Billy Rappo: Life On The Wrestling Mat

By Juan Herrera

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Maryland wrestler Billy Rappo in action (Photo credit: Alexander Jones/The Diamondback)

Billy Rappo was born into the sport of wrestling. His four older brothers all wrestled at Council Rock South High School and in college. Rappo started wrestling at only 4 years old.

Whenever Rappo could, he would go into gymnasiums to watch his brothers wrestle. Even when his siblings went off to wrestle for Division I schools, Rappo was always watching and learning.

He trained with his brothers from an early age, taking a piece from each of their wrestling styles to craft his own. Once the time came for Rappo to wrestle in high school, he knew he had big shoes to fill.

“Coming up through Council Rock South, I had some things to take care of. My brothers won state titles, so I had some pressure on me to do that as well,” Rappo said. “Luckily I was able to do that.” Continue reading “Billy Rappo: Life On The Wrestling Mat”

Positivity playing a big role in Maryland men’s soccer team’s success

By Kyle Melnick

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Maryland men’s soccer head coach Sasho Cirovski believes positive thinking is crucial to success on the field. (Photo credit: Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

Inside the Maryland men’s soccer team’s locker room, signs of positive words cover the walls.

No matter where the Terps players look they’re reminded of the squad’s values. In one corner the Maryland players see “Perseverance,” while in another they see “Commitment” and “Concentration.” On the field, the positive messages don’t stop. Coach Sasho Cirovski writes “WW” on his wrist, which stands for “winning words.”

Since Cirovski took the Terps heading coach job in 1993, he’s made positivity a core value of the team. By doing so, he’s led Maryland to two national championships and 18 Sweet 16s. Continue reading “Positivity playing a big role in Maryland men’s soccer team’s success”

Maryland track and field athlete has the Midas touch

By Glen Charlton

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Maryland track and field athlete Jillian Maloney (Photo credit: UMTerps.com)

 

Jillian Maloney, a track and field athlete for Maryland, does it all. And she excels at everything she does.

Maloney dominates in academics, is an achieved athlete in multiple sports and became a nationally-ranked Monopoly player.

Who knew such a title actually exists?

Maloney claimed her ranking in middle school. It all began with a school project, but Maloney said it came to be for another reason.

“In middle school, I just was not very cool,” Maloney said. Continue reading “Maryland track and field athlete has the Midas touch”

Foreign-born players making impact in college soccer

By Sean Whooley

Soccer is so often referred to as the world’s most popular sport, but it took a while to catch on in the United States.

Despite this, the country is rapidly progressing in what most people around the world call “football.” From the professional level all the way down to instructional leagues for kindergarteners, the sport continues to grow. One place that is a perfect example of this is the University of Maryland.

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Maryland men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski has a number of influential international players on his team (Photo credit: UMTerps.com)

Under head coach Sasho Cirovski, now in his 24th year at the helm, the Terrapins soccer program has blossomed into one of the most consistent and successful college soccer setups in the country. As Maryland improves, as do other university soccer teams, and it is a sign of how the United States is coming along in development. Continue reading “Foreign-born players making impact in college soccer”

D.C. United Academy develops top talent, memorable experiences

By Mia O’Neill

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Members of D.C. United’s U11-U13 academy teams listen to first team head coach Ben Olsen speak after a training session. (Photo Credit: D.C. United Academy)

As soccer in the United States continues to grow, emulating the European game has become a primary goal among top American teams.

As a result, there’s been a surge of investment in youth soccer development in recent years. Following the models of Europe’s biggest clubs, Major League Soccer teams have turned unprecedented attention toward their academies, offering promising youngsters highly-structured technical and tactical training with the goal of producing players for their first teams.

The objective of the MLS academy system is to provide a direct path to professional soccer with affiliation to a club, said Dave Sanford, operations coordinator for the D.C. United Academy and head coach of the club’s under-12 team. To Sanford, professionalization of youth soccer in the U.S. has been huge. Continue reading “D.C. United Academy develops top talent, memorable experiences”

The Emergence of Lorenzo Harrison

By Liam Beatus

 

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True freshman Lorenzo Harrison has been a revelation this season for the Terps. (Photo credit: Gill Vesely)

As a true freshman, the expectations were not set too high for Lorenzo Harrison. Entering the season, he was still behind incumbent backs Ty Johnson, Kenneth Goins Jr. and Wes Brown, but through seven weeks of the season it is the true freshman from Hyattsville who leads the team in carries (88), and rushing touchdowns (5) and is second in rushing yards (633).

“He’s been tremendous,” head coach DJ Durkin said. “I think numbers don’t even really tell the story about the type of effort he’s playing with, the competitiveness he’s playing with.”

Continue reading “The Emergence of Lorenzo Harrison”

Is NCAA’s Substitution Rule Affecting College Soccer?

By Sebastian Obando

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Maryland’s women’s soccer in action. (Photo credit: WoodleyWonderWorks)

With Maryland leading San Diego 2-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining in the second half, San Diego’s head coach Seamus McFadden made a late substitution. The sub was McFadden’s seventh change of the game, a move that would not have been allowed professionally.

In NCAA soccer, coaches are allowed 11 substitutions per game. The unique aspect to the NCAA sub rule is if a player is substituted in the first half, the coach must wait until the second half to put that player back onto the field, and each player is allowed only one reentry per game. Following FIFA rules, coaches are allowed only three substitutions per game and there’s no reentry.

“The liberal substitution rule is almost a necessary evil in college soccer because of the compressed schedule and the lack of rested recovery in between games,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “[Reducing number of subs] would actually increase the number of injury to an astronomical level.” Continue reading “Is NCAA’s Substitution Rule Affecting College Soccer?”