Keys lefty Alex Wells on being chosen to play in the MLB's Futures All-Star Classic, plus Geoff Arnold, the Keys’ Director of PR and Broadcasting

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Alex Wells is having a fine season as a starting pitcher for the Frederick Keys. On Sunday, the left-hander will participate in Major League Baseball’s Futures All-Star Classic that will be televised a 4 p.m. on MLB Network.

Prior to playing alongside some of the top prospects in baseball at Nationals Park, the native Australian chatted with host Greg Swatek about being selected to such a prestigious game, his impeccable control and how he became pitcher.

Plus, Geoff Arnold, the Keys’ Director of Public Relations and Broadcasting, stops by to talk about the team at just past the halfway point of the season.

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Tyler Erwin, Frederick Keys relief pitcher and Carolina League All-Star

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On this week’s episode of The Final Score podcast, Frederick Keys relief pitcher Tyler Erwin stops by to chat with host Greg Swatek about his strong season so far.

Erwin talks about taking over the closer’s role full-time for the Keys, being named a Carolina League All-Star, the deception in his throwing motion and how pitching in altitude in college (New Mexico State) made him unafraid to pitch in so-called hitter’s parks.

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Dave Ziedelis, general manager of the Frederick Keys

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Frederick is celebrating its 30th year as a minor league baseball town, and next June it will host the Carolina League All-Star Game. On this week’s episode of the Final Score podcast, Frederick Keys general manager Dave Ziedelis joins Greg Swatek to discuss what a game like that means to an organization and a community when the chance to host comes around.

Zidelis, now in his 14th season with the Keys, talks about how his career as a baseball executive began, why he work harder and longer in the offseason, why Frederick is such a great town for minor league baseball and what to look forward to over the next year as the All-Star game approaches.

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Preston Palmeiro, Carolina League All-Star with the Frederick Keys

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Growing up as the son of a major league baseball player, Preston Palmeiro had a front-row seat to life in the big leagues both on and off the field.

On this week’s episode of the Final Score podcast, Palmeiro shares some of these amazing stories with host Greg Swatek. Who did he get to meet? What did he get to experience as the son of former major league and Oriole great Rafael Palmeiro?

Plus, how did he react to his dad’s fall from grace during the steroid era? What does he think about his dad’s quest to continue playing professional baseball at age 53?

Preston Palmeiro was recently named to the Carolina League All-Star Game as a member of the Frederick Keys. Why is he having such a good season for the Keys? How does he feel about moving from first base to second? What does he think of the minor-league lifestyle?

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Orioles prospect Ryan McKenna of the Frederick Keys

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In the first half of this season, Ryan McKenna of the Frederick Keys has been one of the best players in all of minor league baseball. He is second in the minors in total hits (86) and presently leads the Carolina League in batting average (.369), on-base percentage (.456), OPS (.979), runs scored (50) and total bases (122). He has nearly hit for the cycle on two occasions.

On this week’s episode of the Final Score podcast, McKenna chats with host Greg Swatek about why he is hitting so well. How has his approach changed? What adjustments has he made? McKenna also discusses growing up in New England, the impact the Red Sox 2004 World Series title had on him, deciding to turn pro instead of going to college in 2015, being named a Carolina League All-Star and the less-than-glamourous, day-to-day lifestyle of minor league baseball.

Plus, what did he think the first time he was asked to sign an autograph? What would he being doing if he wasn’t playing professional baseball.

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FCPS Supervisor of Athletics and Extra Curricular Activities Kevin Kendro on the highs and lows of the past year

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At the end of another successful year for high school sports in this area, Frederick County Public Schools Supervisor of Athletics and Extra Curricular Activities Kevin Kendro offers his perspective on this week’s episode of The Final Score podcast.

Kendro chats with host Greg Swatek about some of the highs and lows of the past year for FCPS athletics. What is working really well? What can be improved? What changes are on tap?

The two discuss the Central Maryland Conference, which just completed its third full year and expanded in the last year to include Washington County schools. What lessons were learned from the unfortunate incident between the Frederick and Linganore girls basketball teams, and what steps are being taken to make sure it doesn’t happen again? Was this the most challenging spring season ever when it came to the weather and the schedule? Plus, a word of tribute is offered to a pair of titans in FCPS athletics who are stepping away, Catoctin athletic director Kevin McMullen and Urbana girls soccer coach Chuck Nichols.

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State champion TJ Baseball and Frederick girls, Oakdale boys champion track & field teams

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On this week's special episode, streamed live on Facebook, members of the three champion teams from the spring sports season in Frederick County share their success stories.

First, the Thomas Johnson baseball team chats with host Greg Swatek about winning its first state championship since 2002. How did senior outfielder Jack Maruskin feel when a fly ball fell into his glove for the final out in the Patriots’ 3-2 victory over Huntingtown in the Class 3A championship game last Saturday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen? How does coach Billy Gross get his team to play so well in the postseason every year? What makes senior infielder Jacob Berry such an integral part of the team?

