The week-long early signing period ended last week with four more Southern Maryland athletes making their Division I college commitments official and one other making a last-minute change.
Northern pitcher Adam Hoyt signed to play baseball at Radford, Patuxent pitcher Ashley Frederick will play softball at Coastal Carolina and two Thomas Stone softball players made their commitments -- infielder Sha Tabor with Delaware State and outfielder Brittney Dyson with James Madison. More than a dozen area players signed Division I scholarships during the week.
Meanwhile, McDonough's Ashley Thompson, who had planned to sign with Morgan State, decided to sign with Delaware State after visiting the school last weekend.
Hoyt, a left-hander, will join Patuxent's Kyle Starr in the Highlanders' recruiting class. Hoyt went 4-3 last season for the SMAC champion Patriots, who advanced to the Maryland 3A South title games. Hoyt had a 0.99 earned run average, struck out 62 in 49 innings and was named All-Extra.
"It's cool that we committed together," Hoyt said, noting that he and Starr called to give Radford oral commitments on the same night last month. "It helps having someone there that you know."
Frederick, who moved to the area from western Pennsylvania before last school year, revitalized Patuxent: The Panthers nearly doubled their victory total from the previous season. Frederick, an honorable mention All-Met, went 15-6 with a 0.36 ERA and batted .331; Patuxent lost to eventual state champion North County in the 4A East semifinals.
Tabor, a two-time All-Extra, batted a team-high .444 for the Cougars, who went 17-5 and lost to North County three days after Patuxent did. Dyson, also an All-Extra selection, batted .333 and scored 11 runs. Both players committed only one error each.
Thompson was set to sign with Morgan State, but Delaware State called and asked her to visit. After Thompson saw that she could pursue a mechanical engineering major there -- and not at Morgan -- she signed with Delaware State.
"Delaware State asked me to at least give them a chance," she said, "and when I got out there, they showed me that they had my major, and that was really important to me."
Honor for Jenifer
One season of wrestling was all it took to turn Trevon Jenifer into a hall of famer.
The Huntingtown senior was given the Medal of Courage by the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at its annual induction banquet last weekend in Annapolis. Jenifer, a congenital amputee who was born without legs, finished 17-19 last season while wrestling at 103 pounds. It was the first time he had tried wrestling, let alone competed on a high school varsity team.
"By getting this award," Jenifer told the audience, "I hope it will lift people to push harder and strive to get that extra yard."