-4-1; 3-1-0). Jenna O'Dell made five saves in her fourth shutout of the season.Free Press staff reports ___(c)2012 the Visit the Detroit Free Press at Distributed by MCT Information Services Rose-Hulman cross country runner Stuart West and tennis player Marie Stettler have earned the Exchange Club of Terre Haute's Athlete of the Week Awards for their weekend performances and will be recognized during the club's luncheon meeting today at the Holiday Inn.West finished third to help the Engineer men win the Earlham Invitational, completing the 8-kilometer race in 27:42. He was the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Freshman Runner of the Year in 2011 after earning all-conference honors and is preparing for the Division III Pre-National Meet that Rose-Hulman is hosting Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Course.Stettler won both matches at No. 1 singles and went 1-1 at No. 1 doubles as Rose-Hulman defeated Hanover and lost to Franklin. She is 7-3 in singles and 5-5 in doubles this fall, and her career singles record is now 32-15. In other awards:--Rose freshman honored by HCAC -- Jacob Dye of Rose-Hulman has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts at Hanover on Saturday.Dye returned three kickoffs for 82 yards, including a career-long 42-yard return. He averages 24.6 yards per kickoff return on eight attempts this season and also leads the team in receiving yards (324), average per catch (15.4) and touchdowns (4). He has 21 receptions in the team's first five games.Rose-Hulman, 2-3 and 2-1 in the HCAC, has a home game this Saturday against Bluffton.Cross country--ISU men move up, women down -- 's men took a step up while the women took three steps back, according to Great Lakes Region rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.The Sycamore men competed in the Blue Division at the Invitational in a field that had 11 nationally ranked teams. The results helped the Sycamores move up to eighth in the region."This was probably the best invitational held last weekend in the country," coach John McNichols said. "We didn't finish as high up as we wanted but when you look at the strength of the field, it was not a bad day. We are hopeful that the showing will put us in the fast division at the Pre-Nationals in two weeks."Sycamore women also did not have the kind of showing they were looking for at Notre Dame with a seventh-place finish in the Gold Division, and are now 15th in the region."We had a great effort by our top runners but we still have too big a gap to our next three," coach John Gartland said. "That is something that we really need to work on before Pre-Nationals."Wrestling--Archer earns silver -- At Budapest, Hungary, Greg Archer of Terre Haute won a silver medal for a second-place finish at the 2012 Veterans Freestyle World Championship on Sept. 21.The former Indiana State wrestler helped the U.S. team to a third-place finish behind Russia and Turkey.Archer competed in the 167-pound weight class in the 61-65 age group.Golf--Rose sixth -- At Clayton, Rose-Hulman's women placed sixth at the Franklin Invitational that ended Sunday.Emily Barker led the Engineers with a 17th-place finish and a score of 88.Elm City out to 2-0 volleyball startElm City started its volleyball season with a pair of victories, including Monday's 25-6, 25-8, 25-18 decision over visiting Tarboro Martin.The Vikings opened with a a 25-15, 25-21, 25-10 victory at Toisnot last week. Against Toisnot, Caroline Silverthorne, Caroline Keeter and Lindsey Page led Elm City's scoring while Bailee Summerlin, Leia Autry and Page spearheaded the scoring cause over Martin.The Vikings play Forest Hills on Monday.Wilson Christian splits soccer matchesThe Wilson Christian soccer team moved its record to 5-2-1 overall and 3-1 within Capital Christian Middle School conference play following a recent 1-1 showing against Wilmington Christian and Greenville Christian.On Monday, the Chargers raced out to a 6-0 showing on goals by Josh Webb, Denning Hudson, Andrew Hartsfield, Preston Skinner and a pair of Brice Murray goals en route to a 6-1 victory on the road.Versus Wilmington Christian on Friday, a scoreless match evaporated in the final two minutes when the visiting Patriots struck for the only goal. WCA was held to just eight shots, while goalkeeper David Bohne had 10 saves for the Chargers.WCA travels to Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Thursday.Speight sweeps Nash CentralEarth Pender and Chloe Radford each had 11 service points and Victoria Gardner added eight as the Speight volleyball team eased to a 25-14, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Nash Central on Monday.Cougars roll past Nash Central 11-0The Speight soccer team romped to an 11-0 conquest of visiting Nash Central on Monday. Further details were not made available.The Cougars travel to Battleboro Phillips today. ___(c)2012 The Wilson Daily Times (Wilson, N.C.)Visit The Wilson Daily Times (Wilson, N.C.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesA woman who lost custody of her children while in a city witness protection program filed a $34 million lawsuit against the Baltimore Department of Social Services yesterday, alleging that her toddler son suffered a skull when he was slammed onto concrete steps while staying with a foster family. The lawsuit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court alleges that the boy, who was 2 1/2 at the time of the incident last year, sufferers from severe damage and requires constant medical care. The 15-year-old daughter of the foster care provider was arrested in October and charged with child abuse, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. officials said yesterday that they had not reviewed the lawsuit and declined to comment on it. The alleged abuse case represents the latest in a string of incidents that have shaken the state's social services network. Last month, child advocates were outraged when they learned that hard-to-place foster children were being illegally housed in a downtown office building. Earlier this year, elected leaders vowed to undertake reforms after an investigation by The Sun exposed lax oversight at privately run group homes. State and local officials have promised changes but caution that it could take years to turn around the social services system, which serves more than 10,000 foster care children every year, most of them in Baltimore. Recently, DSS officials have talked about opening an emergency shelter to house troubled youths, as well as revving up recruitment efforts for foster families.Witness in attack The toddler's mother, Martina Ford, agreed to testify for the city State's Attorney's Office in a case involving the attempted murder of a city police officer in 2002. According to the lawsuit, Ford lost custody of her son, Brandon Williams, and his three siblings last year after she was hospitalized for . Before placing children with a foster family, caseworkers usually review a prospective home as well as the people who live there, including running criminal background checks on anyone 18 years or older. Joseph B. Espo, an attorney who represents Ford, said DSS officials failed to do a thorough background check on foster parent Chloe Ann Jones, 56, of the 3700 block of Brentford Road in . He also alleges that DSS failed to regularly monitor Brandon and his sister, Naya Williams, 5, once they were placed in Jones' care. Ford's other two children - Jada Brown, 2 1/2 , and Keyon Ford, 10 1/2 - were placed in other homes.Criminal charges But according to court documents, DSS case workers allowed Brandon and Naya to be placed with Jones despite the fact that she lives with a man who has a criminal record, including assault and drug possession charges. Those types of charges would typically bar a family from participating in the foster program, a DSS official said. DSS caseworkers also apparently did not know that Jones had a teenage daughter or that she left Brandon and Naya with the girl while she was away from the house, the lawsuit maintains. "I don't know what sort of background check was done, but it seems clear that it was grossly inadequate," Espo said. An attorney for Jones, J. Wyndal Gordon, said that he was going to hold a news conference today to tell his client's side of the story.Michele Cadwell, 46, brought her daughter Emily's two smalldogs, Calvin and Chloe, to DiPasquale's on Allegheny Avenue in Towson for lunch on July 8.She asked for permission from restaurant staff and tied the dogs to the umbrella stand beside her table and said that nobody, patron or passerby, took issue with the dogs."Everyone's been so sweet," Cadwell said. "Most people look twice, then come over and pet them." It's not uncommon to see area restaurant patrons enjoying the weather in outdoor seating areas with their dogs tied to their table or chair. Now, it's not illegal, either.The Dining Out Growth Act of 2011, which took effect July 1, allows patrons to bring dogs to outdoor dining areas at restaurants, making legal a common sight in the area that few people knew was not permitted in the first place.Under the new law, restaurants must first apply to their local Department of Health and wait 30 days before allowing dogs to dine with their owner.But as of Monday, county officials said no one had bitten no restaurants had applied with the county Department of Health.State Del. Dan Morhaim, who represents the 11th District, which includes Owings Mills and , sponsored the legislation during the 2011 General Assembly session, and said that similar laws in other places, such as California, Florida, and North Carolina, have boosted their economies and brought in tax revenue, all with no initial cost to taxpayers"The idea is that this will encourage people and tourists to dine out if they find an appropriate restaurant," Morhaim said. "In other states, it's led to a boom in business."He believed that Maryland would benefit by giving travelers who do not want to leave their dogs in the car a chance to patronize local businesses.But the law also affects is on Maryland residents and businesses, many of whom were unaware that they were in violation prior to the law.DiPasquale's owner Robbie DiPasquale, 49, said he was glad Cadwell was accommodated last week when she brought her dogs to the restaurant.He said he had no idea that allowing dogs at the outside tables had been illegal before July 1 nor did he know that he was currently in violation of the law because he hasn't registered yet with the health department.On Monday, he told the Towson Times that when he returns from vacation, he plans to look into the matter and submit notice to the health department."If a permit is needed, we have no problem with that," DiPasquale said. "We have lots of customers who walk their dogs, and we don't want to discourage them from coming back."Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, wondered how many area restaurant owners would be aware of the new law."In this tough economy, they're just struggling to make it," Hafford said. "They don't watch legislative bills. They're much more concerned with the ones they have to pay."Ciro Scotto, 24, manager of Strappazza, said his restaurant has never had a problem with dogs in its sidewalk dining area, and was unaware of the legislation. He did, however, notice a recent uptick in dogs in the area and thought the new law could have been a reason why.Both Scotto and Gennaro Di Meo, 30, who runs nearby Towson Hot Bagel, said they plan to look into the matter with the health department and obtain permission"We need to be dog-friendly," Di Meo said. "On the weekends, when it's a nice day out, plenty of people come here with their dogs."Under the new law, which had bi-partisan support in the legislature, dogs are prohibited from passing through the interior of restaurants, and will only be allowed in designated parts of the outdoor areas. Restaurants can also limit the size and breeds of dogs they will allow, and owners can use their discretion in refusing entry to any patron and their pet.Once inside the restaurant, a dog must be kept on a leash at the patron's table, the dog must not be left unattended, and patrons are liable for any damages caused by their pets.Morhaim said he received many letters of support from restaurants during the legislative process, and he expected that once one restaurant in an area applied, all the rest would follow suit.After that, it's up to the public to decide what restaurants they patronize."Every restaurant has features that they use to draw people in," Morhaim said. "Sports bars have lots of televisions. This just another feature they can have. It's up to us as consumers to decide."The witch had been weeping in the boxwoods for more than half a century before Laura Amy Schlitz picked up her pen and set her free.The 57-year-old Schlitz is the librarian at Park School and a Newbery Medal-winning author whose newest novel, "Splendors and Glooms," will be published Tuesday by Candlewick Press. But in 1959, she was a small child in the throes of a nightmare. "This book is a deeply personal story, and it goes back a very long way," she says."When I was 4 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night and told my parents there was a witch crying outside in the boxwood bushes. I didn't know who she was or why she was crying, but I was terribly upset. My parents told me that there wasn't any witch and tucked me back into bed."Even at that age, she knew better than to believe everything grown-ups said."I think that witch has been crying inside my head for the past 50 years," she says, "until I was finally able to write about her.""Splendors and Glooms" is a dark fairy tale set in Victorian England that Schlitz describes as an homage to her favorite author, . It tells a story of a sad little rich girl with the evocative name of Clara Wintermute who is befriended by two orphans: scrappy, nine-fingered Parsefall and the lion-hearted Lizzie Rose.As the children battle an evil puppet master named Grisini, they are alternately hindered and aided by Cassandra, a dying witch who harbors secrets of her own."Splendors and Glooms" is Schlitz's sixth novel for children and may be her magnum opus. At nearly 400 pages, it is her longest and most structurally complex book. "Splendors" takes its title from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley and took Schlitz nearly seven years to write."This is by far Laura's most impressive work to date," says Elizabeth Bird, the youth materials specialist for the ." 'Splendors and Glooms' synthesizes a lot of what she's done over the years in one tome history, dark fairy tales, melodrama and complex villains. Laura is a true original. Nobody else writes like her or even comes close. For readers who find her, she's a revelation."Bird writes a well-regarded blog for the School Library Journal, and she has speculated that the new novel could win Schlitz a second round of Newbery honors. Though the early favorite for the 2013 prize is "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, "Splendors" has popped up on several lists predicting Newbery winners."Librarians have been talking up Laura's book unprompted," she says. "I think there's a good chance 'Splendors' could at least be an honor book."Until 2006, no one in the literary world knew Schlitz existed. That's when an editorial assistant at Candlewick Press plucked from a pile her manuscript of first-person narratives by children describing life in an English town circa 1255.In the next two years, Candlewick published four of Schlitz's children's books: a novel, a and an adaptation of a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The fourth was the monologue collection, "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village", which won the 2008 Newbery Medal.The prize and resulting book contracts allowed Schlitz to reduce her hours at Park and devote more time to writing."The child characters in Laura's books are wonderfully smart, but they're often isolated or even orphans," says Kevin Coll, who read early drafts of "Splendors and Glooms," and whom the author credits for helping her overcome writer's block."They're also not conventionally nice. They're cantankerous, funny and selfish in a deeply human way," says Coll, an English teacher and principal of Park's upper school. "In the hands of a lesser novelist, 'Splendors and Glooms' could be a morality tale. But because it's Laura's book, the characters move toward integration and connection with other human beings."Now, the author writes her books while gazing into the yard behind her cozy brick duplex in Stoneleigh. There's a reason her work is often set in the Victorian or Edwardian eras. Schlitz often seems like a throwback to those periods.District 5-AAA volleyball teams went through a topsy-turvy first half of the regular season, followed by a flippity-floppity second half. Now that the district tournament is here, it's time they get down to the nitty-gritty.Not many districts ended up with regular-season tri-champions. Not many districts have No. 1-seeded teams in their tournaments with three league losses. This district has both.Tournament action gets under way Monday, the beginning of state playoffs for teams. District finalists move on to region to play. Postseason also begins this week for teams. Graduation took a toll throughout District 5-AAA, and coming in there was no clear-cut favorite. Ooltewah, Bradley Central and Soddy-Daisy each finished the district regular season 9-3.The teams went 2-2 against each other, each winning a total of eight sets. With the next tiebreaking criteria being losses in those matches, third-seeded Soddy-Daisy wound up with nine, second-seeded Bradley Central ended up with eight and top-seeded Ooltewah had seven.The Lady Owls have the tournament's only bye, then get the winner between fifth-seeded Walker Valley and fourth-seeded Cleveland. One of their losses was to Walker Valley."In our district it's going to be whoever is playing their very best," Walker Valley coach Judy Pruett said. "It can be pretty much anybody. I just hope it's us. I hope we can peak at the right time."Said Cleveland coach Trish Flowers: "It's anybody's season. It's whoever shows up. It's a game of mistakes. Whichever team makes the fewest is who's going to come out on top."Ooltewah, 25-9 before competing this weekend in Blackman's Middle Tennessee Classic, is led by seniors Leondra Barrett, Kelsey Chernak, Karly Newman and Izabella Zdunek. The Lady Owls started their district season 1-2."We lost a lot of key players last year," said Chernak, the setter. "The people that came in to take their spots are all great players. We just kind of started off slow. Once we started getting used to each other, we started playing together."Bradley Central (27-12) is led by 6-foot-2 junior net players Brooke Copeland and Rebecca Reuter and was the last to lose its first district match. It didn't help down the stretch that senior setter Kayla Arp missed some time with a foot injury suffered in a car accident, although she was able to return and play last Thursday.Soddy-Daisy (31-18) and Cleveland (7-5 in the district, 19-18 overall before the Middle Tennessee Classic) had better second halves to their seasons. Lady Trojans coach Lorri Johnson said four sophomores had to play primary roles this year and as the season progressed they improved, particularly setter Chloe Mitchell."She had no time or experience in club ball or at the varsity level," Johnson said. "It took until about midseason for her to catch on, and now she's playing much better. More recently she's figured out she can play defense as well, which is kind of important."Lady Raiders junior hitter Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad was unable to play this year until Sept. 11. Her return has made a difference, although she continues to deal with her shoulder injury."We still have to give her breaks," Flowers said of Abdullah-Muhammad, who did not make the tournament trip this weekend. "When she came back our lineup just fell into place. We already had chemistry. Then we just started jelling."Along with its victory over the top-seeded team, Walker Valley (15-22, 5-7) had a loss against sixth-seeded Rhea County (8-16, 3-9)."We've just got to put the ball down," Walker Valley senior libero Taylor Pruett said. "We have to have confidence we can finish out games, and we've got to put the ball down. That's our main thing."McMinn County (9-13, 0-12) completes the field."I think everybody would describe their team as inconsistent," Johnson said. "Even McMinn played much better volleyball than they have in the past. It comes down to who's going to be able to play under pressure." ___(c)2012 the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.)Visit the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesJessica Holsteen had 14 kills and five blocks to guide the top-ranked (Class 3A) Mediapolis High School volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-15, 25-9 SEI Superconference North Division win over Pekin Tuesday at Mediapolis.The Bullettes are 22-0 overall, 6-0 in the North Division.Mediapolis Kills -- Haley Hillyard 7, Heidi Hillyard 8, Jessica Holsteen 14, Kensley Heater 4, Rachel Holsteen 5.Assists -- Aubrey Siegle 32.Serving -- Abby Eberhardt 5-7, Siegle 17-18 (4 aces), J Holsteen 6-7, Heater 15-15 (3 aces), Molly Woodruff 14-14 (1 ace), R Holsteen 12-12 (1 ace).Blocks -- Siegle 1, He Hillyard 1, J Holsteen 5, R Holsteen 2.Digs -- Eberhardt 1, Siegle 2, J Holsteen 5, Heater 9, Woodruff 5, R Holsteen 1.Clinton 25-25-25Burlington 12-11-13Gabby Wrede spiked five kills and Courtney Carl came up with 18 digs but the Grayhounds dropped a Mississippi Athletic Conference match in Burlington.Kills -- Gabby Wrede 5, Bailey Darnall 4, Taylor Reusch 3Assists -- Jadyn Ziegler 9, Chloe Dunne 5Serving (aces) -- Dunne 4Blocks -- Darnall 6, Dunne 2Digs -- Courtney Carl 18, Olivia Perry 9West Burlington 25-25-25Cardinal 15-14-21Tori Moore was 19-of-19, with two aces, serving to lead the Lady Falcons to a South Division sweep in West Burlington.West BurlingtonKills -- Raegan Olson 11, Riley Hale 10, Mickenzie Larpenter 9, Tori Moore 3, Lindsey Johnson 1Assists -- Stephanie Wills 22, Johnson 6 NorthWood and Elkhart Central advanced with second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at the East Noble sectional at Noble Hawk.Host East Noble won the tournament with a 332, 18 shots ahead of NorthWood and 27 up on Central. East Noble's Katherine Sharp shot a sizzling, 5-under 65 to earn medalist honors.The top three teams, along with the top three individuals not part of the top three teams, advance to the regional round. Fairfield's Mary Shipley (81) and Kelsie Robison (83), along with Goshen's Teage Minier (89) will advance as individuals to the regional, which East Noble will host at Cobblestone Saturday.EAST NOBLE SECTIONALAt Noble Hawk, (par 70)TEAM SCORES: 1. EAST NOBLE 332; 2. NORTHWOOD 350; 3. ELKHART CENTRAL 359; 4. FAIRFIELD 361; 5. GOSHEN 402; 6. NORTHRIDGE 418; 7. WEST NOBLE 418; 8. CONCORD 442; 9. ELKHART MEMORIAL 461; 10. PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 465.Medalist -- Katherine Sharp (East Noble) 65NORTHWOOD (350): Heidi Morganthaler 82; Kathryn Adams 89; Rachel Beebe 99; Linnzie Richner 80; Kayla Stankovich 104.ELKHART CENTRAL (359): Hannah Whisler 84; Elizabeth Tully 90; Franchesca Rodino 90; Alysa Miller 95; Katie Evans 109.FAIRFIELD (361): Mary Shipley 81*; Kelsie Robison 83*; Alayna Fritchley 93; Cosette Kahler 117; Caroline Kauffman 104.GOSHEN (402): Teage Minier 89*; Gale Immel 103; Morgan Leonard 112; Katheryn Giddens 110; Claire Palcynski 100.NORTHRIDGE (418): Madison Stewart 97; Sidney Reed 118; Kelly Soard 107; Emily Thomas 96; Abbey McClure 123.CONCORD (442): Michaela Searer 116; Ashlyn Ball 105; Samantha Olberholtzer 106; Olivia Kauffman 115; Elizabeth Gill 130.ELKHART MEMORIAL (461): Allyson Disher 122; Kharlee Scory 121; Hannah Dillman 104; Kaylin Byers 114; Chloe Klein 127.--Advances as individual to regionalAt WarsawHost Warsaw easily on the meet at Stonehenge in Winona Lake.Warsaw shot 357 to beat Rochester's 371 and Plymouth's 389. Wawasee also shot 389, but lost the fifth-golfer tie-breaker to Plymouth.Warsaw's Elizabeth Meadows and Wawasee's Mikayla Mawhorter each shot 85, with Meadows winning a playoff to take medalist honors. Mawhorter, along with Samantha Seibel (86) and Mackenzie Toth (95), both of Culver Girls Academy, move on the East Noble regional Saturday.Mason and Olivia were the top baby names at last year.The hospital delivered 4,254 babies in 2011 and 34 were named Mason and 33 Olivia. Other popular names were Jacob, Andrea, Ava and Madison. Many of the names on the GBMC list followed national trends. Here is what says are the most popular names around the country.Olivia has been among the top 10 at GBMC in each of the past five years, including ranking three times as the most popular. It was the fourth-most popular girls name last year nationwide according to the BabyCenter.com list.Mason finisheed second at GBMC in 2010, and this years BabyCenter.com survey notes Mason is coming up strong," finishing third nationwide after finishing 11th in 2010.This is the fifth year GBMC has ranked baby names. Here is the entire list.Baby Boy NamesBaby Girl NamesMason (34)Olivia (33)Jacob Ryan (32)Ava (27)Andrew (30)Madison (24)Ethan Liam (27)Isabella (22)Noah (25)Elizabeth, Emily, Emma (19)Benjamin, Jackson Matthew (24)Abigail Grace (18)Aiden, Nathan William (20)Chloe, London Sophia (17)Charles, Gavin, Jack, John, Michael Nicholas (18)Anna , Charlotte Ella (16)Alexander , Carter Luke (17)Sydney (15)Owen Tyler (16)Zoe Zoey (13)The Owings Mills Track Club has never had it so good. A record 18 of its competitors advanced to the USA Track Field Junior Olympic Nationals at on July 29, by far the most athletes Owings Mills has sent to the event in the last 11 years."When it comes right down to it, I have an exceptional group," Owings Mills Track Club coach Vince Rollo said. "I had three or four athletes go in the past (in one year). But this has been a special year."Qualifying for the national meet is an accomplishment in itself, considering participants have to post top-five finishes in individual events at the Potomac Valley Association championships to make the cut. "This is the hardest meet to qualify for in the country," Rollo said. Maybe the most impressive segment of the team's success has been the 1,600-meter 11-12 relay team of Jenae Dorsey, Gabby Halaby, Camerson Hinton and Sydney Glibert.The group ran a blazing 4:07.89 to finish second overall behind a team from Virginia."It's incredibly hard to win a medal in this event, but I knew they had the ability to be exceptional." Rollo said. "It's very hard for a team to come up with four girls that fast. High school is one thing, but to find four 11-and-12-year-old girls that can run like that is unusual."Rollo said the chemistry between the four was the difference."They do everything together," the coach explained. "And their parents take them out all the time together."The four girls also had grueling workouts three days a week at New Town High School."She has come up with a sprint-training program," Rollo said of Owings Mills assistant coach Shirley Hinton. "They have the toughest workouts. They are very similar to high school workouts. It's been very effective in helping them."Hinton and Gilbert also competed individually in the 400 at the national meet.Each ran faster times this summer than former McDonogh School standout sprinter Autumn Franklin and Western Tech rising junior Rebecca Holt, who broke the Class 1A state record in the 400 in May."These two girls are the fastest 400 runners to come through my team in the past 11 years," Rollo said.The 7-8 400 relay team, Sage Hinton, Chloe Gross, Ashley Thomas and Kayla White, also participated at the meet as well as individual performers Dasha Beaton (7-8, shot put), Trej Johnson (13-14, triple jump), Ebone Jones (13-14, high jump) and Hinton (100, 200).Discus thrower Amanda Murphy was hampered by a shoulder injury in 13-14 age division and didn't finish as high as she had in other national track meets. She had medaled the previous three years at AAU national meets in New Orleans, Norfolk, Va. and Des Moines, Iowa.Ty Trinh posted the highest finish, placing eighth in the long jump, for the boys at the national meet.Donovan Young (7-8, 200), Molek Ewell (11-12, 100) and Terel Beuford (9, discus) and the 9-10 400 relay team of Yemi Windapo, Devin Mason and twins Aaron and Andrew Ray also participated for Owings Mills."Most of our 18 participants placed high," Shirley Hinton said. "That was special."The Packers had a tougher time with the Falcons than they may have anticipated, but some solid defense and a timely goal saw Austin get in the win column by a score of 1-0 in a girls soccer game in Art Hass Stadium Thursday.Nicole Lipari put Austin (5-5 overall, 2-3 Big Nine) up for good when she tracked down a loose ball and lofted it into the net to put her team up 1-0 in the 56th minute."I just one-touched it, controlled and shot," Lipari said. "I didn't expect it to go in because it was with my left foot, but I was happy. That game could've been 5-0 or 6-0. We had quite a bit of missed opportunities, but at least we won." Hannah Voogd had a chance to put Austin up with 28 minutes left in the game, but her breakaway shot went just wide left of the goal. In all, Austin had 11 shots on goal and it held the Falcons (1-10 overall, 0-5 Big Nine) to five shots on goal and Austin freshman Chloe Summerfield stopped them all."I thought that we played really solid," Austin defender Taryn Sims said. "Our midfielders had some good passes, our defense played strong and our forwards had some good shots. I felt like everybody was on the same page, we were communicating and it was all-around just a good game."The only chances that the Falcons had to score were when the ball escaped Summerfield's hands a couple of times near the net. But the Packer defense made sure no goals were allowed as Austin picked up its fifth shutout of the year."We had a really good defensive practice yesterday. Our main focus is not letting them past us and if you're not paying attention for a second, they can get by you," Sims said. "There's a few times where my head was spinning, but if Chloe comes out of the net, I run back and cover the goal for her. We do our best to take the pressure of her." ___(c)2012 the Austin Daily Herald (Austin, Minn.)Visit the Austin Daily Herald (Austin, Minn.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesCOMMENTING POLICY: Readers are encouraged to post comments that are germane to the article. We reserve the right to remove any user, and to delete comments that contain abusive language or personal threats, as well as those that are racist or demeaning. Readers may report comments by clicking "Report Abuse." Once a comment has been flagged, a Baltimore Sun staffer will investigate. for more information on commenting.USA SwimmingPhelps, Lochte headline start of Grand Prix SeriesThe top swimmers in the country, including (Fells Point) and , will be back in the pool Friday through Nov. 14 for the Minnesota Grand Prix, the first stop of the 2010-2011 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. The Grand Prix Series, which awards the top swimmer a $20,000 purse, includes a total of seven stops throughout the country. The Minnesota meet, which will be contested in short course yards, will also feature national teamers Elizabeth Pelton (Baltimore), Chloe Sutton, Missy Franklin, Christine Jennings, David Plummer and Tunisian Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday. Phelps took home the prize in 2008 as the overall points leader of the series.College footballTigers QB Hart suspended indefinitely for rules violationTowson coach Rob Ambrose has suspended junior quarterback Chris Hart indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the school announced Friday. "Being a member of our football program carries with it certain responsibilities and expectations," Ambrose said. "Unfortunately, Chris has made choices that are not in line with the direction of our program. While this development is a disappointment, our team remains focused on Delaware [today] and toward our unified goal of finishing the 2010 campaign in a strong fashion." Bart Blanchard, a graduate student who transferred from The Citadel, is expected to start at quarterback today.More college football: National Rehabilitation Hospital will honor former patient and football broadcaster Tim Strachan, a former DeMatha standout athlete and spinal cord injury survivor, at its 24th annual Gala Victory Awards on Wednesday at the Organization of American States in Washington. The evening is a tribute to former NRH patients for exemplifying exceptional strength and courage in the face of physical adversity. The evening will feature a cocktail buffet, a silent and live auction reception and the Victory Awards Presentation to the honorees. The awards presentation is set for approximately 9 p.m.College field hockeyTerps advance to ACC title game, beating Deacons, 5-4, in 2 OTsJunior defender Jemma Buckley scored on a pass from sophomore midfielder Megan Frazer three minutes into the second overtime period Friday to give top-seeded Maryland a 5-4 win over fifth-seeded Wake Forest in the first semifinal game of the ACC field hockey championship in Winston-Salem, N.C. advance to the championship game for the third consecutive year. After the Terps (18-1) took a 4-2 lead in the 61st minute, the Demon Deacons (10-9) rallied, scoring two goals within a span of just over two minutes. The game-tying goal came with five seconds to go in regulation. Senior Katie O'Donnell and freshman Jill Witmer led the Terps in scoring, registered two goals each. The Terrapins took 29 shots total, including seven in overtime. They held the Demon Deacons to just eight shots. Maryland moves on to the title game, which is set for noon Sunday. The Terps will face No. 2 seed North Carolina, which beat No. 3 seed Virginia, 1-0 in overtime in the other semifinal. The title game is a rematch of the 2009 championship, which the won, 3-2. The two last met in the ACC title game in 2004 with North Carolina prevailing 3-1. Sunday's championship game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.Et ceteraTowson closes out season with 4-2 win over Georgia St.Led by two goals from senior midfielder Marco Mangione (Calvert Hall), Towson (9-6-2, 3-6-2) snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Georgia State (7-7-3, 4-6-1) in the season finale for both teams. The second-leading scorer in the CAA, Mangione recorded his third two-goal game of the season as the Tigers earned their first victory since a 2-1 victory over Northeastern on Oct. 20. With 3:34 left in regulation, freshman (River Hill) tallied the first goal of his college career by scoring off a feed from freshman forward Olakunle Banjo (Largo).More men's college soccer: A flurry of long-range blasts launched host No. 3 Maryland (14-2-1) past Coastal Carolina, 5-0, on Senior Night. Loyola (9-5-2, 5-2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) could not overcome a Fairfield (5-7-5, 4-4-0) goal in the final minute of the first half, falling by a 1-0 score.Women's college soccer: For the second straight year, Stevenson (11-6-1) will host the title game of the CAC championship, welcoming Frostburg State (15-3) today for a rematch of their regular-season meeting on the same field. Game time is at 1 p.m. Tori Eskay (Urbana) was voted by the St.Mary's Department of Athletics and Recreation as the Athlete of the Month for October.Navy: Former Navy athletes Lt. j.g. Meggie Curran, Lt.j.g. Carmen Myers, Lt. j.g. Trey Hines and Lt.Adam Lane will appear on " First Take" on Monday. The show will be aired live from the USS in Norfolk, Va., at 10 a.m. The episode is part of ESPN's "America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans." The weeklong salute will feature a variety of military-themed programming leading up to on Thursday. All four officers are 2007 graduates of the Naval Academy and are stationed on the USS George H.W. Bush. Myers and Curran were four-year members of the women's soccer team. Hines was a four-year slotback on the football team, and Lane was a two-year member of the men's basketball program.Men's college basketball: Navy will tip off its 104th season of collegiate basketball Monday night when it faces host Texas in the 2010 2KSports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at 9 p.m. The game will be the season opener for both teams.College Volleyball: Amanda Halls recorded her ninth "double-double" of the season to lead Towson (14-14, 2-9 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-23) victory at William Mary. UMBC (10-14, 6-3) defeated Hartford, 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 15-25, 25-21 and 15-6), to remain in second place in America East. The Hawks fell to 8-19 and 3-7 in conference play.Lingerie Football League: Kacey White rushed for 49 yards and a score, while catching two passes for 13 yards and a score, as the host Baltimore Charm earned its first win in franchise history with a 42-19 victory over the Orlando Fantasy. The Charm rushed for 169 yards on 20 carries and limited Orlando to 47 yards on the ground. For a photo gallery from the game, go to baltimoresun.com/sports.From Sun staff and news servicespractical one at 11:41 PM June 08, 2012 Pits are frequently acquired for reasons other than companionsihp, such as weapons, for dog fighting, as status symbols, or for the vicarious power/aggression they provide their owners. This results inthe fact that many/most pits are not spayed/neutered, even when offered at no charge. Consequently they suffer and die disproportionately from severe abuse, negelct, abandoment, overpopulation. This seems to be acceptable to the pit mongers; proof is they refuse to offer and refuse to accept any breed specific solutions to the breed specific crisis.Pits remain THE choice of dog fighters all across the US, as they're the best at attacking without reason, without warning or trying to avoid the confrontation, mauling even if the other submits, is down, "says uncle", doing great damage, not stopping even if severely injured.Recently pits have been impaled thru the skull with a gardenpitchfork, stabbed, shot repeatedly, sliced open with a box cutter, burned, shot with a nailgun, sprayed with BEAR spray,beaten with pipes/baseball bats/chains/bricks/rocks,run over with vehicles, all in attempts to free thevictim/stop a mauling. Obviously pits suffer too from their man-made mauling instincts.Most pits will not attack, but they do not need to be abused, trained, or vicious to act ontheir instinct to maul and attack a victim. They can't help it, they are victims too. Nolan Seward had three goals in an otherwise balanced attack as host Terre Haute North opened Class 2A boys sectional soccer play with a 7-0 win over Owen Valley on Monday.Nine different Patriots participated in the scoring, while Myles Curry and Chris Schenck shared goalkeeping chores. Schenck had the only two saves while playing the final 30 minutes.Play at North resumes at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when undefeated Vincennes Lincoln plays defending sectional champion Terre Haute South. North and Northview play the second match at approximately 7:30 p.m. Owen Valley 0 0 -- 0Terre Haute North 3 4 -- 7N -- Nolan SewardN -- Noah Brewster (Mark Miller)N -- SewardN -- Seward (Jacob Parham)N -- Jared Prifogle penalty kickN -- Dominick Hendricks (Logan Perry)N -- Nathan Paul-Bonham (Jacob Wilson)Next -- North (8-8-1) plays Northview at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Owen Valley finished 3-8-3.In other sectional soccer:--South Knox 2, Washington Catholic 0 -- At Sullivan, the Spartans won the opening-round match in girls Class A play.Play at Sullivan continues today with the host Golden Arrows playing Pike Central at 5 p.m., followed by West Vigo against South Vermillion.South Knox advanced to a semifinal match Thursday against North Knox.Volleyball--Terre Haute North 3, Union 0 -- At Terre Haute North, the host Patriots got 30 assists from Anna Taylor and 20 service points from both Valerie Lewis and Kristen Mauer in a nonconference win.Union 9 20 13It was a little bit of a roller coaster, but the East Nicolaus High volleyball team picked up a big win on Thursday night.After winning their first two games 25-14, 27-25, the Spartans dropped games three and four by scores of 22-25, 10-25, before rallying for a victory in the decisive fifth game 15-6 over host Live Oak.East Nicolaus improved to 2-1 in Sacramento Valley League play and 3-6 overall. Brooke Essary amassed 10 kills and three aces for the Spartans, while Amanda Taylor dished out 10 assists and served six aces.The Spartans' JV team fell 25-21, 23-25, 16-14, but received a strong effort from Jordan Bailey with four kills and four aces. Narissa Navarro had four kills and an ace.No information was reported by Live Oak.River Valley 3, Natomas 0In Yuba City -- The Falcons routed the Nighthawks at Falcon Gymnasium with a 25-6, 25-7, 25-6 Tri-County Conference victory.Sierra Pedley was dominant from the service line with 12 aces.Amrita Dale dished out eight assists and McKenzie Skyberg added six of her own to go with six digs.Taylor Massengale recorded five kills to round out strong all-around showing by the Falcons (14-1, 2-0).Pioneer 3, Yuba City 0In Woodland -- Maddie Collins recorded 10 blocks and nine kills, but the Honkers came up short in a 25-19, 25-20, 25-23 loss to the Patriots in a TCC match.Jordan Coxe had seven blocks and six kills, and Ally Reece added three kills in the loss for Yuba City (7-8, 1-1).The Honkers won the junior varsity match in three games by scores of 24-26, 25-9, 15-11.Summer Williams tallied 11 kills and Caroline Van Ruiten and Alex MacElfresh combined for eight. Lora Solorio dished out 22 assists and served two aces in the win for Yuba City (7-3, 2-0).Sutter 3, Corning 0In Corning -- Ava Payton tallied 11 kills and three aces and Erika Larsen added five kills and a pair of blocks to help lift the Huskies to a straight-set victory over the Cardinals.Game scores were 25-18, 25-16, 25-15.Mikayla Caldwell had six kills, Savannah Besso tallied 24 assists and Alix Russell chipped in with seven digs in the win for Sutter (13-7).The St. Michael's boys soccer team entered Monday's district tilt coming off a draining penalty kick win over Portales.Little wonder, it took the Horsemen a half to get untracked against East Mountain. When they finally did, a scoreless halftime tie at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex turned into a 5-0 win for St. Michael's (5-3, 3-0 District 2A-AAA).Inigo Ostolaza scored his first of three goals off a long throw-in from Abraham Rodriguez in the 53rd minute. It recharged a lethargic Horsemen bunch. Rodriguez and Ostolaza hooked up again two minutes later, this time with Rodriguez putting it in the back of the net."Maybe it was a bit of an emotional letdown after Saturday's marathon," head coach Merritt Brown said.Ostolaza banged home his other scores in the 62nd and 75th minute. In between, Jeff Groenewold scored off a header. St. Michael's goalkeeper Chris Legits started, but recorded no saves in 67 minutes. Tyler Trollinger replaced him and had two saves.GIRLS SOCCERDesert Academy 2, Santa Fe Indian School 1At Alto Park, Franny O'Byrne's goal in the second half proved to be the game winner as the Lady Wildcats held off the Lady Braves in a windy second half.O'Byrne gathered a corner kick by Hannah Lochner and drove home the tiebreaking goal in the 52nd minute. It snapped a 1-1 tie that SFIS created with its first and only goal in the 31st minute.Desert Academy (5-3) opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Danielle Zimber scored off an assist from Chloe Clemens.The Lady Wildcats open their district schedule Wednesday at Santa Fe Preparatory.FootballAs of late Monday night, there was still no word from the New Mexico Activities Association about possible additional punishment for three football players who scuffled with one another at the end of Saturday's football game between McCurdy and Santa Fe Indian School.The Bobcats led 45-0 heading into the fourth quarter when pushing and shoving between an unidentified McCurdy player and SFIS seniors Javeri Coriz and Alejandro Henderson escalated to fisticuffs. All three players were ejected, and the game was called.Per NMAA rules, the players are automatically suspended for a game, but assistant director Dusty Young said the NMAA could still impose stiffer sanctions on the players and teams. Young said the organization is still poring through game tape, but plans to announce any further penalties early Tuesday morning. ___(c)2012 The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.)Visit The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesNeil Lingenfelter scored the game-winning goal with 25 minutes remaining in the second half and the Marysville High boys soccer team packed in its defense at the end to pick up a 1-0 Golden Empire League victory over Dixon at Marks Field in Marysville on Wednesday.With the win, the Indians improved to 8-2 overall while upping their record to 2-0 in league play."They beat us 13-1 and 8-0 last year, so they were stunned we beat them," Marysville coach Steve Tennis said. "Our whole defense just played great today." Freddy Terriquez recorded nine saves in goal to preserve the shutout, and Tennis praised the defensive effort of Erik Tinoco, Jaime Tinoco, Andrew McFarland and Taylor Zaytsow in the victory for the Indians.Marysville (0-3-1, 0-1) dropped the junior varsity match 8-0. Jesus Basulta played well defensively for the Indians, coach Dallas McBride said.Yuba City 1, Woodland 0In Woodland -- Jaime Chavez scored on an assist from Donovan Guzman in the first half and the Honkers held off the Wolves to earn a Tri-County Conference victory on the road.Coach Sean Nelson lauded the midfield play Christian Serrano and Javier Fernandez for Yuba City (5-3-3), which moved to 2-1 in TCC play with the victory.The Honkers (4-3-1, 1-1-1) lost the junior varsity match 2-1. Julian Chavez scored the goal and Josh Contreras notched the assist for Yuba City.VOLLEYBALLSutter 3, Marysville 0In Sutter -- Brooke Smallwood delivered seven straight service points in the first game, Mikayla Caldwell followed with eight points in a row and the Huskies went on to cruise past the Indians by scores of 25-13, 25-18, 25-16 in a nonleague match.Caldwell finished the night with 11 kills, Ava Payton tallied 10 kills and an ace, Erika Larsen finished with five kills and two blocks, and Savannah Besso dished out 20 assists in the win for Sutter (12-7).Reyna Williamson tallied five kills, two assists, two digs and a block for the Indians, while Candice Hugi totaled five kills and two digs.Annie Wooten amassed two kills and five digs. Brooke Bigley recorded six digs for Marysville (7-6).Sutter also won the junior varsity match 25-8, 25-21. Sara Stephenson had eight kills and five aces, Taylor Cooper added four kills and Chloe Heape tallied 11 assists in the victory.Haley Williamson picked up three kills and a block, and Haley Williams and Savannah Harris had a kill each for Marysville (7-4).The Huskies won the freshman contest 25-7, 25-12 as well.Marysville's Angelica Maples and Megan Sandler each had two kills while Maples added two assists for the Indians (2-6).CROSS COUNTRYPirates, Huskies run at Butte View League meetIn Colusa -- Wheatland's Spencer Koski placed fourth at the first Butte View League varsity boys meet of the season by finishing the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 43 seconds.Sutter's Diego Montes timed in at 19:28 and teammate Quinten Gruenthal was clocked at 20:21.The Huskies also received strong performances in the 2.2-mile junior varsity boys race with Alec Bell taking second (13:34), Scott Roberts placing third (13:54) and Taylor Chambers taking fourth (14.11).David Ries took eighth (14:23) and Keenan Murphy placed 11th (14:55) to lead the way for the Pirates.Taylor Ford (16:57) and Jessica Jimenez (17:02) led the way for the Sutter girls in the junior varsity race. ___(c)2012 the Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, Calif.)Visit the Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, Calif.