Woodlawn graduate Darrel Mance, a two-time state wrestling champion, accepted a full scholarship last Sunday to wrestle and play football at Eastern Michigan University.
Mance played so impressively at defensive end in last Sunday's Chesapeake All-Star Football Classic, in which Team Maryland beat Northern Virginia, 20-16, that a recruiter signed him before he left the Memorial Stadium field.
"I've been considering them for a long time because, of all the schools who were considering me, they seemed the most genuinely interested in my situation," said Mance, 6 feet 2, 260 pounds. "They treated me like a person first and a commodity second."
Mance, who became Woodlawn's first state wrestling champ two years ago, earned All-Metro honors and his second straight state crown with a 30-0 record this past winter.
As a linebacker last fall, Mance helped the Warriors to an 8-3 record and a state playoff berth.
"They want me to report to the school on Aug. 9," said Mance. "They expect that I can go out there and possibly be favored against their heavyweight."
Cecil Kirk takes third
Led by All-Metro Shawnta Rogers (Lake Clifton), who averaged 19.0 points, Ronald Byrd (Lake Clifton, 13.0) and Travon Broadway (Walbrook, 13.0), Cecil Kirk's junior boys squad placed third in last weekend's AAU Junior Slam-and-Jam national tournament in Los Angeles.
Cecil Kirk, the defending tournament champ, lost, 85-81, in the semifinals to Riverside Church of New York. Riverside beat Kansas City for the title.
Rogers, Byrd and Broadway were chosen to the 64-team tournament's all-American team.
"I think we played extremely well, and I'm not disappointed," said coach Anthony Lewis, whose team left Thursday for the AAU senior boys nationals, which run through Saturday.
New coach at St. Joe
Steve Szlasa, an Anne Arundel County resident, has been named lacrosse coach at Mount St. Joseph.
Szlasa, the son of former Navy lacrosse coach Dick Szlasa, replaces Drew Bowden, who stepped down last spring to devote more time to his law career.
Szlasa has been an assistant coach at the University of Virginia.
The Craig Cromwell Summer League is in full swing at the Madison Square Recreation Center, better known as "The Dome."
The league, with games on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, includes Southern-Baltimore and Dunbar, the area's No. 1 and No. 2 squads last season, Catholic League regular-season and tournament champion Cardinal Gibbons and tournament runner-up St. Frances.
Today is the league's all-star game, and many college recruiters are expected to attend. It is the last day that coaches are $H allowed to observe prospects. The final day of league play is Aug. 19.
Calvert Hall, Carver, Edmondson, Loyola, Mervo, Walbrook, Southwestern and Towson Catholic complete the field.
Another Sunday title game
The Sandtown Summer Basketball League will hold its 13-and-under and 16-and-under title games today at McAbee Playground at Gilmore and Laurens streets.
The 13-and-under game will begin at 5, followed by the 16-and-under game at 6 p.m.
In a 4 p.m. preliminary, former All-Maryland Scholastic Association quarterback and North Carolina Central graduate Moe Armwood (Northwestern High) and other former stars from the community will play in the Legends game.
Local players noticed
Atlantic Cape Camp, in Williamstown, N.J., was the site of an exposure camp early in the month where nearly 80 college scouts checked out nearly 200 high school prospects.
Recognized as Top 20 players were: Konata Springer (Towson Catholic), Johnny Hemsley (Southern-B), Roderick Harrison (Dunbar), Blanchard Hurd (Milford Mill).
Keon Chavez (St. Frances), Jeryl Singletary (Dunbar), Keon Sellman (Milford Mill) were recognized as the camp's Top 40 players.
Lansdowne football player Gary Allen, a rising senior, has been honored by the United States Achievement Academy as a national award winner.
PTC Allen, 6 feet, 247 pounds, has played several positions, being a two-way lineman, a reserve fullback and a defensive end.