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Gilman DT Ellison Jordan makes USA Today's top-150 composite rankings

Gilman defensive tackle Ellison Jordan is the only player from a Baltimore-area high school listed in USA Today's High School Sports Class of 2016 Composite Football Recruiting Rankings released Wednesday.

Jordan, who committed to Penn State, is No.

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Gilman No. 2 behind DeMatha in preseason state football poll

Gilman is ranked No. 2 in the Maryland High School Football State Poll behind DeMatha, a unanimous selection for No. 1 in the preseason rankings as chosen by the media.

The Greyhounds, who finished 8-3 and as co-champions in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference last season, received all but one vote for the No. 2 spot.

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Loyola Blakefield soccer standout Sean Clarke commits to Cincinnati

Loyola Blakefield soccer standout Sean Clarke, who is set to play his fourth season on varsity for the Dons, has committed to Cincinnati.

Clarke, a versatile midfielder, finished with 12 goals and six assists last season to help the Dons capture the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship and finish No. 1 in The Sun's Top 15 poll.

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Loyola Blakefield lacrosse coach Jack Crawford resigns after 13 seasons

After hundreds of games at Loyola Blakefield, and probably just as many lessons on military history imparted, longtime lacrosse coach Jack Crawford has resigned, the school announced Thursday.

Loyola won three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles under Crawford, most recently in 2013.

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Mount Carmel grad Rashard Todd headed to Delaware State

Rashard Todd’s days began at 5:45 a.m. with a two-mile run, push-ups and sit-ups. After a quick shower, the former Mount Carmel star put on his uniform and went to formation. Then came classes, followed by more formation, basketball practice, studying, and finally, around 10 or 11 p.m., bed.

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Gilman football No. 3 in the Northeast in USA Today regional rankings

Gilman's football team is ranked No. 3 in USA Today's Northeast regional preseason football rankings.

The Greyhounds, who finished 8-3 last season and shared the MIAA title with McDonogh, come in behind DeMatha and Paramus Catholic (N.J.). No other Baltimore team is ranked in the region although two other Maryland teams made it -- No. 5 Good Counsel and No.

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