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Kenwood Star Chooses Maryland

Kenwood High School baseball star Shane Campbell is going to Maryland. The All-Metro pitcher signed a letter of intent on Monday to play baseball at the University of Maryland. He will receive a four-year scholarship where he’ll major in physical therapy. Campbell signed the letter with his parents, coaches and Kenwood Principal Paul Martin in attenedance.
“I chose Maryland because it is close to home so my family and friends can watch me play, and the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) is one of the best conferences Division I. I want to be a Terp,” Campbell said.
The Middleborough resident has played baseball since the age of six and has been a student at Kenwood since his sophomore year. He is now a senior at Kenwood and will play in his final year at the school beginning in March. “My goal this season is to be Player of the Year and I want to help my teammates play better,” Campbell added.

Tech Wins Regional Volleyball Title
Congratulations to Eastern Tech High School’s Volleyball team as they won the Regional 2A Championship.
Bottom row from left to right:  Kelly Watts, Bianca Tenorio, Lauren Sponagle, Carly Wheat, Alexis Peay, Aliyah Levy, Abigail Green.
Second row left to right: Caleen Kufera, Courtney Krout, Claudia Valencia, Kristen Porter, Lauren Thompson, Samantha Paulus and Coach Sarah Nugent.
Third row from left to right: Briona Lomax, Lizz Bondarenko, Danielle Cockey.
Fourth row from left to right: Coach Chris Krout, Brent Tabisz, Coach Ted Thompson.

Kenwood Hosts First Pink-Out Game

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Kenwood High School’s girl’s varsity soccer team hosted their very first Pink-Out Game in order to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event took place right in the school’s home stadium, where Kenwood played against Parkville High School. Both Varsity teams wore pink and white jerseys instead of their school colors, as well as spray painting their hair bright pink in order to get in the spirit of things.
In order to raise the money, a breast cancer awareness tent was set up, which included wrist bands, magnets and baked goods that were for sale. Along with a tent, donation buckets were available and $1 from each ticket purchased was also donated directly to the foundation.
According to Chris Mattern, Girls Head Varsity Soccer Coach and coordinator of the event, the grand total of the money raised was $200.

Parkville Captures Baltimore Beltway Senior
Softball League “B” Championship

The Parkville entry into the Baltimore Beltway Senior Softball League captured the “B” Division championship for 2010.
Led by player-manager Cliff Gillespie, the team is sponsored by Oak Crest retirement community and the Parkville Senior Center via the Baltimore County Department of Aging.
The Parkville team finished the season with an impressive 28-14 record that included eight one-run victories, including two in the playoffs. In the semi-finals, Parkville defeated the Catonsville squad.
In a dramatic championship game, Parkville overcame three late-inning deficits to defeat the Maryland Old Liners from Howard County 15-14.  The team scored runs in the ninth and tenth innings to extend the contest before achieving a walk-off victory in the bottom of the 11th inning.
The travel league, for athletes 60 years of age and older, is comprised of 17 teams from Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Prince George’s counties.

Mount Carmel U8 Boys Soccer Wins Tournament

Congratulations to The Our Lady of Mount Carmel U8 Boys Soccer Team in winning the Overlea Cup 2010 Tournament!
Perry Hall Coach Invites Kids to Soccer Camp

When you’ve coached a soccer team to the state finals in two of the past three years, you know a little something about soccer and Perry Hall High School coach Danny Skelton wanted to share his knowledge with young players at his soccer camp. Camp was held for boys and girls ages 11-16 at Perry Hall High School. He calls the camp “Total Futbol Premier Soccer Camp.”
Skelton wanted a catchy name that sounded European to attract players, but he also emphasizes that American players start playing more like Europeans.
“We need to improve our technical skills in the U.S.,” Skelton explained. “Once a player develops bad habits, it’s hard to break those habits as they get older. That’s why we try to develop good habits at a young age.”
At the camp, players work on ball skills such as passing, ball control and moving without the ball. Skelton trains players in both total offense and defense.

Dundalk Soccer Camp Goes European Style

For the past seven years, soccer players from Europe have been traveling to the United States to teach American kids how to develop a real appreciation for how the game is played.
According to Andy Yianni, one of eight soccer coaches in the program and a former semi-pro soccer player, about 120 children signed up this summer to participate in the Challenger British Soccer Program, which breaks last year’s record of a little over 60 participants.
“Kids from age three to age 16 have joined together to take advantage of this opportunity,” stated Yianni. “It’s been really great to see them get so involved and be full of so much excitement, especially in these uncomfortable temperatures.”
The weeklong soccer clinic took place at the North Point Government Center located on Wise Avenue in Dundalk, and began on Monday, July 5 and ran until Friday, July 9, daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Temperatures that week topped out at more than 100 degrees.

Mt. Carmel to Start Playing Football

After 50 years, Mount Carmel High School will have its first football team starting this fall. The school announced they will start with an eight-game schedule in 2010 and will join the MIAA (Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) League for a full schedule in 2011.
Director of Athletics Mike Naunton said it’s time to add a football team to the athletic program. “The kids in middle school DON’T know what it’s like not having football in their lives. There was a period when kids in the area didn’t have a football team when the Colts left, but this generation has grown with up football as the Ravens have been in Baltimore for 15 years,” Naunton explained. “We thought it was time to start a football program. Kids entering high school today have grown up playing football in rec. leagues and we have some good young players out there.”
The local community also wants to give back, so Bartenfelder Farms & Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery are  teaming up to hold a bull roast on Sunday, Aug. 8 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Chapel Hills, 4350 Chapel Road in Perry Hall, to raise money for the new football program. Bartenfelder Farms Owner and County Councilman Joe Bartenfelder and Chapel Hills owner Russell Berk are hosting the event.