Former pro Woodward dies of cancer at 64
Former soccer player and coach Dennis "Otis" Woodward died of cancer Thursday morning. He was 64. Woodward was born in Highlandtown and lived there until his family moved to Perry Hall. He graduated from Poly in 1966, and worked for the City of Baltimore for nearly 45 years as a municipal employee. Woodward played amateur soccer for St. Elizabeth's, St. Gerard's, Dnipro, Tom's Produce and Casa Bianca from 1967 to 1977. He played professionally for the Baltimore Bays of the American Soccer League in the late 1960s and early 1970s, facing Pele twice when Santos of Brazil toured the United States. Woodward also played for the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League in 1974. He was an accomplished referee, earning a national grade, and spent several years as a referee in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the 1980s, working many Blast games. He coached Baltimore-area children for 20 years in the CYO league for St. Elizabeth's, working with such area standouts as Pete Caringi, Sonny Askew, Giuliano Celenza and Pete Notaro. He also assisted Tommy Wall on a national championship-winning 1972 team. He was inducted into the Maryland OldTimer's Soccer Hall of Fame, of which Wall is also a member, in 2001.
Bayhawks' Cottle: Casey Powell will play this season
Chesapeake Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle expects veteran star Casey Powell to play for the Major League Lacrosse team this season. "You will see Casey Powell in a Bayhawks uniform this season," Cottle said on the league's weekly conference call Wednesday. Powell told Inside Lacrosse in August that he was retiring from MLL and was "keeping his options open." At the time, Powell had been suspended by the league — a suspension that carries into this season — for playing in the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Tournament, in which he led the Burnt Orange to the 2012 Lake Placid Summit Classic Master's I Division Title. He was picked up by the Bayhawks in this year's supplemental draft and moved to the active roster last week. His status has been a constant question the past two seasons. He played the final two regular-season games for the Hamilton Nationals in 2011 and nearly led them to the championship. He injured his knee in that championship game, and played in only three games for Hamilton last season. He signed his retirement email to Inside Lacrosse last year "Sincerely, Brett Favre," referring to the quarterback's on-again, off-again retirement.
Major League Soccer: Will Bruin scored in each half as the visiting Houston Dynamo rolled to a 4-0 victory over D.C. United on Wednesday night.
Minor league baseball: The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds named Danny Mays as their public address announcer. He was among eight finalists who performed Saturday at Ripken Stadium in front of a judging panel.
College baseball: Riley Stephenson allowed just four hits in seven innings, leading UMBC (14-27) to a 6-0 nonconference victory over Coppin State (16-31) at Joe Cannon Stadium. ... Despite a season-high four hits by senior Jordan Hagel, host Maryland (28-24) was unable to overcome two four-run deficits Wednesday night and lost, 9-7, to Virginia Commonwealth (24-23). ... Salisbury (30-7) remained No. 4 in the American Baseball Coaches Association poll for the fourth consecutive week and climbed to No. 5 in the D3baseball.com poll.
College softball: Third-seeded Maryland (31-26, 13-8) rallied but fell short, 8-5, to sixth-seeded Virginia Tech (35-18, 9-11) in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals in Tallahassee, Fla. Freshman shortstop Lindsey Schmeiser had four RBIs for Maryland, giving her a school-record 59 for the season. Emily Weiman (Archbishop Spalding) pitched seven scoreless innings as second-seeded North Carolina State (31-18-1, 13-7) earned a 7-0 win over seventh-seeded Virginia (21-28, 4-17). Weiman earned her league-leading 29th win. ... Whitney Williams hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping Norfolk State (27-21) rally from a 3-0 deficit to a 5-3 victory over Coppin State (16-25) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament in Ormond Beach, Fla., ending the Eagles' season. Coppin lost earlier in the day, 8-0 to Bethune-Cookman, to
—From Sun staff and news services