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February 28, 2011

UMBC's success might alter girls state hoops tournament

Maryland public schools athletics officials have had to come up with a contingency plan for the girls state basketball tournament at UMBC's RAC Arena in case the UMBC women's basketball team hosts the America East tournament championship.

The America East final would take place at 7 p.m. March 12 -- the scheduled date for the MPSSAA state finals.

The Retrievers won the regular-season conference title, and if they are the highest seed to make it to the tournament championship, they would host the title game. The semifinals are March 6. If the Retrievers host the game, RAC Arena would be closed to the high school tournament March 11 for preparations as well as March 12.

Under the contingency plan, the state semifinals would be held March 9 and 10, with the title games March 14 and 15.

State officials took into consideration the history of playing at UMBC and the desire to keep the tournament at a Division I facility in making their decision.

Here is the contingency plan:
State semifinals
Wednesday, March 9

Class 1A: 3 and 5 p.m.
Class 2A: 7 and 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 10
Class 4A: 3 and 5 p.m.
Class 3A: 7 and 9 p.m.

State finals
Monday, March 14

Class 1A, 5:30 p.m.
Class 3A, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15
Class 2A, 5:30 p.m.
Class 4A, 7:30 p.m.

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Categories: Girls basketball
        

February 25, 2011

D.C. Showcase basketball features area standouts

The Baltimore area will be well represented with 10 seniors participating in the 2011 Elite Showcase Basketball Classic, which features boys and girls North-South all-star games set for Sunday March 20 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Representing the North squad in the boys' game are Nick Faust (City, Maryland), Greg Lewis (St. Frances, Rutgers), Ryan McTavish (South Carroll, Presbyterian), and former Lake Clifton standout Durand Johnson (Brewster Academy, N.H., Pittsburgh), while Greg Whittington (Oakland Mills, undecided) will dress for the South team.

In the girls' game, Achiri Ade (Seton Keough, James Madison) and Ciara Webb (Patterson, Towson) will play for the North with Maggie Morrison (Spalding, Vanderbilt), Shaquila Curtis (Spalding, American) and Melanie Mocniak (St. Mary's, Mount St. Mary's) representing the South.

The ESBC is in partnership with the NBA's Washington Wizards and WNBA's Washington Mystics. Both contests will take place on March 20 following the Wizards' 1 p.m. game against the New Jersey Nets. For tickets to the event, you must purchase a ticket for the Wizards-Nets game.

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Categories: Boys basketball, Girls basketball
        

February 24, 2011

Howard County tries mixed doubles teams

Howard County will add mixed doubles to its lineups for the second half of the tennis season, April 11. The lineup at that time will be two girls singles, two boys singles, two girls doubles, two boys doubles and two mixed doubles — one on the boys side and one on the girls side.

The decision by the county's tennis coaches comes after at least two years of debate.

“We've talked about it for a long time,” Karen Wolfe, regional director and Reservoir tennis coach, said Thursday. “We've been trying to find a way to get more competitive practices before the county, regional and state tournaments, where there are mixed-doubles competitions.”

In the past, Wolfe said, the Howard teams have tried to work mixed-doubles practices into their practice routine late in the season, when time is short and the situation usually hectic, as teams try to make up matches that have been postponed by bad weather.

The situation was a definite disadvantage in postseason play because, said Jean Vanderpool, athletics and activities manager at Centennial, “We're the only county that did not play mixed doubles during the regular season.”

The previous lineup, which Howard's teams will start this season with, had two girls and two boys singles, three boys doubles and three girls doubles teams.

“Some coaches don't want to do this, but we have a lot of new coaches this year and the majority decided to give it a try,” Wolfe said.

At the end of the season, the addition of the two mixed-doubles teams will be re-evaluated. If the majority of the coaches like it, it will be used full-time in 2012.

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One final tough step for Patterson boys hoops

If the top-ranked Patterson boys basketball team gets past No. 5 City in tonight's Baltimore City Division I title game -- set for 7 p.m. at Morgan State University -- the Clippers would have earned the league championship like no other team.

In years past, Division I and Division II were more balanced with the top teams in each going on to play each other for the championship. This year, the league decided to have two championship games with the top two teams in Division I play against each other and the top two teams in the lesser Division II -- Forest Park and Northwestern will play at 5 p.m. at Morgan -- also going after a championship.

