April 22, 2018

Chaz Packan

Chaz Packan is a 2010 Graduate of Linganore High School and is a passionate fan of DC and Maryland sports teams. Hisfavorite teams are the Orioles, Redskins Wizards, Capitals, and DC United.

In the college ranks he is a passionate supporter of the University of Maryland. Packan got his start in high school writing and contributing several sports and various other articles for The Lance at Linganore. In his senior year he began interning for the Orioles affiliate the Frederick Keys and has been working there for the past five years as a media/PR intern.

Packan is in the process of finishing up his associate’s degree in Communications at Frederick Community College this December. His dream is to pursue a career in sports broadcasting and journalism and he hopes to maintain a dream job working for ESPN or a local sports outlet like Comcast SportsNet or MASN in the future.

Packan’s passion for sports as a fan began at an early age when he was an honorary batboy for the Orioles at age 6 after his second leg surgery. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, but does not let the limitations of his disability define him. Due to CP, Chaz could not play sports competitively so he channeled his passion for sports by showcasing his love of his local sports teams in the area.

At Linganore, as a student Chaz was a passionate supporter of Lancer Athletics especially Lancer Football and he has continued to maintain a close friendship with current head football coach Rick Conner who gave him his own game worn jersey to wear every year as a student at LHS.

He also helped operate the clock and scoreboard and at Lancer basketball home games and he remains close with basketball coach Tom Kraft.

With his wealth of knowledge in the world of sports, we know Chaz will be a passionate and valued asset on the Maryland Sports Access team.

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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