Leading for nearly the entire meet, the Perryville boys track and field team found themselves trailing entering the final event to be cored – the triple jump.
Fortunately for the Panthers, they had Brian Matthews.
Matthews, an accidental triple jumper of sorts, leaped 45-5.5 on his final try to win the event and clinch a second straight state title for the Perryville squad.
Teammate Nate Cardinale also came through in the event, placing fifth to help Perryville outscore second place Boonsboro 95.5 to 90.
For the second straight season, the Perryville softball team suffered a one-run loss to Mountain Ridge in the state semifinals. The Lady Miners tallied twice in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and held on for a 4-3 triumph Tuesday, May 21 at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie.
The Panthers (16-5) had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the seventh but could not push across the tying run. Kaitlyn Willis led off with a sharp single to center. Bethany Rinehart was retired on an outstanding play by Mountain Ridge third baseman Amanda Duvall. Duvall made a sprawling grab of a popup a few feet in front of the fence that protects the third base dugout.