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services Terre Haute North and 14th-ranked Terre Haute South tuned up for an upcoming Indianapolis-area invasion by winning one-sided matches against more familiar foes in boys high school tennis Thursday.South beat West Vigo 5-0 at home, losing just two games along the way, while North disposed of visiting Northview by the same score, losing only three games.Both teams host third-ranked Indianapolis North Central and fifth-ranked Brebeuf on Saturday. At Terre Haute SouthSouth 5, West Vigo 0Singles -- Nathan Bogle (THS) def. Kyle Watson 6-0, 6-0; Krishan Kumar (THS) def. Paden Horsley 6-0, 6-0; Alex Barksdale (THS) def. Blake Benefiel 6-1, 6-0.Doubles -- Reed Crawford-Scott Kellar (THS) def. Chris Gardner-Tyson Tolerson 6-0, 6-0; Alec Fair-Henry Stadler (THS) def. Logan Benefiel-Michael Vermillion 6-1, 6-0.JV -- South won 5-0.Next -- South (10-2) plays Brebeuf at 9 a.m. and Indianapolis North Central at 1 p.m. Saturday.At Terre Haute NorthNorth 5, Northview 0Singles -- Tate Egan (THN) def. Devin Clark 6-0, 6-0; Ethan Caldwell (THN) de. Tyler Funk 6-0, 6-0; Andrew Farmer (THN) def. Damon Bass 6-0, 6-0.Doubles -- Sam Wolf-Gabe Savigny (THN) def. Gaddis Baysinger-Skyler Holifield 6-3, 6-0; Keaton Akers-Justin Newton (THN) def. -Alec Coughanowr 6-0, 6-0.JV -- North won 8-0.Next -- North (7-3) will play host to Indianapolis North Central (9 a.m.) and Brebeuf (1 p.m.) on Saturday. Northview is now 13-5.In other boys high school tennis Thursday:--Bloomfield 5, Sullivan 0 -- At Sullivan, Del Carter won his match at No. 1 singles by a 6-2, 6-1 score to help the visiting Cardinals emerge victorious.Singles -- Del Carter (B) def. Jake Pirtle 6-2, 6-1; Alex Chestnut (B) def. William Arnett 6-1, 6-3; Conner Dowden (B) def. Carson Willis 6-3, 6-2.Doubles -- Andrew Dawson-Jared Myers (B) def. Luke Willis-Austin Bobbitt 6-3, 6-1; Evan Fuller-Hunter Heaton (B) def. Callen Spatz-Riley Pirtle 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.WednesdayThe Paso Robles High boys cross country team won the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, placing three runners in the top 20 and five in the top 30 in the Division 3 race at the Stanford Golf Course.Matt Kwiatkoski placed 14th in the 5K race in 16 minutes, 23 seconds to lead the Bearcats, who finished with 93 team points, 40 points ahead of second-place Placer. Campolindo was third at 144 and Miramonte was fourth at 152.David Farrell was 15th for Paso Robles (16:26), Kyle Ravera was 20th (16:36), Noah Yoshida was 23rd (16:40) and Zach Chamberlain was 26th (16:41). Miramonte's Tyler Hanson was the boys individual winner in 15:44."We've been in the top three before but never won it," Bearcats coach Ivan Huff said. "We were really on today. We really clicked with the grouping of our team. It's always nice to race well, but you always want to do it at the end of the season, too."We're happy, but we know more important races are coming down the road."The Morro Bay boys placed 13th in the Division 4 race, led by Billy Vedrin (16:50) and Austin Lay (16:51), who placed 36th and 37th, respectively.Mission Prep placed 14th in the girls Division 5 race, and the boys placed 16th.Karina Torres was 28th (17:57) for the Royals girls, and Jack Mooney was 29th (17:57) for the Mission Prep boys.Richard Brug InvitationalPaso Robles and Atascadero placed first and second, respectively, in the large-school 5K varsity girls race at Santa Margarita Lake.The Bearcats, with 46 points, placed three runners in the top 10, including Ashley Davis in third (21:37), Angela Sandoval in fourth (21:53) and Claire Farrell in ninth (22:30).Amanda Schultz placed 14th (22:55), and Nicole Scarborough placed 16th (23:07) for Paso Robles.The Greyhounds, with 65 points, had two top-10 runners in Miriam Orozco, who placed fifth (22:05), and Hannah Livengood, who placed eighth (22:19).Maria Orozco placed 12th (22:50), and Camille Franco placed 18th (23:22) for Atascadero.In the large-school varsity boys race, Triston Ioppini placed 13th (18:19) for the Greyhounds.Templeton placed third in the small-school varsity girls race with 51 points.Dana Alpert placed fifth (20:56), Kecymar Osuna placed sixth (21:33), Chloe Bergquist placed 12th (23:06) and Hannah Weaver placed 14th (23:27) for the Eagles.Alex Hascall of Nipomo won the small-school varsity boys race (17:20).GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Atascadero at Royal TournamentAfter losing to Notre Dame and Van Nuys in their first two games, the Greyhounds won two straight en route to the Silver Division semifinals, where they fell 25-16 to Arcadia.Atascadero fell to Notre Dame 25-20, 25-12 and Van Nuys 18-25, 25-20, 16-14.The Greyhounds then rallied for a 13-25, 30-28, 15-13 win over Camarillo to finish pool play and setting up a first-round playoff match against Arroyo Grande, which Atascadero won 25-21.Mission Prep at Carpinteria TournamentThe Royals fell 25-20, 25-19 to Gladstone and 25-21, 25-21 to Mecca Valley before splitting with Cabrillo 17-25, 25-22 in pool play.In the single-elimination playoffs, Mission Prep fell 25-23 to Cate. ___(c)2012 The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)Visit The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services In an effort to strengthen his team's attack, Swansboro soccer coach Doug Kidd moved Ian Cole from the backfield to more of an offensive position.The move paid off Thursday night as Cole scored 2 goals to lead the Pirates to a 2-1 East Central 2-A Conference victory at Richlands."We gave him a shot and he responded well," Kidd said. "It really paid off." Kidd also credited Daniel Hicks for helping Cole become an attacker. Cole was making his first start in the backfield."That allowed us to free up Ian and put him in the midfield," Kidd said.Cole scored his first goal off an assist from Cameron Noonan early in the second half to give Swansboro a 1-0 lead.After Richlands' Dakota Rush tied the game at 1-1 about 3 minutes later on a goal off an assist from Ransome Stone, Cole gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead with 14 minutes left when he scored on an assist from Jacob Lemasters."It was a really good game," Richlands coach Mike Roed said. "They scored both goals on set pieces and by putting the balls in dangerous spots."Swansboro 0 2 -- 2Richlands 0 1 -- 1GOALS--S: Cole 2. R: Rush. ASSISTS--S: Noonan, Lemasters. R: Stone. IN GOAL--S: Nick Kohlman (3 saves). R: Jax Eddleman (5 saves). SHOTS ON GOAL--S 7, R 4. CORNER KICKS--S 3, R 1. RECORDS--S: 6-4-1, 3-1, hosts New Bern on Monday. R: 3-7-1, 1-2, hosts Northside on Monday.Dixon 1, East Duplin 0 OT: Chandler Pitz scored with about 3 minutes left in the second 10-minute overtime to lift Dixon to a nonconference win at East Duplin.It marked the Bulldogs' second overtime victory this season over the Panthers.Austin Billiot assisted on Pitz' goal. Kenny Berregard made 14 saves for the Bulldogs.Dixon 0 0 0 1 -- 1East Duplin 0 0 0 0 -- 0GOALS--D: Pitz. ASSISTS--D: Billiot. IN GOAL--D: Berregard (14 saves). E: Joseph Corte-Real (4 saves). SHOTS ON GOAL--D 5, E 14. CORNER KICKS--D 2, E 5. RECORDS--D: 8-5, at Southwest on Wednesday. E: 5-8-1, hosts Clinton on Monday.Jacksonville 5, South Central 0: Defender Blake Heatherly recorded a hat trick to lead Jacksonville to a Coastal 3-A Conference win over South Central.Each of Heatherly's goals came after he played the ball from the backfield, dribbled it to the attacking third, passed it off and got it back before scoring. His first goal came on a shot from 30 yards out.Aaron Sparks added a goal and an assist, Warren Washington notched a goal and C.J. Sparks had 2 assists for the Cardinals.Swansboro's tennis team did it again.For the second time this season, the Pirates dealt Jacksonville a 5-4 loss, this time defeating the Cardinals on their own home courts Monday.Last week Swansboro topped Jacksonville to give the Cardinals their first loss this season. "Our seniors stepped up tonight and played really well," Swansboro coach Jim Sheehan said.The Pirates' Julie Nielsen won No. 4 singles to secure the victory for Swansboro. Nielsen defeated her opponent 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 10-3."Julie gutted one out," Sheehan said.Morgan Sheehan, Emily Scarborough and Katie Yingling also won in singles play for the Pirates. Sheehan and Scarborough also teamed up for a win in No. 1 doubles.Chloe Brown and Bria Carberry won in singles play for the Cardinals.SINGLES: Sheehan (S) d. Stephanie Wangerin 6-1, 6-0; Scarborough (S) d. Sara Ingraham 6-0, 6-0; Yingling (S) d. Kate Reeves 6-4, 6-1; Nielsen (S) d. Morgan Redick 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 10-3; Brown (J) d. Caroline Provost 6-0, 6-1; Carberry (J) d. Lea Hartness 6-3, 6-4.DOUBLES: Sheehan/Scarbrough (S) d. Wangerin/Ingraham 8-1; Reeves/Redick (J) d. Yingling/Nhi Pham 8-6; Brown/Carberry (J) d. Hartness/Charlotte Raley 8-4.RECORDS: S: 11-2, hosts Clinton in doubleheader. J: 12-2, at West carteret today.SOCCERRichlands 5, Northside 0: Dakota Rush recorded 3 goals and an assist to lead Richlands to an East Central 2-A Conference win over Northside.Rush scored 2 goals in the second half to help the Wildcats pull away."Dakota was able to make runs and we found him," Richlands coach Mike Roed said. "He was on tonight. He played well and we found him."Stevie Irwin and Drew Harrington each added a goal for Richlands.Northside 0 0 -- 0Richlands 2 3 -- 5GOALS--R: Rush 3, Irvin, Harrington. ASSISTS--R: Rush, Trey Smith, Ransome Stone, Tolson Jeffrey. IN GOAL--N: NA. R: Jax Eddleman (2 saves). SHOTS ON GOAL--N 2, R 10. CORNER KICKS--N 0, R 8. RECORDS--N: 0-8, 0-4, hosts Clinton on Wednesday. R: 4-7-1, 2-2, at Topsail on Wednesday.Swansboro 4, New Bern 1: Jacob Watson recorded 2 goals and an assist to lead Swansboro to a nonconference victory over New Bern. The Pipestone Area Arrows swept Redwood Valley 3-0 in a Southwest Conference volleyball matchup Thursday night in Pipestone.Pipestone won 25-15, 25-21, 25-21 in the three games to take the win.Nicole Hollingsworth had nine kills, Taylor Kruisselbrink had 11 kills and Megan Remund had eight kills for the Arrows. Kelly Nettik had 24 set assists, while Amanda Haupert picked up 22 digs with Brittany Evans adding 18 digs for PA. Kruisselbrink was also 14-for-14 on the serve with nine aces and Remund was also 14-for-14 with two aces.The Arrows play Saturday in a South Dakota Tournament and then travels to Murray County Central Tuesday.SWU 3, MLA 1MOUNTAIN LAKE -- The Southwestern United Wildcats took down the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines in a volleyball match 25-14, 20-25, 25-12, 25-13 Thursday in Mountain Lake.Janessa Peters was 13-for-14 on the serve with four aces, 13 kills and four blocks for the Wolverines. Paige Brown (13-for-13) was perfect on the serve with two aces and three kills, while Mikayla Falk had 10 digs.Courtney Place had 17 kills and six blocks for the Wildcats, while Autumn Hinkledey had eight kills and eight blocks. Rachel Mathias (23-for-23) was perfect on the serve and also picked up three aces. Mandy Henkels had 13 digs and 34 set assists for the WildcatsMLA travels to MCC Tuesday and SWU hosts Harris-Lake Park Tuesday.RRC 3, Edgerton 0EDGERTON -- The Red Rock Central Falcons beat the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen 25-18, 25-16, 25-12 Thursday night in a Red Rock Conference volleyball matchup.Mikaela Smith was 19-for-20 on the serve with three aces and 13 set assists, while Tegan Derickson (10-for-10) was perfect on the serve with an ace for the Falcons. Chloe Arfsten also had an ace to go along with her six digs, while Fern Engen had five kills and four blocks.Amanda Schaap had two aces, 12 set assists to compliment Jessica Menning's two aces and two blocks for the Dutchmen. Sarah Post had six kills, 10 digs and two blocks, while Lindsey VanDyke picked up four kills.Edgerton plays Tuesday against Southwest Christian and RRC hosts Adrian Tuesday.SWC 3, MCC 1EDGERTON -- The Southwest Christian Eagles beat the Murray County Central Rebels 25-13, 25-11, 20-25, 25-18 Thursday in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match.Amber Pater had 13 kills and 18 digs for the Eagles, while Shelby Klarenbeek had 13 digs. Hannah Van Dyke had 36 set assists and Tianna Top picked up four blocks.Kriti Bose had nine kills, 11 digs and two aces for the Rebels, while Taylor Schreier had four kills, 18 digs and two blocks. Paris Thomas also had 17 digs for MCC.SWC plays in the Unity Christian tournament this Saturday in Iowa and MCC hosts Mountain Lake Area Tuesday. The Southwestern United Wildcats swept the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots 3-0 in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match-up Tuesday in Okabena.The Wildcats won 25-6, 25-17 and 25-13.Courtney Place had 13 kills and four digs, while going 13-for-15 on the serve with six aces for the Wildcats. Rachel Mathias picked up six kills and Alyssa Hendrickson had four blocks in the match. Autumn Hinkledey had 15 set assists and four digs, while Alisa Carlson (13-for-13) picked up five aces for SWU. Sarah Baumgard led the Wildcats' defense with 11 digs.Paige Leuthold picked up three kills and two blocks for the Patriots, while Kelli Esselink went six-for-six on the serve. Haley Van Wyhe was eight-for-eight on the serve and Leuthold had eight set assists.SWU (7-4 overall, 3-0 conference) plays at Moutain Lake Area Thursday. H-BC (0-5, 0-2) hosts Adrian Thursday.W-WG 3, Ellsworth 0WESTBROOK -- The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers took down the Ellsworth Panthers 25-8, 25-14, 25-16 Tuesday in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match.Abby Herding went 14-for-15 on the serve with three aces to go along with her 20 set assists, three digs and one block for the Chargers. Kelsi Wahl (13-for-14) had two aces and four kills, while Hailey Osland picked up seven kills and seven digs.Paige Erickson led the team in kills with nine and also had a block for W-WG, while Dayna Comnick had six kills and three digs.W-WG (12-3, 2-1) plays Monday against Wabasso.SWC 3, RRC 0JEFFERS -- The Southwest Christian Eagles swept the Red Rock Central Falcons 25-17, 25-19 and 25-23 Tuesday in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match in Jeffers.Mikaela Smith (16-for-16), Katie Larsen (9-for-9) and Melanie Kedl (7-for-7) were all perfect on the serve for RRC, while Smith picked up 11 set assists and Larsen had six kills plus a block for the Falcons.Fern Engen had seven kills and two blocks to lead the Falcons, while Chloe Arfsten picked up 15 digs.SWC was led by Hannah Van Dyke, who went 16-for-17 on the serve and picked up 24 set assists for the Eagles.Shelby Klarenbeek was perfect on the serve (11-for-11) and picked up 12 digs, while Amber Pater (10-for-10) had 16 digs and eight kills.RRC travels to Edgerton Thursday and SWC hosts Murray County Central Thursday.Adrian 3, Edgerton 0ADRIAN -- The Adrian Dragons beat the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen 26-24, 25-15 and 25-23 Tuesday in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match up in Adrian. The Tigers swept crosstown rival Ben Lomond 29-27, 25-20, 25-21 on Tuesday at Phil Russell Basketball Court for their first Region 11 victory.Chloe Oki had 10 kills, one assist, five digs and six service points; Tori Brown had nine kills and two block assists; Madi Kramer had eight kills and eight service points; Mary Naylor had eight kills, one dig and one service point; setter Clara Call had 21 assists, one kill and 14 service points; and libero Taelynn Abrego had 11 digs, three kills and four service points for Ogden (6-9 overall, 1-6 league).The Scots are 6-21, 3-4. --MORGAN DEF. GRANTSVILLE 25-18, 25-18, 25-9: At Morgan, the Trojans' Cassidee Lish had nine kills, five aces and 12 service points; had two kills, eight aces and 17 service points; McKenzie Schenk had seven kills; freshman setter Jorry Randall had 18 assists; and Amanda Porter had 10 digs for two-time defending state 3-A champion Morgan (10-3, 7-0), which went 3-3 in the gold division of last week's Beach City Invitational at La Jolla, Calif.--STANSBURY DEF. BEAR RIVER 25-9, 25-22, 25-24: At Stansbury Park, the Bears dropped to 4-14, 1-6.Region 5--SKY VIEW DEF. BOX ELDER 25-19, 25-21, 25-20: At Brigham City, Bees freshman Ellie Bennett had six kills; Mallory Mueller had five kills and two solo blocks; and setter Mitzi Munns had 15 assists, five kills and one block assist for Box Elder (10-13, 1-2).--MOUNTAIN CREST DEF. BONNEVILLE 27-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-20: At Washington Terrace, the Lakers fell to 7-9, 1-2.--LOGAN DEF. ROY 25-14, 25-14, 25-15: At Logan, the Grizzlies swept the Royals (2-13, 0-3).Region 6--CLEARFIELD DEF. EAST 25-16, 25-20, 25-17: At Clearfield, the Falcons' Jordan Estheimer had six kills; Kennedy Elwell had five kills; and Taylor Spaulding had one solo block and three aces for Clearfield (4-20, 1-2).Region 17--ST. JOSEPH DEF. CONCORDIA PREP 25-9, 25-10, 25-12: At St. Joseph High, the Jayhawks' Britt Sederholm had 12 kills, one dig and six aces; Daniele Shinaut had eight kills and two digs; Audra Thurston had five kills and one solo block; setters Bailey Pacheco and Emily Jackson combined for 21 assists; and libero Mady White had five digs and three aces for St. Joseph (12-0, 6-0). ___(c)2012 the Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah)Visit the Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) at Distributed by MCT Information Services The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers swept the Fulda Raiders 25-22, 25-12 and 25-9 in a volleyball match Tuesday.Dayna Comnick (17-for-19 serving) had four aces and seven kills to lead the Chargers, while Hailey Osland (13-for-13) added an ace to go along with six kills and three solo blocks. Madison Takle (10-for-11) picked up four aces with Paige Erickson leading the team in kills with 10 along with six digs.Kelsi Wahl had six kills, while Alexa Byers added six digs and Abby Herding picked up 23 set assists and four digs for W-WG. Rachel Cheadle led the Raiders with 12 kills and three blocks, while Dani Hermeling had nine set assists. Mallory Pagel (nine-for-nine) added an ace on the serve with Brittney Hermeling (eight-for-eight) had two aces and seven digs. Randi Tiesler had another seven digs for the Raiders.W-WG travels to Adrian Thursday and Fulda heads to Red Rock Central.H-BC 3, Ellsworth 0HILLS -- The Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots swept the Ellsworth Panthers 25-13, 25-12 and 25-22 in a volleyball match Tuesday.Hattie Van Wyhe led the Patriots in digs with 12, while Haley Van Wyhe was 15-for-17 on the serve with four aces and three kills. Kelli Esselink (11-for-12) had four aces.Leah Werner had eight digs for the Panthers, while Alexa Huisman picked up six digs. Paige Meester and Hannah Mulder had one block each with Bridget Kramer picking up seven set assists. Danielle DeBeer had four aces and six kills.Ellsworth hosts Red Rock Central Thursday and H-BC hosts Mountain Lake Area Thursday.SWC 3, Edgerton 0EDGERTON -- The Southwest Christian Eagles won their match against the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen 25-10, 25-12 and 25-11 in a volleyball match Tuesday.Morgan Van Hulzen led the team with nine kills and three blocks along with going 14-for-14 on the serve with three aces for the Eagles. Jasmin Kruisselbrink picked up three aces and Amber Pater had seven kills. Tianna Top picked up two blocks and Shelby Klarenbeek led the team in digs with 13. Hannah Van Dyke had 14 set assists.Jessica Menning (five-for-five) had four kills to lead the Dutchmen, while Tara DeKam (five-for-five) had three blocks. Sarah Post had three kills, 14 digs and two blocks for Edgerton and Amanda Schaap picked up seven set assists.SWC (10-5-1, 5-0) hosts Southwestern United Thursday and Edgerton travels to Murray County Central Thursday.RRC 3, Adrian 0JEFFERS -- The Red Rock Central Falcons swept the Adrian Dragons 25-17, 25-18 and 25-15 in a volleyball match Tuesday.Chloe Arfsten (12-for-12) had two aces, eight kills and 11 digs, while Fern Engen added six kills and two blocks for the Falcons. Mikaela Smith (21-for-22) had six aces and Katie Larsen had five kills. Brooke Rasmussen picked up 13 digs and Tegan Derickson had seven digs and 16 set assists.Carly Wolf (eight-for-eight) had one ace for the Dragons, while Courtney Vaske had four kills, 10 digs and four blocks. Rachel Kontz had 14 set assists with Kayla Lonneman picking up four kills.RRC travels to Ellsworth Thursday and Adrian plays Westbrook-Walnut Grove Thursday at home. Westbrook-Walnut Grove claimed a key victory over Southwestern United Thursday night, winning in four sets to stay in second place in the Red Rock Conference high school volleyball standings.W-WG (17-3, 6-1) won on game scores of 25-23, 18-25, 25-16 and 25-15.SWU (16-6, 5-2) was led by Courtney Place with 15 kills and 26 digs. Rachel Mathias had 10 kills, and Sarah Baumgard collected 17 digs. Mandy Henkels (31 set assists) was 16-for-18 serving with an ace, while Alyssa Hendrickson was 17-for-18 serving three aces. Andrea Hinkeldey charted six blocks for the Wildcats.Hailey Osland had three aces, seven kills and 14 digs for the Chargers, while Dayna Comnick picked up another three aces, nine kills and eight digs.Abby Herding had a team high 32 set assists, eight digs and two aces to go along with Paige Erickson's 18 kills and 11 digs. Madison Takle rounded out the scoring with five kills and one block.SWU hosts Red Rock Central Tuesday.Edgerton 3, H-BC 2EDGERTON -- Sarah Post finished with 10 kills, 14 digs and five ace serves on a 21-for-25 effort from the line Thursday night, helping the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen prevail in a five-game thriller over the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots in a Red Rock Conference high school volleyball match.Game scores were 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25 and 20-18, as Edgerton (2-17, 1-9) claimed its first conference victory.Jessica Menning (18-for-19 serving, four aces) and Amanda Schaap (17-for-19 serving, seven aces) also had big nights from the line for Edgerton.Schaap added 14 set assists, while Lindsey VanDyke, Ciara Everett (nine kills) and Tara DeKam (six kills) each had 10 digs for the Flying Dutchmen.Paige Leuthold put up 18 set assists and was 22-for-22 serving with 12 points for H-BC. Taylor Wingert went 14-for-15 serving with 11 points.Haley Van Wyhe smacked seven kills, and both Hattie Van Wyhe and Meghan Leuthold had four kills for the Patriots. Jessica Sandbulte came up with 12 digs.Edgerton plays at Luverne Monday, while H-BC (3-11, 3-7) hosts Fulda Monday.RV 3, Luverne 1REDWOOD FALLS -- Erica DeBoer went nine for nine on the serve with two aces and 28 digs in Luverne's four set loss to Redwood Valley Thursday.The game scores were 21-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22 in favor of Redwood Valley.Taylor Stratton led the Cardinals in blocks with five and added five kills, while Lexi Rust (13 for 13 serving) ahd 19 digs, five kills and an ace. Ashley Olson picked up 21 set assists on the night with Paige Baker throwing in 19 digs. Ellen Dahl rounded out the offense for the Cardinals with six kills.Luverne hosts Edgerton Monday. Courtney Place pounded 18 kills and went 21-for-24 serving with seven aces Tuesday night, as the Southwestern United Wildcats claimed a three-set sweep over the Adrian Dragons in a Red Rock Conference high school volleyball match.SWU won via game scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-9, improving to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference.Mandy Henkels and Andrea Hinkeldey (nine digs) dished out 19 and 14 set assists, respectively, for the Wildcats. Alyssa Hendrickson tallied six kills and five blocks for SWU, while Rachel Mathias (four blocks) and Sarah Schmid (seven digs) also chipped in. Brook Wenzel led Adrian with eight digs and a 10-for-11 serving effort, while Carly Wolf had four kills and two ace blocks. Courtney Vaske (12 digs, two ace blocks) and Rachel Kontz (nine set assists) were the other statistical leaders for the Dragons.SWU hosts Westbrook-Walnut Grove Thursday, while Adrian (6-10, 2-6) plays at Fulda Thursday.W-WG 3, Edgerton 0WESTBROOK -- Abby Herding went 26-for-27 serving with 10 aces and distributed 18 set assists Tuesday night, sparking the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers to a three-set sweep over the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in a Red Rock Conference high school volleyball match.W-WG, which improves to 16-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference, won on game scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-12.Dayna Comnick (16-for-16) and Hailey Osland (9-for-9) both fired four ace serves for W-WG, while Paige Erickson registered seven kills and four digs. Osland smacked six kills, and Comnick finished with five digs and four kills.Herding and Alexa Byers both had three digs for the Chargers, while Kelsi Wahl collected an ace block.Jessica Menning led Edgerton with three kills and three blocks, while Amanda Schaap was 10-for-12 serving with three aces and dished out five assists.Lindsey VanDyke (6-for-7 serving, one ace), Ciara Everett (four digs) and Jessica Jasper (three blocks) also helped the Flying Dutchmen's cause.W-WG plays at Southwestern United Thursday, while Edgerton (1-17, 0-9) hosts Hills-Beaver Creek Thursday.RRC 3, Fulda 1JEFFERS -- Chloe Arfsten charted six kills, six digs, three blocks and was 14-for-14 serving with an ace Tuesday night, leading the Red Rock Central Falcons to a four-game victory over the Fulda Raiders in a Red Rock Conference high school volleyball match on the Falcons' Coaches vs. night.RRC won on game scores of 25-13, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-11, as Mikaela Smith was 23-for-24 serving with a trio of aces to go along with 13 digs and 10 set assists.Brooke Rasmussen (18-for-19 serving with two aces, 18 digs), Tegan Derickson (15 set assists), Fern Engen (11 kills) and Melanie Kedl (six kills) were the other statistical leaders for the Falcons.Rachel Cheadle paced Fulda with 12 kills, 12 digs and five blocks in addition to an 11-for-11 serving line with one ace. Brittney Hermeling totaled 13 digs and seven kills for the Raiders.Myah Holinka (11-for-11 serving, one ace), Mallory Pagel (9-for-9 serving), Dani Hermeling (18 set assists) and Amanda Schumacher (two blocks) also contributed for Fulda.RRC (7-8, 5-2) plays at Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Thursday, while Fulda (2-12, 1-5) hosts Adrian Thursday.Many schools use athletic events as fund-raisers, but none will be as meaningful as today's Birch Run at North Branch football game. A year ago, this game benefited the Wounded Warrior Project, and this year's funds will go to Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, who played high school football at Vassar and was injured in Afghanistan, becoming just the fourth U.S. soldier to lose all four limbs in combat and survive."Travis was one of the best football players in the league, and he was a great basketball player as well," said Birch Run coach Chris Gilliam. "In 2004, Vassar won the league championship and he was one of their top players. For three straight years, we had to game plan to stop him because he was a good runner and a good linebacker as well."I had the good fortune to meet him at some leadership things our conference did and got to talk to him and know him as a person. He was a fine young man, and we remember him fondly. When we heard what happened to him, it was really sad." Both schools have been selling T-shirts throughout the week and have collected donations in both communities.The Goose is backDave (Goose) Ginsberg has been named girls basketball coach at Traverse City West, replacing Patti Tibaldi, who retired from coaching but remains West's athletic director.The bulk of Ginsberg's coaching experience came when he was a men's assistant at Central Michigan. Later he coached the boys and girls at Flint Central and most recently was boys coach at Traverse City St. Francis before retiring after the 2009-10 season."It's the second hall of famer I've had to replace," said Ginsberg, 66, who also replaced Stan Gooch at Flint Central. "The only problem is, this one is still my supervisor. Then she scheduled the defending state champions as the opening game. That's my reward for getting back in the fray."All kidding aside, I'm really excited. It's a great school, and Patti did a great job, so it's flattering that she's trusting me with this."In addition to his coaching duties, Ginsberg also is executive director of the national High School Basketball Coaches Association.Class of 2014Rivals.com has released its top-150 sophomores in basketball, and it includes four players from Michigan: 55. Drake Harris, 6-feet-4, Grand Rapids Christian (Michigan State); 56. Marqywell Jackson, 6-4, Detroit East English Village; 84. Jaylen Johnson, 6-8, Ypsilanti; 94. Edmond Sumner, 5-10, Birmingham Detroit Country Day.All acesOne of the most respected national volleyball authorities is John Tawa's PrepVolleyball.com, and his Seniors Aces list has six players from the state ranked among the top 100 in the country: 3. Abby Cole, 6-5, Grand Haven; 4. Chloe Reinig, 6-4, South Lyon; 39. Katie Schau, 5-9, Richland-Gull Lake; 50. Kayla Morin, 6-0, Portage Northern; 71. Rebecca Martin, 5-11, Northville; 89. Tori Blake, 6-2, Midland.Bye-bye, Cha-ChaCharles (Cha-Cha) Tucker has not been seen around Lansing Eastern for more than a week, but the senior is not playing hooky. He is long gone.Tucker, a 6-foot guard, has transferred to the Montrose Christian School of Rockville, Md.Although he has been ranked among the state's top guards since his freshman year, Tucker did not have an especially good junior season. But his stock rose considerably over the summer when he played his best basketball."It wasn't anything against Eastern, and anything I planned on," Tucker told the Lansing State Journal. "It was a great opportunity that came through a friend of mine who was on the USA (Under 16) team with me. I had to look into it as quickly as possible, took a visit, really liked it and stayed in constant contact with coaches."Contact Mick McCabe: 313-223-4744 or . Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1.Vote for which prep game we should cover this week! Then join us Friday night for score updates and discussion in our prep football live blog. And if you're at a game and want to contribute score updates, use the #mipreps hash tag. ___(c)2012 the Visit the Detroit Free Press at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesSam Singer has put up impressive scoring numbers on the basketball court the past two seasons at Ransom Everglades.His efforts have made him one of the highest-recruited shooting guards in the country.Singer chose his college destination Tuesday when he committed to the University of California. Singer, a 6-5 shooting guard, is ranked No. 45 nationally among prospects at his position by . Singer was one of the top scorers in the nation his junior season, leading Miami-Dade County among Class 4A-1A schools with a 34.1 points per game average. That ranked second overall in the county to Carol City grad and University of Miami freshman Deandre Burnett (36.2).Singer, also a solid distributor on the court, averaged 7.7 assists per game last year and 6.2 as a sophomore. That season, he also averaged 21.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.Singer said he has more than 30 schools interested, including offers from Stanford, Richmond, Harvard and Davidson. Singer entered this school year with a 3.4 GPA.But after two visits to Cal, Singer said he loved the combination of the school's solid academics and athletics.Singer hopes to lead Ransom further in the playoffs this season after the Raiders were eliminated in the district semifinals last year."The is one of the best conferences in the country to play in and I feel like California is a great school and a great fit for me," Singer said. "Only one thing left to do my senior year."We didn't do so well last year, but we're all working hard to finish better this time."VOLLEYBALLSylvia Hernandez led the Westminster Christian girls' to a 25-14, 25-16, 25-14 victory over the Palmer Trinity girls.Hernandez's 19 digs, 13 kills and six aces helped the Warriors improve to 13-3.Jenny Ceballos contributed 13 kills, and 11 digs. Susie Forbes added 14 digs, and four aces.More VOLLEYBALL--Braddock d. South Miami 25-18, 25-13, 25-10: Camila Neira 11 kills, 5 digs, 4 aces. Jessica Sanchez 11 kills, 13 digs. Karina Fernandez 36 assists. BRA 7-8.--Lourdes d. Southwest 25-22, 25-19, 25-15: Isa Vilar 13 kill. Annie Ortiz 32 Assists. Caro Busse 5 kills.--Ferguson d. Sunset 25-23, 25-16, 25-19: Dani Suarez 14 kills, 2 blocks. Annika Reczek 5 kills, 2 blocks. Raquel Ponce 17 digs, 2 aces. FER 12-6.--Coral Reef d. South Dade 25-7, 25-9, 25-10: Daniela Leal 3 aces, 10 kills, 9 assists, 5 digs. Baylee Waterman; 3 aces, 9 kills, 3 blocks, 9 digs. Kristine Rios; 14 assists, 2 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs. CR 12-4.-- Varela d Southridge 25-12, 25-23, 25-13: Samantha Cruz 5 aces, 4 kills. Claudia Campero 6 kills. Kayla Leon 7 aces. VAR 8-7.DeMatha center has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others.Over the weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival in Hyattsville, the four-star junior told MaxPreps.com that he has no favorites in his recruitment. But the Terps seem to be in much better shape for Anya's services now than they were "As a program it's going to be a lot better since (former Maryland coach) Gary Williams left," Anya said. "No disrespect to Gary Williams, but I think (Turgeon) is starting to turn the program around a little." Check out TerpsInsider.com's interview with Anya .* Terps combo guard pledge led Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian to a .Seth Allen posted 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win.* The Boston Globe named Maryland-bound small forward one of the area's .The versatile 6-8 senior forward is determined to lead the Warriors deep into the Division 2 tournament before heading off to the University of Maryland.* Terrapin Nation reports that Maryland is among the for , a four-star junior center from Charlotte, N.C.* The Harrison twins led Travis (Texas) to a 54-45 win over Bush in the championship game of the .Andrew Harrison scored 19 points for Travis and was named MVP of the tournament. Aaron Harrison scored 15 points for Travis.* Maryland women's commitment guided Sycamore (Ohio) to a . Sycamore senior guard Chloe Pavlech dished out a game-high six assists to go along with eight points to help Sycamore - No. 3 in the Enquirer Division I coaches' poll - improve to 4-1 (2-1 GMC) this season. Football recruiting* Terps running back commitment and Gilman defensive end was named The Baltimore Sun's .This fall, Goins had 15 sacks and 61 tackles. He finished his career with 41 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.* UM defensive end recruit was named to The Sun's .Had 16 sacks, 83 tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.* South Carolina wide receiver pledge edged out Maryland quarterback commitment and three others for .Maryland's search for a 2012 point guard has led to Southern California., the Terps are "now expressing interest in 2012 point guard of Price HS."Dickerson, an unrated prospect from Van Nuys, Calif., is also reportedly starting to hear from . The 6-foot-1 senior is a New York City native who . Coast 2 Coast Hoops reported earlier this month that Dickerson was hearing mostly from Niagara, Siena, Montana State, San Jose State, and Loyola. Check out a short clip of Dickerson dunking below.* Maryland's fourth commitment in the 2012 class, Queen Anne's County power forward , was profiled by his hometown paper, the of Easton, and .I honestly was just as clueless as a doorknob, Dodd said Wednesday, recounting a whirlwind 24 hours. I didnt know what was coming.* The Houston Chronicle this week had a feature on Terps junior guard targets .Then again, Andrew, who runs the point, is ranked higher than his twin in most recruiting rankings. That matters little to either, as each is listed among the top 10 juniors in the country. They were offered college scholarships in the seventh grade and have narrowed their school choice to Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland andVillanova.* Maryland women's forward signee powered South Williamsport (Pa.) to a .Pfirman grabbed down 14 rebounds (11 defensive) and [Jamie] Steer grabbed 10. Each player finished the double-double with 23 points. Pfirman and Steer also added three steals each and Pfirman had two blocks.* Terps point guard commitment helped Sycamore (Ohio) to a .Senior guard Lauren Hancher socred (sic) 11 points, and senior guard Chloe Pavlech had 10 points and 11 rebounds.* UM point guard pledge 's North Gwinnett (Ga.) squad suffered a .The Bulldogs received 25 points from junior Lexie Brown, who was saddled with foul trouble for much of the first half. Football recruiting* The Washington Post's Josh Barr caught up this week with Terps signee . The five-star wide receiver discussed his .It was always in the back of my mind, something I was comfortable with, said Diggs, who also wanted to stay near his family, including his eighth grade brother. I really started feeling comfortable a month or so before, when the process was settling down.A broken bone in his left hand sidelined in December, and it's apparently looking increasingly likely that the Maryland-bound combo guard's high school career is over. The Washington Post's Josh Barr checked in with the three-star prospect for an .Allen said he runs six miles nightly on a treadmill at home and that he has been lifting weights with his legs, particularly squats, to try to improve his core strength.* The Washington Post's Eric Prisbell joined B.J. Koubaroulis for a five-minute video on an upcoming piece he wrote on Terps center signee . Check out the video -- which includes game highlights of Cleare -- below. The Post is also doing a live-stream of DeMatha (featuring Terps target BeeJay Anya) against Paul VI (featuring UM target Stanford Robinson). Click .* Maryland-bound forward 's King Philip squad suffered a .King Philip's Jake Layman scored a game-high 30 points, adding 13 rebounds and four blocks.* The Charlotte Observer this week profiled Terps center target ."The schools recruiting me most right now are (North) Carolina, Georgetown and Louisville and Florida," Meeks said. "Right now, I'm wide open. As long as I'm playing, I'm cool with it."* Maryland women's forward signee scored her ."It's all surreal right now," Pfirman said. "Going Division I, getting the 2,000 points... It's high school, I'm still a kid and hopefully in college I'll look back and be like, 'Wow that was a good high school career there.'"* Terps guard signee powered Sycamore (Ohio) to an .They had good reason. Pavlech scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 27 seconds, as Sycamore snapped Princetons 32-game Greater Miami Conference winning streak, according to the GMC website, with a 55-52 win Wednesday night at Princeton.* UM guard commitment had a big game for .Lexie Brown of North Gwinnett exploded for 25 points at the Kay Yow Girls Night Out Tournament at Starr's Mill in a 41-37 win over Dutch Fork (S.C.).* Terps center signee played well in Twinsburg (Ohio) High's Howard was the only Tiger who hit double figures. The 6-foot-4 senior muscled for 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots.Football recruiting * The Washington Post reports that Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) defensive tackle has narrowed his .Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior, will spend the next week choosing between Alabama, Auburn and Florida State, [Friendship coach Aazar] Abdul-Rahim said.* Good Counsel wide receiver and Terps target won't make his decision until Feb. 10. The majority of ESPN.com experts .Athlete (No. 13 in ESPNU 150): Five of seven experts predict FloridaRivals.com's Mike Farrell tweeted that Maryland will get Diggs' .* H.D. Woodson (D.C.) four-star defensive back , a top Maryland target, has committed to Colorado.Crawley, 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, indicated to Rivals.com that he wanted to go to a building program like Colorado to make a change.* Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels tweeted late last week that Wilmington (Del.) Charter junior defensive back , the younger brother of Terps running back , . Check back with Recruiting Report after Signing Day for more on Ross.Cross countryThe Oakland Mills and Reservoir cross country teams traveled to Cary, N.C., to compete in the XC Challenge last weekend.Reservoir performed very well, placing second in both the boys and girls races. The boys field was made up of 28 teams, while 33 teams competed in the girls race. Junior Karli Smiraglia was Reservoir's top finisher in the girls race (sixth, 19:40.3), while Owen Pochettino (second, 16:42.5) and Adam Gartrell (third, 16:49.1) paced the Gators in the boys race. Teddy LaFemina (eighth, 17:12.5) and Paul Grabow (25th, 17:40.1) also placed in the top 25 to medal. On the girls side, Cindy Alms (10th, 19:51.4), Katie Wilson (11th, 19:55.4) and Amy Oliver (15th, 20:05.1) gave Reservoir four finishers in the top 15.The Scorpion girls placed fifth out of 33 teams and the boys placed sixth out of 28 teams. They had three medal winners: Brit Lang (seventh) and Alyssa Hemler (16th) in the girls race, and Tom Brumbaugh (19th) in the boys race.Girls soccerAnna Mitchell scored three of Centennial's five goals as the Eagles posted their first win of the season, 5-1, over Mt. Hebron last week. Ruthie Lucas and Darby Sinunu also scored for Centennial (1-2 league, 1-4-1 overall)."Tonight, we were able to finish from inside the penalty box to score five times on 12 shots," said Steve Baxter. Sammie Albornoz, Carolyn Eichhorn and Mitchell had assists for Centennial.Sabrina DeLeonibus' hat trick led Glenelg Country School to a 5-1 win over Baltimore Lutheran and its third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference win.Chloe Lewis and Deja Hursey also scored for the Dragons.River Hill (5-0) snapped Wilde Lake's three-game win streak and handed the Wildecats (3-2 overall, 2-1 county) their first league setback, 4-0.Michaela Hennesey, Alex Hamer, Sheridan Street and Katie Arensmeier scored for River Hill."We were definitely challenged the hardest we have been this season, and I am very interested to see how we bounce back from this game," said Wilde Lake's Davia Procida.Marriotts Ridge's Samantha Price got the game winner with four minutes left in the first overtime period to hand Atholton its first county loss, 2-1."Much of tonight wasn't pretty for us. It definitely wasn't our best effort, but we were able to collect ourselves and finish it off in overtime to get the win," said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey, whose team is now 4-0 on the season and unbeaten in three county contests.Alexis Zadjura scored Marriotts Ridge's first goal. Atholton's Maddie Boccio tied the game in the second half.Lilly Hermina, with an assist from Paola Rosa, got the winning goal as Reservoir beat Glenelg, 2-1.Delaney Reiff put in Reservoir's first goal. Glenelg's goal came from Sydney Peirce, assisted by Samantha Creese."I think early on we have been finding those ways to win and now we can really look to build on what we have and get completely healthy and develop as a team," said Josh Sullivan.Saturday's results from the 12th annual Rambler Classic hosted by Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria cross country teams at Frontier Park:Key: Asbury Elementary (AE), Blessed Sacrament (BS), Central Middle School () (WW), Erie First Christian Academy (EF), Leadership Christian Academy (LCA), North East Intermediate (NEI), North East Middle School (NE), Northwestern (NW), Our Lady's Christian (OLC), Our Lady of Peace (OLP), St. Boniface (SB), (SG), St. Gregory (SGR), St. James (SJ), St. Luke (SL), St. Peter Cathedral (SP), Seton Catholic (SC), Villa Maria Elementary (VM), Wattsburg Middle School (W).1st and 2nd Grade Place, name (school) Time1. Haley Palmer (OLC) 8:02.402. Samantha Zank (SJ) 8:12.903. Sarah Clark (OLC) 8:27.504. Kendall Ball (SC) 8:28.705. Cecelia Campbell (SJ) 8:31.806. Hannah Palmer (OLC) 8:37.007. Nicole Batista (SL) 8:40.608. Megan Weidner (SP) 9:10.309. Katie Caryl (SP) 9:11.2010. Gabriela Batista (SL) 9:11.9011. Mackenzie Shady (LCA) 9:12.2012. Luciana Agresti (SP) 9:26.1013. Helen Ann McCormick (SP) 9:31.9014. Amillyonna Pierce (SJ) 9:35.8015. Jillian Soder (OLP) 9:36.6016. Caitlin Dugan (SL) 9:40.00 (Sunday at ) Tracy Reese received a last-minute major endorsement by way of , when the first lady worean iridescent brocade dress by the designerduring her speech at the . As a result, the Tracy Reese show at became one of the most sought-after tickets of the season. Thankfully, the designer did not disappoint. Reese focused on bold colors (orange, purple, yellow, green and aqua); animal and African prints and plenty of metallics to craft together a very wearable collection. Layers were key, using pieces like lightweight sheer blouses in beige, pink and neons and lace black blouses, which she paired with a black jacket and lime green pants. My favorite came in the form of Reese's metallic offerings. Her color-blocked pants in blackorredwith metallic horizontal stripes were todie for.She also appliedmetallics successfully todresses, Reese also threw a lot of patterns into the collection. They came in separates -- stunning blouses,flirty skirts. She also had a number of long sleeveless dresses,jumpers, andsleeveless tunics that will become go-to's this spring. Overall, I think Reese did more than enough to justify why she's been a go-to for the first lady. Those unfamiliar with her brand will definitely be impressed by her latest offerings. Zang Toi (Sunday at Lincoln Center) If there were one designer who captured the feel of of old, it had to be Zang Toi. Toi said that the collection was inspired by the romantic French Riviera. The famed designer put on quite a production for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week standards. His models -- both men and women -- would interact with one another inthe former of sheepishly looking back at one another on the runway. It added another level of romanticism. It's rare for designers to have both menswear and womenswear collections and to excel at both, but that's precisely what Toi did. His suits and tuxedos for men were flawless. His dresses, gowns and separates for women were equally as stunning. Toi's show was arguably one of the best of the season. While had a stronger collection top to bottom, Toi threw in more show-stopping pieces. He received three separate rounds of applause while his show was in full swing, which is something that I have not seen at this level. His gowns were simply first class. Accents such as crystal caplets androse bouquets made of rich fabrics were in abundance and added to the opulence of the garments. Many times River Hill felt trapped by Reservoir.Trapped, as in offside trap.There were over 20 offsides traps a lot it was hard to overcome, said River Hills Jennifer Voyton, who wasnt exaggerating about the number of successful traps Reservoir pulled off Wednesday evening. But after being held scoreless for the first 45 minutes of the game, River Hills Michaela Hennessey scored off an assist on a nice cross by Sheridan Street to break the ice. Street scored twice in the last seven minutes to clinch River Hills ninth straight win, 3-0, and fifth shutout of the season.The trap was a new style for them, said Street about Reservoirs defense. We werent expecting it. We were frustrated but we werent worried. We knew if we came out and played our game in the second half, we would be OK.Our defense did an incredible job of stepping up and catching them offside, said Reservoirs Josh Sullivan. I know the three (goals) looks worse that it was really was.They packed it pretty well, said River Hill coach Brian Song. We were off nine times in the first half. I told (my team) at the half, look, dribbling is not going to work. Send a through ball and run through and youll score.Katie Arensmeier started the first scoring play, settling a ball near midfield and sending a through ball to Street inside the box. She crossed to Hennessy on the far post, and Hennessy put the ball between the post and keeper Morgan Bouie.It was an incredible cross from the corner, and a header into upper 90s. Youve got to tip your hat at a play like that, said Sullivan.Streets first goal of the game, with seven minutes left, came on a cross from Alex Hamer.I dont think their first goal deflated us as much as the second goal, said Keri Rager who, along with Blain Bonner, led Reservoirs defense.Streets 13th goal of the season came with less than three minutes on the clock on a cross from Voyton.Just minutes before Streets goal, and the score still 1-0, Sullivan beefed up his offense by going to three strikers.Thats when they countered, but Ill do that every game, any time we are down with 10 minutes left. Ill press as many forward as I can.They definitely had the run of play and dominated and we knew that going in. We were hoping to get some counters but they did a job of containing us, Sullivan added.Bouie had a strong game, especially in the second half when she saved six shots. River Hills keeper in the second half, Julia Caine, never touched the ball. In the first half, keeper Allison Lloyd had a single save.We didnt get as many chances as we would have liked, said Rager about Reservoirs offense, which has scored just one goal in its last three games.Still, said Song, Reservoir is the best competition River Hill has faced. They are playing very well on defense.River Hill, which last went undefeated (20-0) in 2006, is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the county. The Hawks next big test is likely to come Oct. 12, when they host Marriotts Ridge, which is unbeaten in the county (5-0-1) after a Wednesday win over Long Reach.Hensh tucks away two in winMarriotts Ridge scored twice in the first half and relied on its defense to hold on for a 2-1 win over Long Reach.Surviving a tumble down the stretch, River Hills Allison Krein picked up the first victory of her cross country career Friday.The sophomore, who didnt run last fall for the Hawks, crossed the finish line in 20 minutes, 36.96 seconds at the Howard County Invitational to hold off Centennials Shreya Nalubola (20:39.79).I was sort of nervous about the course because Ive never ran here before, said Krein, who was coming off a second-place finish at last weeks Interstate Classic. (Coach Earl Lauer) had told me about the hills and that I should just kind of hang with the pack and see what happens. The strategy of hanging close to the leaders paid off, as Krein finally made her move to break away from the pack over the final half mile and established herself a cushion that was big enough to withstand a stumble down the hill entering the final straightaway. I have more speed from running the half mile (during track), so I tried to use that to my advantage, she said. I had to get through the tough second mile and then hang on until the end. Luckily I was ahead by enough that falling didnt hurt me.Kreins first-place effort helped spearhead River Hill to the girls team title as well. The Hawks finished with 69 points, edging second-place Reservoir (73) by four. Centennial was third with 111 points.Reservoirs tough, we knew they were going to be right there, and so is Centennial but it was a good meet for us, River Hill coach Earl Lauer said. Were still figuring some things out, having lost Leanne (Young). The good news is weve been fortunate to pick up a couple strong runners like Allison from indoor/outdoor track and freshman Eileen Ying who was third for us today.Reservoirs run to second was keyed by placing each of the teams top four runners in the top 15 overall, including Cindy Alms in fifth (21:20.77). Other strong individual finishes were turned in by Glenelgs Julia Nardone (third in 20:49.45) and Mt. Hebrons Rachel Yep (fourth in 20:53.59).In the boys race, Wilde Lakes Tim Virostek appeared on his way to an individual title before he suffered a fall of his own entering the stadium for the final 400 meters. But, unlike Krein, Virostek was unable to get back up to his feet and, after being attended to by medical personnel, was eventually carted off the course.The fall opened the door for Hale Bullen, who had led for much of the first half of the race, to come back and grab the title in 17:01.60.The last half mile was just unbelievable, Bullen said. (Tim) was looking really good coming up that last hill and then right around 400 meters it was like he all of a sudden hit a wall. I couldnt figure out what was going on, but I started pushing and I just took off toward the finish line.Howards Danny Rau ended up finishing second with a time of 17:24.68. As the leaders went out, he did a good job sticking to his race plan and it paid off with one of the highest finishes of his career to date.I just had to sit behind them being the first race of the season and run my race, Rau said. I let them go out and had faith that all my summer training would pay off in the end and it did.In the team competition, Centennials boys narrowly defeated River Hill, 85-88.Alec Font (fifth in 17:50.96) led the Eagles charge, but the real key was the teams ability to group its third (Griffin Riddler in 21st), fourth (Eric Segev in 23rd) and fifth runners (Hutson Baumann in 26th) within 13 seconds of one another.The guys in that group were getting together this summer pretty regularly and putting in some good training runs, Centennial coach Al Dodds said. (Pack running) is something weve talked about not just this year, but in other years too, we just happen to have some guys that have really improved. Guys that were first-year runners as juniors are now really stepping it up as seniors.River Hills run to second place as a team was led by Chris Heydrick finishing fourth overall in 17:34.68.Meet results:Boys A team results: 1. Centennial, 85 points; 2. River Hill, 88; 3. Mt. Hebron, 89; 4. Reservoir, 99; 5. Atholton, 125; 6. Annapolis, 177; 7. Marriotts Ridge, 181; 8. Howard, 218; 9. Wilde Lake, 252; 10. North Harford, 256; 11. Oakland Mills, 267; 12. South Carroll, 280; 13. Glenelg, 332; 14. Long Reach, 363; 15. Hammond, 419.Boys individual results: 1. Harry Bullen, An, 17:01.60; 2. Daniel Rau, Ho, 17:24.68; 3. Nick Fransham, NH, 17:30.11; 4. Christopher Heydrick, RH, 17:34.68; 5. Alec Font, C, 17:50.96; 6. Gary Smolyak, A, 17:55.06; 7. Terry Tossman, RH, 17:58.58; 8. Adam Gartrell, Re, 18:03.69; 9. Karl Schmidt, MH, 18:08.86; 10. Adam Sachs, C, 18:11.33.The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team passed its first test in Orange Coast League play Wednesday and took its initial step in an attempt to maintain its stranglehold on the league title by routing visiting Saddleback, 25-4.The Breakers had the game in hand by the end of the first quarter, where they took a 7-0 lead. They extended their advantage to 15-1 by the half. Thirteen Breakers scored, with Riley Thomas leading the way with four goals. Camron Hauer and Caleb Scott both scored three goals and Connor Hauer, Jack Dodson, Nolan Del Toro, Aki Andersen and Rian Atherton each scored twice."We looked sharp in our opener," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said after his team, ranked fifth in CIF Southern Section Division 2, squared its overall record at 6-6. Laguna last weekend finished play at the prestigious South Coast Tournament. The Breakers went 2-3 and finished in 15th place. They beat Santa Margarita in their opener Sept. 20 to move into the Top 16 bracket. The Breakers lost consecutive games to Los Alamitos (No. 3, Division 1), Santa Barbara (No. 3, Division 2) and El Toro (No. 9, Division ), but finished the tournament with a 7-6 win against University."That was really a tough tournament with a lot of really, really good teams in it," Damato said. "We lost some close games. We've played a brutal schedule, but we're right there in so many of our games. We've had a lot of close losses, but I feel good in regards to how we've progressed at this point in the season."Laguna faces another challenge at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Coronado. The Islanders are the defending CIF San Diego Section Division III champion.The Breakers return to league action Wednesday hosting Sage Hill at 3:15 p.m., and host Dana Hills in a 4 p.m. nonleague match Thursday.