On Strength of Consistent Juniors, Ryken Posts 31 Consecutive Golf Victories

The St. Mary's Ryken golf team defeated McDonough and Westlake on Wednesday for its 30th and 31st straight victories. The Knights are 9-0 this season, largely due to their experience and the consistent play from juniors Roger Welch and Richie Bamber, Coach Chip Gateau said.

An early season bonus has been the play of junior Jaime Masciantonio, who, according to Gateau, is one of only two girls competing in the conference. Her low score for the season is a 41.

GREAT MILLS: After a 2-0 loss to Westlake on Tuesday, first-year boys soccer coach Chris Meyers called up three freshmen to the varsity in an effort to motivate his team. The Hornets then beat Lackey, 2-0, with newcomer Scott Herndon scoring the second goal, and freshman midfielder Adam Cecil and freshman defender Eric Reiber playing well. So Meyers now faces a predicament.

"I mainly moved them up to motivate the other guys, but they did really well," Meyers said. " . . . I don't know if [they are] going to stay up or not, but I've got some decisions to make."

CHOPTICON: The girls soccer team has started the season 1-4-1, but sophomore goalkeeper Christie Gray's heroic performance Tuesday against Leonardtown and a 1-1 draw with La Plata on Thursday has left Coach Chuck Connor confident that the Braves will turn their season around. According to Connor, Gray had more than 30 saves in Chopticon's 4-0 loss to the defending Maryland 3A champions.

LEONARDTOWN: The field hockey team stayed perfect in the SMAC with a 3-0 victory over Westlake on Thursday in a match cut short because of poor field conditions. Senior goalkeeper Marci Faulkner, a first-year starter, has posted shutouts in all five league contests for the Raiders (6-1, 5-0).