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The best Maryland sportswriting of 2016

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This was an exciting year to be covering Maryland athletics. Here are some of our favorite pieces.

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to get reflective. The past year was a wild one, and Maryland sports had plenty of highs and lows. We enjoyed covering these moments, and thought we’d take a look back at some of our own highlights.

Our favorite things we’ve written

For Maryland basketball, the NCAA Tournament is Melo Trimble's moment
Alex Kirshner on how Maryland was going as far as Trimble would take them.

From Maryland basketball to the NBA Draft, Jake Layman is ready to roll
Matt Ellentuck traced the career path of a Maryland player who few appreciated as much as they should have.

Will Likely won’t play another down for Maryland football, and he’ll be missed
Ryan Connors on the past, present and future of Maryland’s star corner, who saw his college career end too soon.

Brionna Jones has a big career choice ahead. But first, Maryland basketball needs her
Thomas Kendziora tells how the Terps’ star center became one of the nation’s best players, and how she plans to balance her basketball career and medical aspirations.

How 5-star DE Joshua Kaindoh and Maryland football commits played one long joke
Alex Kirshner’s look at Kaindoh’s commitment seems weird now, but this was some excellent reporting.

How Maryland golf is building its national profile
Thomas Kendziora shines the spotlight on an oft-forgotten squad.

Taylor Cummings leaves quite a legacy for Maryland women's lacrosse
Noah Niederhoffer on one of the best players the sport has ever seen.

After a grisly injury, freshman Antoine Brooks is ready to contribute for Maryland football
Ryan Connors on the linebacker’s road back to the field.

The big interview with new Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin
Alex Kirshner sat down with the coach in his office in February.

Meet Walt Bell, the man behind Maryland football’s new offense
Ryan Connors talked to the Terps’ offensive coordinator at media day.

Maryland football gave a senior walk-on the chance to score his first TD on senior day
Ryan Connors on how Andrew Stefanelli’s only career carry was a memorable one.

Things other people wrote that we really liked

Melvin Keihn left war-torn Liberia for Maryland as a child. He longs for his mother to join him.
Callie Caplan on the defensive end’s tumultuous journey to College Park.

Melo Trimble can carry the Terps -- if he can find his voice first
Hallie Grossman profiled Trimble for ESPN Magazine in February.

You know about Diamond Stone. Meet Maryland’s other freshman.
Dan Steinberg on walk-on cult hero Andrew Terrell.

How to feed a college football team: Start at 4 a.m., and never stop cooking
Roman Stubbs details a day in the life of Michael Christie, the football program’s chef.

What we were thinking: Kevin Huerter’s game-saving block vs. Georgetown
Peter Hailey on the absurdity of Maryland’s final-minute comeback.