Terps' basketball takes a hit with NBA pastures

Melo-TrimbleMelo Trimble.             COURTESY PHOTO

For University of Maryland basketball fans, the news came as a surprise to few when it was announced this week that sophomore guard Melo Trimble and freshman center Diamond Stone would be leaving College Park for greener pastures.

 Both players have decided to enter their names in the upcoming NBA Draft. However, Stone, a projected first round pick according to, plans to hire an agent which will make him ineligible to return to campus next season.


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.


Washington area football legends will get "Funky"

Former Damascus High School standout running back Jake Funk will be among the honorees this weekend at the Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala.

The event, presented by Marriott, will offer a nostalgic evening of tribute, food and fun to honor football legends in our nation’s capital and provide scholarships for minority higher education assistance.


Getting together for a good cause: Clayton Powell

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SILVER SPRING – Sometimes folks come together for a good cause and that was certainly the case Friday night at Dominic’s Italian Grille on New Hampshire Avenue.

 A standing-room only crowd packed into the restaurant to screen a film dedicated to a man that was loved by the community.

“Clayton Powell: The Master of Community Love” is a 45-minute  documentary about an African-American custodian at White Oak Middle School who loved his community so much that he would open the gymnasium to students in order to keep them off the streets.


Sam Jones remains one of the best to ever play


sam-jones-headshotSam Jones. COURTESY PHOTOBesides Hall of Fame center Bill Russell, no other player in NBA history has won more championship rings than Sam Jones.

Russell, who holds the record for the most NBA championships won with 11 titles in 13 years, and Jones were once teammates with the Boston Celtics.


Remembering one of the best local prep athletes

I received a text from someone earlier this week informing me that former Newport Prep basketball star Tony Moore had passed away.

Tony Moore 2Tony Moore. COURTESY PHOTO

Moore – who brought notoriety to the small private school on Newport Mill Road in Kensington back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s – was just 41 years old. He passed away from congestive heart failure according to his cousin, Jamaal Gilchrist.

Moore, who died on Monday in Atlanta, left behind four sons.

During his sophomore campaign at Newport Prep, Moore averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6.7 blocked shots per game. At 6-foot-7, he made a name for himself in D.C. area basketball circles.

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