*Cross-CountryThe Breakers' boys' and girls' varsity runners did not compete at the Dana Hills Invitational on Saturday.Boys' Coach Scott Wittkop said he "rested" his varsity runners for Saturday's Stanford Invitational at Palo Alto. The boys' frsoh/soph team ran the Dana Hills Invitational, and won its division.Girls' Coach Steve Lalim said the junior varsity runners turned in some "good performances" at Dana Hills, led by Natalie Kimball finishing in 20 minutes, 39 seconds..The Laguna girls also will compete Saturday at the Stanford Invitational.*Girls' TennisThe Breakers went to 2-0 in Orange Coast League play Sept. 20 by winning 108 of 129 games to blank host Estancia, 18-0.Laguna hosted Beckman in a nonleague match Monday and defeated the Patriots, 11-7.The Breakers dominated doubles action, winning seven of nine sets. Senior co-captains Dominique Willette and Chloe Mansour won both their sets (6-1, 6-1), as did the teams of Katelyn Bo and Stephanie Tat (7-6, 6-3), and Sarah Nederlander and Madeline Loomis (6-2, 6-4). Subbing in at line 3 doubles, Natasha Keces and Olivia Morrison won their set, 6-2.In singles play, No. 1 Kira Hamilton and No. 2 Bailey Jaeger won two of three sets. Hamilton won by scores of 6-2, 6-2, and Jaeger by 6-3, 6-1 scores.The Breakers have two league matches next week. They travel for a 3 p.m. match Tuesday at Costa Mesa and host Saddleback at 3 p.m. Thursday.*After she placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke at last November's Class 3A state championships, things haven't been easy for Peninsula High School swimmer Chloe Skidmore.Skidmore hurt her shoulder during the offseason, and although the injury hasn't been bad lately, she lost a lot of valuable training time."Where I'm at right now isn't exactly where I want to be, because I started the season late," the senior said. "I wasn't sure if I was going to (swim). I've only been swimming for about three weeks, and I've taken a year off. Even doing 100 (meters) is more tiring than it used to be." Her natural ability in the water, however, is translating to some success.Skidmore won the 50-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke races during the Seahawks' 127-58 victory over the Lakes Lancers in a South Puget Sound League dual meet at Peninsula on Thursday.Skidmore's injury may even be a boon to the team after Liz Novak, a 2011 state qualifier in the 50 free, transferred to South Kitsap. That left a big gap in Peninsula's lineup, but Skidmore has capably filled it, and her winning time of 30.05 seconds against Lakes is only 1.39 seconds short of an automatic state berth.Peninsula coach Craig Brown put Skidmore in the 50 free specifically because of the shorter length, she said."It doesn't really require any stamina," Skidmore said. "My technique is always going to be there; it comes back pretty quick. ... I guess it could be my event this year."She isn't giving up in the backstroke, though: She won the event against Lakes in 1 minute, 15.04 seconds. That mark, however, is more than five seconds short of an automatic spot at state.Even if Skidmore doesn't repeat her success in the backstroke, Peninsula junior Madison Ryan might have the team covered in the event.During Peninsula's victory at Foss on Sept. 25, Ryan earned her spot at state when she finished in 1:02.79. Foss junior Sarah Sachs, one of Ryan's best friends at the Tacoma Swim Club, also qualified when she won the race in 1:01.67."That was amazing; I was so excited," Ryan said Thursday. "I've been working really hard in practice and on the weights, and just trying to do whatever I can to get better and faster and make it to state."Ryan had a huge day against Lakes. She placed first in the 200 individual medley (2:21.07) and 100 butterfly (1:17.73), and she helped the Hawks win the 200 medley relay (2:19.22) and 400 free relay (4:40.81).Peninsula's Whitney Mundle continued her outstanding freshman season, earning first-place times in the 200 free (2:21.07) and 400 free (4:56.06).Mundle already has earned a spot at state in the 200 IM, and she's close to qualifying in the 100 breaststroke as well.Peninsula swept all 12 events against Lakes, and the Seahawks improved their dual-meet record to 7-0 this season.Peninsula's Haley Williams won the 100 free (1:09.09) and 100 breaststroke (1:27.66). Marissa O'Quinn placed first in the diving competition (173.50 points), and the 200 freestyle relay team of Mundle, Williams, Malori Richards and Samantha Lee won in 2:06.78.The Seahawks will need some rapid improvement to reach the state-qualifying marks in all three relays, but Ryan and Skidmore didn't sound worried about their prospects."All the girls are contributing, and they're stepping up so they get the chance to do the relays," Ryan said."Relays aren't too difficult to make state in, because we all have our own strokes, and we can pull it off pretty well," Skidmore said. ___(c)2012 The Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor, Wash.)Visit The Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor, Wash.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesThe Sehome girls' swim team may have won only two events, but the Mariners flaunted their depth while winning the Northwest Conference Invitational Saturday, Sept. 22, at Fidalgo Pool in Anacortes.Sehome scored 421 points, Squalicum placed second with 361 points, Bellingham scored 195 points, Anacortes had 145 and Lynden rounded out the top five with 112 points."Top swims were pretty balanced between Squalicum and us, but the real stars for being able to pull out the win was the depth of our swimmers," Sehome swim coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. "We had a lot of good times in those sixth through 12 swimmers." Highlights for the Mariners were Gwendolyn Roley's state qualifying 1 minute, 5.98 second time in the 100 backstroke and Hannah Holmgren's 1:13.70 state qualifying time in the breaststroke. Holmgren also won the 100 freestyle in a time of 1:01.63.While Sehome showed its depth, Squalicum displayed its dominance by winning seven events.The Storm's Josephine Hegeberg won the 200 IM in a time of 2:25.73 and also won the 100 breaststroke with her 1:12.58. Olivia Nielsen also placed first in two events. She won the 100 butterfly with a 1:02.49 and the 100 backstroke with a 1:04.84.Helling said the most exciting race of the day was the 100 freestyle, where Holmgren, Bellingham's Anna McNabb and Sehome's Megan Mundell finished within .07 seconds of one another.Bellingham's Maddie Gillman won the 200 freestyle with a 2:04.41. She also showed her endurance with a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle, swimming a 5:37.82.1. SEHOME 421, 2. SQUALICUM 361, 3. BELLINGHAM 195, 4. ANACORTES 145, 5. LYNDEN 112, 6. SEDRO-WOOLLEY 85, 7. FERNDALE 38, 8. NOOKSACK VALLEY 9, 9. BURLINGTON-EDISON 6200 medley relay: Squalicum (Abby Vonfeldt, Josephine Hegeberg, Kaitlin Doyle, Kathryn Monahan) 2:04.86, Sehome (Shirley Lam, Hannah Holmgren, Emily Lucke, Megan Mundell) 2:05.98; 200 freestyle: Maddie Gillman (Bell) 2:04.41, Gwendolyn Roley (Seh) 2:04.49, Ellie Poehlman (Seh) 2:09.09. 200 individual medley: Josephine Hegeberg (Sq) 2:25.73, Molly McGuire (Seh) 2:27.18. 50 freestyle: Maddie Dohm (Squalicum) 27.35, Shelby Umbaugh (Lyn) 27.66, Anna McNabb (Bell) 28.50 Diving: Tori Franzen (Sq) 344.15, Ellie Kindlund (Bell) 265.15, Madi Krussow (Sq) 255.65. 100 butterfly: Olivia Nielsen (Sq) 1:02.49, Shirley Lam (Seh) 1:10.08, Sarah Hollander (Lyn) 1:11.44. 100 freestyle: Hannah Holmgren (Seh) 1:01.63, Anna McNabb (Bell) 1:01.66, Megan Mundell (Seh) 1:01.70. 500 freestyle: Maddie Gillman (Bell) 5:37.82, Ellie Poehlman (Seh) 5:48.09; 200 freestyle relay: Squalicum (Kathryn Monahan, Chloe Salkield, Julie Rogers, Maddie Dohm) 1:55.88, Sehome (Nina Djukic, Savanna Schoenecker, Kailee Richan, Zoe Sheinkopf)1:59.40; 100 backstroke: Olivia Nielsen (Sq) 1:04.84, Gwendolyn Roley (Seh) 1:05.98, Shirley Lam (Seh) 1:06.24 ; 100 breaststroke: Josephine Hegeberg (Sq) 1:12.58, Hannah Holmgren (Seh) 1:13.70; 400 freestyle relay: Sehome (Ellie Poehlman, Sophia Carbone, Molly McGuire, Gwendolyn Roley) 4:01.80, Squalicum (Kathryn Monahan, Maddie Dohm, Olivia Nielsen, Shaye Fowler) 4:03.13, Bellingham (Grace Dahl, Maddie Gillman, Sage Ince, Anna McNabb) 4:19.59. ___(c)2012 The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.)Visit The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesValedictorian:Kayla BudnySalutatorian: Meghan Watson Christina Marie Alessandrini, Victoria Lynn Alexander, Maria Natalia Allen, Wynter Somone AusbyNicole Anne Backert, Kelly Marie Bageant, Courtney Ann Bahr, Breionna Alicia Bailey, Rachael Jessica Bennett, Jordyn Ivonne Bogle, Sydney Marie Brewer, Ariana Noelle Broadway, Abigail Turbitt Brown, Brittany Erin Buchheit, Kayla Lynn BudnyKelsey Taylor Carolina, Kathleen Ariadna Carreras Pereira, Erica Nichole Cegelski, Shelby Nicole Collins, Jennifer Rae Connor, Danielle Elizabeth Cotton, Denera LeChe CovingtonAlexis Jane Davidson, Miracle Monay Davis, Janina Bleza delos Santos, Angela Michelle Derkacz, Kaitlyn Christine Dingle, Heather Ann Doherty, Julian Ann DraperQhy'nesha Andrea Elliott, Bryanna Mae EmoryGenifer Nichelle Fraser, Danielle Leigh FyffeJennifer Ann Gangler, Sabrina Ann Garrett, Raven Marie Gomez, Devyn Jordan Green, Rachel Marie GriecoAnna Marie Hamacher, Amber Mae Hambsch, Megan Lauren Hammett, Carly Elizabeth Hannon, Elena Ruth Hayes, Joyce Cleopatre Henry, Lauren Corinne Hoban, Taylor Maddox HrinkevichSummer Elizabeth JamesTiffany Lauren Kahl, Emily Merediethe Kelly, Chelsea Jade KilduffNicole Marie LimbersAlina Ewa Malkowski, Erin Leah Manuel, Kahla Monet McCormick, Christine Marie McKernan, Meagan Sarah McLaughlin, Amy Grace Meyer, Jamie Lynn Milton, Madeline Leigh Mizerak, Emily Rebecca Moore, Sarah Michelle Morgan, Mary Blair McIntyre Mundorf, Sierra Brooke Mundy, Alexis Nicole Munoz, Brigid Maureen Murphy, Kelsey Leigh Murphy, Sarah Anne MurphyAmanda Nicole Nitsch, Hillary Marguerite NixShannon Letitia Oliver, Bridget Michele O'Malley, Caroline Ferma Orlando, Hannah Leslie Delene OwensJoo-won Pae, Chloe Ellen Pannell, McKenzie Lynn Podles, Julia Margaret PontonLeila Qamar R'ghioui, Keri Frances Richardson, Brianna Dawn Ricketts, Elizabeth Parke Riggs, Rebecca Anne Riley, Sara Ann Rivera, Emma Grace RumplJacqueline Susanne Ketner Sherno, Erin Lee Shewbridge, Brandi Christina Sidle, Gabrielle Ieva Silgalis, Shannon Debra Smith, Kaitlyn Marie Solloway, Christina Elias Spanomanolis, Erica Dashawn Quetina Stanley, Caroline Lauren Stasiowski, Samantha Marie Steinman, Alexis Xzaveria Stewart, Blair Marie StirnBriahna Deanne Temple, Mary Kathryn Tennant, April Lynn Tennyson, Kristina Michelle Thomas, T'Keyah Zhane Thompson-Dortch, Sarah Elizabeth TillmanEmily Nicole Uebel, Catherine UribeEmily Louise VintonSarah Joyce Walsh, Meghan Marie Walston, Abigayle D'Ette Williams Ward, Amanda Nicole Webster, Alysia Elizabeth Welsh, Sydney Danette WhiteRobi Lynn Zimmerman, Amanda Rose ZopfiAll information in this section appears as provided by the schools indicated. Because of publication deadlines, in some instances students' names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate. Gabby Pe flashed a smile brighter than her yellow practice shirt.She sat stoically, spoke matter-of-factly and even let out a chuckle while reminiscing.Both her coach and assistant coach chose the word "unbelievable" to describe her demeanor. Pe, a senior setter on Ocean Lakes' girls volleyball team, lost her mother, Grace Pe, to last year."A lot of kids I'd be concerned about," assistant coach Shari Bishop said, "because I would think they're holding too much in and that's not healthy. But that really truly is her personality."Gabby Pe isn't the only one coping. When coaches asked how many players had friends or relatives affected by ahead of today's "Dig Pink" fund-raiser match against Landstown, nine hands raised -- nearly half the team. A few more knew someone with another cancer type."That really made this event all the more special," coach Jack Wheeler said.A host of state high schools, including many in South , arrange special games to raise money and awareness to battle cancer, calling them "Dig Pink," "Block Out Cancer," or "Volley for a Cure." Norfolk Academy is hosting a "Play For the Cure" week, decking the campus in pink and capping it with Friday's 4 p.m. field hockey game against rival Collegiate of Richmond. And Tallwood High in Virginia Beach is hosting a "Pink Week" beginning Oct. 16.At Ocean Lakes, though, the battle against cancer hit particularly close to the girls volleyball team.Pe's mother was diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma, a form of , in February 2011. Pe sensed something was wrong when her normally boisterous household fell quiet and her mom started crying on the phone."It really didn't hit me until the later stages," Pe said, "when I realized this was really serious and wasn't one of those things where you take and get better."The cancer metastasized, spreading throughout her body, and Grace's condition deteriorated rapidly by June."To be in a place where you couldn't be the one to get the cancer out or make her breathe better or make her eat better, it just sucked," Pe said.Her mother's condition deteriorated, and in early July when Pe was called to the hospital, she crumbled."The second I saw her, that was the first time I cried about anything," Pe said.As the last hours passed, the family said final goodbyes."Probably the worst feeling I've ever felt," Pe said. "Just hugging someone and them not giving anything back."Since then, Pe, whose grandmother Lydia is a breast-cancer survivor, has remained remarkably strong. It helps thinking about the little things she and her mom did: getting manicures, traveling to New York, riding home from school together, having family dinners.But it was talking about the things that her mother won't see in person that caused Pe's tough exterior to weaken."The No. 1 thing I wish is she could see me graduate or play volleyball now or see me in college," said Pe, her voice cracking and eyes watering. "I just want to know she's proud of me for doing everything I'm doing."While goal scoring is important in winning games, five players who rarely score on the Austin girls soccer team have played a major role in the squad's turnaround this year.Of the five, only one of them have scored a goal, but the contributions of Austin's four staring defenders -- Madaline Rueter, Taryn Sims, Sela Fadness and Brianna Byam, and freshman keeper Chloe Summerfield, goes well beyond scoring.They have helped the Packers (4-4 overall), transform into a team that routinely gave up five goals or more two years ago to a team that hasn't allowed more than three goals in a game all season. Last year Austin started its improvement as it went 5-12 overall, but this year the Packers are taking to an even higher level."We've had the same team for a few years now. We're used to each other and we know each other's skills," said Byam, who has scored two goals on free kicks this season. "If (Chloe) lets one in, we tell her it's not her fault. It's the whole team's fault and we let her down. I feel like we're building our confidence a little with every game."The Packers have shutout their opponent in all four of their wins this season and Summerfield is quickly adjusting to the speed of the varsity game.Summerfield is never relaxed in net, but that's probably a good thing for Austin."Every game brings pressure and you feel like it's never off you until the game's over," she said. "I love it and I play a lot better under pressure."Byam, Rueter and Sims have all been long-time starters on the defensive of the ball and Sims is usually the one communicating on the back line of defense. Sims also knows how to keep the ball away from the net."She's the toughest on our whole team and she'll do whatever it takes to get to the ball," Summerfield said of Sims.Fadness has the least experience of the group as she just started playing soccer again last fall after taking about a 10-year break from the sport. Fadness had taken up diving for the Packer swim team, but after suffering a gymnastics injury, she wanted to play a sport where her arms weren't involved and soccer seemed like the best choice.Fadness is glad she made that decision."We're really a close knit group of girls and we just have fun," she said. "We've played really well and we always go in hoping to win. But we also go in with the mindset that every game is going to be our toughest opponent."The Packers (1-2 Big Nine) will host Mankato West (3-5 overall, 1-3 Big Nine) Thursday at 7 p.m. ___(c)2012 the Austin Daily Herald (Austin, Minn.)Visit the Austin Daily Herald (Austin, Minn.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesSouth Carroll High School conducted its 2012 graduation ceremony on June 10 at McDaniel College, Westminster. The following are members of the Class of 2012:Michael Dennis Alascia Jr.Kendall Gabriel Alstad Chloe Elizabeth Antulov Michael Thomas ArmacostKevin Charles AshcraftJulia Marie BacaAmanda Lois BaldwinBryan Craig BashamLiam Joseph BatesAmy Kristina BeyerFelicia Nicole BisserCrystal Michelle BlackwoodMark Raymond BollackRebecca Claire BooneAlexander Patrick BosmanShannon Marie BossElizabeth Katherine BosticAlec Francis BoudreauBroc Weldon BowersSt. James Academy's first postseason foray as a Kansas 5A school was a successful one Saturday during the St. Thomas Aquinas regional tennis tournament at Indian Creek Recreation Center.The Thunder, who was the 4A state runner-up last year, finished first as a team and qualified both singles players and a doubles team to the 5A state meet, which begins Friday at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka."We had a week to prepare for it and I knew it was going to be tough, but we worked really hard with the girls and I prepared them well," St. James coach Rebecca Snodgrass said. "I'm really proud of them, because I didn't know what to expect. I just knew we had to bring our 'A' game, and the girls all did that. Winning the team title is an incredible thing for our first year in 5A." The Thunder learned Sept. 27 that the school's enrollment had grown enough that the school was moving up to 5A, but Snodgrass didn't let that faze her squad.Instead, St. James sent a message."We've built this program from nothing with tennis players who don't play year round, so I'm just proud," Snodgrass said. "We were second in 4A last year, and this won 5A regionals. We've got a pretty good tennis program."Senior Molly Gillcrist, who was the singles runner-up, and sophomore Hannah Smith, who finished fifth in singles, qualified to state along with the Thunder's top doubles duo, senior Madison Fangman and junior Julianne Smith, who also finished second."It's unbelievable to have four girls going to 5A state," Snodgrass said.Gillcrist ran into a buzz saw in the championship match as St. Thomas Aquinas senior Lauren Huddlestun didn't drop a game en route to the singles crown.She opened with a bye and then cruised to three straight 6-0, 6-0 wins against Shawnee Mission South freshman Emily Anderson, Lansing senior Cheyenne English and Gillcrist for the title.Huddleston, 14-6, and Gillcrist, 16-5, both will receive first-round byes at state.In stark contrast to singles, which pretty much went according to seed, the doubles bracket was littered with upsets, at least as far as the seeds were concerned, and also delivered the match of the day in the semifinals with a first-round bye at state on the line.St. James' Fangman and Smith dropped the opening set against SM South senior Micah Matthews and sophomore Chloe Matthews 6-3 and trailed 5-2 in the second set before winning five straight games to level the match and force a third set.Fangman/Smith capped the marathon affair by outlasting the Matthews sisters 7-3 in the tiebreaker and earning a berth in the final, where Blue Valley Southwest senior Anna Hickok and sophomore Taylor Westrom awaited.Hickok and Westrom prevailed with a 6-2, 6-2 win."We were the No. 1 seed, but we had no idea what to expect," said Westrom, who placed 12th at state as a freshman. "We just wanted to make it to state, so winning was a bonus."It was also a shot of confidence for Hickok, who qualified for state in doubles for the third time but the first with Westrom."I've been to state twice, but I haven't placed," Hickok said. "That's our biggest goal -- to place and do better than we've done before."Meanwhile, Aquinas freshman Sarah Petty and sophomore Ciara O'Reilly, who were seeded 13th, started the day with an upset against No. 4 seed Morgan Fangman and Alex Mancuso of St. James and added another against Lansing seniors Alanda Kohl and Valyssa Layton in the quarterfinals.But O'Reilly rolled her ankle on match point in that quarterfinals match, forcing the Saints' duo to forfeit its semifinal and third-place matches.BV Southwest's second doubles duo, senior Kelsi Kirwin and freshman Melisa Capan, were seeded 10th, but finished fifth and qualified for state.To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to . Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to . Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer. ___(c)2012 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesThe parking lot was overflowing and the halls were bustling, yet there was still room.Lots of it.In the halls and classrooms of the former Center for the Arts and Technology, on York Road, in , there was room to move and room to get lost. It's space that the students and their families of Stoneleigh Elementary School welcomed with open arms at Friday's "Sneak a Peek at Your Seat" event, a preview to let students and parents see the school before Monday's start of the year for Baltimore County Public Schools. "It is so much bigger," said Lindsay Kinkead, who came with her daughter Ryan, 6, who will be a first-grader when school opens. "I love the high ceiling."It was about 10 months ago that parents and staff Stoneleigh first considered moving to the former Carver high school building for a year, while their school on Pemberton Road undergoes a $18.8 million renovation and expansion project.The old Carver school was available and vacant Carver Center for the Arts and Technology is moving to a brand new high school on the same campus that will also open on Monday. For Stoneleigh, relocating was deemed a better option than trying to hold classes in the midst of a construction zone. And being out of the way will allow the expansion at Stoneleigh to be completed by next year.Over this summer, the old Carver underwent a retrofit to accommodate a group of younger, smaller students, and Friday's "peek" gave students their first look at their new home-away-from-home.For years, Stoneleigh has been battling an overpopulation issue. The Pemberton Road facility had a state-rated capacity of 499, but enrollment last year was 690 students. At Carver, that's no problem."I'm excited and lost and it's really big. I'm not used to that," said Neeley Dayan, 10, a fifth-grader, as she traveled the halls with her friend Chloe Cheseldine,10, also a fifth-grader."I'm excited but nervous," Chloe admitted. "It's going to be a different experience."Thirteen buses will transport students of Stoneleigh to Carver which now bears Stoneleigh's colors and its stallion mascot.Sherri Buttarazzi will have five children attending Stoneleigh this year two fifth-graders, a third-grader, a second-grader and one kindergartner."I am surprised by how much space there is," Buttarazzi said as the family looked over the building. "I didn't realize how small our school had become. It's amazing. It's a great opportunity."Sound filled the large room that houses Stoneleigh's music department, including the school's steel drum band. While the acoustics may not be the best, Jackie Blinke, the instrumental music teacher, was pleased."At Stoneleigh, my room is not big enough to hold the whole ensemble," Blinke said, nodding toward the room. "This is significantly bigger. I can hold big rehearsals here."Teachers led tours through the school, pointing out the various grades and their hallways, as well as the art room, the large gym and the cafeteria where a snack was provided at the end.Principal Christine Warner, who advocated for the move and last fall called it a "180-day field trip," greeted families in the lobby, and said she and the school's staff are ready for Monday."It's fabulous. It looks like an elementary school," Warner said of the building. "Today is a celebration. ... We have the best school in the universe."The Stoneleigh Sharks rolled to a 303-164 victory over the York Manor Makos in Free State Swim League action Wednesday night in Stoneleigh.Sharks coach said that K.C. Paltell and Alex Yarcony showed great leadership for Stoneleigh, capturing the 100-yard freestyle and 50 butterfly for the 15-18 girls and 15-18 boys, respectively.Below are top-three finishers in each age-group: 15-18 girls K.C. Paltell (S, 1st, 100-yard freestyle and 50 butterfly), Molly Farrugia (S, 1st 50 backstroke), Cristiana Salvatori (S, 1st 100 individual medley), Bella Salvatori (S, 1st 100 breaststroke, 2nd IM), Anna Sillars (S, 2nd, breast) Marley Swisher (S, 2nd free, 3rd back), Sarah Dorl (YM, 3rd free), Elizabeth Peper (YM, 3rd breast), Lauren Eppler (YM, 3rd IM), Bryane Radebaugh (YM, 2nd fly and back), Aly Yarcony (S, 3rd fly)15-18 boys Alex Yarcony (S, 1st free and fly), James Ray (YM, 1st IM and back) Ben Finkel (YM, 1st breast, 2nd 100 IM), Scott Thomsen (YM, 2nd breast and fly), Thomas Thomsen (YM, 2nd free), Christopher Wise (YM, 3rd free), Ian Sillars (S, 3rd breast and back), Jasper Igusa (S, 3rd IM), Nick Deignan (S, 3rd fly), Brad Marx (S, 2nd back)13-14 girls Olivia Finkel (YM, 1st 100 free and 50 fly), Ellie Henderson (S, 1st 100 IM, 50 back), Marsie Salvatori (S, 1st 50 breast, 2nd 100 free), Caroline Stringfellow (S, 2nd 50 fly, 3rd 100 free), Amy Trueschler (YM, 2nd breast, 3rd back)), Emme Toombs (S, 3rd 50 back), Rachael May (YM, 2nd IM), Rachel Wise (YM, 3rd IM), Miranda Jarello (S, 2nd back, 3rd 50 fly)13-14 boys Chris Pilotte (S, 1st free, 2nd IM), Louis Lowenthal (S, 1st, breast and fly), Luke Jones (S, 2nd free and fly), Jake Reister (YM, 1st back, 2nd breast), Will Peper (YM, 3rd free and back), Cole Roseborough (S, 3rd breast), Liam Elliott (YM, 3rd fly and IM), Aidan Ryan (S, 1st IM, 2nd back), girls Shae Bocker (YM, 1st 50 free and 50 back), Genevieve Schwanke (S, 1st 50 fly), Lexi Jones (S, 2nd 50 back and fly), Lindsey Dowdy (S, 1st 50 breast), Lillian Lowenthal (S, 1st 100 IM, 2nd free), Natalie Marx (S, 2nd IM, 3rd free), Lindsay Wiglesworth (S, 2nd breast), Lily Widner (YM, 3rd breast), Taylor Mann (YM, 2nd IM, 3rd 50 back), Peyton Skeels (YM, 3rd fly)11-12 boysOliver Wolff (S, 1st free, 3rd fly), Sam Garthright (YM, 1st back and fly), Avery Merlo (S, 1st breast, 3rd IM), Tim Loeffler (S, 1st IM, 2nd fly), Josh Minnick (YM, 2nd breast and IM), Wyatt Hales (S, 2nd free and back), Nick Triantafilou (YM, 3rd free), Jack Corbett (S, 3rd breast), Luke Guonjian-Pettit (S, 3rd back)9-10 girls Siena Twiss (S, 1st 50 free and 25 back), Kate Merlo (S, 1st 25 breast, 3rd IM), Laney Cornelius (S, 1st 100 IM, 2nd free), Grace Stubblefield (YM, 1st 25 fly, 3rd free), Elizabeth Swift (S, 2nd breast), Jocelyn Bayne (YM, 3rd breast), Patrice Gapaz (YM, 2nd IM and back), Camryn Joseph (S, 3rd back and fly), Madeline Till (S, 2nd fly)9-10 boys Hunter Tipton (S, 1st free and breast), Ayden Mann (YM, 1st IM and fly), Nathan Whitman (S, 1st back, 2nd IM), Sean Mathias (S, 2nd breast), Owen Campbell (YM, 2nd free), Landon Jones (S, 3rd free), Anthony Granruth (YM, 3rd breast), Vincent Igusa (S, 2nd fly, 3rd IM), Ryan Levenson (YM, 2nd back), Mitch Boudreau (YM, 3rd back), Matthew Jahries (YM, 3rd fly)girlsRiley Gerbereaux (S, 1st 25 free, 2nd 25 back), Lauren Karwacki (S, 1st 25 back and 25 fly), Maggie Corbett (S, 1st breast), Maya Galvex (S, 2nd breast, 3rd fly), Avery Zellinger (YM, 2nd free) Molly Wagner (S, 3rd free), Penelope Dance (YM, 2nd 25 fly, 3rd breast), Molly Melito (YM, 3rd back)7-8 boys Sam Swift (S, 1st free and back), Will Oddo (S, 1st fly), Samuel Whitman (S, 1st breast, 2nd fly), Matthew McMillian (YM, 2nd free and breast), Kyle Tipton (S, 3rd free and breast), Charlie Bollinger (S, 2nd, back), Luca Van Eron (YM, 3rd back), Bennett Wright (YM, 3rd fly)6-U girls Isabel Ross (YM, 1st 25 free and 25 back), Chloe Gibson (YM, 2nd back), Makenzie Gutberlet (S, 2nd free), Sara Gerbereaux (S, free), Gabriella Galvez (YM, 3rd back)6-U boys Ben Jahries (YM, 1st free), Patrick Cutbeth (S, 1st back), Patrick Corbett (S, 2nd free), Julian Joseph (S, 3rd free), Sam Till (S, 2nd back), Michael Zachary (YM, 3rd back)Without a forfeit or lightning, the Bel Air Women's Summer Lacrosse League got in another round Tuesday under much more pleasant conditions at Rockfield Park's Ewing Street Field.In the junior division, where the two teams now have names, Ninja Turtles turned back Motley Crew, 9-4.Holly Edwards scored four times to pace the winners, while Mallory Boyd added a pair of goals. Single goals were scored by Carli Wassin, Chloe Dietrich and Kimball Bryan. For Motley Crew, single goals were netted by Alicia King, Bailey Sisler, Haley Scribner and Wassin, who scored against her own team after switching teams in the second half when a Motley Crew team member had to leave. Chloe Brush tended goal for both teams, splitting halves and making seven total saves.Senior divisionIn the night's first game, Blue Moon (2-2-1) came from behind to cover a three-goal deficit and tie Save the Ta-Ta's (Pink) 9-9, giving the league its first tie. Blue Moon's bid for the win was denied with just four seconds remaining when Pink (1-3-1) goalie Caroline O'Neill made a game-saving save.Meghan Welch scored four goals to lead Blue Moon and Anna Pollitt scored twice. Kelley Duncan added a goal and an assist, while Kelly Kemper and Gabby Antinozzi each had single goals. Christina Nguyen also had one assist.Sarah Morris led Pink with four goals and Katie Rodriguez added a pair of goals. Laura Snee, Ashley Pietra and Valerie Bish also had single goals for Pink. Lacy Underhill, Christina Miller and Kristen Arseneau had assists for Pink.O'Neill finished with five saves for Pink, while Alicia McCarty (six saves) and Erin Dent (four saves) shared goalie duties for Blue Moon.In the second game, Little Miss Sunshine (4-1) padded its lead with an easy 14-5 win over Black Magic (2-3).Marisa Braungart pumped in four goals to guide the winners and Kim Eraso finished with three goals and one assist. Julia Schrof added two goals and one assist and Brittany Gonzalez had a goal and an assist.Stephanie Watts, Shilpa Das, Carina Sheehan and Gabby Spalt each scored single goals and Kara Cornelius had one assist.Kaylee Litke led Black Magic with three goals, while Brooke Prater finished with a goal and assist and Aloise Dietrich added a goal. Corey Hawks also had one assist.Sunshine goalie Brittany MacKnew had a solid game with 10 saves, while Roxanne Dietrich (eight saves) and Heather Dove (five saves) split halve in the Black Magic nets.Roger CarterThe Kings Landing Lionfish held a one-point advantage over the Roger Carter Seals at the end of the July 7 meet. The 290-289 loss was Roger Carters second of the season.The Seals won 18 individual events thanks to triple wins by Shannon Hochkeppel and Kevin Hu, double wins by Kathy Wang and Emily Xu and individual wins by Zachary Grissom, Jonathan Hahm, Troy Hochkeppel, Nancy Liu, Nadine Meister, Dillon Phamdo, Kaman Phamdo and Trueman PhamdoThe Seals started the meet with a win in the 18-U girls medley relay and ended the meet with a victory in the 9-10 boys 200-meter free relay.Top Roger Carter Finishers: Medley Relays18-UB: 2. C. Lo, A. Li, Z. Grissom, T. Phamdo; 4. H. Yang, T. Lewis, D. Li, J. Wong.18-UG: 1. N. Liu, A. Li, C. Wong, M. Smith, 2:37.93; 3. D. Hochkeppel, J. Lim, K. Phamdo, C. Liu. Individual Medley12-UB: 1. D. Phamdo, 1:29.13; 2. D. Phamdo; 4. K. Doan.12-UG: 3. N. Meister; 4. C. Doan; 6. J. Choo.13-14B: 1. K. Hu, 1:11.59; 3. J. Hahm; 6. T. Lee.13-14G: 1. S. Hochkeppel, 1:18.13; 3. A. Li.15-18B: 2. C. Lo; 7. T. Lewis.15-18G: 1. K. Wang, 1:25.90; 2. K. Phamdo.Freestyle8-UB: 2. E. Doan; 3. N. Zhong; 4. S. DeBenedictis.8-UG: 1. E. Xu, 17.84; 5. H. Lee; 7. M. Liu.9-10B: 4. K. Mo; 5. E. Tucker; 9. C. Lee.9-10G: 3. J. Choo; 5. B. Lim; 6. A. Yang.11-12B: 2. T. Phamdo; 3. A. Iyer; 5. A. Wu.11-12G: 2. M. Smith; 3. A. Phatak; 4. N. Meister.13-14B: 1. K. Hu, 27.09; 2. J. Hahm; 4. J. Wong.13-14G: 2. C. Liu; 3. C. Wong; 5. S. Lewis.15-18B: 3. Z. Grissom; 8. T. Lewis; 11. H. Yang.15-18G: 1. K. Wang, 1:14.59; 2. N. Liu; 6. D. Hochkeppel.Backstroke8-UB: 3. E. Doan; 4. N. Zhong; 5. S. DeBenedictis.8-UG: 2. E. Xu; 6. A. Zhang; 8. H. Lee.9-10B: 2. T. Hochkeppel; 3. K. Mo; 4. E. Tucker.9-10G: 1. N. Meister, 21.18; 5. E. Nesslage; 8. B. Lim.11-12B: 2. D. Phamdo; 3. K. Wang; 4. A. Wu.11-12G: 2. T. Doan; 3. M. Smith; 4. A. Phatak.13-14B: 3. D. Li; 5. J. Kim; 6. T. Lee.13-14G: 1. S. Hochkeppel, 34.90; 4. C. Wong; 5. S. Lewis.15-18B: 2. C. Lo; 5. A. Li.15-18G: 1. N. Liu, 40.00; 2. D. Hochkeppel, 5. A. Venooker.Butterfly10-UB: 2. T. Hochkeppel; 3. K. Mo; 5. J. Lee.10-UG: 3. N. Meister; 4. E. Nesslage; 5. Yang.11-12B: 2. D. Phamdo; 3. A. Wu; 4. J. Lee.11-12G: 2. T. Doan; 4. A. Phatak.13-14B: 1. K. Hu, 30.62; 4. D. Li; 6. J. Kim.13-14G: 1. S. Hochkeppel, 36.03; 3. C. Liu; 4. C. Wong.15-18B: 1. Z. Grissom, 29.85; 4. C. Lo; 9. H. Yang.15-18G: 1. K. Phamdo, 39.34; 3. A. Venooker.Breaststroke8-UB: 2. N. Zhong; 3. E. Doan; 4. S. DeBenedictis.8-UG: 1. E. Xu, 26.28; 4. M. Liu; 8. A. Zhang.9-10B: 1. T. Hochkeppel, 23.66; 2. E. Tucker; 8. C. Lee.9-10G: 2. J. Choo; 3. C. Doan; 5. E. Nesslage.11-12B: 1. T. Phamdo, 49.06; 4. K. Wang; 5. K. Doan.11-12G: 2. J. Lim; 4. T. Doan; 7. N. Meister.13-14B: 1. J. Hahm, 42.03; 2. J. Wong.13-14G: 1. A. Li, 40.72; 2. C. Liu; 4. S. Lewis.15-18B: 3. A. Li; 6. T. Lewis; 8. H. Yang.15-18G: 1. N. Liu, 46.81; 2. K. Wang; 3. D. Hochkeppel.Free Relays8-UM: 2. E. Doan, N. Zhong, M. Liu, E. Xu; 3. M. Mahoney, S. DeBenedictis, H. Lee, A. Zhang; 6. M. Zhang, S. Xu, L. Li, X. Cook.9-18B: 1. T. Hochkeppel, A. Iyer, K. Hu, Z. Grissom, 2:05.62; 3. K. Mo, D. Phamdo, J. Hahm, A. Li.9-18G: 2. J. Choo, M. Smith, S. Hochkeppel, K. Wang, 2:27.68; 3. E. Nesslage, T. Doan, A. Li, K. Phamdo.On July 4, Roger Carter made up its meet against the Fort Washington Sharks, which was originally scheduled for June 30.Led by triple wins by Kein Hu, Jeffrey Tse, Hannah Zhang and Sarah Zhang and double wins by Zachary Grissom, Troy Hockkeppel, Dillon Phamdo, Trueman Phamdo and Emily Xu and single victories by Hannah Green, Shannon Hochkeppel and Charrine Liu, the Seals won 25 individual events and two of the three free relays, but lost to the Sharks, 284-276.Top Roger Carter Finishers:Medley Relays18-UB: 2. C. Lo, J. Tse, Z. Grissom, J. Wong.18-UG: 2. H. Green, K. Wang, K. Phamdo, B. Marantal.Individual Medley12-UB: 1. T. Phamdo, 1:28.99; 2. D. Phamdo.12-UG: 1. S. Zhang, 1:29.22; 3. C. Doan; 4. J. Choo.13-14B: 1. K. Hu, 1:12.81; 4. T. Lee.13-14G: 2. S. Hochkeppel.15-18B: 1. J. Tse, 1:07.29.15-18G: 3. K. Wang; 5. K. Phamdo.Freestyle8-UB: 3. M. Zhang; 4. X. Cook; 5. L. Marantal Jr.8-UG: 1. E. Xu, 18.05; 3. M. Liu; 9. L. Li.9-10G: 1. H. Zhang, 37.87; 3. J. Choo; 4. E. Nesslage.11-12B: 1. T. Phamdo, 35.34; 2. A. Iyer; 5. K. Wang.11-12G: 1. S. Zhang, 34.20; 3. T. Doan; 4. J. Lim.13-14B: 1. K. Hu, 27.17; 3. J. Wong; 5. B. Grissom.13-14G: 4. E. Paul; 5. B. Marantal.15-18B: 1. Z. Grissom, 1:04.79; 2. C. Lo.15-18G: 2. K. Wang; 5. K. Phamdo; 6. D. Hochkeppel.Backstroke8-UB: 2. X. Cook; 3. M. Zhang; 5. L. Marantal Jr.8-UG: 1. E. Xu, 23.91; 7. L. Li; 9. M. Liu.9-10B: 1. T. Hochkeppel, 20.86; 5. K. Mo.9-10G: 1. H. Zhang, 20.62; 3. A. Yang; 5. N. Rao.11-12B: 1. D. Phamdo, 42.00; 3. K. Wang.11-12G: 2. J. Lim.13-14B: 3. B. Grissom; 5. T. Lee.13-14G: 1. S. Hochkeppel, 35.34; 5. B. Marantal; 6. E. Paul.15-18B: 1. J. Tse, 31.97; 2. C. Lo.15-18G: 1. H. Green, 36.91; 3. C. Liu; 5. D. Hochkeppel.Butterfly10-UB: 2. T. Hochkeppel; 4. K. Mo.10-UG: 1. H. Zhang, 21.38; 3. C. Doan; 5. E. Nesslage.11-12B: 1. D. Phamdo, 38.52; 2. A. Iyer.11-12G: 1. S. Zhang, 36.96; 2. T. Doan.13-14B: 2. J. Wong; 4. B. Grissom; 6. H. Yang.13-14G: 2. S. Hochkeppel.15-18B: 1. Z. Grissom, 30.11; 3. C. Lo.15-18G: 3. H. Green; 4. K. Phamdo; 5. C. Liu.Breaststroke8-UB: 4. X. Cook; 5. L. Marantal Jr.8-UG: 2. E. Xu; 3. M. Liu; 6. S. Xu.9-10B: 1. T. Hochkeppel, 23.64.9-10G: 2. J. Choo; 3. B. Lim; 4. C. Doan.11-12B: 2. A. Iyer; 3. T. Phamdo; 5. K. Wang.11-12G: 2. J. Lim; 3. T. Doan.13-14B: 1. K. Hu, 38.72; 3. J. Wong; 5. H. Yang.13-14G: 2. E. Paul; 4. B. Marantal.15-18B: 1. J. Tse, 34.85.15-18G: 1. C. Liu, 46.31; 2. K. Wang; 4. D. Hochkeppel.Free Relays8-UM: 2. X. Cook, M. Zhang, M. Liu, E. Xu; 4. L. Li, S. Xu, O. Nesslage, L. Marantal Jr.9-18B: 1. T. Hochkeppel, A. Iyer, K. Hu, Z. Grissom, 2:05.93.9-18G: 1. H. Zhang, S. Zhang, S. Hochkeppel, H. Green, 2:18.25; 3. J. Choo, T. Doan, E. Paul, D. Hochkeppel.North St. Johns In pool, a masse is a trick shot.For his next trick, Laurent Masse is looking to get the Traverse City Figure Skating Club into nationals.Whether that happens this year or in the future remains to be seen. "We've never had any competitors at nationals," said Masse, director of the club. "But that's the goal."That route starts at this weekend's Eastern Great Lakes Regionals at the in Ann Arbor."Our kids are really prepared and they've worked very hard," Masse said. "You never know. You just never know. I hope they all skate well. If they skate well and they feel good about how they did, we'll be happy. And hopefully the results will reflect that."Molly Davies advanced to the final round in the pre-juvenile level two years ago and just missed that round by one spot a year ago, but that level can't move on. This year, she's at the juvenile level, which is one where she can move on to the sectionals.Chloe Gates and Leigha Brown are a level higher at intermediate. At 14, Gates is the oldest of the eight skaters headed to the competition.Anna Rossiter is the youngest. At age 7, she's entered in the preliminary level, while Frances Rossiter, Anna Clifton, Ashley Edmondson and Lauren Gibson are in this year's pre-juvenile level.The skaters leave today for Ann Arbor, arriving in time for a practice session before the competition starts Friday and goes through Tuesday.Masse noted that each of the eight started in the club after participating in its basic skills club, which is slated for Oct. 13 this year.Regardless of how the eight finish in the standings, the experience"We go to some of the bigger competitions throughout the area in the competitive season," said Masse, who has been with the club since 1997. "We go to Ann Arbor for an open competition in May. We go to Skate Detroit, which is a big competition that draws skaters from all across the country and beyond. So throughout the year, we're definitely gauging where we are and setting goals along the way, but this is definitely the biggest one of the year for us." ___(c)2012 The Record-Eagle (Traverse City, Mich.)Visit The Record-Eagle (Traverse City, Mich.) at record-eagle.comDistributed by MCT Information ServicesMaryland linebacker commitment recovered a fumble Friday night to help his Bishop McDevitt squad record a 28-14 win over Lampeter-Strasburg in the .I think this is something we needed. Every game in the playoffs is not going to be a blowout, Dean said. Ill put it to you like this, give Lampeter-Strasburg full credit. They came out to play. We got off to a slow start in the first half, but came out and did what we needed to do in the second half.* Maryland-bound tight end 's Council Rock South squad suffered a 34-14 loss to North Penn in the . Helmet on, his high school football career over, his voice catching, Gallo said, There was no way we were going to quit. We kept fighting as a team. Its just tough to keep up with a team like North Penn. Theyre a real good team, theyre well-coached, and theyve got a lot of bodies at that school.And I want to say that Im so proud of all our coaches and all my teammates. They did a heck of a job this year.* Terps commitments (McDonogh defensive end) and (Gilman running back) will play in the fourth annual . The Baltimore vs. D.C. all-star event is scheduled for Dec. 17 at noon at Bowie State.Basketball recruiting* Former Maryland wing target committed Friday to .White said the final decision came down to seven schools that recruited him the strongest and they were Richmond, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, N. C. State, George Mason and Georgetown. But he said he feels relieved to get the process out of the way and get back to helping Miller go after a Virginia Independent School Division 1 championship title.* UM women's pledge had a big game in Sycamore (Ohio) High's .Senior guard Chloe Pavlech scored 27 and senior guard Alexis Newbolt added 17 for the Aviators (2-1, 1-1 GMC) and sophomore forward Chelsea Mitchell added 14 for the Vikings (2-0, 1-0).* Terps recruit was named the girls basketball Preseason Player of the Year by the .Talk about an easy pick. The question this year, if Pfirman stays healthy, is whether she can become the Class AA statewide Player of the Year after being last year's runner-up. The area's best player since Kelly Mazzante, Pfirman will play for Maryland next year but is hoping to make her final year at South her best one yet.* Maryland commitment (Digital Harbor) was named a player to watch in The Sun's .A 6-1 point forward, Harrison committed to Maryland as a freshman and has averaged a doubledouble every year. She led the Rams to the state semifinals with 17 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and four assists per game last season and made the All-Metro second team.The start to 's senior season couldn't have gotten off to a much better start.Layman, a Maryland small forward signee, powered his King Philip squad to a .KP got a monster 21-point, 26-rebound and 7 blocked shots night out of 6-foot-9, Maryland-bound Jake Layman, but it was some staunch team defense down the stretch that allowed the Warriors to rally past their Kelley-Rex Division foes. * Maryland women's recruit guided Sycamore (Ohio) to a .Sycamore was led by senior guard Chloe Pavlech, who finished with 11 rebounds and six steals to go along with a game-high 13 points.