So not only did the Clippers (20-1 overall) go a perfect 9-0 playing a tougher league schedule this season, they also have to prove themselves a second time against surging City (14-7, 7-2) -- a team they beat 79-68 on Dec. 21. In that meeting at City, the host Knights enjoyed a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before Patterson All-Metro sophomore guard Aquille Carr took over -- scoring 15 of his game-high 38 points in the key late moments.

Tonight's rematch should be a classic. Carr and the Clippers looking for their first Baltimore City title. The two-time defending Class 2A state champ Knights, who recently defeated Dunbar and Edmondson to seal second place, looking to avenge the regular-season loss. The Knights will look to counter Carr with their own strong guard play led by seniors Nick Faust and Mike Cheatham.

The new format does give Forest Park and Northwestern a valuable experience going into the region playoffs, playing for a championship of their own in front of a big stage.

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Western girls play at Catonsville Friday

The Western-Catonsville girls basketball game in the first round of regional playoffs will be played at Catonsville, not at Western as reported in today's paper.

In what has become an annual regional playoff meeting between the two programs, Catonsville will host the Class 3A North first-round game at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will move on to play the Towson-Milford Mill winner on Tuesday.

No. 8 Western, which won the Baltimore City championship last night, is the defending regional champion and reached the state title game last season.

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Categories: Girls basketball
        

February 22, 2011

Coin flip sends Joppatowne to UCBAC girls final

After losing to Aberdeen two weeks ago, Joppatowne's girls basketball team had pretty much resigned itself to missing out on the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship game.

No. 2 Aberdeen's schedule included one more game than No. 3 Joppatowne's and a victory would give the Eagles the edge in the Chesapeake Division and a berth in the title game against Harford Tech, the Susquehanna Division champ. But Tuesday's snow forced the cancellation of Aberdeen's final game, against Riverdale Baptist, so the season ended in a tie -- through four tie breakers.

A coin flip would have to decide which team advanced to the championship game.

Tuesday morning, Joppatowne won the coin toss and will play Harford Tech Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Edgewood High School.

Because of the snowy weather, UCBAC commissioner Bob Slagle held the coin flip in his house with the blessing of Harford County supervisor of athletics Ken Zorbach, Joppatowne athletic director Michael Harris (also the girls basketball coach) and Aberdeen AD Tim Lindecamp.

Slagle said he asked Zorbach if he needed a witness and Zorbach said Slagle’s wife would be fine.

While several levels of the tie breaker have been needed to determine a division winner in the past, Slagle said there had never been a coin flip. This is the eighth season for the UCBAC, which includes teams from Harford and Cecil counties.

Aberdeen and Joppatowne, who split their regular-season meetings, were tied through the first four UCBAC tiebreakers:
Chesapeake Division record: 11-1
Head to head: 1-1
Record minus holiday tournaments: 18-1
Overall record: 20-1

Missing the game with Riverdale Baptist, The Washington Post’s No. 2 team, now leaves the Eagles without a game until next Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal.

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Categories: Girls basketball
        

Gilman's Poggi wins national positive coaching award

Gilman football coach Biff Poggi has been awarded a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award, a national award honoring coaches who have made positive impacts on their young charges that carries beyond the athletics arena.

Poggi is one of 20 winners announced Tuesday who received $250 and a trophy as well as recognition for a being positive coaching role model. The award, according to a news release, is "named for coaches whose first goal is winning and whose second, more important goal is teaching life lessons through sports."

Poggi was honored for making "Building Men for Others," a program he and former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann founded about 15 years ago before Poggi was the head football coach, part of the Greyhounds' football success. Stressing every day values, the coaches spend time with the players discussing such societal issues as dating, race relations and social injustice.

In guiding the Greyhounds, who finished 7-2 last fall behind Calvert Hall in the MIAA A Conference race, to nine championships in 14 years, Poggi has received his share of accolades but said this award, which he also credits to his assistant coaches, school administration and the parents, is different.

"Of the awards that I have received, I would say this is the ultimate," Poggi said.

"You really do need to know that you have the support of the school to coach this way, because in the sports world today if you put together a series of 5-5 seasons and it comes out that you're not the traditional kind of whipper and driver of the program, you could lose your job. It's really important to know that you could put together a series of those kinds of seasons and you have the support of the school as long as you're teaching the right things."

