Archive for January, 2014

Does The NCAA Exploit Its Athletes?

For years the NCAA has been accused of making money off of its athletes and not giving them any of the profits.

On August 16th Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel went under investigation for allegedly accepting money for signing autographs on memorabilia such as jerseys, helmets, etc. He would face a one half suspension in the first game of the season.

“We’re not talking.” Michelle Manziel said as reporters rushed her door.

An argument came out that Manziel or any other NCAA athlete should not be penalized because he does not gain any profit from the NCAA, the school is selling things with his name and number on it so he should get some type of money because the school is making money off of him, and that is the only way to make money. This argument bought up the question should the NCAA pay its athletes? And is the NCAA exploiting its athletes for profit?

That question has been around for years going back to the Reggie Bush case, the Lebron James case before he even entered college, and the Oregon basketball player Dominic Artis suspended nine games for selling sneakers.

The NCAA is exploiting their athletes because they are making money off of the player’s jerseys and other memorabilia and they are not giving the athletes any type of money. The argument could be that they are getting full ride scholarships but that is only for school that is not enough for extracurricular activities around school.

Lately the argument is being bought up more should the NCAA pay its players but they are not budging on the topic and saying “no we aren’t paying them.”

Clifford Jackson, cliff notes


Instant Replay For Calvert Hall

Written by Joe DiBlasi
Cardinals settle in at No. 2 with a win over Spalding 

Drew Edwards and Nico Clareth

Drew Edwards (left) and Nico Clareth combined for 46 points and show poise in the clutch to lead Calvert Hall to another come-from-behind road win.

Coming off Sunday’s thrilling road win over Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall experienced an instant replay, Monday at No. 18 Archbishop Spalding, with another tense MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League basketball battle, as the Cardinals came from behind again with a little over a minute to play, defeating the host Cavaliers, 62-54.

Once again Nico Clareth was the star of the show for Calvert Hall (22-3, 11-3 MIAA, 8-2 BCL), which has risen to No. 2 in the latest Enoch Office/VSN Boys Basketball Top 20.

The Cavs (11-8, 6-5, 2-6) took a 54-52 lead with a 90 seconds to go in regulation on a trey by Jourdan Grant, but Clareth answered with a trey of his own on the Cardinals’ next possession, giving his team a one-point lead. Just seconds later, Clareth punctuated the Calvert Hall comeback with a javelin-jam-thunder dunk to increase the Hall lead to three.  The Cardinal defense kept Spalding from scoring from there there,  and the Hall converted five three throws down the stretch to secure an eight point win, but the game was much closer than the final score indicated.

Gary Jefferson (12 points), Malik Harris (13 points), Charles Meiklejohn (11 points) and Jourdan Grant (15 points) all keyed the Spalding run in the fourth quarter.  The Cavaliers led 49-45 with four minutes to play,  51-49 at the two minute mark, and 54-52 moments later, before Clareth worked his magic once again.

The high-flying, sharp-shooting junior replicated his Sunday afternoon performance against St. Joe when his trey and thunder dunk helped the Hall top the Gaels 69-66.

On his clutch effort in back-to-back close, comeback wins, Clareth said, “I know when it comes to crunch time, I have to click in and start going, and get the team going.  I try to do the same thing every night, and it just happened again for us.”

Edwards demonstrated poise and aplomb again for coach John Bauersfeld, pouring in a game leading 24 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Edwards was 7-for-7 from the line on the night, and he hit two with 35 seconds left to help seal the win.

“Yesterday was a key win for us, and everybody expected us to come down, and we knew what we had to do,” said Edwards.  “We knew they were going to go on a run, every home team does.  We knew we had to stick together
and we made some big shots with Nico and TJ (Duckett), and we got our momentum back.”

The Hall was 17-21 from the free throw line against the Cavaliers, and 9-for-12 in the fourth quarter, when it stepped up under pressure again.

CH  14  14  15 19  —  62
AS  15  10  18  11  —  54
Calvert Hall:
 Mayberry 6, Duckett 3, Phoenix 2, Clareth 22, Edwards 24, Rouse 2, Wallace 3.
Archbishop Spalding: Grant 15, Harris 13, Jefferson 12, Meiklejohn 11, Gilliland 3.

Calvert Hall Brings Down DC's Top-Ranked Team 61-60

Written by Gary Adornato 01/19/14

No. 7 Cardinals stage a fourth quarter rally to edge Riverdale Baptist, 61-60, at MLK Hoopfest

No. 7 Calvert Hall struck a big blow for itself and Baltimore, Saturday night, as the Cardinals staged a fourth quarter rally to claim a 61-60 victory over Riverdale Baptist, the top-ranked team in Washington, at the MLK Hoppfest at Coolidge High School in D.C.

Riverdale Baptist (17-3), which climbed to the top position in the Washington Post’s boys basketball rankings earlier this week, came into the contest riding a 12 game winning streak and the Crusaders pushed the Cardinals (20-2) around early, building a 15-9 lead at the end of one quarter.

