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News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
Former Mount St. Joseph guard Bryce Thurston headed to Mount St. Mary's

The first conversation Bryce Thurston had with Mount St. Mary’s coach Jamion Christian was a memorable one. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard hadn’t made much of an impact for Mount St. Joseph’s varsity, but his play on the AAU circuit with Maryland 3D was more than enough to pique Christian’s interest.

“He said, ‘I’d love to have you. You’re our guy. You fit our system,’” Thurston recalled. “That’s what you want to hear from a coach when he calls you. A lot of times an assistant coach calls you. But when the head coach calls you, that’s how [you know you’re wanted and] I felt really comfortable making my decision.”

Thurston, who’s spending his senior year at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, committed to the Mountaineers over the weekend. He was also recruited by Hartford, Loyola, Quinnipiac and Radford.

“[I'm feeling] a lot of support right now. I’m really thankful for that,” said Thurston, a Catonsville native. “My parents are very happy. My girlfriend is happy. My brothers are proud...

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Final rosters announced for the Crab Bowl all-star football game

The final rosters were announced Sunday for the seventh annual Maryland Crab Bowl football all-star game to be played Dec. 21 at McDaniel College in Westminster.

Calvert Hall's Donald Davis will coach the Baltimore Team. Archbishop Spalding's Kyle Schmitt will coach the Washington Team, which won, 30-21, last year and leads the series 4-2.

Team Baltimore

Devin Phelps, WR, St. Frances

David Pindell, QB, Oakland Mills

Justin Pettus-Dixon, DB, St. Frances

Juan Robinson, WR, Dunbar

Omar Walker, ATH, C. Milton Wright

Jaquez Adams, ATH, Franklin

Brian Marine, DB, Calvert Hall

Raekwon Gray, RB, Urbana

Evan Rhodes, RB-TE, Catonsville

Ron'Dell Carter, DL, Long Reach

Kemonte Carter, DE, Gaithersburg

Tyreke Rudolph, RB, Mervo

Ryan Zovko, K, Oakland Mills

Mark Maynisse, ATH, Aberdeen

Malik Christian, DB, St. Frances

Elijah Sewell, WR, Eastern Christian

Allan Koikoi, DB, St. Paul's

Jordan Adams, WR, Franklin

Alonzo Mayo, DB, Gilman

Tynard Barfield, RB, Patterson

Kareem Montgomery, DEB, McDonogh...

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Football By the Numbers for Week 12

This past weekend's regional championship football games whittled the number of Baltimore-area teams down to seven as we head into the state semifinals. As usual, some teams won in dramatic fashion while others rolled through their regional finals.

Either way, there were plenty of big plays. Here's a lot at some of them:

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Recovery by Dunbar's Jebree Christian, after Eastern Tech's field-goal attempt went into the line with 8 seconds left, to seal a 30-28 Poets win

2

Undefeated teams left in the Baltimore area -- Howard and Archbishop Curley

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Touchdowns scored by Arundel within six minutes in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats' rally fell short in a 26-21 loss to Old Mill

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Big plays on defense by Glenelg's Chris Lipp, an interception and a fumble recorvery, in the 21-6 win over River Hill

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Straight years the fourth-seeded team has won the Class 4A East -- Old Mill this year and Meade the previous two years

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Rushing touchdowns scored by South Carroll's Chris Gavin, who ran for...

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High school state football semifinals set for Friday, Saturday

Next weekend's state football semifinals have been set with seven teams from the Baltimore area advancing.

The field includes defending champions in three classes -- Northwest in 4A, Franklin in 3A and Fort Hill in 1A.

Nine remaining teams previously have won state titles, while seven have never won, including Glenelg, South Carroll and Douglass from Baltimore City.

Every team in the Class 4A semifinals has won at least one previous title. Class 3A has two previous winners, Franklin and Damascus. Class 1A has two previous winners, Fort Hill and Cambridge-South Dorchester.

Class 2A has three teams that have never won and Dunbar, which has won nine times, more than any other team in the field.

Here are next weekend's matchups with the state finals to be decided Dec. 4-6 at M

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Football By the Numbers for Week 11

Some weeks the numbers just say it all, so here are the ones that stand out after the first week of high school football playoff action.

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Game-sealing interception by North Carroll's Jack Schollian in the final seconds of a 17-14 win over Allegany

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Touchdowns scored by Douglass' Maurice McFadden within 10 minutes and 24 seconds in a 50-6 win over Lake Clifton

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Undefeated teams remaining in the Baltimore area -- Howard, FAET and Archbishop Curley

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Of the last four weeks in which The Baltimore Sun's No. 1 team has been upset -- this week, Broadneck by Old Mill, 26-0; last week, Gilman by McDonogh and two weeks ago McDonogh by St. Frances

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Extra points kicked by River Hill freshman Cooper McGeehan in a 28-26 win over Reservoir

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Touchdowns scored by Liberty's Ryan Scheufele, who ran for three and caught one in a 37-7 win over Poolesville

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Yard run up the middle for Eastern Tech's Brandon Hlavach to make the difference in a 27-21 overtime win against Hereford.

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Seconds left when...

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Regional football finals set for Friday night and Saturday

The schedule is set for next weekend's regional football championships with the winners advancing one step closer to the state finals at M&T Bank Stadium the first weekend in December.

The field includes three defending state champions -- Franklin in Class 3A, Northwest in 4A and Fort Hill in 1A. It also includes seven undefeated teams, including one matchup of unbeatens, Linganore vs. Damascus, in Class 3A West.

Also unbeaten: Howard and Eleanor Roosevelt in 4A, Douglass-PG in 2A and Fort Hill and FAET in 1A. Fort Hill extended its winning streak to 25 games, the state's longest active winning streak. Howard owns the Baltimore area's longest run, 11 games.

Of the 32 regional semifinalists, 19 are former state champs with 49 crowns among them. All eight programs in Class 4A have won before, combining for 11 crowns although only five have been won in this century. Arundel, Howard and Paint Branch haven't won since the mid-'70s.

Five teams in Class 3A have won before, but they have 19...

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