Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Varsity Letters

Varsity Letters News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
Gilman steady at No. 2 behind DeMatha in state football poll

Gilman, riding a five-game winning streak, remained a steady No. 2 in a Maryland High School Football Media State Poll that featured little change this week for local teams.

The Greyhounds rolled over Mount Saint Joseph Friday, 30-7, and only one point separates them from an undefeated season. They fell in their season opener, 14-13, to St. Edward (Ohio).


Read more
Girls soccer unbeatens to clash: No. 9 Fallston at No. 3 Bel Air


That's the word that describes both the Fallston and Bel Air girls soccer teams at this point in the season.

Both teams own 8-0 records as they have impressively passed every test as the regular season hits the midway point.

Something has to give Wednesday night, however, as the No. 9 Cougars travel to No. 3 Bel Air in a huge Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference showdown.

Read more
Football By The Numbers for Week Five

The weekend's rain postponed a large handful of games until Monday thus delaying By the Number a couple days. A good stat for this week would be the number of mud bowls from the weekend, probably a double digit statistic but we don't have the exact number.

Read more
Gilman LB Shamar Shanks commits to Monmouth

Gilman linebacker Shamar Shanks has committed to play football at Monmouth, becoming the eighth Greyhounds player in the Class of 2016 to commit to a Division I program.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Shanks visited the Monmouth campus in New Jersey this summer and was recruited to play outside linebacker. The Hawks have one former Gilman player on their roster, senior defensive back Malcolm Powers.

Read more
Baltimore's Rahshaun Smith gets Under Armour All-America jersey

Rahshaun Smith, an All-Metro linebacker last fall at St. Frances who transferred to IMG Academy in Florida, received his honorary jersey last week after being selected to play in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 2.

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound Baltimore native, is rated the No. 4 senior linebacker in the nation and the No.

Read more
Mount Saint Joseph's Jalen Smith says Terps are 'like the top' choice

Shortly after Jalen Smith came into the world 15 years ago weighing 10 pounds and stretching two feet from head to toe, the infant's pediatrician predicted that he would eventually grow to "between 6-9 and 6-10," his father recalled Sunday.

The younger Smith, now 6 feet 81/2 inches and 190 pounds at Mount Saint Joseph's, is nearly there.

Read more