Brenda Frese's son Tyler celebrates end of chemotherapy
Tyler Thomas, a 5-year-old son of Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese, celebrated the end of three years of chemotherapy treatments for pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a party at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg Children's Center on Tuesday. "It is with great happiness that we can celebrate the end of Tyler's treatments," Frese said. "Last week, he received what will hopefully be his last dose of chemo medicine in his battle against leukemia. This marks the end of three years and three months of daily anti-cancer medicines hidden in applesauce." At Tuesday’s party, Tyler was joined by his family, including his twin brother, Markus, who made his first trip to Hopkins. “On Jan. 8, Tyler will have the port in his chest surgically removed,” Frese said. “It was implanted there at the time of diagnosis and has been the method of entry for many chemotherapy drugs, as well as the place where blood has been drawn on a regular basis. Blood counts are crucial components and indicate how a patient is responding to treatments. For the next year and a half, Tyler will have his blood checked to see if leukemia returns. The team of doctors at Johns Hopkins is optimistic that it won’t. Once he gets through that year and a half, he will be deemed ‘cured.’ After that, he will get annual check ups at Johns Hopkins.”
Football: Fans are invited to cheer on the Towson team as it boards buses to leave campus Thursday at 11:45 a.m. for its NCAA Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal Friday at Eastern Illinois. The sendoff will take place behind the Field House. Towson Spirit Groups will be there, along with Doc The Tiger. Fans coming from off-campus are encouraged to park in Towson Center lots or Lot 13 and use the Park and Display stations. A viewing party is planned for 8 p.m. Friday at Bill Bateman's Bistro. ... Johns Hopkins senior tackle Armand Jenifer, senior center Ben Cranston and junior cornerback Ryan Rice were named to the D3football.com All-South Region first team. Hopkins senior linebacker John Arena made the third team. Salisbury senior Andre Carter and junior Kyle Hamby made the All-East Region first team; Frostburg State senior guard Darius Arrington made the second team, and Salisbury senior center Mark Bohanan made the third team.
Men's soccer: UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall), senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres and junior defender Oumar Ballo (Archbishop Curley/CCBC-Essex) were named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Northeast Region first team. Maryland senior forward Patrick Mullins was selected to the All-South Region first team; Maryland junior midfielder Daniel Metzger made the second team and Maryland sophomore defender Michael Ambrose made the third team.
Men's basketball: Individual-session ticket sales for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament March 7-10 at Baltimore Arena are on sale and may be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or through the Baltimore Arena box office at 410-347-2020.
Women's swimming: Towson senior Kaitlin Burke was named the Colonial Athletic Association Swimmer of the Week for the fourth time this season. ... St. Mary's junior Elaina Kohles (John Carroll) was named Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week.
Women's indoor track and field: Salisbury freshman pole vaulter Sarah Taylor (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) was named CAC Field Athlete of the Week.
U.S. women's goalie Wills is in MLL draft pool
U.S. women's national team goalie Devon Wills has been included in the player pool for Major League Lacrosse's supplemental draft, which will take place today. Wills is one of 506 names in the pool for the 12-round draft. While her selection would be an unprecedented move for field lacrosse, it wouldn't be the first time a woman has had an opportunity to play in a professional men's lacrosse league in North America. Ginny Capicchioni, who was signed by the New Jersey Storm of the National Lacrosse League, played 11 minutes of the now-defunct team's season finale in 2003. Jen Adams (Maryland) was chosen by the Washington Power in the ninth round (No. 114 overall) of the 2001 National Lacrosse League draft but never played. In 1992, Manon Rhéaume, an Olympic silver medalist for Canada's women's ice hockey team, became the first woman to play in any of the major North American sports leagues when she was the goaltender for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game.
Charity: Former Colgate midfielder John Donnally completed a 4,000-mile bike ride across the United States on Saturday with a victory lap around Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins campus. The event was the culmination of a 62-day journey to raise awareness about tickborne diseases.
College men: Senior midfielder Jim Marlatt (River Hill) was named a Notre Dame co-captain.
Franklin rises to 7th in final state football poll
Franklin's state champion team soared to No. 7 in the final Maryland High School Football Media State Poll after being unranked in the last poll at the end of the regular season. The Indians (12-2) won their first state championship, 20-7, over Linganore in the Class 3A title game Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium. Linganore remained No. 10 in the poll. The area's highest-ranked team was No. 2 McDonogh, The Baltimore Sun's No. 1 team. For more on the poll, see Katherine Dunn's blog post at baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Gymnastics: 2012 Olympian Jake Dalton will sign autographs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Christmas on the Chesapeake Invitational at the Baltimore Convention Center. The competition for gymnasts from Level 3 to Level 10 runs from Friday through Sunday.
Triathlon: TriColumbia will open registration for the Columbia Triathlon & Aquabike and the Rocky Gap Triathlon & Aquabike on Thursday at 9 a.m. The Columbia Triathlon & Aquabike will be May 18 at Centennial Park in Columbia, and the Rocky Gap Triathlon & Aquabike will be May 31 at Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone. For information, go to TriColumbia.org.
Major Indoor Soccer League: Blast forward Max Ferdinand, who had a five-point night in a 12-10 loss at Milwaukee, was named to the league's Team of the Week. Teammate Tony Donatelli was an honorable mention.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud from the Montreal Impact for an international roster spot for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Arnaud played in 57 games (52 starts) in two seasons with the Impact and was captain of the team both years.