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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | July 23, 2007
Opposing offensive linemen aren't the only ones who can't slow Ravens defensive tackle Kelly Gregg. Gregg, who will turn 31 on Nov. 1 and is one of 13 Ravens 30 or older, has tried to defy some of the physical limitations that come with age by adding about 10 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot, 310-pound frame in preparation for the start of training camp Sunday. "I'm stronger than I've been in about four or five years," Gregg said during the team's mandatory minicamp last month. "I really wasn't sore this offseason, so I got into the weight room.
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By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
HERNDON, Va.  -  With a 155-pound barbell resting on her shoulders, Gretchen Kittelberger lifted the weight over her head, held it for a second, then brought it back down. After five repetitions, she leaned against a wall, her body upside down, and did five handstand pushups. Next came three more handstand pushups - on rings hanging roughly 3 inches above the ground. Her pace gradually slowed, and her grunts became louder after every repetition, but in less than 13 minutes, she had completed four sets of each workout.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
Archbishop Curley fullback-defensive end Nik D'Avanzo committed Tuesday to play football at Temple. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound rising senior, who was second on the Friars with 80 tackles in 2011, is expected to play defensive end for the Owls. D'Avanzo also had seven sacks for Curley last season. "He's an animal in the weight room," Friars coach Sean Murphy said. "That's the one area that separates him from a lot of kids. He's one of our strongest kids, and he's only 16. He doesn't turn 17 until October.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Those close to Roscoe Smith share a favorite phrase. When speaking of Smith, a Baltimore native and 6-foot-8 Nevada-Las Vegas forward entered in Thursday's NBA draft, they repeat a pair of words, over and over. It's not necessarily a nickname, but his trainer, high school and college coaches all refer to Smith in one way or another as the epitome of a "hard worker. " Those two words find their way into sentences after his name because those around him say Smith is always the first player in the gym and the last to leave.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1998
Even though he is still the starting quarterback, John Luster is in a new position for South Carroll.The senior -- surrounded by a solid group of classmates, most of whom have been together since they were freshmen -- is much more comfortable than he was last fall.Luster was the Cavaliers' starting quarterback for the last seven-plus games, but he had opened the season as a defensive back, and fitting into a senior dominated-lineup took him awhile.The change came at halftime at Rockville, with the Montgomery County team ahead 14-12.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | August 29, 2002
For most of Navy's preseason, all the talk in Annapolis has been about first-year coach Paul Johnson's spread offense, which broke all kinds of school records when he was the offensive coordinator in 1995 and 1996. But there is an equally important question: Will Navy's defense be any better than last season, when it gave up 34.4 points and 461 yards a game? Josh Brindel thinks so, and if he's right, he'll be a big part of the improvement. The senior lineman was perhaps the Midshipmen's best defensive player a year ago, and he has gotten bigger and stronger in the offseason.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2004
Just like two decades ago, a fleet of moving vans rolled out of the Owings Mills football facility. But in a stark contrast to the Colts' escape on that snowy night in 1984, the Ravens' relocation trumpeted a brighter future. The Ravens moved four miles down the road during this week's bye into their plush, new, $31-million training complex, a short drive that allowed the franchise to leap from an antiquated era to a cutting-edge one. Nestled in the woods of Owings Mills, the Ravens' 200,000-square-foot headquarters - whose new address is 1 Winning Drive - sits on 32 acres and features three outdoor football fields, the NFL's largest weight room, 32-inch high-definition televisions in nearly every room and a full-length indoor practice field.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1996
Long Reach-football coach Pete Hughes thinks the first-year Lightning will be battling for a county championship in a season or two.He should know. Hughes has been successful as a player and a coach wherever he's been.As a player, the football team at Division II Valley City (N.D.) State University went 36-4 during his four years and made the national playoffs twice. Hughes, a four-time all-league pick at strong safety, was named an All-American his senior year.He was then head coach for four years at Finley-Sharon High School, about 60 miles from Valley City, where his teams compiled a 30-6 record in a turn-around for a program that had been 24-39.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - Chris McCray had just lived through a forgettable night shooting the basketball against George Mason, and the Maryland Terrapins' sophomore guard quickly settled on a course of action. He returned a few hours after the crowd had vacated Comcast Center, and began to shoot, shoot and shoot some more. McCray said that he has split about 1,000 such after-hours shots with teammates John Gilchrist and Nik Caner-Medley several times this season. Maryland coach Gary Williams sees it as more proof of McCray's commitment to the game.
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By RAY FRAGER | January 3, 2006
So much for being a team player. On its pre-game show Sunday, Fox presented a "behind-the-scenes" look at the Panthers and Falcons during the week as they prepared to play each other. Hanging with the coaches, watching practice, feeling the iron pump. Jay Glazer on the inside, being called "Glaze" by players. Great stuff, right? Terry Bradshaw, what do you think? "I didn't get a whole lot out of that," Bradshaw said as soon as Fox came back to the studio. Hey, but what about those guys showing off their intensity in the weight room?
