Making the Case for Jake Stinnett

When it comes to Major League Baseball’s draft, it is typically very tough to guess which teams will select which players. Many factors come into play: some teams prefer high school players over college players, some will draft pitcher-heavy, and others will look to take local players. There are several top prospects, and one of them is Maryland righty Jake Stinnett.

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A tough week for Maryland Baseball

Maryland_terrapins_logoIt has been a rough week for the University of Maryland baseball team. After last week’s loss to West Virginia, the Terps managed to bounce back with a win over a solid George Mason team. However, Maryland could not carry any momentum into the weekend, as they were swept by Boston College. The Eagles were near the bottom of the ACC before this weekend. Today, Maryland lost to James Madison.

The Terps did get some good starts over the weekend. Jake Stinnett, the team’s ace, struck out ten hitters on Friday, but Maryland couldn’t generate any offense in a 5-1 loss. On Sunday, sophomore Jake Drossner, who has been a pleasant surprise for the ballclub, turned in another good outing. Drossner only allowed four hits, but the Terps once again failed to find any offense in a 5-2 loss.

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Maryland Baseball Falls to WVU

It was a rough night for the Maryland Terrapin’s baseball team in Morgantown, as they fell to West Virginia 14-2. The loss puts Maryland at 24-15 on the year.

It was not the best night for Tayler Stiles. The freshman southpaw from Bowie gave up 7 runs in just 4 innings. This was only the second start for Stiles, but the Terps will need all of their pitchers to throw well if they want to make a run in the ACC Tournament and possibly in the NCAA Tournament.

Offensively, Maryland had seven hits, led by shortstop Blake Schmit, who had two. However, Maryland left eleven men on base. Some credit must be given to West Virginia pitching, but that will hurt any team on any night.

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Terrapins Baseball Vs Cancer

Maryland_terrapins_logoOnce again the Maryland Terrapins baseball team partnered with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. Their efforts were capped off on Saturday April 19th where Terps players had their heads shaved after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Fans also participated in a balloon tribute, releasing a balloon in honor of those that lost their battle with the terrible disease. Read more about Terrapins Baseball Vs Cancer

Towson Dance team wins 16th straight championship

The Towson Tigers dance team won their 16th straight NDA National Championship yesterday in Daytona, Florida.  The NDA dance competition is the largest dance competition in the country and Towson’s dance team has dominated it.  Here is the story I wrote last year when the dance team won their 15th straight.

With the Towson Tigers football and basketball teams having great seasons the dance team may get overlooked.  Even while the football and basketball teams were having bad seasons the dance team has been constantly winning championships.  The Towson dance team may be the most under appreciated sports team in Maryland sports.
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Maryland Basketball 2013 Season in Review

Maryland_terrapins_logoThe 2013-2014 Maryland basketball season brought about much frustration to an already impatient team and fan base. This was supposed to be the year Maryland started to turn the corner and at least get back into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. Why did this not happen? Let’s take a look.

 

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Terrapins Set for B1G Things in the Years to Come

File:Maryland terrapins logo.pngMaybe it’s because I’m an East Coast guy now living in the Mid-West, but I embraced the announcement that the University of Maryland was moving to the Big Ten Conference. I’m not caught up in outrage of the breaking up of conferences. If it makes sense financially or otherwise for the school to change, they should change. I believe that not only does the move to the Big Ten make sense for Maryland financially (once the lawsuits are settled, which we all know they will be) but I think it also makes sense just from a sports culture standpoint.
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Blast Leave MISL

Wednesday Blast owner, Ed Hale, announced that the Blast had been released from the United Soccer Leagues, which operates the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). The Blast will look to join the 20 team Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL). Hale had pushed for a MISL-PASL merger in the past, but the USL decided against it. Milwaukee, Syracuse, Rochester, and Missouri were also released. Read more about Blast Leave MISL

Craig "Sky" Shelton walking down my street

My black friend, Harry Weaver, found it rather amusing. My friends and I lived on Whitehaven Parkway in Georgetown in the late 70s and early 80s. Get it? White-haven?
Anyway, it was the soon after my Maryland team with Albert King and Buck Williams went down in flames against John Thompson’s Georgetown Hoyas.

Actually it was March of 1980. It was the second round of the NCAA playoffs. And Eric “Sleepy” Floyd and Craig “Sky” Shelton stopped the Terps, 74-68.
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Visited with Ernie Graham at the liquor store

There he was. One of my heroes. Not the type that you can’t even go up to chat with.

Ernest Graham, the high-scoring Maryland Terp. He was searching for beers as I came upon Graham back in his glory days at Maryland.

And frankly, I read him the riot act. I asked to make sure it was him and then told him that I read in the Washington Post that he still in the shadow of Buck Williams and Albert King.
I told Ernie, the pride of Baltimore, that he was the best of them all. And to never forget how good he was.
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