Digest: Baltimore Boxing to honor late promoter Scott Wagner

Jake Smith's Baltimore Boxing Promotions returns to Michael's Eighth Avenue on March 22 for a tribute event to the late Scott Wagner. Before Smith hosted Wagner's cards at Michael's Eighth, Wagner's Ballroom Boxing ran more than 70 shows over 15 years. His series featured many fighters who went on to become world champions, such as Terence Crawford, Hasim Rahman , Kermit Cintron, Orlin Norris and Al Cole. A longtime friend of Smith's, Wagner stopped promoting in 2009 and offered the family-owned Michael's Eighth to Baltimore Boxing Promotions. Wagner died at age 49 on Feb. 16. "Scott was one of my closest friends and I was devastated by his untimely passing," said Smith, who co-promoted with Wagner and also fought for him in 1996. Headlining the Olympic-style boxing event is a match between Deshawn "Soulsnatcher" Chase and Ocean City's Omar Serrano for the East Coast middleweight title. In the co-featured bout, Baltimore Boxing's Tyrell Boyd meets Tyler Langer. Baltimore Boxing is also hosting a fundraiser for Brenda Davis, the wife of longtime trainer Adrian Davis. All proceeds from the fundraiser will help cover Brenda Davis' health-care costs. Tickets and tables are available by calling 410-375-9175 or going to

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Severn's Keith stepping down after six seasons

Severn boys basketball coach V.J. Keith has resigned after six seasons. During his time at the helm, the Admirals went 91-64, including 62-26 the past three seasons, each ending with a playoff appearance. Severn ended this past season with a loss to Gerstell in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship game to finish 25-6. Keith led Arundel to an 18-6 mark during the 1996-97 season, went back to grad school, then assisted Ken Kazmarek and then John Williams at Broadneck before coaching soccer at Cardinal Gibbons and taking over at Severn before the 2012-13 season. Having turned 50 recently, Keith said he has blood pressure problems. He said this decision will help him focus on many other endeavors. "I have some business ventures down in Florida with my brother, and some other options I would like to consider, and this allows me to give those their proper consideration and attention," Keith said.


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Baltimore City CC to play Monday in national tourney

The Baltimore City Community College men's basketball team will face No. 9 seed Trinity Valley (27-4) on Monday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. The No. 24 seed Panthers (21-11) beat ASA College, 76-68, on Friday night at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, N.Y., to capture the NJCAA District III championship and earn a spot in the Division I tournament. For the full bracket, go to

Women's college basketball: Navy received an at-large berth into the Women's National Invitation Tournament . The first round begins Wednesday. .... No. 8 seed Bowie State fell, 75-60, to No. 2 seed Indiana (Pa.) in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region championship game in Richmond, Va. Kyah Proctor scored a game-high 23 points and Lisa Jing (Laurel) added 11 for the Bulldogs (22-10), who reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history.

Women's college lacrosse: Freshman Beanie Colson (Manchester Valley) had two goals and one assist in the final six minutes to lead Mount St. Mary's to an 11-10 victory over visiting Fresno State (4-3). Colson finished with four goals, and Emily Davis and Taylor Carhart (Manchester Valley) each scored two for the Mount (4-3).

Varsity boys lacrosse: Liam Powderly (one goal, three assists), Jackson Cummings (three goals) and Jack Sweeney (two goals, one assist) helped lead McDonogh to a 14-7 win over host Oxbridge Academy (Fla.). Andrew Hurdle, Griffin Catlett and Matt Hilgartner each scored two goals, Gable Braun won 18 of 21 faceoffs and goalie Evan Long finished with eight saves for the Eagles.