CUMBERLAND — The Mountain Ridge softball team (“Miners tap mother lode with repeat area titles,” Saturday, Aug. 3 Times-News) became the first area softball or baseball team to win back-to-back Maryland state championships since the 2001-2002 Southern softball team won consecutive 1A titles.
However, the Miners, who repeated as 1A state softball champions in the spring, became the first area team in any sport to repeat as state champion since the 2010-2011 Mountain Ridge boys soccer teams.
The Times-News regrets the error.
Local golfers Blank, Armstrong
place at King Invitational
HAYMARKET, Va. — Local golfer John Blank continued his strong summer play, placing runner-up in the 15th Dave King Invitational Senior Golf Tournament held recently at the Evergreen Country Club.
Blank finished second in the Super Senior Division, for ages 65 and older, with rounds of 71, 72 and 71 for a 2-under par 214 total. Blank, of Frostburg, finished behind only Ted Smith of Wilkinson, Ind., who is the No. 1 ranked Super Senior in the country. Smith had rounds of 71, 66 and 74 for a 5-under 211.
In the Senior Division, for ages 55 to 64, local golfer Slug Armstrong finished tied for 16th with rounds of 74, 75 and 73 for a 6-over 222. The division was won by Paul Schlachter of Bridgeville, Pa., who had a 6-under 210. Schlachter defeated Vinnie Giles of Richmond, Va., on the first playoff hole.
In the first round, Armstrong was paired with Giles, who is one of the most famous amateur golfers in USGA history, having played in nine Masters tournaments and two U.S. Opens. He has won the U.S.and British Amateur Championships, and in 2009 at age 66, won the USGA Senior Amateur.
Gus Bell wins Senior title at Cumberland
CUMBERLAND — Gus Bell won the 2013 Senior golf championship Saturday at Cumberland Country Club. Bell shot a 72 on Wednesday to take a five-shot first-round lead and finished the two-day event with an overall score of 149.
Jim Donahue was second at 155, with Mickey Robinson finishing third at 173.
Winning the net championship by firing a net 64 on Saturday was Ron Klinetob to finish at 134. Winning the Super Senior flight with a two-day score of 155 was Bucky Butts. The net champion with a score of 130 was Denny Knippenberg.
Alco volleyball announces sign-up dates
CUMBERLAND — Allegany High School Varsity Volleyball will be having sign-ups on Aug. 14 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Allegany gymnasium.
The junior varsity sign-ups will be Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Anyone interested must have physicals in hand. Any questions call Anna Stewart at 301-697-6254.
BW girls soccer alumni game Aug. 10
CUMBERLAND — The fourth annual Bishop Walsh Girls Alumni Soccer Game will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10, 12:30 p.m., following the 10 a.m. am boys alumni game at Bishop Walsh School. All past players are invited to participate. Alumni are asked to arrive by noon and wear a white T-shirt. For more details, go to "Bishop Walsh Girls' Alumni Soccer Game 2013" on Facebook.
Mtn. Ridge alumni soccer game Aug. 17
FROSTBURG — The Mountain Ridge boys' soccer team will host all male and female soccer alumni from Westmar, Valley, Bruce, Mount Savage, Beall and Mountain Ridge to attend an alumni game at the Mountain Ridge Miners Stadium Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.
Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and players should bring one black and one red shirt for game play. The public is invited to attend. An after-game event is being planned for alumni, family and friends. For more information, contact Tim Nightengale at 301-697-5287.
Mtn. Ridge golf tryouts Aug. 19-20
FROSTBURG — The Mountain Ridge golf team will hold tryouts on Monday, Aug. 19 and Tuesday, Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m., at Maplehurst Country Club. Any golfer wishing to try out must have a completed physical form and also a signed student participation contract prior to participating. Golfers must come prepared with proper golf attire and equipment.
For information, call Coach Hobel at 301-697-5090 or Coach Raines at 301-707-1451.
Keselowski wins Nationwide race
NEWTON, Iowa — Brad Keselowski took control with 35 laps left to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.
The Sprint Cup driver has won in his last three Nationwide starts, also topping the field at Richmond in April and Kentucky in June.
Points leader Austin Dillon led a race-high 116 laps, but gave up a huge lead following a late caution. Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup driver in the field, took control a few laps later for his second Nationwide win at Iowa.
Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Brian Vickers, Dillon and Kyle Larson.
Keselowski, like every other driver in the field, spent much of the race looking at the back of Dillon’s No. 3 car.
Dillon led all but 43 laps in the first Iowa race back in June, but he finished second to Trevor Bayne.
Dillon again had a dominant car Saturday, taking control a third of the way through the race. This time, a late caution flag changed everything.
Dillon led by as many as 7 seconds — or over a quarter of the 0.875-mile track — before a blown tire by Travis Pastrana drew out the flag and allowed the field to pit with 50 laps left.
Dillon took four tires and fell back to fifth as Bayne took the lead on the restart. But Keselowski, who won the inaugural Nationwide race on Iowa’s oval in 2009, surged to the front and held off a charging Hornish for his third win of the season.
Drew Herring, in the No. 54 car for Joe Gibbs Racing normally driven by Kyle Busch, was the surprise winner of his first career pole.
Busch has won eight Nationwide races in 15 starts in 2013. But like every Sprint Cup regular except for Keselowski, he stayed in Pocono to prepare for Sunday’s race.
Herring, who was joined on the front row by Regan Smith, gave the lead away after just 27 laps. He also spun out on the 55th lap — drawing a caution to end the longest green-flag start of the season.
The flag did Keselowski no favors, as he was flagged for a tire violation during a pit stop and sent to the back for the restart. The No. 22 car also suffered through an overheating issue halfway through the race.
But Keselowski fought through all of that, posting his first career victory in a race where he was called for a pit row violation.
Ryan Gifford was ninth in his first career Nationwide start.
Bayne, who gave the No. 6 Roush-Fenway Racing car its fourth victory in five tries at Iowa in June, finished 10th.