The assistant coaches have to be partners in teaching those lessons, he said, because they do much of the direct work on the field with the players and the parents have to support a coaching philosophy that stresses that there's more to athletics than winning. Poggi said he's been fortunate to have great success at Gilman, which makes it easier for everyone to buy into his philosophy.

Too many times winning at all cost is stressed over values that used to be taught every day along with how to make a tackle or throw a spiral, Poggi said.

"It’s just absolutely out of control and nobody is teaching the things that used to be taught almost every day in every program 50 years ago: respect for your opponent, competition’s really with yourself not with other people. These things that [former UCLA men's basketball coach] John Wooden taught -- how to respect all people, how to treat people, how to carry yourself, what does integrity look like, telling the truth and, for boys, how do you treat a young girl when you go on a date with her. These are things that kids need to talk about. Racism. Social injustice. These are things we spend a lot of time talking about and these things used to be incorporated into the co-curricular nature of athletics and now they're not.

"I think it shows up in our society. To me, atheltics is the greatest thing if it’s done right. It’s also one of the biggest evils if it’s done wrong."

Poggi and the 19 other winners were chosen from among 50 finalists from across the country.

"Biff wins on the scoreboard and more importantly, he wins by creating a positive character-building sports experience for youth athletes," Jim Thompson, PCA's founder and executive director said in a news release. "Ultimately, the youth athletes Biff coaches are the real winners, and as those athletes become tomorrow's leaders, our society wins as a whole."

Southern cross country coach Douglas Ellmore was also nominated for the award sponsored by the PCA and Liberty Mutual.

The Positive Coaching Alliance is a non-profit organization based at Stanford University in California, which aims “to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience,” according to its web site.

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 1:38 PM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Football
        

Boys basketball City championship games set for Thursday, Morgan

Tuesday's postponed Baltimore City boys basketball championship games have been rescheduled for Thursday at Morgan State University.

The Division II game between Forest Park and Northwestern will take place at 5 p.m., followed by the Division I game featuring No. 1 Patterson vs No. 5 City at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door -- $8 for adults and $5 for students with student ID's.

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Another snowfall postpones prep events

Monday night's snowfall closed schools Tuesday in all the area's public schools, forcing the postponement of several championships event and the cancellation of at least one regular-season game.

The state Class 3A and 4A indoor track championships, scheduled for this afternoon, have been postponed until Wedensday at 4 p.m. at the Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex.

The Baltimore City boys basketball championship games have been rescheduled for Thursday at Morgan State University. The Division II game between Forest Park and Northwestern will take place at 5 p.m., followed by the Division I game featuring No. 1 Patterson vs No. 5 City at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door -- $8 for adults and $5 for students with student ID's.

The District V girls basketbal title gamep between Howard County champ and No.9 Glenelg and Anne Arundel County champ and No. 11 Meade will now be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Arundel.

The MIAA B Conference boys basketball final between Glenelg Country and Annapolis Area Christian has been postponed until Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Gilman. The C Confernce final between Beth Tfiloh and Chapelgate. will also be played Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Gilman

Aberdeen's girls basketball game with Riverdale Baptist has been canceled forcing the No. 2 Eagles into a coin flip with No. 3 Joppatowne for a berth in Wednesday nigh'ts UCBAC championship. Joppatowne won the coin flip ths morning and will play Harford Tech at 7 p.m. at Edgewood for the title.

Check back later for other postponements and makeup dates.

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February 21, 2011

Contingency plans for track championships

If bad weather forces postponement of Tuesday's indoor track state title meet for Class 3A and 4A, the MPSSAA will try to make it up on Wednesday, according to MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks.

The Class 1A and 2A meets were held Monday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, but the impending storm could wipe out Tuesday's scheduled meet for the other two classes. Sparks said that they'd shoot for running the meet Wednesday.

If that doesn't happen, Sparks said that Thursday is the next option.

-- Jeff Seidel

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Categories: Track and field
        

February 20, 2011

Regional basketball matchups set

The brackets for the boys and girls regional basketball playoffs were set Sunday morning at the annual draw at Long Reach High. The top four teams in each bracket were seeded with the rest decided by blind draw.

Regional playoff games begin Friday and Saturday. The regional champions advance to the state semifinals March 10 and 11 with the title games March 12 at Comcast Center for the boys and UMBC's RAC Arena for the girls.

Click here to check out the brackets.

