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Three Gaels hoops stars sign with colleges

May 25, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Three graduating seniors from the St. Maria Goretti basketball team have chosen their destinations for continuing their academic and athletic careers this fall.

Kevin Breslin, John Duhring and Mitch Belella all will head for Division III institutions with academic scholarships in hand and plans to compete on the basketball floor.

"These are three good kids that have been in our program and have good basketball ahead of them," said retired coach Cokey Robertson. "They have a desire for the game and they will make fine D-3 players. They are going to good academic environments and are the kind of kids you want in your program."

Breslin, The Herald-Mail All-County Player of the Year, will follow in his older brother Joe's footsteps at Washington College and once again team up with former Gael Andrew Chambers.

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The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 16 points per game and led the team in rebounds, assists and steals.

"(Andrew) and I have played our whole life together, even back in the old YMCA and I'm looking forward to playing with him again," said Breslin, who plans on focusing on English studies.

Joe Breslin easily surpassed 1,000 points in his college career, but Kevin Breslin's goal there right now is simple: "To win more than two or three games like they did last year," he said. He'll play for coach Rob Nugent.

Duhring, a 6-foot-5 first-team Herald-Mail All-County selection, is heading to Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, with studies planned in the School of Science.

"I made two visits there and like the school being in the city, but with a school-type feeling," said Duhring, who averaged 13 points and six rebounds for the Gaels.

In meeting with coach Tony Wingen, Durhing said he'll have the opportunity to hone his skills at a guard position.

"I'll get opportunities as a freshman to shoot," he said.

Belella, as one of Goretti's guard tandem, averaged 8 points and was second in steals and an All-County honorable mention. He'll take his talents to McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

"Coach (Kevin Curley) called and I made two or three visits and liked the campus," said Belella. "We talked about having a chance to play as a freshman and I'll have that."

Belella, Robertson's grandson, plans his studies in the Business/Economics field.

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