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July's Featured Athlete of the Month

Woodlawn Villager Salutes the Simmons Day Allstars

The Simmons Day Allstars is a Senior 65 & over Slow Pitch Softball Team. They are representing The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball and the Negro League Players in their travels. As they Barnstorm as the Negro League Players did back in the day, they are keeping the Negro League Legacy Alive.

So far this year they have played in tournaments in the following cities: Manassass, Va. (received a Plaque for Third Place), Glen Burnie Classic, Crabtown Classic in Glen Burnie and Roanoke Valley, Va. (finished in Fourth Place).

Also supporting the Simmons Day Allstars is Mrs. Geraldine Day, the widow of Hall of Fame Negro League Player Leon Day, and Gene Dailey. They both threw out the First Pitch on June 1st at the first game of the Crabtown Classic 65 & over Senior Softball Tournament in Glen Burnie, MD. Whenever they travel with the team, they will be throwing out the First Pitch before each game.

June's Featured Athlete of the Month

Woodlawn Villager Salutes the Boys 4x400 Relay

On Friday, April 29, 2016 the Franklin Boys 4x400 Relay team set a new school
record by running the 4x400 relay in 3:23:00 at the prestigious Penn Relays. The time
was good enough to win their heat and is currently the 13th fastest time in the State of
Maryland. On Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Baltimore County Championships the four
boys ran 1:28.67 and broke County Championships Meet record and Franklin High
school record, which is currently the 4th fastest time in the State of Maryland.

Congratulations to Fadhilli Maina, Kareem Felder, Brian Chambers, and Miles Hollimon.

Photo: Coach Joe Vales
Left to Right: Fadhili Maina, Kareem Felder, Brian Chambers, Miles Hollimon

May's Featured Athlete of the Month

Woodlawn Villager Salutes Nyjari McNeil

Nyjari McNeil is sophomore at Franklin High School where she excels as a student and an athlete. Ms. McNeil is an honor roll student and maintains a GPA of 3.3 out of a 4.0 scale. She takes five (5) Gifted and Talented credit courses: English, World History, Chemistry, Intermediate Arts and Photography.  She is also studying in an honors trigonometry class.

Ms. McNeil is a member of Franklin High School track & field team. The Franklin sophomore won the Indoor Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Class 3A 500 meters and 800 meters State Title. As an accomplished athlete in track and field, McNiel has received several recognitions. During the indoor track and field season, McNeil received the Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Week award.  Following the season, she was selected as a member of the All-Metro team for Baltimore County and the Baltimore Sun Girls Indoor Track Performer of the Year.

During this outdoor track and field season, Ms. McNeil has competed at the Scorpion Classic on April 15th. She once again found success, finishing first in the varsity 400-meter finals in a time of 57.49 seconds and first in the varsity 800-meter finals in a time 2:18.29 seconds, which gave McNeil her second win of the day. As a result, Nyjari is ranked 10th in the 400 meters and 4th in the 800 meters in the State of Maryland for High School Girls, according to Miles Split a recruiting database for track and field.

With two more years remaining in her high school career, McNeil has plenty of room to grow and continue to break her own records that she has already set in her young career. According to Coach Paul Hannsen from Franklin High School, "McNiel is a hard worker and is taking more of  a leadership role".

April's Featured Athlete of the Month

Woodlawn Villager Salutes Dionna White

Ms. White is a 2015 alumna of Milford Mill Academy High School, located in Milford Mill, Maryland. As an accomplished athlete, White received several recognitions. During her high school career White earned the 2015 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year, selected Baltimore SunFirst Team All County for four years, and a four -time All-Metro honoree. White led Milford to the 2015 Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) State Title. Not only did she excel on the court but in the classroom as well, finishing in the top 10 in her graduating class and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Ms. White now plays basketball at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where she’s had a great freshman year with the Hoyas. During the month of March, the Hoyas played in the Big East Conference Tournament and the Woman’s Basketball National Invitational Tournament. Th e Hoyas fell in the fi rst round of both tournaments but White scored a total of 36 points along with 11 rebounds.

