Whenever one of our former players moves on to the next level, I wish them nothing but success. So it brought a smile to my face to see Aaron Maybin (Mt. Hebron '05) wreaking havoc against my beloved Baltimore Ravens Oct. 3. Aaron pressured Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco several times and even strip-sacked him in the game, a 34-17 win for the Ravens.
After starring at Penn State for two seasons — earning All-America status in 2008 — Aaron was drafted No. 11 overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2009. After making just 21 tackles in his first two seasons as a Bill, he was cut before this season. Some critics labeled him as undersized, overrated and a bust. But Aaron persevered and was signed by the New York Jets just a few days after being let go by the Bills. After an early setback — he was waived on Sept. 4 — Aaron was resigned on Sept. 28 and had his long-awaited breakout performance on Sunday night in front of family and friends in his hometown city.
Keep it up Aaron. I may be a Ravens fan, but from now on I'll also be rooting for No. 51 in the green and white.
Half Full was fully impressive
Sunday, I attended the Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults' second annual Half Full Triathlon at Centennial Park. I was surrounded by people who had cancer and survived, those who lost loved ones to that dreaded disease and those hoping to make a difference in the battle against cancer.
The triathlon had not even begun when race director Brian Satola stepped up to the microphone to acknowledge the death of one of their own, Heather Zoller-Gritz. She died Sept. 17 as a result of pancreatic cancer just 10 days after being diagnosed with cancer
I felt that the number of triathletes in this year's race was smaller than the previous year but the level of enthusiasm and dedication from the many volunteers and the participants was impressive.
Right date, wrong site
I made a slip when last week on the CA Aquatics Master Plan when I stated that both public forums would be held at the Owen Brown Community Center. Actually, the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11 will be held at Slatyon House, in Wilde Lake, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Oct. 12 meeting is at Owen Brown.
Homecoming and Gold Rush
Next week is homecoming at Mt. Hebron High School and a week's worth of spirit activities culminates Oct. 15. The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
The Mt. Hebron marching unit and class float parade depart Resurrection School at 11 a.m. The varsity football game is against Long Reach and has a 1 p.m. kickoff time. The traditional homecoming dance will be held in the school's main gym at 7 p.m.
The Hebron Gold Rush tradition continues this year. Hebron for Hope T-shirts will be sold during lunch shifts and at the football game. Proceeds will benefit Children's Cancer Research and support Mt. Hebron's partnership with Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Research Center. Donations will be accepted.
Everyone attending the game is encouraged to wear a gold or yellow shirt.
Howard's volleyball team will host a Dig Pink volleyball game to support breast cancer research Oct. 13. The game will be against Wilde Lake. The freshman games starts at 3:30, the junior varsity at 4:30 and the varsity game at 5:30 p.m.