Sporting View

NBA Draft is highlighted by two local former high school players

Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz. FILE PHOTOThe first round of the 2017 NBA Draft was bookended by a pair of local products – Upper Marlboro’s Markelle Fultz and Silver Spring native Josh Hart.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz, a 2016 DeMatha graduate, with the first overall selection. Fultz, who attended James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, became the first Prince George’s County product to ever be selected No. 1 overall.
“It is with great Prince George’s County pride that I congratulate Upper Marlboro’s very own Markelle Fultz on becoming the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft,” Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin said in a news release. “Markelle’s work ethic and determination are a result of his outstanding character and the wonderful influence of his family, especially his mother, Ebony Fultz, and the community that nurtured him. Markelle overcame being cut from his high school basketball team as a sophomore to become the country’s most sought after college talent. In three and a half years’ time, Markelle went from being a junior varsity high school basketball player to the top pick in the NBA Draft. Markelle, Prince George’s County congratulates you. We celebrate your incredible successes and are excited about the promise of your next great steps in the NBA. May God bless and guide your future, for the best is yet to come.”


Remembering the legacy of Len Bias 31 years after his untimely death

Len BiasLen Bias. COURTESY PHOTOOn June 19, 1986 we were all shocked and saddened by the news that University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias – a Prince George’s County product – had passed away from a drug overdose at age 22.
Just two days earlier, Bias had been selected by the Boston Celtics with the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. He was destined for NBA stardom until tragedy struck on that fateful June morning.
Former Maryland guard Jeff Baxter, who was Bias’s roommate at the time of his death, described the chiseled 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward as a naturally defined physical specimen with no body fat.  “He was a docile person yet extremely aggressive on the court,” Baxter said.
Baxter was awakened by the news that Bias had fainted so he returned to their room to find his friend and teammate on the ground, motionless.


Montgomery County basketball may be overlooked but thrived this season

Montgomery County basketball gets overlooked oftentimes, but I think we made a huge statement with our performances this month in the MPSSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament at Xfinity Center.

Quince Orchard knocked off previously unbeaten Wise, 55-52, in what will likely go down as the biggest win in program history.


The lingering legend of Montgomery’s Eugene Dyson

The legend of Eugene Dyson still lingers on in Montgomery County.

To this day, local folks still talk about the Churchill High School product when the debate shifts to the county’s all-time great student-athletes.

Dyson, a Scotland native who was a multi-sport athlete at Churchill in the 1980’s, had the Midas touch. He participated in football, basketball and baseball at the Potomac public school.

“Eugene was a beast,” recalled Todd Lancaster, a 1980 Rockville graduate. “He had a motor on him.”


Former Good Counsel wrestler looks forward to Iranian competition

Former Good Counsel wrestler Kyle Snyder will be allowed to compete at the 2017 Freestyle World Cup.
Snyder, who last year became the sport’s youngest Olympic gold medalist in history, was granted a visa along with the other members of the U.S. wrestling team.


Former All-Sentinel standout shines in East-West Shrine game


Former Gaithersburg High two-way standout Billy Brown participated in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Brown, who recently finished his collegiate career at Division II Shepherd, was a member of the West squad.


Former All-Sentinel defensive players sign with Colts, Robert Morris

Alex Bazzie, a former All-Sentinel linebacker at Northwood, has signed a reserve/future contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Bazzie announced the deal on January 9 via his Twitter account.

“Extremely Blessed to announce that I’m officially an Indianapolis Colt,” Bazzie tweeted. “Time to put the hard hat on again for this next journey.”


The Avalon-Good Counsel connection plays itself out in National Champions

The Avalon-Good Counsel connection was alive and well on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.


Boy cagers face challenges as hoop season begins

Seneca Valley came within a game of playing for a Maryland 3A state title last season but the Germantown public school has one of the county’s top returning players in senior guard Brandon Simpson.
A four-year varsity performer, Simpson averaged 13 points per game last season in leading the Screaming Eagles to a 3A state semifinal appearance.
Quince Orchard boasts perhaps the county’s top returning backcourt in seniors Johnny Fierstein and Matt Kelly who combined to average nearly 40 points per game last season.