December 11, 2017

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No. 3 Mount St. Joseph receives ‘eye-opener’ in loss to Wesleyan Christian (N.C.)

HYATTSVILLE – After Sunday’s 74-58 loss to nationally ranked Weselyan Christian in the National Hoopfest at DeMatha Catholic High School, Mount St. Joseph blue-chip forward Jalen Smith shrugged off any potential worry. The Gaels came […]

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Justin Moore, recovering from an ACL tear, shines as No. 1 DeMatha routs Oak Ridge (Fla.)

Follow @k_fadd HYATTSVILLE — When DeMatha guard Justin Moore tore his ACL in the first week of January, he didn’t have a choice when it came to a workout routine. The injury sidelined the now […]

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Jared Bynum leads No. 9 Georgetown Prep to staple win against Pa. power Westtown

Follow @k_fadd HYATTSVILLE — Leading up to Saturday’s clash against Pennsylvania power Westtown in the National Hoop Fest at DeMatha Catholic High School, schoolmates interacted with Georgetown Prep guard Jared Bynum pessimistically. The chatter centered […]

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National Hoopfest central: Scores, stories, highlights and more

Follow @k_fadd National Hoopfest, established in 2011 as the Penny Hardaway Classic, is considered as one of the top high school basketball showcase events nationally. Over six years, the tournament has hosted 10 events, including […]

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Cameron Rucker steps up to drop 32 points in Springbrook’s win over Bethesda-CC

Follow @k_fadd ROCKVILLE —  After each bucket, Springbrook’s Cameron Rucker hastened back to the other end of the floor. There was no time for showboating or attention-seeking acts, the senior guard had to make sure […]

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No. 1 DeMatha overpowers No. 19 Eleanor Roosevelt, 86-49

Follow @k_fadd HYATTSVILLE — Midway through the third quarter, DeMatha transfer Earl Timberlake had the ball on the left wing in an isolation situation. He quickly surveyed the situation, spun to his left, dribbled through […]

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Collin Schlee’s 29 points leads No. 25 Oakdale to season-opening win over Thomas Johnson

Follow @k_fadd IJAMSVILLE — Collin Schlee positioned himself on the right wing, a good eight feet behind the 3-point arc, clapping his hands toward point guard Drew Jezioro as the first half reached its final […]

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MSA Top 25 boys’ basketball watch: Dec. 3-9

Follow @MDSportsAccess Keep up to date with the MSA Top 25 boys’ basketball teams right here. Games in bold denote Top-25 match-ups.  Sunday, Dec. 3 None Monday, Dec. 4 No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (5-1) […]

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Boys’ hoops Top 25: DeMatha starts at No. 1, Perry Hall tops publics at No. 7

Follow @k_fadd After four months of football, there’s no time to rest: It’s time for basketball, and a new season dawns more heroics and storylines. Last year, Gonzaga (WCAC), Mount St. Joseph (MIAA A), Bullis […]

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2017 MSA public school boys’ basketball awards

Follow @MDSportsAccess PAGE 2 — Player of the Year presented by Rehab 2 Perform, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Team of the Year and MSA All-State team  PAGE 3 — MSA […]

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Revered coach John Cooper leads Frederick County to Roundball Classic win

Follow @k_fadd HAGERSTOWN — There’s no such thing as a storybook signoff for John Cooper. At least, that’s what the 58-year-old discerned over the last few months. The well-known Maryland high school basketball coach has […]

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Highlight Video: MPSSAA boys basketball state championship recaps

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Boys hoops: No. 7 Patterson outlasts No. 20 Century for Class 2A crown

COLLEGE PARK — As soon as the celebration subsided, Patterson finally took a minute to soak it all in. The Baltimore City high school just won its second state title since 2012 and cemented themselves as […]

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Boys hoops: No. 3 Perry Hall outduels No. 13 Quince Orchard in OT, wins Class 4A state title

Follow @k_fadd COLLEGE PARK — The mild-mannered George Panageotou waved both arms up and down, signaling the Perry Hall faithful on the other side of the court to crank up the decibels. Perry Hall’s seven-point […]

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Boys hoops: No. 10 Baltimore Poly staves off Potomac to capture Class 3A crown

Follow @StevenD_UMD COLLEGE PARK — Early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Maryland Class 3A boys’ title game, Baltimore Polytechnic built a comfortable 10-point lead. But with less than seven minutes left in regulation, their […]

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Boys hoops: Fairmont Heights pulls away from Edmondson to take Class 1A crown, first state title since 1981

COLLEGE PARK — Fairmont Heights last won a state championship in 1981, and based off the first four minutes of Saturday’s MPSSAA Class 1A state final against Edmondson-Westside, it appeared the championship drought would continue […]

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Boys hoops: No. 20 Century rides Tucker’s 34 to down No. 18 Central, into Class 2A final

COLLEGE PARK — Just one week after cutting down the nets for the Class 2A West region title, Zach Tucker and Century found themselves in their first state semifinal since 2009. Tucker stepped to the […]

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Boys hoops: No. 7 Patterson puts away Harford Tech, into Class 2A final

COLLEGE PARK — Harford Tech came out of the gates fearlessly, knowing that in their first final four berth in program history they had to play loose, but with energy. It was the mindset of […]