* Terps pledge led Twinsburg (Ohio) to a .Howard dominated the paint in the first half, scoring 11 points on five baskets and a free throw.* UM commitment helped Digital Harbor to a . The Rams (2-1) used a 2-3 zone and exploited the Foresters for fast-breaks. ALexus Harrison scored 12 points, Kirsten Gaither-McDonald had 13 and Jaida Scarborough added 10.Football recruiting * The Terps picked up a commitment Saturday from , according to . Goins is a sophomore cornerback from Contra Costa (Calif.) Community College. Check back with Recruiting Report later for more on Goins' pledge.* Maryland defensive end target committed to .Spence, the player most consider the No. 1 prospect at his position in the country, chose Ohio State over Penn State, LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Maryland and USC among others.* Terps quarterback pledge 's South Carolina squad suffered a 26-19 loss to North Carolina in the .Blue Ridge quarterback Caleb Rowe, a Maryland commitment, finished 16 of 26 for 120 yards with an interception.* Maryland-bound linebacker 's Bishop McDevitt team fell to Archbishop Wood, 52-0, in the .McDevitt has flirted with championship gold the past two seasons, finished 26-6 over that span and is losing seniors [Noah] Spence, linebacker Brock Dean and receiver Shawn Seif. * UM wide receiver pledge made a big play in the fifth annual .The Nationals punted on their next possession, and [Trent] Thompson converted it into a three-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 64-yard touchdown pass to fell McEachern senior Amba Etta-Tawo for a 27-9 margin. Thaba Media is going on The Safari, launching production later this month on David Golden's found-footage thriller.Anton Ernst of Thaba Media is producing. Screenwriter Tyler Hisel and manager Alexander Robb of Insignia Entertainment are exec producers. Rocky Myers (Vamp U) and Kim Argetsinger (Foreign Exchange) are starring in the tale of a band of American tourists stranded and hunted in the heart of the South African wilderness. Chloe Kirby and Robert Watkins round out the cast.Animal trainer-behaviorist Kevin Richardson has been tapped to provide the African animals throughout the production.Thaba Media's upcoming Little One was recently selected as official submission to the ' foreign-language category. Hisel had his 2009 Black List script Dark Was the Night (formerly The Trees) produced earlier this year, with and starring.Myers is represented by Coast to Coast Talent Agency and Kelly Tiffan Management. Argetsinger is represented by Church-Hugger Management.Hisel is represented by Kaplan-Stahler Agency and attorney Rob Szymankski.Click for more film news on Variety.com.Damn you, "Twilight."Thanks to the ever-popular movie -- or at least so I suspect -- the most popular name for dogs and cats in America for 2011 is.... Bella.According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., although Bella has dominated the dog-name list since 2009, for the first time last year, it shot to the top of the kitty list as well. Is everyone getting a new pet a Tween or what?Rounding out the top 5 most popular names for dogs last year was Bailey, Max, Lucy and Molly.The other top cat names were Max, Chloe, Oliver and Lucy.The good news is that folks at least are putting some thought into their pets names. Of the nearly half a million pets on the VPI rolls, just 13 were given the unfortunate moniker Fido. Only 17 were stuck with Spot.Interestingly, when it came to birds and exotic pets including lizards, gerbils, rabbits and other companion animals, the top name was Charlie.The local kid upstaged .Nicholas Thoman, who has trained at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center with SwimMAC Carolina for the past eight months, beat Phelps and the rest of a loaded field to win the men's 100-meter backstroke Saturday in the Charlotte UltraSwim. Thoman touched in 53.70 seconds. Phelps, of Baltimore, finished in 53.92. Olympian Matt Grevers was third in 54.50, and world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol was fifth in 54.68."Winning here, winning with the home crowd, was really fun," Thoman said.Beating Phelps, the 14-time Olympic medalist, made it even more special."[Beating] Phelps wasn't the big picture the big picture was getting a best time," said Thoman, who had set the world record in the 100 back short course last year. "I was just trying to chip away at my best time. My goals are best times, suited or unsuited, and it's another in-season best, so I'm excited."Phelps had won the men's 100 butterfly Friday.He was scratched from the men's 50 freestyle after finishing ninth in the preliminaries Saturday morning."I can't really be disappointed," Phelps said. "It's two- or three-tenths off what I went last year. Being able to come in here and not being as fully prepared as I want to be, I'm fine with that. Going into the wall, I was a little slow, and the last 20 meters I felt like I could barely move. I felt like I was standing still."So there's some conditioning I need to fix, but hopefully by the end of the year I'll be where I want to be."Phelps will now head to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a month of intense training.Other winners Saturday were Dagny Knutson in the women's 200 butterfly; Peng Wu in the men's 200 butterfly; Vanessa Garcia in the women's 50 freestyle; Josh Schneider in the men's 50 freestyle; Elizabeth Pelton in the women's 100 backstroke; Olympian Rebecca Soni in the women's 200 breaststroke; Olympian Eric Shanteau in the men's 200 breaststroke; Olympian Chloe Sutton in the women's 400 freestyle, and Olympian Peter Vanderkaay in the men's 400 freestyle.The event, which is part of USA Swimming's Grand Prix series, will conclude today.As students filed into the Towson High School auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 23, for the school's annual "Senior Night Live" talent show, Liz Shin, 17, stood out among her nervous peers backstage.Elegant in a lavender dress she wore at a previous recital a decision she believed would help her feel more comfortable Shin kept to herself as showtime approached.Even as the bulk of the night's 23 participants were crammed into a tight hallway, Shin stood apart from the group, clutching her sheet music before the gathering eventually dispersed. The show was approaching. Each performer prepared differently. Her guitar slung over her shoulder, Lizzie Nance rehearsed her song facing a wall. Claire Thompson, who would perform a Hula Hoop routine second-to-last, fiddled with the hoop incessantly.But Shin, her vocal exercises already completed, leaned against a wall and read the sheet music for "An ," a German piece she was moments away from performing.With little fanfare backstage, the show started. While their classmates were on-stage, the queue of waiting performers spilled from the tiny hallway onto stage right.A few stragglers, including Shin, remained offstage. Listening from afar, she tried to gauge the other performers to see how she would compare.The annual talent show is a popular rite of passage for the senior class at Towson High, and no doubt a point of courage for many of those who sign up to participate.Though the auditorium was filled with classmates only one of whom had ever seen her sing opera before Shin said she'd performed in front of bigger crowds. She recalled one recital at a church that was packed to the brim.But no matter the crowd, Shin had to wait her turn. After a poetry reading, two musical acts and a demonstration of "parkour" high-flying floor acrobatics the show had its first and only glitch.Yet even then, the spirit of the night shined through.Lizzie Nance, the night's fifth performer, ran into problems during her acoustic performance of songs by Lil' Wayneand . But with every pause, the crowd cheered louder. As they chanted Nance's name, the next performer, Tim Jaronski, joined on stage to help her finish."Good thing I love Taylor Swift," he quipped behind the curtain as he went onstage for his own performance.Jenna Franz followed with an acoustic number of her own, and as Shin's moment onstage crept closer, so to did she to the stage itself.While Franz performed, Shin sat stage right.Her toes tapped. Her hands wrung. When she began to get the butterflies and she knew she'd get the butterflies she took three deep breaths. Her time was coming soon.Tyler Scarff, wearing a top hat reminiscent of from , jammed on his electric guitar to an song.And just before Shin's performance, four young men showed that talent comes in many forms. Dressed as the cast of the film, "Anchorman," Jesse Hanlon, Peter Hoblitzell, Johnny Lehman, and Eric Laughlin riled up the audience with a harmonic rendition of "Afternoon Delight." They earned pies to the face from the hosts for their trouble.But those moments leading up to Shin's song made her performance striking.Towson High School held its 2012 commencement at the Towson Center at on June 2. The following are members of the Class of 2012:Sarah M. Alaoui, Cristina Eugenia Aldana, Damon Allen Alford Jr., Ehson Aligholizadeh, Benjamin Jackson Amann, Jenna Marie Anderson, Balal Arif, Jacob Armstrong, William Arrington, Emine Baris AtayurtAmber Janelle Bailey, Hannah Elizabeth Bailey, Peyton Levi Bailey, Biswas Baral, Ellis Barchette-Fackler, Ashley Patrice Barnes, Emily Louise Barone, Jessica Maria Barron, Sagar Basnet, Amelia Bateman, Nicole Marie Batkis, Peter John Batley, Nicholas Alexander Beck, William Charles Beckman, Max Wyatt Beker, Matthew Paul Bender, Mark Nelson Bickel, Andrew Justin Bingaman, Alexander David Blinkoff, Lauren Wharton Bosse, Amy Elizabeth Brewer, Taylor Emily Broom, Jasmine Erin Brown, Mon LaShay Brown, Justin Robert Bruns, Peter Kirby Burkhardt, Darius Cain Burks, Laurel Elizabeth Byer Sydney Callahan, Emily Calvert, Ian Matthew Campbell, Chassidy Breonna Carrington, Nathan Ernest Cash, Samuel Michael Celentano, Patrick Rhodney Chandler, Ian Michael Cheek, Eric Matthew Cines, John Preston Claiborne, Samara Leah Cohen, Anzenille Diane Coleman, Augustus Anthony Coleman, McKenzi Chole Conner, Austin James Constantine, Ian Mackey Cooper, Matthew Thomas Coplai, David Maxwell Crockett Billy Abhimanyu Dabas, Ana Corrigan D'Ambrogi, Vallerie Blair Davenport, Diana Elizabeth Demestihas, Mark Anthony Denoncourt, Alexandern DeSantis, John Michael DeVaughn, Mariah A. Dhumal, Aric Christopher Dickinson, Michael Christopher Donnelly, Aaron Robert Doty, Tyler Samuel Draughon, Caitlin Alexandra Drummond, Niani Jewel Dukes, Rachel Anna DuPon, Casey Paul Durkin, Jaimie Marie DuvallDavid Brennan Eber, Nicholas William Edwards, Estella Marie Eichelman, Elodie Marie Eichorn, Sarah Marcelyn Eiring, D. Wesley Emerson Ellis, Pablo Espinosa Endara, Paul Jerome Enderson, Sanchir Enkhzol, Darwin Israel Estrada Esquivel, Andrew Ryan EvensenHeather Lynn Fantry, Sarah Fawzy, Marissa Ivy Feldman, James J.W. Ferguson, Eric Miguel Fernandez, Sofia Kristina Ferrer, Donald Fielder, Stewart Eugene Fish, Alexander Flagle, Danielle Imani Ford , Kristen Michelle Ford, Gabrielle Daniella Fraley, Kevin Francis, Zachary Ray Frankian, Stephanie Marie Frantz, Jenna Katya Franz, Madeleine Rose Barksdale Freeman, Marc Joseph Friedman, Samuel Harris Friedman, Kayla Marie Frye, Bridget Elisabeth FulfordKylee Lorraine Gabler, Spencer T. Ganas, Jiaxun Gao, Jesse Antonio Garrett Jr., Justin Kim Garvin, Madison Genevieve Garvin, Bethany Ann Geiger, Aayush Ghimire, James Wilkerson Gillespie, Sara Anne Ginsburg, Richard Lloyd Goodlaxson, Gregory Michael Gorman, DiAnna Marie Grasso, Virginia Barton Grimm, Michael Patrick Gullett, Stacy Lee GuthrieAerick D'Andre Hairston, Jesse Metcalf Hanlon, Jessica Klade Hare, Holly Ann Harmon, Rachel Jean Harmonay, Jamicka K. Harris, Keyon Tyrrell Harris, Marc Joseph Harris, Desiree Shanice Harrison-Brown, Harrison Locke Hart, Adam Patrick Healeyi William A. Hegarty, Burkely Mills Hermann, Rachel Stollar Hill, Peter Arrell Browne Hoblitzell IV, Lachele Tamara Holcombe, Jordan Christopher Holston, Lance Holt, Keyanna E. Honesty, Tatianna Carrina Honesty, Corey Matthew Horsmon,Patrick Grady HuckenpoehlerLillian Sandra Jacobson, Quinn Ellis Jacobson, Hassan A. James II, Miles Edmon Janis, David Joseph Janssen, Andrew William Jarosinski, Timothy George Jarosinski, Rachael Avery Jenkins, Morgana Lorelei Jenkins-Houk, Marteze Jeter-Taylor, Jarrod Nicholas Johnson, Lydia Rae Johnson-Gallegos, Amelia Tripp Jones, Asia Tiara Jones, Erin Laura Jones, Roshna JoshiNathan Phillip Kahla, Thomas Joseph Keenan, Imani Nia Kersey, Thomas Beury Kibbe, Sarah Lyman Kiegel, Jennifer Dasol Kim, Eric Stinson Kimball, Kyle Morgan King, Rose Annalee King, Grace Harding Kirkley, Brittany Maureen Kirkner, Brittany Carole Krauk, Sara Elizabeth Kreller, Jeni KunwarKelly Marie Lacy, Briana Nicole Lamet, Emily Grace Lansinger, Eric Michael Laughlin, Sarah Joy Lebovitz,John Wendell Lehman Jr., Catherine Joanna Lesuisse, Zoe Marie Leuba, Carey Lieberman, Amanda Elizabeth Locke, Eva Louisa Lopez, Xiao D. LuoGregory Carl Mainolfi, Melanie Kaila Marino, Kalaya Mason, Ryshawd Lionel Mason, Saskia Kaplin Matthews, Michelle McCall, Donnel John McCann-McCalpine, Jamaal Amir McCray, Emma Louise McDonald, Tyler Brent McDonnell, Michael Patrick McGarry, Daniel Joseph McGovern, Justin Patrick McGuire, Devin Marshall Megginson, Lisa A. Mellinger, Seth Aaron Merrick, Lily Henzi Merritt, Blair Dennis Merson, Marisol Meyzen, Julianna Rose Miller, Lorenzo Albert Moore, Morgan Victoria Morreale, Julia Garrett Muhl, DeNora MurrayDaniil Sergeyevitch Nabugornov, Elizabeth Caitlin Nance, John Joseph Natterman, Alek Jefferson Nieberlein, Kenneth Charles Nightingale, Jason Argyrios Nitsios, Tyonda Meshae Norris, Patrick NtwariRiley James O'Brien, Cailin Casidhe O'Connor, Lauren Colleen O'Donnell, Bennett Okoro Jr., Noah Quinn O'Malley, Meghan Jeanne O'Melia, Jasmin Ugomma Okeke, Anna Elizabeth OstendorfAlice Heneberry Paley, Sarah Alina Palm, Stephen Charles Palmer, Ross James Pannebecker, William Ryan Parry, Hannah Rose Pasko, Darshana R. Patel, Tyrone Paul, Jonathan Albert Peake, Sabrina Lynn Pelfrey, Elizabeth Clare Peper, Bethany Patara Peters, Tierra T. Phillips, David Thomas Pilachowski, Ryan Patrick Plano, Casey Elizabeth Polk, Erin Amanda Powell, Sam Powell, Michael Wayne Preston Jr., Naomi Anne Pryor, Samuel PugatchMelina Estefania QuirzAna Gabriela Benson Rabut, Brandon Rampersad, Nicholas Readmond, Diana Michelle Reighart, Avery Marcus Reneau, Diallo Hashim Reynolds, Mayumi Rezwan, Samantha Leigh Rickels, Jordan Fitzgerald Riddick, Mathew Alexander Ridge, Nicholas Ridgely, Timothy Michael Riley, Molly Evelyn Rist, Erin Nyema-Shonease Roberts, Nicolas Emmanuel Roberts, Ian Gates Russey, Haley Ashton RykielAletena Sahlu, Alexandra B. Sandosky, Jacob Andrew Sandruck, Tyler McCall Scarff, Emma Jo Schneider, Holly Robin Schneider, Justin Alexander Schweitzer, Anthony John Scott III, Maxim Hunter West Sharbaugh, Ruvy Sharma, Prajwol Sharma Basyal, Elizabeth Hyeon Shin, Taqwa Mahmoud Shinnawi, Rosy Shrestha, Carrie Shrewsbury, Ian Sillars, Emily Ann Simmons, Zachary Adam Simmons, Connor Patrick Skeen, Rebecca Ann Spencer-Strong, Mary Claire Sporre, Elena Mayte Spriggs, Gibson Fitzgerald St. John, Robert Christian Starr Jr., Anthony Jamal Stephens, Patrick Slyvester Stewart III, Matthew Joseph Stiars, Anna Duval Stratton, Tyler McKinley Stuiber, Frances Marie Sullivan, Kelsi Rae Swenson, Marley Elizabeth SwisherRyan James Talbott, Rusudan Dana Tandilashvili, Samuel David Taube, Frederick Taylor, Timothy Allen Taylor, Alec Trent Tenne, Alexandra Allston Teuten, Averie Zike Thomas, Anne Nicole Engel Thompson, Claire Isabella Thompson, William Chaney Thornton, Laurel Tracey, Jhalon Nickia TurnerAzubuike Jones UkanduSikholiwe Kendra VundlaMatthew Felipe Walker, Sean Deondre' Warren, Jacob Randolf Wase, Dylan J. Weber, Benjamin Weksberg, James R. Wells, Michael D. Wettengel, Timothy J. Wheeler, Travis Lee White, Kelsey Barbara Wiglesworth, Kimberly Beth Wilkinson, Dominique Lynn Williams, Graham Peter Williams, Rudi Chlo Williams, Hannah Elizabeth Wohltmann, William DeMarco Wolfe, Danielle Suzanne Woytowitz, Anna Elizabeth WrightAlexander Konstantin Yarkony, Nicole Yingling, Brennan Rhoades Young, Morgan Rebekah YoungKristen Kathleen Lamp Zajdel, Rebecca Zeigler, Margaret Jenn Zelenski, Xi Zhao, Chloe Elaine Zicopoulos, Daniel Jeramy ZindermanAll information in this section appears as provided by the schools indicated. Because of publication deadlines, in some instances students' names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate.The story remains the same for the Jersey High soccer team. The Panthers kept the win wagon rolling Tuesday.Jersey shut out visiting Waterloo 3-0 in a Mississippi Valley Conference game to run its record to 13-0-1. The Panthers improved to 6-0-1 in the Valley. They have a tie with Triad, a team they will face again later this season in Jerseyville.Jacob Witt, Kyle Steckel and Jordan Jones punched in goals and Steckel chipped in with an assist during Jersey's latest win. Goalie Alec Beuttel made one save in getting another shutout. The Panthers led 2-0 at half and added their final score early in the second half. GIRLS GOLFShells win title -- Roxana shot a 401 score to finish first in the South Central Conference tournament at the Litchfield Country Club Course. Greenville (439), Pana (441), Hillsboro (451) and Staunton (451) followed the Shells.RaeChelle Leiken of Vandalia nabbed medalist honors with a 9-over par 82. Ashlee Wendt of Carlinville took second with a 93. Kayti Rose of Roxana finished third with a 96. Lindsay Chapman (98), Miranda Cunningham (106) and Taylor Anderson (107) also contributed to the Shells' successful outing.BOYS GOLFHighland wins -- Highland shot a 304 score to finish first in the six-team Mississippi Valley Conference tournament at Belk Park in Wood River. Triad took second at followed by Waterloo (321), Jersey (345), Mascoutah (348) and Civic Memorial (349).Blaine Buente of Triad was medalist. He shot a 5-under par 67. Kelyn Cope led Jersey with a round of 83 and earned all-conference honors. Garrett Brangenberg was next in line for the Panthers with an 84.Jay Waters and Cory Howard both had rounds of 84 to lead the Eagles. CM was without top gun Dustin Duncan. He was sidelined with a back injury, though Duncan may be able to compete in next week's Waterloo Class 2A Regional.PREP VOLLEYBALLAlton 2, Carlinville 0 -- The Redbirds raised their record to 16-7-1 by defeating visiting Carlinville 25-21, 25-21 in nonconference competition.Trevyn Landes (five kills, seven points), Emily Russell (three kills and six points) and (13 assists) led the Redbirds.Staunton 2, Litchfield 0 -- Host Staunton ran its record to 7-3 with a 25-18, 25-15 victory over Litchfield in SCC play. The Bulldogs are 5-2 in the league.Sophie Fairman (10 kills, seven blocks and two digs) led the winners. Kimmie Machuga collected nine assists, four service points, three digs and two kills. Karissa Pesavento had 12 digs and eight service points.Roxana 2, Southwestern 0 -- Jessica Smith had 13 points and 11 assists to lead Roxana past host Southwestern 25-13, 26-24. Shea St. Peters (eight points), Anna Whitaker (six points) and Bailey McGuire (six kills) added to the Shells effort. Lucy Kroeschel (11 points), Lauren Jenkins (five points and 11 digs) and Tarah Wallace (four kills) paced Southwestern.EA-WR 2, Gillespie 1 -- The Oilers beat the Miners 25-16, 20-25, 25-22 in nonconference play at Memorial Gym.Kenlea Herndon (12 kills, nine digs, six service points), Kylie Winchester (10 kills, eight service points, seven digs) and Kari Westbrook (20 assists, six digs and six service points) led the 11-10 Oilers. Allison Goldasich (nine kills and nine service points) and Tyler Ross (14 points) were best for 11-11 Gillespie.Jersey 2, CM 1 -- Ali Evans led the way with 22 digs and 20 service points as host Jersey topped CM in MVC play. The Panthers prevailed 25-19, 13-25, 25-20. Macy Thurston (six points, six kills and eight digs) and Emily Robertson (12 points and 10 digs) added to the cause.Jersey is 10-9 overall and 1-4 in the Valley.Marquette 2, Mount Olive 1 -- Georgia Horn had 13 points and Sam Horn had seven blocks as visiting Marquette defeated Mount Olive, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24.Krystina Kernich ( 17 points) and Chloe Gretak (11 kils) led the Wildcats.BOYS GOLFHighland wins MVC -- Highland shot a 304 score to finish first in the six-team Mississippi Valley Conference tournament at Belk Park in Wood River. Triad took second at 311 followed by Waterloo (321), Jersey (345), Mascoutah (348) and Civic Memorial (349).Blaine Buente of Triad was medalist. He shot a 5-under par 67. Kelyn Cope led Jersey with a round of 83 and earned all-conference honors.Jay Waters and Cory Howard both had rounds of 84 to lead the Eagles. CM was without top gun Dustin Duncan. He was sidelined with a back injury. ___(c)2012 The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.)Visit The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services There have been other times field hockey coach Amy Lloyd thought her team was going to beat Stonington.In 2006, Lloyd had what she thought was her best team. She even had her sister Laura at the game posing as the Viking mascot. But that day Stonington's goalie stopped a penalty stroke. And the Bears won their 16th straight Eastern Connecticut Conference title. Oh, yeah, and it was Lloyd's birthday."After I talked to (the newspaper), I went home and cried," Lloyd said. And so Wednesday East Lyme beat first-place Stonington 2-1, just the second time the Vikings have won that matchup since 1990. East Lyme also won in 2005, Lloyd said."We knew we were kind of the underdogs," East Lyme center midfielder Paige Schneider said. "It feels great, great to get a win."Stonington (4-3, 4-1) is still technically in first place in the ECC. (4-2, 3-1) also has one loss, while East Lyme, which stumbled early in the season as it integrated the new members of its starting lineup, is 4-2-2, 3-1-1.East Lyme perhaps turned the corner in a Sept. 24 tie with , 2-2. Stonington lost to North Branford 1-0 on opening day."Rightfully so, everyone's out to beat them," said Lloyd of Stonington, which has won 20 of the last 21 ECC titles. "Sometimes it can get in the players' heads. But against North Branford we went in with a clear mind, with nothing to lose. We did that again today, we came in with a clear mind."Right now we have some good momentum. We're putting the ball in the cage more consistently."Ellie Bruckner scored the game-winning goal with 5 minutes, 59 seconds remaining, assisted by Kailey MarcAurele.The game was tied 0-0 at halftime. Stonington's Molly Crowley scored first, assisted by Chloe Slater on a penalty corner with 21:10 to go, but in all the Bears generated just 10 shots off 15 corners, bottled up by the Vikings' defense and their own execution errors.East Lyme's Alice Navarro tied the game on an assist by Caroline Regan about four minutes later.It was then Stonington's turn for a flurry of offense and East Lyme's Schneider, one of the Vikings' top and toughest play-makers, was forced to come out of the game with 12:39 remaining with an injury to the fingers on her left hand.Lloyd moved Regan, a forward, to Schneider's spot in the midfield and she carried the ball in, generating the winning goal."That could've had an impact (losing Schneider)," Lloyd said. "Even if we were just a little off."Regan, Schneider, Samantha Horner and Kelsey Shukis were the four players Lloyd said were most involved in breaking up Stonington's corners, something the Vikings practiced extensively leading up to the game. East Lyme "switched up" its defensive placement on corners, Lloyd said.East Lyme's Sarah Bond made nine saves in the victory."We had a lot more opportunities, but we didn't handle the ball," said Stonington coach Jenna Tucchio. "We have lots of mistakes we need to address. East Lyme is a skilled team, but you need to execute the fundamental pieces of the game properly. ... You can't make any mistakes (and still win the ECC). Well, you can make one, but you can't make two."[email protected] ___(c)2012 The Day (, Conn.)Visit The Day (New London, Conn.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesMaryland remains in the mix for a top shooting guard target, and the Terps' stiffest competition appears to be the school where this player was originally committed.NBE Basketball Report caught up with at the National Prep School Invitational, and the Washington native and Bridgton Academy guard discussed his .As it stands Wood still cites St. Johns as the leader in his recruitment but is also mulling offers from Connecticut, Washington, Texas, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Maryland, Georgetown, and Providence. He plans to visit Washington, Texas, and Maryland after the high school season and said that aside from St Johns no one is standing out to him at this point. * Terps small forward signee guided King Philip to a .The Maryland signee made his mark offensively as well, with 23 points to go along with his 17 boards. He put the exclamation point on his night with under two minutes left in the game when he threw down an uncontested dunk. The Mansfield defense was chasing the ball in an attempt to foul and stop the clock, and his teammates found him under the basket alone for the dunk.* Terps women's center pledge powered Twinsburg (Ohio) to a .Malina Howard and Ashley Morrissette, key peices on Twinsburg's state championship team last year, continued their stellar play, contributing 44 of the Tigers' 56 points. Howard had 25 and Morrissette scored 19. * Maryland-bound forward had a big game in leading South Williamsport (Pa.) to a .Pfirman still scored a game-high 26 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, made four steals and added three assists.* UM guard signee scored 14 points to help Sycamore (Ohio) to a .The biggest thing I thought was for us not to lose our composure and I kind of knew at the same time, we needed a big shot for us to get pumped, Pavlech said. I had missed my first three threes, but the fourth one I had confidence it was going in. I was wide-open at the top of the key and I decided to shoot it. That just got us super pumped. From then on, everyone believed this was our game.Football recruiting* GatorSports.com looked at the impending college decision of Good Counsel five-star wide receiver .Diggs made his official visit to Florida on Jan. 20. The Gators and Buckeyes are front-runners in the race for Diggs, but a weekend trip to Maryland could pose a new threat. Weighing heavily in favor of Maryland is the fact that Diggs' Good Counsel teammate and close friend, Wes Brown, committed to the Terrapins on Wednesday.* The Gazette spoke to Terps commitment and Clarksburg linebacker last week during his .Maryland just felt right and there a lot of friends there like [Graham] and [2011 Quince Orchard alumnus and linebacker] Alex Twine, said Houston, who also held offers from West Virginia, East Carolina and Rutgers. I watched Kenny Tate play the position they want me to play when I get there and I was impressed. Hopefully, some day I can be like him. It is going to take a lot of work and its big shoes to fill.Maryland point guard target lived up to his Top 25 ranking over the weekend in D.C.Jordan, a Philadelphia native that claims offers from Alabama, Drexel, Kansas, La Salle, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Temple, Villanova and Virginia, was a standout performer at the Under Armour Grind Sessions. Rivals.com's Eric Bossi wrote that "there isn't a point guard in the country with a better blend of size, athleticism and ability to create." Bossi caught up with the four-star prospect after the event to talk .According to Jordan, the Terrapins have been coming at him the hardest and he will definitely give them an official visit. Jordan also mentioned that he's looking to set up an unofficial visit to Penn State in the near future. * , a senior point guard from Raleigh, N.C., that drew some interest from Maryland, has committed to .Wake Forest has outstanding coaches who can help me develop as a player, and Wake Forest offers a great education, Jones told HighSchoolOT.com. Im excited about the future of the program and I really like that Wake Forest reminds me of a bigger version of Ravenscroft. I feel like Ill fit in perfectly. This has been something Ive dreamed of and its the best possible way to end an incredible senior year.* Terps women's point guard signee scored seven points in the 21st annual .It was a lot of fun and a lot of great players, and not just on the court, said Pavlech, who has signed with Maryland. I thought when we came back that we had this but Kentucky played hard. It was a fun game. Two things were made crystal clear at the Bureau Valley Invitational on Saturday.Bureau Valley sophomore Regan Weidner is the top dog when it comes to small-school girls cross country in the area.When it comes to team competition, Rock Falls is leading the pack and has stamped itself as a contender for state hardware. Weidner and the Rockets were the headliners at the meet contested at Bureau Valley North Junior High.Weidner, who placed seventh in her home invite as a freshman, outclassed the field this time around with a time of 19 minutes, 8 seconds, a dozen seconds ahead of runner-up Chloe Marshinski of Westmont. A little pep talk from BV coach Dale Donner helped prod Weidner along."When I was running, I could hear Coach Donner yelling at me, 'Don't you want to be the Bureau Valley champion?' " Weidner said. "This was really cool."Rock Falls left 25 other teams in its dust to claim the team title. The Rockets finished with 64 points, almost half of their nearest competitor, Elmwood-Brimfield (127). Henry-Midland (156), Rockford Lutheran (179) and Annawan- (235) rounded out the top five."I couldn't ask for a better day," Rock Falls coach Mark Truesdell said. "I knew going in this was a stepping stone, and it only gets tougher from here. The girls are really looking to build on something for state."Truesdell stresses pack running, and the Rockets have a new leader of the pack in freshman Makaley Velazquez, who was ninth in 19:53. She's helping her teammates raise their game, and the results are showing.Paige Davis (11th, 20:03), Katie Anderson (12th, 20:09), Aubree Johnson (19th, 20:27) and Sandra Gomez (26th, 20:40) each finished within a minute of Velazquez."Our coach always tells us this is like pre-state," Johnson said. "Rock Falls hadn't won this race in 5 years, so it means a lot for us to take it back. This was awesome."Davis is confident the Rockets are on a path to match or improve on last season's sixth-place finish at state."I think this sends a loud and clear message that we're getting ready to head down to Detweiller Park," Davis said.Back in Walnut, Erie-Prophetstown wound up sixth with 240 points. Corrie Reiley (10th, 19:55) led the way for the Panthers.Halie Simpson (17th, 20:26) was Newman's top finisher, while Jennifer Popovich (52nd, 21:50) paced Amboy.Top 3 teams1. Rock Falls 64, 2. Elmwood-Brimfield 127, 3. Henry-Midland 156Individual winner1. Regan Weidner (BV), 19:08 ___(c)2012 the Daily Gazette (Sterling, Ill.)Visit the Daily Gazette (Sterling, Ill.) at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesSOCCERWESLEYAN 4, CALVARY BAPTIST 0WINSTON-SALEM -- Hudson Owens booted two goals and dished an assist as Wesleyan Christian Academy blanked Calvary Baptist 4-0 on Thursday. The Trojans improved to 17-0 entering today's 6 p.m. home showdown against fellow unbeaten Greensboro Day School.Brandt Bronico and Matt Owens added a goal each for the Trojans, while Bronico, Drew Mostoller and Taylor Berry each dished an assist. Connor Bell served in goal for WCA.FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY 4, WESTCHESTER 1LEWISVILLE -- Forsyth Country Day School netted a 4-1 victory over Westchester Country Day School on Thursday.Ryeong Choi scored on a penalty kick for the Wildcats (9-3-1). Cameron White made 10 saves in goal for WCDS, which plays host to the Elon School today at 7 p.m.BISHOP 1, EAST SURRY 0KERNERSVILLE -- Kyle Justice's goal lifted Bishop McGuinness to a 1-0 victory over East Surry on Thursday night.The Villains posted an 11-0 edge in shots on goal.SW GUILFORD 1, HP CENTRAL 0HIGH POINT -- Danny Gillespie scored the lone goal as Southwest Guilford edged High Point Central 1-0 on Thursday night at High Point Athletic Conference.Kyle Shina served in goal for the Cowboys (8-3-2, 2-2 PTC 4A).Southwest plays host to Ragsdale on Monday at 7 p.m.TRINITY 6, ANDREWS 0HIGH POINT -- Chase Clark and Shane Smith combined for four goals and five assists to help lead Trinity to a 6-0 win late Wednesday in a PAC-6 2A match at T.W. Andrews.Clark had three goals and one assist while Smith had one goal and four assists for the Bulldogs (7-4-2, 2-0). Joel Villa and Cameron Bazen also had one goal apiece while Eddie Torreblanca had one assist.Trinity plays again Monday at home against Wheatmore.LEDFORD 3, CENTRAL DAVIDSON 2Winters Mill High School conducted its 2012 commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, at McDaniel College in Westminster. The following are members of the Class of 2012:Allison Nicole AckermanShynette Bobbi-Cynthia Adderley Joshua Bryant Adkins Samantha Elaine AlashaJonathan Michael AllbrittenErik Santiago AmbrosioCasey Lloyd AndersonCharles Lee AndersenKaitlin Rose AndersonFelice Marie ArtusoLaraib AsifSanglui Zuhtam Azang-NjaahTanner Haines BairChristopher Adam BakerMarco BalsamoKatherine Dell BangerdSummer Brooke BarrickBryan Howard BarryKayla Alaise BeachamThe Bel Air Women's Summer Lacrosse League was back in action Tuesday night with no forfeit or weather issues to deal with. One junior division game and two senior division contests were played at Rockfield Park's Ewing Street Field.In the junior game, Motley Crew and Ninja Turtles were tied, 4-4, at the half, but Motley Crew scored seven unanswered goals in the second half and won 11-4.Alicia King paced the winners with four goals, while Taylor Walker and Kimball Bryan each tallied three goals. Holly Edwards also had a goal in the win. Ninja's goals were scored by Haley Scribner, Mallory Boyd, Carli Wassin and Bailey Sisler. Chloe Brush played a half in goal for each team, making a total of nine saves.In senior action, Blue Moon kept itself within striking distance of the league's top spot by knocking off leader Little Miss Sunshine, 10-5. It was Blue Moon's second win over Sunshine this season.Kelley Duncan scored four goals to lead Blue Moon (3-2-1) and Anna Pollitt added three goals. Kelly Kemper and Fran Paradise each had a goal and assist and Gabby Antinozzi had one goal. Caroline Clark also dished out one assist in the win.Sunshine (5-2) got scoring from five different players. Morgan Grannas, Kari Ehinger, Meghan Najewicz, Kim Eraso and Marisa Braungart each scored single goals and Eraso also had the teams' lone assist.Alicia McCarty earned the win in goal with nine saves and Brittany MacKnew stopped six shots in the Sunshine nets.In game two, Save the Ta-Ta's (Pink) rolled over Black Magic, 16-9, redeeming themselves from a forfeit two weeks ago.Christina Miller and Ashley Pietra led the Pink (2-4-1) scoring with four goals apiece and Sarah Morris added three goals. Valerie Bish and Lacy Underhill each scored twice and Liz DiNunno netted a single goal. Underhill, Miller, Katie Spence and Kristen Arseneau also had assists in the victory.Brooke Prater paced the Black Magic (2-4) scoring with four goals and Carmen Chona finished with three. Noelle Landers and Laurin Grauer each posted a single goal in the loss. Leah Grauer, Kati Vu and Kristen Russo had assists for Black.Caroline O'Neill (one save) and Grace Deckert (five saves) combined for the win in the Pink goal, while Heather Dove made eight saves for Black.You might have noticed that now, when you're looking at a property listing page on Trulia, you're able to rate the neighborhood so your fellow house (or apartment) hunters can have the added advantage of your opinion. Playing around with this feature and rating my own neighborhood - go on, do yours! - brought to mind what seems like a new trend: artists putting their craft to good use "rating" their cities and neighborhoods with amazingly innovative posters.Chicago graphic designer Jenny Beorkrem has created these amazing city posters - San Francisco is below, but she makes them for cities including Chi-Town, NYC, Toronto, LA and even for the internal neighborhoods: your heart and your brain!  Check them out at :These wild visions of a fantastically futuristic San Francisco, created by artists Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert, were inspired by "responses from architects, city planners, and transportation engineers when they were asked 'what would you do if you didn't have to worry about budgets, bureaucracy, politics, or physics?'.  Thanks to for turning us onto this series, appropriately entitled :Then, just this morning, pointed us to San Fran graphic artist sweet new 3D poster/installations of several SF neighborhoods:Fleury says her posters are made from "love and paper."  A huge part of real estate buying and renting decisions are made around love for our neighborhoods - or lack thereof.  I have a little Bay Area fixation, obviously, but there are probably amazing posters for your neck of the woods - wherever that might be.  Here are some beautiful specimens representing love for:Milwaukee:  Delray Beach, FL: St. Louis, MO: Is your town reflected at its best in any neighborhood posters?  Let us know!Read more posts on Diamond wholesaler Tov International recently created a dream version of the little black dress.The dress, which is valued at $15 million and made its debut on April 25 at the American Gem Society 2012 Conclave, is covered in 100 flawless diamonds, ., designed by Chloe Reese, incorporates four diamonds on each sleeve, seven covering the back, with the remaining 85 decorating the bodice.Naturally, all of the diamonds are perfect 3-carat round brilliant stones.Now check out the lucky model strutting her diamond-studded stuff on the catwalk:Getty ImagesThe Lingerie Football League is growing in popularity, and intensity.So intense that Chloe Butler, a linebacker for the Los Angeles Temptation, . And she was kind of happy about it."I feel a little bit bad. I broke the Minnesota quarterback's arm in our first game. I was kind of happy for our team that I put her out of the game but I felt bad thinking, 'What if it were me?'" she told the Telegraph.Butler added that injuries are just part of the game.Founders + (left )+ (left Twitter)Others+(Business Operations)+ (Product Manager)+ (Lead, UX Team)+ (Content Programming)+ (Director, Trust and Safety)+ (CEO)+ (Creative Director)+ (Business Development)+ (Engineer)+ (VP, Product Management)+ (Operations Engineer)+ (Messaging, Tweets a.k.a Distributed Systems Architect)+ (Business Corporate Development)+ (Product Lead, Revenue)+ (Tech Manager, Twitter International)+ (Tech Lead)+ (Platform / API)+ (UX Designer)+ (Technical Lead, Research Infrastructure)+ (General Council, Policy, Trust Safety)+ (Tech Lead, Twitter for , , and Mac)+ (Engineering Manager, Internal Tools)+ (Business Development Corporate Development, UK)+ (Software Engineer Tech Lead, Twitter Web Client)+ (Design Researcher)+ (Mobile Engineer)+ (Product Manager who just left)+ (Product Synthesist/Manager)+ (Research, analytics, distributed systems, algorithms)+ (Front-end dev, Software Engineer)+ (Infrastructure Engineer)+ (Media Partnerships, Writer)+ (Senior Director, Business Development)+ (Corporate Social Innovation, Philanthropy)+ (Product Designer)+ (Product manager)+ (Director of Growth)+ (VP of Engineering)+ (Software Engineer)+ (Mobile Designer)+ (Self-serve Advertising Analytics)+I am ecstatic to announce the creation of --my new seed investment fund.It is the first venture capital fund based in Brooklyn--the citys most exciting and creative borough. It is home to cool startups like Etsy, Makerbot, Pontiflex, HowAboutWe, Energyhub, and Loosecubes. Gilt Groupe maintains a significant presence there, as does scores of creative agencies and design firms. By some estimates, 50-60% of New Yorks startup community lives in Brooklyn--and at Etsy its as high as 80%. It has grown to be a dynamic place to build a company--and has the potential to be the very best place in the world to start a technology business. I will be working hard to help it reach that potential, while continuing the work Ive been doing for NYCs tech community as a whole for the last seven plus years. I'll be back and forth over the bridge taking meetings all over, but you'll often find me at the new where I'll have a desk.Brooklyn is my home. In fact, Ive never lived outside the five boroughs. I grew up in Bensonhurst. My dad was a NYC firefighter and my mom worked as a teachers aide helping physically challenged students. I went to high school and college on scholarship. Succeeding through the generosity of others is the reason Ive always wanted to contribute something back to my community. Its why I teach entrepreneurship at Fordham University and why I find the job of being a venture capitalist so rewarding. My experience at First Round over the last two years has been amazing from day one--and I thank Josh and the rest of the team for giving me the opportunity to work with them. I got a term sheet out less than 100 days into the job and was lucky enough to get to work with my friend Rob May as a Board Member for my first investment, Backupify. I'm grateful to have also worked with Steve and Jared from GroupMe, Chantel from chloe + isabel, Sean from Salescrunch and Wiley from SinglePlatform. The last year was especially helpful to me in my career development. It not only brought opportunities to work directly with great teams like Philippe and Justin at Refinery29 and Matt and John at Docracy, but I learned a lot more about being a team player, a better board member, and what it takes to build a successful firm. Every up and coming venture professional thinks about what kind of a firm they would want to build if they could start their own firm. I was no different--and the possibility of doing something on my own has been a long term goal. In fact, its what Henry Blodget told me I should do the first time I met him--back in May of 2007 during a pre-Business Insider lunch at Coffee Shop. Josh Kopelman said the same thing to me about a year ago and weve talked a lot about firm building in my time at First Round. It has always been of critical importance to be able to sit across the table from an entrepreneur and believe in my product. Now, Ill have to work twice as hard to ensure that I can say that about my own firm--that I can believe in the value that I can bring, along with the community and platform that comes with it. I will certainly write more about this in the coming weeks, but there are some key aspects to the way Id like to conduct business that Ill be focusing on:To that end, I'm excited to show you "Made in Brooklyn", a short video about some of the entrepreneurs and companies building in Brooklyn and what attracts them there: from on .Im looking forward to continuing the dialogue about and furthering our community together. I thank everyone who has supported me and the companies Ive worked with over my ten plus years in venture capital and startups. New York City, more than any other innovation hub, has been built on community and Im excited about continuing my journey as an inspired participant.Read more posts on One of the most popular holiday films of all time, Home Alone 2 follows Kevin McCallister as he gets separated from his family on a holiday trip to Florida and is stranded alone in New York.According to Maryland's ABC2, Chloe was on her way to New York to visit her Grandparents for Christmas, but weather conditions along the route necessitated that she change planes in Baltimore.Her family only found out about the change when she did not get off the plane in New York. The airline, Southwest, did not contact Chloe's family to let them know about the altered plans.It is the airline's normal policy to not remove any child traveling alone from a plane until the final stop. The plane change resulted in a five hour delay in getting to New York.However, the story does have a happy ending. Southwest did get her to New York, apologized to the family for how the situation was handled, refunded the ticket price, and provided a travel voucher for a future trip.Last August, walked into First Round's New York City office and told me all about jewelry, empowering women entrepreneurs in the fashion space, and what it means to design inspiring accessories. She expounded on the completely missed opportunity to combine offline and online direct selling into a singular complementary vision.She had a powerpoint deck, 15 years of jewelry industry experience, and I couldn't have been more excited by the story..Yet, I wondered whether or not she had accidently met with the wrong VC. She saw the sneakers, right? I think I might have been wearing my Android robot walking the dog t-shirt. I'm quite possibly the least fashionable person in the entire venture capital industry. Lucky for me, she didn't seem fazed, and we hit it off.Within a couple of months, and Floodgate led a round that included SV Angel, Kirstin Green/Forerunner, Mike Duda/Consigliere, Ashton Kutcher, and others to enable her to build a great team, , and recruit an initial group of merchandisers. Six months later, they had accomplished all of these milestones and began to ramp up for a full public launch. I cannot tell you how hard they've been working this summer. Like good ducks, you might not have heard a lot of noise from them (until now--), but they've been paddling like the dickens underneath. (The duck analogy is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.)This Wednesday night, the team will be putting together a very special launch event. If you're an innovator in the fashion space, in the flow of fashion influencers, cover ecommerce/fashion tech/retail for the media, or just generally blanket your social media presence with your uber fashion-forwardness and I'll see if I can get you an invite--we're pretty tight already.I'm excited to finally be able to talk about working with the company more extensively now that they're public. Chantel has been amazing to work with, as has my fellow board member from Floodgate. It's pretty clear how Chantel was able to become the top selling CutCo rep on the west coast--paying her way through college with her earnings. She has an infectious personality and is a natural sales leader. Chantel has extraordinary intuition about people, knows her audience and what they want.What's exciting about is that they're working on a modern version of a proven direct model "for today's social web"--but they have both the jewelry and direct selling DNA to build it off of a solid base. I've been continuously impressed with Chantel and her team's understanding of how the social web can empower their merchandisers to create great businesses of their own, and we've only scratched the surface of building a platform that will enable them to do that. It is going to be a great ride that empowers thousands of up and coming female leaders in entrepreneurship and fashion.Read more posts on iframe src=http://www.businessinsider.com/embed?id=4ec291d185b5829a5e000016amp;width=600amp;height=430 width=600 height=430 border=0 frameborder=0/iframeIn a midtown office bathed in light that is as fluorescent as her site, HollywoodLife.com, is pink, Bonnie Fuller and a staffer debate the merits of the relationship between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.Entertainment reporter Chloe Melas thinks the butt grabbing is a little much, while Fuller -- who previously edited Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and US Weekly -- believes they are just teenagers in the throes of their first love. The PDA stuff is natural.The duo, seated in (what else?) pink director's chair, bicker -- chat? argue? It's hard to categorize the enthusiastic, but vaguely argumentative tone -- back and forth, never really coming to a conclusion.Then, the kicker."Tell us how you feel," the once and future tabloid queen asks the camera, encouraging the site's millions of readers to chime in with their thoughts.Welcome to the new life of Bonnie Fuller. is not one of the cushy gigs the editrix previously held. Her paycheck isn't as large. Neither is her crew. There's a small staff of 16 producing lots of content.It still is, however, life viewed through the lens of celebrity."Our aim is to talk to women 18-35 years old and to be there for her and talk to her about all the aspects of her life," Fuller told The Wire on Thursday afternoon. "We use celebrities to really reach into all those areas of her life."The plan seems to be working. The site had its biggest month ever in May with 4.1 million unique