Two Mount Hebron lacrosse defensemen will be playing locally next season. Mike Machiran has committed to Towson State and Jon Smith to UMBC.
Machiran, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, plays excellent position defense, a perfect complement to another Vikings defenseman, Mike Stromberg, who signed with Loyola last week.
Smith is a 6-3, 190-pounder who plays close defense.
Both played football at Mount Hebron. Machiran, a four-year varsity football player, was a linebacker and tight end; Smith was the quarterback for three seasons.
Machiran, who has a 3.4 grade-point average and will study business, is a third-year varsity lacrosse player. Smith is playing just his second year of lacrosse, has a 3.0 GPA and will study sports management with an eye toward coaching.
Machiran received full tuition and fees to Towson. Smith received full tuition and fees his first two years, and full tuition and board his junior and senior years.
Tortella to West Point
Frank Tortella (Howard) has realized his dream to attend a military academy -- one year late. He will transfer from Catholic University to West Point in June.
Tortella, a three-sport standout athlete for the Lions, was one of just two freshmen football players to start last season for Catholic. He played blocking back on a team that was 7-2, losing the season finale and a chance at the playoffs, 44-41.
He was Rep. Ben Cardin's principal nominee to West Point and hopes to play football and baseball, although he'll have to redshirt his first year in football. He sat out baseball this season at Catholic to have four years of eligibility at West Point in that sport. He also wrestled at Howard.
"I was turned down by the Naval Academy because I have a color-blind disability, but that didn't disqualify me at West Point," Tortella said. "It's always been my goal to go to an academy, and everything turned out for the best, because Army runs a wishbone [in football], and that better suits my blocking ability. I want to study pre-med, and 90 percent of military doctors come from the army."
Cannell to Bowie
Corey Cannell, an Atholton pitcher and infielder, has signed a letter of intent to play for Bowie State next year. He will receive a full tuition scholarship. He attended a baseball camp at Bowie State last summer and impressed coach Larry Freer.
Cannell also batted .303 last summer for the Laurel American Legion team. He has pitched in relief three times for Atholton this season with a 1-0 record.
Long shines at Maryland
Freshman outfielder Larry Long (Howard) is Maryland's fourth-leading hitter this season with a .329 overall batting average. He has 28 hits, six doubles, a triple and a home run and has driven in 12 runs. He has stolen six bases in nine attempts and has a .936 fielding average.
He is fifth in batting in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a .442 league average and second in doubles with six.
Rhinehart hits 1,023
Basketball star Richard Rhinehart (Glenelg, Towson Catholic) scored 1,023 career points at Shippensburg College this winter, shooting 60 percent from the floor.
Pub Date: 4/16/97