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Boys hoops: Fairmont Heights pummels No. 25 Kent County to reach Class 1A final

COLLEGE PARK — Coming into their biggest game of the season on the hardwood of Xfinity Center, Kimani Benjamin and Fairmont Heights wanted to make this a playoff run to remember. A program rich with […]

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Boys hoops: No. 13 Quince Orchard does the improbable, sinks No. 1 Wise in Class 4A semifinals

Follow @k_fadd COLLEGE PARK — Select few — only those in the program — gave them a chance. Even after holding a three-point edge at the end of the first quarter, there was no way. […]

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Boys hoops: No. 1 Wise stunned in Class 4A semifinals by No. 13 Quince Orchard

COLLEGE PARK — Stunned. “It really hasn’t hit me yet, [just] shocking,” Wise senior guard Michael Speight said after the No. 1 Pumas were shocked by No. 13 Quince Orchard in the Class 4A semifinal […]

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Boys hoops: No. 3 Perry Hall overwhelms Annapolis with length to advance to Class 4A final

COLLEGE PARK — Boasting a 6-foot-9 frame, La’Quill Hardnett played with tenacious energy and filled the stat sheet as No. 3 Perry Hall advanced past Annapolis in Thursday night’s MPSSAA Class 4A state semifinal game […]

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Boys hoops: No. 10 Baltimore Poly hammers No. 2 Decatur 74-44 to reach Class 3A final

Follow @k_fadd COLLEGE PARK — De’Vondre Perry sat back on the red padded chair in the northwest corner Xfinity Center, pumping his fist in the air while a team trainer plopped bags of ice on […]

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Boys hoops: MPSSAA region title results and final four schedule

Class 3A: No. 2 Stephen Decatur vs. No. 10 Baltimore Poly on March 9 at 3:00 p.m. Class 3A: No. 4 Seneca Valley vs. Potomac on March 9 at 5:00 p.m. Class 4A: No. 3 […]

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Boys hoops: Potomac throttles Magruder for 3A South title

Follow @_bwarren OXON HILL — With euphoria abuzz and smiles abound, Gary Robertson lifted up the Class 3A South region title plaque high in the air as his teammates all made a W sign with their […]

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Boys hoops: No. 20 Century advances to final four with 64-48 win over Williamsport

Follow @JoeSchillerr When Zach Tucker climbed the ladder to cut down the nets, he knew his team had just accomplished something special. The “MVP” chants filled the gym as the senior guard worked his way […]

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Boys hoops: No. 1 Wise overcomes 10-point deficit, puts away No. 5 Eleanor Roosevelt in OT

Follow @_bwarren UPPER MARLBORO — On the first possession of overtime, Wise senior guard Brent Pegram was issued his fifth and disqualifying foul. Before stepping off the court, he had a message for his teammates “I […]

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Boys hoops: MPSSAA region championship schedule

High school basketball’s version of the Elite Eight tips this Saturday. Here’s the docket of region championship games. Winners will move on to next week’s state tournament at the University of Maryland, where it’ll be […]

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Boys hoops: No. 4 Seneca Valley rallies to upend No. 8 Oakdale in dramatic fashion

Follow @k_fadd GERMANTOWN — They never lost hope. Even after trailing by 13 in the waning minutes of the third quarter, and failing to secure a sliver of momentum as each possession subsided, Seneca Valley […]

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MSA Top 25 scoreboard: MPSSAA region semifinals

Follow our reporters: Kyle McFadden (@k_fadd) — No. 4 Seneca Valley vs. No. 8 Oakdale (6:00 p.m. tipoff) Evan Engelhard (@Evan_Engelhard) — No. 11 Tuscarora vs. Linganore (6:00 pm tipoff) Ben Spector (@bspec21) — No. […]

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Boys hoops: No. 11 Tuscarora imposes will, stays discipline to sink Frederick

Follow @k_fadd FREDERICK — Coming off the heels of their worst outing of the season last Tuesday, Tuscarora knew the roadblock that deterred offensive ineptitude in the CMC championship loss to Oakdale was only a […]

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Boys hoops: No. 17 Dunbar clamps down defensively to upend No. 12 Lake Clifton

Follow @Evan_Engelhard After Andre Rafus sank Dunbar three weeks ago with 30 points, including the game -3-pointer, Dunbar knew they would have their hands full with the blue chip 6-foot-10 forward the second time around […]

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Boys hoops: Rasmussen powers Linganore past Thomas Johnson, into region semifinals

Follow @JoeSchillerr When Harry Rasmussen started the game 3-for-3 from the floor, it was clear he was feeling it. After splitting the regular season series against Thomas Johnson, the hot start from the senior forward […]

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MSA Top 25 scoreboard: MPSSAA section semifinals

Follow our reporters: Kyle McFadden (@k_fadd) — No. 11 Tuscarora vs. Frederick (6:00 pm tipoff) Evan Engelhard (@evan_engelhard) — No. 12 Lake Clifton vs. No. 17 Dunbar (4:30 pm tipoff) Joe Schiller (@JoeSchillerr) — Linganore […]

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Boys hoops: Veterans carry Gonzaga (D.C.) to WCAC title

Follow @_bwarren WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys basketball title game between Gonzaga and Paul VI, the Purple Eagles were keenly aware of what was at stake. For the emotional Myles Dread, it […]

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Boys hoops: WCAC semifinals recap

Paul VI (Va.) 59, DeMatha 55 First up in semifinal action was the matchup between No. 1 seed Paul VI and No. 4 seed DeMatha Catholic. In the first half it was all DeMatha. The Stags […]

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Linganore basketball must remain true if they want to make another state title push

Follow @k_fadd Tom Kraft doesn’t say a word about last year or what that group accomplished in their high school careers, simply because there’s no going back. All that’s left are a residue memories, the […]

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Highlight Video: Prince George’s County Championship

No. 1 ranked Wise defeated No. 6 Douglass 60 – 57, on Wednesday, Nov 22, winning the Prince George’s County Championship.  

