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Varsity Letters
News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
John Carroll's Keith Rawlings named Ravens Coach of the Week

John Carroll's Keith Rawlings was named Ravens' High School Coach of the Week Wednesday after guiding the Patriots to a 47-40 quadruple-overtime victory over Boys' Latin Friday night.

The Patriots (4-3) trailed their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference foe 14-10 at the half but had a 27-24 lead late in the fourth quarter before the Lakers tied it with a field goal. Jerome Brown scored the game winner on a 10-yard run and his teammates Nolan Clawson and Ky'el Hemby broke up the Lakers' pass on their final attempt to even the game on fourth-and-7.

The game lasted 3 1/2 hours and afterward, Rawlings told the Baltimore Sun Media Group: "I lost track of the overtimes. I seriously did. I don't know how many we played."

The Patriots scored the final 10 points of the game. In the third overtime, John Carroll's Steve Cutchin matched a field goal by the Lakers to tie at 40 and then Brown scored when the Patriots had the ball first in the fourth overtime.

“These kids are...

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First selections announced for the Maryland Crab Bowl all-star football game

The first roster selections for the seventh annual Maryland Crab Bowl football all-star game were announced last week with Franklin, St. Frances, McDonogh and Gilman leading the way in initial selections.

Twenty-five seniors were invited to play for the Baltimore team in the Crab Bowl on Dec. 21 at McDaniel College, but the roster will eventually grow to 53.

Baltimore coach Donald Davis, from Calvert Hall, will make sure the selected players can commit to the game and then will fill out his roster. Seniors can play in only two all-star games and some already are committed to a national all-star game.

No. 5 Franklin and No. 7 St. Frances each had four players selected while The Baltimore Sun's No. 1 team McDonogh and No. 3 Gilman had three chosen apiece.

Twins Jordan and Jacquez Adams, Patrick Allen and Juantez McCrea were chosen from Franklin and David Phelps, Jahmee Ballard, Channing Hames and Justice Pettus-Dixon from St. Frances.

Wyatt Cook, Connor Young and Ellis McKennie were...

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Baltimore City cross country championships postponed until Saturday

The Baltimore City cross country championship meet scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed and now will be run Saturday at 2 p.m. at Herring Run Park.

Northwestern athletic director Jerry Molyneaux is handling the meet and said the combination of poor weather and running conditions forced them to make this decision Wednesday morning.

He said there were especially concerns about the competitors running up and down hills because of the rain. Meet officials didn't want anyone to slip or fall and get injured this late in the season.

The meet's 2 p.m. start time Saturday is due to the ACT testing scheduled for that morning.

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Three locals to be inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Two local wrestling coaches and an accomplished former high school wrestler will be inducted into the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame next month.

Poly coach Wavie Gibson III, Bel Air coach Craig Reddish and former Perry Hall wrestler Marcos T. Doxanas will be inducted during a banquet at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Nov. 9.

Gibson and Reddish will receive Lifetime Service to Wrestling awards while Doxanas will receive the Oustanding American award, given to an accomplished person with ties to wrestling.

Gibson was a state champion wrestler at Mardela outside Salisbury, then wrestled at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. He later became head coach at Walbrook, where his team won the MSA conference title in 1987. He moved to Poly in 1999.

Reddish was a regional champion wrestler at Bel Air and returned there to coach football in 1991. In 1993, he became the head wrestling coach and led the Bobcats to the state dual meet championship in 2010. He was given...

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Football By The Numbers for Week 7

After a week off, By The Numbers returns with everything from last minute heroics to a tied county record to a 297-point difference between the most points allowed by a local team and the fewest allowed.

There were so many interesting statistics that they all couldn't make it, so here's a look at the ones that made the cut for Week 7.


Rushing touchdowns scored by Mervo's Tyreke Rudolph in the Mustangs first win over City in nearly 20 years, 35-14


Overtimes for John Carroll to beat Boys' Latin, 47-40


Straight Dena Bowl wins for Chesapeake-AA, which defeated Northeast 24-0 in the 38th annual rivalry game


Rushing touchdowns scored by Howard's Najee Savage in the first 16:20 of the Lions' 51-0 win over Centennial


Turnovers overcome by River Hill in a 20-18 win over Hammond


Straight wins by Mervo -- the area's longest active winning streak


Local teams remaining undefeated -- Archbishop Curley, Arundel, Broadneck, Howard, River Hill, Aberdeen, Mervo, Edmondson, FAET and...

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