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Chris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTOChris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTO  Gaithersburg native Chris Heck has a busy schedule to say the least.
The Philadelphia 76ers President has the difficult task of running an NBA franchise and following his son’s college basketball team.
Heck, a Villanova graduate, is also the father of Villanova basketball walk-on Peyton Heck.
On Sunday, Villanova advanced to the Final Four for the second time in three years and the 76ers clinched a playoff berth for the first time in six seasons.
This weekend, Heck and his wife Mary Beth plan to fly to San Antonio to watch their son and his teammates compete for another NCAA championship.


Ohio State’s Snyder earns dramatic decision over archrival, wins third straight NCAA title

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Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder’s takedown with 24 seconds left secured his third straight NCAA crown with a 3-2 decision over 285-pound Adam Coon of Michigan last Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

A 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate who is considered by some to be the world’s greatest all-time amateur wrestler, Snyder, won in dramatic fashion for the second time over a two-week span against Coon, who has a record of 29-2 and was the only man to defeat Snyder this season.

Snyder, of Woodbine, reached the finals on a technical fall, a major decision and a pair of decisions to improve to 17-1 on the year, having now won two straight NCAA titles at 285 after being a runner-up as a 197-pound freshman, his 3-1 loss to the 21-year-old Coon on Feb. 11 being his first collegiately since the NCAA finals of that freshman season.

Snyder, whose parents are Steve and Tricia, is a two-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist at 213 pounds who became the first American wrestler ever to return to college after winning his Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“I’ve been blessed, and I’ve got a lot of natural gifts that I’m thankful for. It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of consistency,” said Snyder, during a video interview on


Syracuse connections and a trip to the "Final Four"

The Syracuse University women’s basketball program is headed to the Final Four for the first time in program history.

The Orange will face Washington in Indianapolis this weekend seeking to capture an NCAA title under the direction of Maryland native Quentin Hillsman.

Although Hillsman has deep roots in Prince George’s County, the Forestville High School graduate once coached high school basketball in Montgomery County.


Good Counsel graduate Kyle Snyder of Ohio State wins NCAA title

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IMG 1367Good Counsel graduate & Ohio State sophomore Kyle Snyder's match-winning overtime takedown of two-time defending title winner Nick Gwiazdowski.  PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLE SNYDER

Ohio State sophomore Kyle Snyder’s double-leg takedown 25 seconds into overtime secured an upset 7-5 victory and Saturday’s 285-pound NCAA championship over two-time defending title winner Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 


Cal Ripken league puts local talent in The Show

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baseball in mittSummer is officially here, and with it comes the arrival of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. The CRCBL recently began its eleventh season, and it remains one of the top venues for local community members to catch a glimpse of potential professional stars.


Lexie Brown ends up a two and through Terp

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Basketball through hoopUniversity of Maryland women’s basketball standout Lexie Brown is two and through in College Park.

Maryland head coach Brenda Frese announced on Tuesday that Brown, a rising junior, has been granted a release from her scholarship.

Brown, a 5-foot-9 point guard, averaged 13.3 points per game and was named to the All-Big Ten first team and to the Associated Press All-America third team last season.

Brown, a Georgia native, earned numerous individual accolades and was instrumental in helping lead Maryland to back-to-back Final Four appearances over the past two seasons.

“We appreciate all of Lexie’s contributions these past two years to our program,” said Frese. “With two Final Four appearances, a Big Ten regular season and tournament championship, it’s been an incredible ride. We wish Lexie nothing but happiness and success in her future.”

Brown, the daughter of former NBA player Dee Brown, was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and was expected to make a significant impact next season.

Per NCAA rules, Brown will have to sit out next season but will be eligible to play during the 2016-17 campaign.

“I want to thank Coach Frese, the staff and my teammates for two great seasons at the University of Maryland,” said Brown. “After talking with my family, I thought it was in my best interest to continue my education and pursue playing basketball at a university closer to my home. I truly enjoyed the friendships that I made and the outstanding support of the great Terp fans during my time in College Park.”

Brown’s departure could pave the way for redshirt senior Brene “Bones” Moseley to step in and start in her place. Moseley, a Paint Branch High School graduate, was once a projected starter at Maryland before she was beset by a torn ACL injury early in her college career.


Tarke of Gaithersburg basketball signs with University of Charleston

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basketballhoopsGaithersburg High School boys’ basketball standout Anthony Tarke has made a college decision.

Tarke, who earned All-Sentinel Co-Player of the Year honors during the 2014-15 campaign, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play next season at the University of Charleston.

“He’s a great kid and he has a great family,” said Charleston head coach Dwaine Osborne. “He’s a great fit for Charleston and what we’re about.”

The Golden Eagles operate as an NCAA Division II program in West Virginia.

“I visited them and it was very interesting, it was very fun playing with their guys and they were really friendly, they were really welcoming so it seemed like it was the best fit for me,” said Tarke, who drew interest from several Division I programs. “It didn’t really matter about what division I was going to play at as long as I’m playing. I’m happy to take my talent to the next level.”

One of the area’s top players last season, Tarke, a 6-foot-5 guard, led the county in scoring with a 26.3 points per game average and participated in both the Crab Ball Classic and the Capital Classic preliminary game.

Tarke will join a Golden Eagles program that has compiled a 40-19 record over the past two seasons including a 19-10 mark last season.

Charleston has also amassed 31 championships in program history according to Osborne.

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