Taylor, Lewis compete at state golf tournament

The Garrett County Republican

COLLEGE PARK — Northern senior Chase Taylor and Southern freshman Hank Lewis both battled valiantly through substandard weather conditions on Tuesday, but the two fell just short of making it to the Day 2 of the Maryland state golf championships.

The state golf tournament began on Tuesday and was held at the University of Maryland in College Park. Though both Taylor and Lewis were both eliminated, they each had strong starts as they were both above the cutoff line at one point during the back nine.

Taylor finished 15-over (86) to tie for 31st. For him, it was the stretch from holes No. 12-18 that were his undoing.

“The conditions were pretty tough out there, and I’m just not used to hitting off Bermuda grass,” said Taylor. “I finished off so bad. I think I finished double, double, bogie, triple, double on the last five holes. It was a mess. I just blew up.

“It was just the small stuff that I was messing up. I just couldn’t hit an iron, really that’s just all there is to it. If I hit a fairway, I wouldn’t hit a green. I was chunking everything. The ground’s wet and it’s Bermuda grass, so I was just deep swinging and catching everything fat.”

The senior had made it to states when he posted a 79 at the west regionals a month ago.

“I’m really glad I got to come here in the first place; it’s awesome,” Taylor said. “The course is really nice.It’s in good shape too besides it being wet today. I’m really glad I got to come here and play, it was fun.”

Lewis finished just behind Taylor by going 16-over (87) and also had a rough time down the stretch as he double bogeyed two of his last five holes.

“I played OK. I could’ve done a lot better,” Lewis said. “Wind, just specifically the swirling of the wind, I didn’t know what club to hit at times. I couldn’t really make a decision.

“It’s a learning experience. I want to improve everything about my game. … It’s an honor to be with seniors (Taylor and Darian Bauer). Darian’s the best in the region, so it’s an honor to be here with them as a freshman.”

Bauer, the senior from Allegany, won the 1A/2A regional title and advanced to Day 2 on Wednesday.

The top 40% of individual male and female competitors advanced to the Day 2 Finals, as well as those who tied with the cutoff score.

Former Southern Standout Up For NCAA Woman Of The Year


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One time Southern High School standout Sarah Stephens, who became an All-American at Frostburg State University, is among the top 30 honorees for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA?Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership.

Stephens, a star dual-sport athlete (volleyball and tennis) for FSU, made the top 30 after the NCAA selected her from among 141 conference nominations. She is one of 10 Division III representatives. The 30 finalists are composed of 10 student-athletes from each NCAA division.

In the next round of selections, nine finalists, three from each division, will be chosen from the top 30 by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and all 30 student-athletes will be honored at an awards dinner on Sunday, Oct. 16, in Indianapolis. The NCAA will announce the three finalists in September prior to the awards dinner.

Stephens graduated from FSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She achieved a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average and was on the FSU dean’s list for eight consecutive semesters. She was also named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American last fall and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society in 2009.

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Three members of the Southern High School wrestling team returned to Garrett County this past weekend with individual state high school wrestling championships under their belts. The center podium was a familiar spot for both Jakob “Bubba” Scheffel, above left, and Lex Ozias, above right, as these were the third consecutive titles earned by each of them in their careers as Southern Rams. Gaining what could be the first of multiple state championships was Ram freshman Coy Ozias, brother of Lex, who is pictured below (click on the photos above to make photo visible) just after winning his title bout. Scheffel and Lex Ozias also now have the distinction of holding the #1 and #2 spots, respectively, for the total number of career wins by any public school wrestler in the history of Maryland.

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Southern High graduate earns degree from Gloucestershine

The Cumberland Times-News Sun Dec 12, 2010, 07:40 AM EST

— OAKLAND — Catherine R. Donaldson, a 2000 graduate of Southern Garrett High School, graduated with merit from the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England.

Donaldson has been studying abroad for more than a year, working toward a graduate degree in critical and creative writing. She received one of only three $5,000 international scholarships provided by the university to help with expenses.

The graduation ceremony was at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse in the Centaur Building on Nov. 30. She will be returning to the United States in January.

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A Midsummer Nights Dream – Southern High School


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The whimsical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, will be presented by the Southern High School drama department next week. The show will be given in the school auditorium on May 20, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Director Erin White said the play is suitable for the entire family.

Pictured in the front row, from left, are cast members Samantha Johnson, Jack Paugh, Mariah Stem, Justin Weeks, Brittany Scott, Hannah Burrell, Marshall Thayer, Justine Delsignore, and Christina McKenzie. Second row, same order: Cory Murphy, Nick Callis, Katie Anderson, Seth Lewis, Sara Estill, Aimee Spiker, Karen Bonser, Cory Stieringer, Aaron Callis, and Brittney Hostutler. Third row: Kelsey Geer, Ellie Lauver, Abby Wildesen, Mikaela Bernard, Jordyn Livengood, Holly Wotring, Brittany McNair, Athena Hardester, Virginia Byrne, Sara King, Brutus Scheffel, Rebecca Reckart, Kristen DeWitt, Kari Hughes, and Emilee Briggs.

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GC Commissioners Hold Staff Mtg.; Health Officer Reviews SHS Incident

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Apr. 29, 2010

The Garrett County commissioners held a staff meeting on Tuesday, hearing reports from leaders of 15 county departments and agencies. Topics reviewed included the Southern High School mercury incident, snow removal statistics, early voting, alcohol sales compliance checks, and wind turbine construction.

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Health officer Rodney Glotfetly reported that cooperation and preparation are playing key roles in the successful handling of the mercury release problem at Southern High School. The incident occurred last Wednesday.

Glotfelty said the Health Department would not have been able to respond to the incident if it had not spent some of its federal emergency preparedness funding to train Craig Umble. The training has enabled the environmental sanitarian to handle situations involving hazardous materials, such as mercury, and other environmental emergencies.

“We had great confidence when it was reported to us that there had been a possible mercury incident out at the school, that we could send Craig out and that he could assess the situation, get the area quarantined as fast as possible, and do whatever else we needed to manage the incident,” Glotfelty said.

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Brutus Scheffel Wins 4th Straight State Championship


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There was no prouder grandfather in the state of Maryland on Saturday than George Scheffel Sr. of Oakland, who is pictured congratulating his grandson George III – also known as Brutus – after the Southern High School senior won his fourth straight Maryland high school wrestling championship, a feat that had been accomplished by only three other wrestlers in the history of the state tournament. The icing on the cake for George Sr. was that Jakob “Bubba” Scheffel, younger brother of Brutus, claimed his second state title, as did teammates Lex Ozias and Davey Stewart. The four individual titles, plus a runner-up win by Ryan Bennett, gave the Rams their second consecutive team state championship.

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