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By BILL FREE | October 20, 1993
How does a man who has never had a losing high school football season in nine years of coaching deal with seven straight losses to start a season at a new school?Some coaches may rant, rave and throw things. Others might blame the players, and a few may come close to going off the deep end.Some might simply withdraw.But not first-year Liberty coach Ken Johnson.Johnson's pride is obviously hurt and he is dying on the inside. But on the outside he is doing all the right things to accomplish his goal of turning the downtrodden Lions football program around.
September 8, 1991
Coach: Leo Totten, first yearAssistant Coach: Kathy LittleLast year's record: 8-7 overall, 6-7 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, 0-1 in the countyTop returnees: Seniors, Tina Hahn, Mindy KeeneyTop newcomers: Juniors, Shelley Smith, Tina Smith and Kristi Stambaugh; sophomore, Amber Smith.Coach's comments: "It'llbe a great season. They're great to work with. If the team plays together, the individual stats will take care of themselves."The Carroll County Sun's outlook: It appears the Eagles have very little experience coming back from last year's 8-7 team.
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | March 2, 1993
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Center fielder Mike Devereaux recently avoided an arbitration hearing when he signed a one-year contract worth $3.025 million. Now, he would like to avoid the unpleasantness of year-to-year contract negotiations altogether by agreeing to a long-term deal this spring."
By PETER SCHMUCK | March 4, 2008
There was a time when Vero Beach was a sleepy little town that came alive for six weeks every year when the Dodgers moved into Dodgertown for spring training. The players jokingly referred to it as "Zero Beach," back when I was a Dodgers beat writer here in the early 1980s. The area has been built up considerably since then, and a few of those Dodgers players and coaches who used to joke about it have moved here to enjoy the relatively quiet life along this picturesque stretch of Atlantic coastline.
By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | August 6, 1995
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Heath Shuler is experiencing the growing pains of a young quarterback.Shuler got his second season off to a rocky start last night in the Washington Redskins' 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first preseason game for both teams before 70,807 at Arrowhead Stadium.Shuler played the entire first half, completing 11 of 20 passes for 127 yards and was guilty of two of the Redskins' six turnovers. He fumbled a snap and threw an interception."It was a wake-up call for all of us," Shuler said.
By LAURA VECSEY | January 21, 2004
WHEN HE HEARS sports talk radio callers say blow up the Wizards, Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld thinks back to the start of the season. Fans were "unbelievably supportive" of the Wizards' plan to rebuild with young players, to go about things "the right way." "The city understood that," Grunfeld said. Way back then - it seems so long ago - the post-Michael Jordan Wizards were running and gunning, taking down Western Conference powers such as the Mavericks. Free-agent gym rat Gilbert Arenas was looking every bit the $64 million answer.
By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | August 24, 1993
ASHBURN, Va. -- As Washington Redskins coach Richie Petitbon ponders his first roster cutdown, injuries are going to play a role in his decisions.Petitbon, who must slice his roster from 79 to 60 players today, indicated that wide receiver Stephen Hobbs will join Matt Elliott and Jim Lachey on the injured reserve list. Under the new rules, that means they'll be out all year.Hobbs has been sidelined by a deep groin pull all training camp, and Petitbon said: "It doesn't seem like it's going to get better [soon]
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2005
As No. 6 St. Frances avenged an early season loss to No. 3 McDonogh last night, the 58-42 victory came as a result of the young Panthers' development as a team rather than McDonogh falling into a slump. The visiting Eagles, who started the season 16-0, suffered their second straight loss. The Panthers (12-6) have won five of their past six to pull even with McDonogh at 11-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. "This says a lot about St. Frances' growth as a team," said McDonogh coach Tom Gizzi, whose squad won a 54-41 decision on Dec. 6. "We caught them in the second game of the year, but they were very, very young.
By Tim Schwartz | September 7, 2011
Last season, Laurel High's boys soccer team felt it could be their time to win a regional championship. However, after a 10-5 regular season that earned them the No. 10 seed in the 4A regional playoffs, Laurel's season ended with a bitter 1-0 loss to second-seeded Parkdale in the second round of the playoffs. Players have put that playoff loss and last year behind them and have focused on the promise of this year's team. Some of the senior leaders say this could be Laurel's best team in years, despite their youth and the loss of many seniors from last year's team.
By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | June 29, 1992
For the last five summers the University of Maryland at College Park has sponsored the National Orchestral Institute. From 770 applicants nationwide, a little less than 100 of the best young orchestral musicians in the country (ranging in age from 18 to 31) are selected from outstanding conservatories and from orchestras not large enough to have summer seasons.These musicians, on the threshold of professional careers, then spend three weeks studying orchestral playing under several outstanding conductors and well-known orchestral musicians.
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