Then, the Frederick High girls team reflects on winning their second consecutive 3A team championship at the state outdoor meet at Morgan State. Could senior sprinter Jaida Smith, who posted record times in defending her titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as winning the long jump for the first time, scripted a better finish to her high school career? How did a willingness to step outside of her comfort zone help senior Hannah Meredith, who placed in the 100 and 300 hurdles, as well as the triple jump? And how does coach Rob Dixon plan to keep the team competitive after a talented group of seniors depart?

Finally, the Oakdale boys track team explain how its tremendous depth led to it winning its first outdoor team championship at the state track meet. What is coach Dave Lillard’s philosophy for building a team to win a state championship? How did senior George Stultz feel about breaking through to win the triple jump? What did junior Haran Nadarajah learn over the course of the season that led him to winning the 300 hurdles for 2A boys? Are the Bears poised for more success in the future?

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Dan Englestad, Mount Saint Mary’s University's new mens basketball coach

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Dan Englestad, the new men’s basketball coach at Mount St. Mary’s, is the guest this week on The Final Score podcast.

Englestad chats with host Greg Swatek about the hectic transition into his new job, his deep connections with the Mount basketball program and what the team might look like next season.

For the last five seasons, Englestad was the coach at Southern Vermont College, where he turned the Division III Mountaineers from a one-win program the season before he arrived into a 25-win program in just two seasons. How was he able to able to resurrect that program so quickly and does he expect the same type of turnaround at Mount St. Mary’s? Is Mayhem here to stay?

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The Mount's New Men's Basketball Coach and FredCo Tennis Tournament

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Maryland Sports Access Editor-in-Chief Kyle McFadden swings by the studio to share his first impressions of the new men’s basketball coach at Mount St. Mary’s, Dan Engelstad, after being the first to report his hiring. What type of coach does he and host Greg Swatek think Engelstad will be? What challenges lay ahead for the program?

Plus, with the county tennis tournament coming up this weekend, Urbana coach Jon Walton stops by to talk about why the Hawks have enjoyed such a sustained period of success for the boys and girls teams. Hear about the players that have made the Urbana boys so successful this season and what Coach Walton is looking forward to in the upcoming county, regional and state tournaments.

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05/05/04/18 - Rick Leonard, newly-drafted offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints

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This week on the Final Score podcast, Middletown’s Rick Leonard shares the story of how his dream come true.

Leonard was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 127th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft last Saturday, becoming the first Middletown football player to ever get drafted.

He chats with host Greg Swatek about the moment he learned he was going to be drafted, as well as the entire process that culminated in that moment.

Leonard started for two seasons at right tackle on the offensive line at Florida State University. He was recruited there as a defensive lineman after being named the Defensive Player of the Year in Maryland during his senior season at Middletown. How difficult was it for him to change positions? How did he develop his non-stop motor and work ethic, two characteristics the propelled him into the NFL? How much has he though about living in New Orleans and being teammates with a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees? What will he buy once he signs his contract?

But first, FNP sports writer Joe Ferraro stops by to share his thoughts on Leonard being drafted and the strength of Frederick County football, as well as the upcoming spring playoff season.

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04/26/18 - Michael Higgs, coach of the unbeaten Oakdale Boys Lacrosse team

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On this week’s episode of The Final Score podcast, Oakdale boys lacrosse coach Michael Higgs chats with host Greg Swatek about why his first season on the job is going so well. The Bears are the only unbeaten lacrosse team in Frederick County this season. They are 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Central Maryland Conference Gambrill Division. They have already toppled traditional Frederick County powers Linganore (for the first time) and Urbana and have their sights firmly set on winning a state championship in Class 2A.

Why has Oakdale been able to win so many close, low-scoring games? What Higgs’ learning curve been like as a first-time head coach? Who are the players that make the team tick? All of those questions are addressed. Plus, Greg offers a quick rundown of the upcoming championship season for Frederick County sports.

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04/20/18 - Catoctin Softball Coach Jess Valentine and player Courtney Eyler

Catoctin softball coach Jess Valentine and the Cougars’ standout freshman Courtney Eyler are the guest’s on this week’s episode of The Final Score podcast.

Valentine talks with host Greg Swatek about growing up on a Frederick County dairy farm, why taking over the Catoctin softball program was a dream job, how her straightforward and rather blunt personality impacts her players and why the Cougars are so successful season after season.

Eyler, meanwhile, talks about what she enjoys the most about playing for her high school team and why she has already decided to verbally commit to play softball at Penn State University.

But before that, FNP sports writer Joe Ferraro stops by to break down the county baseball and boys lacrosse scenes.

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04/13/18 - Spring Sports Update & Newly Appointed Urbana Girls Soccer Coach Keith Bauer

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This week on The Final Score podcast, Urbana High girls soccer coach Keith Bauer discusses his promotion with host Greg Swatek. Bauer takes over as the varsity head coach after serving as an assistant to Chuck Nichols for roughly a decade. How does he feel about succeeding a Frederick County coaching legend? What did he learn from Nichols and about himself as the team's defensive coordinator for the last 10 years? What changes, if any, is he planning?

But first, FNP sports writer John Cannon stops by to discuss the strange start to the spring sports season, which has been hampered greatly by the weather. How will the backlog of games affect teams and athletes as the postseason draws near? Plus, what has stood out to John so far?