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February 19, 2011

Baltimore City boys, girls hoops finals set

The Baltimore City basketball championship matchups are set. Here is the schedule with the boys games on Tuesday at Morgan State and the girls on Wednesday at Baltimore City Community College.

Boys
Division II
Northwestern vs. Forest Park, 5
Division I
Patterson vs. City, 7

Girls
Division II
Southside vs. Southwestern, 5
Division I
Poly vs. Western, 7


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Western wins tiebreaker, to face Poly for city girls title

Two weeks ago, Western's girls basketball team clung to only an outside possibility that it would make it to the Baltimore City Division I girls basketball championship. With Dunbar unbeaten in the division and Poly and City having one loss each, the Doves' two losses appeared enough to shut them out.

How things have changed.

After finishing in a three-way tie for second place with Dunbar and City, the No. 8 Doves won the tie breaker and will play No. 7 Poly for the Division I championship Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College.

First, the Doves helped themselves with a 74-66 overtime win over 10 Dunbar on Feb. 8. Then, they had to wait for a little help. Digital Harbor provided the assistance, knocking off Dunbar Friday night, 52-48, to drop the Poets to 7-2 in the division, the same record as Western's.

Friday night at No. 11 City, Poly sealed its berth in the title game with a 40-35 win that gave the Engineers an 8-1 division record. City fell to 7-2.

Western, Dunbar and City were each 1-1 against the other two, so it game down to winning percentage vs. Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association opponents.

Western, with only two losses to to MPSSAA teams had the best winning percentage, edging Dunbar which had three losses. City, last year's city champion, was a distant third with all eight of its losses to MPSSAA opponents.

Western won four straight city championships from 2006 to 2009, but did not make it to the title game last year. Wednesday night's game will be a rematch of the Jan. 14 game won by Poly 50-42.

"The kids clearly want revenge," Western coach Tiffany Silver said. "That was our Homecoming night, so to lose at homecoming to them doesn't feel very good, but we figure we'll see them again in the regionals too."

Poly will be looking for its first championship since 1996.

This is the first time the city league has been split into a strong division and a weaker division, putting all the powerhouses -- Poly, Western, City, Digital Harbor, Dunbar -- in the same division so they all play each other during the regular season and the top two play off for the title. In years past, the top two teams in each division played for the city title, but many times, all of the top contenders were in one division, resulting in a lopside city championship game.

"This is what we've been wanting for the last five years, to make it more competitive so you don't have one team on one side that doesnt' have to win any big games to make it to the city championship," Silver said. "Last year the game was competitive with Digital and City, but prior to that, we won every city championship by 30-40 points, so I definitely love the way they did it this year."

In the Division II title game, Southside will face Southwestern at 5 p.m. Wednesday at BCCC.

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Categories: Girls basketball
        

February 17, 2011

MIAA basketball finals set

Here are the matchups for the MIAA basketball finals:

Sunday, February 20 - 2pm @ UMBC
"A" Conference Championship - John Carroll vs St Frances Academy

Tuesday, February 22 - 5pm @ Gilman
"C" Conference Championship - Chapelgate CA vs Beth Tfiloh

Tuesday, February 22 - 7pm @ Gilman
"B" Conference Championhsip - Glenelg CS vs Annapolis Area CS

Posted by Baltimore Sun sports at 11:36 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Boys basketball
        

IAAM basketball semifinals set for tonight

Here are the matchups for tonight's IAAM basketball semifinals:

A Conference
St. Vincent Pallotti at Archbishop Spalding, 5:30
Seton Keough at McDonogh, 7

B Conference
Norre Dame Prep at Mt. de Sales, 5:30
St. Mary’s at John Carroll, 5:30

C Conference
Friends at St. John’s-CP, 5:30
St. Timothy’s at Catholic, 5:30

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 10:46 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Girls basketball
        

February 16, 2011

Loch Raven to start Athletics Hall of Fame

Loch Raven athletic director Mike McEwan announced Wednesday the school will form an Athletics Hall of Fame with its inaugural class scheduled to be inducted this spring.

McEwan is looking for nominees for the Hall of Fame's first class. Anyone may nominate an athlete or a coach. Each nominee must have completed two full varsity seasons and have been graduated or retired for at least five years.

To nominate someone, go to the Loch Raven athletics web page and select the nomination form under "Contents" in the box on the right. You can also email McEwan at mmcewan@bcps.org.

