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ROCKVILLE – Damascus High School running back TD Ayo-Durojaiye headlines a contingent of four Montgomery County senior student-athletes selected to compete for Team Maryland in the Big 33 Football Classic.
The annual matchup features the top high school football players from Maryland against Pennsylvania’s top players. The 62nd edition of the Big 33 Football Classic is scheduled to be played on Memorial Day, May 27, at George “Speed” Ebersole Stadium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
“It means a lot,” said Ayo-Durojaiye. “I’m really excited about it. I know some of the best players in the state of Maryland take part in that game, and I’ve had some former teammates take a part of that game as well, so I’m really looking forward to playing in it.”
The Damascus senior finished with 989 yards rushing, including 20 touchdowns, and compiled 139 receiving yards and a touchdown last season. He also registered three pick-sixes and ran back three punts for scores.
Ayo-Durojaiye, who last month signed with Villanova University, will join Jean Germain (Paint Branch), Oly Okombi (Blair) and Northwest’s AJ Woods on the Maryland roster.
“I know Maryland won last year, so we’re looking forward to winning again this year,” said Ayo-Durojaiye. “I think we have the team to do it, and I know that the Pennsylvania roster is loaded. But I think the Maryland roster is also loaded, so I’m looking forward to it.”
FORMER BULLIS, MYSTICS STAR RETIRES
Former Bullis School basketball star Monique Currie has announced her retirement from the WNBA after a 13-year professional career in the league. She announced her retirement on February 25 via Instagram on her 36th birthday.
Currie, a D.C. native, had spent eight-and-a-half seasons with the Washington Mystics.
“So many changes to come!” she wrote. “I’m officially retired from the WNBA and will be moving to Portland to work at Nike’s headquarters! This is a sneaker head’s dream come true, Thank you to all that have supported me along the way. I appreciate you more than you know.”
CHIMERA NAMED NEW BLUE JAYS HEAD COACH
Montgomery County native Greg Chimera has been named head football coach at Johns Hopkins University.
Chimera, a Quince Orchard graduate, has served as the Blue Jays’ offensive coordinator since 2014 and becomes the 27th head coach in program history. He takes over for Jim Margraff, who passed away suddenly in January.
“Greg Chimera emerged from a talented and diverse pool of candidates as the right person to lead our football program,” said Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics Alanna W. Shanahan. “He has been a member of the Blue Jay football family for 14 years and has been an instrumental part of the success the program has enjoyed for the last decade. His passion for Johns Hopkins and understanding of the goals and mission of both the university and our football program have long been evident; we look forward to the leadership he will provide our student-athletes as they develop academically and athletically.”
Chimera, who served as Johns Hopkins’s interim head coach since Margraff’s passing, recently completed his 10th season as a member of the Blue Jay football staff, including his fifth as the team’s offensive coordinator.
“I would like to thank Vice Provost of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger, Director of Athletics Alanna Shanahan, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Jen Baker, and the search committee for the opportunity to be the head coach at Johns Hopkins University,” said Chimera, who played at Johns Hopkins from 2005-2008. “I am humbled and honored to lead such a special program at one of the top universities in the world.”
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