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WFMD Sports is proud to announce the WFMD, Premiere Dental Arts, Canyon Contracting and Altimate Electric High School Athletes of the Month for May, 2019.

Rani Jones became the first athlete in Oakdale HIgh School history to win a tennis state championship.  She defeated Kallista Liu of Marriott’s Ridge 6-1, 6-0 in the state 2A Girl’s Singles  title match on May 25th at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club in Columbia, Md.   Coach Shaun Weiss told the Frederick News Post that Rani plays hard for every point and knows how to react to every return.
Michael Belmaggio of Linganore HIgh School won the 3A State Championship 3,200 meter run in a time of 9 min., 28.82 seconds on May 24th at the Maryland Outdoor State Track and Field Championships at Morgan State University in Baltimore.  The First Place finish will go with his State Indoor Title earlier this year and his State Cross Country Title  last Fall.
Coach Andres Wright told the Frederick News Post that Michael has put together one of the finest running careers in Linganore HS history.
WFMD Sports congratulates both athletes on their winning performances and we congratulate their schools on their outstanding sports programs.

The WFMD High School Athletes of the Month for April, Raegan Smith of Catoctin and Roman LaRocco of Linganore

The WFMD, Premiere Dental Arts, Canyon Contracting, Altimate Electric Athletes of the Month are involved in two very different sports but both Senior Raegan Smith of Catoctin Softball and Junior Roman LaRocco of Linganore Boys Lacrosse (see attached photo) work year round to stay in shape.  Raegan plays basketball and Roman is on the golf team at Linganore but both also work hard at health and fitness centers and on their own.  Raegan is heading to Salisbury University to play softball next year and will pursue a career in Nursing.   Roman is still looking at colleges where he could play Lacrosse.   Both praised their high school coaches:  Jessica Valentine of Catoctin and Rich Thompson of Linganore with helping them improve their skills and both heaped praise on their teammates this season.  Catoctin Softball finished 19-3 and won the CMC Championship.  Linganore Boys Lacrosse was 14-3 and made it all the way to the Region Championshp game. The statistics for both these athletes were very strong.  Raegan led all of Frederick County in home runs (12) and rbi’s (49) and finished with a .534 batting average.   Roman led the county in goals (60-regular season)  and assists (61 – regular season) for an astounding total of 121 regular season  points.

WFMD Sports is happy to announce the WFMD, Altimate Electric,  Premiere Dental Arts and Canyon Contracting High School Athletes of the Month for February, 2019.

   Two basketball stars and leaders:   MaKayla Daniels, a Senior at Frederick High School and Collin Schlee a Senior at Oakdale High School.

MaKayla Daniels:

Voted Ms. Maryland Basketball for 2018-19 by the Maryland Basketball Coaches Association after leading her team to 3 consecutive State 3A Championships.

Named to the Girls All State first team by the Coaches Association.

Led Frederick to 3 state championships  and an overall record of 78-7 for those three seasons.  She led the Cadets to 4 Region 3A titles.

MaKayla averaged 21.4 points per game and 2.9 assists per game for the 2018-19 season.

MaKayla  was a varsity starter for four years.   Her Freshman year Frederick did not quite win a state championship but made the State Semifinals.  With MaKayla playing, Frederick has won 49 consecutive home games!

Collin Schlee:

Voted to the Boys All State first Team by the Maryland Basketball Coaches Association.

As a Varsity starter a Collin Schlee led  team has never lost on Oakdale’s home court.  The Bears have a 44 game home winning streak.

Collin scored a rare season “double-double” for  2018-19  averaging 19.1 points a game and 10.4 rebounds a game.  He also averaged 4.3 assists per game.  This year he led the Bears to a 23-4 record, the 2A Region crown and the state semifinals for the second year in a row.

Collin’s 1401 career points are second in Oakdale HS History.

These two athletes will be playing big time college sports next season:   MaKayla Daniels  will attend the University of Arkansas on  a Basketball Scholarship and two sport star Collin Schlee will play football at Kent State on a Scholarship.

MaKayla was coached all four years at Frederick by Ashley Bush.

Collin was coached this season by Brandon Long and his previous two varsity seasons, at Oakdale,  by Terry Connolly.

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PETE MACLEOD
Pete MacLeod (right) has more than 30 years experience covering high school and college sports. From 1978 thru 1997 he did high school football, basketball, ice hockey and baseball play by play for WSRO Radio in Marlborough, Mass. He also co-hosted a weekly high school sports show at the station from 1991 thru 1997 and did play by play on radio and Cable TV for the Marlborough Shamrocks , semi pro football team , of the Eastern Football League from 1987 thru 1997. Pete also did play by play of Brown University football on the “First Sports Network” in Rhode Island for the 1988 and 1989 seasons and did Holy Cross Football play by play on WTAG in Worcester, Mass. for the 1985 season.

Before coming to WFMD, Pete covered high school football and basketball for WFTR in Front Royal, Va. and WXVA in Charlestown, W.Va. Pete works as an editor and, occasional sports reporter, for National Public Radio in Washington.

EDWARD LULIE
Edward Lulie (left) is a lifelong resident of Maryland and has two sons.. He has coached Football and basketball in the Middletown Valley Athletic Association and been the color commentator for WFMD High School Football broadcasts for the last seven years (with Pete McLeod doing the hard work-play by play!) A graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School, Edward was appointed to be Community Prosecutor in 2008 and continues in that position. He has practiced law in Frederick since 1979.
He has experience both as a writer and commentator. An enthusiastic supporter of athletics in Western Maryland he hopes that Frederick County Sports Weekend continues to help helps bring well deserved recognition to the many talented athletes and coaches in our area and helps thereby to increase public awareness and support.