visitors and over 26 million page views. Hollybaby.com, the spinoff site, is growing rapidly. The venture is not yet profitable, although general manager Will Lee says it will be later this year, but they need a new office to house the increasing number of staffers. (HollywoodLife is part of Jay Penske's PMC consortium that also includes Nikki Finke's Deadline, Boy Genius Report, Oncars, and Movieline.)Fuller is the type of editor who talks about celebrities using only their first names, partially because she's been in this game for so long and partially because she is one herself. Her resume is long and varied, full of successes. Fuller has her share of detractors -- click the links in if you want more -- but she's taken to her new role in the internet world. The abbreviated shorthand with which she so naturally discusses the young, beautiful, and famous works better online. (One of the tabs on the homepage nav bar is "RPTAZKSTEW, short for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame. Once you recover from the astonishing awkwardness of the moniker, you realize it's kind of wonderful.)Events, such as the Royal Wedding, are huge hits for the site. Fuller proudly talks about having a screenshot of Kate Middleton arriving in her car up "seven minutes" after it appeared on television, and the audience continued to grow from that moment."We do it live so what we can create is a real shared experience of the audience. It's like our audience is watching it and following it," Fuller said. "I bet they were watching on the TV with their laptops on their laps. We were like a commentator for them."She's right, of course, but recently that role of commentator has come under fire. There is a growing concern, or at least an increasing number of essays and articles arguing that publications for women are too simple, that "girls just wanna have fun," as a recent Daily Beast column wrote. In the article, Jezebel editor Anna Holmes said, ""The HollywoodLife head doesn't think that perception is true. And even if she did, she wouldn't care. Women deserve a place to just enjoy."I don't believe that there is any dumbing down of anything for women," she said. "They are entailed to have something fun and entertaining."As for the pink that explodes off the screen when you click through to HollywoodLife? She's unapologetic about that as well: "I'm responsible for the pink invasion in the entire field. I started it. And I believe in it. It's a girly site. There are no bones about it. "In Fuller's world, HollywoodLife isn't just simple fun; it serves an important purpose."I'm not kidding when I say that a celebrity couple can be a role model. How many women do you meet in New York City that tell you they can't meet a guy?" she asks. "Women want to have some hope, to think 'maybe I'll meet a guy like Rob [Pattinson]."Until a woman meets that guy, there will be Fuller and HollywoodLife.com.And afterward as well.iframe src=http://www.businessinsider.com/embed?id=4efdbeadecad04392c00000damp;width=600amp;height=430 width=600 height=430 border=0 frameborder=0/iframeSamir Hussein/Getty ImagesShopping!Facebook's IPO will BI's Matt Rosoff declared this week. And within social computing, a lucrative sub-field is unfolding: social commerce. Businesses and entrepreneurs can now reach consumers anytime on smart devices, and through personalized networks such as , , , and many more. Below is guide to the players in social commerce.The will exhaustively cover the market this coming Tuesday, Feb. 7. This is Business Insider's deep-dive into this market, featuring major brands such as Walmart, Heineken, TicketMaster, , and more -- as well as top startups such as , , and Birchbox. to learn about best practices in social media marketing and sales. The will cover the purchase funnel from discovery to click-and-buy. (Including a discussion on top tactics for leveraging Facebook!)So what exactly is social commerce and why all the buzz? It's a broad term, but here are a few uses, withbolded:Want to learn more on who will profit and how all this affects your business? Join us next week at , former founder of Path101 and principal at , has left the firm.Up next, he'll pursue a fund of his own, .O'Donnell began his venture career working with at . The Brooklyn native says it has always been his dream to be a partner, and now is as good a time as any to start his own firm.O'Donnell is aiming to raise about $10 million for the fund, industry sources say. It will invest in early and seed stage technology companies, one or two every month, says O'Donnell. It will have a Brooklyn focus, although O'Donnell says he will consider investing in entrepreneurs wherever they are across many categories."I never thought I'd be an investor in a jewelry company," says O'Donnell in reference to the Chloe + Isabel investment he helped source for First Round Capital. "So as long as the companies are tech-based, the firm will consider them." O'Donnell doesn't have a partner and he isn't looking to hire a junior person yet. For now he'll source all of the deals himself.O'Donnell has the blessing of his former firm, First Round Capital. "I can't wait to see the impact his firm makes on the Brooklyn tech community," says partner Josh Kopelman. "Ever since Charlie joined First Round Capital he and I have talked about his goal of starting his own firm -- and I'm excited to see him take the plunge."Fred Wilson agrees, "Charlie is pure Brooklyn hustle..nobody is better suited to catalyze the Brooklyn tech community and seed it with startup capital than Charlie O'Donnell."Chantel Waterbury founded Chloe + Isabel earlier this year. It's a jewelry website that turns each of its users into mini entrepreneurs.Users are encouraged to sell the Chloe + Isabel jewelry lines to friends and at house parties. Chloe + Isabel designs and creates the jewelry, provides online training for its users/salespeople, gives them marketing tools and helps them build e-boutiques.Now, the year-old startup has raised an $8.5 million Series A round led by . and other Chloe + Isabel seed investors participated.Part of the money will help Chloe + Isabel launch on college campuses. It will also be hiring more tech talent.There's surprisingly big business potential for a site like this. Stella Dot is a similar business and it has a $370 million valuation with revenues reportedly set to reach $200 million by the end of this year.Yesterday we grabbed coffee with founder Chantel Waterbury.Chloe + Isabel is a jewelry website that turns each of its users into mini entrepreneurs.Users are encouraged to sell the Chloe + Isabel jewelry lines to friends and at house parties. Chloe + Isabel designs and creates the jewelry, provides online training for its users/salespeople, gives them marketing tools and helps them build e-boutiques. for her startup, but before that she was able to raise a $3.25 million seed round with nothing more than a 12-slide presentation (see below).She had no technology built, no working prototype and no jewelry made. She just had a dream, a business plan and a brief PowerPoint.Without a working prototype or a good reputation in the tech scene, most entrepreneurs struggle to raise money. But Waterbury said she had her pick of the litter. Three major Silicon Valley firms wanted to invest in her seed round; she turned them all down and kept the financing modest.We asked her what her secret was. "I think it's because investors liked my background. They knew I was going to build this company with or without their money. I've wanted my own jewelry line since I was 22 and I have 15 years of industry experience; my entire career led to Chloe + Isabel," says Waterbury."It was difficult for me to walk away from a high paying career and start over, making a fraction of what I once was. This was largely because I have a husband and child that count on me. But that ended up being the greatest fuel to my fire. I would love to see more career woman make that leap. It is never too late to become an entrepreneur and sometimes that corporate experience can be your greatest asset."Chloe + Isabel investors agree that Waterbury's background was very compelling. "Shes a force of nature who knows the jewelry world inside and out," says partner and Chloe + Isabel investor . "Even though she didnt have a finished product she always had samples/prototypes in our early meetings. Plus Chloe + Isabel has a really innovative go-to-market strategy combining in-person sales with e-commerce. Thats what got us to invest and why were still excited to be investors now.""Chantel was a proven star in the jewelry world who had been plotting Chloe + Isabel for some time," says another investor . "We didn't need to see a prototype to sense her ability to build something wonderfully disruptive in a growing category. We believe in her, period."Waterbury sent us some of the original Chloe + Isabel deck. "I focused on the importance of building a brand within the deck," says Waterbury. "That is one of the hardest things to do and can ultimately be the most valuable thing you do."Here are the first two slides of her winning presentation:iframe src=http://www.businessinsider.com/embed?id=4eb6b50485b582e06d00000bamp;width=600amp;height=430 width=600 height=430 border=0 frameborder=0/iframeWe recently came across one of Chris Boffoli's photos from Big Appetites, a set of images that reminded us of a scene out of Gulliver's Travels, with matchstick-sized people playing on Titanic-sized fruit.We were hooked. Fortunately, there are tons of photos in the series, and Boffoli was kind enough to share some with us. And his Big Appetites images will be featured in a show at Winston Wchter Fine Art in Chelsea starting Thursday, June 21.Check out more of his work on his and scroll down to read an exclusive QA about his work and inspiration.: How did you come up with the idea for the series? Chris Boffoli: The genesis of my Big Appetites series of fine art photographs (which I have also called "Disparity") was in a lot of the media I was exposed to as a child. There were so many films and television shows that exploited both the dramatic and comedy potential of the juxtaposition of different scales: tiny people in a normal-sized world. (Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Innerspace, etc.). It is a surprisingly common cultural theme going back all the way to old Hollywood, and back farther to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in the 18th century.I think it is especially resonant with children because as a child you live in an adult world that is out of scale with your own body and proportions. And you constantly exercise your imagination around a world of toys that are further out of scale. As a child I was an avid collector of Matchbox cars, a model railroader and a builder of models (cars, ships and airplanes). I was fascinated, as many children and adults are, with tiny, meticulously detailed things.Jumping forward, I encountered some art exhibits at the Saatchi gallery in London in 2002 that used scale figures in elaborate dioramas. I think it was the Chapman Brothers' work "In Hell." And about a year later I saw the incredibly brilliant Travelers series by Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz which presented intimate scenes, populated with scale figures, in snow globes. I particularly liked the idea of engaging a viewer with snowglobes, a format that is typically whimsical and fun, and then presenting something that was dark and often disturbing. These were really the works that got me thinking about starting work on a series of my own photographs with scale figures.When I began shooting some of the very earliest images in this series, around 2003-04, food was a conscious choice as it can be very beautiful in terms of texture and color especially when shot with available light and macro lenses. Combining what is essentially food and toys makes the work instantly accessible to virtually everyone, and thus more powerful. Regardless of language, culture and social status, almost everyone can identify with toys from their childhood. And whether you eat with a fork, chopsticks or your hands, everyone understands food. Sitting down to a meal makes us feel most human. And exotic foods are often a proverbial gateway drug into foreign cultures.BI: How long does it take to set up a single scene? CB: That depends. There really is no average. It's highly variable. Sometimes I will sketch out an idea in advance and will know exactly what I want to shoot. At other times I will opportunistically find an image based on something that I encounter at the local farmers market. I bring the food back to the studio, cut and style it and then spend time making decisions about light, depth of field and camera angles. I try to determine what the context is between the figure(s) and their environment. On occasion it works very quickly. Most often it takes a lot longer, as I make adjustments or even change out the figures to something that makes more sense. When I get lucky, I end up with a successful image that resonates with people who see it.BI: do the figurines come from--do you make them?CB: That is the most common question I get. But my general answer is that my models are protected by all manner of esoteric union rules and I could get myself into trouble by revealing too much about them.BI: Do you have to treat the foods a special way to photograph them?CB: No, not really. In fact, from the beginning I have been committed to the notion that everything in my images should be real. There is just so much cheating in commercial food photography, where things like white glue stand in for milk and glass cubes stand in for real ice. It is important to me that I use food that is fresh and in season. And even the agave nectar that I use as an adhesive to secure the figures to the food is edible. I'm not averse to repairing things digitally as we generally don't see food as closely as it is rendered with high-quality optics. But otherwise I don't apply anything artificial to enhance the natural beauty of the food. Even the illumination I use is limited to natural, available light.BI: Is there a message you're sending with the photos?CB: Yes, though I never want to be too didactic. It's good to leave some space for people to find their own way into the work. However, the images are designed to be funny, and most are paired with a caption which reinforces their action and humor. The series was also intended to impart criticism of American over-consumption, portion sizes, and the extent to which we've become food spectators. Where else but in America can we relate to massive portions of chocolate cake? A doughnut is a wonderful treat but one is not enough: we sell them by the dozen. And In 2012 we have entire food networks filled with nothing but food-related shows. There are heaps of magazines and cookbooks that are constantly cranked out with absolutely stunning photography. But despite this education about the broadest range of food stuffs from a global marketplace, too many of us eat the same prosaic processed foods week after week.BI: Do you have a favorite--one that's particularly humorous?CB: Actually, it is much more fun for me to find out which ones people react to most when they see them. That's a lot more interesting. There are some that I particularly like that get overlooked at the same time the galleries respond strongly to others. I guess I'd say that I like some of the images that are more in the realm of dark humor. For instance, there is a rarer image of a little girl getting chased off the top of a chocolate cupcake by a man wielding a pick axe. And the caption is: "No one was exactly happy about what happened to Chloe. But they also couldn't say the little brat hadn't been warned." For some reason I find those kinds of pictures the most entertaining.Erin Burnett began today's Street Signs with her hair pulled back in a style that reminded us of Chloe Sevigny's character, Nicolette Grant, on HBO's Big Love. But something seems to have gone wrong during the show. Because by the end of it, she was back to something closer to her usual hairdo.Here she is around 2 PM.But by 3 pm she had dropped it back down to a more familiar style.(Additional reporting by Henry Blodget and Joe Weisenthal.)This story was originally published by .This editorial is part of our GREAT DEBATE feature ''Chantel Waterbury of the New York tech scene after in venture capital last year.She launched , a direct-selling jewelry business aimed at young women, after .We asked her how she scaled the corporate ladder and then made a name for herself in Silicon Alley. Here's what she had to say:What's your take? are we today?We've come a long way. I'm newer to the tech scene. The world that I come from is corporate fashion retail. Most CEOs are men. But there are women in executive roles across the board.That brings up a good point. If fashion is a female-dominated industry, why are most of the CEOsmen?That's a bit controversial. What you'll find in the industry is that there are lots of years behind those roles. I've worked with those CEOs. They deserve to be in those roles. You're also looking at the opportunity and the skills necessary, and they were able to climb the ladder faster. In 10 years, we'll see more women.I remember when I started as an assistant buyer, the men all made more than the women. We were all 21-years-old. As frustrating as it was, it made me work that much harder to get promoted before the rest. I was able to double my salary in less than two years.One thing about women is that they're more risk-averse. We take a somewhat safer path. If you were to look at my pathand I've been an entrepreneur my whole lifeI took the path of, "I want to know everything I could possibly know about starting my own company before launching it." I waited 15 years to start my own company. By the time I was 23, I was running a $50 million business within a .And by the time I was 27, I was running a $350 million business inside of a $15 billion dollar company. I've always had a direct line to presidents and CEOs. Imagine being 24-years-old and you've got the ear of a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company. I was launching private new labels. I had access to some of the smartest business people in the world, male and female. I was able to forge these relationships and figure out what makes a great leader.How did you climb the ladder? What was your key to getting ahead?It's up to you to grab that opportunity. I was never afraid to say, "You need to give me $10 million or $20 million, and I'm going to give you this much in sales and this much in gross profit margin. One thing I believe shaped me for my entire life is Marketing. I was the top sales rep on the West Coast. I sold knives. It was my first entrepreneurial experience. I made $30,000 in sales in three months. It gave me that entrepreneurial bug. When I was 21, I went to my boss and said, "You need to give me money to grow this business."If I hadn't done that, my boss wouldn't have given it to me. I got "Buyer Of The Year." It was a high-risk program that worked. What if it hadn't? It would have been tragic. The executive vice president at Mervyn's once said to me, "Better to ask for forgiveness than for permission." Sometimes it got me in hot water but it allowed me to have some big wins.When did you decide that it was a good time to leave and start Chloe + Isabel?The biggest mission driving me was, "How can you do something that will make a difference in this world?" Fashion is exhausting. You're so passionate about what you're doing. I was now married, and I wanted to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The Chloe + Isabel model was that perfect business model: empowering women, providing a financial opportunity for women. It's a social-selling model. It's very similar to the 125-year-old direct-selling industry, but it never catered to Generation Y. It's an aging industry.I didn't think I'd be designing and developing software. Half of our company is engineers. Between October and December, our revenues tripled. We just closed our beta round.What about approaching VCs? Were you competing against a bunch of young guys in hoodies? I never thought that I'd take VC money. It never occurred to me to approach one. I was going to go through the fashion industry. I thought, why would a VC want to invest in this company? I had that first meeting, and it just educated me. If I had taken money from my industry, they wouldn't have understood the tech part of it.I didn't know if I'd be received well, but if there's something I heard over and over again, it was, "It's so great to meet an entrepreneur who should actually run the company."Of all the women I've spoken with, they've had good experiences. Maybe because there are fewer of us, we're more highly sought after. If you're a rarity in an industry, then people are going to want you.Following Natasha Richardson's surprise death on Wednesday, the fate of her final movie remains uncertain.Natasha's last film is Wild Child, in which she plays the headmistress at an English boarding school that takes in a rebellious teenager played by Emma Roberts. The movie has been playing abroad and , but .The move isn't necessarily connected to Richardson's death and might have even happened anyway, but it remains to be seen what Universal will do with the film.Meanwhile, Richardson's husband, Liam Neeson At the time of his wife's accident, Neeson was filming the movie Chloe in Toronto, in which he stars opposite Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried as a man whose wife suspects him of cheating. The project began shooting last month. We don't know how much of Neeson's part has been filmed and how a hiatus could affect production.In terms of upcoming projects, Neeson for the Warner Bros thriller Unknown White Male, being produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle. Unfortunately, may hit too close to home. In the film, a doctor visiting Berlin suffers an injury that leads to a coma. When the doctor wakes up, he discovers he's been replaced by another man and tries to uncover the truth.Neeson is also attached to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which isn't expected to go into production soon, and he has : the drama Five Minutes of Heaven and the indie horror film After.Life.In continuing my theme of winding up in investments where I'm undoubtedly the last person on the face of the earth you'd associate with the company, I'm happy to announce First Round's investment in , along with Floodgate, as reported by earlier.I can barely dress myself, and , so feedback from friends can be helpful in making you take a longer look at something. Every single time I checked in to the company's offices, I'd get comments, direct messages and emails from my female friends telling me how much they loved the site. The investment couldn't come at a better time either, as I just heard , so I'm going to need some ideas on new places to shop.All kidding aside, is a little bit of an off-model investment for First Round--but at the same time it has a lot of characteristics we love. We also feel like certain aspects of the company are right in the sweet spot of where we can provide a lot of value.I can't give enough credit to Philippe and Justin, and their team, for how far they've gone with this business. It's non unusual that First Round will invest in a Series A company that has previously done a small angel round. It is, however, unusual that the company gets to a $15 million annual run rate based off of that small angel round. So, it wasn't clear exactly what stage to think of this as. In the last year, the business has taken off from them so quickly that there were a lot of management tasks that hadn't been done yet, which is similar to other early companies that we meet. On the other hand, few of our companies have over 25 employees when we make our first investment. In fact, I think that might be a record for us.The upside opportunity here is, like other early bets we make, based on future products and further development of some newer efforts. Sure, the traffic is going through the roof--busting through all of the projections they've ever had, and their advertising business is doing terrific because of it, but it's really the blend of content and commerce where we believe the company has a chance to excel. The DNA of the company is in providing compelling and creative advertising opportunities for brands--so it's only natural that they'd extend that to commerce as well. That's why they're refocusing on their relaunched product and will look for more ways to seamlessly integrate that into the rest of the site.One of the areas First Round hopes to add a lot of value is on the recruiting front. The company is long on creative vision, but needs experienced to help get there. Seriously, I can't say enough about all of the really cool ways in which the company wants to turn its huge and growing audience into a thriving community and a commerce destination. Every time I show up there, I leave with my head spinning about how the company is going to change the way what inspires people to buy and be stylish. It's a great team and a fun culture so if you'd like an introduction, please feel free to reach out to me at .One other note--I'm very excited to be back in the boardroom with at Floodgate, who is also a co-invester in.Read more posts on Even if you stroll up in your priciest Louboutins and Black AmEx blazing, unless you're Chloe Sevigny or tight with the bouncer, there's no guarantee of admission to some of Manhattan's top hot spots.Luckily, the sting of rejection is perfect grounds for getting twice as sauced at another cool, more accessible destination.In the spirit of Drinks Week, heres a list of five suitable alternatives to some top Manhattan clubs where you can booze it up and still feel like part of the in crowd, dignity intact.(Well some of it, anyway.)This originally appeared at .Chantel WaterburyAs the holidays ebb, is offering a belated gift: complimentary passes to , the conference on the convergence of digital commerce and social media, taking place Feb. 7, 2012, in New York. Here's who you could hear from at the event:Themes covered include:Want to come for free? And listen to incisive discussion, network during dedicated breaks, and develop new business?If you are a marketing, sales, or business-development executive at a brand -- traditional retail, digital commerce, or other -- you're invited to email [email protected] with the subject line "Brand Ticket" and explain why you need to be at . Folks will be contacted directly if they're selected for a free guest pass.And if not?You'll receive a discount code for the effort, which you can use on top of the current rate.Happy holidays.Follow @BI_Events for additional ticket discounts and announcements.During this week's Paris Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week earlier this month, celebrities and socialites took up all of the prime front row seating during shows.But what most people don't realize is that celebs are being paid to simply sit here and watch the roughly 10-minute-long runway show. put together a quick list of celebs who use their presence to get a pay day during Fashion Week.Cameron Silver, the owner of LA's high end vintage boutique Decades, was the only fashionisto in the article to go on the record about what insiders already know: "[Brands] fly [celebs] out and put them up, and offer a nice Paris or Milan holiday, unless they're contractually obliged to attend. Others pay them an appearance fee."Here's what some A-list names get to attend the shows, according to :While New York Fashion Week is very social, Paris tends to be a bit more contractual."Don't be surprised to spot some Dior faces (Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis or Charlize Theron) in the label's front row," explains THR. "Expect Salma Hayek at the hottest show, the first women's collection by YSL's new creative director Hedi Slimane, in support of husband Francois-Henri Pinault, who runs parent company PPR."And now it's fashion bloggers, too, who are getting huge pay days to show face and post photos on their social media networks with huge followings.According to a recent article about fashion bloggers getting paid to wear designer's clothes, "Branding consultants estimate that popular bloggers and other so-called influencers can earn $2,000 to $10,000 for a single appearance in their wares ... During Fashion Week, through its marketing arm, Trendsparks, is managing about 200 placements, he said, for 18 fashion brands and retailers."SEE ALSO:As a recession-ridden 2011 comes to a close, a few men stand and whisper the word luxury. The bold souls Im referring to not only don fine fabric ties and crocodile satchels, but they also advise companies that produce these costly goods. Each of these men has climbed the luxury ladder for over a decade, and each has earned a rightful place at the head of luxe markets table. So, what insights can our experts offer on the industrys present state? Have the rules changed since 2010? Will luxury reclaim its glistening throne in 2012? Stay tuned, as a mixed field of industry elites share secrets of luxury, today and tomorrow.MILTON PEDRAZA: CEO, Luxury InstituteThe Luxury Institute is recognized as a global leader in CRM and luxury research. The company works closely with respected high-end brands, engaging in new and innovative methods to enhance customer-based brand experience.My Company: My company helps facilitate deeper relationships between luxury brands and consumers. We increase the retention rate between luxury companies and their customers, create targeted referrals and provide insight into the components that make up todays luxury culture.How the Luxe Market is Changing: The global recession has affected customers, making them more discerning now. Developed nations have seen hard times causing them to weaken, while developing markets continue to thrive. These developing countries have experienced increased demand because they offer more value. They are gaining a wider consumer base, as they have prompted more to become interested in luxury.The Future of Luxury: Brands will begin to further differentiate products in the coming years. Products themselves, such as handbags, will become more unique in design, though Im not necessarily talking about logos. Also, brands that find success will have enhanced consumer relations. They will become a trustworthy provider that makes your customer experience easier. Customers will be won over by out-behaving not outperforming.. On : @VENANZIO CIAMPA: Founder, The Promotion FactoryThe Promotion Factory serves as a top-tier communications firm specializing in luxury, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle. The company offers a strong blend of creativity and veteran understanding to help empower renowned names like Gucci, Hublot, and .My Company: We dont aim to follow demand, but to serve the ideal of luxury. We are placing more focus on content-related activity, which is becoming increasingly important. This is great for someone like me, who comes from media and communications, because it allows for more creating and not just distributing.How the Luxe Market is Changing: I think the Web, e-tail and social media are playing a big role. Ten years ago luxury was afraid of the Web it approached it like an enemy but today companies are investing more time and frankly passion in the Internet because it allows direct communication with clients. With the Web 2 phase, luxury companies will soon be forced to become more editorial in nature and not simply function as an online catalogue.The Future of Luxury: The how we buy is already being shaped by technology, but I believe we will still need to touch and feel. You can tell that by visiting Saks on a Sunday and seeing how women buy shoes. Also, I foresee a peculiar blending of the editorial and the commercial. Retailers will play editors and vice-versa, and this could be good or somewhat perverse. Luxury companies will look to improve the multimedia content of their brands on social media platforms. They will need to understand their audiences desires and respond in a flash.. On Twitter: @RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN: Founder, Chandelier CreativeIn a world leaking imagination, ideas float Chandelier Creative to the top. The company was built on the crux that curiosity lends superior answers. And Chandelier loans their passionate intrigue to some of the biggest names around: Givenchy, Versace and , to name a few.My Company: We are content creators. Our specialty is cross-channel development, bridging the gap between digital and social media and more traditional forms of marketing. What our clients all have in common is a desire to gain a fresh, modern perspective that respects and leverages their heritage or brand values. We believe in telling stories and creating experiences to connect people to the product.How the Luxe Market is Changing: There is a new customer profile, the mass luxury shopper, that has created an interesting marketing challenge how do you appeal to 2 sets of consumers of different income levels and lifestyles without devaluing the brand or destroying the heritage? The core, upper-class shoppers have brand loyalty and make consistent purchases for all aspects of their lives clothes, furniture, food and wine, cars and hotels. The emerging middle-class shoppers spend relatively small amounts in less consistent patterns, but have the possibility of long-term brand loyalty.The Future of Luxury: The word technology had nerdy, undesirable connotations for years. It was seen as a hobby and something that only few people could utilize and understand. Then came along and redefined it in a matter of a few years. Technology now means enabling desirable tools to millions of people. Its easy to forget that a combination lock on a briefcase was once considered hi-tech. Will Vuitton develop fingerprint scanner locks on their trunks? Luxury brands will have to continue to find ways to communicate to customers and fans alike. Having a social media presence makes them fair game for scrutiny, so they can no longer distance themselves from the masses. They will have to stand for something and deliver on the promise.. On Twitter: @JOSEPH JANUS: Creative Director, BOHDIWhile many handbag companies can boast handcrafted clutches and Italian leathers, few can also match BOHDIs design sensibility. The bag specialists outshine competitors with a passionate eye for detail and craftsmanship.My Company: I think its the responsibility of companies like BODHI to keep making luxury more affordable but to maintain the quality, the functionality and the beauty of luxury pieces.How the Luxe Market is Changing: The luxury market has changed a lot in the past decade and is changing more and more every day. Internet membership sale sites like Gilt have really changed the game. You can buy bags from Chanel, Chloe, BODHI and more at a discount price, and you no longer have to shop on Madison Avenue to find quality luxury products. Luxury products have a much farther reach now, not only in the United States but all around the world in places like China.The Future of Luxury: This is the Age of Technology. There really is a lifestyle change going on, driven by tech and the way we live, work, play, socialize and conduct our everyday lives. For the past 5 years I have been introducing tech accessories into our line, and retailers that carry my bags have finally taken notice of the lifestyle change, demanding more of our tech accessories on their sales floors. I think the luxury market will continue to reinvent itself in the next decade. Companies will continue reaching more people by marketing affordable luxury in their product lines.. On Twitter: @This originally appeared on .Holland Holland is a London institution, established in 1885. The venerable hunting brands 2011 autumn/winter collection features classic tweet shooting outfits for adventurous men, tailored wool jackets and pants, and organic wool shooting socks. Holland Holland products are known for their durability and are hand-made in the UK.Together with James Purdey and Sons, regarded as their primary competitor, they are the only gunmakers to hold a British Royal warrant of appointment. The warrant enables suppliers to advertise the fact that they supply to the royal family. Their clientele, since the 19th century, have included famous explorers, such as Frederick Courteney Selous, and royalty such as Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh and other sporting royalty, nobility, and numerous admirers. Online at:Photographer: Jake EasthamModels: Chloe Huntley, Amber OShea, Rosie Williams, David Blakeley, Urban Dhalov and Hugh van CutsenStyling: Dave Waterman and Gemma MartinRead more posts on I spend a lot of time talking about BIG wins (like ) instead of incremental cutbacks on lattes or paper towels. The big win mentality is how hundreds of my students have landed their dream jobs, dug out of debt, and outperformed their peers in countless situations.But big wins arent always easyespecially when you use an unconventional approach. Sometimes we get criticized by our peers or even find ourselves at odds with cultural traditions. What do you do then? How do you stay focused when people expect you to fail?Jay Cross, creator of the (and my former editor at IWT) has written a guest post about putting effectiveness before ego. He offers a powerful framework for dealing with haters, staying motivated, and using contrarian methods to achieve your goals.Notice the key points Jay makes below:Jay has a keen insight into what motivates people, and I think youll enjoy his post below.***We love to romanticize contrarians: people who do things differently and accomplish what no one believed was possible.Its why we cherish Galileo and Charles Darwin, who advocated controversial ideas that society did not want to accept. Its why we celebrate the Founding Fathers, who overthrew an oppressive government instead of obeying it. Its even why we admire risk-takers in our own lives, like a gutsy co-worker who calls out the boss when hes wrong.We get an emotional rush just hearing these stories, and with good reason.Contrarians are lifes change agents, the social jackhammers who challenge stale traditions with fresh thinking. While others mimic Niedermeyer from Animal House (taking whatever life gives them with thank you sir, may I have another? passivity), contrarians refuse to stay silent when they discover a better way.We often wish we had the courage to do thatbut its not easy, is it?Even when were sure were right, the moment of truth comes, and we foldoften because we fear criticism. Social psychology experiments have shown that we will change a test answer we know is correctsimply because the people sitting next to us changed their answers.We are instinctively afraid of going against the grainand the greater the stakes, the greater the fear.Most people believe contrarians (especially famous ones like ) are simply born without this fear. They use phrases like ice in their veins to describe the cold, bulletproof personalities contrarians supposedly have.Awakening your inner contrarianFor most of us, though, contrarianism is something we can cultivate. Just as a muscle grows stronger with exercise, your willingness to break from social norms and test new approaches will expand with practice. It just takes a new emotional framework to fall back on.Today, I want to show you that framework. Instead of simply applauding you for revering contrarians, I am going to encourage you to BE oneto actually try the radical or crazy things youve long believed would workby revealing the fascinating inner psychology of anyone who ever dared to think differently.I call it The Contrarians Cycle of Criticism, Acceptance, and Awe. And its about putting effectiveness before ego.Once you understand the emotional trials every risk-taker experiences, you will push straight past your fears, driven by the amazing results waiting for you at the end.Allow me to tell you a personal story of my own struggle with the Contrarians Cycle, and then deconstruct it using the cycle itself.My own struggle to do things differentlyI ran straight into these fears when I discovered the approach to graduating. Rather than taking years of classes and racking up massive student loans (like 90% of students do) I learned that I could finish my bachelors degree by taking tests instead. Classes cost $3,000 and upoften much morebut the tests cost just $80-$100 apiece.Result: you can earn a bachelors degree in 1 year or less for under $5,000 in testing fees. The best part? Its a totally self-managed approach. You graduate as fast as you are willing to work.I was fascinated by this. Not only would it solve a major problem in my life (I had been frustrated with the class schedules at my school for years) it also seemed like an incredible opportunity for students like me, who felt locked out of the traditional college system by time or money.But one of my friends saw it differently. The one drawback of the DIY Degree approach was that Id have to leave the University of Connecticut and transfer to a less prestigious school. Once she knew this, my friend (well call her Chloe) tore into me:I knew these criticisms were irrelevant on an intellectual level. As a writer and entrepreneur, no one cared where I went to school. I had already landed incredible positionsincluding working for Ramitwhile I was still in college. Today, I manage data visualization projects for companies like and .(Top performers care about results, not resumes.)The DIY Degree approach isnt the easy way out, either. It actually takes even more dedication, because you are totally on your own and each test covers a full semester in 3 hours.And she only expected better from me because she thinks big-name universities are essential to top performance. (I think big-name universities accept top performers and take credit for their success.)Yet, even though I knew all of thisthose comments still cut pretty deeply. Its easy to ignore harsh critiques from a stranger, but not from someone you respect. It was enough to make me second-guess my planbriefly.In the end, I decided that Chloe was dead wrong. True, the DIY Degree approach wasnt the best way for everyone to graduate. But I wasnt everyone. I was a self-motivated producer who had done more without a degree than most did ten years after graduating. And either way, having the word UConn on my resume did not justify a mortgage-sized loan to me. All I cared about was my degree being legitimate and respectable.(If anything, I was willing to bet that my unique, time-and-money saving graduation strategy would impress future employers, who want to work with problem-solvers.)So, instead of folding, I pressed on and earned my DIY Degree as planned. Once she saw that I was serious, Chloes criticism quieted down, and soon after I graduated she reversed her position completely.I cant believe youre doing this became I wish I didnt have student debt either.What happened here? Is there a predictable pattern that nearly all similar situations follow?The Contrarians Cycle of Criticism, Acceptance, and AweYes.What I went through was a version of The Contrarians Cycle of Criticism, Acceptance, and Awe.Stage 1: CriticismIts human nature to stick with traditional beliefs long after they outlast any conceivable utility. Jim PinkertonFirst, Chloe criticized my decision, pushing every emotional button she could to talk me out of it. This happens to virtually everyone who tries a new approach to an old problem.No matter how sound your logic, no matter how persuasive your arguments, no matter how successful youve been in the past, something about new approaches just makes people uneasy. They are emotionally invested in the usual way and, in some cases, have based their very sense of self on it.To restore equilibrium, they say things like:Stage 2: AcceptanceAfter an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means. Mason CooleyThen, once she realized I was doing this no matter what, she accepted it. Acceptance is not support, though. She still (as will most at this stage) fully expected me to fail. She just knew vocally opposing it was pointless now.What people say during this stage:Stage 3: AweWhat the wise man does in the beginning, the fool does in the end. Finally, once I received my degree and proved there was nothing shady or weird about itand that all I had done was graduate fasterChloe was awed by my results.You will notice this, too. After the benefits of your crazy plan begin to materialize, the whole game changes.What people say during this stage:3 top-performing contrarians who put effectiveness before egoI want to share three inspiring examples of famous risk-takers who made this cycle work for them instead of against them.Billy Beane, GM of MLBs Oakland AthleticsWhat His Peers Did: Spent every dime competing for the same flashy superstars every other team wanted.What He Did Differently: to identify boring, no-name players with massively undervalued skills.What The Critics Said: Rivals told Beane he couldnt build a baseball team with a computer and to enjoy telling your daughter why you work at Dicks Sporting Goods after this disaster of a season unfolds.The Results: Beanes teams made the playoffs 5 times between 2000-2006, despite losing star players to richer teams and from 1998-2008.When co-workers mocked Beanes new players for not looking athletic, he asked: are we looking for baseball players or selling jeans?John Carlton, world-famous advertising copywriterWhat His Peers Did: Wrote the same lifeless, boring advertisements as everyone else in order to sound professional.What He Did Differently: Crafted emotionally charged, attention-grabbing stories (like his famous One-Legged Golfer ad) to hypnotically drive sales.What The Critics Said: We cant publish advertising like this! Well look like amateurs. Our customers will be offended. Our competitors will mock us. Well get sued!The Results: Today, John is known as the most ripped-off writer on the web and charges fees that cause unprepared clients to choke.His secret? Finding clients who could withstand the Contrarians Cycle:The best thing that ever happened in my career was to meet The Boys those clients who lured me into working with them by promising to run everything I wrote, as I wrote it. No whining, no tears, and they took all the heat from outraged audiences and pissed-off talent. They stood their ground with me for over 20 years, because I only used solid fundamentals when I wrote for them including, of course, the fundamentals of killer hooks and jaw-dropping storytelling and it worked like crazy. Over and over and over again.Without them taking the leash off me, most of my now-infamous ads would never have seen print, or gotten mailed or been posted online. They swallowed their fear, because the fluttery green bales of money coming in proved the case.I worked with John for over a year, and he confronts every client with one question: are you trying to impress your customers or your colleagues?Tim Tebow, quarterback for NFLs New York JetsWhat His Peers Did: Ran the same predictable, pass-heavy offense as every other team.What He Did Differently: Used a different offense called the run-pass option that was much tougher to defend.What The Critics Said: Football pundits used Tebows below-average passing skills to conclude that he would never succeed in a passing-dominated league and was not a real NFL quarterbackeven as he kept winning.The Results: Kerry J. Byne (Real Quarterback Rating) to measure ALL aspects of QB play: not just passing, but also rushing, sacks, fumbles, and other metrics under QB control.Beneath this new lens, a fascinating picture emerged. , dismissed as a misfit with no hope of lasting in the NFL, was winning with a decidedly contrarian playing style:Tebow is no statistical circus freak winning in spite of himself. Tebows [teams] are winning because he consistently outperforms the opposing quarterback [...] In fact, he consistently outperforms them by a wide margin.Asked to explain his improbable 2011 success (which included taking a 1-4 team into round two of the playoffs) Tebow said I care about winning games, not passing yards.