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Varsity Letters
News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
Oakland Mills' Thomas Browne named Ravens High School Coach of the Year

After leading Oakland Mills to its first winning football season since 2003, head coach Thomas Browne was named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year this week.

Browne was a wide receiver for the Scorpions when they won the Class 1A state championship in 1998. In his fourth year as coach, he led his alma matter to a 9-2 record, improving from 4-6 in 2013.

“I had such a positive experience as a student-athlete at Oakland Mills,” Browne said in a statement. “I played for a head coach in Ken Hovet who I deeply respected. After college, I followed my old head coach to Marriotts Ridge for a few years before he passed away in 2010. It meant the world to me to be able to come back and teach history and coach football at Oakland Mills like Coach Hovet.”

After Oakland Mills in September won its first homecoming game in a decade, Browne was named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week.

The Scorpions won with an offense that scored 467 points, led by senior quarterback David Pindell, who was...

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Mark Amatucci says 'it's overwhelming' to have court named for him at Calvert Hall

Former Calvert Hall basketball coach Mark Amatucci is being reminded this week of what it was like the night before a big game.

On Sunday afternoon, Calvert Hall will dedicate its basketball court to Amatucci during a ceremony prior to the Cardinals' game against rival Loyola Blakefield at Alumni Memorial Gym. The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m., with the game set for 3:30 and a reception to follow.

A 1970 Calvert Hall grad, Amatucci won 389 games in 19 seasons at Calvert Hall (117 wins from 1977-82; 272 wins from 1993-2007). He guided the Cardinals to three Baltimore Catholic League regular season titles and three tournament championships, and also two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crowns. In 2012, he was inducted into the Baltimore Catholic League Hall of Fame.

All of that has has led to Sunday's special day for Amatucci.

"It's overwhelming at this point," said Amatucci, who stopped coaching in 2007. "The only time I've ever felt like this before...

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Calvert Hall graduate Damion Lee back to putting up big numbers for Drexel

Damion Lee felt the pop in his knee as soon as he landed.

An Arizona defender had cut off Lee’s baseline drive, so the 6-foot-6 Drexel guard worked back towards the free-throw line before attempting an ill-fated jump stop. Lee’s knee buckled when he landed. He felt the pop. He heard it, too, that unmistakable, disgusting noise familiar to anyone who has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Lee received the diagnosis from a doctor around a week later. He had torn his ACL, ending his promising junior season. Reconstructive knee surgery was needed, and it would be close to a year before Lee would be cleared to play basketball without any restrictions.

“In the beginning, I was kind of in disbelief, ‘How could this happen to me?'” recalled Lee, a Baltimore native and former Calvert Hall standout. “But then I realized that this is God’s plan, and it’s just something just to make me not take the game for granted. So ever since then, I’ve been working on my craft and keeping my body in...

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Catonsville to host Seton Keough, Mount St. Joseph in hoops fundraiser

Catonsville High School's basketball teams will host neighborhood Catholic school rivals Seton Keough and Mount St. Joseph for the second annual Merritt Properties Catonsville Cup fundraiser Saturday.

The No. 14 Comets girls will play Seton Keough in the day's finale at 3:45 p.m. The boys will meet No. 3 Mount St. Joseph at 2 p.m. Last year, Seton Keough and Mount St. Joseph won in the inaugral Catonsville Cup.

The day kicks off with the girls junior varsity game at 10:30 a.m., followed by the boys JV game at 12:15.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the There Goes My Hero Foundation, which supports those with leukemia by adding to the bone marrow registry as well as funding blood cancer research and family support programs. Everyone at the game will have the opportunity to become a member of the registry by having their mouths swabbed.

Catonsville girls coach Mike Mohler said the idea to benefit the There Goes My Hero Foundation arose because his family is friends with Nestor...

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Calvert Hall boys basketball beats Gonzaga in third-place game

Calvert Hall overcame a 26-17 deficit after the first quarter to beat host Gonzaga, 75-74, in the third place game of the Gonzaga DC Classic on Sunday.

Senior guard Drew Edwards scored 34 points as the No. 1 Cardinals outscored their opponent, 58-48, after the first period. Nico Clareth added 15 points and TJ Duckett scored 10.

Calvert Hall (6-2) had a chance to play in the tournament championship going into Saturday's game against Roman Catholic (Pa.), but lost 78-56.

Also on Sunday, No. 15 Mount Carmel (7-4) beat Riverdale Baptist, 63-61, in the tournament's fifth place game. Will Jenkins scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds.

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South Carroll's Andrew Louder, Silas Kelly top North Carroll in Raven's QB Challenge

South Carroll quarterback Andrew Louder completed a 50-yard pass to teammate Silas Kelly to win the Ravens QB Challenge over rival North Carroll Sunday at halftime of the Ravens-Jaguars game at M&T Bank Stadium.

When the two teams met on Halloween, every touchdown was scored on the ground as South Carroll won 26-13, but Sunday Louder and North Carroll quarterback Jack Flowers staged a shootout in the Challenge, in which each passer has two attempts, with the longest completed pass winning.

Flowers opened the competition with a 41-yard pass to Austin Catley. Louder then hit Patrick Kelly for 45 yards.

After Flowers connected with Zach Sherman for 43 yards, the Cavaliers were already the winners, but Louder hit Kelly with the 50-yard strike.

Louder's connection with Kelly was the third-longest pass completed in this year's QB Challenge. Although there is no overall winner, C. Milton Wright's Omar Walker completed the longest pass, a 55-yard strike to his twin brother, Osiah.

The...

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