Digest (May 15): Maryland's Will Watson earns Big Ten, national baseball honors

College baseball: After a standout week, including a historic performance on Saturday, Maryland senior outfielder Will Watson earned Big Ten Player of the Week, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week and Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week. Watson batted .500, had 12 RBIs, scored six times and hit three home runs. In Saturday's 17-2 win over Rutgers , he had eight RBIs, which tied a school record. Watson's seven RBIs in the third inning set a school record and were the second most in NCAA history. He hit two home runs in that inning. Watson had multi-hit games in all four of Maryland's contest this week, raising his average from .208 and .252. ... Coppin State 's Derek Lohr was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year while Sherman Reed received Coach of the Year honors. ... Salisbury senior Connor Reeves and sophomores Matt Padeway and Justin Meekins were each named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference first team. Seniors Austin Heenan and Scott Ardoin and juniors Jack Barry and Jack Decker were all awarded second-team honors.

College track and field: Johns Hopkins senior Zach Jacobson was named the Centennial Conference Field Athlete of the Year. Johns Hopkins will host the ECAC Championships today at 1 p.m.


Men's college lacrosse: Former Maryland standout C. Rennie Smith died Sunday after a long illness. The Smith family will have a celebration of his life at Galway Bay on Maryland Avenue on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. A 2009 inductee into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, Smith was a three-time USILA All-American and the 1954 recipient of the Jack Turnbull Memorial Award as the nation's most outstanding attackman. Smith finished his career (1952-1955) as the Terps' all-time leader in points with 128 — a mark that was broken the following year by teammate, Charles Wicker. Smith was also an assistant coach for the Terps from 1960 to 1976, helping lead the Terps to three national titles (1967, 1973 and 1975).

Youth sports camps: Elite Starr Athletic Academy is offering 24 sport-specific camps this summer throughout Anne Arundel County. Former Arundel boys basketball coach Jeff Starr and former Northeast girls basketball coach Kristi Starr are the program directors. The camps will be run by high school coaching staffs with a concentration on building fundamental skills in a positive learning environment. Camps will be offered in baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, cross country, track & field, field hockey, football, boys and girls lacrosse, softball, volleyball and wrestling. Go to for more information.


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Baseball: The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will take place on Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. The speaker will be Brian Wright, who will discuss his book, "Mets in 10's" Best and Worst of an Amazin' History." Call 410-992-1186 for information.

Men's college basketball: Mount St. Mary's fans can meet new coach Dan Engelstad on May 24. The event will be held at the Gettysburg Wyndham at 5 p.m. To register for the event, go to

Fishing: The Aberdeen IronBirds, Short-A affiliate of the Orioles, and Harford County will host the Huk Bassmaster Elite at Upper Chesapeake Bay professional bass fishing tournament July 27-29. The IronBirds will play as the Harford County Anglers of Aberdeen, July 27-28. In addition, Visit Harford! will host a free family festival in Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium's parking lot July 28-29, along with the Bassmaster Elite final weigh-ins, where one angler will win the $100,000 grand prize. The Harford County Anglers of Aberdeen will gear up in specially designed uniforms for the weekend. The pinstripe uniforms will feature numbers with inlaid "fish scales" and new logos combining bass, baseballs, and bats. A patch with the Harford County seal will be placed on the back of the uniforms. The right sleeve of the jersey will have a unique Anglers of Aberdeen patch, featuring an angler in a Harford County Anglers of Aberdeen bucket hat. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on July 27 and concluding at the end of the game on July 28, the Anglers' game uniforms will be available for online auction at This is the first time the Bassmaster Elite Series, the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments in the country, will be hosted in Harford County. On July 26-27, 108 anglers will launch out of Edgewood's Flying Point Park as they try to catch the heaviest five-bass limits each day. The field of anglers will be trimmed to 50 on Jul 28 and then to 12 for July 29. Beginning May 5, fans can purchase single game tickets online at or by visiting the box office at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. For more information go to or call 410-297-9292.

Boys lacrosse camps: Calvert Hall is hosting two youth boys lacrosse camps in July. The Junior Cardinal Lax Camp for rising second graders through rising fifth graders will take place from July 16-19 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The Cardinal Skills Camp for rising sixth graders through rising eighth graders is set for July 16-19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The camps will be run by the Calvert Hall lacrosse coaching staff with help from alumni standouts. For more information, visit or contact Dan Mulford at 410-821-2426 or mulfordd@calverthall.comd.