Less than two months into his college career, Charlie Jones has done more than carve out a small role with the American University men's basketball team.
Jones, a Manchester resident who graduated from Mount St. Joseph, has claimed a starting job with the Eagles and is coming off his two best games of the season.
The 6-foot-4 guard is one of six players on the team to appear in all eight games, and has moved into the starting lineup for the last two.
On Saturday against Brown, Jones scored a season-high seven points to go with two assists and two rebounds in a career-high 35 minutes.
On Dec. 4, he made his first career start in a win over Howard, recording four points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes.
Overall this season, Jones' 19.1 minutes per game ranks fifth on the squad. He's averaging 2.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
American is 3-5 and doesn't play again until Dec. 19. The Eagles won their first back-to-back games of the season - against St. Francis (Pa.) and Howard - before dropping their last contest, 72-67 to Brown. The other victory came in overtime over UMBC on Nov. 14.
MUSTANG MASHERS: Three former county players, and former Liberty coach Dave Trumbo, helped lead the Stevenson University volleyball team to perhaps the best season in program history.
The Mustangs set a school record with 37 wins and advanced to the regional final of the NCAA Division III tournament to finish ranked No. 19 in the final AVCA Division III coaches poll. Stevenson finished 37-3 to tie Elmhurst for the most wins in Division III this season.
The Mustangs placed third in the nation in winning percentage at .925 behind Calvin and Cal Lutheran, the two teams that played in the national championship. They also ranked highly nationally in several categories, finishing fifth in assists per set at 12.97, 10th in hitting percentage at .263 and 11th in kills per set at 13.74.
Senior setter Jessica Gieselman (Winters Mill) led the nation in assists per set at 11.57 and was named an All-American honorable mention. Gieselman finished her career as a three-time All-American and two-time Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year while totaling a school record 4,679 assists, an average of 10.19 per set - also a school record.
Senior outside hitter Christine Isenberg (Francis Scott Key) was also named an All-American honorable mention this season after leading the Mustangs with 3.24 kills per set and ranking second with 2.62 digs per set while adding 27 blocks.
She is just the second player in school history to total 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. Her 343 kills this season ranked sixth in school history while her .300 hitting percentage ranked fifth. She was named first-team All-Commonwealth Conference and first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region.
Freshman setter Sara Bollinger (Winters Mill) finished second on the team with 2.63 assists per set while adding 85 digs and nine aces.
PROGRAM RECORD: Sophomore Chloe Allen-Gorman of the McDaniel College women's indoor track team began the season the right way last week. Allen-Gorman placed eighth in the 1,000-meter run at the Navy Lid-Lifter on Dec. 3 before finishing third overall in the 800 at the Bison Opener hosted by Bucknell on Saturday.
Allen-Gorman set a new program record in the 800, finishing the race in 2:23.09 to win her heat and top the 13-year-old school mark by 0.6 seconds.
Senior Jasmine McCormick added a fifth-place finish in the 300 with a time of 44.16 seconds, fourth all-time at McDaniel.
WINNING OPENER: Junior Peter Merkel of the McDaniel men's indoor track team won the 3,000-meter run to lead the Green Terror at the season-opening Bison Opener hosted by Bucknell on Saturday.
Merkel led three McDaniel runners in the event, crossing in a time of 9:22.84. Freshman Jim Heilman was sixth (10:02.50) and senior Jason Stein placed eighth (10:49.73).
Junior Kyle Dunn dented the program's all-time top 10 in the shot put with a throw of 12.91 meters, which ranks ninth all-time.
IT'S ACADEMIC: Twenty-three McDaniel student-athletes were recently named to the 2013 Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll. To be nominated for the honor roll, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, be of sophomore standing or higher, and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.40.
The honored Green Terror student-athletes are:
Men's cross country - Senior Jason Stein.
Women's cross country - Senior Becky Kaler, junior Sarah Kulp, sophomore Claire Lawson, sophomore Kelsey Mannix, senior Jasmine McCormick, senior Phoebe McHale, junior Avalon McOmber, senior Lauren Murray, senior Amber Slater (Winters Mill).
Field hockey - Senior Danielle DeColli (South Carroll), sophomore Erica DeColli (South Carroll), senior Julie Little, senior Sarah Meszler, junior Bayley Vohs.
Football - Sophomore Brett Haas, sophomore Marty Windisch (Manchester Valley).
Men's soccer - Senior Alec Weaver.
Women's soccer - Junior Kristin Hart, junior Meghan Sturgill (Winters Mill), senior Sam Wilson.
Volleyball - Sophomore Colette Kellen, sophomore Kloe Martin.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Kody Wilson (North Carroll) and freshman Julian Woods (Century) of the Mount St. Mary's University men's indoor track team earned Northeast Conference weekly honors for their performances at the season-opening Navy Invitational on Friday.
Wilson posted a time of 1:53.87 in the 800-meter run to claim NEC Track Athlete of the Week honors. Wilson's time earns him a spot at the 2014 IC4A Championships and was good for fourth place at the meet.
In his first collegiate meet, Woods won the 60-meter hurdles to take Rookie of the Week honors. After posting the second-fastest time in qualifying, Woods recorded a mark of 8.27 seconds in the finals to earn the victory.