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February 11, 2011

Owings Mills' perfection will be challenged at Dual Championships

The wrestling community should learn something about the strength of several local teams Saturday at the the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's state dual meet championships at Linganore High School in Ijamsville.

Owings MIlls, the fifth-ranked team, and the No. 2 seed in the 2A/1A Duals finals, is 22-0 and the only undefeated public school left in the competition. The only other undefeated team among The Sun's Top 15 is No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, which has completed its dual meet season in the MIAA with a 32-0 record.

At the MPSSAA duals, Owings Mills will first face Winters Mill, which has lost only once in 14 matches, in the semifinals that begin at 2 p.m., while No. 1-seed Glenelg, ranked No. 3 in The Sun poll with a 27-2 record, will face Rising Sun (15-5), which advanced on tie breakers after wrestling No. 13 Bel Air to a 38-38 tie at the East Regional.

No matter who wins in the opening round, the final promises a superb showdown at 5 p.m.

The 4A/3A semifinal will begin at noon, featuring teams from No. 1-seed Stephen Decatur, No. 2-seed Blake, No. 3 LaPlata and No. 4 Urbana.

The championship matches for both classes will be held at 5 p.m. on two mats.

Tickets are $6 per session for persons 7 years or older. There will be two sessions, the semifinals, after which the gym will be cleared and the finals.

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February 9, 2011

Damascus teen sets national and state powerlifting records

Connor Dantzler, a 16-year-old Damascus High student, was the youngest athlete to win multiple gold medals at this past week's 2011 Collegiate Powerlifting National Championships, at Furman University in Greenville, SC.

In the process, Dantzler set national and state records in the strict power curl -- curling 100 pounds -- and also set a Maryland-state record in the deadlift at 275 pounds.

While exciting in itself, it is somewhat common for Dantzler, who is a six-time U.S. junior national champion, and has used those skills to win three U.S. national championships in jujitsu as a walk-on competitor. He had never had a lesson in jujitsu or karate.

According to his dad, Mark Dantzler, a national coach who has trained junior national champions for 25 years and is an elementary school teacher, Connor has traveled to half a dozen countries for elite judo competitions and training. He is an international gold medalist and four-time judo All-America honoree.

Last July he won two gold medals at the 2010 National Junior Olympic Games in Richmond and was awarded the Joel Ferrell Memorial Award, the Games' highest honor, based on community service, grade-point average, and contributions to the sport.

His 2010 performance placed him in the top-three nationally for the 11th consecutive year. He is the author of several nationally published articles on the benefits of sports and fitness for youth and has been honored by the President's council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and with the National Community Leadership Award for his volunteerism with young judo athletes.

This all comes from his dad, because when you talk to Connor Dantzler, you talk to someone who "doesn't often speak freely of his accomplishments." Or of his dreams, either.

He does say he discovered powerlifting by accident one night when he was 10 and he and his dad were looking for another judo national event.

He expands on that in an article he had published when he was 14, writing, "I was ten at the time, and already a competitive junior in the martial arts. Somehow, a web page with information about powerlifting events popped onto the screen. We casually studied it for a moment, and learned that the sport included meets for kids as well as adults. I was familiar with lifting, because I had used light free weights as a part of my strength training for judo. My dad and I traded grins, as if to say, 'Wouldn't it be fun to try that?'"

And he says now that it is "fun." But ask him about his goals, and, though in that same article he wrote, "I'm always up for breaking records; it just depends on what kind of mood the weights are in!" he says goals and records aren't really what the sport is about for him.

"I don't really set goals," he said. "I just go in wanting to improve my performance at every meet."

He said he has been doing judo since he was "really little," but leaves it to a later conversation with his dad to pin down just how little (age two), when he won his first tournament (age five) and what his deadlift record is (275 pounds).

"He is very humble," Mark Dantzler said. "Teachers and friends are amazed when they learn about some of the things he's done."

Connor Dantzler carries a 3.89 unweighted and a 4.58 weighted grade-point average. His dad said his son has "long wanted to be a doctor and he doesn't pretend to be an Olympian.

"When we travel to a competition, we have a realistic goal for him to have a 'personal best' day. Whether that means lifting a new amount or throwing an opponent, it's been a lifetime of great experiences," said the elder Dantzler.

Together, with Mark as the head coach, and Connor, the assistant, the Dantzler's run the Maryland Judo Team in Montgomery County.

