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Sergeant retires after 28 years

After almost three decades of service, Sgt. Barry Bruce has made a mark on Cabarrus County and the community has made its mark on him. But the time has come to hang up the badge. Bruce officially announced his retirement from the Cabarrus County Sheriff s Office at the Monday, March 20, Board of Commissioners meeting. He will cap off his 28 years of service with his final day Saturday, April 1.

It s a tremendous feat in and of itself to be here that long and see the many changes and the impacts that folks like Sgt. Barry Bruce have made not only at the sheriff s office but on the citizens of Cabarrus County, Sheriff Brad Riley said. I would venture to say that if he had the opportunity to talk about some of the changes he s been through, 30 years, it s almost a total opposite of where he started 30 years ago. But Barry has been a fantastic employee.

Bruce joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1979 after graduating high school, also serving time with the West Virginia International Guard and security police wing. He graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with his degree in criminal justice and began at the sheriff s office in 1989.

He has been a true blessing, Riley said. He always brings a voice of reason and a good heart, just a kind person, to every situation, and I just wish we had many more like him. Going out the door, I know that he s the kind of person and he s told me if you ever need me, feel free to call on me. Barry s one of the first people that if you ever earn any accolades along the way, he s the first one to bring you a small gift and token of appreciation. In 2003, he helped implement a motorcycle brigade for the department, seeking out grants to fund the initiative. Bruce is a member of several community organizations and is active in motorcycle safety courses.

He s just a big-hearted fellow, Riley said. He s going to be greatly missed. I ve always considered him to be a good friend of mine. He s one of those individuals that you love to work alongside of, never complains about anything you give him. Bruce seemed to have the same mix of emotions, getting a little misty-eyed as he bid farewell to commissioners.

I said I wasn t going to tear up, but I might anyway, he said. I ve met a lot of good people here, made a lot of good friends. I just want to say thanks to the citizens of this county for allowing me to serve in this position that I ve served in.

I m going to miss a lot of people, a lot of people in this building and the sheriff s office. But there comes a time when you have to step out, and this is my time.

Maryland women’s basketball is fueled by regret ahead of Sweet 16 game vs. Oregon

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Each time she recalls how last season ended for the Maryland women s basketball[1] team, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough speaks with a tone of regret. If only she had done more, then perhaps the Terrapins would have been able to send out their seniors amid much more palatable circumstances.

That loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament continues to trouble fellow senior Brionna Jones as well, to the point where she and Walker-Kimbrough indicated they ve been dedicating this season to last year s seniors. The inspiration has pushed Maryland (32-2) one round deeper in this NCAA tournament, where the third-seeded Terrapins will play 10th-seeded Oregon (22-13) on Saturday. The winner of that Bridgeport regional semifinal will face either Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, or fourth-seeded UCLA on Monday for a spot in the Final Four in Dallas.

[Steinberg: For Terps, ailing 7-year-old is like our little sister [2]]

We will never forget how we felt last year, Walker-Kimbrough said. How we sent our seniors out, it shouldn t have went that way, especially all the hard work they ve put in for their four years, so part of us, we ve been playing for them. Like I said, I remember how I felt, so I never want our six freshmen to feel that way.

That s why me and Bri try to lead by example and definitely try to make a statement every time we step on the court. That intent was clear during the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, with Maryland winning by an average of 35 points. During a second-round win against No. 6 seed West Virginia[3] on Sunday in College Park, Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her 24th double-double this season and 57th of her career.

The reigning Big Ten tournament most outstanding player has three straight double doubles and scored at least 22 points in each of her last four games.

I m not sure we ve seen a better post player all year, Ducks Coach Kelly Graves said of Jones. It s incredible. Her positioning, patience, balance, strength, I mean she s the whole package, and I m assuming she s going to have a heck of a pro career.

[Ducks are Sweet 16 neophytes, but with a blue-chip freshman class[4]]

Walker-Kimbrough, meanwhile, had 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting (67 percent) during a 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell[5] in the first round at Xfinity Center. The three-time Big Ten first-team selection has scored at least 19 points in 10 of her last 11 games. Both players also have 681 total points this season, six short of the Maryland single-season record. Vicky Bullett scored 686 in 1988-89.

That s what you expect from your senior leadership, is to bring that kind of experience and then layer it within your team, Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. I can t say enough for what the two of them have done all season long and continue to do. You can feel their presence on both ends of the floor. I think Bri and Shatori are playing the best defense I ve seen. The Terrapins have limited opponents to 34 percent shooting combined in the NCAA tournament, including just 8 for 32 from three-point range. They ve also forced 38 turnovers in the NCAA tournament while managing to place a premium on their own ball security.

Maryland s 19 turnovers in the first two rounds combined are its fewest over any two-game stretch this season. During the first round, the Terrapins committed five turnovers, their fewest in a game this season, thanks in large part to the poise of freshman point guard Destiny Slocum. The Big Ten freshman has 15 assists and four steals with four turnovers in the NCAA tournament. Slocum is one of six players in program history to log at least 200 assists in a single season. She s also one side to perhaps the most intriguing matchup on Saturday, when Slocum will battle Ducks point guard Sabrina Ionescu, also a freshman. Ionescu was the top-rated point guard coming out of high school last season, according to ESPNw.com, and was selected Pac-12 freshman of the year after collecting four triple-doubles, one short of the conference single-season record.

Slocum was the No. 3 rated point guard as a high school senior and indicated she s somewhat familiar with Oregon s program following an unofficial visit to Eugene when she was in the process of selecting a school. Slocum initially had committed to Washington before reopening her recruitment and deciding on Maryland.

