The Old Mill boys' and girls' soccer teams won Anne Arundel County championship titles in the same season for the first time yesterday in a doubleheader at Chesapeake.
While the Old Mill (10-2) girls won their first county championship in eight years, 1-0 over previously unbeaten South River, the unbeaten Patriots boys (14-0-1) -- which lost all 11 starters from last season -- capped a surprising year with a 2-0 victory over Severna Park, as freshman Andrew Bullis and sophomore Morgan Midgett each scored in the second half.
"If you asked me a few months ago if we'd be here," Old Mill boys' coach Jeff Martin said, "I would have told you, 'No way. There's not a chance.' What this team has done so far is totally crazy."
Old Mill girls' coach Claudia Kirkup felt equally fortunate to be playing yesterday, but for an entirely different reason.
The Patriots' girls qualified for the championship game at 6:15 a.m. yesterday, when a coin toss broke a three-way tie for second place with Arundel and Severna Park. By calling heads, Old Mill commenced its best day of soccer in school history.
The Patriots' lone goal was scored by senior Marla Muha early in the second half.
Fabling Wins Playoff
River Hill junior Justin Fabling earned his first Howard County title by sinking a four-foot putt on the second playoff hole at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.
Fabling was one of four players who tied for first place after 18 holes last week. Centennial freshman Chris Wellde, Glenelg junior Andrew Gotschall and Mount Hebron junior Kyoo Hwang also shot a 10-over-par 81 on Oct. 19, but the playoff was postponed to yesterday because of darkness.
On the first playoff hole -- a 365-yard, par-4 -- Fabling and Gotschall each recorded birdies to force a second hole. But Gotschall recorded a double bogey on the 368-yard, par-4 hole, enabling Fabling to sink a four-foot bogey putt for the win.
"I've made so many putts like that before, I was confident that I was going to make it," Fabling said.
"I knew it was good as soon as I hit it."
Grace Brethren Is Rolling
The Grace Brethren girls' soccer team reached the PVAC tournament semifinals for the first time in school history with a 4-1 victory over Oakcrest Academy. With yesterday's victory, Grace Brethren tied school records for wins (14) and goals (66) in a season.
Senior captain Ashley Leveling scored two goals in the victory.
Special correspondent Charles Cummins contributed to this report.