Digest: McDonogh's DeShields named state's Boys Soccer Player of the Year by Gatorade

McDonogh took home the state's Gatorade Player of the Year awards for boys and girls soccer.

McDonogh's Michael DeShields was named Gatorade Maryland Boys Soccer Player of the Year. DeShields, the seventh Eagle to receive the award, is a finalist for the national award, to be announced in May.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior defender led McDonogh to a 21-0-1 record and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A state championship in 2015. DeShields scored nine goals, had four assists and helped a defense that allowed just 10 goals and had 13 shutouts. A three-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, he participated in December's High School All-American Game in North Carolina.

DeShields has maintained a 3.33 in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth mentor, a youth soccer coach and as a patient coordinator at health fairs. DeShields has signed a national letter of intent to play at Wake Forest beginning this fall.


Women's basketball

Terps' Moseley a candidate for nation's best point guard

Maryland redshirt senior Brene Moseley was named one of 10 candidates for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top point guard. Moseley entered Thursday night ranked No. 18 nationally in assists per game (six) and was averaging 12.3 points per game. Her assist/turnover ratio of 2.6 is tied for second in the Big Ten and is ninth nationally. The list will be narrowed to five finalists in early March, and the winner will be announced during the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Award Show in Indianapolis at the Women's Final Four in April.

Olympics: Washington Mystics center Stefanie Dolson and Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) were named finalists to attend the U.S. training camp, which will be Feb. 21-23 in Storrs, Conn. The camp is expected to be the final training session before the Olympic team is selected.

Et cetera

Retired jockey Dominguez eligible for Hall of Fame

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has cleared the way for retired jockey Ramon Dominguez, who won 1,010 races in Maryland, to be eligible for the Hall of Fame this year. A three-time Eclipse Award winner, Dominguez was injured and forced to end his career in 2013, but he can be considered for the Hall of Fame even though he hasn't been retired for the required five years.

The Hall's executive committee said Wednesday in a news release that it can waive the five-year retirement rule "at its discretion based on special circumstances." Also, the committee said Dominguez would have been eligible this year if he had continued riding based on another requirement — 20 years riding since being licensed in North America. He started in 1996. Although he never won a Triple Crown race, Dominguez had nearly 5,000 victories and earned more than $190 million in purses. He led the nation in earnings three times and in wins twice.

NBA: The game between the Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz on Feb. 18, rescheduled because of the January snowstorm, will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

Baseball: The Joplin Blasters of the independent American Association released infielder James Boddicker, the son of former Orioles pitcher Mike Boddicker.

Men's college lacrosse: Mount St. Mary's seniors Evan Gormley and Brent Tsang and redshirt junior Bubba Johnson were named captains. ... CCBC-Essex was ranked second, Anne Arundel Community College sixth and Howard Community College seventh in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.

Women's college lacrosse: Salisbury was picked to win the Capital Athletic Conference in a preseason poll of the conference's head coaches. St. Mary's was picked fifth and Frostburg State was sixth.

College softball: Mount St. Mary's was picked eighth in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches' poll.

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