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Boys hoops: No. 8 Oakdale routs Damascus in first round of playoffs

Follow @JoeSchillerr IJAMSVILLE — Terry Connolly and the Oakdale Bears boys basketball team are no strangers to success in the MPSSAA playoffs. Connolly has led the Bears to the state semifinals three out of the […]

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Boys hoops: WCAC quarterfinals recap

DeMatha 79, Bishop O’Connell (Va.) 76 Led by the supreme efforts of Ryan Allen (game-high 26 points), DJ Harvey (20 points) and Josh McCrae (12 points), the Stags took one more step toward gaining another WCAC […]

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Boys hoops: No. 2 Stephen Decatur overpowers No. 25 Kent County for Bayside title

Follow @BaysideHoops When it comes to Bayside Championship games and Stephen Decatur, memories of 2014 and 2016 are probably ones most Seahawks fans would rather leave behind. More specifically, in their Bayside Championship game appearance […]

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Boys hoops: No. 3 Perry Hall rides second quarter surge to Baltimore County title

Follow @gregwatkins830 For the past two seasons, Perry Hall junior forwards La’Quill Hardnett and Anthony Higgs have spurred the Gators’ quick ascend to the top of the Baltimore basketball landscape. Last year, they led the school […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball rankings: End of regular season

Every Monday, team records and resumés are compiled and ranked based on how MSA feels where each team stands to date. Feel free to send us an email at info@marylandsportsaccess.com. NOTE: team records as of […]

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Highlight Video: Quince Orchard Vs. Tuscarora

Tuscarora defeated Quince Orchard, 54-46, on Thursday, Feb. 16, improving the Titans to 18-2 on the season.

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MPSSAA boys’ basketball playoff preview: Complete team-by-team and region breakdown

Follow @k_fadd The high school winter sports season can be a tiring trek. It lasts from late November to the beginning of March. And if you account offseason workout programs, it’s even longer. Take a […]

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Boys hoops: DeMatha gets revenge, tops Gonzaga on senior night

HYATTSVILLE —  As soon as Carsten Kolgenik’s 3-pointer banked in at the end of the first quarter, fans and students alike knew the soldout contest between Gonzaga and DeMatha would once again unfold as a classic. “They’re […]

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MPSSAA boys basketball region championship predictions

Follow @k_fadd Eleven weeks are down, which means the high school basketball playoffs are right around the corner. With the regular season officially coming to a close on Monday, February 20, and the official playoff […]

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Boys hoops: No. 7 Seneca Valley suffocates Magruder to clinch home-court in playoffs

Follow @k_fadd ROCKVILLE – Seneca Valley manifests their brand of basketball like no other. The Screamin’ Eagles don’t care if they only have one forward on their 14-man roster, or that their tallest player is […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball rankings: February 12-19

Follow @k_fadd Every Monday, team records and resumés are compiled and ranked based on how MSA feels where each team stands to date. This week: One-loss Quince Orchard, coming off their first win against a […]

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St. Frances upset Mount Saint Joseph, on Friday, Fed. 10, clawing back from a twenty point deficit to win in overtime, 69-67.

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Boys hoops: Wise outduels Rock Creek Christian in battle of Maryland’s top two teams

RIVERDALE — In the marquee matchup of the DMV Classic between the top two teams in the area, Rock Creek Christian Academy and Wise, all Brent Pegram and his teammates could think about are the […]

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Boys hoops: No. 10 Douglass-PG beats Potomac in wire-to-wire fashion

OXON HILL — Against fearless Potomac, Zion Cousins and his Douglass teammates knew they couldn’t allow themselves to relax or else the Wolverines could upset them. “We knew we had to come out with fire because […]

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Boys hoops: No. 12 Quince Orchard picks apart No. 22 Kennedy for intra-region win

Follow @k_fadd NORTH POTOMAC — Johnny Fierstein tumbled to his backside and pumped his fists back and forth as soon as he hit the deck. The 6-foot-3 senior forward didn’t mind that he was blanketed […]

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Boys hoops: De’Vondre Perry’s monster night lifts No. 5 Baltimore Poly over No. 10 Patterson

BALTIMORE – De’Vondre Perry corralled a loose ball and didn’t hesitate what to do next. All he saw was the rim. Nothing else. Baltimore Poly needed a spark, clinging to a two-point lead not even […]

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Boys hoops: Balanced offense fuels Blair in upset win over No. 17 Kennedy

