When Good Counsel senior All-Met Kaili McLaren got a chance to witness the frenzy that surrounds the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, she couldn't pass up the chance to join it.
McLaren, who led the Falcons to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the City Title championships last year, will sign with the five-time NCAA champion Huskies today, the opening day of the NCAA's early signing period.
The early signing period runs from today through Nov. 16, and high school seniors in all sports other than football, soccer, field hockey and men's water polo are eligible to sign.
McLaren is among a host of high-profile Washington area basketball players who will make public their intentions over the next seven days.
Among the other top girls' players expected to sign are Forest Park All-Met guard-forward Monica Wright and Bishop McNamara guard Paulisha Kellum (Virginia) and Riverdale Baptist center Demauria Liles (Maryland). Potomac (Va.) All-Met guard Eric Hayes intends to sign with Maryland, while All-Met guard Scotty Reynolds will sign with Oklahoma.
McLaren, who is the first Washington area girls' basketball recruit to sign with Connecticut since 1995, took her visit several weeks ago, when the team opened practice at midnight.
"I saw the stands and fan base and had never seen anything like that," she said. "I also went to practice, and it's unbelievable. You have no choice but to get better. The coaches set the standard so high."
Hebron in All-Star Bowl
Good Counsel All-Met linebacker Akeem Hebron was named to the east team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game will be played Jan. 7 in San Antonio.
"It's the top 78 players in America," Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy said. "There's no chopped liver down there. The guys that are in this game are big-time guys. It's about as big an honor as you can get as a high school player."
Hebron, who has committed to play for Georgia, has made a team-leading 108 tackles with seven sacks this season. Previously, McDonough defensive back A.J. Wallace was named to the east team.
Tilghman Steps Down
Daryl Tilghman has resigned as varsity football coach at Theodore Roosevelt after 10 years in the position. Tilghman, who will remain the athletic director of the school, was 48-61, leading the Rough Riders to four D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association playoff berths and the DCIAA championship in 1997.
He said he is leaving coaching to pursue administration positions in the school system.