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Boys hoops doubleheader set for Friday at Coppin

Four of the top boys basketball teams in Baltimore City will be showcased Friday at Coppin State, highlighted by No. 1 Patterson taking on defending league champion and No. 4 Edmondson at 7 p.m. At 5 p.m. defending Class 1A state champ and No. 5 Dunbar meets two-time defending 2A champ and No. 9 City. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

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February 8, 2011

Tennis lineup changes could be coming to Howard County schools

Rumors have been circulating about changes supposedly coming to high school tennis in Howard County. To set the record straight, The Sun contacted the coordinator of the athletics office to find out whether competitive lineups are going to be changed this season. We were directed to Jean Vanderpool, athletics and activities manager at Centennial High, who handles all things tennis.

Vanderpool said no changes have been made -- yet. But that they will be considered at a meeting Feb. 23.

And what are the changes that are being considered?

Instead of two boys and two girls singles and three boys and three girls doubles matches, there would be two boys and two girls singles matches, two boys and two girls doubles matches, and two mixed doubles matches.

That means the boys would have five matches and the girls would have five matches, making sure there would be no ties in the final team scores. It also means the same number of girls and boys would play in a match -- eight girls and eight boys.

The reason for considering the changes, said Vanderpool, "is because tennis plays mixed in the county, region and state tournaments. Other counties already play mixed during the season. We are the only county that does not."

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Annapolis' Sonnefeld Foundation to award at least one $2,500 golf scholarship

Sometimes when you hear about a contest and never see who the winners are, you wonder if the prize was ever awarded.

Fortunately, the George E. Sonnefeld Foundation's award of "at least one" scholarship to a senior high school golfer is not some promotion from an unknown entity from whom you never hear again.

The Annapolis-based foundation really does give out scholarships, $2,500 to a deserving college-bound high school senior or two, who play golf, have established handicaps and live in the greater Baltimore area.

The scholarship, which is paid directly to the recipient's college, has been given each of the last six years and will be again this spring.

Students who wish to receive applications should contact their athletic directors, golf coaches, golf course professional, guidance counselor or foundation treasurer Susan DeLonardo at 410-841-5670 or dilonardo2@aol.com

The deadline for submission is March 15.

Below is a list of past winners, their High Schools and the Colleges they attend(ed):

2005 - Marlowe Boukis - Dulaney - Princeton
2005 - Mitchell VanZandt - Severna Park - Pennsylvania

2006 - Eric Hoff - Hereford - Maryland
2006 - Rachel Cook - St. Paul's School for Girls - Wake Forest

2007 - Sydnee Chavis - Franklin - Maryland

2008 - Eric Robinson - Severna Park - College of William and Mary
2008 - Gabriella Biondo - Carver Center for Arts & Tech - Yale
2008 - Michael Lovaas - Chapelgate Christian Academy - Maryland

2009 - Carolyn Chandler - Dulaney - Highpoint
2009 - Adam Chaput - Severna Park - Villanova

2010 - Brian Petrosky - Archbishop Spalding - Virginia Tech
2010 - Sam Oshrine - Pikesville - Maryland
2010 - Nick Dilli - Loyola - Clemson

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One constant in the MIAA/BCL: John Carroll

Going into this boys basketball season, anybody familiar with the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League was well aware John Carroll would strongly be in the running. But did anybody believe the No. 2 Patriots (26-1) would run away with both leagues?

While the Patriots wrapped up the regular season titles last week in both leagues -- they go into tonight's game against Calvert Hall with 10-0 marks in both -- the rest of the teams were struggling to find consistency.

On Wednesday, No. 8 McDonogh beat No. 10 Mount St. Joseph 72-63. On Thursday, John carroll handled No. 7 St. Frances a second time this season, 88-74. On Friday, Calvert Hall knocks off Mount St. Joe a second time, 47-46, while John Carroll nips McDonogh, 65-63 in overtime for its toughest area test. On Sunday, Mount St. Joe upsets St. Frances, 59-51, while Archbishop Spalding upsets McDonogh, 61-59.

For the Patriots, poised guard play from the senior backcourt of Malcolm McMillan and Ronald Scott; the versatility of guard/forward Jarred Jones; and a talented roster understanding their roles has set them apart with one week left in the regular season for opposing teams to try to find an answer. Here's a look at both leagues' standings.