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Kelechi Osemele had just practiced for two hours under the hot afternoon sun and then retreated to the weight room for an extended workout after the Ravens' organized team activities were over on Wednesday. Sweat streamed down his forehead and his saturated white Ravens' T-shirt clung to his 6-foot-5, 330 pound frame. Yet, Osemele couldn't stop smiling. "This is the best I've felt since I was probably 19 or 20," Osemele said. "I feel great. " As the Ravens ramp up preparations for the start of training camp next month and attempt to solidify an offensive line that was arguably the 8-8 team's biggest issue last season, the health of Osemele is providing plenty of optimism.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
D.J. Sargenti had seen other Navy football players climb similar depth chart hurdles during his first three years in Annapolis. Sargenti had watched how they often changed positions in order to get on the field for the Midshipmen. The first time the Navy coaches came to Sargenti about switching positions was after his sophomore year, when they wanted to move the former high school quarterback to outside linebacker. Sargenti, who had run the spread offense at Ridgefield Memorial High in New Jersey, wasn't surprised.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Despite a 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame, Morgan State outside linebacker Christopher Robinson was a novice in the weight room during his first year at the university, and that inexperience showed during a session with Josh Bush, the strength and conditioning coach. "One time, he had to correct me because I was doing it in the wrong fashion. I was truly eager to get into the weight room," Robinson recalled. "But one thing that I did show was that I wanted to get to college and I wanted to get bigger.
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By Pete Pichaske | August 6, 2013
In the weight room at the Deerfield Run Community Center, 12-year-old Ashaki Gittens-Smith, wearing red gym shorts and a red tank top, is trying out the exercise machines with a friend: running on a treadmill for a couple of minutes, walking on an elliptical trainer, lifting a dumbbell or two. Down the hall in the gym, meanwhile, his two older brothers are playing a fast-paced game of basketball. Fourteen-year-old Adisa, his white T-shirt soaked with sweat, is darting around the court tirelessly, often with the ball; 16-year-old Ayinde, taller and wearing a sleeveless "Deerfield Run Mustangs" shirt, spends more time under the backboard.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
John Harbaugh updated the status of a couple of Ravens players after Wednesday's practice. The coach said Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda is on track in his recovery after offseason shoulder surgery. Yanda hasn't yet participated in a full-squad afternoon practice during training camp, but Harbaugh said the guard has been doing work in the mornings and he is performing well. He said there is no timetable for Yanda to return, but he expects Yanda to return to full contact sometime during training camp.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
All of this talk about Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs playing Sunday against the Houston Texans is pretty funny. But, let's just use some common sense here. If the Ravens somehow lose their minds and put Suggs on the field, do you think it will be for more than five plays? Do you think he would have a significant impact? Now, ask this question: Why would the team put Suggs on the roster Sunday when the Ravens have a bye week coming up? It makes no sense. Suggs might have returned to practice Wednesday, but the Ravens will be very cautious when it comes to putting him on the field.
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By Sarah Merkey and Sarah Merkey,SUN STAFF | February 29, 2004
Lifting the heavy load of responsibility that renovating the C. Milton Wright High School weight room entails isn't too much for a dedicated group of parent volunteers. Instead, the Strength and Conditioning Improvement Committee has shown enough muscle and endurance to see the two-year project through to construction, set to begin next month. The new weight room will be 3,000 square feet; the existing weight room is less than half that size. Two walls will be removed, a rubberized floor and new sound system will be installed, and the ventilation system will be improved.
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By MIKE PRESTON | February 7, 2007
It will be interesting to see if the Ravens re-sign starting right tackle Tony Pashos. One thing about the Ravens, they don't have a history of overpaying right offensive tackles. Pashos played better than anybody expected last season, and you have to admire his work ethic. He's not very athletic, but he put in extra time as far as dieting and in the weight room to become a decent player. The Ravens will make him an offer (they'll low-ball him at first, as usual), but they are prepared to move on without him. They believe the league has quite a few right tackles with Pashos' ability, and they won't have to overpay.
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By Steve Jones | August 26, 2012
Home Turf: 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead Head Coach: Matt Martello (first season) 2011 Record: 2-8 overall; 2-5 county Matt Martello has been here before. As North Carroll's head coach in 2002, he guided the Panthers to a 3-7 record. Martello hopes for better results in his second stint in Hampstead. "We're really emphasizing the weight room," said Martello, who was an assistant to the retired Jeff Oeming last year. "I feel like we're in great physical condition.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
Archbishop Curley fullback-defensive end Nik D'Avanzo committed Tuesday to play football at Temple. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound rising senior, who was second on the Friars with 80 tackles in 2011, is expected to play defensive end for the Owls. D'Avanzo also had seven sacks for Curley last season. "He's an animal in the weight room," Friars coach Sean Murphy said. "That's the one area that separates him from a lot of kids. He's one of our strongest kids, and he's only 16. He doesn't turn 17 until October.
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