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News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
AACS senior Taylor Murray named McDonald's All-American

Annapolis Area Christian School’s Taylor Murray has been selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago on April 1.

Murray, a Kentucky signee, was one of two players from Maryland named to play in the game. C.H. Flowers’ De’Janae Boykin was also selected out of 18 nominees from the state. 

Murray, who is averaging nearly 30 points a game for the Eagles (16-3), was one of 24 players selected out of 362 nominees from across the country. She will play for the East team in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU from the United Center.

Murray was standing at the free throw line during Wednesday’s game against St. Mary’s when she was given a thumbs up from her mother. Murray said she knew her aunt was taping the selection show and knew exactly what her mother’s gesture meant.

“It’s the greatest feeling,” said Murray, who had 27 points and eight rebounds in a 53-39 victory over St. Mary’s. “It was a matter of hard work and dedication and I’m very excited about it. This...

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Dulaney guard Isaiah Lamb commits to Marist

Before Isaiah Lamb tore his ACL on Jan. 16, the Marist men’s basketball coaches told him he was their No. 1 recruit. After the Dulaney senior’s injury, that message remained the same.

“They were supportive,” Lamb said. “They told me to keep my head up. I was getting that from a lot of coaches. But they told me I was still their No. 1 guy. Just because I injured myself, they wouldn’t stop recruiting me.”

For Lamb, that support combined with an excellent visit to the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., campus last weekend was all he needed. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wing committed to the Red Foxes on Tuesday.

“They were ecstatic,” said Lamb, who also held offers from Siena, Winthrop, Radford, High Point, UNC-Greensboro, Loyola, St. Francis (Pa.) and Morgan State. “[The coaches] stopped practice. They just put practice on pause, told all the coaches to come over and put me on speaker. Then they passed the phone around to the players. They congratulated me and I just felt welcome.”

Dulaney coach Matt Lochte...

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Mount Saint Joseph graduate Charlie Jones works way into starting role for American

Kyle Jakobe, a Timonium-based trainer who has worked with several local athletes, posted a series of blogs on his company’s website during the summer of 2013.

The title? “The Legend of Charlie Jones,” a series of posts documenting Jakobe’s work with Jones and the Manchester native’s progression from a junior varsity backup to a Division I basketball player at American.

“In Baltimore, we have the most spoiled, entitled and selfish basketball on the planet,” Jakobe wrote in the first entry. “Kids don’t get in the gym to work on their game. They play pickup. Parents don’t hold their kids accountable. They threaten coaches and then shop their child from team-to-team. Coaches don’t develop their players. They sit and hope and pray that one of their players happen to “make it” so that they can use the player’s name for personal benefit.

“It’s a never-ending cycle of how life shouldn’t be done. Then you find a kid like Charlie Jones. Never have you seen a kid hungrier for success. If you give...

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South Carroll's McTavish brothers contributing for Shepherd basketball team

Shepherd University (W.Va.)'s game against West Virginia State on Saturday was close throughout.

Neither team led by more than two points for most of the second half. Seemingly each time a team scored, the other had an answer. There were six lead changes, eight ties, and Shepherd led by as little as one in the final 25 seconds before holding on for a 73-68 victory.

Two of the primary difference-makers for Shepherd down the stretch?

South Carroll graduates and brothers Ryan and Gavin McTavish.

Ryan McTavish scored 12 of his team-high 24 points during the second half and hit a 3-pointer — off an assist from Gavin McTavish — to put the Rams up, 63-59, with 3:13 remaining.

Gavin McTavish, meanwhile, scored the final four points of the game, helping Shepherd pull away. He hit two clutch free throws with the Rams clinging to a 69-68 lead with 16 seconds remaining and later converted two more free throws to put the game out of reach.

This is what both hoped for when they signed with Shepherd...

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Eastern Tech girls soccer goalkeeper Ryan Jones commits to Virginia Commonwealth

Eastern Tech girls soccer goalkeeper Ryan Jones has made a commitment to play at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

The four-year starter posted eight shutouts as a senior this fall as the Mavericks (9-6) reached the Class 2A North Section II finals.

While she spent most of her time in goal, Jones also played forward during her career and scored 15 goals.

As a sophomore, Jones led Eastern Tech to the Baltimore County championship with a 1-0 win over Perry Hall in the title game.



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Snow wipes out most of Monday's games, Howard County track championships

Snow falling in the Baltimore area has closed most schools and postponed high school sporting events for Monday, which had a light schedule to begin with.

Only Baltimore City schools opened Monday. Carroll, Harford and Howard counties as well as most private schools were close because of snow. Anne Arundel and Baltimore County schools were already closed to students for professional development days but officials there canceled all after-school activities.

The Howard County indoor track championship at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex is the biggest even to be postponed. The meet has been rescheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at the PG Complex.

The snow also postponed two basketball games between highly-ranked teams -- No. 2 John Carroll boys at No. 6 Mount Carmel and No. 4 Aberdeen girls at 8 Patterson Mill girls. Make-up dates have not been set.

The No. 1 Roland Park girls basketball team was scheduled to play IND, but that game will not be made up.

This is the third time...

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