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News and notes on Baltimore area high school sports
South Carroll running back Chris Gavin commits to VMI

Record-setting South Carroll senior running back Chris Gavin has orally committed to play at Virginia Military Institute next season.

Gavin, who rushed for a Carroll County-record 2,016 yards last season, chose VMI over Randolph-Macon and Salisbury. He plans to major in international studies.

“Everyone I met there was an awesome person with an awesome backstory,” said Gavin, an All-Metro first-team selection last season. “Financially, things worked out. Socially, things worked out. And football ... who doesn't want to play Division I?”

VMI finished 2-10 in 2014, last place in the Southern Conference.

“He's been on a lot of college visits, and I told him that when he's doing these, he's going to walk on some campus and it's going to hit him,” South Carroll coach Steve Luette said. “I think Chris is going to work out well there.”

Gavin scored a county-leading 26 touchdowns last season and helped the Cavaliers to a county title, 2A West Region championship and state semifinals appearance....

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Perry Hall soccer standout Colin Weyant commits to UMBC

Perry Hall soccer standout Colin Weyant, a junior defender who earned All-Metro second-team honors last fall, has orally committed to UMBC.

Weyant, a three-year starter for the Gators, also was an All-State and All-Baltimore County first-team pick. He played for the Baltimore Celtic U-16 National Championship team last season.

Last week, Reservoir standouts Kyle Saunderson and David Harris committed to UMBC, which reached the College Cup for the first time in program history this past season.

The Retrievers lost to eventual champion Virginia, 1-0, in the semifnals to finish with a 14-6-5 mark.

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With winter weather forecast, schools postpone athletic events

With winter weather forecast to begin sometime Friday evening, several area school systems postponed athletic events for this weekend and officials have had to cancel the entire slate of Saturday games at The Basketball Academy.

Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County and Harford County postponed all events and practices for Friday and Saturday. Carroll County postponed all Friday evening events but Saturday events will go on unless a snow emergency plan is announced.

Baltimore City has canceled all events for Saturday but Friday games, including three at The Basketball Academy, were to go on as planned.

In Howard County, Friday basketball games were moved up to try to beat the weather, which was forecast to be anything from snow to sleet to freezing rain to all rain. The precipitation is expected to last through the middle of the day Saturday.

One of the major events of the winter season, The Basketball Academy is a three-day academic and athletic event at Morgan State. Most of the...

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What is the Basketball Academy, anyway?

Some of the top boys and girls basketball teams in the area will compete Thursday through Saturday at the 19th Baltimore City Public Schools Basketball Academy.

But the games are just part of the three-day event at Morgan State University.

The academy, open to middle school and high school student-athletes (plus parents, coaches, teachers and school administrators), includes classes on college admissions, social media and SAT prep, among others.

Student-athletes will also visit the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Delta Head Start.

The academy's stated goal is to educate and showcase the talents of inner-city youth basketball players in and around Baltimore. Teams from the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metro area are invited to participate in the tournament.

The academy debuted in 1997. Since then, more than 10,000 student-athletes have participated and more than $114,000 in scholarship money has been awarded by sponsors, according to the academy's website....

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Four locals named to U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team

Four local girls lacrosse players have been named to the U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team that will compete for the a fifth straight world championship in Scotland this summer.

McDonogh's Brindi Griffin and Andie Aldave, Roland Park's Francesca Whitehurst and Maryvale's Miranda Ibello were selected for the 18-player roster announced by US Lacrosse Wednesday.

Griffin, a junior attacker, and Aldave, a sophomore midfielder, helped No. 1 McDonogh to its sixth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship and fifth straight undefeated season last spring. Griffin was an All-Metro second-team selection as a sophomore.

Whitehurst, a senior, played a key role in the No. 3 Reds reaching the IAAM A Conference final where they fell to McDonogh. She was an All-Metro first-team pick.

Ibello, a senior, is a two-time All-Metro selection.

The Under-19 team was selected from a pool of 25 players chosen last summer. Griffin, Aldave, Whitehurst and Ibello were the...

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Dulaney's Isaiah Lamb out for the season with knee injury

Dulaney senior forward Isaiah Lamb will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Lions' 55-30 win over Parkville Friday.

Lamb was averaging 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the No. 8 Lions, who are 10-2 on the season. Dulaney coach Matt Lochte said his standout will have surgery in a couple weeks.

"He was having an unbelievable season," Lochte said. "We're midway through the season and we're not going to try to reinvent the wheel. So, we're going to stick to what we do and the other guys will have to step up by committe to replace him."

Lamb, who has yet to commit, has received nine offers from mid-major Division I colleges with many others showing interest. Lamb remains a big influence on the team with his presence at practices and games.

"He's taking on more of a coaches' role with his leadership," Lochte said.

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