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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Six Baltimore-area teams will be among the 16 state semifinalists headed to Towson University's SECU Areana for the girls state basketball tournament beginning Wednesday. State semifinals will be held on Wednesday and Thursday this year because of a gymnastics event that was already scheduled for Friday when officials opted to move the tournament after 20 years at UMBC's RAC Arena. Two defending state champions remain in the field -- three-time defending Class 2A champion Calvert and 4A champion North Point.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun and By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
At the Towson University football team's home opener late last month, the loudest cheers arguably came for the smallest athlete on the field. With the current Towson gymnastics team by her side, 24-year-old alumna Kacy Catanzaro stood in the endzone and waved to the roughly 8,000 fans in attendance. "Let's go, Kacy! Let's go, Kacy!" the student section began to chant as Catanzaro — dressed in a black top, denim shorts and boots pulled up to her knees — flashed her megawatt smile.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Winning on the road is never as simple as it seems, as the Towson men's basketball team has learned. All six of the Tigers' (9-6) losses this season have occurred on the road, and Saturday's 81-79 win over Coppin State was their first road win of the season. As dire as the team's 1-6 record away from home might sound, coach Pat Skerry hopes those games have prepared his players for Colonial Athletic Association play, which begins Saturday at 2 p.m. when North Carolina-Wilmington (6-10)
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By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Before the doors opened Saturday evening at SECU Arena, there was a line of people in front of the main entrance that stretched down the sidewalk. The Ball Up All-Stars, a team of streetball legends, stopped at Towson as part of their countrywide summer tour, and some fans waited 21/2 hours to make sure they had good seats. Demetrius Spencer, CEO of streetball tour Ball Up, said after the game that attendance gradually has increased since the team was formed in 2009. That trend was evident in the All-Stars' matchup against a team of Baltimore locals hoping to someday earn the same fame as their Ball Up opponents.
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By Ryan Bacic, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
For the first two months of her Western High gym class, special education teacher LaDonna Schemm didn't notice. Then a freshman, the ever-bubbly Joy Keene-El would get out of her wheelchair and do everything thrown her way, from tennis to baseball to swimming. One day, when the physical fitness test came around, she did 61 pushups. But eventually an activity came that Keene-El said she couldn't do. And so an incredulous Schemm asked why not. "Look," Keene-El said, hoisting a pant leg. "I don't have any knees.
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Thousands of students and alumnae from Mercy and the Institute of Notre Dame spent the better part of an hour Friday night exchanging ear-ringing cheers, chants and renditions of their alma mater before an annual girls basketball game that has evolved into one of the largest high school events in the area. Once play began, however, only one side was left cheering at "The Game. " Trailing early, IND took command with 17 straight points, using its strong guard play and larger front line to keep Mercy scoreless for more than a quarter as it built a 21-point lead and held on for a 45-35 win before an announced 3,976 at Towson's SECU Arena.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
The big snow has forced Anne Arundel County officials to move their basketball championships to next Friday, Feb. 21 instead of Wednesday, because some postponed games have backed up into the middle of next week. The Anne Arundel championships were scheduled earlier than any other local jusrisdiction, so everyone else has more time to reschedule regular-season contests. Title games in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the Harford-Cecil Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference remain unchanged. Carroll and Howard do not have county championship games, with the regular-season winners taking those titles.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
The girls basketball regional finals are set with games all over town on Saturday. Winners advance to the state final four Wednesday and Thursday at Towson University's SECU Arena. Here is the local lineup for Saturday. for the complete brackets, go to the MPSSAA web site. Class 4A North No. 9 Catonsville at Paint Branch, 5 Class 4A East No. 15 Old Mill at North Point, 6:30 Class 3A North No. 4 Milford Mill at Aberdeen, 6 Class 3A East No. 2 Poly at Atholton, 2 Class 3A North Dunbar at Hereford, 1 Class 3A East No. 10 Patterson Mill at Queen Anne's, 6 Class 2A West Walkersville at Century, 5 Class 1A North New Town at Forestville, 7:30 Class 1A South NAF at Lake Clifton, 1 Class 2A East Havre de Grace at Mardela, 3 Class 1A West Manchester Valley vs. Southern-G at Hagerstown Community  College, 2
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Towson was the preseason favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association. Delaware was a game better in the regular season. So which team is the favorite at this weekend's CAA tournament at Baltimore Arena? Ken Pomeroy, the incomparable college basketball statistician and blogger, says Towson. On his kenpom.com blog, Pomeroy breaks down the odds of each team reaching each round of the CAA tournament . No. 2-seeded Towson has a 83.4 percent chance of winning its quarterfinal against James Madison, a 60.4 percent chance of reaching the final and a 33.5 percent chance of cutting down the nets Monday night and earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament . Pomeroy gives Delaware a 30.2 percent chance of winning it all. "The semi-home status I bequeath on Towson is enough to give the Tigers a slight edge over regular-season champ Delaware," he writes.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
After a 17-point showing in which he hit three of four 3-pointers in Towson's 95-75 rout of visiting Morgan State at SECU Arena on Tuesday night, no one would have argued if Marcus Damas wanted to chirp about his improved long-range touch. But the senior forward kept humble. “I think it can be anybody else in here on any given day, because we're that type of team,” he said. If the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Damas wasn't willing to elaborate on his shooting prowess, his teammate, sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston, was. Hairston said an arm injury prevented Damas from getting too involved in summer workouts, so Damas took throughout much of his recovery instead.
