Hammond grid duo doing well in college; Gamble at UConn, Spruill at Virginia stand out on defense; Notebook


Former county high school football stars are having their ups and downs on the college scene, but two of the most successful Division I college players this season are both Hammond graduates.

Ron Gamble has started 22 consecutive games for Connecticut.

After three seasons at defensive end, the 6-foot-2, 277-pound senior moved to defensive tackle this season and now has 17 tackles and one sack for the Huskies, who are 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10.

Another former Bear playing well is Tim Spruill, a 5-10, 175-pound junior cornerback at Virginia.

He has 12 tackles, nine assists, one interception and one fumble recovery that he returned 20 yards for a touchdown against Brigham Young. He also has three pass break-ups and he blocked a punt against Duke.

Jay Green, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive senior tackle from Wilde Lake, is playing well at Shepherd and hoping for a look in the pro draft.

Brian Howard (Oakland Mills) is a senior defensive end at Harvard. The 6-1, 240-pound Howard has six tackles and four assists with one sack and two tackles for a loss.

Torn anterior cruciate ligaments have hit two former Wilde Lake players.

Senior tight end Seth Willing- ham of Eastern Illinois tore his in the second game of the season against Hawaii. Sophomore running back Sean Jefferson tore his in the preseason for Towson.

Last year's county Defensive Player of the Year, Danny Bayron of Wilde Lake, has redshirted at Towson because of torn tendons in a finger.

Leading rusher

River Hill's Jason Fawcett leads the county in rushing with 690 yards on 134 attempts. He has scored five touchdowns.

Teammate Dyemi Jenkins has 559 yards on 76 carries with four touchdowns. That's an average of 7.4 yards a carry.

Wilde Lake's Mario Merrills has 531 yards on 84 carries with nine touchdowns.


David Briefel (Wilde Lake), who played center midfield in high school and his first two years at Cornell, has switched to stopper this season and is part of a defense that has allowed just one goal in its last five games. Cornell is 6-3.

"We needed someone to play center defense, and he stepped up and is doing very well," said Cornell coach Brian Scales. "He has started every game."

Led by Adom Crew, who has eight goals and six assists, a total of 13 River Hill players have scored at least one goal this season.

High Point is the only team that has kept Crew from scoring.

Mount Hebron's 2-1 victory over Centennial last Friday was the school's first over the Eagles.

Dan Solee, who was a dangerous and speedy forward for Wilde Lake, has moved to Laurel and is no longer playing for the Wildecats.

Cross country

Jeff Olenick (Centennial), a junior at Goucher, has won four cross country races this season.

Glenelg's Jon Goldsmith and Mount Hebron's Kate Frande each won their divisions of the St. Paul's Invitational last Friday.

Glenelg, led by second-place finisher Carrie Selmer, won the girls team championship at St. Paul's, edging Mount Hebron, 51-52.

Coach needed

Mount Hebron is looking for a JV boys basketball coach. Call athletic director Mark Cates at 410-313-2885.

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