|Spring/Summer 2010 Archives
Essex Resident Rivers Gets Drafted by LA
many kids, Essex resident
started playing baseball at the young age of 5. He played baseball for
the Essex Rec. Council and the Harford Sox. Rivers graduated from
Eastern Tech and helped lead the Tech Baseball team to a state title in
2007. He was good enough to receive a scholarship to play baseball at
The University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he majored in
mechanical engineering. For most players, baseball is over after high
school or college, but not for Rivers. Not only will he continue his
baseball career, but also he will get paid to play as Rivers was
drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
“It was a great feeling to get drafted. I
worked hard my whole life and
to get that phone call was a special feeling,” Rivers said.
Being drafted wasn’t a total shock as
Rivers said the Angels contacted
him a few days before the draft. Although Rivers thought he’d be
selected between rounds 12 - 20, the Angels drafted Rivers in the 35th
Girls Win Regional Tennis Title
Chelsea Leap and Samantha Lui are
Kenwood seniors were crowned Regional Champions for girl’s doubles at
CCBC-Essex on May 20.
They are coached by Fletcher Burchett, who believes Leap and Lui are
the first tennis champions at Kenwood.
“This is the first region championship I think we have won in the
history of the school,” Burchett said, who is still doing the research.
In a sport like tennis, a player must remain calm and not get upset
over every play. Burchett said that’s why Leap and Lui are regional
champions. Both have on-the-court determination and many times they
have come back to win in the third set. “They both are
incredibly calm and collective on the court,” Burchett
said. “They are resilient and don’t make a lot of errors. They force
their opponents to make the errors.”
Tech Baseball and Softball Teams Lose in State Semifinals
Eastern Tech was trying to win state
titles in both baseball and softball, but both teams dreams came to an
end with losses in the State Seminfinals on Tuesday.
Eastern Tech baseball was in its fourth state semifinal game
in the past six years, but fell sport to Parkside High School 10-6. The
team advanced to the round after defeating Dundalk 5-1 on the 2A
Finals. Led by star players Don Guido, Nick McElfish and Randy
Alexander, the Mavericks opened up the playoffs with a 16-6 win on
Randallstown and a 7-1 win over Lansdowne.
The softball team was back in the state semifinals for the third time
the past six years, but lost to Easton High School 8-0. The Mavericks
lost to the same Easton team 2-0 in the 2008 State Semifinals. Tech was
led by pitcher
Paige Yeager. The Mavericks opened up the playoffs with impressive wins
over Chesapeake 18-1, Lansdowne 13-3 and Dundalk 12-4 before losing on
Teacher Wins $5,000 in Vegas Bowling Tournament
at Kenwood High School know Chris Dotson as their technology education
teacher, but what they might not know is that he’s a pretty good bowler
too. Dotson just returned from the AMF’s $500,000 National In-League
Tournament in Las Vegas where he won $5,000.
“It was one of the best experiences I have ever had in any type of
tournament,” Dotson said. “I met so many different people. It was
Dotson is a 24-year-old Middle River resident and is new to the area
after moving from Binghamton, NY in August.
Bowling is in his blood as Dotson comes from a bowling family. He and
his sister started bowling when they were four years old. His
grandparents bowled, and his mom and dad are bowlers too.
Sunday, March 21, the St. Ursula School seventh grade girl’s
basketball team completed a task that is difficult to accomplish at any
level – THE PERFECT SEASON. Under the direction of coaches Bob Troiani
and Jan Edwards the team had 31 wins - 0 losses. That’s right
31-0!! While we had our sights set on repeating as CYO Champs the
girls played to higher standards.
Winner of the St. Mary’s League
Winner of the Seton Keough League
First Place in the Our Lady of Victory Tournament
Champion – For the 3rd year in a row!
Ursula/Al Hahn Tournament Champions
Troiani said “This is a very special group of girls and it has
been a joy to watch them grow over the past four years. “
Perry Hall Resident Named NSCAA Player of
Perry Hall resident and York College senior Jon Ports (McDonogh) has
been honored as the NSCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Player-of-the-Year
as announced by the organization late last week. Ports becomes York’s
first national Player-of-the-Year in athletic department history.
“When I first heard about it, when the NSCAA Chairman called me, I
couldn’t believe it,” Ports said of hearing of his selection. “I was
emotional and excited.”
“It definitely shows how this team has progressed,” Ports continued.
“It is an individual award but it has been my teammates and coaches
that have made me better over the past three seasons.”
In 2009, the seniorSpartan tallied a team-high 23 points on seven
goals, including a trio of game-winners, and nine assists. As the focal
point of the Green and White attack, as well as opponent’s defensive
game plans, Ports led the Spartans to a 17-1-5 record, their first
Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championship since the 2006
campaign, and York’s fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament
this year reaching the Sweet 16. All told, the Spartans finished ranked
eighth in the final 2009 NSCAA national poll.
Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig said. “He is a special player that
brings unmatched qualities to every game. It has been a pleasure to
watch him progress not only as a player, but more importantly as a
person. All these honors bestowed upon him the past three years are
truly a testament to not only his abilities, but also his character and
Mount Carmel Announces New Coach
is an old saying that states, when one door closes, another one
opens. Such is the case for Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School,
and basketball coach Rob Long who announced his hiring for the 2010-11
season. This winter with the school beginning an indoor soccer
team, many of the outdoor soccer players chose to stay with soccer
instead of basketball, causing the team to fold. Coach Long was
anticipating entering his fourth season as the head coach at the
College of Notre Dame. As the fall seasons ended, and practice began,
the combination of athletes injured in the fall, and those injured at
practice reduced the roster to a point that it became dangerous to
Champion Bodybuilder Returns
After more than a decade of non-participation, Chris Toland of
came out of retirement to compete in several contests. The 2006 Dundalk
Sports Hall of Fame inductee won the Masters 35-40 division, the men's
open light heavyweight division and the overall title at the 2009
Baltimore Natural Bodybuilding Championships on Nov. 21 at Parkville
High. With this string of successes behind him, Toland is now eligible
to compete professionally.
“Bodybuilding is not weight lifting,” he explained. “Contests are based
on muscle development, leanness, symmetry and posing. It's strictly on
your physique, how your body looks, not on strength.” His body weight,
175-190 pounds, is what places him in the light heavyweight class.
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