The Maryland roster announced yesterday for the July 25 Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey, Pa., includes six players who were members of The Sun's All-Metro football team last fall, four of them members of Class 1A state champion Wilde Lake.
Heading the list is Wilde Lake linebacker Brent Guyton, The Sun's Defensive Player of the Year. Other All-Metro selections are Wilde Lake quarterback Phil White, Wilde Lake defensive back Andre Martin, Wilde Lake offensive lineman James Easterly, Overlea tight end Bernard Hopkins and North County linebacker Anthony Walker.
Marty Kuser, an offensive lineman from John Carroll, is the only other area player selected.
There are also five players from nationally ranked DeMatha, of Hyattsville, and seven players who will attend Atlantic Coast Conference schools.
What the numbers don't show is the Maryland contingent's hunger to bring home its second-straight victory.
Last year's 17-9 win was only the second since Maryland began competing in the game in 1984.
"It's a pride factor of Maryland vs. Pennsylvania," said Maryland's coach this year, Jerry Frank, the coach at Northern, of Calvert County. "Pennsylvania has about five or six times as many high schools as we do, and they have a national reputation for high school football. It's a matter of pride for the small state to go up and beat the big state."
Maryland's final roster was selected from a list of more than 100 players nominated by coaches.
Cardinal Gibbons running back Eugene Marshall, an All-Metro selection who ran for 1,353 yards and scored 15 touchdowns last fall, has signed a letter of intent with Minnesota, according to the university.
Marshall is the 11th area player to sign since the signing period began Feb. 5. It runs through April 1.
The others are: Daryl Ray (Eastern Vo-Tech, defensive back), Eric Johnson (Parkville, split end), Ira Crawley (Wilde Lake, split end), Morgan State; James Easterly (Wilde Lake, offensive lineman), Georgia Tech; Brent Guyton (Wilde Lake, linebacker), UCLA; Andre Martin (Wilde Lake, defensive back), Maryland; Mark Miles (Severna Park, offensive lineman), Delaware State; Derrick Raikes (South River, offensive lineman), Bowie State; Anthony Walker (North County, linebacker), Syracuse; Gregg Washington (Oakland Mills, split end), Kelly Sykes (Oakland Mills, defensive back), Howard; Marty Kuser (John Carroll, offensive line), Wake Forest; Steve Logan (Poly, tight end), James Madison; Tramont Evans (Poly, defensive back), Lafayette.
Before Dunbar's varsity wrapped up its 29-0 season, third straight Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title and national championship, the junior varsity captured its second straight MSA A title Friday by edging host Southern, 60-58.
Like the varsity, which has won 53 straight, coach Paul Holmes' junior varsity also has an impressive win streak, with 35 straight victories.
The team finished the season 15-0. In the Southern game, freshman Billy Wells came off the bench to score 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Junior Damon Lewis added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore Eric McNeil had 10 points. Sophomores Rodney Elliott, Henry Giles and Sean Lipscomb rounded out the starting lineup.
Mike Weichert became C. Milton Wright's all-time assist leader in the Mustangs final game, when he notched his 416th career assist. The previous record (413) was set by Mark Weaver, a 1989 graduate.
Weichert was an All-Metro first-team selection in football last fall as a place-kicker. He was also an outstanding receiver.
Brothers Shawn (135) and Chris (145) Kopalchick of Towson were individual winners in the Class 2A-1A Region II wrestling tournament at Fallston during the weekend, giving the Generals a couple of champions in a meet otherwise dominated by Owings Mills.
Oops: Last week, we named Tom Kraning to the All-Catholic League basketball team. Actually it was Steve Kraning of Loyola, Tom's son. Tom is the basketball coach at Chesapeake in Anne Arundel County.
Overtime: Carver needs varsity football opponents for scrimmages Aug. 28 or 29 and Sept. 4 or 5 and a regular-season opponent for Sept. 11 or 12. Call Leroy Nichols at (410) 396-0564. . . . Lori Darnall has been named Old Mill's softball coach. . . . Catonsville basketball standout Jill Altshuler went over the 1,000-point mark for her career last week.
Maryland Big 33 roster
LB.. .Player. . . . . School. . . . . . Pos. . Hgt. . Wgt. College
George Addison. . . Sherwood. . . . . L. . . 6-3. . 238. undecided
Calvin Arrington. . Bowie . . . . . . DB . . 6-0. . 175. Louisville
Damon Atwater . . . McNamara. . . . . WR . . 5-6. . 145. undecided
Bruce Ballard . . . Magruder. . . . . DE . . 6-2. . 241. undecided
Mike Bertoni. . . J.M. Bennett. . . . LB . . 6-3. . 226. William and Mary
Jason Buchanan. . . Oxon Hill . . . . DB . . 5-8. . 180. Delaware State
Jay Cammon. . . . . Oxon Hill . . . . DB . . 6-0. . 170. undecided
James Easterly. . . Wilde Lake. . . . L. . . 6-5. . 300. Georgia Tech