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Oakland Mill's Catlin signs with G. Washington; Soccer player gets wish of playing close to home; Notebook; High Schools


Jeremy Catlin of Oakland Mills, a second-team All-Metro soccer forward, has signed a letter of intent with George Washington University.

Catlin, who has a 3.95 grade-point average and 1,320 SAT, will receive an academic scholarship.

"My first criteria was a good academic school," he said. "But I also wanted to go to school in a city and close to home," he said.

Catlin said he wanted to play for a Division I soccer program, and George Washington competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference with other schools such as Virginia Tech and Temple.

The four-year starter played on back-to-back Class 1A state championship teams his junior and senior years. He scored a career-high 18 goals his junior year.

Lafayette also offered a partial scholarship, and he considered attending Bucknell or Holy Cross.

River Hill swims to title

Defending champion River Hill came from behind to win the 20th Howard County High School Swim Championships at Howard Community College Sunday.

River Hill edged Hammond, 170-162. Howard finished third with 119 points.

Chris Pearson of Howard and Jay Ferrari of River Hill each won three events and shared the High Point Trophy. Pearson won the 200-meter freestyle, 200 individual medley and 10 freestyle. Ferrari won the 50 and 100 butterfly events and 100 IM.

Andrew Clegg of Wilde Lake won the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke.

Crysti McGrail of Hammond won the girls High Point Trophy by winning the 100 and 200 IM and the 200 freestyle.

Danielle Lundy of Long Reach won the 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke, and Kristin Newman of Howard captured the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.

All 10 public schools were represented in the 22 individual events and six relays.

Lacrosse unbeatens face off

Two undefeated teams square off tomorrow at Mount Hebron, where the defending state champion Vikings (4-0) play host to Centennial (5-0). Both teams have been hit with injuries.

The Eagles will be missing one of their top scorers, David Paolisso, who is out six to eight weeks with a broken left wrist suffered on a stick check during an April 4 victory over Atholton. He has scored 12 goals and had four assists in three games.

The Vikings will be missing second-team midfielders Kurt Nordhoff (stress fracture in his back) and Jeff Wunk (mononucleosis).

The Eagles are led by Andy Murray's 12 goals and 14 assists. He has won 90 percent of his faceoffs and has 45 ground balls.

Three players lead the Vikings offensively: Mike Selawski (19 points), Neal Goldman (18 points) and Jim Cooke (14 points).

Jon Machiran has dominated faceoffs for Mount Hebron, and his matchup with Murray should be a key to the game.

"They have six scoring threats and their midfielders can fly, but it should come down to fundamentals, faceoffs and controlling tempo," said Eagles coach Mike Siegert.

Snyder lost for Howard

Adam Snyder, Howard's junior first baseman, was having a banner day Wednesday at Atholton.

He hit a three-run home run in each of his first three at-bats. Then he collided with an Atholton runner and tore a ligament in his left elbow. He is possibly out for the season.

Despite the injury, Snyder played the next two games and was leading his team in homers (three), RBIs (14) and batting average (.500) before Monday's game.

"He's a tough kid. He knocked in the tying run against Centennial Friday. And he doubled Monday," said coach Rich Jenkins. "But he finally went to -- the doctor."

Busy track weekend

Oakland Mills and River Hill will compete at the Meade Stampede Friday. Long Reach will be the site of the Capitol Classic on Saturday. Glenelg will be the host of a 28-team invitational Saturday.

The Long Reach event will feature some top East Coast teams.

The Lightning girls team dominated the Saxon Invitational with 106 points in McLean, Va., Saturday. Cynthia Nicholls won the high jump and 100 hurdles and finished second in the long jump. She also ran on the winning 400 relay.

Wilde Lake, Hammond, Calvert Hall, Fairmont Heights and Northwestern will be among the teams competing at Glenelg.

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