Digest: Maryland softball welcomes Marisol Ramirez, 14, from Team IMPACT

Maryland softball coach Julie Wright officially welcomed newest signee Marisol Ramirez to the squad through a draft day event Tuesday. Ramirez, a 14-year-old from Laurel who loves John Cena and Selena Gomez, was matched with the Terps through Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing chronic illnesses.

"We're super excited about this experience," Wright said. "It's the experience of a lifetime. I don't think you can get anything more special than this combination. The joy and happiness we're going to bring to Mari's life and Mari is going to bring into ours is going to be incredible."


Ramirez signed at an official draft day celebration Tuesday night. She was greeted by an ovation, got to sign her National Letter of Intent, answered questions at a news conference and was given a jersey and locker. Marisol will be with the team at games, practices and events all season.

Coach DJ Durkin, who took over as Maryland football coach in December, has referred to the program as a ¿sleeping monster.¿

College football: Morgan State's schedule features five home games, including meetings with nonconference opponent Holy Cross and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-champion Bethune-Cookman. The Bears will open at home against Holy Cross on Sept. 3 before traveling to Marshall for the first time Sept. 10. The season finale will be Nov. 19 at Army West Point.

College baseball: Maryland's game at Virginia Commonwealth and Navy's home game against Coppin State on Wednesday were postponed because of rain. The Terps' home game against Rhode Island on Friday has been moved to 1 p.m.

Women's college basketball: Kiara Colston scored 28 points but sixth seed Bowie State fell to second seed Chowan in overtime, 59-57, in the quarterfinals of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Men's college golf: Maryland sophomore David Kocher was named Big Ten Conference Golfer of the Week.

Women's college swimming: Washington College junior Ellen Maxwell (Loch Raven) received All-Centennial Conference honorable mention.

College softball: This weekend's UMBC Kickoff Tournament will be moved to UMES, beginning Saturday, when Lafayette plays the host Hawks at 10:30 a.m.

Et cetera

Paralympic swimmers to compete in exhibition

A dozen Paralympic athletes will compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Swimming and Diving Championships in exhibition races Saturday at Lejeune Hall at Navy. Paralympic athletes will compete in a total of four exhibition events — two men's and two women's. The adaptive exhibition events are part of the implementation strategy for the ECAC's Inclusive Sport Initiative and are envisioned to be a precursor to adding new championship events in the future. Local swimmers include Navy veteran and Paralympic gold medalist Brad Snyder of Baltimore; Frostburg State's Zachary Shattuck of Mount Airy; Loyola Maryland's Alyssa Gialamas and Coan McKenzie, both of Baltimore; Cortney Jordan of Baltimore; and Stephanie Vrettakos of Ellicott City. The 100-yard freestyles are scheduled for the morning session, which starts at 9:50 a.m.; the 100-yard backstrokes are set for the evening session, which begins at 5:50 p.m. For details, go to navysports.com.

Varsity football: Marriotts Ridge left guard and nose tackle Michael Villano will represent the United States as part of the American Football Worldwide Elite team in an exhibition against the under-19 national team of Italy on March 26 in Milan.

The Blast recently hit a rare spell of mediocrity, which made a visit from the Harrisburg Heat a welcome sight Sunday.

Soccer: Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela received Major Arena Soccer League Team of the Week honorable mention. … D.C. United fell, 2-0, to Mexico's Queretaro on Tuesday in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in Queretaro, Mexico. Yerson Candelo Edgar Benitez Queretaro will face D.C. United again in the second leg Tuesday at RFK Stadium in Washington at 8 p.m.

Youth tennis: Wilde Lake Middle School will host a USTA Tennis Play Event on Tuesday in celebration of World Tennis Day, an annual celebration encouraging young players and families to try tennis. The free event for beginners 10 and under will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at 10481 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. For more details, call Pierra Mbongo at 410-905-8925 or email dhronatennis@yahoo.com.

Golf: Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. will host a series of scramble outings this winter, including the Goodbye Winter Scramble on March 5 at Pine Ridge Golf Course and the Superintendent's Revenge Scramble on March 19 at Forest Park Golf Course. The Goodbye Winter Scramble will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. For more information, go to bmgcgolf.com.

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