Local stars find success in NFL Draft, this week in college sports

WillSniderBALTIMORE – Some local high school products will be moving on to play in the NFL. University of Wisconsin cornerback and former Suitland High School standout, Nick Nelson, was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round (110th overall).

Former Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School star Marcus Allen also got the call in the fifth round. The Penn State University safety got picked in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 148th overall.

Also in the fifth round, a DeMatha alum, Ja’Whaun Bentley. The Purdue linebacker went to the Patriots at 143rd overall.

Bowie State Softball

The Bowie State University softball program said farewell to seniors Ja’Seph Smith, Jacqueline Pickering, Lindsey Fenner and Nicoleen Ochoa on April 28.    

The team honored them in a pre-game ceremony and then went on to defeat Virginia Union University 9-3 in the last regular-season game for each squad.    

Tiffany Barnes led the offense for the Lady Bulldogs (13-17) with four RBI. Ochoa and Morgana Johnson both had two hits. However, it was Ochoa’s home run in the fifth that helped turn the game around.

Her solo shot to right-center tied the game. Later in the inning, Bearns belted her two-run homer that gave the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead.    

Bowie State added four runs in the sixth to turn the game into a rout and take a 9-3 lead.    

The Bulldogs were scheduled to start the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship tournament this past Monday as the No. 4 seed in the North Division. They were to play Saint Augustine’s University – the South’s top seed. Saint Augustine’s beat Bowie State 5-4 in their only regular-season game.

UMD men’s lax edges JHU

Will Snider sent the game into overtime and then won it in the third extra period, giving No. 3 Maryland a stunning 8-7 victory over No. 7 Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on April 28.

Snider scored the tying goal with 2:26 left in the fourth quarter. That pushed it in extra time, and he got the game-winner with 3:11 left in triple overtime.

This was the first time Maryland and Johns Hopkins University have ever played in triple overtime in the 116 games between the two schools. The Terps also locked up a fourth-straight Big Ten regular-season title.

They have also beaten the Blue Jays four straight times and will be the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament this weekend at the University of Michigan.

Senior goalie Dan Morris had a big day, making 13 saves and tying a season high. Logan Wisnauskas topped the Terps with four points thanks to three goals and one assist.

UMD women’s lax

Jen Giles tied a career high by scoring four goals and teammate Megan Whittle did the same as the No. 3 Maryland women clinched the Big Ten regular-season championship with a 20-16 victory over No. 7 Northwestern University on April 26. Maryland finished the regular season at 16-1 and went 6-0 in the conference.    

“I thought offensively we looked really good,” Maryland Coach Cathy Reese said. “It turned out to be a bit of a shootout there. But we did some really nice things offensively, and we had moments where we were really good defensively, too.”  


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