***What is the common trait? Each of these trailblazers decided that effectiveness (the long-term RESULTS of their unconventional plans) mattered more than their egos. And they were vindicated in the end.Pushing yourself through the cycleWe all need motivation to achieve our goals. The difference is that most people derive their motivation from safety in numbers: the encouragement of friends and family who believe in what they are doing (or even just the implicit social sanction of going with the flow.)Contrarians need motivation, toooften much more, in fact. But their motivation comes solely from themselves and the results they are after. Not only do they create their own motivation, they frequently do so amidst harsh criticism and a complete absence of outside support.Followers are innocent until proven guilty: cheered on from beginning to end. Contrarians are guilty until proven innocent: cheered for only when their plans work.Does this make it difficult to keep moving? Of course! Its easy to feel motivated when youre an engineering student, lining up a secure project management job like your father. Its a lot tougher when youre an aspiring musician, painfully aware your parents wish you were doing something else.But if you want to achieve extraordinary results, you need to put effectiveness before ego.The reason I followed through with the DIY Degree is that I saw Stage 3 before starting Stage 1. Instead of crumbling under criticism, I made a calculated bet that my plan would work. Most importantly, I decided my plan working was the only thing that mattered.Achieving breakthrough results by asking The Naive QuestionWhat also empowered me to push through the cycle is , which says:If we werent already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?The beauty of this question is that it forces you to ignore everything other than results. If you discover a better way to do something (, , ) then but weve always done X should not stop you. The Naive Question establishes a Darwinian selection process where only the best ideas survive.This leads to some provocative questions, such as:Again: sometimes the answer to The Naive Question is a resounding yes! As Tim Ferriss wrote in The 4-Hour Work Week, I dont walk down the street on my hands because everyone else walks on their feet. Contrarianism only works when your way is demonstrably better than the norm. Frequently, however, it is.Consider the age-old renting vs. buying debate. We love telling ourselves that home ownership is an investment and that renters are just throwing their money away. Yet we almost never ! When we do, we discover that home ownership is anything but a good investment. , it parasitically drains your net worth with invisible costs like maintenance, property taxes, and homeowners insurance.The of American culture tell us to buybut renting vs. buying is actually an effectiveness or ego question. Do you simply want a cost-effective place to live? Or are you more concerned with social status? If youve never run the numbers (like comparing home price appreciation to stock market returns) ask yourself what the answer is.Results and happiness prove everythingContrarianism is not simply about sticking it to the man. You need not be rude, disrespectful, or insensitive. Its actually about living a better lifewhatever that means to you.Think about the strategies Ramit teaches: they are all contrarian. Most people are not ambitiously creating side incomes, or setting up automated financial systems to grow their wealth, or using advanced research, networking, and psychology to land their dream jobs.They certainly are not using the DIY Degree to graduate in of the time, like I teach my readers.But the people who do get massive results because they were willing to put effectiveness before ego.***What about you? Please leave a detailed comment with:Read more posts on As a recession-ridden 2011 comes to a close, a few men stand and whisper the word “luxury.” The bold souls I’m referring to not only don fine fabric ties and crocodile satchels, but they also advise companies that produce these costly goods. Each of these men has climbed the luxury ladder for over a decade, and each has earned a rightful place at the head of luxe market’s table. So, what insights can our experts offer on the industry’s present state? Have the rules changed since 2010? Will luxury reclaim its glistening throne in 2012? Stay tuned, as a mixed field of industry elites share secrets of luxury, today and tomorrow.MILTON PEDRAZA: CEO, Luxury InstituteThe Luxury Institute is recognized as a global leader in CRM and luxury research. The company works closely with respected high-end brands, engaging in new and innovative methods to enhance customer-based brand experience. My Company: “My company helps facilitate deeper relationships between luxury brands and consumers. We increase the retention rate between luxury companies and their customers, create targeted referrals and provide insight into the components that make up today’s luxury culture.”How the Luxe Market is Changing: “The global recession has affected customers, making them more discerning now. Developed nations have seen hard times causing them to weaken, while developing markets continue to thrive. These developing countries have experienced increased demand because they offer more value. They are gaining a wider consumer base, as they have prompted more to become interested in luxury.”The Future of Luxury: “Brands will begin to further differentiate products in the coming years. Products themselves, such as handbags, will become more unique in design, though I’m not necessarily talking about logos. Also, brands that find success will have enhanced consumer relations. They will become a trustworthy provider that makes your customer experience easier. Customers will be won over by out-behaving –– not outperforming.”. On Twitter: @VENANZIO CIAMPA: Founder, The Promotion FactoryThe Promotion Factory serves as a top-tier communications firm specializing in luxury, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle. The company offers a strong blend of creativity and veteran understanding to help empower renowned names like Gucci, Hublot, and Kenneth Cole.My Company: “We don’t aim to follow demand, but to serve the ideal of luxury. We are placing more focus on content-related activity, which is becoming increasingly important. This is great for someone like me, who comes from media and communications, because it allows for more creating and not just distributing.”How the Luxe Market is Changing: “I think the Web, e-tail and social media are playing a big role. Ten years ago luxury was afraid of the Web — it approached it like an enemy — but today companies are investing more time and frankly passion in the Internet because it allows direct communication with clients. With the Web 2 phase, luxury companies will soon be forced to become more editorial in nature and not simply function as an online catalogue.”The Future of Luxury: “The how’ we buy is already being shaped by technology, but I believe we will still need to touch and feel. You can tell that by visiting Saks on a Sunday and seeing how women buy shoes. Also, I foresee a peculiar blending of the editorial and the commercial. Retailers will play editors and vice-versa, and this could be good or somewhat perverse. Luxury companies will look to improve the multimedia content of their brands on social media platforms. They will need to understand their audiences’ desires and respond in a flash.”. On Twitter: @RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN: Founder, Chandelier CreativeIn a world leaking imagination, ideas float Chandelier Creative to the top. The company was built on the crux that curiosity lends superior answers. And Chandelier loans their passionate intrigue to some of the biggest names around: Givenchy, Versace and Bulgari, to name a few.My Company: “We are content creators. Our specialty is cross-channel development, bridging the gap between digital and social media and more traditional forms of marketing. What our clients all have in common is a desire to gain a fresh, modern perspective that respects and leverages their heritage or brand values. We believe in telling stories and creating experiences to connect people to the product.”How the Luxe Market is Changing: “There is a new customer profile, the mass luxury shopper, that has created an interesting marketing challenge –– how do you appeal to 2 sets of consumers of different income levels and lifestyles without devaluing the brand or destroying the heritage? The core, upper-class shoppers have brand loyalty and make consistent purchases for all aspects of their lives –– clothes, furniture, food and wine, cars and hotels. The emerging middle-class shoppers spend relatively small amounts in less consistent patterns, but have the possibility of long-term brand loyalty.”The Future of Luxury: “The word ‘technology’ had nerdy, undesirable connotations for years. It was seen as a hobby and something that only few people could utilize and understand. Then Apple came along and redefined it in a matter of a few years. Technology now means enabling desirable tools to millions of people. It’s easy to forget that a combination lock on a briefcase was once considered hi-tech. Will Vuitton develop fingerprint scanner locks on their trunks? Luxury brands will have to continue to find ways to communicate to customers and fans alike. Having a social media presence makes them fair game for scrutiny, so they can no longer distance themselves from the masses. They will have to stand for something and deliver on the promise.”. On Twitter: @JOSEPH JANUS: Creative Director, BODHIWhile many handbag companies can boast handcrafted clutches and Italian leathers, few can also match BODHI’s design sensibility. The bag specialists outshine competitors with a passionate eye for detail and craftsmanship.My Company: “I think it’s the responsibility of companies like BODHI to keep making luxury more affordable but to maintain the quality, the functionality and the beauty of luxury pieces.”How the Luxe Market is Changing: “The luxury market has changed a lot in the past decade and is changing more and more every day. Internet membership sale sites like Gilt have really changed the game. You can buy bags from Chanel, Chloe, BODHI and more at a discount price, and you no longer have to shop on Madison Avenue to find quality luxury products. Luxury products have a much farther reach now, not only in the United States but all around the world in places like China.”The Future of Luxury: “This is the Age of Technology. There really is a lifestyle change going on, driven by tech and the way we live, work, play, socialize and conduct our everyday lives. For the past 5 years I have been introducing tech accessories into our line, and retailers that carry my bags have finally taken notice of the lifestyle change, demanding more of our tech accessories on their sales floors. I think the luxury market will continue to reinvent itself in the next decade. Companies will continue reaching more people by marketing affordable luxury in their product lines.”. On Twitter: @Read more posts on Looking to invest smart in social commerce? Whether you're backing startups, investing in-house, or a founder, you'll score cutting-edge market intelligence and meet innovative executives at , a conference hosted by on Feb. 7, 2012, in New York. Prices go up on Jan. 13, so for the best deal. And follow @BI_Events for discounts.Here's what you'll get with :Actionable insight from leading social-commerce investors, including:Perspectives from the market's , such as:Intelligence from exciting startups like:Business development opportunities with all of the above --- AND the roughly 200 additional attendees in executive, sales and marketing positions, from companies including Barnes Noble, JetBlue, Pepperidge Farm (Campbell's).See you next month!Radius-TWCMoviegoers could be forgiven for experiencing deja vu after seeing the trailer for "Bachelorette," which hit theaters on Friday.The film, based on a play of the same name by Leslye Headland, superficially resembles 2011's Kristen Wiig-starringsmash hit "Bridesmaids: "It's a comedy about the events leading up a wedding, it stars an ensemble cast of young women, and both movies feature actress Rebel Wilson in a supporting role. But does "Bachelorette"have the X factor that earned "Bridesmaids" rave reviews and massive box-office? Or is it just another failed example of Hollywood's cookie-cutter approach?It's a darker, leanerBridesmaids: "Bachelorette" will probably perform at least decently at the box office because of thatother"female-driven, wedding-comedy," but it's a "brisker, cattier creation" than "Bridesmaids,". "Bachelorette"is even "more of an ensemble effort," with stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan playing a trio locked into "a mutual superiority complex that has kept them friends after all these years." Though the film's more sentimental ending isn't totally convincing after its first two "manic" acts, there are plenty of "funny failures" along the way.It's an empty, ugly wannabeBridesmaids:Though "Bachelorette"goes out of its way to shock audiences with gross-out humor, the most off-putting aspect of the movie "is how desperate the filmmakers are to exploit other people's ideas,". "Bachelorette"cribs liberally from "Bridesmaids," but "where 'Bridesmaids'had real heart," 'Bachelorette'"is absolutely empty at its core." And even the film's few strengths are wasted: Though "Bachelorette's" "cast is uniformly strong," there isn't "a single character whom we can actually like. "Do yourself a favor, and watch 'Bridesmaids'again instead."It isn't the next "Bridesmaids" and it's not trying to be:"It would be a mistake to call 'Bachelorette'the next 'Bridesmaids',". In fact, it's not even really a comedy; "Bachelorette" is "a good deal darker," with a cynical tone that "comes at the expense of laughs and broad appeal." Over the course of the movie, "Bachelorette's" three main characters "confront serious issues like eating disorders, abortion, and suicide. And unlike "Bridesmaids," there is no "best-friends-forever-no-matter-what" message to undercut the satire. Consequently, "Bachelorette"clearly isn't "destined to be the kind of global phenomenon that 'Bridesmaids'was."SEE ALSO: This story was originally published by.A new Justin Bieber video is circulating of .The play date happened at Chelsea Piers in late June.How is this relevant to tech, you ask?One of the other players was Consigliere has invested in three New York-based startups: Birchbox, StellaService and Chloe Isabel.Why would Justin Bieber spend the afternoon horsing around with investors?We're guessing it's because the singer is investing in startups. In fact, we know he is investing in startups. We heard about a stealth New York startup Bieber invested in last week.We're not at liberty to announce which startup just yet. All we can tell you is that the Bieber-backed startup will be a good-natured , and it has other high-profile celebrity backers on board.For more celebrities who have invested in startups, check out Last year, 19,393 baby boys were named Mason, an increase of nearly 4,600—by far the biggest jump for any name.The Kardashians tell us what to , , and even .And now, the famous family is casting their influence on what to name your childrenand apparently you're all drinking the Kardashian Kool-Aid.The Social Security Administrationjust released its annual for children born in 2011 and number two on the most popular name for boys? Mason. As in Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick's three-year-old son.On the "Today" show this morning, Social Security commissioner Michael Astrue noted that the Kardashian Effect could account for the names new popularity.Theres been a lot of reality TV effect the last couple years, said Astrue. Watch the full exchange below.Visit msnbc.com for , , and Here's the full list of most popular baby names in 2011:BOYS1. Jacob 2. Mason (Kourtney Kardashian's son) 3. William 4. Jayden (Will Smith's son's name) 5. Noah 6. Michael 7. Ethan 8. Alexander 9. Aiden 10. DanielGIRLS1. Sophia (Sylvester Stallone's daughter's name) 2. Isabella (Tom Cruise's daughter's name) 3. Emma (Influenced by young actresses Emma Roberts and Emma Stone?) 4. Olivia (James Van Der Beek's daughter's name) 5. Ava (Reese Witherspoon's daughter's name) 6. Emily 7. Abigail (Influenced by young actress Abigail Breslin?) 8. Madison (Spice Girl Mel B's daughter's name) 9. Mia 10. ChloeWhen came to pitch me back in August of 2010 for , she started off the conversation with a simple description--that there were four other companies in her space each doing over a hundred million dollars of revenue and that, in total, they still made up a small percentage of the overall market. She told me a few assumptions about how much each of her merchandizers would sell, and within a couple of minutes I was super psyched about the potential for her business and the scale it could get to.It should be pretty easy to tell whether or not something has the potential to be big within a short mental exercise. This is what is known as the "back of the napkin" approach. I know... it's a highly technical term so stay with me on this.It shouldn't take a complex financial model to tell whether or not you could have a big business. Granted, a lot of future predictions depend on user behavior, but if I told you that I was creating a site for hipsters to swap skinny jeans, we should very quickly be able to guess the number of hipsters (some % of the Brooklyn population to start with), make an assumptions for the churn on their jeans, and what kind of fees we could charge them.I'm surprised about how rarely entrepreneurs seem to do this calculation in their heads and test it for any kind of reasonability. Too often, I get assumptions on taking 1% of what they consider to be their Total Addressable Market (TAM), and they get the TAM wrong anyway. When you're trying to build the next online grocer, all the food sold in the US is not your addressable market, because a lot of it isn't sold direct to customers through supermarkets. No matter how great your Fresh Direct killer is, we're not going to all stop eating out and start bringing our lunches to work.These kinds of quick reasonability checks is what venture investors do best. We can quickly take just about any model we see and break it down to its dependencies and make quick calcs on the size of the opportunity. Why? It's not because we're smart. It's just because we've done this thousands of times before.Unfortunately, entrepreneurs don't always have an investor around to use their litmus test abilities. They don't want to "waste" a shot they get with an investor, because they could be a pivot away from something much bigger, but they're around to get pigeonholed into having the investor always think of them as small.So... what if you could tap an investor to just test reasonability without any fear of this counting as any kind of official pitch? No powerpoints. Just you talking about your idea/prototype/alpha and getting a quick read.Well, that's what I'm going to be doing this Tuesday night at NYIT. It's called #notapitch and you're welcome to get some quick feedback on your ideas: The only catch is that you'll have to share in public, but isn't that worth the tradeoff for knowing what I might say after you spend your $200k friends and family money and try to pitch me later.Read more posts on There are a lot of reasons not to like the space that is in. The company sells to local governments, real estate management companies, educational institutions--anyone responsible for public or private infrastructure. That alone is enough to make a lot of VCs throw up a little in their mouths. Slow sales cycles. Joe and Mary Bureaucrat who don't even use the internet because Smalltown, USA blocks it as the decisionmakers. Ugh, right?Except that its working.Business Insider in the company yesterday. So what attracted Howard Morgan, the VC with the hottest hand in NYC as of late (, ), to bring the investment back to First Round?Lily Liu can sell--and she's selling into a huge market.I'd bet that anyone who looked at this company's early sales traction would have asked her, "Wait... so... how many salespeople do you have? Just you? And what percent of your time have you spent on it?"What's most astounding is her close rate. She contacted 500 local municipalities in one batch, and had, up until recently, just been working through that initial funnel, closing an significant number of those cities. It was enough to make anyone who didn't love the space realize that she had cracked the code of breaking into government sales--and once you're in, you're in forever. Their product--"311 in a box" if you will--is clearly resonating with entities that can't afford to spend tens of millions of dollars on building the kind of citizen information system that NYC has, which is basically almost every city besides NYC.There is a lot of talk about needing to be a technical founder. Sure, maybe to get into YCombinator, but, remember, most venture backed companies don't go through YCombinator. If you're not going to build (or design) a product, then you need to be amazing at selling that product (or acquiring customers if you're a SaaS tool). First Round has backed a bunch of great salespeople--Brett Hurt of , Wiley Cerilli of , Chantel Waterbury of , Sean Black of , and it's great sales-focused additions to the leadership teams that is driving the success of companies like and .You can sit in a pitch meeting with an investor demoing your product, and hypothesize as to whether or not there will be a market or even a business model for something, or you can role reverse and "Show them the money". Not everyone's business is a built first, figure out the business later kind of thing like Twitter--and in a world where only 1 out of 100 businesses get funded, figuring out how to sell and generate revenue as early as possible feels like a good strategy--so long as the revenue isn't a distraction from your big vision. I think there's way too much "customer discovery" that involves surveying and not enough that involves check writing and credit cards.I'm excited that is one of our now 45 NYC area investments. If you're looking to get into the startup world and want to start a career in sales, they've got customers, and a product, and a huge market ripe for the picking.Read more posts on I'm not a lean startup zealot, but there are obviously lots of aspects of it that can lead to a ton of insights about your business. Talking to customers is, of course, a good thing. I'd never argue against it.I have seen, however, the customer development process wind up looking like a street corner salesman selling watches out of the inside of his coat. "Don't what this?" "What about this?" "I've got more in the car of my truck if you want them in blue."What's lacking is an innate understanding of the customers problems before they go through the ideation phase. I find that some of the most sound entrepreneurial efforts are one where the founder has lived the problem uniquely in some way. Either they actually were the customer (and by customer I mean someone who pays for this kind of service) or they've literally spent years thinking about it--as an enthusiast or insider. I didn't come from the recruiting industry when I started Path 101, but I had been obsessed with career discovery as a mentor and educator for eight years before I thought of an idea I wanted to pursue.That's different than, "hasn't this happened to you?" kind of approaches. Just because you had to wait on a line once doesn't mean you know nearly as much as the person in charge of people flow and traffic at Madison Square Garden. Similarly just because you've been to a conference doesn't mean you know nearly enough to provide the industry with a game changing piece of software to run them all. Its possible, but unlikely.If you don't have unique insight into the nature or the problem, customer development is going to be random and unproductive. Its like being a doctor where you don't know why the patient is sick, but they feel better after you give them a Tylenol. It may appear like you've solved the problem, but it was just dumb luck that you addressed a symptom. That won't do much in terms of informing you as to a long term course of treatment or what happens when your Tylenol doesn't solve the problem as well as you thought it did.I think a lot of companies suffer this when they're in new entrepreneurial ecosystems or ones outside of major cities where innovation is happening in the biggest industries. The startups tend to be really consumery spins on things they've seen on Techcrunch--as opposed to more organic solutions to problems they've experienced uniquely.The first time I ever met from , she told me in detail about the issues in the direct sales jewelry business--a huge market but one that suffers from inferior product quality and poor branding. People don't exactly associate "fashion forward" with "tupperware for jewelry". To have enough insight into how to solve that, you need to be more than just someone who likes jewelry. You need direct experience to understand how to get high quality and stylish fashion jewelry made at a reasonable price. She launched fashion jewelry for major brands and was the top seller of CutCo knives on the West Coast--paid her way through college doing it. Sure, she'll pay attention to her customers, but she's starting from a position of experience that at least puts her in the right ballpark day one. That's what makes customer discovery a place to hone your idea with relevant feedback and not a random spin of the Wheel of Startups.Read more posts on LivingSocialTim O'ShaughnessyWant to hear about the future of social commerce from a company reportedly worth ? CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy will share his perspective on where the group-buying and daily deals industry is headed at , Business Insider's executive conference taking place Feb. 7, 2012. are on sale now, at our ultra-early bird discount of 40 percent off the door price. at Social Commerce Summit Include: at Social Commerce Summit Include:See you there in February.Mark Millar creating Supercrooks movie and comic simultaneously While many fans wait impatiently for , the sequel to 2010's , news has arrived from this past weekend's Kapow! Convention in England that creator may be embarking on the cinematic adventures of his latest creation first. revealed that an unnamed Spanish director is already attached to helm the theatrical version of , which is being written as we speak. Here is what he had to say about this interesting new project."We will probably be making the comic book at the same time as the movie. The idea behind it is that a bunch of supervillains get together and say, 'You know what, we keep getting beat by the superheroes. We always end up in prison. This is terrible no matter what we try to do. Let's go to a country where they don't have any superheroes, and then we can kick ass.' So they leave America and head over to Europe where there are no superheroes, and it's like ' meets the ' where seven supervillains head to Europe to pull the biggest job of their career where there are no supervillains to stop them." also spoke more about writing the next comic book, upon which will be based. He revealed that he is having a hard time concentrating on Kick Ass himself, instead giving Hit Girl () more scenes. This has resulted in a Hit Girl spin-off."I found that as I was writing the ' comic, Hit-Girl would almost take it over because she was so much fun to write. When I was writing ' I found myself just desperate to write Hit-Girl, but I had to force myself to give Kick-Ass as many scenes as possible because it was his book. So since I had so many ideas for Hit-Girl that I couldn't fit into one book, I've just spun it off into a solo title. It made perfect sense. Everyone coming out of the movie or reading the comic just wanted more Hit-Girl, so you needed more stories of her. The first issue of that will be out in September from Icon."It is not known at this time if Hit Girl's solo adventures will spin-off into their own feature film, or if they will be incorporated into . As grows older and out grows the role of Hit Girl, there is speculation that her part could get recast. comes to theaters in and stars , , , , . The film is directed by . is in development .Meet DEviaNT, a new technology or "robot" with the ability to tell the joke, "that's what she said."That means the robot is able to listen to a sentence and "understand" that replying "that's what she said," would make people laugh., 72% of the time, DEviaNT (Double Entendre via NounTransfer) gets it right, and "says" "that's what she said" after a serious sentence, and it's hilarious. The sexual joke-making computer program is a hit. (A full explanation of what DEviaNT does is embedded below.)The developers' application of voice-recognition technology might seem juvenile (and awesome and hilarious) but, the technology might be a break though, and if so, it's actually pretty significant. It could mean that computers will someday be able to understand humor -- one of the abilities thought to be unique to humans.Of course, it's just one joke, and a person whose only joke is "that's what she said," probably isn't someone you'd consider funny, but as a writer points out, the computer identified a double entrant, a phrase with dual meanings, 72% of the time. That's significant.Computers have only been able to recognize continuous speech in the past thirty years. Fifteen years after 1982, when Dr. Janet and Dr. James Baker developed the first commercial voice recognition technology (the developers are married; they met at school studying for their Ph.D.s at Carnegie Mellon), Goldman Sachs encouraged them to let their company, Dragon Systems, and its valuable technology, , be acquired by a company that turned out to be (allegedly) a fraud.The Bakers in 2009 for allegedly negligently and fraudulently advising them to merge their $300 million company with Lernout Hauspie, which filed for bankruptcy mere months after the 2000 merger, rendering their stock in the company, which they got as part of the merger, worthless. As a result, the priceless voice-recognition technology they developed no longer belongs to them. (The rights to the Dragon product line were acquired by ScanSoft. In 2005, ScanSoft launched a de facto acquisition of Nuance Communications, and re-branded itself as Nuance. Now you can .) Goldman Sachs the charges. A judge to.The point is, voice-recognition technology is still in its early stages. (Which you can surely tell whenever you call a 1-800 number and "Lisa," the computerized female operator, hears "more options," when you really said "OPERATOR!")And thus, it's very valuable. In 2001, the voice recognition was to be a $4 billion market. When they still owned their technology, the Bakers sold it off piece by piece, selling technology that could identify small bundles of basic words and phrases, like "yes" and "no" to companies that needed it first.But letting alone the commercial value, recognizing a double entendre? Many humans can't do that. Even the developers of the technology struggle with making the joke, as you can see in their intro. The developers, Chloe Kiddon and , write:The jokes con-sist of saying thats what she said after someone else utters a statement in a non-sexual context that could also have been used in a sexual context. For example, if Aaron refers to his late-evening basket-ball practice, saying I was trying all night, but I just could not get it in!, Betty could utter thats what she said, completing the joke.Actually, "getting it in" is the guy's job. So the proper thing to say would be "that's what he said." But that's just all the more reason why DEviaNT is potentially, a big step forward. Humans can't even get it right.Via It's a strange mix for a chief executive: deep retail expertise and startup tech savvy. Or, it used to be. Now New York is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity that is disrupting the giant retail sector, which netted nearly $400 billion alone in October. (And that's )You can hear from the leaders reinventing retail at , Business Insider's day-long deep-dive into the convergence of sales, revenue and social experiences, taking place Feb. 7, 2012, in New York. are still available under the extra early-bird rate, which ends this week. include:Waterbury brings years of jewelery retail experience to reinventing the trunk show and disrupting the jewelery supply chain. Up next? Bringing social shopping online. Hear how at .After gaining worldwide expertise from leading a vision nonprofit, Blumenthal pivoted into b-school and in 2010 co-founded a buzzy eyeglass startup, which is already rumored to be worth . Customers come in part because of the site's social-good promise to donate glasses for each pair sold. How can other executives incorporate social good as part of the revenue-generating mission? Find out more at the event.How does an Ohio native without connections into the fashion industry build a members-only flash sale website out of his basement and get acquired by ? How does synchrony between content, commerce, and social marketing continue to power JackThread's growth -- to the point that AdAge dubbed it one of and collaborations with and are in the works?The leader of a daily deals site that's sky-rocketed in part through social marketing and is now will share his vision on where social commerce is headed onstage, in a keynote interview with Business Insider's CEO and Editor-in-Chief .Also speaking at Social Commerce Summit will be digital strategists from Fortune 500 brands and major retailers discussing how they're reinventing marketing and sales. !Sorry, fellas. The next time you tell a young lady at Chloe that you work at Morgan Stanley, she may think you work in retail. And we're not talking stock brokers.The age when Morgan Stanley guys and gals could be assumed to be bankers, brokers or traders is coming to an end. When Morgan Stanley Co. converted into a bank holding company last fall it hired former Wachovia executives to run its retail bank. And now a spokeswoman says the firm is hiring in Charlotte, where Wachovia was based, and New York for its retail operations.Morgan Stanley spokeswoman Christy Pollak said the firm is still finalizing its plans, but after the joint venture the firm's strategy is to organically build rather than to acquire a retail bank.Morgan Stanley will be hiring individuals as we staff up our retail banking function, Pollak said. Those employees will be based in New York and Charlotte, but she declined to provide details.In November, Morgan Stanley hired former Wachovia executive Cece Sutton to run its retail bank and named colleague Jon Witter her chief operating officer.Former Wachovia executives Ben Jenkins and Will Howle later joined her group. Morgan Stanley also tapped former Wachovia and Bank of America Corp. executive Malcolm Griggs to lead risk management for the retail bank.Morgan Stanley has been seen as a potential source of new financial services jobs in Charlotte at a time when Wachovia and Bank of America have been slashing their ranks amid mergers. In deals forged last fall, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Co. bought Wachovia, and Bank of America purchased Merrill Lynch Co.That sounds like it's aiming at a lot more than Smith Barney brokerage operations. Possibly actual banks branches, with tellers. More likely: an online banking operation.In any case, working for Morgan Stanley is likely to get far less prestigious.If you are going to buy something, it should be exactly what you want...it should be Custom MadeToday I am psyched to announce our investment in . You can read about it and , but I wanted to give a little backstory on why this company and the marketplace they are building is so exciting.I am addicted to sneakers and probably always will be. But, at the peak of my addiction, the recreational drug of mass produced kicks available at retail was not enough. In the deepest grips of my addiction, I took a deep dive into the hardcore world of custom shoes.Working in the footwear industry, I became obsessed. I would seek out the all over the world who could create the 1 of 1 custom footwear I needed to feed my addiction. There is magic in participating in the product creation process and getting something built just for you. The product says something about you, represents you, makes a statement that can only come as the result of a handcrafted project.  But, most people I know would never do this.  The process of creating these statement shoes was difficult to manage and very inefficient. I had to create a detailed description of what I wanted to some guy who would turn them into art. After a bunch of back and forth on the design, we would negotiate the price and I would cross my fingers and send full payment for the final product. Sometimes it worked out, sometimes it didnt, but it was always a difficult process.They don’t do sneakers (yet), but when I met the team from , I fell in love. The team is building the first online peer-to-peer marketplace connecting shoppers with skilled artisans who create unique, luxury custom goods including furniture, cabinetry and jewelry.It is a hard problem to solve, but if you can take friction out of the system and make it as easy to discover or create a custom item as it is to shop the generic stuff online, I think a large audience will never shop retail again – not just for shoes, but for all the products in our lives from tables and chairs to engagement rings, pool tables and picture frames. When a consumer can get better quality and personalization for the same price as big box retail, it becomes an IQ test, not a decision.We were joined in this investment by a great group of syndicate partners including s, , , , Andrew McCollum and .The power of managing a complex transaction and creating trust for a consumer is obvious when you look at and , and . We have also seen the brand value that is built when you deliver unprecedented access to curated, high quality, personalized goods and services in , , , and . I think the marketplace will leverage these themes and we are excited to help the team build a leading brand in this space.Read more posts on Statistics from a U.S. government study are helping trace common consumer products back to slave-labour origins. Findings released in the 2011 report from the U.S. Department of Labour outline 71 countries involved in exploitative labour practices, spanning 130 product types.TheNational Postgraphics department takes a look at this data and charts out what it means:+Click to Enlarge+Created byMore Graphics from National Post:After a number of clinics across the country reported suspicious incidents, Planned Parenthood spokesperson Chloe Cooney told the Huffington Post that it has seen at least a two dozen "hoax visits" where women have asked questions about sex-selective abortions. Specifically, they have asked how soon they can find out about the gender of the fetus and whether they can have an abortion if it is a girl.Sex-selective abortions are controversial in the United States, and while Planned Parenthood condemns the practice, it doesn't discriminate patients based on their reason for seeking an abortion. The organization says it is"committed to providing high-quality, confidential, nonjudgmental care to all who come into our health centers."While the practice is more prevalent in Asian countries, it is unclear how common they are in the United States. Though Miriam Yeung, executive director of theNational Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, told the Huffington Post that they do happen in the U.S."The short answer is yes, it does happen here, but not to the same extent as in other countries," she said.The issues of sex-selective abortions has been taken up by anti-abortion groups more and more in recent years. In a recent for the National Right to Life News, NRL president Carol Tobias wrote:"In 2010, more than 9 out of 10 PPFA's services going specifically to pregnant women were abortion.Roughly half of those abortions are performed on unborn girls. That's the real war on women."While it is still unclear who could be behind this suspected sting, Planned Parenthood suspects the most likely group is Live Action, an anti-abortion organization that has conducted similar efforts in the past. In 2011, Live Action paid actors to pretend to be pimps and prostitutes involved in human trafficking to visit Planned Parenthood seeking birth control and abortions. The later revealed that the Live Action released were heavily doctored.The mogul is working to bring daughter Elisabeth back to News Corp. with a deal to purchase her production company, Shine Group. Peter Lauria looks at Ruperts master plan for keeping the media empire in the family. may soon be reunited with his daughter, Elisabeth, at News Corp.and the return of his eldest son, Lachlan, might not be too far behind.The News Corp. patriarch is spending this week in London seeking approval for his $12 billion takeover of pay-TV provider BSkyB and dealing with continuing fallout from the , as press reports have noted.But a third business item on his agenda is to finalize the terms of News Corp.s acquisition of Liz Murdochs production company, , according to more than a half dozen sources inside or close to both companiesall of whom requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the deal or succession planning at News Corp. Shine Group produces such hit shows as MasterChef and The Biggest Loser.This deal is going to happen and it is going to happen fast, said one source inside Shine who put the time frame in terms of weeks, not months. This is the first step towards [Murdoch] setting the kids in place at News Corp. A News Corp. representative declined comment for this story. A Shine representative confirmed that the company has hired JPMorgan Chase to explore strategic options, but declined to comment further.Sources cautioned that, as with any deal, talks could break down at the last minute. But they added that Murdochs desire to bring his daughter back to News Corp., combined with Elisabeths motivation to sell, will likely overcome any unforeseen obstacles to a deal.Murdoch turns 80 in March, and sources inside News Corp. say his main goal is to figure out a way to return Elisabeth, 42, and Lachlan, 39, to the company and divide up the empire between them and their youngest brother, James, 38, who is the only Murdoch child currently working at News Corp. According to sources, Murdoch and his three children have been actively talking for months about potential ways to work together again. (Murdochs eldest daughter, Pru, 52, is not involved in the family business, though she will inherit part of the familys 37 percent voting control of News Corp. along with her three siblings. Grace, 10, and Chloe, 8, the two children Murdoch has with current wife, Wendi Deng, will inherit a financial interest in News Corp. but have no voting control.)According to a second source with close ties to Murdoch, the patriarch has talked in the past about a scenario in which Elisabeth would oversee News Corp.s entertainment assets; James would continue as head of News Corp.s European and Asian assets, with a focus on its satellite and distribution operations; and Lachlan would be brought back to lead its newspaper assets. Under that plan, Chase Carey, News Corp.s current president and chief operating officer, would remain as Murdochs top lieutenant, serving as a policing agent who can provide objective oversight of the siblings until a successor is ready to be named.They are working together as a group on a master plan, says one of the News Corp. insiders. Indeed, subtle hints have emerged in recent months that lend credence to the master plan theory. All three kids recently had a meeting in London, for instance, says a third source with knowledge of the gathering. Elisabeth and Lachlan also attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas together this month. And in October, Rupert took what sources viewed as the unusual step of bringing James with him on his annual pilgrimage to Australia, where Lachlan spends much of his time these days.A window opened for Murdoch to achieve his longstanding dream of working with his children again when a confluence of events in the television industry conspired to put Shine on the block. Consolidation of independent production companies in recent years has resulted in a dearth of targets for Shine to acquire. (To be sure, Shine itself was a big driver of that consolidation, buying Reveille, Dragonfly, Metronome, and Princess Productions, among others, in the last few years). In turn, the competition among buyers for the remaining companies has driven up prices to the point that Shine could potentially fetch more than three times its $420 million in earnings last year, or around $1.5 billion. Lastly, Sony Pictures Entertainment essentially forced Shines hand last year when it announced that it was seeking a buyer for its 21 percent stake in the company.Liz resigned from News Corp.s BSkyB in 2000 amid tensions with her father, the only Murdoch child to leave the company voluntarily. She declined an offer to join News Corp.s board last year because it would have excluded Shine from receiving 25 percent of the programming budgets that big British broadcasters like BBC or Channel 4 are required to spend on independent programmersfunding that accounts for a large portion of Shines revenue. Nonetheless, she has been taking on a larger behind-the-scenes role at News Corp. She has sat in as an observer at several and was the singular voice that convinced her father to air , which has ranked as the highest-rated show on television since its debut nine years ago.Although Rupert Murdoch has not officially named a successor, sources say Lizs imminent arrival at News Corp. isnt expected to threaten James position as heir apparent, partly because hes the one who stuck with his father and has the biggest presence among the siblings inside the company, and partly because she is understood to be more interested in content creation than being CEO of the company. Itll be hard for Liz to challenge James authority, says a source close to the siblings.James has been very supportive during internal talks about Liz coming back to the company, but he has also been chomping at the bit to be formally named as his fathers successor, if for no other reason than to stop the continued speculation about who will eventually run News Corp. Theres no way James can pipe up against Rupert even if he wanted to, so you have to look into his soul to know if hes really on board with the move, this source says.Once the Shine acquisition is completed, sources say Murdoch hopes to woo Lachlan back to the company. That will perhaps be his hardest challenge, as in part by his father. Although Lachlan remains on the News Corp. board as a non-executive director, sources say he has been resistant to the idea of going back to the company on a permanent basis. Lachlan got tired of Rupert constantly criticizing and infantilizing him, says a former News Corp. insider.Shortly after leaving News Corp., Lachlan established a company called Illyria to acquire media and entertainment companies. But aside from a few small deals for television and radio stations, he hasnt made as big an impact on his own as Liz has, which led sources to speculate that he could be convinced to come back into the fold.A newspaperman at heart, Murdoch still prizes the ink-and-paper part of the company that most analysts and investors despise. Lachlan oversaw many of News Corp.s newspaper assets during his time at the company, including leading the money-losing past archrival tDaily News in circulation during his time as publisher. That immensely impressed his father, who thinks that Lachlan is the best-suited among his children to lead the companys legacy newspaper operations.Rupert would love to have Lachlan back running newspapers, says the former News Corp. insider. It is the part of the company that he thinks Lachlan knows how to operate better than anyone, and I bet now that some time has passed he can be convinced to come back to the company.Though Murdoch has always viewed News Corp. as a family business, it has only been that in theory, not practice. Now, however, he is closer than ever to making his vision a reality.Peter Lauria is senior correspondent covering business, media, and entertainment for The Daily Beast. He previously covered music, movies, television, cable, radio, and corporate media as a business reporter for The New York Post. His work has also appeared in Avenue, Blender, and Media Magazine, and he's appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC Radio, and Reuters TV.This originally appeared at .A new study by TV watchdog group the Parents Television Council says full-frontal nudity was up 6300 percent last season during network shows that aired in primetime.But hop off that fainting couch, because the statistic is more than a little misleading: Body parts were almost always pixilated. And actors tend to cover up even pre-pixilation. So there was no actual primetime nudity.Sorry.Also Read: The PTCknown for its campaign against MTV's "Skins" and support for the MPAA's monitored network television during the 2011-12 television season, looking for "scenes in which individuals are completely unclothed and only the sexual organs are blurred from the viewer."In 74 percent of the incidents cited by the PTC, shows used blurring or pixilation to cover "sexual body parts," according to the group. In five percent of cases, a black bar or object covered the nudity.In the remaining cases, television stars just flashed their breasts, vaginas