Laurel's Gill Commits to Radford

After averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Laurel High boys basketball team last season, Aaron Gill improved his game over the summer. He averaged 24 points in the two leagues Laurel played in, attracting attention from college recruiters.

Gill, a senior, recently made a verbal commitment to Radford University.

He plans to sign a national letter-of-intent in November.

"I liked the kids down there and the area is nice," Gill said.

"It's not too far from home, but it's not too close."

Gill, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound forward, said he thinks his improved play over the summer was the result of believing in himself.

"I always had the talent, but the confidence wasn't really there," Gill said.

"This summer I had the confidence to just go out and play ball. I stopped worrying about messing up. I just went out and played."

Gill said he was also being recruited by Maryland-Baltimore County, Northeastern and Howard.

Floyd Fouls Up Schedules

Hurricane Floyd played havoc with the local sports schedule, forcing several games to be postponed. Perhaps the most affected county school was Parkdale, which postponed two soccer games (one boys, one girls) and moved a junior varsity football game to opposing High Point because its field was waterlogged.

DeMatha, which plays its football home games at Parkdale because it does not have a field, did play its scheduled game against Good Counsel on Saturday.

"The center part of the field is all mud," Parkdale Athletic Director Bob Graves said before DeMatha's game Saturday. "There's nothing you can do about it now."

Graves said the field's condition is not a surprise--water collects between the 20- and 40-yard lines on each side of the field because it is not graded. Graves said he received an estimate of $22,000 to grade the field last year, but the athletic department could not afford that sum.

"We'll be okay," Graves said. "But the middle part [of the field] goes real quick."