The Baltimore Brigade signed quarterback Randy Hippeard, the Arena Football League 's 2017 Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. "This is a landmark day for the Baltimore Brigade," Brigade coach Omarr Smith said. "Adding the reigning MVP to our team is an instant upgrade. Randy exhibits great leadership on and off the field, and his competitive spirit will be infectious to all of his teammates. We are thrilled to have Randy as the face of the Baltimore Brigade." In 2017 with the Tampa Bay Storm , Hippeard led the AFL in passing yards (3,506), completions (328), attempts (494) and fewest interceptions thrown (eight). He ranked second in passing touchdowns (80). A five-year AFL veteran, Hippeard played three seasons with the Storm (2013, 2014, 2017) and two with the Orlando Predators (2015, 2016), accumulating 15,185 passing yards and 323 passing touchdowns. The Brigade starts the season April 13 at 7 p.m. when they host the Washington Valor at Royal Farms Arena.
Blast's Kelly, Healey finalistsfor major MASL honors
Blast coach Danny Kelly was nominated for Major Arena Soccer League Coach of the Year and Blast defender Pat Healey was nominated for Defender of the Year. MASL nominees were selected from league-wide voting by team personnel. The final awards will be announced by commissioner Joshua Schaub at the Ron Newman Cup Championship news conference Saturday at 3 p.m. The Blast play the Monterrey Flash on Sunday for the MASL title.
Women's soccer: Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan and forwards Ashley Hatch and Mallory Pugh were named to the U.S. women's national team's 22-player roster for two friendly matches in April against Mexico. ... The Spirit claimed forward Tiffany Weimer off waivers. Weimer played for the Spirit in 2014 and 2015. She made 17 National Women's Soccer League appearances in 2017 with the Boston Breakers, recording one assist.
Mount camp: Mount St. Mary's will host a spring camp Sunday for players grades 9 and up. To register, go to msmusoccercamp.com.
Baltimore's Reeves to fightfor light heavyweight title
USBO light heavyweight champion Travis "Seveer" Reeves of Baltimore will challenge Karo Murat of Bayern, Germany, for the vacant IBO world light heavyweight championship on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. The 37-year-old Reeves (15-2-2, 7 knockouts) has won 12 straight bouts, including taking the USBO championship in a second-round TKO over Aaron Quattrocchi in December 2016 in Baltimore. Reeves, a Morgan State graduate, won his most recent bout by four-round disqualification over Josue Obando on June 17 in Baltimore. Murat (31-3-1, 20 KOs) is the current IBF international light heavyweight and European Boxing Union light heavyweight champion. Murat won the EBU title in his most recent bout with an 11th-round TKO over formerly undefeated Dominic Boesel on July 1 in Dresden, Germany. Saturday's bout starts at approximately 7 p.m. and can be viewed on live stream at firstonetv.net/Live/Germany/sport1-14.
Brent Noseworthy scored five goals and visiting Michigan (6-2) won, 13-12, over No. 4 Notre Dame (4-2). The game featured seven ties and the Fighting Irish never led. Decker Curran (two goals) gave the Wolverines a 13-11 advantage with 2:15 left. Notre Dame's Ryder Garnsey scored his fifth goal of the game with 1:16 left for the final score. ... Johns Hopkins senior faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week and junior Patrick Foley was Defensive Player of the Week. Blue Jays senior attackman Shack Stanwick was named to the USILA Team of the Week.
Women's college lacrosse: Kiley Keating had a career-high 11 saves and Kaitlin Thornton scored four goals as No. 14 Towson (6-2) earned a 14-11 victory over No. 6 Florida (6-3). The visiting Tigers built an 8-4 lead in the first half and held off a second-half rally. Florida outscored Towson 6-1 over the final 11:29. The win marked the second this season over a top 10 opponent. The Tigers beat then-No. 4 Penn State , 14-13, on Feb. 10. ... Tristan McGinley had a game-high five goals to lead No. 16 Virginia Tech (8-3) to a 22-7 rout over visiting Virginia Commonwealth (2-8). The Hokies used a 5-0 run early to pull away. ... Maryland sophomore defender Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley) was named the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Colson had career highs in draw controls (five), ground balls (four) and caused turnovers (three) in a win over Johns Hopkins.
Varsity: The second day of spring brought more winter weather, resulting in the closing of schools and postponing of athletic events throughout the area. While the private schools started their spring competition earlier in the month, Wednesday's first day of Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association competition was snowed out.
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Pro basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers open their Central Basketball Association season Saturday at 8 p.m. at Annapolis Area Christian against the Middle Tennessee Storm. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
College baseball: Washington College junior pitcher Nick Roberti was named to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week. Roberti pitched the 15th no-hitter in Centennial Conference history and first for the Shoremen in six years in a 13-0 win over Bethany. He also was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division III Pitcher of the Week honorable mention. ... Marty Costes (Achbishop Curley) had a single, home run and three RBI as the Maryland baseball team (10-11, 0-0 B1G) beat Elon, 11-3, on Wednesday. Costes drove in two with his single before capping off his night with a solo home run in the top half of the ninth inning.
College track and field: Navy's Cedric Williams was named Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week, while plebes Chelsey Edwards and Skyler Mason were named female and male Rookies of the Week.
Basketball fundraiser: A Brother for Others will host a Final Four fundraiser to benefit the Brian Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship on March 31 from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Towson Rec Room & Patio. For tickets and donations, go to finalfourfundraiser.com.
— From Sun staff and news services