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By Ryan Bacic, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
For the first two months of her Western High gym class, special education teacher LaDonna Schemm didn't notice. Then a freshman, the ever-bubbly Joy Keene-El would get out of her wheelchair and do everything thrown her way, from tennis to baseball to swimming. One day, when the physical fitness test came around, she did 61 pushups. But eventually an activity came that Keene-El said she couldn't do. And so an incredulous Schemm asked why not. "Look," Keene-El said, hoisting a pant leg. "I don't have any knees.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Poly's girls basketball team has lived on the edge throughout the playoffs, but Thursday night the Engineers slipped off one step short of their goal, falling to Damascus, 49-37, in a Class 3A state semifinal at Towson University's SECU Arena. The Hornets, who lost to eventual champion Aberdeen in last year's semifinals, center their game around 6-foot-5 Kelli Prange, who averaged 21.4 points per game this season. The No. 2 Engineers held her to 15, but the Hornets puzzled Poly with their zone defense, dominated the defensive boards and moved the ball extremely well, creating openings inside and out. Damascus (23-3)
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Six Baltimore-area teams will be among the 16 state semifinalists headed to Towson University's SECU Areana for the girls state basketball tournament beginning Wednesday. State semifinals will be held on Wednesday and Thursday this year because of a gymnastics event that was already scheduled for Friday when officials opted to move the tournament after 20 years at UMBC's RAC Arena. Two defending state champions remain in the field -- three-time defending Class 2A champion Calvert and 4A champion North Point.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Towson was the preseason favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association. Delaware was a game better in the regular season. So which team is the favorite at this weekend's CAA tournament at Baltimore Arena? Ken Pomeroy, the incomparable college basketball statistician and blogger, says Towson. On his kenpom.com blog, Pomeroy breaks down the odds of each team reaching each round of the CAA tournament . No. 2-seeded Towson has a 83.4 percent chance of winning its quarterfinal against James Madison, a 60.4 percent chance of reaching the final and a 33.5 percent chance of cutting down the nets Monday night and earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament . Pomeroy gives Delaware a 30.2 percent chance of winning it all. "The semi-home status I bequeath on Towson is enough to give the Tigers a slight edge over regular-season champ Delaware," he writes.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
The girls basketball regional finals are set with games all over town on Saturday. Winners advance to the state final four Wednesday and Thursday at Towson University's SECU Arena. Here is the local lineup for Saturday. for the complete brackets, go to the MPSSAA web site. Class 4A North No. 9 Catonsville at Paint Branch, 5 Class 4A East No. 15 Old Mill at North Point, 6:30 Class 3A North No. 4 Milford Mill at Aberdeen, 6 Class 3A East No. 2 Poly at Atholton, 2 Class 3A North Dunbar at Hereford, 1 Class 3A East No. 10 Patterson Mill at Queen Anne's, 6 Class 2A West Walkersville at Century, 5 Class 1A North New Town at Forestville, 7:30 Class 1A South NAF at Lake Clifton, 1 Class 2A East Havre de Grace at Mardela, 3 Class 1A West Manchester Valley vs. Southern-G at Hagerstown Community  College, 2
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Pat Skerry has spent the past 30 minutes pacing the perimeter of the court, tossing out gentle pointers in his New England-inflected patter. One of his Towson Tigers fires an ill-conceived pass that ends up rattling among the seats at SECU Arena. The third-year coach abruptly morphs into a different animal. "Instead of acting like little kids, let's execute 'Hook' correctly," he bellows, referring to one of his team's plays. "Guard!" he barks after a subsequent defensive lapse.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Poly's girls basketball team has lived on the edge throughout the playoffs, but Thursday night the Engineers slipped off one step short of their goal, falling to Damascus, 49-37, in a Class 3A state semifinal at Towson University's SECU Arena. The Hornets, who lost to eventual champion Aberdeen in last year's semifinals, center their game around 6-foot-5 Kelli Prange, who averaged 21.4 points per game this season. The No. 2 Engineers held her to 15, but the Hornets puzzled Poly with their zone defense, dominated the defensive boards and moved the ball extremely well, creating openings inside and out. Damascus (23-3)
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
Even on a day when his team can muster little else on offense, Towson coach Pat Skerry knows he can always count on forward Jerrelle Benimon. "Jerrelle's usually a pretty good guy to get the ball to," Skerry said. "Good things tend to happen. " Facing a UNC Wilmington team intent on shutting down Towson's outside shooters, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association player of the year stepped up with 20 points - including 16 in the second half - and 17 rebounds, as the host Tigers held off UNC Wilmington, 60-53, before an announced 1,750.
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By Paul Tierney, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
Before Towson's Senior Night matchup with William and Mary on Saturday at SECU Arena, Tigers coach Pat Skerry nearly came to tears while addressing his four seniors, who helped the program rebuild itself after a 1-31 record two seasons ago. It didn't matter for Towson that, on paper, the game was meaningless. As Jerrelle Benimon and the rest of the Tigers senior class walked to center court for senior ceremonies, Delaware was putting the finishing touches on its victory over the College of Charleston, locking Towson into the No. 2 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, which begins March 7, and stripping them of a chance at an automatic berth to the National Invitation Tournament.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
The big snow has forced Anne Arundel County officials to move their basketball championships to next Friday, Feb. 21 instead of Wednesday, because some postponed games have backed up into the middle of next week. The Anne Arundel championships were scheduled earlier than any other local jusrisdiction, so everyone else has more time to reschedule regular-season contests. Title games in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the Harford-Cecil Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference remain unchanged. Carroll and Howard do not have county championship games, with the regular-season winners taking those titles.
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