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 Football’s Future: Ferocious or Flashy?

By Joe Foley

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Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has some choices ahead regarding his team’s future and identity. (Photo credit: Greg Fiume/UMTerps.com)

Maryland football looks like a rejuvenated program behind first-year head coach D.J. Durkin.

The Terps may not win the Big Ten anytime soon, but there are some encouraging signs moving forward: a top-20 recruiting class in 2017, the transformation of Cole Field House into a $155 million state-of-the-art practice facility and what looks like a head coach that is here to stay. However, what isn’t as clear is how this will translate to the field. Maryland needs to find its identity to become a true Division I powerhouse, and to do so it will need to go in one of two directions. These two options are reflected by the contrasting styles of their two current quarterbacks. Continue reading “Maryland Football’s Future: Ferocious or Flashy?”

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”

Melo Trimble’s junior year will make or break his NBA career

By Peter Hailey

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Maryland junior point guard Melo Trimble addresses the press (Photo courtesy of Melo Trimble, via Instagram)

Melo Trimble’s first name is a homophone for a word that means easygoing and relaxed. However, for the junior point guard with NBA aspirations, he can’t afford to be laid back in what’s shaping up to be a huge season, and one that will go a long way in determining his future.

Trimble averaged 16.2 points and three assists a night during a sterling freshman year for an upstart Maryland squad. The Upper Marlboro native also shot 41 percent from three-point range and asserted himself as one of the sport’s brightest young players. Continue reading “Melo Trimble’s junior year will make or break his NBA career”

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”

Under Armour: More than a Brand?

by Joy Henry

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Maryland Under Armour® gear for sale at the University of Maryland College Park Official Bookstore. (Photo by Joy Henry)

“We Must Protect this House!”

With an incredibly intense commercial, Under Armour chose those five words as the way to introduce themselves to world. When former football player Eric Ogbogu shouted that tagline—we had no idea who or what Under Armour was, but we all took notice.

Back in 2006, Under Armour was the newest company jumping into the billion-dollar performance sport apparel business.

Now Under Armour is a prominent brand in football and other performance sports. With their focus on cutting-edge technology and creative marketing campaigns, they have leapfrogged established brands such as Reebok and Adidas. Continue reading “Under Armour: More than a Brand?”