Amber Melville's already-impressive college career took yet another step forward this winter.
Melville (North Carroll) just completed her junior indoor track and field season with the University of Maryland with what will likely be a major first.
Melville tied for seventh in the women's high jump at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, and is expected to be named a first-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association by virtue of her top-eight finish. It would be her first career All-America nod.
Melville cleared 5 feet, 11-1/4 inches to tie Florida's Taylor Burke at nationals.
To reach the NCAA championships, Melville won her third straight ACC high jump championship. She swept the indoor and outdoor conference titles in 2013. Melville won this season's crown by clearing 6 feet, 1-1/4 inches at the ACC indoor championships, joining teammate Amina Smith in breaking the Terrapins' school record of 6-1, which stood for 34 years.
Maryland's outdoor season begins this weekend.
GONE DANCING: A county resident was part of this year's March Madness after helping the American University men's basketball team win the Patriot League title.
Freshman guard Charlie Jones (Manchester/Mount St. Joseph) and the Eagles took down top-seeded Boston University in the conference championship, 55-36 on March 12, to claim the program's third title in seven years.
Jones recorded two points, two rebounds and an assist in 11 minutes against the Terriers. This season, he has averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 25 contests to help American go 20-12.
The Eagles were rewarded with a No. 15 seed in the West Region of the NCAA tournament, where they fell 75-35 to Wisconsin. Jones had one assist in five minutes off the bench.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Stacie Maring (South Carroll) of the Dickinson College softball team was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week on March 10.
Maring had a great start to the year, hitting .857 (6-for-7) in her first two games with two doubles, two runs, an RBI and two steals. She also posted an 1.143 slugging percentage over those two games.
Even though the Red Devils are 4-8, Maring is playing quite well. Maring batted .407 with three doubles, four runs and a .938 on-base-plus-slugging in her first eight games.
PENN STATE TURNAROUND: Three locals have helped the Penn State University women's lacrosse team surge to three straight wins since a 2-3 start. That has helped the Nittany Lions (5-3) earn the No. 10 ranking in the most recent coaches poll.
Sophomore Madison Cyr (Winters Mill) has contributed eight goals and three assists over the three straight wins with her biggest performance coming on March 8 against Michigan. Cyr tallied career highs of four goals, six points and five draw controls in the victory.
Overall this season, the midfielder ranks third on the team with 15 goals and 19 points while standing second with 10 caused turnovers and 20 draw controls.
Her sister, senior Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill), ranks second on the team with 20 points, nine of which have come during the winning streak.
Junior Maggie McCormick (Liberty) has recorded 10 of her team-best 21 points and eight of her team-leading 13 assists over the last three games.
BUCKEL UP: Junior infielder Holly Buckel (North Carroll) has been a key contributor so far this season for the Mount St. Mary's softball team. Buckel entered Wednesday ranked in the top two on the team with 10 runs, 10 RBIs, three doubles and two steals through 19 games. She batted .250 during the Mountaineers' 8-11-1 start.
Reach Josh Land at 410-857-7896 or email@example.com.
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