This may be the last season that the Linganore High School ice hockey team plays as a team solely comprised of students from the school.
The Lancers have been playing this season with 12 players, five of whom are seniors. Linganore coach Dave Hammer said that he expects four eighth graders to be joining the team next year. Teams with 11 or fewer players are eligible to join a co-op team, so the program may join up with Gov. Thomas Johnson.
“I don’t know if we’ll have a team next year,” Hammer said. “We’re just trying to keep the team together. The kids have been positive.”
Linganore has struggled this season and are in last place at 2-6-1 in the Monocacy Valley League, but the Lancers have had success against Carroll County.
Both of Linganore’s wins have come against Carroll County — 8-5 in the season opener and 8-6 on Jan. 18. Hammer noted that during both of those games Carroll County was without its travel players.
“I think, overall, the kids have been positive and tried to improve in each game,” he said.
— Colin Stevens
Gov. Thomas Johnson pole vaulter Samuel Shipley nearly set a personal-best at the Last Track to Philly meet Saturday, but he didn’t bring a big enough pole.
A spectator taking photos showed Shipley a photo after he failed to clear 14 feet and 6 inches. In the photo, he said, he was 12 to 18 inches over the bar. But because he and his coach didn’t expect to clear those heights Saturday, Shipley didn’t have a big enough pole.
“It’s happened before,” Shipley said. “I’ve gone to max heights and just blown through the pole. I think it’s just more of an adrenaline rush.”
Though Shipley didn’t best his high height of 14 feet and 2 inches, his vault of 13 feet and 6 inches won Saturday’s event. After clearing 13-6, Shipley tried for 14-6.
“If he had a bigger pole, I think it would have been an easy make for him,” Thomas Johnson pole vault coach Chris Heinze said.
— Dan Feldman
At Middletown, Matt Capobianco — one of the team’s current captains — said a large portion of his success as a wrestler and leader was due to him being able to watch 2012 undefeated state champion Judd Ziegler wrestle and lead for a year. Now, Ziegler — his little brother, Tucker, is a budding star for the Knights — is starting as a true freshman for Princeton’s wrestling team and currently sports a 11-14 record.
“I saw them lead and stood behind them and watched and learned from them,” Capobianco said of last year’s captain. “Motivating the guys, keeping them upbeat after a loss, keeping them together as a team. I had enough experience seeing the other guys do it that it has helped me this year.”
— Nick Cammarota
How they rank
1.Middletown Knights (5-3-0)
2.Walkersville Bears (5-4-1)
3.Oakdale Bears (5-4-1)
4.Urbana Hawks (3-5-1)
5.Linganore Lancers (2-6-1)
Walkersville at Carroll County
7:20 p.m., Friday, Skate Frederick
2. Gov. Thomas Johnson