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”

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”

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”

Terps football: where are the fans?

By Jack Chavez

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Maryland’s homecoming game crowd was disappointingly low (Photo credit: John McGinnis)

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?”

Brotherhood, toughness and good choices

By Faye Curran

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Maryland lacrosse captain Isaiah Davis-Allen describes his team as like a family (Photo Credit: UMTerps.com)

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.

Davis-Allen arguably had one of the most difficult losses in his family: the loss of his mother. His mother was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer when he was a senior in high school and she died before he got to college. Continue reading “Brotherhood, toughness and good choices”

Despite difficult season, Leone stays positive about women’s soccer

By Daniel Chavkin

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First-year Maryland women’s soccer head coach Ray Leone (center) looks on during a game (Photo courtesy of Daniel Chavkin)

In his first season as Maryland’s women’s soccer coach, Ray Leone has had a difficult time finding success.

“There is no elevator to the top, and you need to suffer first,” he said. “Most of the time you have to pay a price and that’s what we’re doing. We’re paying a price for success.” Continue reading “Despite difficult season, Leone stays positive about women’s soccer”

Cut from the NFL, Brad Craddock waiting in Maryland

By Cameron Neimand

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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.

So Craddock’s still in the Old Line State, a long way from his Adelaide, Australia home. He ventures from his residence in Clarksburg, where he lives with a buddy from UMD, to practice on the field where students once screamed and pleaded for his very own Heisman candidacy. Continue reading “Cut from the NFL, Brad Craddock waiting in Maryland”