Throughout the decades I spent as a teacher, long before I ever became a headmaster, I was also a coach. I saw firsthand that students, particularly adolescents, can often learn important lessons more effectively on the athletic field than in a classroom. But I also saw the damage that can be inflicted when winning at all costs becomes the goal.
For several local high school sophomores and juniors, the 2015 Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches (MSABC) Maryland Futures game for the North Region team will offer a great opportunity to show off their skills to college coaches.
For their accomplishments, Jen Bleakney and Ryan Conrad were named The Baltimore Sun's Female and Male High School Athletes of the Year on Wednesday at the 49th annual awards luncheon at The Sun's Calvert Street headquarters in downtown Baltimore.
When Laurel track coach Keon Broadhurst first saw Parkdale transfer Alexandra Okon run, he thought she would be better suited for middle-distance events. After competing in the 55 and 300 meters at Parkdale, the junior switched to the 800 meters for the Spartans.
Gilman's Ellison Jordan and Devery Hamilton, Franklin's Steven Smothers and McDonogh's Eric Burrell were among 400 players from across the country nominated to play in the US Army All-American Bowl in January.
The 63-year-old Bob Shriver, set to retire after 36 years, will depart with a remarkable resume that's not quite complete: a 506-138 record heading into his final regular-season game today at St. Paul's, along with six league championships (and nine more title game appearances), and three perfect seasons that resulted in No. 1 national rankings.
A small crowd of professional baseball scouts came to Hammond High School on March 25, huddling behind the backstop with their radar guns trained on Reservoir senior Cody Morris, hoping to catch some new valuable insight on the prized righty, who has already earned a scholarship to pitch for the University of South Carolina.
A three-sport star at Loyola, Conrad says the confidence he gained that day changed him. Whether he was playing soccer, basketball or his favorite sport, lacrosse, he started attacking challenges with more vigor. He came to expect success and regularly delivered.
In Baltimore, at least, the snow has finally melted and college lacrosse wins and losses and have taken on greater importance after more than a month's worth of games. As we head toward the season's midpoint, trends are beginning to emerge. Here's my take on what we've seen thus far.
The overnight snow closed schools in every public school system in the Baltimore metro area and almost all private and parochial schools, wiping out Tuesday's high school sports schedule and postponing the start of the spring season for IAAM and MIAA schools.
Loyola Blakefield wrestling coach Steve Truitt says it's unlikely his Dons will win the MIAA A Conference. Still, Truitt is fine with a top-four finish, because the league includes the top three teams in the Baltimore Sun's high school wrestling poll -- McDonogh, John Carroll and Mount St. Joseph.
Dulaney boys soccer and volleyball, Notre Dame Prep volleyball, St. Paul¿s basketball and ice hockey, Loyola Blakefield cross country, swimming and soccer, Calvert Hall ice hockey and football, and the accomplishments Dulaney cross country runner Eric Walz highlight a memorable 2014 for Towson-area high school sports.
State Class 2A champion Douglass, of Prince George's County, took over the top spot in the final Maryland High School Football Media State Poll with No. 2 Northwest, No. 3 McDonogh, No. 4 Gilman and No. 5 Franklin rounding out the top teams.
A gun buyback will take place Dec. 6 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Laurel. You don't have to be a city resident to turn in a gun. St. Mark's Young Adult Ministry is holding its third annual Toys for Tots toy drive. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted through Dec. 13. American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., will be the sight of a Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 till 11 a.m., sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 383. The Department of Parks and Recreation and the city's