SILVER SPRING — Heading into their rematch with Kennedy and its vaunted full-court press, Blair was keenly aware of the importance of ball security. That awareness paid off on Friday night, as the Blazers stunned […]

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Baltimore Poly is geared to run the table after completing one of the toughest treks since old school Dunbar

Follow @k_fadd Sam Brand was blunt: No shortcuts. Since the first recorded Maryland public school athletic season in 1947, a basketball state title has yet to be won at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. In fact, the […]

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Boys hoops: No. 1 Wise uses 20-0 run, Howell’s unconscious shooting to dismantle No. 6 Bowie, 73-49

Follow @k_fadd UPPER MARLBORO — Brandon Howell backpedaled to half-court with a sly grin. The senior guard couldn’t help it. “I knew I was on,” Howell said when he drilled a 3-pointer five feet past the […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball watch: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Follow @MDSportsAccess As the MPSSAA boys basketball season progresses, MSA will be posting scores and notes from every top-25 team right here. Check back for updates throughout the week. Games in bold are top-25 match-ups. […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Every Monday, team records and resumes are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based on how the panel feels where each team stands to date.     This week: Stephen Decatur rises to No. 2 […]

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Boys hoops: Jaden Faulkner powers No. 4 Eleanor Roosevelt past No. 6 Douglass-PG, 63-59

Follow @_bwarren LAUREL — Behind a monster third quarter performance from Jaden Faulkner and stifling team defense on the other end, No. 4 Eleanor Roosevelt held off No. 6 Frederick Douglass in the Prince George’s […]

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Boys hoops: Defense bails out No. 19 Whitman in 44-43 win over rival Bethesda-CC

Follow @k_fadd BETHESDA — Max Oppenheim and Walt Whitman were in this exact position before. Flashback to last March, and the Vikings were duking it out with Clarksburg for the 4A West region title. The […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball watch: January 22-28

As the MPSSAA boys basketball season progresses, MSA will be posting scores and notes from every top-25 team right here. Check back for updates throughout the week. Games in bold are top-25 match-ups. RV means […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: January 22-28

Follow @MDSportsAccess Every Monday, team records and resumes are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based on how the panel feels where each team stands to date. This week: Baltimore Poly jumps three spots to […]

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Boys hoops: Behind Chris Lykes’ 23 points, Gonzaga (D.C.) rolls past rival DeMatha, 76-63

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All night long, University of Miami recruit Chris Lykes gashed DeMatha with theatrical layups and pulverizing 3-pointers. But no sequence dazzled more than the behind-the-back pass the 5-foot-8 point guard performed that […]

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Highlight Video: No. 9 Seneca Valley Vs. No. 12 Quince Orchard

No. 9 Seneca Valley defeated  No. 12 Quince Orchard, 65-60, on Thursday, Jan. 18, improving the Cougars to 13-1 on the season.

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Boys hoops: No. 10 Baltimore Poly puts away No. 4 Lake Clifton, 68-61

BALTIMORE — Rahim Ali is numb to the burdensome weight that looms over his role. When Friday night’s game between No. 4 Lake Clifton and No. 10 Baltimor Poly was gridlocked at 37 apiece with […]

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No. 9 Seneca Valley outlasts No. 12 Quince Orchard, 65-60

Behind its stifling defense and gutsy offense, No. 9 Seneca Valley outlasted No. 12 Quince Orchard on Thursday night, 65-60, spoiling the Cougars’ undefeated season. “Coming into a game like this, going against an undefeated […]

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Boys hoops: No. 24 Old Mill stays unbeaten with 56-48 win over Meade

Follow @k_fadd With his imaginary bow in his left hand, Avion Robinson cocked his right arm back and released a make-believe arrow to the sky. Not even six minutes into Old Mill’s pit with defending […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball basketball watch: January 15-21

As the MPSSAA boys basketball season progresses, MSA will be posting scores and notes from every top-25 team right here. Check back for updates throughout the week. Games in bold are top-25 match-ups. RV means […]

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Highlight video: Lake Clifton vs. Perry Hall

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Boys hoops: Potomac rolls over Middleburg (Va.) in Baltimore’s Basketball Academy, 77-47

BALTIMORE — Jason Newman (17 points) and Travis Henson (16 points) powered Potomac past Middleburg (Va.) in the Baltimore City Public School Basketball Academy at the Talmadge Hill Field House at Morgan State University on […]

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Boys hoops: Shorthanded No. 4 Perry Hall finishes off No. 2 Lake Clifton in overtime

Follow @k_fadd BALTIMORE — Perry Hall point guard Aaron Butler turned to 6-foot-8 forward La’Quill Hardnett and said it was “time to turn it up.” With each dwindling second, hope seemed to fizzle for Perry Hall, […]

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Boys hoops: Largo hands No. 17 Woodlawn first loss of the year

Follow @k_fadd BALTIMORE — Behind Kendall McGill’s game-high 15 points, Largo rolled to a 49-39 win over No. 17 Woodlawn on Friday night at Morgan State University. The Lions (4-3) staked an 18-16 halftime lead […]

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Boys hoops: No. 10 Tuscarora outlasts No. 22 Oakdale for another region win

Follow @k_fadd FREDERICK — The resounding words of Tuscarora forward Jaylen Washington resonated instantly with his Titan teammates.  With eight lead changes in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, and after Oakdale’s Cory Schlee put […]

