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Former Avalon standout joins the pipeline to play at Shepherd University

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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. – Avalon graduate Michael Blackman-Gladney made his collegiate debut Saturday in Shepherd University’s annual spring football game at Ram Stadium.

Shepherd, a Division II powerhouse, has built a pipeline from Montgomery County to the small West Virginia school over the years.

Blackman-Gladney, a former Montgomery Village Sports Association youth league standout, redshirted last fall but is expected to make a contribution on the gridiron during the 2017 campaign.

“It’s definitely a blessing to be out there with the older guys,” said Blackman-Gladney, who is projected to be the team’s starting strong safety this year.

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UMD soccer women fall

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20150828 UMD vs UVA 12Fifteenth-ranked West Virginia (2-1) dominated the game from the start. Maryland (2-1) was held on their side of the field playing defense nearly the entire first half of the game.  Keeper Rachelle Beanlands was busy defending the net. WVU put 16 shots on goal and took 3 corner kicks compared to UMD’ 2 shots and no corner kicks.  

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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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