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Reynolds Asks Sooners for Release

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Herndon senior All-Met Scottie Reynolds asked the University of Oklahoma yesterday to release him from his national letter-of-intent to play basketball for the Sooners.

Reynolds said he spoke on several occasions with new Oklahoma Coach Jeff Capel since his hiring more than a week ago, but that he had decided to re-open the recruiting process. His family faxed the paperwork to Oklahoma early yesterday.

"Talking with Coach Capel, he said that he wanted guys who wanted to be there, but I'm not 100 percent sure," Reynolds said. "I felt like it would be doing a disservice to him if I said I was sure right now."

Reynolds's intention to seek a release was first reported by the Examiner yesterday.

The 6-foot shooting guard, a McDonald's all-American, did not rule out staying with Oklahoma. Capel is expected to meet with Reynolds, Hornets Coach Gary Hall and Reynolds's family in Herndon today.

When asked what other colleges he was interested in, Reynolds declined to list favorites but said: "Are there schools that are close to home that are interested in me? Yeah."

Falcons Win on Slam

Severna Park sophomore Patrick O'Keefe hammered a two-out, two-strike pitch over the left field fence for a pinch-hit, game-winning grand slam, giving the Falcons a stunning 8-7 baseball victory over visiting Chesapeake .

The Falcons (9-2, 6-2 Anne Arundel) trailed 7-1 after five innings and were down five runs heading into the bottom of the seventh before taking advantage of a handful of walks and defensive miscues by Chesapeake (9-3, 7-2).

Severna Park trailed by four with two outs when Stan Schwitalla walked and Gregg Aiken reached on a run-scoring error. Coach Jim McCandless then called on the 6-foot-2 O'Keefe, a part-time starter.

"It was out [of the park] coming off the bat," McCandless said. "Not bad for a sophomore." . . .

In the schools' softball matchup, No. 9 Chesapeake took advantage of three consecutive walks and an error to force extra innings, and junior Sam Dulski singled in the winning run in the eighth to give the Cougars a 3-2 victory over No. 10 Severna Park.

Dulski's hit scored freshman pitcher Lauren Gibson, who struck out seven Severna Park batters as Chesapeake improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in Anne Arundel. Severna Park is 9-3, 6-2.

Foote Lifts SS/SA

Senior center Carter Foote scored off a pass from Abigail Holden two minutes into overtime to lift undefeated and No. 2 St. Stephen's/St. Agnes to a 5-4 win over visiting Holton-Arms in a girls' lacrosse game.

Holton-Arms scored the game's first goal and led 3-2 at halftime, marking the first time this season that SS/SA (7-0) has trailed at the half. The Saints came into the game averaging nearly 15 goals a game this season, but needed goalie Lauren Thomas's penalty-shot save with eight seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Thomas made 12 saves, including two other penalty-shot saves in the final few minutes.

Morris to Wake Forest

Parkdale 's Courteney Morris has signed to play women's basketball for Wake Forest, Panthers Coach Selina Smith said. The 5-foot-11 Morris averaged 14.5 points per game for Parkdale last season.

-- Liam Dillon, Jeff Ermann, Daniel Lyght and Dave Yanovitz

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