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MSA Roundup: Navy men down Loyola, Maryland women win behind Jones’ 42, Trimble named to Wooden 25

STORIES Ovechkin scores twice, surpasses 1,000 points in 5-2 win over Pens ICYMI: Maryland men put away Indiana for another gritty Big Ten win ICYMI: No. 3 Clemson dethrones No. 1 Alabama in epic comeback to capture […]

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MPSSAA Top-25 boys basketball watch: January 8-14

As the MPSSAA boys basketball season progresses, MSA will be posting scores and notes from every top-25 team right here. Check back for updates throughout the week. Games in bold are top-25 match-ups. RELATED: 2017 […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: January 8-14

Follow @MDSportsAccess Every Monday, team records and resumes are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based on how the panel feels where each team stands to date. Previous No. 25 Oakdale down No. 22 Linganore, […]

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Highlight Video: No. 22 Linganore vs. No. 25 Oakdale

No. 25 Oakdale defeated  No. 22 Linganore, 56-44, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in a Central Maryland Conference matchup, improving the Bears to 7-1 on the season. RELATED: Cory Schlee carries No. 25 Oakdale past No. 22 […]

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Boys hoops: Cory Schlee carries No. 25 Oakdale past No. 22 Linganore, 56-44

Follow @k_fadd IJAMSVILLE — Nothing was going to stop 6-foot-5 forward Cory Schlee when Oakdale coach Terry Connolly told him to take over Tuesday night’s game against crosstown rival Linganore. All night long, even in […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Jan. 1-7

Every Monday, team records and resumes are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based on how the panel feels where each team stands to date.   Last week, four of the top five teams went […]

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Boys hoops: No. 6 John Carroll rides top recruit Quickley in 48-42 win over Sidwell Friends (D.C.)

SALISBURY — John Carroll coach John Zito doesn’t have any reasons to fret in toughluck moments. Though it’s his first year at the helm after spending eight seasons as an assitant at UMBC, and with […]

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Boys hoops: Oakdale mutes distractions to thump North Caroline, 79-38

Follow @bspec21 SALISBURY — There was no way around the unusual circumstances Oakdale faced at this year’s Governor’s Challenge. All the Bears could do was “control what they could control,” according to Coach Terry Connolly. […]

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Boys hoops: No. 10 Tuscarora throttles No. 4 Seneca Valley in region final rematch, 65-53

BETHESDA — Since February, Tuscarora coach Darryl Whiten couldn’t get the collapse in the Class 3A West region out of his head. The Titans squandered a late lead to Seneca Valley in February, and their […]

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Governor’s Challenge scores, stories, notes and more

Follow @MDSportsAccess The largest high school basketball tournament on the East Coast, the Governor’s Challenge, returns to Salisbury, running from Dec. 27-30.  In its 36th year, the four-day event features over 100 teams from nine […]

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Boys hoops: No. 5 Bladensburg downs No. 16 Richard Montgomery, 67-62

Follow @k_fadd SILVER SPRING — No. 5 Bladensburg downed No. 16 Richard Montgomery during holiday tournament action, 67-62, on Monday, Dec. 26, in a potential Class 4A semifinal meeting in March. Daniel Oladapo’s 11 first […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Dec. 25-31

Every Monday, team records and resumes are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based on how the panel feels where each team stands to date. This week: Perry Hall moves into the No. 2 spot […]

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Boys hoops: No. 3 Perry Hall thumps No. 2 Baltimore Poly in 83-60 statement win

Follow @k_fadd BALTIMORE — Anthony Higgs and LaQuill Hardnett are fed up with the stigma surrounding Perry Hall basketball. Since the beginning of last season, they’ve tried to prove the abysmal history is in the rear […]

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Boys hoops: No. 2 Gonzaga (D.C.) handles No. 18 Georgetown Prep, 70-48

BETHESDA — In a sold out and raucous gymnasium, the Gonzaga Eagles (D.C.) and Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas met to renew one the DMV’s most underrated rivalries. In a showcase of offensive brilliance and gritty […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Dec. 18-24

Follow @MDSportsAccess Every Monday, team records and resumes are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based on how the panel feels where each team stands to date. Richard Montgomery continues to surge through the ranks, […]

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Boys hoops: No. 12 Tuscarora surges past No. 14 Linganore, 61-52

Follow @k_fadd FREDERICK — All Tuscarora needed was a reminder of their capability. Trailing to Linganore at halftime, 29-27, and right after an 8-0 Lancers run, Titans coach Darryl Whiten fired an energizing but simplistic […]

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Wise wins an emotional contest against Eleanor Roosevelt, 48-45

UPPER MARLBORO — Led by its trio of seniors, Mike Speight, Brent Pegram and Brandon Howell, the Wise Pumas were able to pull off a well-earned victory on Friday night, 48-45, in what has become […]

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Boys hoops: No. 5 Seneca Valley fends off No. 24 Sherwood, 62-57

Follow @k_fadd SANDY SPRING — Even after a testy 62-57 road win against No. 24 Sherwood, the sorrow still lurked beneath the trembling words of Seneca Valley point guard Triston Price. The No. 5 Screamin’ […]

