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.
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.
Early in the fourth quarter of the Maryland Terrapins’ homecoming evening matchup against the Michigan State Spartans, the home team was down by three and driving. Sophomore running back Ty Johnson had just rattled off consecutive rushes of 44 and 18 yards to put the Terps at the Spartans’ 3-yard line. The Terps were in perfect position to snatch the lead late in the game. It was a pivotal moment during a primetime game against an opponent with a marquee name, and the crowd was loud and engaged—at least those who were there.
The first dozen or so rows along the field were mostly filled, with some stretches of empty seats visible behind them. But if you looked up a little higher—to the upper deck—the sight was bleak: entire columns of rows along either end completely bare. Empty silver benches, some stretching from end zone to midfield, clearly outnumbered the few clusters of spectators sporadically dispersed across the upper deck. Continue reading “Terps football: where are the fans?”
Everyone has that turning point, that moment in which a split-second decision separates you from success or from failure. For some, that moment can define which life path you take. For senior short stick defensive midfielder and captain of the Maryland lacrosse team Isaiah Davis-Allen, that moment has come more than once in his life.
Former Maryland kicker Brad Craddock in action for the Terps (Photo courtesy of Brad Craddock)
A year after his final college football season with the Terrapins, Brad Craddock is still in Maryland. In 2014, he won the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate placekicker. In May of 2016, he was cut by the Cleveland Browns.