Western Tech Wolverines

Western Tech's players celebrate a point during the team's three-game loss to Smithsburg, of Washington County, in the Class 1A state seminfinals. (Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing / November 15, 2011)

Making Friends (Feb. 11)

There was no championship on the line, or anything to play for other than to send its senior star and the delirious "Quaker Crazies" — the moniker for die hard Friends basketball fans — home happy on Senior Night.

And somehow that's exactly what happened with the crowd helping to carry Jon Schmidt off the court during an emotional celebration after a stunning 54-53 victory over Severn.

Schmidt, who scored a game-high 27 points in the finale of a brilliant career, was held aloft by celebrating fans in the mob scene after one of the wildest wins in school history.

"It's the best way you can possibly go out," said Schmidt, who is now playing for Brown University, after scoring 14 points in the riveting final eight minutes. "We never stopped believing."

Neither did the crowd in a jam-packed "Quaker Dome," where FNB — Friday Night Basketball — has become a not-to-be-missed event.

Considering Friends fell behind by 19 points with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, it looked like the night would end like so many other games had in a six-win season.

Thanks to Schmidt's heroics, the Quakers' season ended on an up note.

Miracle moment (May 17)

In a not-to-be-believed sequence, the Gilman lacrosse team scored three goals — while down a man — in 35 seconds to send the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal to overtime in what turned out to be a 7-6 victory over Boys' Latin.

Towson Times Players of the Year Ryan Tucker and Conor Doyle notched the goals for the Greyhounds, who went on to beat Calvert Hall, 13-8, in the final at Towson University.

Tucker, who scored three of the final four goals, rippled the net in overtime to give Gilman its third one-goal triumph of the season over the hard-luck Lakers.

On the tying goal with 27 seconds left in regulation, Tucker was swarmed by BL defenders before somehow getting off a crisp shot.

In OT, with teams finally at even strength, Tucker made a quick move to his right to gain separation from his defender and rifled a rocket into the goal.

Gridiron classic (Nov. 18)

Gilman and Calvert Hall have staged some memorable football games over the last two seasons, and the inaugural MIAA A Conference final was no exception.

The Greyhounds prevailed, 34-32, in double overtime to take back the title the Cardinals had taken from them in 2010.

The game featured a six-play, 69-yard drive directed by Calvert Hall senior quarterback Thomas Stuart that knotted the score, 20-20, with 28 seconds remaining in regulation on an 18-yard pass from Stuart to senior Brandon Neverdon.

In the end, despite two more Stuart touchdown passes, two scores and a two-point conversion by senior running back Cyrus Jones were enough to get Gilman over the hump.

Reds' revenge (May 12)