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Maryland boys basketball all-stars fall to Pennsylvania

Despite five players reaching double figures, Maryland couldn't get past its Pennsylvania counterparts, falling 104-101 in the Maryland-Pennsylvania senior all-star game at Harrisburg Christain Athletic Center on Saturday.

Maryland had won the previous two meetings in the annual event, including a 118-114 double-overtime victory last year.

For the Maryland squad, Aaren Smith (Mount Hebron) had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Scott Harrelson (Dulaney) added a team-high 19 points and six rebounds.

After trailing 93-80 with three minutes left, Maryland pulled within three and had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but a 3-point attempt from Kevin Steadman's (Century) was short of the mark.

Seth Henry (Reservoir) scored 14 points; Reggie Rouse (Calvert Hall) had 11 and Gabe Ceribelli (Hereford) finished with 10.

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Former St. Frances LB Rahshaun Smith commits to Clemson

Former St. Frances linebacker Rahshaun Smith, who transferred after last fall to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, committed Thursday to play for Clemson.

Smith, who committed on his 18th birthday, had more than 40 offers from FBS programs, including Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin. A five-star recruit and the No. 1 player in Maryland in the Class of 2016 last fall, according to Rivals.com, Smith was a first-team All-Metro selection after transferring to St. Frances from Calvert Hall.

At 6-feet-2 and 210 pounds, Smith transitioned from defensive end to middle linebacker and dominated opponents with his speed and ability to change directions. He finished last season with 111 tackles and two interceptions. He had both interceptions in the Panthers' 8-3 upset of No. 1 McDonogh.

Thursday night, Smith Tweeted: "I am 100% Committed to Clemson All Thanks to God and the Ones Who Helped Me Through This Process." He announced his committment earlier in the evening...

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McDonogh midfielder Danny O'Connell cleared to play after helmet-to-helmet hit

McDonogh midfielder Danny O'Connell, who was injured during a helmet-to-helmet collision in the No. 1 Eagles' 13-11 win over Gonzaga on Sunday, was cleared to play in Thursday's home game against Culver Academy (Ind.).

Coach Andy Hilgartner said O’Connell needed 11 stitches, but did not suffer a concussion.

O’Connell lay on the ground for several minutes during the second quarter and Gonzaga received a three-minute, nonreleasable penalty for the hit.

McDonogh scored three goals in the next 2:46, sparking a 6-0 run that gave the Eagles an 8-3 lead early in the third quarter. McDonogh's Robert Clark on Sunday said the penalty "pumped us up a lot" because "we didn't want to see him get hit like" that.

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Maryland vs. Pennsylvania boys basketball showcase slated for Saturday in Harrisburg

The Maryland vs. Pennsylvania boys basketball all-star game, which features Maryland seniors from various local leagues, is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harrisburg Christian Athletic Center. 

Last year, the Maryland squad came away with a 118-114 double-overtime win for its second straight victory over the Pennsylvania team. 

Here's a look at the Maryland roster:

Reggie Rouse, Calvert Hall
Nick Oates, Glenelg
Seth Henry, Reservoir
Aaren Smith, Mount Hebron
Scott Harrelson, Dulaney
Jair Williams, Dulaney
Jacob McIntosh, Westminster
Gabe Cerebelli, Hereford
Isaiah White, Centennial
Kevin Steadman, Century
Logan Cook, South Carroll

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Westminster football coach Brad Wilson resigns after 11 seasons

When Westminster football coach Brad Wilson walked his team from the locker room up to Ruby Field each Friday night, the one thing he loved to see most was a full stadium.

The sight was so important to him that he kept a photo of it at his desk at the school, and it's probably what he'll remember most now that those days are over.

After 11 seasons, five playoff victories and a Class 3A state championship game berth, Wilson's tenure as Westminster's coach has come to an end. On Monday, he informed his players and the administration that he'd be stepping down from his post and moving to North Carolina with his wife.

“It's a community event on Friday nights,” Wilson said. “I just happened to be fortunate enough to be in charge.”

Wilson said he has tried to make a career at Westminster of putting his players, staff, and parent support first before taking any of the credit for himself. It's the kind of attitude he continues to maintain, even when organizations like the Ravens named him...

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Springfest Lacrosse at St. Paul's to benefit One Love Foundation

Springfest Lacrosse -- a mixer between some of the top IAAM and MIAA teams and Long Island and Pennsylvania teams -- will be held Saturday at the St. Paul's Schools to benefit the One Love Foundation.

The schedule

St. Paul's girls vs. Garden City (N.Y.) at 10 a.m.

St. Paul's boys vs. Garden City (N.Y.) at 10 a.m.

Bryn Mawr vs. Manhasset (N.Y.) at 1 p.m.

Boys' Latin vs. Manhasset (N.Y.) at 1 p.m.

Notre Dame Prep vs. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) at 3 p.m.

John Carroll boys vs. Mercersberg (Pa.) at 3 p.m.

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