Two Comets to Nike camp

Catonsville's McNamara, Woizesko invited to May event at Penn State



Catonsville's two-way linemen Joe McNamara and Andrew Woizesko, both juniors, have been invited to attend the prestigious Nike football training camp to be held at Penn State University in May.

McNamara, a 6-foot, 265-pounder, and Woizesko, 6-1 and 275, played particularly well at offensive tackle and guard, respectively.

The Comets (9-3) made the Class 3A North regional playoffs for the second consecutive season and were regional finalists this year.

Behind them, senior All-Metro running back Jaren Maybin rushed for a state-high 2,466 yards and scored 26 touchdowns on 419 carries. Maybin's achievement eclipsed the school record of 2,009 yards established by Steve Matthews in 1999.

"We had the state's leading rusher and 90 percent of those yards came behind these two linemen," said coach Rich Hambor, whose Comets had not made the postseason prior to the past two years. "Joe is also the best long snapper in Baltimore and is highly coveted by the University of Maryland. They both have very quick feet and are currently training very hard to get ready for the Nike Camp."

McNamara was named to The Sun's All-County first team, and Woizesko to the second team.

"The chemistry between the two starts at home, as they are neighbors whose families are very close," Hambor said. "The camaraderie between Andrew and Joe carries onto the field. It really helps the whole team form that bond we need to be successful."

Charm City Challenge

All-Metro players Jamal Barney of Southwestern, Louis Birdsong of Mount St. Joseph, Rodney Spruill of Walbrook and DuJuan Summers of McDonogh are among the players who have been chosen to play for the Baltimore All-Stars against a team of U.S. All-Stars in April's Charm City Challenge at the Towson Center.

Walbrook's Kelvin Bridgers will coach the Baltimore All-Stars, which also includes Jarwand Rheubottom (Southwestern), DeJuan Goodwin (Mount St. Joseph), Russell Frederick (Calvert Hall) and Marc Davis (Walbrook).

The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 2. It follows a 3 p.m. preliminary game at the sixth annual event, in which Towson Catholic's Josh Pratt will coach a team of Suburban All-Stars against one comprised of Baltimore City players and coached by Southwestern's Terry Leverett.

Playing for the Baltimore City team in the initial game are Southwestern's Torey Gilmore, Travis Debreaux and Wayne Dorsey; Mount St. Joseph's Kevin Swecker and Chase Adams; St. Frances' DiShawn Bradshaw and Shawn Alexander; Dunbar's Marcus Taylor and Delano Johnson; Walbrook's Eric Pitts; and Douglass' Antione Smithson.

Representing Baltimore County on the Suburban All-Stars are Owings Mills' Kevin Timmons and Josh Wenderoth, Woodlawn's Lewis Lambert, Loyola's Pat O'Connell, Overlea's Jamal Bell and Mount Carmel's Maros Zuffa.

Hidden talent

One of the best-kept secrets in county girls basketball was tucked away at Overlea, where Jaleesa Morgan scored 1,000 career points.

Although the Falcons finished 4-16, Morgan averaged 21.5 points per game. The 5-5 point guard also averaged four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Midway through the season, she scored 30 and 35 points in consecutive games.

"She's very slick in transition," Overlea first-year coach Russ Bestenheider said. "She's a solid all-around shooter whether inside or outside. ... She's just an all-around very good athlete."

`Super 22' banquet

Twenty-two rising juniors will be honored as top prospects at the 10th annual Baltimore Touchdown Club's Super 22 banquet to be held on April 27 at Glen Burnie's Michael's Eighth Avenue.

On offense, they include quarterback Grady Gamble of Boys' Latin, running back Zack Stonesifer of St. Paul's, quarterback Jarred Jorgenson of McDonogh and lineman David Goodwin of Baltimore Lutheran.

Defensively, the honorees include linemen Travis Robinson of Boys' Latin, Alex Boddiford of Loyola and Mike Moss of St. Paul's. Loyola's Devon Gordon will be recognized for his role on special teams and Loyola assistant Hassan Muhammad for his service to the Touchdown Club.

Buchanan resigns

Notre Dame Prep girls basketball coach Mike Buchanan has resigned after a 14-11 season in which the Blazers were ranked as high as No. 12 in The Sun's Top 15.

After four seasons in which the Blazers improved their record each year, Buchanan said he was leaving to spend more time offering his "BootCamp Basketball Workouts." He said he would also seek another coaching position.

Buchanan posted a 44-56 record with the Blazers, who play in the tough Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

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