Hammond's Gamble to play football at Connecticut


Hammond's Ron Gamble will attend the University of Connecticut on a full football scholarship.

The senior linebacker and fullback was a Baltimore Sun second-team All-Metro selection, and the Howard County Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

"They have one of the best sports medicine programs, and in two years the football program will move into the Big East," Gamble said.

The team, which plays I-AA football, is coached by Skip Holtz, the son of Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz. In his second season as Connecticut coach the team went 8-3 last fall.

"Coach Holtz said he wants to win a national title in I-AA before moving up to Division I," Gamble said.

Gamble also had scholarship offers from Lehigh, Lafayette and Richmond.

"They will be looking at me as either a defensive end or fullback," Gamble said. "Their fullback is the main running back on plays inside the [opponent's] 20-yard line."

Gamble (6-foot-3 and 230 pounds) led Hammond with 28 solo tackles, including 12 behind the line of scrimmage. He made an additional 53 assisted tackles.

On offense he carried the ball 68 times for 376 yards and eight touchdowns. He had a four-touchdown game against Glenelg.

"Ron is the type of player who just loves to play football," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. "He just couldn't wait for game day."

Howard undecided

Oakland Mills' Brian Howard, a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro linebacker, has narrowed his college choices to the Naval Academy, William & Mary, Harvard and Maryland.

Howard was offered a full scholarship to Stanford, but Oakland Mills football coach Ken Hovet said that Howard turned it down.

Howard has an appointment to the Naval Academy and was offered a full scholarship by William & Mary.

"His main focus is on academics," Hovet said.

Howard has a 3.84 GPA and scored 1360 on the Scholastic Assessment Test. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder bench-presses 375 pounds and has 4.6 speed.

Snyder shines at Towson

Dave Snyder (Atholton) of Scaggsville ended an outstanding college football career when he graduated from Towson State University Jan. 7.

The lineman was Towson's 1995 Offensive Player of the Year and captain for the NCAA I-AA Tigers.

He was named to the 1995 ECAC first-team All-Conference.

Vikings end skid

Mount Hebron boys basketball team (5-9 overall, 1-5 league) ended a six-game losing streak, knocked Oakland Mills out of first place and earned its first league win last Friday by upsetting the Scorpions, 66-64.

The Vikings, who have lost overtime games to Centennial and Wilde Lake, led by 10 points with 90 seconds to play. The Scorpions sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score look a little closer than it really was.

Mount Hebron was helped when Oakland Mills' scoring and rebounding leader, Irving Conwell, sat out the first quarter due to what Scorpion coach Dave Appleby called "school-related problems."

Conwell, who scored 24 points, also missed some of the fourth quarter after injuring his back.

"With Conwell on the bench in the first quarter we got out to an 11-2 lead, and they just couldn't catch up," Vikings coach Scott Conroy said.

Russell Drake led the Vikings with 20 points.

Baseball clinic scheduled

A clinic for youth baseball coaches is scheduled at Atholton High on Feb. 24.

The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches will conduct the third annual event that features demonstrations of drills, how to organize practices and the teaching of proper baseball mechanics.

Oakland Mills baseball coach Tim O'Brien, former Glenelg coach Terry Coleman and former Atholton coach Don Van Deusen will be among the instructors.

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