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Varsity Letters
News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
Loyola Blakefield soccer star Barger off to train with U.S. under-18 men's national team

Loyola Blakefield soccer standout Gavin Barger has been selected to train with the U.S. under-18 men's national team this week in Carson, Calif.

Barger is a four-year starter and two-year captain at midfield for the No. 2 Dons, who are 13-3-1 going into Friday's game at No. 1 McDonogh. He has 11 goals and six assists this season.

The training camp began Thursday and will continue through Oct. 31. Barger will return to Loyola's lineup for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs. The Dons are currently in second place with a 10-2-1 league mark.

"Any time you have a chance to represent our country at any level is a great honor," Loyola coach Lee Tschantret said. "Putting that shirt on is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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Three area boys soccer standouts selected to play in national showcase game

McDonogh boys soccer standouts Connor Smith and Eremuse "Moose" Momoh, and Broadneck star Tyler Gabarra have been selected to play in the fourth-annual High School All-American Game on Dec. 13 in Raleigh, N.C.

The East vs. West showcase features 42 of the country's best seniors. The game will take place at 3 p.m. at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.

Smith and Momoh have led the No. 1 Eagles to a 15-0 mark going into Friday's home game against No. 2 Loyola Blakefield.

On Tuesday, Gabarra scored in the Anne Arundel County championship game against Severna Park as the No. 6 Bruins (11-2-2) came away with a 1-1 tie to earn a share of the county crown. The game was called early in overtime due to inclement weather.

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Loyola Blakefield to honor Van Brooks for embodying school mission of "Men For Others"

Once Van Brooks emerged from the trauma of a paralyzing football injury 10 years ago, the Loyola Blakefield graduate turned his attention to helping young people understand that while having goals and working toward them is important, getting an education is critical and having a back-up plan is a good idea, too.

Saturday, his alma mater will honor him with its first For Others Award for embodying the Catholic high school's mission of "Men For Others."

"I really don't know how to explain what this means," Brooks said. "It's like I'm being recognized for being a man for others, but that was something that was instilled in me at Loyola. At the same time, it goes deeper than that. When I first got injured, at the [fund-raising] gala that they had for me, I was told that approximately 1,300 people came.

"When I formed my foundation, the goal of the foundation and my goal were completely two different things. My goal was to give that support back to those in need. I would never be able to...

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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 McRea 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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