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Varsity Letters
News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
Howard County, Dunbar, Curley change football game times for this weekend

Several of this weekend's high school football games have been moved to earlier in the day to avoid potential hijinks associated with Halloween.

All of Friday's games in Howard County will kick off at 4:30 p.m. rather than 7. Those include Howard at River Hill, Oakland Mills at Mount Hebron, Reservoir at Atholton, Marriotts Ridge at Centennial, Glenelg at Long Reach and Hammond at Wilde Lake.

Dunbar has also moved its game to 5 p.m. rather than 7 at William F. "Sugar" Cain Field in East Baltimore. The Poets face Edmondson in the annual battle for the Ben Eaton Memorial Trophy.

In another move unrelated to Halloween, Archbishop Curley's MIAA B Conference regular-season finale against John Carroll will be played at noon. Saturday rather than 7 p.m. so portable lights won't be needed.

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Broadneck's Rob Harris named Ravens' Coach of the Week

Broadneck's Rob Harris was named Ravens High School Coach of the Week after leading the undefeated No. 2 Bruins to a 42-14 upset Friday night over Anne Arundel County rival and then-No. 2 Arundel.

Both teams went into the game undefeated, but the Bruins scored on their first three possessions and broke a 7-7 tie with 35 unanswered points. After running for Broadneck's first touchdown, quarterback Canaan Gebele threw for four in a row, including three within 3 minutes and eight seconds in the second quarter. He finished with 228 yards on 16 of 29 passing and also ran 12 times for 79 yards.

In addition, the Bruins defense forced three interceptions -- by Ryan Kennedy, Will Schwob and Ali'i Niumatalolo --and special teams blocked a punt.

With the win, the Bruins (8-0) took over sole possession of first place in the county, but they also moved into the top spot in one of the most hotly contested regional playoff races, Class 4A East, ahead of three 7-1 teams, Arundel, Old Mill and North...

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Brother and sister soccer stars go on impressive scoring spree

When it comes to soccer, there's always been a healthy sibling rivalry between Tyler Lussi, a sophomore forward on the Princeton women's team, and her younger brother Morgan, a senior midfielder at St. Paul's.

So when Tyler heard from her brother that he finished with a whopping four goals and three assists in the Crusaders' 7-1 win at John Carroll on Friday, she was in disbelief and naturally tried to top it.

On Saturday, Tyler did all she could to lead the Tigers past Harvard, scoring four goals despite the team falling, 5-4.

In two games on back-to-back days, the Lussi siblings accounted for eight goals and three assists for their respective teams.

Growing up, the two were always playing soccer together and Tyler often trained with Morgan when he was playing on the Baltimore Bays and Celtic club teams.

Their father, Craig, also showed impressive aim -- with his video camera, as he caught every goal and assist covering two days he will never forget.

"You want to cheer," he said, "but...

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Broadneck, St. Frances make huge leaps in state football poll after upsets

After pulling a couple of the biggest upsets of the high school football season Friday night, Broadneck and St. Frances soared into the Top 11 in this week's Maryland High School Football Media State Poll.

Broadneck jumped from No. 18 to No. 8 after rolling over previous No. 7 Arundel, 42-14, to improve to 8-0. St. Frances was not ranked last week but after edging the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion and last week's No. 3 McDonogh, 8-3, the Panthers (4-4) debuted at No. 11.

As a result of their losses, Arundel (7-1) dropped to No. 22 and McDonogh (5-3) fell to No. 12.

Gilman remained No. 2 behind Northwest, which is 8-0 and a unanimous No. 1. The Greyhounds (7-2) secured their hold on No. 2 spot with a 38-14 win at then-No. 10 Mount Saint Joseph on Saturday.

Franklin (7-1), coming off a 22-8 win over last week's No. 22 Milford Mill, moved up three spots to No. 10. Calvert Hall (5-3), which beat Bohemia Manor 31-0, also jumped three to No. 18...

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Md. Big 33 coaches announce watch list of players for June football game with Pa.

Maryland Big 33 officials have named their watch list for the 58th Annual Big 33 Senior All-Star Football Classic with Pennsylvania on June 20 at Hersheypark Stadium.

Selection Committee chairman Brian Van Deusen, the River Hill coach who led Maryland to victory in this year's game, along with 2015 Big 33 coach Sean Murphy, of Archbishop Curley, are still working to identify other seniors who should be considered for the game.

"There's still an opportunity for a lot of the kids, and I'm still getting information from coaches from around the state," Murphy said. "These are just the kids we all came up with as a Big 33 committee, guys that we knew about and guys that showed up on the radar based on where they are being recruited. I don't want kids to think they're out. There's still plenty of opportunities."

Murphy said he hopes to have the team selected by the end of January. Some players on the watch list have committed to the game but others may not be able to play because they have...

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