Frederick sports going streaking

27. září 2012 v 8:42
If you're looking for perfection, you'd be hard pressed to find it at a sporting event, where human error always is on display.
Perfect is a word thrown around in Hollywood (cue Remember the Titans) and those remaining under the impression that sports somehow can be immune to fallibility. But sometimes teams or athletes can avoid the inevitability of errors and find a stretch where they are, indeed, perfect.
Here are a few of Frederick County's most impressive active streaks of perfection:
Emma King, Oakdale High School track
Streak: Three state titles, three region titles, three Frederick County titles.
Results for many dominant teams often can be safely penciled in before the game begins. But in Emma King's case, she actually wins the majority of competitions without so much as removing her Oakdale hoodie.
King, a three-time state champion in the pole vault, begins at a height sometimes 2 feet higher than the runner-up's final clearance. In a technical sense, she still is competing against a field. But in a realistic sense, she's on King Island, competing against herself.
"During local meets I really just focus on doing my best and setting [personal records]," she said. "I definitely look forward to competitions when I do have girls who are better than me. It really pushes me."
King also has set at least one record in each of her last two seasons, shattering the Maryland outdoor record this past season and following that with the 2A state meet record en route to her third state crown.
"Now my biggest competition locally is myself," King said. "I'm just hoping to PR and hopefully get more records."
Middletown football
Streak: Seven consecutive playoff berths, four years and one day since last out-of-county regular season loss, seven winning seasons.
It's not uncommon for teams to ease themselves into a regular season with a few "cupcake" games. It may seem like that's what Middletown's has been doing for the last four years with its out-of-county matchups.
But for the past several seasons, essentially any game outside of Frederick County is a cupcake compared to what teams have to go through when they dive into county play. And Middletown has made it seem like that.
The last time the Knights lost a game outside of Frederick, George W. Bush was in office and Oakdale High still was two years from being opened. It hasn't missed out on postseason play since 2004 and it has made back-to-back trips to the state finals.
"I tell you what, it starts from 6 years old to 7 years old or MVAA to be honest with you," said Knights coach Kevin Lynott. "The core of these guys have been playing together since they were 6 or 7 years old and the system we use, we're all the same, we're together, and it pays off. We're fortunate enough that we have a community behind this program and that's the only way you can do it."
Urbana golf
Streak: Three state championships, four county championships, four district championships, 55 matches without a loss.
No golfer on Urbana's team can tell you what losing a high school match feels like. Some might say that's tough to live up to, when opposing teams salivate at the chance to take down the unbeatable Hawks. But not coach Frank Ferrari.
"We don't feel any pressure," he said. "We just treat each year differently."
After losing standouts Chris DiSciullo, James Jaworski, Kyler Rose and Josh Welch to graduation in the spring, it appeared Urbana finally might be mortal. Yet the Hawks only have gotten stronger. With the addition of freshman Teagan Stephenson, the Hawks have gone lower than the 2011 team's best team score (149) twice and tied it once, extending their undefeated streak to 55.
"It's hard to think you gotta fill in those shoes," senior Riley Tyeryar said. "But yeah, we're just as good."
Honorable mention
Graduated wrestlers: Tuscarora's Austin Wenzlaff finished a remarkable high school career with 157 wins after an undefeated 45-0 senior season that ended with a state title. Not a single win came by regular decision.
Middletown's Judd Ziegler also posted an unblemished senior year on the mat, going 46-0 and capping a 155-win career with a state championship. However, as they have both graduated, their streaks no longer are active.

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