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04/03/18 - Keys pitcher and Frederick native, Branden Kline, then Mount seniors Junior Robinson and Chris Wray

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Frederick native Branden Kline is about to resume his professional baseball career with the Frederick Keys. On this week’s episode of The Final Score podcast, Kline chats with host Greg Swatek about missing almost three full seasons due to injury, how he and his life changed during the rehabilitation process and how excited he is to get back on the field. This will be the first time he has played for the Keys since 2014.

Also, Junior Robinson and Chris Wray of the Mount St. Mary’s basketball team stop in to discuss their experience at Final Four weekend in San Antonio. Robinson participated in the college slam-dunk contest and then teamed with Wray during the 3-on-3 competition. What did they take away from the experience? What does the future hold for two aspiring professional basketball players?

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03/28/18 - Frederick Keys broadcaster Geoff Arnold and Urbana baseball coach Mike Frownfelter

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With the major league and minor league baseball seasons about to get underway, Geoff Arnold, the Director of Broadcasting and Public Relations for the Frederick Keys, stops by to preview what’s to come with host Greg Swatek.

Who might play for the Keys this season? How about their new manager, Ryan Minor, who is back for his second stint with the team? What sort of promotions and celebrity appearances are on tap? Arnold answers all of these questions and more.

Then, Urbana baseball coach Mike Frownfelter drops in. How frustrating has the bad weather been so far this season? Can this Urbana baseball team break through and win the school’s first state title in the sport? How much has Frederick County baseball improved over the years? And how does Coach Frownfelter feel about players being recruited at a much younger age?

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03/22/18 - Kyle McFadden on covering UMBC's stunner, TJ's freshman baseball phenom Jacob Orr

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On this week’s episode, Kyle McFadden, the editor and founder of marylandsportsaccess.com, shares his amazing experience of covering UMBC’s historic upset over Virginia in the NCAA tournament after host Greg Swatek tried to talk him out of making the trip.

Plus, freshman phenom Jacob Orr and his father, Ted, stop by to discuss the upcoming business season for Thomas Johnson High School. How are Orr and the team dealing with the snow that has delayed the start of the season? How did he become such an outstanding hitter? How did he get recruited by the University of Maryland prior to ever playing a high school game? And what does he expect the Patriots to accomplish this season?

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03/15/18 - State Wrestling champs, Kevin Makosy and Cam Farrow

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After another very successful state tournament for Frederick County wrestling (7 finalists, 5 champions), first-time champions Kevin Makosy of Urbana and Cam Farrow of Middletown are the guests on this week’s episode of The Final Score podcast.

The two chat with host Greg Swatek about breaking through on the big state, their friendship and their excellent seasons. They also discuss what they can learn and admire about Earl Blake of Linganore, Jake Nielson of Urbana and Zach Bryant of Catoctin. Each of them won their second consecutive state championships this season.

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03/07/18 Thomas Johnson Boys Basketball's Run, Round-Up of Wrestling and Basketball States

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On this week’s episode, Thomas Johnson High School boys basketball coach John Manley and junior forward JR Powe chat with host Greg Swatek about the Patriots’ first trip to the state semifinals in 16 years. Why does this group of players mesh so well together? What has made this season so memorable?

Also, News-Post sports writer Joe Ferraro stops in to wrap up another successful state wrestling tournament for Frederick County and preview the upcoming state semifinals for basketball.

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03/01/18 - Trey Coates, Tuscarora Wrestling Coach on States, High School Basketball Playoffs Update

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With the state wrestling tournament on tap this weekend in Upper Marlboro, Tuscarora coach Trey Coates is this week’s guest on The Final Score podcast. After reaching the state duals for the first time and qualifying five for the state individual tournament, Coates chats with host Greg Swatek about what makes this Titans team so special. Coates also talks about his own background in the sport, which is often reflected in the teams that he coaches.

Plus, FNP sports writer John Cannon stops by to talk about the high school basketball playoffs in regards to Frederick County schools. He and Greg discuss the unique circumstances surrounding girls 3A West regional semifinal between Frederick and Linganore and what to expect going forward as teams on the boys and girls side close in on regional championships.

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02/23/18 - Playoff Basketball Preview, Linganore Indoor Track & Field State Champions

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On this week’s episode, three members of Linganore’s state championship boys indoor track team chat with host Greg Swatek about their season and their triumph. Assistant coach Andres Wright, pole vault champion Carter Holsinger and 3,200-meter run champion Michael Belmaggio talk about what makes this Linganore team so strong. In the fall, the Lancers won their first state team title in boys cross country since 1996, and now they added their first team title in boys indoor track and field in 1995. How is their success being received at a school that has won five state team titles (football, boys cross country, girls soccer, cheerleading and boys indoor track) during this school year?

Plus, with the high school basketball playoffs getting underway, Kyle McFadden, the editor of marylandsportsaccess.com, stops by to offer some insight. What stand out about the top teams in the Frederick County, the Oakdale and Thomas Johnson boys and the Frederick and Middletown girls? How far might they go? What teams stand in their way?

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