and penises in prime time for all America to see.Wait, no they didn't: the PTC didn't say what happened in the remaining cases. But a representative for the organization told TheWrap that it had found no cases of uncensored full-frontal nudity.Also, if there had been any, you probably would have heard about it.The actual number of "full-frontal" exposures was 64, according to the group's count. That was up from just one case the previous season -- hence the headline-friendly 6300 percent increase.In coordination with the study, PTC president Tim Winter wrote a to members of congress asking them to urge the Federal Communications Commission to move forward on a backlog of 1.6 million unresolved indecency complaints.The PTC said only five depictions of full nudity last season were on shows that warned parents of explicit adult content."In other words, a young child was able to view 71 instances of almost full nudity on broadcast television during prime time without any warning to parents," the study said.Except, again, there wasn't any actual full nudity shown.One thing the study does prove: nudity jokes have been done to death.As the PTC points out, shows went to the nudity well an awfully lot last season. did it 35 times, 17 times, five times (including in Ashton Kutcher's debut episode of "Two and a Half Men.") The CW did it four times, and Fox did it just three times.Among the nudity cited by the PTC was an episode of NBC's "The Office" in which Robert removes his clothes and jumps into a pool. Ryan and Gabe, wanting to please their boss, disrobe as well. Pixilation abounds.In one of the most extended non-nude nude scenes, on ABC's "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23," Chloe comes into the kitchen nude (and pixilated) over her roommate's objections.She sits on the counter, eats yogurt, and leaves -- apparently still nude.But she wasn't. As actress Krysten Ritter (pictured), who plays Chloe, explained on "The View" that she wore underwear and pasties for the scene.The PTC has called nudity before in cases where there may have been none. Early in the season, it complained to the about nudity on "X Factor" after a contestant dropped his pants. The show pixilated his groin area, but questions later arose about whether he had been wearing underwear.Tomorrow at 3pm Moscow Time (8am EST), the court in Russia's Pussy Riot trial is due toIf found guilty of "hooliganism" and inciting religious hatred Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich could potentially face seven years in jail.The defendants were arrested in February after playing their anti-Putin "punk prayer" in a Russian Orthodox Church. Seven years certainly a tough jail term for playing one song, no matter what the venue, and the trial has attracted international attention. Rock royalty like and have voiced their support for the group, and . New York City will see a public reading of the statements tonight featuring film star Chloe Sevigny and others () and international protests are planned tomorrow.Pussy Riot's fame is remarkable. When they were arrested in February, few in the West had heard of them. They were only a small part of the anti-Putin protests that had erupted after the , and those protests had largely dropped from international attention .However, when the rest of the protests dimmed, the spotlight began to shine on Pussy Riot. There's a few reasons for this the provocative, performance-art esque video of the band singing () or the fact they are young women (two with young children) no doubt helped. Additionally, the fact that the case dragged on for so long (the performance itself was held almost six months ago, remember) that the the world had time to notice the trial and get up to speed on the case.This international pressure seems to have had some effect. Prosecutors are now asking , and Putin himself has made comments .However, the outcome of the trial will probably say a lot about the future of Russia and the Russian opposition. The Russian government was relatively light on dissent during the protests this winter, but there have been signs that they are beginning to clamp down (the most prominent leader of the opposition movement, Aleksei Navalny, ). Observers can't tell if international pressure will cause the government to buckle or will he become doubly-determined?There is one clear precedent for Pussy Riot, and it's worrying. The trial is being held in the same courtroom as the trial of , the former Yukos oil oligarch who was arrested in 2003. Khordorkovsky was once the richest man in Russia, and his arrest was international news. Despite that, he has languished in prison for almost 10 years.Khodorkovsky was charged with fraud and tax evasion, but the consensus is that his real crime was angering Putin. Pussy Riot have not only insulted Putin, but they've also revealed the hypocrisy of the increasingly influential (and corrupt) Russian Orthodox Church ().Earlier this month, Khodorkovsky . It began:It is painful to watch what is taking place in the Khamovnichesky Court of the city of Moscow, where Masha, Nadya, and Katya are on trial. The word trial is applicable here only in the sense in which it was used by the Inquisitors of the Middle Ages.Chicagoans rejoiced over the historically mild winter, but now many are experiencing the downside of no deep freeze: the pitter-patter of tiny feet in neighborhood alleys; the sound of a city's rats thriving.Complaints to City Hall about the omnivorous urban survivorsthe bane of those who garden, walk dogs or loathe leathery tailsare on the rise.Through the end of July, the number of calls to the city's 311 center asking for a crew to get rid of rats was up more than 28 percent compared with last year. The raw figures: 15,895 calls this year, compared with 12,375 over the same period in 2011.Department of Streets and Sanitation officials say they've put out more rat poison and are working more efficiently this year. Teams are responding within six days instead of an average of nearly eight days a year ago, according to city records. And the number of cases where crews put out poison to kill rats was up more than 19 percent, to 18,339.One explanation is that brown rats, the area's predominant species, likely rode out the chilly months with uncharacteristic ease, according to Steve Sullivan, senior curator of urban ecology for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum."Rats don't hibernate. They have to forage for food year-round, which is much more difficult if there's a lot of snow and the temperatures plummet," Sullivan said. "So we usually see a significant die-off between their first and second year. It's likely that didn't happen this past winter, though, because we didn't have that long snap of frigid temperatures with deep snow."Combine that with the furry rodents' tendency to breed like rabbits and eat "anything humans can eat," Sullivan said, and you have yourself a summer population boom.The biggest percentage increase this yeara 176 percent jumphappened in the 2nd Ward, which includes the South Loop. Yvette Morris has noticed the neighborhood is a little more crowded this summer."Just this past week I asked myself, 'Where are these rats coming from?'" said Morris, who has lived in the South Loop for 12 years.Out walking her pugs Chloe and Rocco, Morris said she has witnessed some truly brazen rat behavior in recent weeks."I'm out with the dogs three times a day, and I see them at all hours," Morris said. "Morning or night, they'll just scamper across the sidewalk. Awhile back one came out onto the sidewalk and ran toward us. I started screaming. It didn't seem very scared."The rats aren't the only small mammals flourishing in the South Loop. Bunnies are through the roof as well, Morris said, but their fluffy tails and reputation for carrying Easter eggs rather than the plague earn them more "Awwwws" than "Ewwwws" from locals.City crews have put out the most poison in the 35th Ward centered around the bustling Logan neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The 941 cases through July 31 are a touch above the 926 in the nearby 32nd Ward, home to affluent neighborhoods like Roscoe Village and Bucktown.While rodent poison cases are actually down this year in the 32nd Ward by more than 11 percent, they're up by 71 percent in the 35th Ward.Paul Levin, executive director of the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, said he hasn't heard members complaining about an unusual number of rats around the hip bars and restaurants around Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard. He dismissed the notion that the neighborhood's happening night life creates more edible trash that supports more rodents, saying most of the buildings now housing restaurants and clubs have long had businesses serving food.But there does seem to be "a little more chatter than usual about rats" on online resident forums like everyblock.com, Levin acknowledged.Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne has 15 crews of two people each on rodent duty. The rat patrols drive from alley to alley in response to the 311 complaints, looking for the telltale hole that indicates an underground burrow. Poison goes in the hole, and the workers post signs alerting residents they've been in the area. Then on to the next complaint, the next hole.Byrne acknowledged the warm weather might have grown Chicago's rat population. But with more than 18,000 cases already this year, the Streets and San teams haven't had much time to dwell on how meteorological trends are affecting the numbers. "You get out there as quickly as you can after the call comes in, deal with it as best you cantrying to identify the burrowsthen on to the location of the next call," he said.Byrne is more fixated on the nuts-and-bolts drivers of rodent numbers: food, uncovered garbage, dog feces, bird feeders and backyard gardens. Rats love to eat all that stuff, he said."If you don't get rid of the feces and keep your eye on everything else to make sure they aren't getting into it, that makes it tougher," Byrne said.This year could be a harbinger. Seth Magle, the director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo, said if long-term warming continues, Chicagoans should get used to a city with more critters."If we don't have these (winter) die-offs, we should expect to see fluctuations in all kinds of species," he [email protected] @_johnbyrne ___(c)2012 the Chicago TribuneVisit the Chicago Tribune at Distributed by MCT Information ServicesFor a solid six or seven minutes, I was pretty pissed at Fred Wilson for . I even started writing a post defending the new crop of younger investors and why they can be value-add to investors. I was writing against his argument that it's better to take money from an investor over 40.Only... that's not what he wrote at all.Ever since my time well spent with the , I've tried to avoid "biting the hook"--quickly getting into arguments that probably won't have a good outcome for anyone involved. After I wrote the first sentence, something clicked in my head and I decided to re-read his post. It didn't say that older investors are better or that you shouldn't work with young investors. For some reason, it felt like that, but those weren't actually the words. Surely, I was being oversensitive to my own personal context of being a younger investor with a in the shadow of a more experienced professional at the top of the industry.How many times do we do that? We hear things that weren't actually said and argue points that weren't made. We box shadows--especially on the internet. Instead of just e-mailing people and dealing with them directly, as we do in person, we're a blog post away from a flamewar.What Fred really said was that less experienced people do a bunch of dumb stuff that more experienced people have learned not to do--and they could benefit from working closely with those who are more experienced.Yeah, that's not that controversial. In fact, I agree. I stand firmly in the camp of having a lot more to learn--we all do. I hope I never stop. I also (as Fred describes us youngins) "work hard, put in ridiculous hours, are on top of all the latest trends, companies, technologies, etc.... meet with tons of companies every week, work hard for their portfolio companies, and are on planes flying around to the important confereneces and demo days".It's like saying that diversity of perspective in any business is a good thing--only if you say "We should hire/fund/promote more women" that's when you stir up the peanut gallery into a tizzy.Age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc are all topics that are deeply emotional for people--and, by definition, personal. If you make a comment about age, it will always be taken in the context of how old you are versus how old your audience is. For me, I can't escape my young white male status and so that's always the way things I say are going to get taken--and depending on who I say things to, there will be a whole lot communicated before I say word one.So the next time you read something that you have a viceral reaction to, re-read it. Try to think about why the person said what they said. I think Fred was trying to offer some friendly advice to young investors that you're going to "take lumps" and that it's worth learning from those who are more experienced. It's exactly what he did--and he still occasionally takes a lump or two. So, after some thought and careful reading, I went from pissed to grateful. One more read and a little less navel gazing. Doesn't take much.What I would offer to entrepreneurs is that you should know what you're getting from each investor you let into the round. When Chantel at was getting offers from VCs, one of the things I said to her was to try and get as experienced a VC as possible--because she already had the younger product focused/community networked guy on her board. I thought having that experience in a scaling company was important--and it was someone I looked forward to learning from as well. Of course, you don't always need that experience from a VC. An experienced entrepreneur who has raised money multiple times can be a great board member as well. As long as everyone knows their strengths and weaknesses and you check off all the different things your company needs, your focus should be on finding people you trust that you feel like you can work with. Age and experience is one criteria, but not the only one, and it comes into play differently at different stages.---As an "inside baseball side note, I kind of stand in both camps on this argument. I'm the first one to say to myself "Why does that guy have a fund... he's only been in venture for two years and only through one market, an up one!" And I'm sure, everytime I think that, people say the same thing about me and the extent of my track record. I've been in venture capital (with the exception of a year in product management and two years as an entrepreneur) since 2001, when I started doing late stage venture and fund investing at a big financial institution. The first due diligence I ever did on a company was --helping medical professionals avoid double dosing and other medical errors with in room hardware and software. It's only been two years of leading deals, but venture isn't new to me--it's what I've done with most of my career, including a very long apprenticeship. So, when Fred talks about the mistakes of 30 somethings who are new to the game, I see it from both sides. I just hope my lumps are small because I don't have any hair to hide them.Read more posts on Actress Reese Witherspoon was spotted carrying a $3,820 Chloe Paraty bag made from python skin, the sale of which has been banned in California since 1970. The Legally Blonde actress was slammed by a PETA spokesperson, who stated: No matter how much Reese paid for that bag, the animals paid a much higher price.PETA selected Witherspoon as the sexiest vegetarian back in 2006, but then seemed annoyed when Witherspoon made an appearance on Ellen and stated during a cooking segment, everythings better with bacon.We cant imagine that shed wish to contribute to this hidden suffering, especially for something as frivolous as a fashion accessory that can be replicated with no bloodshed, the statement from PETA continues.Whose side are you on? Comment below.The Chloe Paraty Python Shoulder Bag is available for purchase at . Product details on the purse:What bag do we keep spying on celebrities shoulders? The Chloe Paraty of course. Gleaming hardware and exotic python make this handbag the one you must have.Eggshell python with leather trim and golden hardware.Top handles with rings, 5 drop; detachable shoulder strap.Zip top.Side twist-lock fastenings adjust size.Piped front panel.Inside, zip pocket.10 1/2H x 14 1/2W x 6D.Made in Italy.About Chloe:In 1952, Gaby Aghion, a Parisian of Egyptian origin, and her partner, Jacques Lenoir, founded Chloe. The duo was among the first to design collections that merged the strict requirements of haute couture with those of ready-to-wear. In 2001, the Chloe line expanded to include handbags and accessories, and 2008 saw the launch of a popular fragrance line. Today, designer Hannah MacGibbon continues the houses fashion heritage.Read more posts on Billboard.com reports: Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation "Hits Are for Squares," due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online. In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track "Slow Revolution," the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes. "I guess, for some, Sonic Youth represents something that they don't really equate with Starbucks," Moore told Billboard last year. "But I kind of like the absurdity of it. Sonic Youth has always, in a way, made itself available to the super mainstream." Well folks, it's that time once again: the weekly trailer round-up.Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones talk about sex in "Hope Springs", Shia LaBeouf proves that he has finally lived down his "Even Stevens" days (to some people) in the Depression-era drama "Lawless" and most importantly, Chloe Moretz hitchhikes around seducing old men and possibly shooting people in the potentially awful movie "Hick."Oh and Megan Fox is yet again the in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" follow-up "This Is 40".Maria Sharapova, tennis star on the court and fashionista off, shared some of her style secrets with the today.Sharapova's fashion rep has also landed her modeling deals with Cannon, Tag Heuer, Tiffany's, and .Take these from the tennis fashionista:She's ranked number four going into the U.S. Open, she always looks great off the court, let's open that crosses over this week.I spend a lot of time talking about BIG wins (like ) instead of incremental cutbacks on lattes or paper towels. The “big win” mentality is how hundreds of my students have landed their dream jobs, dug out of debt, and outperformed their peers in countless situations.But big wins aren’t always easy—especially when you use an unconventional approach. Sometimes we get criticized by our peers or even find ourselves at odds with cultural traditions. What do you do then? How do you stay focused when people expect you to fail?Jay Cross, creator of the (and my former editor at IWT) has written a guest post about putting effectiveness before ego. He offers a powerful framework for dealing with haters, staying motivated, and using contrarian methods to achieve your goals.Notice the key points Jay makes below:Jay has a keen insight into what motivates people, and I think you’ll enjoy his post below.***We love to romanticize contrarians: people who do things differently and accomplish what no one believed was possible.It’s why we cherish Galileo and Charles Darwin, who advocated controversial ideas that society did not want to accept. It’s why we celebrate the Founding Fathers, who overthrew an oppressive government instead of obeying it. It’s even why we admire risk-takers in our own lives, like a gutsy co-worker who calls out the boss when he’s wrong.We get an emotional rush just hearing these stories, and with good reason.Contrarians are life’s change agents, the social jackhammers who challenge stale traditions with fresh thinking. While others mimic Niedermeyer from Animal House (taking whatever life gives them with “thank you sir, may I have another?” passivity), contrarians refuse to stay silent when they discover a better way.We often wish we had the courage to do thatbut it’s not easy, is it?Even when we’re sure we’re right, the moment of truth comes, and we fold—often because we fear criticism. Social psychology experiments have shown that we will change a test answer we know is correctsimply because the people sitting next to us changed their answers.We are instinctively afraid of going against the grainand the greater the stakes, the greater the fear.Most people believe contrarians (especially famous ones like Steve Jobs) are simply born without this fear. They use phrases like “ice in their veins” to describe the cold, bulletproof personalities contrarians supposedly have.Awakening your inner contrarianFor most of us, though, contrarianism is something we can cultivate. Just as a muscle grows stronger with exercise, your willingness to break from social norms and test new approaches will expand with practice. It just takes a new emotional framework to fall back on.Today, I want to show you that framework. Instead of simply applauding you for revering contrarians, I am going to encourage you to BE one—to actually try the “radical” or “crazy” things you’ve long believed would work—by revealing the fascinating inner psychology of anyone who ever dared to think differently.I call it “The Contrarian’s Cycle of Criticism, Acceptance, and Awe.” And it’s about putting effectiveness before ego.Once you understand the emotional trials every risk-taker experiences, you will push straight past your fears, driven by the amazing results waiting for you at the end.Allow me to tell you a personal story of my own struggle with the Contrarian’s Cycle, and then deconstruct it using the cycle itself.My own struggle to do things differentlyI ran straight into these fears when I discovered the approach to graduating. Rather than taking years of classes and racking up massive student loans (like 90% of students do) I learned that I could finish my bachelor’s degree by taking tests instead. Classes cost $3,000 and up—often much more—but the tests cost just $80-$100 apiece.Result: you can earn a bachelor’s degree in 1 year or less for under $5,000 in testing fees. The best part? It’s a totally self-managed approach. You graduate as fast as you are willing to work.I was fascinated by this. Not only would it solve a major problem in my life (I had been frustrated with the class schedules at my school for years) it also seemed like an incredible opportunity for students like me, who felt “locked out” of the traditional college system by time or money.But one of my friends saw it differently. The one drawback of the DIY Degree approach was that I’d have to leave the University of Connecticut and transfer to a less prestigious school. Once she knew this, my friend (we’ll call her “Chloe”) tore into me:I knew these criticisms were irrelevant on an intellectual level. As a writer and entrepreneur, no one cared where I went to school. I had already landed incredible positions—including working for Ramit—while I was still in college. Today, I manage data visualization projects for companies like Intuit and Cisco.(Top performers care about results, not resumes.)The DIY Degree approach isn’t “the easy way out”, either. It actually takes even more dedication, because you are totally on your own and each test covers a full semester in 3 hours.And she only “expected better from me” because she thinks big-name universities are essential to top performance. (I think big-name universities accept top performers and take credit for their success.)Yet, even though I knew all of thisthose comments still cut pretty deeply. It’s easy to ignore harsh critiques from a stranger, but not from someone you respect. It was enough to make me second-guess my planbriefly.In the end, I decided that Chloe was dead wrong. True, the DIY Degree approach wasn’t the best way for everyone to graduate. But I wasn’t everyone. I was a self-motivated producer who had done more without a degree than most did ten years after graduating. And either way, having the word “UConn” on my resume did not justify a mortgage-sized loan to me. All I cared about was my degree being legitimate and respectable.(If anything, I was willing to bet that my unique, time-and-money saving graduation strategy would impress future employers, who want to work with problem-solvers.)So, instead of folding, I pressed on and earned my DIY Degree as planned. Once she saw that I was serious, Chloe’s criticism quieted down, and soon after I graduated she reversed her position completely.“I can’t believe you’re doing this” became “I wish I didn’t have student debt either.”What happened here? Is there a predictable pattern that nearly all similar situations follow?The Contrarian’s Cycle of Criticism, Acceptance, and AweYes.What I went through was a version of The Contrarian’s Cycle of Criticism, Acceptance, and Awe.Stage 1: Criticism“It’s human nature to stick with traditional beliefs long after they outlast any conceivable utility.“ Jim PinkertonFirst, Chloe criticized my decision, pushing every emotional button she could to talk me out of it. This happens to virtually everyone who tries a new approach to an old problem.No matter how sound your logic, no matter how persuasive your arguments, no matter how successful you’ve been in the past, something about new approaches just makes people uneasy. They are emotionally invested in “the usual way” and, in some cases, have based their very sense of self on it.To restore equilibrium, they say things like:Stage 2: Acceptance“After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.” Mason CooleyThen, once she realized I was doing this no matter what, she accepted it. Acceptance is not support, though. She still (as will most at this stage) fully expected me to fail. She just knew vocally opposing it was pointless now.What people say during this stage:Stage 3: Awe“What the wise man does in the beginning, the fool does in the end.” Warren BuffettFinally, once I received my degree and proved there was nothing shady or weird about it—and that all I had done was graduate faster—Chloe was awed by my results.You will notice this, too. After the benefits of your “crazy” plan begin to materialize, the whole game changes.What people say during this stage:3 top-performing contrarians who put effectiveness before egoI want to share three inspiring examples of famous risk-takers who made this cycle work for them instead of against them.Billy Beane, GM of MLB’s Oakland AthleticsWhat His Peers Did: Spent every dime competing for the same flashy superstars every other team wanted.What He Did Differently: to identify boring, “no-name” players with massively undervalued skills.What The Critics Said: Rivals told Beane he “couldn’t build a baseball team with a computer” and to “enjoy telling your daughter why you work at Dick’s Sporting Goods after this disaster of a season unfolds.”The Results: Beane’s teams made the playoffs 5 times between 2000-2006, despite losing star players to richer teams and from 1998-2008.When co-workers mocked Beane’s new players for not looking athletic, he asked: “are we looking for baseball players or selling jeans?”John Carlton, world-famous advertising copywriterWhat His Peers Did: Wrote the same lifeless, boring advertisements as everyone else in order to “sound professional.”What He Did Differently: Crafted emotionally charged, attention-grabbing stories (like his famous “One-Legged Golfer” ad) to hypnotically drive sales.What The Critics Said: “We can’t publish advertising like this! We’ll look like amateurs. Our customers will be offended. Our competitors will mock us. We’ll get sued!”The Results: Today, John is known as “the most ripped-off writer on the web” and charges fees that cause unprepared clients to choke.His secret? Finding clients who could withstand the Contrarian’s Cycle:“The best thing that ever happened in my career was to meet The Boys — those clients who lured me into working with them by promising to run everything I wrote, as I wrote it. No whining, no tears, and they took all the heat from outraged audiences and pissed-off talent. They stood their ground with me for over 20 years, because I only used solid fundamentals when I wrote for them… including, of course, the fundamentals of killer hooks and jaw-dropping storytelling… and it worked like crazy. Over and over and over again.Without them “taking the leash off me”, most of my now-infamous ads would never have seen print, or gotten mailed or been posted online. They swallowed their fear, because the fluttery green bales of money coming in proved the case.”I worked with John for over a year, and he confronts every client with one question: “are you trying to impress your customers or your colleagues?”Tim Tebow, quarterback for NFL’s New York JetsWhat His Peers Did: Ran the same predictable, pass-heavy offense as every other NFL team.What He Did Differently: Used a different offense called the “run-pass option” that was much tougher to defend.What The Critics Said: Football pundits used Tebow’s below-average passing skills to conclude that he would “never succeed in a passing-dominated league” and was not a “real NFL quarterback”even as he kept winning.The Results: Kerry J. Byne (Real Quarterback Rating) to measure ALL aspects of QB play: not just passing, but also rushing, sacks, fumbles, and other metrics under QB control.Beneath this new lens, a fascinating picture emerged. Tim Tebow, dismissed as a misfit with no hope of lasting in the NFL, was winning with a decidedly contrarian playing style:“Tebow is no statistical circus freak winning in spite of himself. Tebows [teams] are winning because he consistently outperforms the opposing quarterback [...] In fact, he consistently outperforms them by a wide margin.”Asked to explain his improbable 2011 success (which included taking a 1-4 team into round two of the playoffs) Tebow said “I care about winning games, not passing yards.”***What is the common trait? Each of these trailblazers decided that effectiveness (the long-term RESULTS of their unconventional plans) mattered more than their egos. And they were vindicated in the end.Pushing yourself through the cycleWe all need motivation to achieve our goals. The difference is that most people derive their motivation from safety in numbers: the encouragement of friends and family who believe in what they are doing (or even just the implicit social sanction of going with the flow.)Contrarians need motivation, too—often much more, in fact. But their motivation comes solely from themselves and the results they are after. Not only do they create their own motivation, they frequently do so amidst harsh criticism and a complete absence of outside support.Followers are innocent until proven guilty: cheered on from beginning to end. Contrarians are guilty until proven innocent: cheered for only when their plans work.Does this make it difficult to keep moving? Of course! It’s easy to feel motivated when you’re an engineering student, lining up a secure project management job like your father. It’s a lot tougher when you’re an aspiring musician, painfully aware your parents wish you were doing something else.But if you want to achieve extraordinary results, you need to put effectiveness before ego.The reason I followed through with the DIY Degree is that I saw Stage 3 before starting Stage 1. Instead of crumbling under criticism, I made a calculated bet that my plan would work. Most importantly, I decided my plan working was the only thing that mattered.Achieving breakthrough results by asking The Naive QuestionWhat also empowered me to push through the cycle is , which says:“If we weren’t already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?”The beauty of this question is that it forces you to ignore everything other than results. If you discover a better way to do something (, , ) then “but we’ve always done X” should not stop you. The Naive Question establishes a Darwinian selection process where only the best ideas survive.This leads to some provocative questions, such as:Again: sometimes the answer to The Naive Question is a resounding “yes!” As Tim Ferriss wrote in The 4-Hour Work Week, “I don’t walk down the street on my hands because everyone else walks on their feet.” Contrarianism only works when your way is demonstrably better than the norm. Frequently, however, it is.Consider the age-old “renting vs. buying” debate. We love telling ourselves that home ownership is an investment and that renters are just “throwing their money away.” Yet we almost never ! When we do, we discover that home ownership is anything but a good investment. Indeed, it parasitically drains your net worth with “invisible costs” like maintenance, property taxes, and homeowners insurance.The of American culture tell us to buybut renting vs. buying is actually an “effectiveness or ego” question. Do you simply want a cost-effective place to live? Or are you more concerned with social status? If you’ve never run the numbers (like comparing home price appreciation to stock market returns) ask yourself what the answer is.Results and happiness prove everythingContrarianism is not simply about “sticking it to the man.” You need not be rude, disrespectful, or insensitive. It’s actually about living a better life—whatever that means to you.Think about the strategies Ramit teaches: they are all contrarian. Most people are not ambitiously creating side incomes, or setting up automated financial systems to grow their wealth, or using advanced research, networking, and psychology to land their dream jobs.They certainly are not using the DIY Degree to graduate in ¼ of the time, like I teach my readers.But the people who do get massive results —because they were willing to put effectiveness before ego.***What about you? Please leave a detailed comment with:Read more posts on On Tuesday night, here at The Paley Center for Media, filled the Frank A. Bennack Jr. Theater to watch season finale episodes of these two iconic shows. Sitting in the audience with my three teenage kids, all avowed Gleeks (and one longtime Idol fan), I was struck by how well the intimate medium of TV translates to the big screen.What a sense of community and fun there was in that auditorium. During commercial breaks, TV Guide Editor-in-Chief Debra Birnbaum invited people on stage for Karaoke. There were trivia contests and swag distributed. The crowd had a ball., and after attending Tuesday's Idol/Glee double bill, I had to wonder why the networks aren't pushing big event TV on the big screen to their core audiences more often. Communal TV viewing is a rich experience that doesn't have to be the sole province of beer-soaked bars, where sports fans hoot and holler at gargantuan HD flat-screens. Great narrative series and competition shows have a whole new dimension on a theatrical screen in a group-viewing environment.HBO knows this and has long used cinematic "influencer" screenings for critics and industry swells as an effective marketing tool. There's something really thrilling about hearing the theme music to True Blood or Entourage pound out on the sound system in a packed Radio City Music Hall or Ziegfeld Theater or any cineplex in any town. I can't think of a better way to cement the bonds among your most ardent fans by bringing them together under one roof.Programmers are more challenged than ever to cut through all the competition out there--at last week's upfronts, the broadcast networks introduced more than 40 new series. And that's on top of the dozens of shows on the cable slates unveiled in recent weeks. One way networks can boost their new shows is to turn series premieres into events outside the home that bring a community together to sample what's new. And do the same with returning favorites, too. The Paley Center and other venues already do this in New York and Los Angeles, but networks should be going to the 20 biggest markets and university towns. Make talent part of the road show, either live or via telepresence.Meanwhile, the advertisers that foot the bill for all this programming want more engagement. They love seeing those spikes in Twitter mentions and check-in platforms during event programs like the Emmys and the Oscars (for more on that, check out the presentation ). Imagine how much more engaged those uber-fans could be if you got them all together in the real world, not just the virtual one.Back in TV's Paleolithic Age, the 1970s, the promoted the idea that network needed to be in the event-TV business if they wanted to stand out. Splashy mini-series, with great production values and marquee names, were the way to cut through the clutter. That was in an era when there were only three major networks--no in-home recording devices, no YouTube, Netflix or Hulu.Decades later, big-event TV is still an important tool in the programmer's arsenal. Communal viewing can turn most any program into a real event.To read more by J. Max Robins, visit at The Paley Center for Media.The medias in trouble. The microblogging sensation is on fire. Can Biz Stones latest gambit help prop up a financially crippled industry? Howard Kurtz reports.Biz Stone, the funny and engaging co-founder of Twitter, had an unusual message for his communications chief when he finally broke down and hired one last spring:We dont need PR.Stones view, he recalls telling Sean Garrett, who grinned at the memory, was that if reporters want to write bad stories, they should totally call us out and shame us. A tech reporter later explained that he looked like a schmuck to his editors when the company ignored his questions. Thats when I thought, oh my God, we have to get back to these people.Now fabulously wealthy at 36, clad in his usual uniform of black shirt, jeans, and running shoes, Stone has seen his life become a whirlwind. at CNN this week while he was in Washington to receive the first innovation award from the International Center for Journalists. NBCs Ann Curry took him to lunch in New York and introduced him to Jimmy Kimmel, whose show he did Wednesday night.Stone was not particularly surprised when Twitter took off among the media crowd, because he and his partner Ev Williams had designed blogging tools that many journalists adopted a decade ago. Now he sees an emerging partnershipbut also a sense of wariness.It feels like journalism as an industry was somewhatwhats the word?I dont want to say afraid, but skeptical: Who are these guys now? Are these Internet guys who are going to make all the money but not share any?We provide the information. Thats when we hand off the baton to journalists, to provide context.Toward that end, Twitter has quietly formed a number of partnershipssome legal, some informalwith top news organizations. On Election Night, for instance, the company provided a steady stream of seconds-old tweets about the midterms to The New York Times, which posted them online. (Sample: Goodbye Speaker Pelosi. Your power is gone. Thats your karma for not listening to the people! Good riddance!)On the same night, The Washington Post became the first news outlet to buy one of Twitters promoted trends, under the hashtag symbol #election, which linked to a continuous list of stories, headlines, and video.It was a great experiment, says Katharine Zaleski, the papers director of digital news products. We went straight to an audience that is already very engaged and talking to each other, and put our content at the top of the most important conversation of the day. We had tons of stuff we could tweet and were treating Twitter as another home page.CNNs John King used his magic wall to show graphs categorizing 200,000 tweets, dating back to April, in such statewide races as California and Nevada. Its as if you could just parachute into diners around the country and listen to what people were saying, CNN reporter Tom Foreman told viewers. And Twitter plans to ramp up these efforts for the 2012 campaign.Twitter executive Chloe Sladden says there are three major areas we discuss and explore with our journalism partners: How Twitter impacts how journalists source and shape stories. How Twitter has changed how news breaks and how audiences follow breaking stories. How papers engage their audience via Twitter. She declined to discuss financial details, but Stone says the goal is to share revenue with the news outlets.Is Stones ego bruised by non-believers like Tom Brokaw, who recently said of Twitter that an awful lot of it seems to be just stuff that fills air? Stone views such attitudes as a byproduct of the four-year-old companys explosive growth. The gap between people whove heard of Twitter and those who understand the value of it is still pretty wide, he explains. We have to get people to understand its not just for saying I had a bran muffin today, that its an information network.That is his preferred phrase, rather than social network, though in my experience there is a strong sense of community within the circle you choose. Stones point is that anyone can play: CNN doesnt have to approve you. Kanye West doesnt have to friend you for you to get his tweets.With 95 million tweets uncorked each day, Stone is conscious of what he calls the noise of Twitter. He says the company plans to make the rivers of information more navigable, not just by suggesting people to follow, as it does now, but by suggesting relevant tweets you should readbased on some algorithm that assesses your interests.(By the way, Stone gets overwhelmed by technology just like the rest of us. He insists on crafting polite replies to strangers who send him notes, and occasionally gets so backed up that he declares email bankruptcy. I tell my communications team, I just deleted all my email. If you had anything important, resend it.)When he gets in a groove, Stone can sound a bit starry-eyed. The global surge in mobile phones, he says, means Twitter can reach millions where there is no Internet access. We can empower farmers in rural areas to have a better of idea of grain prices or weather. We have tremendous growth potential, not just for business purposes but for the purpose of real social change.But first hes trying to change the companys image in Washington. He recently hired Adam Sharp, a former congressional staffer, as his first ambassador to the capital. Sharp wont be lobbying but serves as more of a chief hand-holder, helping lawmakers master the art of tweeting and posting Twitpics.That, of course, could foster some goodwill in Congress, where nearly every lawmaker has a Twitter account, including Nancy Pelosi (23,000 followers) and John Boehner (72,000). The same goes for Sarah Palin (297,000 followers) and Barack Obama (5.9 million, though hes acknowledged that some 20-year-old does his tweeting). Stone met this year with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (43,000 followers) and Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (15,000 followers). He told them he hasnt been ignoring Washington but that Twitter was tiny, just 150 people working out of a San Francisco loft (its now up to 300).Stone doesnt seem confrontational by nature, but he did take a swing at Malcolm Gladwelldespite being a huge fanafter The New Yorker writers recent piece Despite all the publicity over Twitters role in the Iranian street protests, Gladwell dismissed the grandiosity and outsized enthusiasm for social media, saying activists were more effective in organizing the Woolworths sit-in in North Carolina in 1960. Stone responded to his 1.6 million Twitter followers (Mr. Gladwell, I totally dig your hair but) and at greater length in , insisting that real-time communication allows many to move together as one.It was a straw man, Stone told me. He paints it in black or white. No one ever said forwarding a tweet is like the civil-rights movement in the 1960s Its absurd to say Twitter doesnt have some complementary role to play.In the meantime, Stone is having a blast. He recently shot a commercial for Stolichnaya vodka in which he debated his doubleplaying both partsabout whether Twitter is just a constant stream of meaningless babble.Stone recently saw alone because his wife, Livia, who runs a wild animal hospital in Californias Marin County, wasnt interested in the Facebook film. Stone laughs at the notion that he, like Mark Zuckerberg, might one day be the focus of a major motion picture: I think maybe theyll make a bad CW comedy about us.He is diplomatic when I ask whether Facebooks moment has passed. People could say, Facebooks not cool anymore. I think the Facebook guys would say, Great, were not a fad anymore, were part of peoples lives. I dont know that you want to be cool. Thats just a burden.If Twitter still has a coolness factor, its a burden that Stone wears lightly. He looks slightly amazed to find himself rubbing shoulders with famous politicians and television anchors, as if its a dream from which he might wake up.So how does it feel to be an obscure geek one day and have worldwide influence the next?Its weird, says Stone. Sometimes we feel nauseous. Sometimes we feel elated. Sometimes we dont know what to feel.Howard Kurtz is The Daily Beast's Washington bureau chief. This originally appeared at Tand is republished here with permission.Writer was fascinated by a huge subculture of British men who review their experiences with prostitutes.Late last year, he analyzed 5,000 call girl reviews from the British website .His juicy findings from 10 big cities included the most common name for a prostitute (Chloe) and the average price of a transaction (129 British Pounds, or about $200).Check out the full report .DON'T MISS:Every January, people ask me about my predictions for the coming year. I usually quip Ask me again in November in an attempt to avoid the question.When I look back at 2010, however, I recognize that it has truly been a singular year for the entertainment industry. Consumer demand for quality entertainment has never been higher. Whether its sports, episodic television, feature films, crazy one-offs from YouTube, regular Web series or some TV show no ones heard about in 23 years, weve never had a more voracious appetite.What makes the times we live in even more amazing is the way we demand access to the programming we love. Our options and habits have never been more varied, more accessible, or more controversial. From PC to TV, browsers to devices, Android to iOS to whatever will become of DiVX, HD to 3D to XD, cable set top boxes to satellite set top boxes to internet set top boxes to digital terrestrial conditional access set top boxes to Boxee boxes the choices are staggering. And as a consumer, my attitude is Get out of my way because I want my entertainment how I want it, when I want it and where I want it!From my perspective, Hollywoods license models have always been tied to technology: Theatrical releases are celluloid technology secured in theatres; home video is magnetic tape, optical disc and more recently DRMd downloaded files; first-run premium is conditional access broadcast network; and so on. Each of those technologies power rights windows that are tied to large, established licensors and distributors.As the technology and platforms emerge, expand, evolve, and explode, the business models and fees paid by licensors on those existing platforms are changing. Anytime you start to move billions of dollars, you have pain and ultimately, winners and losers.While these pains will continue to play out over the next several years, its clear that first-run premium entertainment is in the midst of a massive sea change. In 2011, like many years before, it will all come down to the need for businesses to respond to audience demand. Today, that means removing barriers to platform choice and enabling ubiquitous access to the hits we consumers love.So, with that said, lets take a look at how I, as a consumer, would like to see this begin to play out in 2011:1. The Shrinking (or Disappearing) VOD Windows I really enjoyed TRON: Legacy when I saw it last month at my local theatre on 42nd Street here in New York City. What I didnt like was the guy behind me with the candy wrappers that he wouldnt stop fidgeting with, the kid three rows in front of me who was texting on a cell phone that lit up the theatre like a beacon, and the part where I had to pee right as that guy in the white suit well, I wont spoil it for you.Imagine being able to watch a new movie at home, on demand, courtesy of your pay-per-view provider within a few weeks or even days of its theatrical release. Hell, maybe even before its available in theaters. Sound too good to be true? Some independent studios have already begun experimenting with pre-releasing films on VOD before theyre shown in theaters to . According to some research, word-of-mouth buzz actually helped boosts ticket sales for films like Magnolia Pictures All Good Things. In 2011 I wouldnt be surprised to see the bigger studios start to experiment with similar release strategies.Of course, the biggest obstacle here is business. All subsequent licenses for theatrically released films are tied to that box office number, so we need to work on a new, universally accepted fee structure based on mixed-mode first-run releases.2. Increased Payment Flexibility Some of you reading this may be saying, Get real! Weve got day-and-date releases with movie theatres and its called Usenet, torrents, and that guy who goes to school with my kid and gives me movies for my iPad. I could go on all day about value, quality, piracy, DRM, etc. But the fact remains: Stuff costs money and if you want the artists who keep you entertained to keep doing just that, you need to pay every now and then.That said, it makes sense for cable operators to begin offering more varied payment methods like the TV Essentials package being heavily marketed in New York by Time Warner. In 2011, I believe well see more things like that as well as more a la carte options for cable subscribers.Its these kinds of changes that are coming in response to a new breed of entertainment consumers who, if theyre getting the majority of their entertainment from the Internet, likely want more flexibility in the packages they purchase. Time-Warner TV Essentials plus EPIX? Sign me up!3. Programming Evolves to Meet Technological Bells and Whistles With the explosion of online video as well as basic cables own original series, theres been an ever-increasing number of shows to watch both online and on-air. A few years ago, Ze Frank pushed the limits of technology with . (Remember ? How much fun was that?) Soon the experience of watching TV will come in entirely new forms.Manufacturers like Samsung, Panasonic and Sony have already started introducing 3D flat screens, Samsung has a great widget and app platform similar to what Verizon FiOS offers, and upstarts like Starling TV are pioneering new multi-platform story telling technologies.Over the coming year, well start to see programming leverage that technology from talent we already know and love and talent weve yet to discover. A new generation of storytellers, world creators, scriptwriters, and stars is among us and theyre ready to start working on new ways of entertaining us! (If youre a Lady Gaga fan who follows her on Twitter, you know what Im talking about.)The desire for audiences to know and have a true insiders intimacy with their entertainment has never been more real or attainable and the two-way nature of the Internet is making that a reality along with those new ways to tell stories, create stars, and develop franchises.4. TV Gets More SocialTelevision has always been social. I wasnt around when Kennedy was shot, but I was around when JR was shot. I remember my parents having a Dallas party for that infamous TV moment. My aunts, uncles, and their friends all came to our house to watch on our behemoth 42 Sony Trinitron, while my sister and I were sent to bed early. I remember catching up with my friends at recess in grade school and talking about shows like Air Wolf, Knight Rider, The A-Team, and Todays FBI. My point? Television has always been social.Today, we use Facebook likes and Twitter hash tags to do the same thing I used to do on a poorly maintained ball field on Long Island: express our enthusiasm with our network of friends, family, ex-girlfriends, business associates and even those grade-school pals. American Idol, and the entire Freemantle global media empire is one of the most striking examples of this trend.In addition to voting, which originally used no more advanced technology than a telephone, now allows viewers to text in votes. The show now enables viewers to interact with other each other and the contestants themselves a behavior that happened organically on a variety of online platforms and has now been recognized, endorsed, supported, and integrated with the actual show.In a that outlined the history of modern social TV, Chloe Sladden, who heads up Twitters media team, was quoted as saying If youre not watching live and reading comments from friends, your favorite celebrities and even total strangers via Twitter youre missing half the show. In many cases, I totally agree with her. Some media properties truly lend themselves to the passion of the fans. At EPIX, one of our most fan-centric initiatives has been EPIX Live, an initiative we partnered on with ClipSync. EPIX Live events with Kevin Smith, Lewis Black, and others have brought our viewers in direct contact with their favorite entertainers in a way thats never been done before. In 2011, I hope that the industry will find even more ways to make the experience of watching TV a social one.Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Emile Berliners United States Gramophone Company sold what were arguably the first real records in 1894. Thats a 17-year gap from the time the technology was invented to the time the business began in earnest. The Internet is very much in the in between years and were all working hard to figure it out.The good news for us in the television business is that weve got a lot of learning from our friends in the music, travel agency and phone businesses. The bottom line is that the Internet is here. It may not be forever but its omnipresent today and will be for some time. Its important that all of us in this industry work hard to create the products, services, and businesses that give consumers more control over their ever-increasing entertainment choices. We consumers are asking for new and better options, and the rest of us should strive every moment of every day to deliver what the audience is asking. The changes that are happening now will make movie and TV watching more fun than it has ever been before.Answer: After your business model makes boatloads of money. :)Ok, well, short of that, this is one of the questions I get most and here's what I've noticed about venture raise timing. There seems to be three windows, each with their own pros, cons and complications.Here are some general tips to keep in mind:So here's when I see people tend to raise:Entrepreneur + Approach to a Market Sometimes, the right person/team comes along and says "I want to tackle X market and I think this is how I'm going to do it." That's all they have--no demo no code--and they get funding. WTF? How's that even possible? You're slaving away learning to code and getting a prototype up and some fameball gets a check without even doing anything. How do I get that?I'm not saying it's fair or a good idea, but here's what I see as the criteria:This was the bet. With 15 years in jewelry and paying her way through college selling CutCo knives, I couldn't think of anyone better than to start that business. Plus, I liked the economics and clear prospects for building a big company in that space.Entrepreneur + Kinda Workable Demo/Alpha + Little to No Data on TractionYou've launched or you're about to launch. I can login and kinda do most of the things you're going to let people do. There isn't any growth yet so all we have is a sneak peak at product direction and some confirmation that you have the ability to build something.This is a confusing one for entrepreneurs--because some people get this round done but others don't. The issue is that you need an investor that has conviction--and very few have this. You need investor to say "I have a preconceived pattern in my head that this kind of product would work for this market, so I believe in it and I like what I'm seeing so far." The problem is that you have no idea which investors think what about particular products.This was the Square bet. When comes to you with that little reader, plugs it into his iPhone, and swipes you, you're in. Could Jack have raised money on is own without the demo? Probably. Sure. But that's not what he did. He built the demo first and if you were interested in mobile payments, he won you over. Traction? Before I joined First Round, I was the 476th and 477th dollar to be swiped on a Square--so there really was none--but I believed in the concept enough that I would have offered him a check.This was also the GroupMe bet. I already believed in small, private groups going back to my observation of LiveJournal--where people's blogs were read by 5 people and mostly kept private. I didn't care so much about how many people were using it after 48 hours. It was a solution to a problem I already had in my head, plus I liked the guys.There are other things at the same stage that I look at that I just don't feel the same about. I can't explain it so much, but I just don't believe in those models--and without any proof, it's really my opinion against yours... which brings us to...Entrepreneur + Kinda Workable Demo/Alpha + 1-6 months of *Real* Traction (Not Launchrock signups)I don't think your idea will fly. Who is going to do that? Wait? You have 250 paid customers already? Wait wait, I think maybe I'm a dumb VC who doesn't know everything and I need to take a look again.When I first saw del.icio.us, I didn't get it. When I heard that 10,000 people had signed up, I was stunned that 10,000 people had figured out (in 2005) how to drag the tagging button up to the bookmarks bar. If enough people figured that out, there had to be something there.If I don't believe in what you're doing, traction is what will prove me wrong. But it's got to be real traction--not a ton, but enough of the right traction to prove whatever hypothesis I have about it wrong.What's real traction?This was the SinglePlatform bet. I'd seen lots of ways local merchants could market themselves, but none with any kind of real traction. When I first saw the company, Wiley had strong growth in sales on a small base--like 100-150 merchants I think.. and they were paying. That's something.I'd love for investors to weigh in here on whether they think this is accurate...Read more posts on On your mark. Get set. Shop! As soon as the turkey was carved last month, brands and retailers from to announced major holiday sales. And this year, there are more platforms and services than ever to reach shoppers.Who's doing it best? How do you get ROI on your social-commerce efforts?At Business Insider's , we're diving into those questions. The Summit is a one-day conference on the convergence of sales with social media and experiences, taking place Feb. 7, 2012, in New York.And we're inviting brands and major retailers to let us know: how are YOU winning in social commerce?Let us know about your innovative approach, and your company could appear onstage with including:The US retail sector scored nearly in October. There's gold in them thar' hills. How are you taking part? Please, do tell. Email [email protected] with the subject line "Brands at Social Commerce Summit" and the following information:Not all companies will be a fit for the agenda, but we'll invite everyone who sends a pitch to use a special discount code for brands. And we'll get back to folks within 2 weeks.See you in February! might very well be the hottest startup on the planet right now--and I feel very fortunate to say that it is a portfolio company. Credit for that, however, should go to , the founder. We made a bet on Stickybits, a QR code platform, that didn't pan out. We continued to be supportive of Billy as he decided to work on another idea after disproving the hypothesis that people wanted to engage with QR codes here in the US--and that idea is the fantastic new social music service Turntable.fm.The magic behind Turntable.fm, in my opinion, is how it ties in social to music. Some services just tell you what your friends are listening to--the digital data exhaust of an inherently unsocial experience. You listen to music on your own, and your data is broadcasted to your graph. Imagine if you could only date someone based on what they do in their apartments by themselves. It would be an odd experience, and not really reflective of the best behavior, or at least most interactive behavior, they might have if they were actually hanging out with you.Turntable only lets you in if you already know someone on Facebook who is on it--so you're almost guaranteed to find someone you know, and often multiple people, in one of the rooms. Not only does Turntable give DJs the added pressure of playing something great that their audience will like, so they can get points, but the songs will often be tailored to get a particular emotional response to your group of friends. It's not just about getting to be a DJ--it's like having a DJ who already knows you personalize a setlist for you and your social graph cohort. Honestly, after spending time in Turntable, if you think of it as just as a recommendation service, you're going to find that Pandora and Last.fm pale in comparison to the quality of recommendations. What Turntable has brilliantly done has given users the right incentives and provided the right game mechanics to tell the service what the best songs are.It's also the kind of business, like a (warning... FRC portfolio company pitch alert!) , , , that clearly appeals to wide swaths of the "normals". It doesn't feel like a "" kind of play where only the geekiest of geeks will ever need the service--not that they don't use it. The coding soundtrack group is normally the most popular room on the site, especially after 2AM.This is an exciting business to be involved in--and one where you could easily see lots of ways to monetize, especially through virtual goods. Lots of people in these rooms are asking for ways to pay to bump bad songs off, to get two songs at a time, and to change their avatars. Brands, too, should be paying attention here. Shouldn't Dunkin Donuts be sponsoring the 9AM "WAKE UP!" room? Seems that there are a lot of opportunities here and lots of potential for this new service to change the way we listen to music online.Read more posts on Another day, another bikini! Actress Chloe Sevigny flaunts her stunning figure in a tiny string two pieceBy UPDATED:11:18 GMT, 3 January 2011When you have a stunning beach body, you show it off.And that's exactly what actress Chloe Sevigny has been doing on holiday in Miami Beach.The 36-year-old actress looked tanned and toned as she took a dip in the ocean today. Fun in the sun: Chloe frolics in the water as she enjoys Miami's 79 degree Fahrenheit weatherWearing a tiny, pink and grey string bikini, the Big Love star frolicked in the water then returned to the beach to work on her tan.At one point she even joined a friend to pick up snacks and brought them back to the beach.The actress certainly seemed to be enjoying the sunshine as she chatted to friends in the trendy South Beach area.She is perhaps making the most of her sunshine break - she has recently been touted to star in forthcoming Broadway show Extremities alongside Katie Holmes. 'I was reading it and Im kind of seeing how the cast is going to pan out,' she told Entertainment Weekly.Extremities is a psychological drama about a woman who turns the tables on her would-be rapist.She and her room mates then struggle to decide what action to take. The actress is considering new projects after the final episode of HBO drama Big Love ends later this month.She has not ruled out a role in another TV show, providing it is shot on the east coast.'Im not opposed to another series but I dont think Id do one in Los Angeles,' she said.'Id like to do a half-hour comedy on a cable network in New York where I play someone really glamorous and really goofy. Thats my dream job,' she added.Budding designer Chloe Green celebrates her birthday in styleBy UPDATED:10:22 GMT, 3 March 2010Chloe Green, the daughter of Topshop tycoon Sir Philip, celebrated her 19th birthday last night with family and friends at a plush London hotle.But the budding fashion designer, who dressed in classic black, seemed more interested in her telephone as she left her party at The May Fair Hotel.The teenager had her mobile glued to her ear as she left the hotel after an evening with her family and friends, and continued to chat away in her chauffeur-driven Bentley.She only paused to pass the phone to her mother.Chloe,who is friends with Kate Moss, wore an asymetric black lace dress withopaque tights and flat ballet pumps with a huge ring on one finger.She is a keen follower of the Topshop brand, and is planning to gointo the family's Arcadia business but is apparently keen to design theclothes herself.Chloe already 'comes into the office once or twice a week',according to billionaire Sir Philip, and has been accompanying himsince the age of 12. Meet Miss Bradshaw's newest nemesis: Chloe Bridges plays popular girl Donna Ladonna on The Carrie Diaries By PUBLISHED:03:18 GMT, 1 April 2012 UPDATED:03:18 GMT, 1 April 2012Every story needs a villain, even the teenaged Carrie Bradshaw.Actress Chloe Bridges, who landed the plum role of Donna Ladonna on March 14, was seen looking chic earlier today heading to The Carrie Diaries set in New York City.The project, based on Candace Bushnells novel, chronicles Carrie's (played by AnnaSophia Robb) coming of age in the 1980s and follows the blossoming writer through her senior year and relationship with Sebastian Kydd and rivalry with popular girl Donna.The CW is set to air the pilot in May.Holding tight to a bottle of water, the 20-year-old's bee-stung lips smirked beneath a brown hat as she sat in the SUV driving her on set. Chloe's coordinated classic ensemble consisted of a striped white shirt, black leather jacket, brown jeans, and black riding boots.It's not a surprising casting choice since Chloe's first recurring role back in 2004 was as Lisa Kudrows stepdaughter Franchesca in the short-lived TV series, The Comeback, co-produced and co-written by Michael Patrick King from HBOs Sex and The City. Donna is described in the novel as 'popular and confident, though boasting a bit more than meets the eye' since she eventually turns into Carrie's first-ever 'frenemy,' a term Bradshaw once coined on a SATC epsiode. In the novel, Donna is feared among her classmates and has many male admirers. She wants to be a model and later becomes the subject of Carrie's photography project during senior year. Donna later ends up sharing her cousin's phone number with Carrie for her to contact when she first arrives in New York.The LA-based actress, originally fromLouisiana, has been getting used to her new home in the Big Apple and has been tweeting pictures of herself exploring the sights, a shot of the New York skyline, and boxes of high heels with the caption 'Women's best friend.'On her Twitter profile, Chloe describes herself as '80% teenage boy, 10% sophisticated middle-aged woman, 10% gypsy mermaid. Or something like that.'On March 14, the gorgeous brunette officially announced her exciting new role to her 190,000 followers.'ANNOUNCEMENT TIME. Hear ye, hear ye. Can't wait to be lil homie Donna'The fashionista, who has guest starred on episodes of 90210 and Suburgatory, often posts pictures of her posing in vintage and high fashion getups.Audiences should not expect a weekly trip down the runway a la Gossip Girl, even though The Carrie Diaries is being developed by the New York show's producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.The Carrie Diaries' young stars will more likely be wearing modest, high school-age fashion from the early 1980s.She is probably best known for her role as Dana Turner in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam beside Demi Lovato, but she has also appeared in the films Legally Blondes and Forget Me Not.Later this year, Chloe will also appear alongside Kristin Chenoweth in the film Family Weekend. Were Kate, J-Lo and Simon busy? Chloe Green enlists her reality star friends for the launch of her shoe collection By PUBLISHED:22:52 GMT, 15 May 2012 UPDATED:15:32 GMT, 16 May 2012Having spent her life rubbing shoulders with her father's powerful showbusiness friends, you would have thought Chloe Green would have no trouble finding some A-list attendees for her shoe collection launch tonight.But the Topshop heiress only seemed able to attract the C-list members of her bursting little black book to the Flagship store in Oxford Circus to view her highly-anticipated designs.With Jennifer Lopez, Simon Cowell and Kate Moss seemingly busy, Chloe's former Made In Chelsea co-stars, Alexandra Burke and TOWIE stars were among the guests at the event.Chloe wore a pair of black trousers with a white stripe, a black top and studded blazer, with a design from her collection - recognisable by the green soles.Her former MIC castmates Gabriella Ellis and Rosie Fortescue turned up to support her, though there was no sign of ex-boyfriend Ollie Locke.Gabriella wore a sheer white blouse with black leggings and a pair of nude wedges, while Rosie wore a mustard yellow skirt, leather jacket and floppy hat.TOWIE girls Lauren Pope, Frankie Essex and Chloe Sims journeyed into town, but while Lauren was showing her support for the collection in a pair of Chloe's heels, Chloe and Frankie stuck to the trademark red soles of Christian Louboutin.Chloe looked busty as ever in a tight grey print vest by Delicious Couture which was tucked into black leather trousers and black peep-toe heels.Frankie looked ladylike in a coral knee-length dress and nude heels, while Lauren wore short black skirt with a cream and black sleeveless blouse from Missguided.co.ukAlexandra Burke also turned up to the event, wearing eye-catching trousers and a bright red jacket.Chloe's parents, Topshop boss Sir Phillip and Tina were on hand to toast their daughter, with Tina wearing the 'Lady Mama' design her daughter created in her honour.Nicole Scherzinger sent a good luck message to Chloe via Twitter before the event, with Chloe replying that some shoes were on the way to the star. '@NicoleScherzy Sorry you couldn't make it to the launch! But some #CJG #GreenSoles are on the way to U! Hope u love them. Big kiss,' she wrote.Chloe even had a special manicure for the night, with 'CJG' painted on her jade green nails.The heiress tweeted afterwards: 'The best shoe launch ever feel on top of the world!!! #CJG can't wait for thursday!!!!!!!!!!The Chloe Jade Green collection will be available to buy from May 17, with shoes thought to be retailing between £80 to £200. Chloe Green unveils 'rocky' new collection of studded ankle boots, graphic scarves and jewellery - and it's set to sell at Selfridges By PUBLISHED:18:13 GMT, 5 October 2012 UPDATED:18:19 GMT, 5 October 2012She is the reality TV star and daughter of Arcadia tycoon Sir Philip Green who has branched out in a design career of her own. And now Chloe Jade Green's rise to fame as fashion designer is heading for new heights with a promising new collection for autumn/winter 2012.Chloe, 21, has expanded her range, which was previously only heels, to feature scarves, fashion-forward jewellery, flat shoes and boots. Those heels are still sky high though... Speaking at the launch of the collection last night, she said: '[It] introduces a rocky edge, mixing up textures of mesh panelling and intricate laser cutwork.''The 15-piece collection sees the introduction of the signature charm print etched onto the jade green soles. 'In addition the range has been extended to jewellery with coordinating designs, contrasting delicate chains with leather, spikes and tough utility pieces.' A twist on the signature Louboutin red sole (and a reference to her famous surname), the bottom of Green's are all a shade of green. Whilein previous seasons Green's heels have been pointy stilettos, this season she's gone for a more trend-focused chunky version for AW12, all of which feature a pretty botanical graphic on the soles.At the launch last night, to which various members of the press were invited, Chloe wore a black lace maxi dress with studded leather sleeveless biker jacket - and chunky biker boots from her own collection. Unlike her usual star-studded launches this was a low-key event with neither her famous father nor celebrities in attendance. CJG is available exclusively on www.topshop.com and in Selfridge's, with prices ranging from £75 to £195 for shoes and boots, £75 for scarves and £25 to £60 for jewellery. CHLOE GREEN'S CJG COLLECTION FOR AW12 Chloe Green and footballer Jermain Defoe hug as they enjoy a stroll in the sunshine By PUBLISHED:00:30 GMT, 30 May 2012 UPDATED:11:37 GMT, 30 May 2012With the weather heating up in the capital, more and more celebrities are heading out to make the most of the sunshine.And, as she enjoyed the sunshine in London yesterday, Chloe Green met up with her friend Jermain Defoe.Chloe daughter of Topshop billionaire Sir Philip was pictured hugging the England footballer in a busy street. Until earlier this month, Defoe was in a relationship with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Miss Green, 20, who used to appear in reality show Made in Chelsea, spent around an hour with the 29-year-old Tottenham Hotspur striker in West London on Monday, chatting to him in her car and on the street.One observer said: They were on one of the busiest roads in London, on one of the hottest afternoons of the year during rush hour.'I'm no spoilt brat: Billionaire's daughter Chloe Green reveals she has sat on Topshop board since she was 10 and wants to run the company By UPDATED:07:42 GMT, 26 September 2011Chloe Green steps into the worlds biggest fashion store with surprising trepidation.She visits Topshops flagship Oxford Circus branch twice a week to rifle through the racks and check out the window displays, but today she pads around more gingerly. All legs in a pair of leopard-print Wolford tights and towering Alaia boots teamed with an old season Topshop fringed cape and vintage Karl Lagerfeld necklace, the 20-year-old daughter of billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green who, of course, owns the chain is nervous.The new series of E4s reality show Made In Chelsea in which Chloe makes her TV debut started on Monday night and shes desperate to know what the team of stylists who hover attentively around her thought of it. They smother her in praise.The show follows the adventures of a group of glamorous and wealthy twentysomethings who live in West London, adore designer clothes and have plenty of money to spend on the Kings Road. Posh, super-wealthy and pretty, Chloe was perfect for the role. Until recently she was dating one of the shows stars the silken-haired, chisel-cheeked Ollie Locke, who announced he was bisexual in the last series but Chloe reveals the pair have just broken up.The whole debacle was captured on camera and will be screened later in the series.We have split, confirms Chloe. It was nothing to do with Ollie being bisexual; I was fine with it and so was Dad. He met Ollie and thought he was a really nice guy. The problem was the pressure of conducting a relationship under a magnifying glass. It was just too intense and I think we both knew it wasnt working.It got to the point where we were arguing so much it wasnt fun any more so we mutually decided to end it. Ollies great and were still good friends but theres a huge amount of pressure having the cameras on you all the time and I think hell crack before I do. Im a stronger character.The Topshop heiress admits she was hooked on Made In Chelseas first series and delighted when the shows producers approached her to star in the follow-up.Her famously outspoken father, however, was less keen. Dad was worried about me being in the limelight. He didnt really want me to do it but we talked it through. Eventually he said OK. I trust my dads instincts and if hed said no, I wouldnt have done it. I think he was just being protective. We are very close and he doesnt want me to make a mistake.Sir Philip - one of the countrys most successful businessmen, whose retail empire also includes Burton, Etam, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge - is not known for backing down, but he cut short his summer holiday to Greece to advise his daughter and oversee the TV contract.He also asked his close friend Simon Cowell to call Chloe to give her some tips. Simon was great, says Chloe who has the X-Factor judge on speed dial. He told me to take off the microphone and walk off set if I was ever uncomfortable but so far I havent had to.Im really glad Dads behind me. He called 15 times when the first show was on air, which was really sweet.'He just said, You look great, youre so natural.Mum was travelling so she didnt get to see it, and my brother called up and said, I suppose its all right, which is typical. I was nervous about how the show would go down as theres been so much hype about it but Im just relieved its going so well. Ive worked really hard on it.Compared to the rest of the cast in Made In Chelsea a structured reality show in which the people are real but some scenes are engineered for the viewers entertainment Chloe comes across as being down-to-earth and level-headed. But that doesnt stop her getting involved in some of the shows stranger moments. In Mondays episode she was seen putting Ollies fishing maggots on the tip of her newly pierced tongue.Unlike her father, she is endearingly shy, but she has all of his business acumen and says her ultimate ambition is to take over Topshop with her younger brother, Brandon. She is putting the finishing touches to her eponymous debut shoe collection called CG which will launch next spring. She also reveals she is working on a clothing collection.As the daughter of the countrys ninth-richest man her father has an estimated fortune of £4.1billion Chloe knows she is often portrayed as a spoilt heiress and it was one of the reasons she wanted to do the show.I wanted to show people the real me, she says. Dads one of the hardest working people I know and that work ethic has rubbed off on me.Chloe was raised in Monaco from the age of six, and she and Brandon went to the International School there. Weekends were spent hopping to London in the familys £7 million Gulfstream jet, while holidays were extravagant jaunts to Barbados and summers with Kate Moss aboard the familys £20million yacht, Lionheart, which is moored at Monte Carlo.While Sir Philip is known for his flamboyance he spent £5m flying 50 of his friends to Cyprus for his 50th birthday and £4m on Brandons bar mitzvah Chloe, who was given a Belgravia flat for her 18th birthday, says that despite the privileges, she had to earn her pocket money.As a child she worked the tills at BHS during school holidays and accompanied her father to board meetings. Dad would bring me in to meetings when I was 10 to show me how the industry worked. I would point out things I liked and didnt like and Ive been doing it ever since. I think he saw that I had an eye for clothes and design from an early age.While she has the run of Topshop and pops into the stores hair salon for a daily blow-dry and manicure before filming, Chloe always settles the bill. I often pop in if Im having a fashion crisis or I need a pair of shoes for a party but I pay for everything at the full price, she says. That said, Sir Philip has been happy to bankroll her new shoe collection. Assisted by a team of six in-house buyers and designers and with a budget from her father (which she refuses to divulge), Chloe hopes to sell the line at Topshop. She ran some of the designs past her friend Kate Moss, who she cites as her favourite style icon. She thought they were great although she did say some of the shoes were very high, she laughs. A self-confessed shoe junkie, Chloe has an enviable closet which houses 70 pairs of Christian Louboutins. They are my weakness and the inspiration for my line. I met Louboutin at a ball once and Dad told him, This is my daughter. She must be one of your best customers!I designed my collection myself. The shoes are made in Brazil and they all have a green sole.She wore a pair of her peep-toe lace-up boots to the Topshop fashion show during London Fashion Week just to see peoples responses.A couple of girls came up to me and said they liked them but I didnt tell them they were mine. The line still needs some work and Im hoping Dad will want to stock them and that they will be a success. He has said I will have to pitch just like everyone else, though.She also reveals that she is collaborating on a clothing line with the team of stylists at Miss Selfridge. Ideally Id like to merge TV and fashion but designing is what I really want to do, explains Chloe.She adds: Id love to take over Topshop with Brandon. Hes a bright kid and hes working at Arcadia [Topshops parent company] at the moment shadowing Dad. The plan is that he will be the business side Im more interested in the clothes and the creative. I dropped out of school and didnt get my A-levels but Dad also dropped out of school when he was 15 without any GCSEs and it didnt do him any harm.While she is so far enjoying her foray into the fickle world of reality TV, Chloe says its likely to be a one-off because the participants can feel vulnerable and exposed.During this series, viewers will see Chloe forge friendships with the cast, but she says there are also fall-outs. The producers were very interested in my relationship with Gabriella Ellis, who used to date Ollie. Its fair to say there were some awkward moments and World War Three nearly broke out when we watched the screening of the first episode. A lot happens and its not like you can say, I didnt say that or I didnt actually do that because its all on film.While Made In Chelsea has the potential to make her a household name, theres a sense that greater things beckon for Miss Green. She says: Dads worked extremely hard for everything hes achieved and I hope I can be the same. It would mean the world to him if we could keep Topshop going so successfully. It would be his dream.As if on cue, Sir Philip walks into the personal shopping suite where Chloe has been picking out outfits for me. What are you doing here, Dad? she asks, looking embarrassed. He replies: I came to see if you want to go to a party tonight. Ive got tickets to a Vogue dinner, a front-row fashion show or a party at Storm.Chloe says: Ill let you know, Dad. I mean, I really am busy filming. She kisses us goodbye and, with a flick of her fabulous mane, Chloe Green Made In Topshop is gone.The look of love: Chloe Madeley and Sam Attwater can't keep their hands to themselves as they train together in the park By UPDATED:10:38 GMT, 23 June 2011Sweaty bodies, red faces and lycra; most people avoid exercise like the plague. But Chloe Madeley and Sam Attwater turned their workout routine into a public display of affection as they trained in the park.The couple, who met on the last series of ice-skating show Dancing On Ice, kept in close contact with each other as they prepared for the Virgin Active London Triathlon next month. Chloe swapped her sequins and leotards for cropped Adidas trousers and a vest top promoting fitness boot camp Prestige, with the slogan, 'Better body. Better mind. Better you.' The former EastEnder, who played Leon Small in the BBC soap, gazed adoringly at his girlfriend and seemed endeared by her lack of make-up and scruffy hair.The pair only had eyes for each other as they stretched their muscles and clung onto each other for support during various exercises.The event, fronted by Virgin tycoon Richard Branson, will also see Michelle Heaton, Spice Girl Mel C, Stacey Solomon and JLS singer Oritse Williams take part in the July games.Chloe, 23, revealed at the launch last week that her famous parents Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan won't be cheering her on from the sidelines.She said: 'Theyll probably be in the south of France going, "Isnt Chloe doing some run today?" "Probably dear".'If dad was coming thered be banners galore. It would be awful. He makes his own banners with multicoloured biros. Theyre not paint or crayons biro.'Theyre the most hideous banners in the world. They give me a headache. Hes awesome, but the banners are laughable, lets be honest.' You got your skates on! Chloe Madeley gets over split from Dancing On Ice co-star Sam with Dirty Sexy Things model Jay By UPDATED:09:16 GMT, 22 August 2011She only split with fellow former Dancing On Ice star Sam Attwater a few days ago - but Chloe Madeley appears to have moved on already. The 23-year-old was seen cavorting down a darkened street in London's Soho with fellow reality TV star Jay Camilleri, 21, from modelling fly-on-the-wall show Dirty Pretty Things.With Chloe wearing a tight short black mini dress and red trainers, with Jay sporting a trucker hat with a leather waistcoat, grey shorts and black boots, they had their hands all over each other before sneaking into a shop doorway for a cigarette.Jay certaintly wasn't keeping his new friendship quiet, and Tweeted on Friday: 'Had such a good night with @MrHarryDerbidge @mrjoeoreilly @Robert_H_Cooke @Gozde_D @ZafShabir @madeleychloe @JackBAnderson and others xxx'Chloe also hinted on Twitter that she'd had a lot of fun too and mentioned she had been spending considerable time in Jay's neighbourhood. She wrote last week: 'I may as well just move to soho, the only thing I don't do here is sleep.'Chloe was forced to set up a new Twitter account earlier this month after hackers accessed her old one - but she's not up to her previous 38,000 followers yet, even with helped from her father, Twitter legend Richard Madeley. She moaned yesterday: 'You know what, I can't pretend anymore, I'm really upset I went from having 37000 followers to 3000, its just so sad.'However, she still has ex Sam as a follower and the two are still bantering with each other on the site. Jay however appears to be a master of TMI on the social networking site. He wrote on 17 August: 'Just out of my colonic come for a fag in my dressing gown and two girls start waving aggghhh!! Little do they know I'm not wearing boxers.'Mail Online revealed last week that Chloe and Sam had split up, despite the fact that just a month before, he had gone for lunch at the Ivy with the entire Madeley family. Sam and Chloe began dating in April after Chloe dumped her boyfriend Glenn Crickmar after falling for the EastEnders actor.Chloe, who came third on the skating show had even moved out of her parents house to set up home with the actor, but has now moved back in with her family.Chloe said: Its very sad but its amicable.We realised we were better off as friends and Im glad we made that realisation early on.'For the uninitiated meanwhile, Dirty Sexy Things follows photographer Perou and eight models as he puts them through their paces in a variety of different shoots.That's about it, really.Dirty Sexy Things is on E4 on Monday nights at 10pm. Let's feel your bump! Chloe Madeley gets to grips with Myleene Klass's pregnancy curves - and the latest TV childBy UPDATED:08:02 GMT, 2 February 2011She's famously the daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan - and Chloe Madeley couldn't wait to get her hands on some brand new celebrity offspring today. The Dancing On Ice star, 23, was being interviewed alongside Myleene Klass, 32, on yesterday's Loose Women - and got to grips with the heavily-pregnant presenter's bump as they waited to go on.Chloe was on the show talking about Dancing On Ice with her fellow contestant on the rink and Loose Women host Denise Welch.She confessed that she wouldn't have been chosen for the show if it hadn't been for her famous parents - but said she hoped she was winning people around through her own personality and skills on the ice.Chloe said of having famous folks: 'It has pros and cons... everybody does shout nepotism a lot and I'm fully aware of that. Certainly, in terms of the press, having my name gets mentioned a lot more than other people.'But in terms of work, it's still hard.'However, Chloe revealed she didn't think her father should follow in herskatetracks to do the ITV1 reality show, saying: 'I want dad to do Strictly rather than Dancing On Ice!' The daredevil also revealed that the speedier the routine on a Sunday, the better it was for her. She explained: 'The fast routines are easier to do, 'cos you can get lost in them, and it all happens very quickly. But the slower routines, you really have to sell it with your face, and look at your partner lovingly, but I'm not in love with my partner (Michael Zenezini), so that's hard!'Also, they're all your lines and it's very ballet and I'm not a ballerina.'Myleene meanwhile was wearing a stunning plunging red dress and hair worn up in a chic chignon to talk about her new show, World's Youngest Daredevils, about children who take part in extreme activities,like bullfighting, cagefighting and lion taming. The star's frock was a Riviera design in red by London-based Tiffany Rose, one of her favourite maternity designers.However, she also talked about her excitement at welcoming her new baby at the end of March, a sister for her three-year-old daughter Ava.It will be her second child with fiancé Graham Quinn - but she said she wasn't putting her career on the backburner, and sometimes relished getting out of the house and going to work.She told the Loose Women: 'I realise you can't do it on your own, I have to beg, borrow, steal, I just try and get as much help as I can.'I really like to work and show my daughter that mommas can go out and do it themselves too and I'm fortunate I can bring my daughter with me.'0However, she joked: 'It makes me laugh when people say, take time off, 'cos everyone knows when you've got a toddler, everyone knows it's harder to stay home!'Christmas wiped me out! You clean, you cook, you clean, you cook, everyone goes home and no-one says thanks you, I was exhausted by the end of it.' Time to start a game of Chloe Madeley Bingo... * Chloe accidentally stubs her toe on the kitchen table * Chloe decides to go to bed early after long day doing nothing useful * Chloe doodles pyramids on a telephone book, what does this mean? * Chloe can't hide secret fart * Chloe stares out of a window for half an hour daydreaming * Chloe falls asleep in front of the telly * Chloe can't decide between all day breakfast or prawn mayonnaise * Chloe wonders aloud on the subject of beach holidays in Spain versus Cornwall * Chloe accidentally flicks bolognese sauce on her t-shirt, d'oh! * Chloe wants a better alarm clock * Chloe doesn't like fishing * Chloe never knew that dogs think in black and white * Chloe looks a bit like Richard when she grimaces * Chloe can't smell diseminate, disemmenate, dis...whatever * Chloe would prefer a different chin, but is happy to stick with the one she's got * Chloe posts picture of her face on facebook * Chloe creates world peace formula - , Barceloneta, Spain, 27/9/2009 07:23 Still Daddy's girl! Chloe Madeley shares tender hug with father Richard as the pair enjoy family shopping trip with Judy By PUBLISHED:07:39 GMT, 2 June 2012 UPDATED:08:22 GMT, 3 June 2012They say that no matter how old they get, a daughter always remains a little girl in their father's eye.And this is certainly true for Chloe Madeley and her father Richard, who were seen sharing a tender hug while out shopping in North London with Judy, Chloe's mother, yesterday.Both wore sunglasses to cover their eyes, but the gesture appeared to be simply a spontaneous display of affection.They then continued browsing the rails- perhaps hoping to pick something up for the festivities this weekend.The trio continued their trip together with Richard and Judy walking arm in arm down the road.Richard was seen carrying a Reiss bag, so the ladies must have found something to their taste.No doubt Chloe took part in making Jubilee preparations with her parents, who it appears went all about in honour of the special weekend.Richard was seen carrying a Union Jack as he got into his car, and it appears he carried the theme through at home.Richard tweeted last night: 'Yup,7 flags, 4 streams of bunting... am slightly alarmed at strength of patriotism on display chez nous.But what the hey! We love our Queen!''Oh you've GOT to go over the top for a royal jubilee. Don't be cool! Stuff the cynics - go for it! Have fun! *blows tin trumpet*'He and Chloe are known to be every close, and were seen embracing in a touching farewell as they left an awards ceremony in London last week. Richard carried two bottles of champagne outside, but then placed them on the floor behind him before kissing Chloe goodbye.It appears that Chloe has her father's blessing in her new romance, which the Mail reported earlier this month.Chloe's budding relationship with actor Marc Warren caught attention as the pair enjoyed a day out together.Chloe, 24, was unable to disguise her affection for the 45-year-old Hustle star as the pair strolled around Brighton.The smitten couple went to watch mutual friend Denise Welch in her performance of Steel Magnolias held at the Theatre Royal, then shared a kiss outside a cocktail bar.The new romance will no doubt come as a welcome change for both, having each had something of a tumultuous love life for the past few years. Chloe Madeley's fashion faux-pas: Did Richard and Judy never suggest wearing a bra?By UPDATED:17:36 GMT, 19 November 2008Chloe Madeley has been busy forging a new career as a TV presenter.And while she is adamant on creating a name for herself, she may be taking her quest for attention a step too far.Chloe attended a charity event last night and although the budding star was flawlessly groomed, she forgot one small but integral part of her outfit - a bra. Peek-a-boob: Chloe Madeley makes a rookie mistake at a charity event at London's Cafe de Paris last night The daughter of Richard Madely and Judy Finnegan was pictured at London's Cafe de Paris nightclub in a sheer vest that left very little to the imagination. The 21-year-old may have her red carpet pose perfected - but perhaps Richard and Judy should have reminded her that bright cameras pick up on every detail. The lesson will certainly come in handy when she stars in the new series of Dancing On Ice, which starts in January. Biker chic: Thankfully, the lighting inside was far more flattering The young blonde has been training for the popular Saturday night show at London's Alexandra Palace rink for the last few weeks. Chloe is currently trying to forge a career as a TV presenter, but admits her parents' fame hasn't always helped. She told FHM earlier this year: 'I have to work twice as hard to prove I'm able to do the job for a reason beyond my family name.' Happy family: Chloe with her parents Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan Awww isn't that sweet! Chloe Moretz holds hands with her big brother Trevor By PUBLISHED:12:46 GMT, 18 May 2012 UPDATED:13:05 GMT, 18 May 2012She may be a silver screen star with a wardrobe that is the envy of women twice her age, but young starlet Chloe Moretz, 15, is clearly still a little girl at heart.The Dark Shadows star was pictured sweetly holding hands with her big brother Trevor as they crossed the road in downtown Los Angeles yesterday.The 15-year-old actress who is usually seen in an array of designer looks was in dressed down mode as she held hands with Trevor, who also doubles as her acting coach.Looking younger than her 15 years for once, Chloe looked age-apropriate in jeans and a T-shirt as they ran errands in LA.It is a far cry from the young actress's usual designer look, which has seen her grace many a best dressed list even at her tender age. Recently Chloe who starred in Kickass and recently premiered Dark Shadows in London appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 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Last Friday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Iris Grossman, President Emeritus of Women In Film said Chloe 'defines the future, her extraordinary talent will continue to entertain and move generations to come'. Moretz traveled to Milan, Italy to meet the Maramotti family and attended the Fall Winter 2012 Sportmax show and sat front row with her proud mother.The blonde teen looked composed and effortlessly stylish in a navy blouse and a black and navy skirt, which she had teamed with a black overcoat. And just like any front-row fashionista the actress had slung the jacket over her shoulders. Chloe viewed the latest collection which boasted bold and bright colours with inspiration taken from martial arts.Knotted belts were a central conceit of the show and there were also boxy masculine cuts prevalent on the catwalk. The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award, inaugurated at Women In Films 2006 Crystal + Lucy Awards, is given to an actress who is experiencing a turning point in her career through her work in the film and television industries and through her contributions to the community at large, in recognition of her outstanding achievements and her embodiment of style and grace. Past recipients have been Katie Holmes, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Banks, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Blunt and Maria Bello.After the fashion show Chloe attended a dinner in honor of her at 'Giacomo Bistrot' after the show on saturday 25th in Milan, Italy looking very sophisticated along with her mother as well. 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