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Gallery: No. 14 Linganore beats Walkersville in boys hoops, 54-41

Follow @MDSportsAccess FREDERICK — No. 14 Linganore downed Walkersville in boys basketball action, 54-41, on Tuesday night at LHS.  The Lancers (3-0) led at halftime, 26-20, and sparked a 15-2 run to open the second […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Dec. 11-17

Follow @mdsportsaccess Last year, Maryland Sports Access launched the “Power-5 Hardwood rankings,” ranking the top-25 public school boys basketball teams from the county’s and regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. We have […]

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Boys hoops: No. 7 Bladensburg downs No. 9 Douglass-PG in renewed rivalry, 66-62

Follow @k_fadd UPPER MARLBORO — With one brief phone call, a long-time Prince George’s County rivalry was renewed. Outside of Bladensburg coach Antonio Williams and Frederick Douglass coach Tyrone Massenburg, it probably didn’t mean a lot […]

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2017 MSA boys basketball private school media poll: Preseason

Follow @MDSportsAccess Last year, Maryland Sports Access launched the “Power-5 Hardwood rankings,” ranking the top-25 public school boys basketball teams from the county’s and regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Along with […]

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2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Preseason

Follow @MDSportsAccess Last year, Maryland Sports Access launched the “Power-5 Hardwood rankings,” ranking the top-25 public school boys basketball teams from the county’s and regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. We have […]

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Q&A: Five questions with Damascus athlete Joey Salisbury

Will Armstrong caught up with his teammate and schoolmate — multi-sport athlete, Joey Salisbury — to discuss his athletic experience at Damascus High as well as future plans. Armstrong and Salisbury both played on the […]

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Q&A: Six questions with Seneca Valley guard Tyran Crawford

The 2015-2016 basketball season was a landmark year for Seneca Valley as the Screamin’ Eagles won 21 games, earning a state tournament appearance in the MPSSAA Class 3A Final Four. Tyran Crawford (Class of 2017 […]

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Frederick boys Roundball Classic: City fends off County in OT, 84-83

Follow @k_fadd Very rarely do high school basketball players get to end their careers with a magnified state championship. And if you do, it’s an illustrious way to end an era. On top of the […]

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MSA Thursday sports notebook: DeMatha’s Fultz competes in McDonald’s All-American game, Wizards playoff hope sinks, & much more

Follow @MDSportsAccess DEMATHA’S FULTZ SCORES 10 POINTS IN MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN GAME DeMatha guard Markelle Fultz participated in Wednesday night’s prestigious McDonald’s All-American game where he registered 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting, six assists, four rebounds […]

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3A Basketball State Championship: C.M Wright Vs. Stephen Decatur

Mustangs – 51 Seahawks – 49 Final

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Middletown escapes Queen Anne’s press en route to 2A championship

  Follow @bspec21 COLLEGE PARK — The Middletown Knights have seen the press. They saw it in their most recent game — the regional final against Oakland Mills, a team that not only presses, but presses […]

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New Town guts out resilient win over Gwynn Park in 2A semifinals

COLLEGE PARK — Competitive nature. It’s the engine behind every successful team, no matter how big or small, college bound or a high school one-and-done. Mike Daniel knows such fieriness wakes himself up, and his New […]

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Pocomoke uses signature style in 1A semifinal win over Clear Spring

COLLEGE PARK — The Pocomoke Warriors are doing something that very few high school basketball teams are able to do over the course of the season. They have developed a style of play which works […]

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Lake Clifton’s second half surge launches them into 1A final

COLLEGE PARK —  Herman Harried isn’t a stranger to stages like the state basketball tournament at the Xfinity Center. In his 19 years at the helm of Lake Clifton basketball, he has four state championships […]

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Meade runs over Walt Whitman in 4A semifinals

COLLEGE PARK — Defending 4A champions, No. 8 Meade, had 12 of their 13 players register into the score column to rout No. 13 Walt Whitman, 61-35, and advance to Saturday’s championship game against Eleanor […]

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Naji Marshall’s big second half lifts Eleanor Roosevelt over Perry Hall

Follow @bspec21 COLLEGE PARK — Eleanor Roosevelt senior guard Naji Marshall is used to being the playmaker for the Raiders. When the Raiders offense is clicking, Marshall is usually the one doing the majority of […]

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Stephen Decatur gets redemption in comeback victory over Seneca Valley

COLLEGE PARK — Exactly one year ago, in the very same game, Torrey Brittingham found himself in a situation that he would soon come across once again. At the time, he didn’t know if he […]

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C.M. Wright seizes swinging momentum to best Huntingtown in 3A semifinals

COLLEGE PARK — The first half of the 3A boys basketball state semifinal saw the No. 7  C.Milton Wright Mustangs and the No. 12 Huntingtown Hurricanes exchange the lead nine different times with no team […]

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Boys hoops: State tournament Xfinity power rankings

Follow @MDSportsAccess The high school basketball season has officially hit it’s final destination. Like a point guard scouting his personnel, we’re surveying this year’s state tournament field. As expected, the story-lines, potential Cinderellas, and talent […]

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From bottom-feeders to the Final-Four, Middletown basketball hopes to continue improbable run

