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Mount Hebron senior guard

Shawn Velazquez

The Vikings lost two players in the offseason -- one who transferred and another to ineligibility -- but they gained Velazquez. After arriving from Hopkinton, Mass., he has given the Vikings an immediate boost -- and no game better illustrated that than his performance during Mount Hebron's 82-72 win over Long Reach on Jan. 29.

He scored a season-high 34 points, including 24 points in the second half, as the Vikings handed the Lightning its first loss of the season. The 6-foot guard also had five rebounds and four steals in the win.

"We couldn't stop him, and it wasn't like I didn't have kids on him," Long Reach Coach Al Moraz said. "Everything he threw up went in."

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River Hill senior heavyweight

Dan Stahovic

Nicknamed "Stovepipe" by his teammates, the 267-pound senior wrestler sealed River Hill's 40-28 win over Centennial on Jan. 28 with a quick pin (51 seconds) of Centennial senior Pat Davis.

Stahovic began the season on River Hill's bench but beat Steve Humphries in a wrestle-off early last month. Since his first heavyweight match Jan. 11, Stahovic has emerged as a serious contender for a county title. He is 7-1 with four pins, and his only loss came in his third match at the Dallastown Duals.

"With him, it was all in his head," Coach Earl Lauer said. "Once he got the confidence, watch out."

By the Numbers

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Points scored or contributed by Oakland Mills junior Tony Cole at the Ivan Walker Howard County Indoor Track and Field Championships on Jan. 29. Cole won the 55-meter dash and the 300 and paced the Scorpions' winning 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.

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Combined losses through Saturday of the top six boys' basketball teams in the highly competitive Maryland 3A East Region. Friendly of Prince George's County leads the pack at 16-0, followed by Annapolis (14-1), Long Reach (14-1), River Hill (13-3), Mount Hebron (11-3) and Gwynn Park (12-4).

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Inches beyond the county record that Atholton's Lindsay Grigoriev threw the shot at the county championships. Her 43-foot, 7-inch throw at the Ivan Walker Howard County Indoor Track and Field Championships surpassed the previous county record of 40-10, which she also threw. The throw also beat her meet record of 39-7.5.