It ended an incredible freshman season for White, who led the Hoyas in scoring, rebounding, assist, and shot 80% from the free throw line on 110 attempts. She was selected as «Big East Conference Freshman of the Week» on five separate occasions, earned «Big EastConference All Second Team Honors», and was an unanimous selection to the “Big East Conference All-Freshman Team”.

Ms. White continued her excellence in the classroom during her freshman season, twice being named to the Big East
Weekly Honor Roll.

March's Featured Athlete of the Month

Woodlawn Villager Salutes Isaiah Miles

Isaiah Miles is the featured student/athlete of the month for the Woodlawn Villager.
Mr. Miles is an alumna of Milford Mill Academy High School  located in Milford Mill, Maryland.  The Milford Mill alumna earned All-County distinction and was a two time All-Metro first team selection during his high school career.  Standing at 6 feet 8 inches, Miles is now leading the way for St. Joseph's University basketball team, located in Philadelphia.  He's also having success in the classroom, holding a 3.0 GPA as a Criminal Justice major. 
When the final buzzer sounded on February 13 , the St. Joseph’s University Hawks men basketball team had defeated La Salle University by 26 points and former Baltimore standout Isaiah Miles had another team high in points.  Miles finished with 19 points and eight rebounds in that win. He was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for February 15 This is Miles' third time winning the award this season. The Big 5 Player of the Week award goes to the best player that week from Philadelphia area universities including St. Joe’s, Villanova, Temple, Penn and La Salle.
Miles helped lead St. Joseph’s to a 5-2 record in February with one game left in the month averaging 18 points per game, along with eight rebounds per game.
 He scored double figures in seven games this month and double digits in every game this season.  In a loss against Davidson on February 20, Miles finished with a team-high 32 points on 12-18 shooting from the field. He finished the game four points shy of his career-high.  Miles also finished with a double-double in a win against a ranked Dayton team on February 17, ending the game with 12 points and 12 boards. He also added a career high 5 assists. It marked his eighth double-double of the year, the second highest on the team.
“[I’ve been] just staying confident and playing confident,” Miles said. “I'm not looking back on losses. I'm moving on to the next game. Taking pride in winning on the road has to be tempered with being humble, which can be hard for some teams,” he said. 
The Hawks are 10-1 on the road this season and are currently in a three-way tie for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 12-3 conference record and will participate in the A10 Conference tournament beginning March 9 in Brooklyn, New York.

February's Featured Athlete of the Month

Woodlawn Villager Salutes Sharon Dorsey

Sharon Dorsey is the featured scholar athlete of the month for the Woodlawn Villager.

Ms. Dorsey is a 2014 alumna of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science (WSTES) located in Catonsville, Maryland. As an accomplished athlete, Dorsey received several recognitions. The Woodlawn, Maryland native was named the All-County, All-Metro, and the Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year.

Standing at 5’3”, Dorsey was the 2014 Indoor Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) 1A/2A State Champion in the 300 meters and 500 meters. Dorsey was also the Outdoor MPSSAA 2A State Champion in the 200 meters and 400 meters.

Ms. Dorsey now attends George Mason University (GMU) located in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned a full athletic track and field scholarship. With a 3.91 cumulative GPA, Dorsey has been on the Dean’s list every semester since she enrolled at the university. Dorsey has earned the distinction of being named a provost scholar, GMU. She is the third African -American woman to be named among the academically elite group.

During her freshman year, Sharon helped lead GMU’s track and field team to an Outdoor Atlantic 10 Title as a member of the 4x400 meter relay. The team finished in second place.

Dorsey excels in academics and athletics. She completed half of her sophomore year at GMU. Ms. Dorsey participated in the Great Dane Classic in Staten Island, New York on Saturday, January 16, 2016. She won the College Girls 500 meters in a time of 1.14.22.

The Woodlawn Villager spoke with Sharon at the meet to find out, “What was the biggest transition from high school to college?” “The competition is far greater in college than it is in high school,” she said. Sharon’s athletic goal for 2016 is to qualify for the Outdoor National Collegiate Athletic Association Regional Championship in June.

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