Any time an opponent faces Towson State's men's basketball team, the first order of business is containing Scooter Alexander, the junior shooting guard who seems destined to become the school's all-time leading scorer.
Based on the way backcourt mate Ralph Blalock has performed lately, though, opponents also are advised to watch the sophomore point guard closely.
In his past five games, Blalock has turned into an offensive machine, averaging a team-high 20.8 points and 2.5 assists. He started the stretch by scoring 25 points in an overtime loss to Loyola and capped it by scoring a career-high 26 in Tuesday's 76-63 loss at Coppin State.
During the stretch, Blalock has hit 36 of 56 shots, a rate of 64.3 percent that includes 46.7 percent from three-point range. He also has made 83.3 percent of his foul shots.
After averaging 11 minutes a game while riding the bench behind Devin Boyd last season, Blalock is making the most of his starting role. And after the Tigers get into their Big South schedule next month, look for them to use more three-guard alignments, with Blalock collecting more minutes and more shots from one of the off-guard positions.
Record territory for Orlosky
Speaking of shooting guards, former Sun Player of the Year Sherri Orlosky (Atholton) is off to quite a start in her senior year at the University of Notre Dame.
Orlosky has started all six games for Notre Dame (4-2) and is third on the team with a 10.8 scoring average. She also is flirting with several school records.
She is shooting 43 percent from three-point range, and her next three-pointer will give her the career record of 66.
Orlosky has made 13 of 14 free throws (92.8 percent), which has put her in striking distance of the single-season school record of 84.9 percent. For her career, Orlosky has made 56 of 73 foul shots (76.7 percent), third on the school's all-time list. If she stays hot at the foul line, Orlosky could threaten the career record of 80.1 percent.
UMBC swimmers make waves
This could be the start of something big for the UMBC swimming program. Last weekend in a quad meet at Morgantown, W.Va., the Retrievers men's team swept West Virginia, Allegheny and Duquesne, and the women's team beat two of three schools. Each team improved its record to 6-2.
The Retrievers got their biggest lift from underclassmen. Sophomore David Miller (Centennial) won three events, setting a school record in the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.28), and also winning the 500 and 1,000 freestyle. Sophomore Mike Gibeau (Hammond) also set a school record when he won the 200 butterfly in 1:51.73. They each beat all three opponents.
From the women's team, freshman Ingrid Kilpe (Centennial) beat three teams in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Freshman Debra Chute (Arundel) did the same in the three-meter diving competition, and freshman Terry Flounders (1,000 freestyle), sophomore Evette Pinder (50 freestyle), freshman Megan Reese (100 freestyle) and sophomore Anna Butler (Centennial, 500 freestyle) each beat two teams.
From bench to mat
Sophomore Mike Jenson had his way on the wrestling mat at Randallstown High School, where the 1992 graduate won two state championships and had a 94-1-1 record that included 66 pins.
After seeing limited action as a freshman at Rider College (N.J.), Jenson has begun to have an impact on the Broncs. At the recent Penn State Invitational, Jenson (10-4) won four of five bouts to place third in the 177-pound class. He decisioned Seamus Lyman of Syracuse, 6-3, in the consolation finals.