Bradley's interception sets up TD in Tiger Bowl III
An interception led to the only score of the game in Tiger Bowl III on Saturday at Towson. Early in the fourth quarter, safety Thomas Bradley of the Black team intercepted a pass at the Gold team's 30-yard line and returned it to the 2-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Price Litton scored on a 1-yard run for an eventual 7-0 victory. Offenses combined for 417 yards, but there were five turnovers and three missed field-goal attempts. "We didn't have any ambulances coming on the field and nobody got carried off the field injured," coach Rob Ambrose said. "So I am happy." Bradley, who started at strong safety last season as a sophomore, made a game-high 12 tackles. "Thomas has done well this spring," Ambrose said. "He has grown into his role, and he has grown into a young man. He will be an important player on our defense this season." All six quarterbacks on the roster played, but the results were spotty. not what Ambrose was hoping for. "Every one of our quarterbacks has potential and the ability to lead our football team," he said. "However, I am disappointed in the lack of consistency. Whoever shows the ability to execute the game plan successfully without turning the ball over and without making mistakes will be our quarterback." Senior Peter Athens completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards and ran six times for 9 yards. Junior Joe Brennan, a transfer from Wisconsin, completed five of 11 passes for 57 yards but was sacked five times. Litton completed five of six passes for 52 yards; Ryan Egolf threw one incomplete pass; freshman Heath Dahlgren completed his only pass for 12 yards; and sophomore Connor Frazier was 5-for-10 for 57 yards with two interceptions. Sophomore Navassa Brown (Franklin) was the top ball carrier, running for 61 yards on nine carries. All-American Terrance West (Northwestern) gained 30 yards on seven carries. Junior Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron) had seven catches for 61 yards, and senior tight end James Oboh caught five passes for 100 yards.
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Honors: Senior defensive end Frank Beltre and senior running back Dominique Booker were honored as co-winners of the Doc Minnegan Award as the most valuable players on the Towson football team in 2012, it was announced at the Tigers' annual football awards reception Friday night. They are the first co-winners of the award, which was first given out in 1969. Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill) and senior safety Jordan Dangerfield were named as the winners of the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards. Other winners were: defensive end Ben Chroniger, from Crofton, Special Teams Player of the Year; senior defensive tackle Matt Morgan, Tiger Award; senior tight end Cory Kirby, Scholar-Athlete; wide receiver Arione Scott, Scout Teams Special Teams Player of the Year; defensive end Greg Grant, Scout Teams Defensive Player of the Year; wide receiver Navassa Brown (Franklin), Scout Teams Offensive Player of the Year; former All-America offensive center John Gaburick, '89, Alumni Dedication Award; Tom Trinkle and Tony Gebbia, Ed Molen Service to Towson Football Award.
Men's college basketball
Eli Carter, a 6-foot-2 guard who received his release from Rutgers after the firing of coach Mike Rice Jr., announced Friday on Twitter that he will choose between Maryland and Florida. Carter led the Scarlet Knights in scoring as both a freshman (13.8 points per game) and again as a sophomore (14.9) before suffering a season-ending broken leg in mid-February. Given the circumstances of Carter's transfer — coming after Rice was forced out amid charges of physically and verbally abusing his players during practice — he might be allowed to play immediately rather than having to sit out the one year normally required by the NCAA. The Terps are also in communication with other potential transfers, including former Memphis guard Antonio Barton (Lake Clifton) and George Mason guard Vertrail Vaughns. Both players are expected to graduate this spring and would be eligible to play immediately.
Towson tops No. 21 UNC Wilmington in baseball
Junior designated hitter Kurt Wertz had two hits and drove in three runs as host Towson (20-21, 10-7) ended a four-game losing streak by rallying for seven runs in the seventh inning en route to a 9-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over No. 21 North Carolina Wilmington (32-12, 13-3). The Seahawks had won six straight.
More baseball: Five straight two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth inning helped Duke (25-21, 9-14 Atlantic Coast Conference) rally for three runs and an 11-9 victory against Maryland (24-21, 7-16). Freshman reliever Kevin Mooney (3-2) from North Harford took the loss. Sophomore designated hitter Andrew Amaro went 3-for-4 with two runs for the Terps. ... Colin McCarthy totaled four hits, five runs and three RBIs as Johns Hopkins (33-5, 15-3), ranked third in Division III, clinched the Centennial Conference regular-season crown with 15-2 and 6-5 wins over visiting Muhlenberg (19-19, 7-11).
Lacrosse: Kevin Totaro, a Fallston native who played lacrosse at Harford Tech and Harford Community College, has been named the first coach of the Missouri Valley College men's program, which will begin play next spring. Totaro played at Division III Shenandoah from 2008 to 2010, serving as senior captain and leading the team in scoring. Totaro started his coaching career at Northern Virginia Community College as an assistant and was most recently an assistant coach at CCBC-Catonsville. Totaro has coached the General Lacrosse Club summer team in Virginia as well as a Baltimore recreation team. Missouri Valley College, affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, also will debut a women's team next spring; C.J. Cuneo, a former Binghamton goalie who is a licensed attorney in Maryland and Virginia, will serve as the first coach.
Men's track and field: Sophomore Mark Vetere broke Navy's pole vault school record at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Vetere cleared 17 feet, 31/2inches (5.27 meters) en route to taking first place in the college section Friday.
—From Sun staff and news services