12:45 AM EDT, August 7, 2013
Berlin loses to Pa. but earns semifinal berth
The Berlin All-Stars lost their second straight game in the Little League World Series Mid-Atlantic Region, falling Tuesday to Lionville (Pa.), 2-0, in Bristol, Conn., but still advanced to Friday's semifinals. Berlin starting pitcher Tristan McDonough allowed only two hits, but Berlin (2-2) stranded nine runners. Newark (Del.) defeated East Greenwich (N.J.) to earn the No. 2 seed. Berlin's next opponent will be determined by today's 10 a.m. game between Capitol City (D.C.) and Burnt Hills (N.Y.). If Burnt Hills wins, Berlin will play Newark at 11 a.m. Friday; if Capitol City wins, Berlin will play Lionville at 3p.m. ESPN will air the semifinals. The winner of Sunday's final advances to play in Williamsport, Pa.
Montrose Christian hires Bartley as boys coach
Bryan Bartley has been named boys coach at Montrose Christian. The school announced the hire Tuesday in a news release, bringing its two-month search to an end following the resignation of Stu Vetter in May after 14 seasons. Bartley spent the past two seasons as athletic director and girls basketball coach at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Ga. Before that, he spent four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn.
—Brandon Parker, The Washington Post
college women: Johns Hopkins announced that assistant coach Katie Nelson (McDonogh) will be elevated to full time for the 2013-14 season. Nelson, who returns for her fifth season with the Blue Jays, is the first full-time assistant for the program; she will assist in scouting, recruiting, and game planning. Nelson, the daughter of Johns Hopkins men's coach Bill Nelson, has also served stints as an assistant coach at Navy (2007-08) and New Hampshire (2008-09). Nelson played from 2001 to 2006 at Massachusetts, where she started all four years at point guard and served as a team captain as a senior. She ended her career as the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers (191) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1:36). After graduating, Nelson served as a coaching intern with the WNBA's Washington Mystics for one season and later served one year with the Mystics' video operations staff. At McDonogh, she was a four-year letter-winner in soccer, basketball and softball.
Wizards: The NBA released the schedules for all 30 teams for the 2013-14 season, and six of Washington's first eight games will be on the road, where the team has been dreadful in recent seasons. Washington will have an early matchup against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat (Nov. 3) and a three-game swing against the Oklahoma City Thunder (Nov. 10), Dallas Mavericks (Nov. 12) and the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs (Nov. 13). The Wizards will open the season Oct. 30 on the road against the Detroit Pistons. The home opener at Verizon Center is two nights later against the Philadelphia 76ers.
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
WNBA: The Washington Mystics blew a 14-point lead with just over eight minutes left and lost their fourth straight game, 93-88 to the host New York Liberty (9-12). Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) led the Mystics (9-13) with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Matee Ajavon added 13 points. Alex Montgomery and Cappie Pondexter scored 21 points apiece for the Liberty. Back-to-back buckets from Langhorne gave Washington a 79-65 cushion with just over eight minutes left in the fourth, but the Liberty roared back with a 12-2 surge that Montgomery capped with a 3-pointer to bring New York within 81-77. Ivory Latta quelled the spurt with a 3-pointer of her own, but the Mystics went the next four-plus minutes without a point, allowing the Liberty to go on a 14-0 run and take a 91-84 advantage with under 30 seconds remaining.
Locals help lift Spirit to U-16 fast-pitch softball title
The Riviera Beach Spirit under-16 fast-pitch softball team won the United States Specialty Sports Association Eastern World Series on Saturday in Salisbury. Howard rising senior Courtney Merson was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Glen Burnie rising senior Jessica Robinson was selected as the offensive MVP. The Spirit went 9-0 in the five-day event, outscoring its opponents 77-7. In addition to Merson and Robinson, Spirit players included Northeast's Brooke Steinbach, Sabrina Gordon, Mindy Weisgerber and Sarah Kriewald; Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's Emily Kirby; Seton Keough's Amber Cosgrove and Morgan Scardina; McDonogh's Wendy Folfas and Carliana Folfas; and Long Reach's Christina Doshim.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United announced that its game against the Los Angeles Galaxy, previously set for Sept. 15, has been rescheduled for Sept.14 at 4 p.m. It will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
—From Sun staff and news services
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