Brunson's Jump Impresses Judges
Oxon Hill High center Rebekkah Brunson, a rising senior, says she has been dunking a basketball since she was 15 or 16 years old. She also says she jams routinely in practice.
But until Sunday afternoon at the Black Entertainment Television Pro-Am DC Summer Classic at George Washington University's Smith Center, the 6-foot-2 Brunson never had attempted a dunk at a public event.
Coaxed by her coaches and teammates on the Oxon Hill Road Runners, Brunson joined the boys in the slam dunk contest following her team's 73-50 win over the Potomac Valley Vogues.
"I didn't want to go out there," she said. "I was pushed upon."
Brunson, a third-team All-Met selection last season, admittedly was nervous before her dunk. She took off from the left wing, rose and barely missed flushing the ball through the hoop, hitting the front of the rim instead.
However, the judges were so impressed by her effort, they gave her a 10 on the failed attempt. Brunson was so chagrined by her miss that she declined to try again.
Later, she said she wished she had given it another try.
"I was a little nervous," Brunson said. "That was the first time on public display."
Bowie's Winning Fundamentals
Andrew Capece says it's no mystery as to why his Bowie Junior Babe Ruth 13-to-15 team has won its first 10 games through last weekend. You might even say it is one of the most tried and true formulas in baseball.
"It's been pitching and defense for us," Capece said.
The Bowie Black team (there's also an Orange team) has relied heavily on pitchers Matt Petersen, Matt Bailey, David Keder and Greg Benedict. The four have combined to go 10-0.
Petersen, a 14-year-old left-hander, is 5-0 with a 0.29 earned run average. The St. John's student has walked two batters in 24 innings.
"He's a good pitcher," Capece said. "He's been really strong for us. For a 14-year-old, he's really got command of a fastball and can throw a curve."
Bailey (2-0), Keder (2-0) and Benedict (1-0) have a combined ERA under 3.00.
Brad Disharoon has helped spark the team's offense. He has a .556 on-base percentage and has scored 15 runs.
Women's Basketball Heats Up
There's a battle going on for the top spots in the Women's Collegiate Summer Basketball League.
The Eagles (3-1), All-Stars (3-1) and Exxon (2-1) lead the six-team league that plays its games on weekends at Central High in Capitol Heights.
The All-Stars defeated the Eagles, 78-60, Saturday as Kiarsha Curtis, headed to Northeastern from Bladensburg High, led the winners with 21 points. All-Stars standout Schuye LaRue (Carroll High), soon headed to the University of Virginia, scored 19 points.
"There seems like a real rivalry developing between those teams," said Monique Hunter, league founder and commissioner.
Shalayna Johnson, a graduate of Coolidge High in the District, led the Eagles with 20 points. Johnson, a guard who will enroll at UMBC in the fall, combined with Shaunita Randolph and Kenyawna Hudgens, who registered double-doubles.
Randolph, also a Coolidge graduate, had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hudgens, a graduate of Anacostia High, added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Each team will play 12 regular season games. Playoffs and the league championship game will be held Aug. 7-8.
Bulldogs Make Commitments
Three key players from Bowie High's baseball team that reached the regional finals have made college commitments.
Center fielder Danny Stein and right-hander Matt Shover are headed to Mount Olive College in North Carolina and left fielder Jake Eddy will attend Florida Tech.
CAPTION: Oxon Hill's Rebekkah Brunson almost dunked in a contest during the Black Entertainment Television Pro-Am DC Summer Classic held at George Washington.