Overlea and Parkville Fall in Boys Final 4

-photo courtesy of BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams-

Overlea and Parkville’s Boys Basketball teams seasons came to an end in their respective State Semifinal games on Wednesday night.

Overlea fell to 52-41 to Westlake in the 2A MPSSAA State Semifinals at Montgomery Blair High School. The Falcons made it back to the state semifinals for the first time in 30 years.

Dr. Darryl L. Williams, BCPS Superintendent, attended Overlea’s game on Wednesday and said he was proud of the team’s effort.

“I returned to Blair HS and watched Overlea Boys Basketball team play a great game,” Williams posted on Twitter.
“Thank you to the Overlea community, students, staff, and alumni for supporting our athletic program, our coaches and our student athletes. Proud of you.”

Parkville’s perfect season came to an end with a 59 to 57 loss to Roosevelt in the 2A MPSSAA State Semifinals at North Point High School in Waldorf.

The Knights made it to the State Semifinals in 2020 but never got the chance to finish the season as the final two games were canceled after the COVID-19 outbreak.

The team released a statement after the game.

“The journey for the Boys Varsity Knights basketball team ended tonight with a loss of 57-59. Boys I’m sure you are disappointed but all your fellow Knights are so proud of you. You had an epic season coming off the craziness of the last 2 years. Hold your heads high because you are Knights and we are strong. Congratulations on all you accomplished this season.”

Parkville & Overlea Boys Basketball Teams in Final Fours

photo courtesy of Parkville HS Athletic Boosters Club

Eastern Baltimore County has been well represented in the state high school boys basketball playoffs. Three area teams made it to the their State Quarterfinals in three of the four classifications.

Parkville and Overlea basketball teams have advanced to the semifinals of their respective classifications. Kenwood fell in their quarterfinal game.

Parkville improved to 23-0 after an 84-40 win over Duval in the 4A Boys Basketball State Quarterfinals. The Knights returned to their second straight 4A State Semifinals. Parkville did not get an opportunity to play for the state title in 2020 as the semifinals were canceled during the COVID-19 outbreak. The full 2021 basketball playoffs were canceled.

Overlea advanced to their first state semifinals since 1992 with a 70-66 over Williamsport High School from Washington County in the 2A Boys Basketball State Quarterfinals. Overlea is now 19-4 on the year.

The Falcons defeated 77-22 Sparrows Point in the 2A Regional Semifinals and defeated Carver of Baltimore City 55-36.

The season came to an end for Kenwood as the Bluebirds lost to Atholton 62-55. The Bluebirds finished the season with a 18-5 record.

They defeated Edgewood 52-51 in 3A Regional Semifinals and defeated CM Wright by 1 point 55-54 in the Regional Finals.

Source: mpssaa.org

Parkville and Overlea Advance to Boys Regional Finals

– photo courtesy of Overlea Falcons MBasketball Facebook page-

Parkville and Overlea are in the boys basketball regional finals as they defeated two local schools to get to the finals of their regions.

The Knights improved to 22-0 with an 89 to 65 win over Dundalk in the 4A playoffs. Parkville recently won the Baltimore County title last week.

Also Overlea defeated Sparrows Point in the 2A Regional Semifinals 77 to 22 on Monday.

Parkville will play the winner of Catonsville/Dulaney on Wednesday and the Falcons will host the winner of Carver Vo-Tech/Dunbar also on March 2.

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Overlea

Baltimore County Police reported a fatal pedestrian crash Wednesday night in Overlea.

A 2013 Lexus IS 250 struck a pedestrian along Belair Road near Taylor Avenue on Jan. 5 around 8:30 p.m.

The Lexus was traveling northbound on Belair Road. A preliminary investigation determined, the pedestrian, 34-year-old Byron Blowe, stepped into the northbound travel lane of Belair Road, from a sidewalk near Taylor Avenue, when he was struck by the 2013 Lexus.

Blowe was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

According to police, it does not appear that Blowe was in the crosswalk at the time of the crash. The driver remained at the scene.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team are working to determine all of the factors that contributed to this crash.

 Overlea Community Tree Lighting Set for Dec. 11th

The Overlea Community Association will hold the 8th Annual Overlea Community Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Overlea Fullerton Community Center, 7209 Belair Road.

Josie Baltimore and the St. Michaels/St. Clement Choir will perform. The Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company will arrive with Santa giving out gifts for children. The Holt Park and Center for the Arts will provide activities and the Boy Scouts will have gifts for sale.

The snow date for this event is Sunday, Dec. 12.

For more information, go to overleaonline.org.

