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Blair graduate joins staff of Terp basketball

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Montgomery Blair High School graduate Kevin Broadus has joined the Maryland men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

Broadus, who spent nine years at Georgetown, brings more than two decades of coaching and recruiting experience to Maryland.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Maryland Basketball family,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Kevin has a strong reputation as a tireless recruiter and is passionate about developing players on and off the court. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a coach, and I am confident his ties to this region will be extremely valuable to our program.”

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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.

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Snyder comes up perfect

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Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder came up with the perfect ending to the Buckeyes’ rout of the University of Maryland at Good Counsel, where the NCAA and world champion Ohio State closed the show in dominant fashion on Sunday. 

Snyder won the early evening’s final match for the 285-pound class by 22-7 technical fall over sophomore Youssif Hemida, improving to 7-0 with five pins on the year as the Buckeyes (8-0 overall, 4-0 league) handled the Terps, 30-12, in a Big Ten Conference match before a sold-out crowd of 1,200.

“(This was a) pretty cool opportunity that not a lot of college athletes get to have, so thank you, guys, very much,” said Snyder, 21, a Woodbine resident, according to the Buckeyes’ athletic department. “I see a lot of faces that I know that I haven't seen in a while. You guys look good. Thank you. I appreciate it.”

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Damascus girls fall to Howard in state volleyball finals, 3-1

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DSC 1443 Kaylen Bernota (5) and Sarah Noland (3) get set as teammate Sara Gruber spikes the ball in the 3A Championship  game vs. Atholton. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

COLLEGE PARK – The Damascus (16-3) varsity volleyball team returned to the 3A state championship game Saturday for the second straight year and, for the second year in a row, the Swarmin’ Hornets hit a wall.

Damascus fans came out in droves to the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland to cheer on a team that had lost only two games all season.

Yet, the Hornets fell to Howard County’s Atholton (20-5) after winning the first set and then dropping three straight: 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 22-25.

With the win, the Raiders earn Howard County’s first state title in any sport in eight years. Before Saturday, Atholton hadn’t won a volleyball championship since 1989.

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Northwest sweeps Sherwood for second state title in two years

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20161119 Northwest-8936The Northwest Jaguars defeated the Sherwood Warriors to earn their second state championship title. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

COLLEGE PARK – The defending state champion Northwest varsity volleyball team earned its second state title Saturday after sweeping Sherwood in three sets at Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland. 

The 19-1 Jaguars’ only loss this season came courtesy of the Warriors (20-4) a month ago after a five-game seesaw game.

Jaguars Head Coach Stephanie Blake said the loss motivated her team in the finals.

“They all said that they wanted Sherwood and I said, ‘You guys have to be ready,’” said Blake. “When we lost to Sherwood, they were heartbroken after that. I told them to remember how heartbroken they were then and they went out and showed it.”

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Green Party nominee Jill Stein rallies at UMD

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COLLEGE PARK – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka told several hundred people at a campaign rally Sunday they had more options than the major party nominees.

 “You are what democracy looks like UMD,” Stein shouted to an audience of several hundred, populated largely by University of Maryland students. “We are in the middle of a mobilization that puts people, peace, and plant over profit.”

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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.”

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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.

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Father of fallen teen donates $1.2 million

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ROCKVILLE – Paul Li said he regrets not understanding his 18-year-old son Calvin Li better before he died last year in a drunken driving crash.

“I wish I understood him better so I could support him better so he didn’t have to behave in such radical ways,” Li said. “That’s my regret. I didn’t understand him.”

Li recently donated $1.2 million dollars to the University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies program, creating the Calvin J. Li Endowed Fellowship in Asian American Studies.

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Remembering the untimely death of basketball icon Lenny Bias

 

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On 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.? 

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