Varsity Roundup

December 16, 2009

Boys basketball

Selby, W. Barton on watch list for national Player of the Year

Two area high school boys basketball players made the Naismith Trophy Boys High School Player of the Year watch list, which was announced earlier in the week by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Lake Clifton senior point guard Josh Selby and former Lake Clifton forward Will Barton, now playing at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, are two of 10 players in contention for the award.

The watch list was compiled by basketball writers from around the country who form the national voting academy. In February, the voting academy will narrow the list to five players, with the winner being selected and recognized at the end of the high school basketball season.

"It says a lot about basketball right now in Baltimore and the players we have here at Lake Clifton," Lakers coach Herman "Tree" Harried said. "It opens the eyes of people [to] the quality student-athletes we have in the building and lets them know good things are happening both academically and athletically."

Last season, Barton led the Lakers to a 28-0 season and the Class 3A state championship, earning All-Metro Player of the Year honors. Selby transferred to Lake Clifton this season after averaging 16 points and eight rebounds at DeMatha last year. Barton is set to play at Memphis next year, while Selby is considering Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and Syracuse.

- Glenn Graham

Dunbar's Spence healing fast

Dunbar senior point guard Corey Spence, injured in a car accident late last month, is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and could be back on the court by mid-January, Dunbar coach Cyrus Jones said.

Spence suffered internal injuries, including a punctured lung, but could be practicing in two weeks. Shortly after the accident, there was question whether Spence would return at all in his senior season.

"We need him back because he changes a whole lot of things we do. When he's in there, it makes a big difference for us," Jones said.

The No. 13 Poets improved to 2-1 by beating IBE, 74-44, on Tuesday.

- Glenn Graham

Football

Culotta cleans up in Brussels

Baltimore native Gino Culotta, who has spent the past two years playing linebacker and running back at the International School of Brussels, had a season to remember as a senior.

Culotta, who lives in Joppatowne in the summer and this year has been pursuing a Division I football scholarship, received every possible award during the season-ending banquet for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools League.The DoDDS League is composed of about 30 teams, most of them affiliated with schools on U.S. military bases around Europe.

The icing on the cake was that Culotta also received an offer from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision school Duquesne to join its football program.

"Gino's plan is to keep his options open because he is hopeful his participation in the [Offense-Defense Bowl next month] will open some doors when college coaches can see him in person or at least competing against the highest level of competition," said Culotta's dad, Dominic, whose job with UPS took his family to Brussels.

- Sandra McKee

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