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Sports: Local Athletes Shine in Postseason Events

Area baseball players stand out in showcases, track athletes fare well in state meet and college athletes are honored.

During Sunday's Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches' game at the University of Maryland's College Park campus, the North Region blanked the West Region, 9-0, in a contest that featured several of Maryland's premier juniors and seniors.

Essex-area seniors Matt Bosse and Justin Fratantuono of Calvert Hall, Shane Campbell of Kenwood, Nick McElfish of Eastern Tech, Devontae Brown of Parkville, and junior Alex Pastorious of Calvert Hall all played for the victorious North Region squad.

Brown went 1-for-3 with three runs scored, and Fratantuono went 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Locals Thrive in Baseball Classic

On Monday at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, the Mid-Atlantic Baseball Classic was played, featuring the American All-Stars edging the National All-Stars, 14-13, in a game featuring some of Maryland's best seniors.

Bosse and Fratantuono played for the victorious American All-Stars, with Fratanuono going 1-for-2.

Ian Arciega of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion Mount Carmel played for the National All-Stars, which received a scoreless inning pitched by Campbell as well as McElfish going 1-for-1 with a run scored.

Campbell and Bosse are headed for the University of Maryland to play baseball.

Bluebirds Look Good on Track

Kenwood track coach Mark Planamente already is geared up for what he believes will be an exemplary season next year.

In the season-ending Class 4A state track meet, Travis Jenkins finished seventh with a long jump of 21 feet even, a week after having qualified for the event by clearing 21 feet, 3 3/4 inches at the Class 4A North Regionals.

Jenkins also ran the third leg of the 400 meter relay team, which included De'Shawno Alexander, A'donta Wallace and Jaleel Feggins. The team ran a 16th place time of 46.30 seconds.

Feggins ran a 10.6 100 meter split, according to Planamente, who said he qualified "all underclassmen" for states.

Feggins, Wallace and Jenkins ran the first, second and fourth legs of the Bluebirds' 800 meter relay squad, whose third leg featured James Hicks.

The 800 meter squad clocked a 1 minute, 39-second run that was good for 16th place, with Feggins running a 22-second split.

"They dropped the baton, but were not disqualified," said Planamente of the 800-meter squad. "They were in first place when the baton was dropped between Wallace and Hicks."

Alexis Moog finished 12th overall in the 400 meter run with a school-record time of 1:00.41. The previous record holder was Jayde Matheny in 1982 with a time of 1:01.9.

Jenkins ended the year by being named to the Baltimore County Coaches' All-County First-Team, while teammates Xavier Franklin and girls team members Jada Boyd and Shannon Foster received honorable mention recognition.

In addition, the Bluebirds' varsity girls and JV boys and girls teams were crowned as 4A-3A Division titlists.

CCBC Athletes Honored

CCBC Essex recently held its annual sports awards banquet. Here is a list of those student athletes recognized during that event.

Scholar Athletes

  • Jessica Adams – Women’s Soccer
  • Joanna Barranco – Cross Country
  • Travis Crane – Men’s Lacrosse
  • Amanda Foble – Cross Country
  • Luke Horner – Men’s Lacrosse
  • Charlie Thuerrauch – Women’s Lacrosse
  • Alex Wyatt – Men’s Lacrosse

Outstanding Support Staff  

  • Michael Pivec, Part-time Athletics and Wellness Technician

Student and Community Service Award

  • Rich Zinkand, Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Terry Kendrick, Parent of Men’s Lacrosse Student Athlete

Coach of the Year 

  • Mike Francis, Men’s Basketball

James A Newpher Student Athletes of the Year 

  • Neil Willis, Men’s Lacrosse
  • Joanna Barranco, Cross Country

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