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Bits & Pieces: It appears Bills dropped ball when they dropped Maybin

Did the Buffalo Bills make a mistake when they released former Mt. Hebron High School and Penn State star Aaron Maybin after making him their first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft? If the Aaron Maybin who is playing at a high level with the New York Jets is the same Aaron Maybin that the Bills discarded, then Buffalo not only made a mistake, it made a big one.

Maybin was a wrecking crew last Sunday against the Redskins. He has six sacks for the season and he hasn't played a full season in New York yet. Maybin has found his niche in New York, and I am certain that coach Rex Ryan is delighted with the Bills' mistake. And just a reminder, Aaron is just 23.

A true scholar-athlete

Joey Thompson, who graduated from Howard High in 2008, earned an at-large selection for the Nov. 21 NCAA Division I National Cross Country championships held in Terre Haute, Ind. Joey is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The weather in Terre Haute was cold, wet and windy, and Joey did not run as good a race as he did in the regional meet, where he turned in a personal-best time of 30:16.9, but he won the NCAA's Elite 89 award for having the highest cumulative grade point average of any boy competing in the national championship race.

HCC has three All-Americans

I have a couple of Howard Community College items that bear mentioning. The first is to congratulate sophomores David Neuberth and Blaise Sindj, who were named JUCO men's soccer All-Americans. Sophomore Shannon Stubs was named JUCO women's soccer All-American.

Secondly, I would also like to congratulate producer and former HCC student Matt Stovall for producing the Dragon's Lair Update on television. I have watched this fast-paced show with interviews of players and coaches and am astounded by the high quality of the production. I will tell you how great these shows are; I watch them from start to finish and am not bored. This is another feather in the cap of HCC Athletic Director Diane Schumacher who continues to push the envelope of athletics at that school. I remember the days when we heard almost nothing from the old Iron Horse. Now there always seems to be something new.

A second career for DuVall?

I believe that we have found a new profession for former Wilde Lake head football coach Doug DuVall. He did commentary on the televised high school state football championship games at M&T Bank Stadium last weekend and he was great. Doug had more knowledge of the teams and coaches than the rest of the commentators combined and he used that information to add a great deal to the telecast. He should be a regular on those telecasts until he simply doesn't want to do it anymore.

Lighting up the basket

I have been following Darryl Webb's basketball career since his days at Long Reach High School. He led the Lightning to its only state basketball championship. Darryl went on to play at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he received no less than 15 different recognitions including the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2011 Division II Player of the Year. Darryl set IUP records with 1,949 points scored, 1,214 rebounds, 708 field goals and 162 blocked shots.

Darryl now plays for the Crailsheim Merlins in the German Pro League. After just 12 games, he has scored 20 or more points in four games and had 32 points against Chemnitz.

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