It was the tail-end of the 2013 basketball season and the Middletown Knights were about to hit one of the lowest points in program history. They already had 20 losses chalked up in as many […]

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Boys hoops: Quentin Twyman, Seneca Valley persevere on road to state tournament

Follow @k_fadd With his back against the white painted cinder-block wall, Quentin Twyman sat sapped outside an office door around over a dozen schoolmates, agonizingly waiting for an answer he’s been anticipating since he first […]

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Highlight Video: 3A West Regional Championship

Titans – 59 Eagles – 61 Final  

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: March 6th – March 12th

Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based off of […]

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Diboti-Lobe’s late charge propels Whitman past Clarksburg in 4A West finals

Follow @bspec21 SILVER SPRING — Both the Walt Whitman Vikings and the Clarksburg Coyotes fearlessly responded to each other’s punches. When the Coyotes landed a jab, the Vikings followed it with a jarring hook. In the end, […]

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No. 20 Middletown upsets reigning 2A champs, No. 6 Oakland Mills to take 2A West title

Senior sharp-shooter Matt Considine scored 16 points in a full 32 minutes of work, converting five of his 11 shot shot attempts (three 3-pointers) while hauling in eight rebounds as No. 20 Middletown upsets the […]

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No. 15 Seneca Valley avenges No. 16 Tuscarora, triumphantly takes 3A West crown

Follow @k_fadd GERMANTOWN — Teary eyed and with a glimmer smile, Brian Humphrey climbed the latter, step by step, with scissors in his right hand and a photograph of his dad in his left until he reached […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Feb. 28th – March 5th

Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based off of […]

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MPSSAA Class 3A basketball playoff preview

Follow @MDSportsAccess Note: Computer projections are from USA Today 3A East Visit bracket here Computer favorite: Stephen Decatur Contenders: Stephen Decatur, Centennial, Hammond Upset pick: No. 2 Glenelg over No. 1 Centennial in the Section […]

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MPSSAA Class 4A basketball playoff preview

Follow @MDSportsAccess 4A East Visit 4A bracket here Computer favorite: North Point Contenders: North Point, Meade Upset pick: No. 3 Old Mill over No. 1 Meade in the Section 1 finals Sleeper: No. 3 Old […]

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MPSSAA basketball playoff preview

Follow @MDSportsAccess Almost three full months of high school basketball have come and gone, which means the season is nearing end. Or is it? Over the course of the next couple of days, many teams […]

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No. 6 Poly routs No. 21 Dunbar in the Baltimore City boys hoops championship

Follow @MDSportsAccess BALTIMORE – De’Vondre Perry scored 17 points, making five of his 10 shot attempts and five of six from the free throw line, and No. 6 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute routed No. 21 Dunbar […]

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No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt downs No. 5 Gwynn Park to take PG County boys hoops crown

Follow @k_fadd UPPER MARLBORO – Coming off their first loss in over two months, and first loss of the entire year to a public school basketball team, Eleanor Roosevelt had to take a back seat […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball end of regular season rankings: Feb 23rd – Feb 27th

Follow @MDSportsAccess Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based […]

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No. 8 Quince Orchard grinds out win over No. 16 Tuscarora

Follow @MDSportsAccess QUINCE ORCHARD – Before and after every game, all the members of the Quince Orchard basketball team slap the red and black “Play like a champion” Cougar logoed sign as they exit the […]

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Highlight Video: St. Johns Vs. DeMatha

Cadets – 61 Stags – 54 Final  

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Feb. 14th – Feb 20th

Follow @MDSportsAccess Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based […]

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Fed up with outside noise, Cowan, St. John’s flip it to pivotal road win against DeMatha

Follow @k_fadd HYATTSVILLE — When Anthony Cowan meanders around the halls of St. John’s College High School, you would think he’s the popular name buzzing through the air. He certainly is one of the well-known […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Feb. 7th – Feb 13th

Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based off of […]

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Thomas Lang’s late second heroics vault No. 7 Linganore past Oakdale

By Ben Spector IJAMSVILLE- After seeing their undefeated season coming to an end with a 54-49 loss to the Tuscarora Titans just three days before their contest Friday night against Oakdale, the Linganore basketball team […]

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No. 3 Oakland Mills put up video game numbers in thumping of Mt. Hebron

By Ben Spector COLUMBIA — When the Mt. Hebron Vikings took on the No. 3 Oakland Mills Scorpions on Thursday night, both teams were playing in real life. There was a game that actually happened […]

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No. 20 Tuscarora Titans outlast No. 7 Linganore, hand Lancers first loss of year

By Kyle McFadden Follow @k_fadd LINGANORE – The light at the end of the tunnel appears vividly to one Rhashad Johnson. He knows that he’s not going to get there overnight and instead it will […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Jan. 31st – Feb. 6th

Follow @MDSportsAccess It wasn’t the most ideal week for athletes across Maryland as Winter Storm Jonas dumped nearly three feet of snow throughout the state. And though that was the case, cleanup crews were able […]

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With no signs of slowing down, No. 10 Quince Orchard throttle past Seneca Valley

By Kyle McFadden GERMANTOWN- For an average high school student, snow days are always a breath of fresh air. This past week, as a blizzard dumped two to three feet of snow across the state […]

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MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings

Follow @MDSportsAccess Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based […]

