Digest: St. Frances' Clouden repeats as Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year

From Sun staff and news services

St. Frances senior guard Nia Clouden was named Gatorade Maryland Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season. Clouden, 5 feet 7, led the Panthers to a 24-4 record and a third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship this past season, averaging 13.8 points, 3.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. A two-time IAAM All-State selection, she is rated as the nation's No. 43 recruit in the Class of 2018 by espnW. Clouden has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Michigan State beginning this fall.

Major Arena Soccer League

Monterrey to host Blast in Ron Newman Cup final

After the completion of the Eastern and Western Conference finals this past weekend, the Major Arena Soccer League announced the date for the Ron Newman Cup championship. The Monterrey Flash (23-2), who had the league's best regular-season record, will host the Blast (20-5) on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The Blast, who will play Moneterrey for the third time in the MASL championship, have reached the finals in 10 of their past 11 seasons, winning five titles (2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2017).

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Baltimore City CC falls in NJCAA hoops tournament

Baltimore City Community College fell, 100-54, to Trinity Valley in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament Monday in Hutchinson, S.C. Malik Marrow and Kobby Ayetey each scored nine points for the the District 3 champion Panthers, who made their first trip to the NJCAA Division I tournament since 1980. Baltimore City CC, the No. 24 seed, finished the season 21-12. The No. 9 seed Cardinals improved to 28-4.

Women's college basketball: Harford Community College trimmed a 17-point deficit to one in the fourth quarter, but the No. 16 seed Fighting Owls fell, 85-79, to No. 17 seed Odessa (22-10) in the NJCAA Division I first round in Lubbock, Texas. Tianna Swearinger scored a game-high 25 points and Joy Morton added 18 for Harford CC (27-2).

Men's college lacrosse: Wednesday's game between No. 6 Loyola Maryland (5-2) and No. 18 Georgetown (6-1), which was originally scheduled for 3 p.m., has been postponed until April 10 at 3 p.m. because of the winter storm that is expected to reach the Baltimore-Washington region today through Wednesday. The game will still take place at Cooper Field in Washington.

— Edward Lee

Women's college lacrosse: Kyra Harney and Charlotte North each scored four goals to lead No. 17 Duke (6-3) to a 21-7 win over visiting Kennesaw State (2-6). ... Kyla Sears had three goals and two assists to help No. 17 Princeton (4-2) earn a 13-12 victory over No. 20 Penn State (6-4).

College football: Morgan State will open its 2018 season with a home game against Towson on Sept. 1 in the Battle for Greater Baltimore at Hughes Stadium. The Bears will player their next three games on the road: at Akron on Sept. 8; at Albany on Sept. 15; and at reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina A&T on Sept. 22. Morgan will host South Carolina State for homecoming Oct. 6. Game times and television plans will be announced later.

Fishing: Jerry Kustich, a master craftsman bamboo rod maker, will discuss his craft at a meeting of Maryland Trout Unlimited on Wednesday. Kustich is one of the small group of cane rod builders who ran the R.L. Winston Rod Co. bamboo shop and later launched Sweetgrass Rods with Glenn Bracket in Twin Bridges, Mont. The meeting at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson starts at 7:30 p.m. It's free and open to the public. ... The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Erik Zlokovitz will present "E-Tools for Anglers" and a striped bass update at a meeting of the Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post 7, 1905 Crownsville Road.

Hunting: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will conduct a turkey shoot on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney on Saturday. Sign-up starts at 11:30 a.m. Ammunition is provided. It's $3 per shot, 12-gauge only, full-choke max. New shooters are welcome. For details, call 410-598-4970 or 443-562-2309. ... The Deale Captains' Association's "Turkey Shoot" at the Happy Harbor Inn on Saturday will start with sign-up at 11 a.m. and shooting at noon in the parking lot.

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