IAA A Conference
1. John Carroll (26-1) 10-0
2. McDonogh(16-8) 7-4
3. St. Frances (13-5) 6-4
4. Mount St. Joseph (19-8) 5-5
5. Calvert Hall (13-13) 5-5
6. Arch. Spalding (11-14) 2-8
7. Loyola (8-15) 1-10

BCL
1. John Carroll 10-0
2. St. Frances 7-3
3. Calvert Hall 7-3
4. Mount St. Joseph 6-4
5. Arch. Spalding 3-7
6. Loyola 2-8
7. St. Maria Goretti (7-15) 0-10

-- Glenn Graham

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February 4, 2011

Aquille Carr surpasses 1,000-point mark

Patterson sophomore guard Aquille Carr, a first-team All-Metro selection last year as a freshman, surpassed 1,000 points Thursday night with a 28-point performance in the No. 1 Clippers' 86-49 win over Carver. Carr is averaging 32 points, five assists and just under four steals per game in leading Patterson to a 16-1 mark.

Posted by Glenn Graham at 11:41 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Boys basketball
        

February 2, 2011

Gilman's Jennings gets laugh over blog rumors

While mulling where to play college football, Virginia-bound Darius Jennings didn't pay much attention to the blogosphere. Still, he did hear a few of the stranger rumors.

"It's crazy. There was a rumor that both of my parents graduated from Virginia," said the Gilman quarterback. "Neither of my parents went to Virginia at all. It was kind of funny and fun for me just to hear what they were saying.

"I heard Ohio State, Wake Forest. I heard I was going to do a surprise thing and commit to Miami. I've heard lots of stuff. I'm just glad it's all cleared up," he said after signing his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning.

By the time he signed that letter, he had a swarm of text messages waiting for him.

"It's ridiculous. I had my phone off and then I turned it on and I probably had at least 20 text messages."

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 3:02 PM | | Comments (0)
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No. 2 John Carroll, No. 4 St. Frances set for Thursday

John Carroll-St. Frances boys hoops now set for Thursday
The John Carroll at St. Frances boys basketball showdown -- which was postponed Tuesday due to the inclement weather -- has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Frances.

No. 2 John Carroll (24-1) is the front-runner in the Baltimore Catholic League (9-0) and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Assocation A Conference (8-0), while the No. 4 Panthers are 7-1 in the BCL and 6-2 in the MIAA. In the teams' first meeting on Jan. 7, John Carroll came away with a 63-54 win over then-No. 1 St. Frances in Bel Air.

-- Glenn Graham

Posted by Chris Korman at 10:27 AM | | Comments (0)
        

February 1, 2011

City league basketball doubleheader rescheduled

The previously postponed Baltimore City league boys basketball doubleheader — Digital Harbor vs. No. 10 Lake Clifton and No. 1 Patterson vs. No. 3 Dunbar — will take place Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Morgan State University.

The Digital Harbor-Lake Clifton game will take place at 5 p.m., followed by Patterson-Dunbar at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The schedule for Wednesday's games are dependent on the weather. Check back tomorrow for details.

Posted by Glenn Graham at 3:25 PM | | Comments (0)
        

Four locals named to national U19 women's lax team

Notre Dame Prep's Covie Stanwick, McDonogh's Jen Cook, C. Milton Wright's Alyssa Blevins and Winters Mill's Erin McMunn were named to the final United States Under-19 women's lacrosse team that will compete for the World Championship this summer in Germany.

Coaches whittled the team from 24 to 18 players after games last weekend in Florida. Coach Krystin Porcella, also the coach at John Carroll, said it came down to the wire for every girl on the team.

Stanwick, an All-Metro attacker, is the fourth member of her family to be named to a U.S. national team. Her oldest sister Sheehan played on the U.S. elite national team, while Coco Stanwick captained the gold-medal winning Under-19 team in 2003. Both women were All-Metro attackers at Notre Dame Prep and played at Georgetown. Brother Steele, a Virginia junior and The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year as a junior, was named to the Under-19 men's team in 2008 but was injured and unable to play.

The team includes six players from Maryland with Good Counsel's Caileigh Sindall and Brigid Smith also making the cut. New York also has six players.

The United States women's Under-19 team has won the last three world championships and has won all 20 games since falling to Australia in the 1995 final.

The team will play in the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament May 28 and 29 at Stony Brook and will defend its title at the Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship Aug. 3 to 14 in Hannover, Germany.