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Oakdale rolls roars past Urbana, 55-31

By Ben Spector IJAMSVILLE- The schedule that many teams across Frederick County face could be compared to a gauntlet. Although the quality of play might not be the same as the quality of play in […]

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Roosevelt puts on offensive show, blows past Bladensburg, 74-47

By Ben Spector GREENBELT-During a game which wasn’t even the biggest contest in Prince George’s County on Tuesday evening, the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders Boys Basketball team decided to put on a show that was worthy […]

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No. 6 Gwynn Park stays perfect as they down No. 1 Douglass, 72-67

Follow @k_fadd BRANDYWINE- When Michael Glick sits down to formulate a specialized weekly game-plan, he doesn’t cut any corners. The Gwynn Park head basketball coach knows that the luxury of having all the experience a coach […]

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Anthony Higgs’ buzzer-beater downs No. 7 Poly, puts No. 10 Perry Hall on the map

Follow @k_fadd BALTIMORE- Just minutes removed from a dog-pile celebration that seemed improbable not too long ago, Perry Hall guard James Rider held a golden, blood stained rag that draped over top of his head […]

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MSA Top-25 Power-5 Hardwood Rankings: Jan. 10th – Jan. 16th

Follow @MDSportsAccess 1. Douglass Eagles (8-0) LW: 1 (-) Last week: WIN, Oxon Hill by 5; WIN, Fairmont Heights by 56 County: Prince George’s, 2A Notable wins: #10 Poly by 16, Northwestern by 43, Clinton […]

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Thomas Lang’s late heroics power Linganore past Oakdale

By Kyle McFadden Follow @k_fadd LINGANORE- The folklore assumption of judging an individual based off cover appearance never seems to die as it still ripples on into the year of 2016. Being nestled in-between a series […]

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MSA Power-5 Hardwood Rankings: Jan. 3rd – Jan. 9th

Follow @MDSportsAccess Maryland Sports Access ranks each basketball team from our Power-5 regions (Baltimore County/City, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s)   Baltimore County  Rk  Team (Top-25)  Games   Wins  Losses Win % […]

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MSA Power-5 Hardwood Rankings: 2016 first edition

Follow @MDSportsAccess Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will bring you “Power-5 Hardwood Rankings” of the top prep basketball teams from the counties of Baltimore/City, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. The five regions that feature […]

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IDEA Charter presses Friends School to defeat

By Ben Spector SALISBURY- IDEA Charter School from the District of Columbia bumped their record in DMVelite.com Showcase Games up to 2-0 during the 2015 Governor’s Challenge with an authoritative 80-50 win over the Friends […]

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Wise answer wake-up call, take down Kent County, 70-48

By Ben Spector SALISBURY- After a 3-3 start to the season, Dr. Henry A Wise Jr. Pumas head coach Rob Garner felt as if some of the players in his starting lineup had become complacent […]

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Roughriders run over Rams, rush to win

By Ben Spector SALISBURY- In a game where calling the offense fast-paced would most likely be a gross exaggeration it came down to which team could execute around the rim better. That honor went to […]

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Kempsville puts little things together, beats Mardela

By Ben Spector SALISBURY-From the beginning, of Game #2 of the 2015 Governor’s Challenge the Kempsville Chiefs out of Virginia Beach, Virginia had the number of the Mardela Warriors. Kempsville was rebounding just a little […]

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King’s Christian and Sauls hold off Worcester Prep late

By Ben Spector SALISBURY-For both the King’s Christian Academy Eagles and the Worcester Prep Fighting Mallards even if it was a 10 AM tip-off, a time when both teams players might usually be sleeping on […]

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Considine, Middletown stave off Williamsport in cardiac fashion

By Ben Spector Follow @bspec21 WILLIAMSPORT- After the Middletown Knights come-from-behind victory against the Williamsport Wildcats, one Middletown parent waiting outside the Williamsport gymnasium for his son to come out of the locker room pantomimed […]

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Lang, Linganore just keep winning as they down Tuscarora

By Kyle McFadden Follow @k_fadd BALLENGER CREEK- It wasn’t too long ago, Tom Kraft stood deflated in front of his young knitted group of kids, grimacing through a melancholy post game speech. Repeated growing pains […]

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Despite stiff start to the young season, Seneca Valley rolls over Rockville

By Ben Spector GERMANTOWN- For a team that had started off their season with just one win in three games, the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles really hadn’t played like their record indicated. A 69-67 win over […]

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Lang leads Linganore to another impressive victory

By Kyle McFadden WALKERSVILLE- Jogging off the hardwood midway through the third quarter, Thomas Lang was addressed by his head coach, Tom Kraft, in which the two exchanged a casual handshake and a coach patting […]

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Tuscarora basketball 2015-2016 season preview: Revitalized culture has Titans hoops buzzing

By Kyle McFadden Usually, when a head coach packs together his chalked-up playbook, collective memories and feast or famine resume to seek a new journey on the coaching carousel, the organization that he or she […]

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Prep hoops: 2015 DMVelite 80 awards

UPPER MARLBORO- Even though high school basketball is out of season, that doesn’t mean there isn’t hardwood action taking place throughout the area. This past Saturday, the 3rd annual DMVelite 80 showcase brought in over […]

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