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By Mike Frainie and Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun | October 15, 1994
Severn senior John Vereen talks proudly of this year's team."We have a nice offense and a nice defense," he said. "I think we have the total package."Last night, Vereen proved he was the total package, rushing for 204 yards and three touchdowns, as visiting No. 10 Severn (2-0, 5-1) defeated Cardinal Gibbons (1-1, 2-3), 30-8, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.Vereen, the area's leading rusher entering the game with 864 yards, rounded out his evening with an interception and eight tackles on defense.
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By Matt Vensel | December 19, 2013
Offense in the NFL is all about identifying mismatches and exploiting them, something the New England Patriots were able to do on a weekly basis when they had tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Gronkowski was an in-line monster for the Patriots before blowing out his knee two weeks ago, stomping all over secondaries that couldn't match his rare blend of size, strength and body control. Before going to prison, Hernandez was their joker, lining up at a bunch of different spots, from the backfield to out wide.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer | October 22, 1994
If St. Paul's first-year coach Brian Abbott wasn't on the John Vereen bandwagon before yesterday's matchup with No. 12 Severn, he is now.And who could find fault with that? Vereen gained more than one admirer as he scored four touchdowns to lead the Admirals to a 41-6 victory over their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference rivals."Vereen is, in my opinion, the top running back in our area, bar none," said Abbott after watching the 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior rush for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2011
Ben Vereen didn't miss his calling. He was born to be an actor, singer and dancer, and he has enjoyed considerable success in the entertainment business for at least 40 years. But it seems that he would have been just as well cut out for an entirely different career — motivational speaker. "A lot of my friends are not here, but I'm still here," Vereen said by phone from Los Angeles, the words coming in rapid-fire fashion. "I lost a daughter. I got hit by a car and was pronounced dead.
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By Jean Marbella | September 6, 1991
Several days ago he was in Amsterdam and yesterday he was in Baltimore, but his heart never moved an inch -- it was always with the children.Entertainer Ben Vereen, long acclaimed for his stage and television work, has devoted much of his time in recent years to children's causes -- he was in Amsterdam working for UNICEF, for example, and in Baltimore to promote voluntarism in local schools and libraries."
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By From Staff Reports | March 1, 1995
John Vereen scored 26 points to lead host and second-seeded Severn (23-8) past West Nottingham, 75-39, in an Independent Schools Tournament quarterfinal.Vereen's 26 points gives him 1,146 points for his career, which ranks No. 1 all-time at Severn.Severn will play The Heights tomorrow at Curley at 6 p.m. in a semifinal game.* Archbishop Curley 2, John Carroll 0: John Carroll was forced to forfeit its Independent Schools Tournament game, when, following suspensions for violation of a team rule, it could not put a full team on the floor.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1999
Pore over the Navy football statistics and one name appears under virtually every offensive category: John Vereen.He is the Midshipman who is called upon to do a bit of everything, a John of all trades if you will."
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1996
Other than winning a championship, few moments in sports are as special as setting a record on a night your team wins. Dennard Melton had both last night as No. 15 Severn School routed Old Mill, 62-48, in Severna Park.Melton, the Admirals' 6-foot junior guard, tossed in 20 points. The first nine broke the school's career points record (1,490).He will add to the 1,503 points he now has over the next two seasons and is on pace to become the first Anne Arundel County boys player to crack 2,000 points and even has a shot at 3,000 in his senior year.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer | January 12, 1994
Severn took the lead only once during yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference matchup at McDonogh School's Memorial Field House.And it couldn't have come at a more opportune time.Junior John Vereen's breakaway layup with two seconds remaining gave Severn its first lead and lifted the No. 15 Admirals to a 66-64 win over unranked McDonogh, which led by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter.Vereen finished with a game-high 26 points, including 11 in the momentum-shifting fourth quarter.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun | February 26, 1994
After losing by two points to McDonogh in last Saturday's MSA B Conference title game, the 13th-ranked Severn Admirals had only one thing on their mind.Sweet redemption.Last night, in the finals of the MSA Independent Schools Tournament at Gilman, that's just what the Admirals got.Tournament MVP Alhamisi Simms scored a game-high 21 points, and teammate John Vereen held Eagles standout Donta Evans to a tournament-low 10 as Severn beat 12th-ranked McDonogh, 54-49."We proved who was the true No. 1 team in the B Conference," said Simms, whose team has now defeated McDonogh (15-5)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 26, 2002