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 2:55 PM | | Comments (0)
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Calvert Hall's Yarborough picks Shepherd

Calvert Hall lineman Dan Yarborough, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year, will sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to attend Shepherd University, which has one of the top Division II football teams in the country.

Yarborough said the choice came down to pair of Division II schools: Bowie State and Shepherd in West Virginia.

"It came down to my future," he said. "They had all the majors I wanted and you can't argue with their success. They were the No. 7 team in the country last year with mostly underclassmen."

Last fall, the 5-foot-10, 300-pounder played a critical role in the Cardinals winning the MIAA A Conference championship and finishing with the No. 1 ranking. He was the cornerstone of a defense that gave up just 10.4 points per game and held six opponents to seven points or fewer.

One of his best games was the 26-21 victory over No. 2 Gilman in early October — a game the Cardinals trailed 21-7 early in the fourth quarter and that ultimately decided the A Conference title. Yarborough played the pivotal role in the second-half turnaround. He finished with 92 tackles (43 solo), three sacks and a forced fumble.

Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said he felt Shepherd was a good fit for Yarborough, adding that he had drawn a lot of interest from Howard before its coaching staff was fired. Davis felt Yarborough was under-recruited because he wasn't tall enough for major college recruiters.

"I just think [college] guys place too much sometimes on the measurables," Davis said. "I try to explain to some of those guys that I watched this kid push around major 1A players. Don't tell me he would struggle with major 1A players. I just watched him handle guys that are going to be playing major 1A football in a year or two years and he handled himself quite well. He has leverage. When I look at [the Ravens'] Kelly Gregg and [the Steelers'] Casey Hampton, I don't get it."

Yarborough, who plans to major in sports marketing and would like to coach defensive linemen in the NFL someday, is happy with his choice and happy to get the pressure over with. He said he likes the family atmosphere at Shepherd.

He also said he expects to have the chance to compete for a starting spot in the lineup.

"It's a place where I can just come in and work really hard and have success early," he said. "I believe I can play right away, but it's going to take a lot of hard work."

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 12:06 PM | | Comments (1)
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Patterson's Carr set to reach milestone ... in a hurry

As quick as he is getting to the basket, Patterson sophomore guard Aquille Carr is taking a fast track to the 1,000-point plateau.

Already with 935 points in 1 1/2 seasons, Carr should surpass 1,000 points this week. About the only thing that may stop him is possible inclement weather. The No. 1 Clippers (13-1) are set to host Poly today at 5:15 p.m., will take on No. 6 Dunbar at Morgan State tomorrow night at 7, and conclude their week on Thursday with a visit from Carver at 5:15.

Should Carr continue his season's average of 32.2 points per game, he will become one of the quickest to reach 1,000 career points ever in the Baltimore area.

In earning first-team All-Metro honors last year as a freshman, Carr averaged 25-plus points per game.

Posted by Glenn Graham at 10:41 AM | | Comments (0)
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Gilman, Southern coaches nominated for positive coaching awards

Gilman football coach Biff Poggi and Southern cross country coach Douglas Ellmore are among 50 nominees for the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Awards.

Coaches from 43 states were nominated to be one of 20 winners announced later this month. Winners will receive $250 and recognition as positive coaching role models.

The Positive Coaching Alliance is a non-profit organization based at Stanford University in California, which aims “to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience,” according to its web site.

Poggi and Ellmore are among five nominees from Maryland. Also nominated: Jack McGuiness, basketball coach at Little Flower School in Bethesda, Josh Menditch, Calverton Patriots soccer coach, and Kerry Uyak, Damascus Soccer Club coach.

For more information or to post a comment about one of these coaches, go to the Positive Coaching Alliance website.

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 9:31 AM | | Comments (0)
        

Icy weather postpones more prep games

Here we go again with frozen precipitation closing some area schools and postponing more high school sporting events.

Schools in Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties as well as some private and parochial schools were closed Tuesday, forcing postponement of many games and meets for the fourth time in five school days.

Baltimore City and Anne Arundel and Howard county schools opened two hours late, so games will be played within those jurisdictions unless the weather takes a turn for the worse this afternoon.

Some private and parochial schools also opened late, so their game will go on. Check with the schools to find out if they will play today.

To see which schools are closed, check The Baltimore Sun's school-closing database.

Posted by Katherine Dunn at 7:32 AM | | Comments (0)
        
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