March 30, 2006
The kid's fun. That's the best way to put it. He is vibrant and passionate, savvy and skilled, well-versed and well-traveled, and all of it makes him fun to watch, fun to interview. Everywhere he has flair - in his hair, in his words, in the way he goes about his business on the court. He may be only 21 and best known as Florida's 6-foot-11 sophomore forward. But numbers and labels can't confine him, can't confine all that is Joakim Noah. "I am large, I contain multitudes," Walt Whitman wrote in Leaves of Grass.
March 23, 2005
One of Wilde Lake freshman David Nguyen's favorite pastimes is reading. That's no surprise, because the tennis standout's mother, Valerie Gross, is director of the Howard County Library system. His favorite authors, Clive Cussler, J.K. Rowling, Robert Ludlum and Michael Crichton, reveal a lot about his personality. Those writers create characters who are strong, independent and intelligent, and are not afraid to tackle challenging odds. Prepared for the toughest of odds, Nguyen was supposed to play his first varsity match Monday against last year's freshman standout, Centennial's Ryan Lissner, who was 28-1, the county champ and the state runner-up who is ranked No. 33 nationally by the United States Tennis Association in the boys 16 singles class.
August 16, 2004
If Paris Hilton can earn a series for her misadventures, why can't television's beloved old stars share their colorful lives in a show? After all, they've provided years of entertainment, a feat beyond Hilton's grasp. We won't always have this Paris. The cable channel TV Land is giving veteran actors their close-ups in the reality series Living in TV Land. The Wednesday premiere focuses on Dick Van Patten, who's zanier than the father he played on Eight Is Enough from 1977 to 1981. Van Patten is such a dynamic, competitive figure at 75 that he launches Living in TV Land with gusto.
June 11, 2004
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gary Simonette Calvert Hall For the past four seasons, Simonette's reputation has been that he's a good player with a lot of potential. This year, he finally realized it. The senior missed half of the year with a back injury, but came back at just the right time to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference title. Simonette beat the tournament's No. 2 seed in Gilman's Chris Mason, the fourth best player in Mount St. Joseph's George Martin and the top seed and 2003 All-Metro Player of the Year in McDonogh's Mark Gober to win the title.
September 1, 2003
HERE ARE some things I did not do this summer: Straighten closets, write my play, organize my desk, turn my mattress, clean out the toy box/garage/basement/attic. I did not go through my linens, figure out how to use a bookmark on the Web, plant new perennials or play tennis. I didn't send my drapes to the cleaner, I didn't get my winter coats cleaned and mended, I still haven't gone through last year's handouts from the school. Frankly, I've done darn near nothing. I did not enrich, enhance, advance, promote or otherwise improve my children.
September 29, 2002
Robert Wittig has played some sensational tennis matches in his lifetime. But ask the former tennis instructor about his most memorable moment on the courts and he'll tell an unusual tale -- one free of aces, smash volleys or shots down the line. It all began one evening last November when Robert asked Kimberly "Kim" Diamond, his girlfriend of five years, to play tennis with him after work. Both residents of Manhattan, the couple often met on the courts at New York University for tennis dates.