Ex-Towson football coach Combs joins Hopkins staff

Gordy Combs, the second-winningest coach in the history of the Towson University football program, has joined the Blue Jays as a volunteer assistant, Hopkins coach Jim Margraff announced. Combs, who will coach the strong safeties in the Blue Jays' 4-4-3 defensive alignment, spent 17 years as the head coach at Towson and departed after the 2008 season with a career record of 92-90. "Gordy and I have been friends for many years, and I look forward to working with him this season," Margraff said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program, and we look forward to the coaching insight he will provide our players and staff. He is highly respected in the coaching profession and has built fantastic relationships with high school coaches throughout the Mid.-Atlantic region." A 1972 Towson graduate, Combs joined the Tigers' staff immediately after graduation and served as an assistant coach until being promoted to head coach in 1992. He guided the Tigers through several conference changes in his 17 years as head coach and helped the team transition from nonscholarship status to full scholarship status as Towson moved from the Patriot League to the Atlantic 10 (now the Colonial Athletic Association) in 2004. Combs led the Tigers to nine winning seasons and twice (1993 and 1994) his teams were nationally ranked at the end of the season. He was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 1999.

Loyola: : The women's soccer team was picked to finish second in the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference poll by the league's 10 head coaches. The Greyhounds, who won the 2008 MAAC regular-season crown with a 7-0-2 record in conference play, garnered 91 points in the poll. Fairfield, which won the conference tournament a season ago, was first with 97 points. Three Loyola players - senior defender Heather Cooke, junior midfielder Kelly Farrell and graduate student forward Theresa Ferraina - earned spots on the Preseason All-MAAC Team.

Hagerstown Community College: : Seven members of the track and field team were named as Academic All-Americans for the 2008-09 college year. The athletes, who had a grade-point average of 3.5 or above, were Jordan Atha, Samantha Valiton, Ryan Shifler, Dustin Adams, Wade Miller, Corey Centifonti and Justin Cole.


Douglas' career-high 34 help Fever sink Mystics, 85-81

Katie Douglas scored a career high 34 points and the host Indiana Fever rallied for an 85-81 win over the Washington Mystics. Douglas made nine of 19 field-goal attempts, one of seven from three-point range, and 15 of 16 free throws. She topped her previous high of 30 points scored against the Fever on Aug. 22, 2007, when she played for the Connecticut Sun. Tamika Catchings scored 15 points, Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Briann January scored 10 for Eastern Conference-leading Indiana (13-4). Alana Beard scored 19 points for Washington (9-8). Monique Currie and Lindsey Harding added 14 each, and Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 11.

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Freedom forward Wambach named WPS Player of Week

Washington forward Abby Wambach was selected the Women's Professional Soccer Player of the Week for Week 18 after scoring two goals to lead the visiting Freedom to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Red Stars and into a tie with Sky Blue FC for fourth. Wambach has been honored twice as WPS Player of the Week.

Golf: : Will Collins, a University of Virginia junior from Salisbury, N.C., shot 65-73 - 138 to earn the medal in sectional qualifying at Hayfields Country Club for the U.S. amateur championship. Steven Delmar of Gaithersburg shot 68-71 - 139, and Zach Lese of Silver Spring outlasted Tracy Vallandingham of Leonardtown for the third spot in six extra holes after tying at 142. Jordan Steinfelder of Baltimore and Woodholme CC won the first extra hole with a par to defeat Devin Kay of Bethesda to earn the second alternate spot after tying at 143.The championship will be held Aug. 24-30 in Tulsa, Okla.

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