A banner year for the nationally ranked College of Southern Maryland men's soccer team was ended Saturday by the only team that had beaten the Hawks during the regular season.
Having won the Region XX championship a week earlier, seventh-ranked College of Southern Maryland traveled to second-ranked Louisburg College in North Carolina to play for a position in the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournament.
In September, Louisburg defeated the Hawks, 7-1, handing the all-freshman team its lone regular season defeat.
On Saturday, Louisburg prevailed again, 3-0.
"We came out really flat and nervous," said Coach Tony Galeano. "We came out looking like the younger team. We had the jitters."
Those early game problems allowed Louisburg to mount a quick advantage, ending the first half with a 2-0 lead. By the time the Hawks were able to regroup, several of the team's starters had left the game with injuries. The team's leading scorer, forward Dario Paul, as well as midfielder Juele Lawrence and defender Cullen McKenzie, were sidelined.
"I think we need to improve our defense in the middle of the field," Paul said. "Their midfielder had a lot of time to play the ball, and nobody was marking him."
The Hawks rode a 10-game winning streak into the game, which had allowed them to reach the highest ranking in the four years that Galeano has coached them. The Hawks finished 16-2-1.
Galeano now turns his attention to recruiting for next year. Though the entire team is eligible to play again, he expects there will still be a few spots to open up.
"As long as I get a core back from this team, shoot, we're gonna be on our way," Galeano said.
Hughesville Open House
Hughesville residents and anyone else interested in development of the eastern Charles County crossroads will have a chance next week to hear about the Village Revitalization Plan and voice their opinions to the Department of Planning and Growth Management.
An open house on the plan is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. next Thursday at T.C. Martin Elementary School, 6315 Olivers Shop Rd. in Bryantown. County staff members, members of the Hughesville Revitalization Advisory Committee, and consultants from Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson will present information about the planning efforts.
Specific areas to be discussed include existing conditions, a vision statement for the village and key objectives to reach that vision, opportunity sites and village revitalization concepts. Residents will also be able to participate in online community and business owners surveys.
Officials ask those planning to attend to call the Charles County Planning Division at 301-645-0540 before Tuesday.
New Trustees at St. Mary's
Three new members of the St. Mary's College of Maryland board of trustees have been named by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). They are:
* Reginald J. Brown, recently retired senior executive officer for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. In his more than 40 years of public service, Brown served at the U.S. Agency for International Development as assistant administrator for the Near East and as assistant administrator for Program Policy and Coordination. He is a graduate of West Point and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
* Gary Jobson, a champion sailor and editor of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. He is ESPN's sailing commentator and the author of 13 books on sailing. He was tactician for Ted Turner on Courageous during the team's successful defense of the America's Cup in 1977 and also during the 1980 defender trials.
* Mike O'Brien, president of O'Brien Realty in California. He attended St. Mary's College before graduating with honors from the University of Maryland.
Trustees, who generally serve a six-year term, are responsible for reviewing all policy and procedures of St. Mary's College.
Cameron in New Post
Timothy K. Cameron took over as St. Mary's County's director of public safety last week, after his appointment to the post by the county commissioners.
Cameron had worked for the St. Mary's Sheriff's Office since 1980, where he served in positions including patrol officers and commander. He is also a certified instructor by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.
Swan Point Hearing
The Charles County commissioners have scheduled a consolidated public hearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Charles County Government Building on three matters related to proposed waterfront development at Swan Point.
The Swan Point Waterfront Planned Community zone, requested by U.S. Steel Corp. and Brookfield Homes Swan Point LLC, requires three actions by the commissioners:
* a Master Plan amendment.
* a rezoning from Agricultural Conservation to Waterfront Planned Community.
* a Critical Area Growth Allocation.
Copies of the proposals and the Planning Commission and zoning officer reports are available in the Department of Planning and Growth Management offices in La Plata.
People or representatives of groups who want to comment must sign in at the hearing. Speaker sign-up will begin a half-hour before the hearing and will end when the hearing begins. Each speaker will be allotted three minutes. The hearing will last no longer than two hours, unless extended by the commissioners.
Written comments may be submitted in lieu of oral testimony or to expand upon oral testimony.
Hungerford Garners Praise
College of Southern Maryland officials praised Evelyn Hungerford, the outgoing chairman of the CSM Foundation, for her role in raising more than $1.5 million for scholarships, construction of the Children's Learning Center, technology, equipment for the renovated Physical Education Center, the arts and nursing programs since she was appointed in May 2003.
"Evie has provided the foundation with outstanding leadership for the past three years, and she has helped make this board a successful one," college President Elaine Ryan said of Hungerford in a statement this week.
Hungerford completes her term in office this month. She has been involved with the college for 27 years. A native of Indian Head, Hungerford is president and owner of Hungerford Associates Consulting and Public Relations.
New Job for Welch
Hans Welch was named manager of business development for St. Mary's County's Department of Economic and Community Development. He took over that post Monday.
Welch worked for 23 years in the cable television and high-speed Internet industry. He served for the past five years as the general manager for GMP Cable TV (Gans Communications). GMP Cable TV was the cable television and high speed Internet provider for a majority of St. Mary's County. Gans Communications was recently purchased by Harron Entertainment and is doing business in St. Mary's County as MetroCast Communications.
Welch is originally from Bloomington, Ind. graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. He is also a retired Army Reserve officer
Award Nominees Sought
The 2006 Charles County Women's Fair is seeking nominations for the Alpha and Pioneer awards, scheduled to be presented during ceremonies March 4 at the North Point High School for Science, Technology and Industry in Waldorf.
The Alpha Award is presented to a woman living in Southern Maryland or from Southern Maryland who has been a "first" in her field. The Pioneer Award is presented to an individual or organization that had made a major contribution to women in general and/or to women in Southern Maryland.
In addition, financial awards will be presented at the fair to organizations that serve the needs of women in the community. Award amounts will be based on funds available, but historically range between $250-$1,500.
For more information, nomination forms for the Alpha and Pioneer Awards, and organization applications for the financial awards, contact Women's Fair Coordinator Amy Eastburn-Gallo at 301-392-5000 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for nominations and application forms is Feb. 1.
New Schools Web Site
St. Mary's County public schools have launched a redesigned Web site -- www.smcps.org.
Making the site more user- friendly had been a priority of schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano since he took the helm of the school system in July.
"We realize how important our Web site has become in communicating with our community and the general public," Martirano said in a statement announcing the new design.