Slocum is part of Maryland s top-rated recruiting class last season that also features Kaila Charles, the 2015-16 Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. Ionescu was the centerpiece of Oregon s third-ranked class that includes two other freshman starters in 6-foot-4 forward Ruthy Hebard and 6-5 forward Mallory McGwire.

They can score on all three levels, but they re poised, Charles said of the Ducks. They like to run clock. They like to run through their plays, but we like to push the ball. We are poised, but our game is running the floor and pushing the tempo, so if we keep doing that and just play our game, we ll be fine.

References

  1. ^ Maryland women s basketball (stats.washingtonpost.com)
  2. ^ Steinberg: For Terps, ailing 7-year-old is like our little sister (www.washingtonpost.com)
  3. ^ against No. 6 seed West Virginia (www.washingtonpost.com)
  4. ^ Ducks are Sweet 16 neophytes, but with a blue-chip freshman class (www.washingtonpost.com)
  5. ^ 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell (www.washingtonpost.com)

Maryland women’s basketball is fueled by regret ahead of Sweet 16 …

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Each time she recalls how last season ended for the Maryland women s basketball[1] team, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough speaks with a tone of regret. If only she had done more, then perhaps the Terrapins would have been able to send out their seniors amid much more palatable circumstances.

That loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament continues to trouble fellow senior Brionna Jones as well, to the point where she and Walker-Kimbrough indicated they ve been dedicating this season to last year s seniors. The inspiration has pushed Maryland (32-2) one round deeper in this NCAA tournament, where the third-seeded Terrapins will play 10th-seeded Oregon (22-13) on Saturday. The winner of that Bridgeport regional semifinal will face either Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, or fourth-seeded UCLA on Monday for a spot in the Final Four in Dallas.

[Steinberg: For Terps, ailing 7-year-old is like our little sister [2]]

We will never forget how we felt last year, Walker-Kimbrough said. How we sent our seniors out, it shouldn t have went that way, especially all the hard work they ve put in for their four years, so part of us, we ve been playing for them. Like I said, I remember how I felt, so I never want our six freshmen to feel that way.

That s why me and Bri try to lead by example and definitely try to make a statement every time we step on the court. That intent was clear during the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, with Maryland winning by an average of 35 points. During a second-round win against No. 6 seed West Virginia[3] on Sunday in College Park, Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her 24th double-double this season and 57th of her career.

The reigning Big Ten tournament most outstanding player has three straight double doubles and scored at least 22 points in each of her last four games.

I m not sure we ve seen a better post player all year, Ducks Coach Kelly Graves said of Jones. It s incredible. Her positioning, patience, balance, strength, I mean she s the whole package, and I m assuming she s going to have a heck of a pro career.

[Ducks are Sweet 16 neophytes, but with a blue-chip freshman class[4]]

Walker-Kimbrough, meanwhile, had 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting (67 percent) during a 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell[5] in the first round at Xfinity Center. The three-time Big Ten first-team selection has scored at least 19 points in 10 of her last 11 games. Both players also have 681 total points this season, six short of the Maryland single-season record. Vicky Bullett scored 686 in 1988-89.

That s what you expect from your senior leadership, is to bring that kind of experience and then layer it within your team, Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. I can t say enough for what the two of them have done all season long and continue to do. You can feel their presence on both ends of the floor. I think Bri and Shatori are playing the best defense I ve seen. The Terrapins have limited opponents to 34 percent shooting combined in the NCAA tournament, including just 8 for 32 from three-point range. They ve also forced 38 turnovers in the NCAA tournament while managing to place a premium on their own ball security.

Maryland s 19 turnovers in the first two rounds combined are its fewest over any two-game stretch this season. During the first round, the Terrapins committed five turnovers, their fewest in a game this season, thanks in large part to the poise of freshman point guard Destiny Slocum. The Big Ten freshman has 15 assists and four steals with four turnovers in the NCAA tournament. Slocum is one of six players in program history to log at least 200 assists in a single season. She s also one side to perhaps the most intriguing matchup on Saturday, when Slocum will battle Ducks point guard Sabrina Ionescu, also a freshman. Ionescu was the top-rated point guard coming out of high school last season, according to ESPNw.com, and was selected Pac-12 freshman of the year after collecting four triple-doubles, one short of the conference single-season record.

Slocum was the No. 3 rated point guard as a high school senior and indicated she s somewhat familiar with Oregon s program following an unofficial visit to Eugene when she was in the process of selecting a school. Slocum initially had committed to Washington before reopening her recruitment and deciding on Maryland.

Slocum is part of Maryland s top-rated recruiting class last season that also features Kaila Charles, the 2015-16 Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. Ionescu was the centerpiece of Oregon s third-ranked class that includes two other freshman starters in 6-foot-4 forward Ruthy Hebard and 6-5 forward Mallory McGwire.

They can score on all three levels, but they re poised, Charles said of the Ducks. They like to run clock. They like to run through their plays, but we like to push the ball. We are poised, but our game is running the floor and pushing the tempo, so if we keep doing that and just play our game, we ll be fine.

References

  1. ^ Maryland women s basketball (stats.washingtonpost.com)
  2. ^ Steinberg: For Terps, ailing 7-year-old is like our little sister (www.washingtonpost.com)
  3. ^ against No. 6 seed West Virginia (www.washingtonpost.com)
  4. ^ Ducks are Sweet 16 neophytes, but with a blue-chip freshman class (www.washingtonpost.com)
  5. ^ 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell (www.washingtonpost.com)