Weekend wrap: Brock Dean comes up big in title game

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland linebacker commitment Brock Dean recovered a fumble Friday night to help his Bishop McDevitt squad record a 28-14 win over Lampeter-Strasburg in the Pennsylvania District 3-AAA championship game.

“I think this is something we needed. Every game in the playoffs is not going to be a blowout,” Dean said. “I’ll put it to you like this, give Lampeter-Strasburg full credit. They came out to play. We got off to a slow start in the first half, but came out and did what we needed to do in the second half.”

* Maryland-bound tight end P.J. Gallo's Council Rock South squad suffered a 34-14 loss to North Penn in the Pennsylvania Class AAAA District One title game.

Helmet on, his high school football career over, his voice catching, Gallo said, “There was no way we were going to quit. We kept fighting as a team. It’s just tough to keep up with a team like North Penn. They’re a real good team, they’re well-coached, and they’ve got a lot of bodies at that school.

“And I want to say that I’m so proud of all our coaches and all my teammates. They did a heck of a job this year.”

* Terps commitments Roman Braglio (McDonogh defensive end) and Kenneth Goins (Gilman running back) will play in the fourth annual Maryland Crab Bowl. The Baltimore vs. D.C. all-star event is scheduled for Dec. 17 at noon at Bowie State.

Basketball recruiting

* Former Maryland wing target Andrew White committed Friday to Kansas.

White said the final decision came down to seven schools that recruited him the strongest and they were Richmond, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, N. C. State, George Mason and Georgetown. But he said he feels relieved to get the process out of the way and get back to helping Miller go after a Virginia Independent School Division 1 championship title.

* UM women's pledge Chloe Pavlech had a big game in Sycamore (Ohio) High's 70-63 loss to Princeton.

Senior guard Chloe Pavlech scored 27 and senior guard Alexis Newbolt added 17 for the Aviators (2-1, 1-1 GMC) and sophomore forward Chelsea Mitchell added 14 for the Vikings (2-0, 1-0).

* Terps recruit Tierney Pfirman was named the girls basketball Preseason Player of the Year by the Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette.

Talk about an easy pick. The question this year, if Pfirman stays healthy, is whether she can become the Class AA statewide Player of the Year after being last year's runner-up. The area's best player since Kelly Mazzante, Pfirman will play for Maryland next year but is hoping to make her final year at South her best one yet.

* Maryland commitment A'Lexus Harrison (Digital Harbor) was named a player to watch in The Sun's winter sports preview.

A 6-1 point forward, Harrison committed to Maryland as a freshman and has averaged a doubledouble every year. She led the Rams to the state semifinals with 17 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and four assists per game last season and made the All-Metro second team.

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