Whittenburg helps U.S. men win team bronze at worlds
Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore helped the U.S. men's gymnastics team win the team bronze at the World Championships on Tuesday in Nanning, China. The team combined for a score of 270.369 to edge Great Britain. Whittenburg, who attended Edgewood, scored a 14.766 on rings, 14.966 on vault and 14.633 on parallel bars. He performed first in the Americans' final event, the floor exercise, earning a 15.300 and helping the U.S. team clinch the bronze medal. "I still can't believe this all happened," Whittenburg told USA Gymnastics. "We worked so hard for this moment. ... We just left everything out on the floor, just kept a level head throughout the whole competition. We had a few mistakes, but we just tried to move on to the next event."
Cardinals' Phoenix commits to Central Conn. State
Calvert Hall's Evan Phoenix has committed to play basketball at Central Connecticut State. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward also considered offers from American, Hartford and UMBC. Phoenix transferred to Calvert Hall as a sophomore after beginning his high school career at Kent Island. He averaged around 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists as a junior at Calvert Hall, earning Most Improved Player last spring at the Baltimore Catholic League banquet.
To read more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Phoenix, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Men's lacrosse: UMBC coach Don Zimmerman named seniors Mike Dahl (Mount St. Joseph), Conor Finch (Boys' Latin), Tim Lang and Kevin McDonough as team captains.
Field hockey: No. 2 Maryland swept the Big Ten's weekly honors. Senior Katie Gerzabek won Offensive Player of the Week, redshirt senior goalkeeper Brooke Cabrera was named Defensive Player of the Week and Moira Putsch was named Freshman of the Week. ... Salisbury (9-0) was ranked No. 1 in the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Division III poll for the second straight week.
Men's soccer: Navy senior Joseph Greenspan was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. ... Loyola Maryland sophomore Matt Sanchez (McDonogh) was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week. ... Hood sophomore Drew Demich was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Offensive Player of the Week. ... Salisbury senior Jeff Byrnes was named ECAC Division III South Defensive Player of the Week.
Football: Virginia Union freshman Donte Gross (Archbishop Curley) was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Receiver of the Week.
Golf: Loyola Maryland sophomore Matt Oshrine (Pikesville) placed fifth at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate with a total of 3-under-par 210.
Gilman, McDonogh rise in football media state poll
Gilman, which defeated Archbishop Spalding, 69-40, and McDonogh, which beat Mount St. Joseph, 24-0, each moved up a spot to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the Maryland High School Football Media State Poll. Good Counsel rose to No. 4 after upsetting last week's No. 2, DeMatha, which fell to No. 7. Northwest stayed at No. 1. Milford Mill cracked the Top 25. Mount St. Joseph fell to No. 10 behind No. 9 Arundel. Calvert Hall and Franklin stayed at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. River Hill moved from 19 to 18, Broadneck from 22 to 21 and Archbishop Curley from 24 to 22.
—Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun
Varsity boys lacrosse: St. Vincent Pallotti hired Joe Stanilaus, former men's associate head coach at Howard Community College, as head coach.
NHL: The Washington Capitals finalized their roster for Thursday's opening night. Forwards Jay Beagle (upper body) and Tom Wilson (ankle) were placed on injured reserve, and defenseman Dmitry Orlov (wrist) and forward Aaron Volpatti went on long-term injured reserve.
—Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post
NFL: Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr. sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee late in Monday night's 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He will have additional tests to determine the injury's severity and probably won't practice today, coach Jay Gruden said. Left tackle Trent Williams (knee), linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle) and safety Ryan Clark (ankle) will be listed as day-to-day.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
NBA: Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (Maryland) is out indefinitely with a broken right pinky finger, which will be re-evaluated next Wednesday, the team said.
Fundraising: The Zaching Against Cancer 5K Run/Walk, held Sunday in honor of Zach Lederer (Centennial), a former Maryland men's basketball student-manager who died of brain cancer in March, raised $1,500 for the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation, which provides support and scholarships for cancer patients.
Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League: Rebel defeated Parrot, 8-7, while First Mariner beat Ensure Productivity, 12-4, on Sept. 29. Ben Hunt (Severna Park), who also plays for Major League Lacrosse's Chesapeake Bayhawks, led Rebel with three goals. First Mariner was led by four goals from Andrew "Buggs" Combs (Maryland, Calvert Hall, St. Paul's) and two goals from Justin Ward (Loyola Maryland, Old Mill). Jake Wilhelm (St. Mary's College, Annapolis) and Jake Leddy (St. Mary's High) each scored for Ensure Productivity.