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Basketball season begins for Western Maryland


College basketball is here.

The Western Maryland men will play host to a tip-off tournament on Friday, while the women will travel to York (Pa.) College this weekend to compete in the Lady Spartan Invitational.

Men's coach Nick Zoulias has nine lettermen returning led by 6-foot-3 junior forward Daeviid St. Rose, a second-team All-Centennial Conference selection who averaged 15.6 points and 5.7 rebounds last season. Sophomore guard Kris Shuck, senior forward Jeff Daniels and sophomore Wil Marshall averaged double figures in scoring last season.

Friday at Western Maryland's Gill Center, Kean College will take on Neumann College at 6 p.m. before the Green Terror plays Villa Julie at 8. The tournament will conclude Saturday with the consolation game at 6 p.m. and the championship at 8.

The Green Terror (11-14 overall last season and 7-6 in the CC) was picked to finish second in the Centennial Conference's West Division by the conference coaches. Franklin & Marshall was predicted to finish first.

The Western Maryland women also have some talent returning from last year's 14-9 team. Junior point guard Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) led the team in assists (94) and steals (51) last year and averaged just under 10 points.

Sophomore forward Katie Haley was second on the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg) and 6-4 junior center Heidi Snyder averaged 8.9 points and finished tied for seventh in Division III in blocked shots with 83.

The Green Terror, picked to finish last by conference coaches in the powerful CC West Division, has four other letter winners returning. The Green Terror will take on Lebanon Valley at 8 p.m. Friday, with host York playing Nazareth at 6. Westminster grad Lauren Kadlubowski earned a spot on the Nazareth roster as a freshman guard.

The consolation game will take place Saturday afternoon at 1, with the championship at 3.

Van Deusen honored

Western Maryland senior quarterback Brian Van Deusen closed out a brilliant career with first-team All-CC honors announced Monday.

Also making the conference's first team for the Green Terror were center John Carroll and defensive end Joe Krcma.

Van Deusen set school single-season records for completions, attempts and passing yards as he finished 224 of 410 for 2,388 yards with 16 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He started 30 games in his four years at Western Maryland and completed 621 of 1,129 passes for 7,239 yards with 51 touchdowns and ran for 14 touchdowns, setting eight career school marks and nine conference records.

Junior receiver Donte Abron and sophomore defensive back Justin Lavis made the All-CC second team. The Green Terror, which closed out its season with a 14-14 tie against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, finished 5-3-2 overall and 3-2-2 in conference play.

Liberty gets new coach

Liberty High has named Bob Dawson as its new varsity girls basketball coach, replacing Tom Delise. Jim Reese takes over the junior varsity program.

Dawson, who teaches in the Frederick County school district, has extensive coaching experience at the girls varsity level. He most recently coached at Fairfield (Pa.) High School and also spent time at Catoctin and Linganore.

Hockey players cited

Five Carroll field hockey players were recognized by the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Coaches Association. Westminster senior forward Ann Brennan earned first-team all-state honors. Honorable mentions went to Westminster senior defender Nikki Cornell, Francis Scott Key senior forward Stacey Greene and Liberty senior goalie Heather Carter. Francis Scott Key junior forward Jen Parrish was among the "players to watch."

The seniors games will take place tonight at Johns Hopkins University.

The top players from the East will meet the best from the West at 6 p.m.

The all-state team will be recognized before the North-South game at around 7:30.

The Carroll representatives -- Cornell, Greene, Carter, South Carroll's Jessica Etzler and North Carroll's Jackie Chase -- will play on the North team.

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