Men's college basketball
Va. forward Gregory commits to Loyola
As the summer drew to a close, his skills as a forward blossoming with every Amateur Athletic Union game and summer camp appearance, it became clear that Cameron Gregory had grown into a surefire Division I recruit. And as the offers rolled in, just where the 6-foot-8, 190-pound senior at St.Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., would take his talents became even clearer. After an unofficial visit to the campus last weekend during an elite camp, Gregory committed to Loyola last week. "I had visited there before, but [the previous] weekend really gave me a chance to be around the players and coaching staff, and I realized it was the best fit for me," Gregory said. "Of all the offers, Loyola was the best option on the table, and at this point, I felt like there was no reason to wait any longer." In their first recruiting class under first-year coach G.G. Smith, the Greyhounds gain a versatile forward who averaged 16.7 points last season for the Saints. Already possessing an ability to play with his back to the basket and on the perimeter for stretches, Gregory has worked on his jump shot and ballhandling to become a more complete player. Gregory joins fellow former Washington-area players Franz Rassman (Gonzaga), Jarred Jones (Carroll) and Tyler Hubbard (Montrose Christian) on the Greyhounds roster.
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Bayhawks' Powell has big vision for Fla. prep program
Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Casey Powell has accepted the position of director of lacrosse and head coach at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, Fla., with the goal of building the "best high school staff in America," according to a news release. Powell, 37, one of the most respected names in lacrosse, will supervise all levels of the boys and girls lacrosse programs and serve as the boys varsity coach next season. He already has a commitment from Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle to serve as a consultant. The release said Powell plans to offer programs aimed at building the sport of lacrosse in South Florida, with appearances from a who's-who of current and former players, including fellow Bayhawks attackman and lacrosse legend John Grant Jr.; 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell; Denver Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Pikesville, Johns Hopkins), the Major League Lacrosse Goalie of the Year; and former North Carolina All-America midfielder Kara Cannizzaro. Powell said the school is about to break ground on a new lighted turf stadium. "My goal is to change the culture immediately and bring in the world's finest lacrosse coaches and players to interact and support our program," Powell said. "It is my intention to attract the top players in the state of Florida and across North America who share the school's vision of excellence in study and lacrosse. We have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited to begin." Powell, the second-leading scorer in Major League Lacrosse history and a four-time All-American at Syracuse, spent 21/2 years as the lacrosse director at St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Fla., before resigning in May. He led the boys team to the 2012 state title and a runner-up finish this year. Powell returned to MLL in July after an absence of nearly a year.
College men: Division III St. Lawrence has added former Baltimore Thunder player Tom Ryan to its coaching staff. Ryan, who had a nine-year professional career and was known in his playing days as "The Dude" for his long, dreadlocked hair, played for the Thunder in 1998 and 1999, serving as a team captain in 1999. He later worked as an assistant coach for the Towson University and Loyola College women's teams. ... Monmouth announced the addition of Bill McCutcheon (Towson University) as an assistant coach for program, which will begin Division I play next spring. McCutcheon, a former attackman, was a three-year player for the Tigers after a season at Johns Hopkins, compiling 38 goals, 21 assists and 59 points in his final two seasons. ... Sean Lowe (Westminster) has joined Division III Centenary as an assistant coach. Lowe was a two-time All-Colonial States Athletic Conference defender for the Cyclones from 2010 to 2013.
College women: George Washington announced the addition of Delaney Norris (Winters Mill) and Columbia native MaryPat Scanlon to the 2014 roster. Norris helped Winters Mill to Class 2A-1A state championships in 2011 and 2013. Scanlon was a defender at Good Counsel, which she guided to 2011 and 2013 All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships. ... Washington College announced the hiring of Jessica Rudloff as an assistant coach. ... Harford Community College sophomore attacker Sara Lebrun (C. Milton Wright) was named a National Junior College Athletic Association first-team All-American. Also chosen to the first team were: freshman goalie Brittani Biddinger (Severna Park), freshman attacker Shannon O'Neal (Severna Park) and sophomore midfielder Meghenn Jackson (Broadneck) of Anne Arundel CC; freshman midfielder Carlin Grudzien (Catholic) of CCBC-Essex; and sophomore midfielder Maddie Poehlman (Seton Keough) of Howard CC.
Funeral for ex-St. Frances star Gray to be Saturday
The funeral for former St. Frances basketball star and NBA player Devin Gray, who died of a heart attack Saturday in Atlanta at age 41, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school, 501 E. Chase St., Baltimore; it will be preceded by a wake at 9 a.m. Gray was the 1991 Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year as a senior.
Orioles: "Covering the Bases with Brian Roberts" will be held Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dempsey's Brew Pub & Restaurant at Camden Yards. Fans will have a buffet lunch, along with a Q&A session with the Orioles second baseman as he discusses his 13-year major league career, the current season and more. Tickets are $75, with all proceeds benefitting the Kamryn Lambert Foundation's annual holiday toy drive for the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. Each guest in attendance will receive an autographed, 8-by-10-inch action photo of Roberts and a ticket for the Orioles' 7:05 p.m. game that night against the Chicago White Sox. Tickets may be purchased online at MissionTix.com/Roberts or by calling 443-852-0480. All attendees who bring a new toy valued at $20 or more will be entered in a raffle to win a bat autographed by Roberts.
Varsity softball: Harford announced the hiring of Erin Clary as coach. Clary played collegiately at Division II Lock Haven in central Pennsylvania and won an NCAA national championship as a freshman. She spent one year as an assistant at Division III Washington & Jefferson; she helped the Presidents reach their first conference tournament appearance since 2007 with 25 victories.
—From Sun staff and news services