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Mike Mathews - Sports

January 28, 2009

MR voted area champions

Lady Miners set school, area records

CUMBERLAND — The Mountain Ridge Miners, who set school and area records during a perfect regular season, were voted Cumberland Times-News Area champions by a unanimous vote.

The area title is the first for the Mountain Ridge girls, and gives the Frostburg school a sweep of the area soccer titles as the Mountain Ridge boys were also unanimous area champs.

The Area championship trophies, which will be presented to the Miners girls and boys teams, are sponsored by J-R’s Custom Screen Printing and Embroidery of Frostburg.

The only other school to win boys and girls area titles in the same season was Bishop Walsh, in 1999.

Coach Martha Mauzy’s Miners had a perfect regular season — the first in area history for a girls team — at 14-0-0, and won the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference with a 7-0 record. They finished 15-1 after being upset by Smithsburg, 2-1, in the region semifinals.

“We just had a fantastic group of kids. They were good student and athletes,’’ said Mauzy. “Each one had an understanding of her role and was willing to do whatever was necessary for the team to win.

“They set goals and were not willing to compromise on those goals. All 22 girls worked extremely hard and deserve the season they had.

“And the assistant coaches deserve a lot of credit, too. John Pratt and George Bishields with the varsity, and Steve Amann and Jay Walbert with the jayvee team, which was undefeated, too. When you have people like that helping it makes my job easy.”

The Miners’ season was one for the recordbook, as they set both school and area records that may stand for years to come.

The 15 wins is a school record, but two shy of the area mark set by Bishop Walsh, which went 17-1 in 2002.

Mountain Ridge’s 15-game winning streak is a single-season area record, snapping the previous mark of 14, set by the 2002 BW team.

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