It isn't just the old-age makeup, Coke-bottle eyeglasses or gray hair and full beard that make Ben Vereen's transformation in I'm Not Rappaport so remarkable. It's the tentative way he moves, the tremor in his hand, the squint in his eye, the sandpaper in his voice. Granted, Vereen's co-star, Judd Hirsch, re-creating his 1986 Tony Award-winning role, is the actor most closely associated with Herb Gardner's play, currently at Ford's Theatre in Washington. But Vereen's performance is a revelation.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 24, 2002
`I'm Not Rappaport' returns to the stage A star-studded revival of I'm Not Rappaport, Herb Gardner's 1986 Tony Award-winning play about a pair of senior citizens sharing a bench in Central Park, opens tonight at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Judd Hirsch re-creates his Tony-winning role as Nat, a cantankerous radical, and Ben Vereen plays mild-mannered Midge, an apartment superintendent. A co-production with Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida and Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Rappaport reunites the show's original director, Dan Sullivan; set designer, Tony Walton; and lighting designer, Pat Collins.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1999
LANDOVER -- The Air Force Falcons were ripe for a grounding yesterday, but Navy couldn't quite bring them down to earth.In a game reminiscent of so many recent heartbreaking endings against Army, the Midshipmen frittered away two late scoring opportunities and dropped a 19-14 decision before 46,450 at Redskins Stadium.This one hurt, coming against the haughty service academy that Navy's players love to hate."Of course," quarterback Brian Broadwater replied when asked if it was tougher to take than earlier narrow defeats to Boston College and Rice.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1999
Pore over the Navy football statistics and one name appears under virtually every offensive category: John Vereen.He is the Midshipman who is called upon to do a bit of everything, a John of all trades if you will."
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1996
Annapolis girls basketball coach Dave Griffith is upset by the remarks of St. Mary's JV coach Chuck Miller in yesterday's Sun."Annapolis dropped us this year after we beat them last year, and Arundel won't play us," said Miller, who was filling in for head coach Harry Dobson, who was ill, in the No. 2 Saints' 78-41 romp over Severna Park."
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1996
Other than winning a championship, few moments in sports are as special as setting a record on a night your team wins. Dennard Melton had both last night as No. 15 Severn School routed Old Mill, 62-48, in Severna Park.Melton, the Admirals' 6-foot junior guard, tossed in 20 points. The first nine broke the school's career points record (1,490).He will add to the 1,503 points he now has over the next two seasons and is on pace to become the first Anne Arundel County boys player to crack 2,000 points and even has a shot at 3,000 in his senior year.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 24, 2002
`I'm Not Rappaport' returns to the stage A star-studded revival of I'm Not Rappaport, Herb Gardner's 1986 Tony Award-winning play about a pair of senior citizens sharing a bench in Central Park, opens tonight at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Judd Hirsch re-creates his Tony-winning role as Nat, a cantankerous radical, and Ben Vereen plays mild-mannered Midge, an apartment superintendent. A co-production with Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida and Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Rappaport reunites the show's original director, Dan Sullivan; set designer, Tony Walton; and lighting designer, Pat Collins.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer | January 12, 1994
Severn took the lead only once during yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference matchup at McDonogh School's Memorial Field House.And it couldn't have come at a more opportune time.Junior John Vereen's breakaway layup with two seconds left gave Severn its first lead and lifted the No. 15 Admirals to a 66-64 win over unranked McDonogh, which led by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter.Vereen finished with a game-high 26 points, including 11 in the momentum-shifting fourth quarter.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1996
Changes are coming in the county's eight-team Class 4A football league, where the only coach still around next fall may be North County's Chuck Markiewicz.Retirements are in the offing, with opportunities for new coaches a punt away from breaking up one of the metro area's oldest coaching fraternities.Meade's Jerry Hartman has resigned, effective at the end of this, his fourth season, and Dave Rigot, Glen Burnie's coach for 20 years, will decide on retirement at season's end.Others considering retirement at the end of the '97 season are Andy Borland,(24 seasons as coach at Severna Park; Pete Regala, 14 years at Old Mill; Tom Kraning, nine at Chesapeake; Roy Brown, eight at Annapolis; and Bill Zucco, five at Arundel.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | June 18, 1995
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As Rochelle Stevens bends over in exhaustion and sweat pours down her face, the first person to offer consolation is Leonard Braxton, her former coach at Morgan State.Braxton winks at hurdler Jack Pierce before his race, and gives a thumbs-up sign to sprinter Wenda Vereen.They are forever linked, the last of the Morgan State University track greats."They are the best three athletes I ever coached, and maybe the best three in Morgan history," said Braxton, who coached at the school from 1977 through 1992 before leaving to coach at Arizona State.
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