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Six local student-athletes awarded Minds In Motion Scholarships

Six scholar-athletes from the Baltimore area were among 14 statewide honored at the Maryland Public Secondary Schools’ Athletic Association’s eighth annual Minds In Motion Scholarship Luncheon Thursday.

Dulaney’s Adolfo Carvalho, Perry Hall’s Anna Ciattei and Julia Ciattei, Dunbar’s Annie McPherson, River Hill’s Elizabeth Oldhouser and Mount Hebron’s Emily Purnell received scholarship awards of $1,000, provided by the Allstate Foundation, at the luncheon held in the Ravens locker room at M&T Bank Stadium.

Carvalho, the Ciatteis and Oldhouser participated in cross country, indoor track and track and field. McPherson played soccer, softball, badminton and tennis. Purnell played field hockey and basketball and was on the track and field team.

To receive the award, students must have at least a 3.25 unweighted GPA and play at least one interscholastic sport during their four years of high school. More than 500 athletes apllied.

The guest speaker was Jackie Boswell, Stevenson basketball coach...

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Former Forest Park star Anton Waters picks Western Kentucky

It’s been just two years since Anton Waters left Baltimore for Gulf Coast State College in Florida. But for the former Forest Park star, committing to Western Kentucky last week felt like a much longer time coming.

“Honestly it’s about time, you know? All the hard work pays off.”

Waters, a 6-foot-6 ½, 240-pound forward, picked the Hilltoppers over offers from Arkansas-Little Rock, East Tennessee State, Wright State and several others.

An athletic rebounding machine in high school, Waters looked the part of a Division I player even as a freshman playing for Walbrook’s varsity. His next two years at Forest Park served as confirmation, with schools like Florida Gulf Coast, Iona, Minnesota, Penn State, Tulane, UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech expressing interest in him.

Looking to play a national schedule as a senior, Waters transferred to Princeton Day Academy, where he earned his high school diploma. But his NCAA qualifying score came up short.

“Being young, it hit me pretty...

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Soccer standout Donovan Pines, a River Hill junior who plays academy ball, has committed to Maryland

Soccer standout defender Donovan Pines, a River Hill junior who plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the D.C. United club, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland.

Pines, a Clarksville resident who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, played varsity soccer and basketball as a freshman at River Hill before joining the academy during his sophomore year.

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Severn girls lacrosse coach Renie Sotiropoulos stepping down after 20 years

Severn girls lacrosse coach Renie Sotiropoulos has decided to step down after 20 years with the Admirals.

She will continue to teach history at Severn and will be dean of next year's senior class, but with four sons aged 8 to 13, Sotiropoulos said she wanted more time for her family and her other responsibilities at Severn.

"I kind of feel like 20 is a good number," she said. "I have four boys and they're getting into their sports and sometimes you're just ready. It was a hard, hard, hard decision. It's great to be a teacher-coach at a school where you see [the players] all the time in all sorts of different ways, so it's been terrific here at Severn. I'm staying here in all capacities except coaching."

As a dean, she remains with the same class through the years until graduation and with seniors, Sotiropoulos there's a lot going on in the spring on top of lacrosse season. In addition, her older two sons are now playing lacrosse.

"Sometimes, I was just like, a Saturday in April where I...

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South River seeking new boys lacrosse coach

South River is accepting applications in search of finding its new varsity boys lacrosse coach.

Former coach Paul Noone, who went 128-22 with three state championships in eight seasons, stepped down to pursue other interests. He guided the Seahawks to their sixth region championship and the Class 4A-3A state semifinals this spring.

All interested applicants should send a resume to the school's athletic director, David Klingel, via email at



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Roland Park lacrosse coaches, Kristin Nicolini, Reagan Koffel to resign

Roland Park lacrosse coaches Kristin Nicolini and Reagan Koffel, sisters who played for the Reds, have retired after seven seasons, including three in which they reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final.

Both have small children and said family was foremost in their decision to step away from coaching. Nicolini has three children under the age of 5, including a 6-month old son, and Koffel has a 9-month old son.

"It's just something we had been talking about for about two years," Nicolini, 35, said. "As that goes, we just kept putting it off. With me, this is planning to be my last baby and I just realized that there's a lot of time that's taken away from my life at home and it's needed there.

"We'll still be the biggest Roland Park fans there are. It was funny, my 5-year old, when I told her, she was sad and she said, 'Can we still go to the games, Mommy?' I said, 'Yeah, we will, just in a different way.' It's getting to be a 12-month job almost and...

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