College Basketball 2016-17

A HOOPS WINTER BLOG: College roundball in the basketball-crazed DMV 2016-17
Jan. 23, 2017
WASHINGTON - A season of misery continues for the Hoyas of Georgetown, and the schedule doesn't get any easier. The Hoyas lost Sunday at Xavier and Georgetown is now 1-6 in Big East play this season. Georgetown hosts Creighton on Wednesday and plays Saturday at Butler, so a mark of 1-8 in conference play is entirely possible. I spoke last week with Otto Porter, Jr., a former Georgetown star now with the Washington Wizards, and he said he speaks regularly with Hoyas head coach John Thompson III. Porter said it is tough to watch his former program struggle but couldn't point to one specific reason way the Hoyas have fallen.

Jan. 10, 2017
COLLEGE PARK, Maryland - The Terps held off Indiana 75-72 here on Tuesday night in a game that had the feel of a Big Ten of NCAA tourney game. The Terps had lost in their last home game, against Nebraska, but had won at Michigan on Saturday. The Hooisers have now lost three of four and fell out of the top 25 on Monday. Maryland began the year in the top 25 but fell out after the first week.

A memorable game in Baltimore suburbs
Dec. 19, 2016
CATONSVILLE, Maryland - Maryland, Baltimore County was averaging a respectable 82.2 points per game in its first 10 contests. The Retrievers certainly rose to the occasion at home Monday against The Citadel, which entered the contest leading the nation at nearly 102 points per game. UMBC came away with 120-111 win in double overtime - the most points ever scored by UMBC in a game. The previous best was set in the 1970s against Division III Gallaudet. At a few points in overtime each player on the court had scored at least 10 points.

Cekovsky improves his game at Maryland
Dec. 13, 2016
COLLEGE PARK, Maryland - Terps junior forward Michal Cekovsky averaged less than three points per game as a freshman and sophomore. Now he is averaging more than 10 points per game for Maryland, which is 11-1 after a win at home against Jacksonville State on Monday. The Terps are off until facing Charlotte on Dec. 20 in Baltimore.

Terps off to unbeaten start
Nov. 29, 2016
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND - Maryland is undefeated going into its home game tonight against Pittsburgh in the ACC/Big 10 challenge. The Terps lost four standout players to the pro ranks - Jake Layman and Diamond Stone were drafted by the NBA, Robert Carter, Jr. is in Italy and Rasheed Suliamon is in the D-league - but junior point guard Melo Trimble and three freshmen have carried the load so far.

Hoyas off the radar in New York
Oct. 11, 2016
NEW YORK - Georgetown head coach John Thompson III told me today he has never had a fifth-year transfer. The Hoyas have one now, and he will be expected to step in and be productive right away.

Trimble attracts attention
Oct. 13, 2016
WASHINGTON - Maryland junior guard Melo Trimble, from nearby Upper Marlboro, was named all-Big Ten earlier this week. Then on Thursday he met the media at the Big Ten media day at a hotel in upper northwest.


David Driver is a native of Harrisonburg, Virginia and played baseball at Turner Ashby High and Eastern Mennonite College (now University). He graduated from EMC in 1985 with a degree in English and a minor in journalism. He has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for nearly 25 years and was the first sports editor of the daily Baltimore Examiner and for nearly 10 years was also the sports editor of Laurel (Md.) Leader, now part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He is now a full-time free-lance writer and is the main correspondent for The Sports Xchange, a national content provider for UPI/Reuters, in the coverage of the Washington Nationals. He also covers major college basketball in the Baltimore-Washington region for The Sports Xchange and in the past covered college and pro sports for The Associated Press as a free-lancer. Read more

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Kemp living the dream as Baysox infielder

June, 2016

By David Driver
For the Baltimore Sun Media Group
Used with permission

Courtesy photo / HANDOUT BOWIE, MARYLAND - Bowie Baysox infielder Jeff Kemp grew up in Bowie and started going to Baysox games when he was about 5 years old.

A few years later, he went to a game in 1998 with his youth team and he and his teammates were able to go on the field before the first pitch.

Kemp, then 8 years old, found himself standing beside Baysox third baseman Ryan Minor and Kemp's father took a photo of the two of them.

So you can imagine what a thrill it was for Archbishop Spalding grad Kemp when he was drafted by the parent Baltimore Orioles in 2013, and the next season played for manager Minor with the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds in Salisbury.

The excitement has increased this season as Kemp had advanced to Double-A Bowie for the first time. But Kemp has had to adjust to a new role as a utility infielder after he was used mostly an everyday player the past two seasons at the Single-A level.

"I kind of knew going into that was probably going to happen," Kemp said. "Most of the guys were here last year; that was a team that won the (Eastern League) title" for the first time. Read more

CAA football once again a national player

July 2016

By David Driver
For the Press Herald and Maine Today
Used with permission

Credit: Portland Press Herald // Dan Collins will be in the running to be the University of Maine's starting quarterback this fall. BALTIMORE — Joe Harasymiak has a reliable sounding board as he makes the transition from defensive coordinator to head coach at the University of Maine.

That would be Jack Cosgrove, who stepped down last November after 23 years as the Black Bears’ head football coach. Cosgrove now works as the senior associate director of athletics at Maine.

“A lot of it has been everything (else),” Harasymiak said. “That has been the biggest change for me. As an assistant you watch film. Now it is 95 guys (to be in charge of). Everyone is on me. When I reach out to Coach Cos it has not been (about) football stuff.”

The first-year coach has plenty of work to do after Maine finished 3-8 last season. On Tuesday, the Black Bears were picked to finish ninth of 12 teams at the Colonial Athletic Association’s football media day at M&T Bank Stadium. The poll was compiled from votes by league coaches and sports information directors.

“We can’t get too caught up on where people pick us,” said Harasymiak, who at 30 is the nation’s youngest Division I head coach.

Maine’s Pat Ricard, an all-CAA preseason pick on the defensive line, noted that the Black Bears were picked to finish eighth in 2013 but won the CAA title. Last season Maine was 3-5 in the league. Read more