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Spring/Summer 2010 Archives
Essex Resident Rivers Gets Drafted by LA Angels

Just like many kids, Essex resident Ryan Rivers 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 round.

 Kenwood Girls Win Regional Tennis Title
Chelsea Leap and Samantha Lui are regional tennis champions.

The two 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.”

Eastern 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 regional 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 in 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 Tuesday.

Kenwood Teacher Wins $5,000 in Vegas Bowling Tournament

Students 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 pretty cool.”
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.

A Perfect Season

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. 

This year’s accomplishments:
· Winner of the St. Mary’s League
· Winner of the Seton Keough League
· First Place in the Our Lady of Victory Tournament
· CYO Champion – For the 3rd year in a row!
· St. Ursula/Al Hahn Tournament Champions
Coach 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 the Year

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 work ethic.”

Mount Carmel Announces New Coach

There 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 continue.

Champion Bodybuilder Returns

After more than a decade of non-participation, Chris Toland of Dundalk 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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