Lidney Castro of Germantown won the men's singles championship and Iva Laginja of Baltimore claimed the women's singles title at the third annual Maryland State Championships, a 3-star event held this past weekend at the Maryland Table Tennis Center. Castro, formerly a member of the Brazil national team, was seeded third, but defeated top-seeded Jeffrey Zeng of Germantown in the semifinals, 4-2, and Wang Qingliang of Germantown in the final, 3-0. Wang defeated Martin Jezo of Laurel in the other semifinals, 3-0. Castro also teamed with Jezo to defeat Zeng/Wang in the open doubles final. Women's singles came down to a three-way tie between top-seeded Caroline Kajihar of Rockville, second-seeded Si Cheong of Ellicott City and unseeded Laginja. In the final grouping, Cheong defeated Kajihar, who defeated Laginja, who defeated Cheong. It went down to games, with Laginja coming out on top. Stanley Hsu, 9, of North Potomac won Under-10 and U-12 titles. Ronald Chen, 13, of North Potomac won U-15, while his brother, Spencer, 16, won U-21. Todd Klinger, 13, of Olney won U-15 and U-32 doubles with Nikhil Naravan, also 13, of Boyds. Derek Nie, 17, of North Potomac won U-18 over Klaus Wood, 16, of Ellicott.
The National Football Foundation released Monday the names of 76 players and six coaches from major college football who will be considered for the College Football Hall of Fame this year, including former Ravens Ray Lewis of Miami (Fla.) and Steve McNair of Alcorn State. The latest class of about 15 player and coaches will be announced Jan. 7, the day of the College Football Playoff national championship. Other nominees with local ties include Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson , the 2002 Bednarik and Butkus award winner and only two-time consensus first-team All-American in Terps history, and Morgan State coach Eddie Hurt, who led the Bears from 1929 to 1959, during which they won 14 league championships in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. .
Men's college basketball
Former Maryland men's basketball guard Dion Wiley will spend his final season at Saint Louis, he confirmed Sunday night on Twitter. The Oxon Hill native and former four-star recruit announced March 28 that he would be leaving the Terps as a graduate transfer. Under former Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford, the Billikens are expected to challenge for the Atlantic 10 Conference title this season. As a redshirt junior in 2017-18, Wiley started 16 games and averaged 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game, all career highs.
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14 Baltimore-area teams to compete in U.S. regionals
After competing in the US Youth Soccer Maryland State Championships, 14 Baltimore-area soccer teams have qualified to compete in the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships: FC USA of Perry Hall (Under-12 boys, U-15 boys); Baltimore Celtic Elite of Owings Mills (U-13 boys, U-13 girls); Brausa Blue of Rosedale (U-16 boys); Baltimore Celtic of Owings Mills (U-16 boys); Baltimore Celtic Christos of Owings Mills (U-19 boys); Pipeline Pre-Academy of Timonium (U-16 girls); Premier Navy (U-17 boys); Baltimore Celtic Premier (U-15 boys); and Baltimore Bays of Glyndon (U-18 boys). Pipeline Pre-Academy of Lutherville-Timonium (U-13 girls, U-18 girls) and OPSA Magic of Baltimore (U-15 girls) qualified from Maryland through the Eastern Regional League. The teams will be among the more than 225 top US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams from the 15 US Youth Soccer State Associations competing for the regional title, June 29-July 3 at the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships in Spotsylvania, Va. For more information, go to Championships.USYouthSoccer.org/East.
Severna Park's Kline named Md.'s Player of the Year
Campbell Kline of Severna Park was named Gatorade Maryland Softball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 junior shortstop led the Falcons to a 25-2 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. Kline produced a .750 batting average with 12 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 53 runs scored, 39 RBIs and a 1.272 slugging percentage. She compiled a state-record 69 hits with 24 multi-hit games, and her 148 career hits is just 18 shy of the state record. Kline has volunteered locally as a peer tutor and as a youth softball coach. She is committed to play softball on scholarship at Maryland beginning in the fall of 2019.