Calvert Hall countered-punched in the second quarter and went to the halftime break down by just one point, at 29-28, but Riverdale Baptist re-established a six-point advantage by the start of the fourth quarter. The Cardinals, however, closed the game on a 21-14 run to pull out the one-point victory, their 20th of the season.

Keeping with their season-long theme of finding a different set of heros every night, the Cardinals leaned on the play of Sean Mayberry and TJ Duckett, who combined for 27 points, including a combined 8-for-11 effort from the free throw line.

Mayberry was the top CHC scorer with 14 points and he was a perfect 3-for-3 at the charity stripe. Duckett hit a pair of three-points and finished with 13 points.

Evan Phoenix and Nico Clareth were also valuable on both ends of the court. Phoenix scored seven points and collected 10 rebounds, while Clareth just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 boards, and he blocked four shots. Also contributing seven points and seven boards was Chris Wallace.

Making the victory even more impressive was the fact that the Cardinals pulled it off without junior star Drew Edwards in the lineup.

Calvert Hall was 7-for-16 from beyond the three-point arc, including a pair from reserve Reggie Rouse.

Defensively, the Cardinals also did an outstanding job on Chinanu Onuaku, Riverdale’s 6-foot-10 center who is bound for the University of Louisville. Onuaku did have a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and added four blocks, but did not do as much damage as usual. Alexander Long led the Crusaders with a game-high 16 points.

Another critical factor in the contest is that Riverdale Baptist missed a wide open dunk late in the 4th quarter. In a one point loss, the Crusaders would need to look no further for an explanation. Inspite of Riverdale Baptist obvious size advantage, another big factor in Calvert Hall’s favor was that it finished with a 48-42 advantage in rebounding. Also worthy of noting, Calvert Hall attempted a record 84 shot attempts. Riverdale Baptist attempted 58

CH 9 19 12 21 — 61
RB 15 14 17 14 — 60
Calvert Hall: Mayberry 14, Duckett 13, Phoenix 7, Wallace 7, Bahar 5, Clareth 9, Rouse 6. Totals 22 10-16 61.
Riverdale Baptist: Jones 7, Wormley 5, Abrom 8, Onuaku 13, Long 16, Steele 4, Thomas 2, Oliver 5. Totals 23 14-36 60.


Chinanu Onuaku and Riverdale Baptist ascended to the top spot in the Post Top 20 this week

By Brandon Parker

Riverdale Baptist Coach Lou Wilson wouldn’t call this year’s team his deepest. That distinction would likely be held for the 2005 team that featured players like Michael Beasley, Nolan Smith and Devin Sweetney and went 33-1. But Wilson is certainly aware of the wealth of options at his disposal on this year’s Crusaders, which took over the No. 1 spot in The Post Top 20 boys’ basketball rankings after extending their win streak to 12 games.“We spread our wealth around, because with this team, defenses can’t key in on one guy,” Wilson said. “We’ve been distributing the ball well and if somebody is in foul trouble or having an off night, we can go about 12 deep to make up for that.”

In Saturday’s game against eighth-ranked and Capital Beltway Athletic Association rival Clinton Christian, Crusaders centerChinanu Onuaku was forced to sit out a big chunk of the second quarter after picking up his third foul. The absence of the Louisville recruit allowed Clinton Christian (9-2) to gain momentum and briefly take its first lead of the game. But the Crusaders quickly responded by feeding two of their other talented post players, Taron Oliver and Alex Long. The two ultimately combined for 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Crusaders used a third-quarter run to take the lead for good before winning 71-67.

Though the Eagles sliced into that deficit behind Jon Davis’s 24 points, it wasn’t enough to avoid their second loss in a row or to overcome big shots by Dequan Abrom, who finished with a team-high 16 points.Abrom is one of five different players who have led the Crusaders (17-2) in scoring during a game this season and one of 15 players to have scored for the team this year. With Saturday’s  game in the Martin Luther King Hoopfest Tourney against Maryland power Calvert Hall marking the second of 10 consecutive road games for the Crusaders, Wilson will depend on the depth and chemistry of his team even more as they strive for continued success.

“We’ll be road warriors for the next few weeks, but it’ll be a good challenge for us,” Wilson said. “Hopefully we can keep playing together as a team and continue to do the things we know we’re capable of doing so we can hold on to that number one spot.”

By Greg Smith 


Teddy Bridgewater declared for the NFL Draft earlier today and now reports are that he is strongly leaning towards signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Agency:

Two sources said Wednesday that Bridgewater has been talking to Roc Nation, which is owned by Jay-Z, about serving as his agency. He is the third prominent college football underclassman to be linked to the relatively new firm that Jay Z started in late 2012.

If Jay can sign the top QB prospect in the draft it’s a pretty big deal. It would show that not only can he pull current pro athletes but also get top prospects. When a client of his gets a 10 year $240 million contract, people pay attention. At the end of the day if his clients are getting big deal, why wouldn’t they flock to him?

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