Local players earn honors on the college gridiron

Dwayne Haskins.  FILE PHOTODwayne Haskins.    FILE PHOTOThe University of Maryland’s season opener at FedEx Field is just days away but the spotlight surrounding the circumstances of Jordan McNair’s death has given the football program a black eye.
However, despite all the negative publicity revolving around the program, there is some good news emerging from College Park.
Maryland running back and kick returner Ty Johnson along with wide receiver Taivon Jacobs have been named to various preseason watch lists.
Johnson, a senior from Cumberland, has been named to the 2018 Paul Hornung Award Watch List.


Maryland cuts ties with coach in wake of scandal

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University of Maryland logoIn the fallout from Jordan McNair’s death, the University of Maryland has parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court and placed head coach DJ Durkin on paid administrative leave.

Matt Canada, who was hired by Durkin in January, has been promoted from offensive coordinator to interim head coach.

Court, who was hired by Durkin in 2015, sent a resignation letter on Monday addressed to University of Maryland staff which included Durkin and Maryland athletic director Damon Evans.

“As a coach, it is critical for me to live what I strive to instill in my players, which is to be committed to the welfare of the team and to be a good man on and off of the field,” he wrote. “After thoughtful reflection, prayer and support, I have offered my resignation to the University of Maryland.”

McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman, died on June 13 after being hospitalized following a workout on May 29. The cause of death was ruled as heatstroke.


Jackals Field Hockey helps students prep for high school and college

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Attendees hone their skills during the 2018 MC Jackals High School Prep Camp. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKAttendees hone their skills during the 2018 MC Jackals High School Field Hockey Prep Camp. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  20 years ago, Jenna Ries, a former University of Maryland field hockey player, had an idea for a pre-high school club for the sport she played. Today, that organization is known as Jackals Field Hockey Club.

“When it started 20 years ago, our county did not have a lot of opportunities for traveling high school sports teams,” Ries said. “Now it goes as young as seven or eight years old.”

The Jackals Club, founded by Ries in 2000, is the preeminent field hockey program in Montgomery County. There are girls that will come from different recreation-level teams and try out for Jackals to make the top level training for college. Jackals also train kids at the college level, during their high school training, and when they’re getting set to be college-ready.

“It’s true development to get athletes prepared for college,” Ries said.


Maryland Terps men’s lacrosse team falls to Albany

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Maryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHMaryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — In a matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and the Albany Great Danes, the nation’s top-ranked men’s lacrosse programs, Albany’s Connor Fields proved to be the difference on Saturday at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Fields, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining to lift No. 1 Albany to an 11-10 victory over No. 2 Maryland.

Albany rallied from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to secure the win over Maryland before an announced crowd of 7,475.

“It’s huge for our confidence,” said Fields, who registered four goals and two assists. “I think it says a lot about our team and how we face adversity.”


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.


Wolverines defeat Maryland Football 35-10

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Maryland Terps vs. Michigan WolverinesCOLLEGE PARK – The No. 21-ranked Michigan Wolverines scored 28 unanswered points in the opening half, providing a big enough cushion to defeat the Maryland Terrapins, 38-10, in front of 44,325 at Capital One Field on Nov. 11. For Maryland (4-5), the result is their fifth loss out of their last six games.
Redshirt sophomore walk-on Ryan Brand started as quarterback for Maryland, becoming the team’s fourth starter this season. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager, who started the past six games, was removed after an injury during Maryland’s 31-24 loss at Rutgers on Nov. 4 and was still listed as a game-time decision before kickoff.

Listed at 5-foot-11, 182 pounds, the Detroit, Mich. native struggled early against the second-best defense in the nation, going 7-for-19 for 24 passing yards and throwing an interception in the first half. Maryland only entered Michigan territory once and missed a field goal, staying shutout into halftime.

“There were some drives that we could of and should have finished,” Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin said. “And when you turn over the ball, it’s hard to win those games and we did do that at times and we have to score more points.”


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.”


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.


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.”


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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