Digest: Good Counsel football coach Bob Milloy retires

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Retiring football coach Bob Milloy: "It's just time to, I guess, relax."

Bob Milloy, Maryland's all-time winningest high school football coach, announced his retirement Wednesday after 50 years on the sidelines. "It's just time," Milloy, 73, a Maryland graduate, said. "There's no overt reason. It was just time. I got no misgivings and no animosity. It's just time to, I guess, relax." Milloy led Good Counsel the past 16 seasons, where his career win total ballooned to 405 last fall as the Falcons went 6-5. He began his coaching career as an assistant at DeMatha in 1967 and was head coach at Whitman, Springbrook and Sherwood, before he arrived in Olney in 2001. Milloy won eight Maryland state championships, then guided Good Counsel to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. His team finished atop The Washington Post's rankings in each of those seasons. Milloy compiled a career record of 405-124-1, including 142-41 at Good Counsel.

—Jacob Bogage and Jesse Dougherty, The Washington Post

Varsity girls basketball: Top-ranked St. Frances continued its rise in the national polls this week after finishing the regular season 25-0. The Panthers moved up to No. 13 in USA Today's Super 25 and No. 12 in MaxPreps' Xcellent 25. Both are writer polls, and the Panthers fare a little better in the computer polls, which are designed to be more objective but don't always measure intangibles. In the computer rankings, the Panthers come it at No. 6 in MaxPreps and No. 11 in USA Today.

--Katherine Dunn

Et cetera

Terps picked to win Big Ten in baseball; B. Chen in WBC

The No. 25 Maryland baseball team was picked to finish atop the Big Ten Conference this season by a vote of league coaches. Minnesota, the defending regular-season champion, was voted second. Sophomore outfielder Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) was one of three Terps selected to the league's Preseason Honors list. Joining him were sophomore second baseman Nick Dunn and shortstop Kevin Smith.

—Jonas Shaffer

Women's college basketball: Maryland center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough are two of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which will be given to a senior with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. ... Mount St. Mary's freshman point guard Ashlee White was named Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week. ... Harford Community College (22-2) remained No. 14 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Top 25.

Baseball: Nearly two years after he retired from baseball, left-hander Bruce Chen is getting ready to pitch for China in the World Baseball Classic. Chen, 39, an Oriole from 2004 to 2006, retired after the Cleveland Indians designated him for assignment in May 2015 and none of the other teams claimed him off waivers. When the team from China reached out to him late last year, Chen wondered whether it was looking for a pitching coach. "Two days later, they told me they wanted me to pitch," Chen said on Wednesday.

Minor league baseball: Former Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Hoes, who turns 27 next month, hit .237 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 112 games for the Orioles (2012-2013) and Houston (2013-2015). He batted .242 with six homers and 33 RBIs last year for the Norfolk, the Orioles' team in the Triple-A International League. ... The Short-A Aberdeen IronBirds announced plans for installation of a new 1,500 square foot high-definition video board and live score line display at Ripken Stadium. Funded by Ripken Baseball, the new additions will be fully installed and operational in time for the home opener against the Hudson Valley Renegades on June 19.

Arena Football League: The Baltimore Brigade will hold an open tryout Feb. 26 at Banner Field in Locust Point, with one participant receiving an invitation to the team's training camp ahead of its inaugural season. Coach Omarr Smith and his staff will evaluate and conduct the combine portion of the tryout, which includes the 40-yard dash, short shuttle and broad jump. Participants also will go through individual position and group-specific drills. The online registration fee is $75, and $100 on the day of the combine, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Participants should wear athletic shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt, and will receive a Brigade combine T-shirt. The combine runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

—Jonas Shaffer

Major League Lacrosse: MLL's championship game will be held Aug. 19 at Ford Center at The Star, a 12,000-seat indoor facility in Frisco, Texas. Tickets will go on sale Saturday.

NHL: The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Tom Gilbert from the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. Gilbert, who had one goal and four assists with the Kings this season, will report to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Figure skating: Two Washington-area junior ice dance teams have qualified for World Junior Championship on March 15-19 in Taipei, Taiwan. Rachel and Michael Parsons, a brother-sister team from Rockville, set personal-best scores in the short dance and free dance events at U.S. Nationals last month in Kansas City, Mo., for a total score of 176.33 and won the gold medal. Training mates Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter, from Germantown and Silver Spring, respectively, won the bronze with a 163.33. Both teams have trained with the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy in Rockville and Wheaton since they were young children.

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