Poolesville High School graduate Robbie Metz, Riverdale Baptist graduate Taylor Bloom and Atholton grad Brady Acker all played key roles for Team Maryland June 16-21 in Norman, Okla. Maryland won 4-0 in the championship game against Texas. Bloom pitched a three-hit shutout and was named tournament MVP. Acker went 2-for-3 and Metz recorded six assists and two putouts.
— Ted Black
Winston Churchill High School’s lacrosse goalie Markus Hurd was among 22 area-players named to the Freestate 2016 team. The Freestate team is an all-star roster selected by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association. These team’s are made up of the top 22 players in a given graduating class. Hurd is joined by Landon’s Justin Conner; Georgetown Prep’s Keith Fernandez; Poolesville’s Johnathan Hetrick; Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Casey Waller; and Bullis’ Joseph Stein. The 2017 team includes John Horning of Georgetown Prep and Landon’s Andrew Fowler, Colin O’Brien and William Powell. Ryan Lynch from Good Counsel and Landon McKenzie from Landon made the 2015 team.
— Prince J. Grimes
The Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts (8-12 as of Monday) are on pace to surpass last summer’s win total (13-31), an improvement that outfielder Jason Baytop Jr. is largely responsible for. Baytop, a 6-foot-1 right-handed batter, leads the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in home runs (4), ranks third in RBI (15), fifth in steals (11) and 12th in batting average (.324).
“He’s a really athletic, raw player,” Thunderbolts second-year manager Doug Remer said. “He still has a lot to learn, but yeah, he’s definitely a threat when he’s up to bat.”
Remer said that he saw video of Baytop (St. Augustine’s College) before this summer and was impressed with his speed and baserunning.
“I realized that hitting wise, there’s only one adjustment that I thought if he made, that he could really be successful this year,” Remer said. “He was willing to work, and that’s been key.”
Pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Gallaudet) has three wins and a .78 ERA to lead the Thunderbolts pitching staff.
— Eric Goldwein
After sifting through offers from 25 top college football programs, rising Our Lady of Good Counsel senior defensive end Darius Fullwood announced in a ceremony at his home in Bowie Saturday that he intends to continue playing football at the University of Kentucky in 2015-16, Chris Konrad, the Falcons’ director of football operations confirmed in an email to The Gazette.
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound strong-side defensive end is a four-star recruit on Rivals.com and ranks sixth in Maryland, according to the website.
“We are very excited that our Army All-American nominee will be headed to Kentucky and join his former teammate Kobie Walker,” Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy said in an email. “Darius has tremendous upside and we are looking forward to him growing into an elite player in the SEC. As of right now we are looking forward to Darius having a memorable senior year at [Good Counsel].”
— Jennifer Beekman
The Brine National Lacrosse Classic kicked off Monday at the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown and runs through Thursday. The tournament highlights the top girls’ and boys’ lacrosse players from around the country. There will be six different tournaments at the Soccerplex (a boys and girls division for each age group)— rising juniors and seniors, rising sophomores and middle school.
Some notable local rising seniors participating on the girls side are Lexi Manos of Potomac (National Cathedral School) and Rose Prizzi of Gaithersburg (Our Lady of Good Counsel). On the boys side Michael Harris of Gaithersburg (Our Lady of Good Counsel), Cameron Link of Bethesda (Bullis), Jack Olson of Chevy Chase (Georgetown Prep) and Myles Romm of Rockville (Wooten) will participate.
— Tim O’Donnell