For a full listing of holiday events go to eastbaltco.com

Two Maps Released for New Northeast Elementary School

The Northeast Area Elementary Boundary Study Committee held a virtual meeting on Wednesday night to release their two proposed boundary maps for the new Northeast Elementary School in Rossville.

The creation of the new school in Rossville will also shift some students in Elmwood, Fullerton, Joppaview, McCormick, Perry Hall Red House Run and Shady Spring elementary school to the new school or one of the existing schools.

This was a similar move in 2018 when Honeygo Elementary School opened and many of the students in the Perry Hall/Carney area were shifted. Honeygo students, along with Seven Oaks, Gundpowder, Chapel Hill or Carney will not be affected by the opening of the new Rossville school.

Perry Hall and Joppaview were will be apart of rezoning again, but it appears different neighborhoods from those schools will be shifted that did not take part in the 2018 rezoning.

BCPS Board of Education Vice Chair Julie Henn released the maps from the meeting on social media.

“The Northeast Area Elementary Boundary Study Committee has been meeting since September 22, 2021, to review and create options for revised attendance boundaries at elementary schools in the Northeast area,” Henn explained.

“The goal is to relieve overcrowding through additional seats at a new Northeast elementary school located near the intersection of Rossville Boulevard and Gum Spring Road and a replacement building of Red House Run Elementary School.”

Option 1

Option 2

The two options are also available on the Interactive Mapping Tool (View School Zones – Select Elementary Option 1 or Elementary Option 2)

BCPS is looking for feedback from the community for both options.

Area Schools Trying to Make Ravens Football Showdown

Rivals Perry Hall and Parkville will meet on the football field for a big game on Friday, Oct. 22 but both schools are join forces to have their game featured.

The Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Ravens select a Ravens Rise High School Football Showdown each week.

A Baltimore  County game will be featured on Oct. 22 and Parkville/Perry Hall is one of seven finalists.

Overlea at Woodlawn; Sparrows Point at Lansdowne and Milford Mill at Kenwood are the other finalists that feature East Baltimore County schools.

The winning game will result in an appearance from Raven mascot, cheerleaders and the Marching Ravens Band.

Both schools that play in the game will receive a $1,500 donation each from the Ravens.

Overlea Shooting Reported on Raspe Avenue

Detectives with the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit continue to investigate a shooting that occurred Wednesday. Shortly before 10 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 4600 block of Raspe Avenue in Overlea.

The victims told police two suspects approached them and fired shots. The suspects then fled the scene. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for their injuries. One victim has been treated and released.

As this investigation continues, VCU detectives are asking anyone who may have been in the area of Raspe Avenue Wednesday evening to contact them by calling 410-307-2020.

Boundary Study Meeting for New Elementary School

The first meetings of the Northeast Area Elementary Boundary Study Committee, which has been charged with creating new attendance boundaries for the new northeast elementary school and a new, larger Red House Run Elementary School, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The public is invited to attend the 6-8 p.m. meeting online by visiting the boundary study website. The meeting had been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, but was rescheduled to accommodate the Yom Kippur holiday.

“Ensuring that the public understands how attendance zones are drawn has always been an important part of opening a new or expanded school,” said Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “This year, also in response to the ongoing pandemic and the need to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families, we are using the virtual platform for those interested in this boundary line process.”

This month’s meeting will be the first of six for the committee, which was formed last spring to make room for the new 700-seat school currently under construction along Rossville Boulevard near Gum Spring and Ridge roads. The school is scheduled to open to students in August 2022.

In addition, Red House Run Elementary School is also being expanded, which will impact attendance lines in many of the same northeastern communities affected by the new elementary school. With the new Red House Run Elementary scheduled to open for students in August 2023, both schools will relieve overcrowding at other schools in the northeast.

For that reason, eight elementary schools have been identified as being part of the committee’s study: Elmwood, Fullerton, Joppa View, McCormick, Perry Hall, Red House Run, Shady Spring, and Vincent Farm elementary schools.

In addition to the six committee meetings, where members will consider boundary options to accommodate the new school construction as well as all other participating schools, the public also is invited to a virtual public information session scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 7-8 p.m. Members of the public may learn about the boundary process and participate through an online survey conducted to gather feedback from the community on draft boundary line options.

Following the meetings and public information session, a recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education for a decision in March 2022.

More information, including the dates and times of all committee meetings and information about how to join the meetings virtually, may be found at the boundary study website.

Police Find 91-Year-Old Man Dead at Carney Home

Baltimore County Police were sent to the 9200 block of Hines Road in Carney to check the welfare of the occupant. Upon gaining entry into the residence, officers located 91-year-old Norman Albert deceased on Saturday, Aug. 19 around noon.

Homicide detectives are investigating this case and ask anyone who may have information to contact police by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.