Kevin Snyder continues brother Kyle’s wrestling legacy, elevating sport in Maryland

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Ohio State’s Kevin Snyder had just fallen short of an 8-1 decision to Maryland’s 285-pound junior Youssif Hemida, whose triumph prevented his Terps from being shutout in last Friday’s 45-3 Big Ten Conference loss to the Buckeyes at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center College Park.

Snyder’s setback came against a wrestler who, a year earlier, was dominated by older brother Kyle Snyder, a world-renowned senior who has twice won world championships, an Olympic gold medal and two straight NCAA titles after being a runner-up as a freshman. 

But neither those accomplishments nor the loss were of consequence to Kevin Snyder in the immediate aftermath. All that mattered to the redshirt freshman were the several surrounding navel- and chest-high boys who encircled him for selfies and autographs.


WNBA draft claims several local players

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A pair of University of Maryland products were selected in the top 10 of last week’s WNBA Draft in New York City.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was selected sixth overall by the Washington Mystics and Brionna Jones was the eighth overall pick by the Connecticut Sun.

Walker-Kimbrough will join former Terrapins Tianna Hawkins and Kristi Toliver in Washington while Jones is set to join former Terps Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas on the Connecticut roster.

Their selection marks the third time in program history two Terrapins have been drafted in the top 10. Maryland head coach Brenda Frese has coached 13 WNBA draft picks during her tenure, including eight in the top 10.


Mencarini becomes a Turtle!

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Former Quince Orchard coach takes position on Terrapin football staff

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Former Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini has joined DJ Durkin’s staff at the University of Maryland.

Mencarini, a Rockville High School graduate, has been named a Senior Recruiting Analyst for the Terrapins football program.

“Dave has a great deal of passion and love for the University of Maryland,” said Durkin. “He brings great energy, and we're thrilled to have him on our staff." 


Funk scores touchdown in Terps' win against Howard


Jake Funk photoFormer Damascus running back Jake Funk scores his first career touchdown at the University of Maryland on Saturday.   PHOTO BY CANDACE ROJO KEYES  

COLLEGE PARK – You can’t fight the Funk.

Maryland freshman running back Jake Funk scored his first collegiate touchdown Saturday in the Terps’ 52-13 dismantling of Howard in the season opener at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

The 2015 All-Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year from Damascus helped first-year Maryland head coach DJ Durkin capture his career victory.

“(It’s a) great day for our program,” said Durkin. “A great win for us, a great way to start.”


Giving back...

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Juan Dixon returns to Maryland and helps others reach for their dreams


BOYDS – Juan Dixon enjoyed a memorable basketball career at the University of Maryland, where he guided the Terrapins to their first and only NCAA championship in 2002.

The men’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer recently reflected on his experience playing four years at Maryland.

“It was a great experience,” Dixon recalled earlier this month during his basketball camp at the Discovery Sports Center.


Lady Terps back to final four

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david photo - lady terps basketballThe Maryland women’s basketball team is headed back to the Final Four for the second year in a row.

Monday’s 58-48 victory over Tennessee helped the Terrapins secure the program’s second straight trip to the Final Four.


New Cole Field House project begins

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terps logoCOLLEGE PARK – Cole Field House will be undergoing a facelift.

The University of Maryland has unveiled plans to renovate and expand the facility to include the Terrapin Performance Center, the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance and the future home of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Terps grant guarantees

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terps logoThe University of Maryland last week announced it will be one of the first NCAA Division I institutions to offer a lifetime degree guarantee for student-athletes in all sports.

The school also announced it will incorporate the promise of exhausted eligibility aid into financial aid agreements.


Terps open up season against JMU

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terps logoMaryland opens the 2014 campaign at home this weekend against James Madison.

Unlike past years, however, the Terrapins will be competing as a member of the Big Ten Conference instead of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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