Digest (June 11): C. Milton Wright softball coach Russell Kovach stepping down

C. Milton Wright softball coach Russell Kovach is stepping down after 10 seasons. Kovach, who led the No. 2 Mustangs (18-7) to their first state title since 2006 this season with a 6-1 victory over Huntingtown, said in an email that he has taken a job teaching biology in Wicomico County for the 2017-18 school year.

"The opportunity to coach such great teams and players plus work with such a professional and knowledgeable coaching staff will always be among my greatest honors and most cherished memories," Kovach said.


The 2016 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Coach of the Year, he finishes his Mustangs career with a 171-61 record.

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Maryland grad Warnquist wins state amateur golf title

Ben Warnquist won the first three holes of the morning round and defeated Bart Mease, 6 and 5, to capture his second Maryland State Golf Association Amateur championship in the past three years at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase. Warnquist, 24, a Maryland graduate, shot 1-under 69 in the morning round to be 4-up and was 4-over for the 13 holes in the afternoon. Mease, 40, working his way back into competitive golf after an extended absence, defeated 24-year-old Nick Barrett, a Carroll County Community College student who works at Turf Valley, 2 and 1, on Saturday.

College baseball: Maryland assistant Rob Vaughn is the leading candidate to replace John Szefc as head coach, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Washington Post. While Maryland has vowed to conduct a national search to replace Szefc, who left the program Friday to take over as head coach at Virginia Tech, it also has zeroed in on Vaughn as a viable replacement. Vaughn, 29, has interviewed with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, although it remains unclear how many other candidates Anderson might assess in the search. A decision likely will be made within the next week, according to a person with knowledge of the process.

—Roman Stubbs, The Washington Post

WNBA: Elena Delle Donne returned from a one-game absence to score 25 points and lead the Washington Mystics to an 88-70 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday. Delle Donne sat out the Mystics' game Friday with a groin injury when Washington suffered a 98-73 home loss to the Minnesota Lynx that ended a four-game winning streak. The victory left the Mystics (7-3) a half-game ahead of the New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference. Delle Donne was nine of 15 shooting, making four of six from 3-point range. Krystal Thomas had 14 points and 14 rebounds with Washington holding a 43-23 rebounding edge. Erica Wheeler, making her second start in place of injured Briann January (Achilles tendon strain), scored 15 points for the Fever (4-6). Indiana finished the third quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 13 but Washington rebuilt the margin in the fourth quarter.

Men's college soccer: UMBC announced the signing of five players to its incoming recruiting class, including three from Maryland. They are midfielders Alejandro Arbelaez (Archbishop Curley) and Matt Bailey (Sts. Peter and Paul), defender Dylan Poetzel (Archbishop Curley), forward Sam Solomon of Texarkana, Texas, and goalkeeper Jan Carlos Tofern of Hamburg, Germany.

Men's college rowing: Navy lightweight rower Noah Chaskin was named to the Maccabi USA open rowing team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, held July 4-18 in Israel.

Arena Football League: The Washington Valor (1-7) fell, 58-57, to the host Tampa Bay Storm (7-1) on Saturday night. With a 51-49 lead and 2:20 remaining in the game, Washington quarterback Sean Brackett was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in the game-tying safety. The Storm scored 35 seconds later on quarterback Randy Hippeard's sixth touchdown pass for a 58-51 lead. Brackett connected with wide receiver Greg Carr for an 11-yard score with nine seconds left to to make it 58-57, but Washington's 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful and Tampa Bay recovered the Valor's ensuing onside kick attempt.


Major League Lacrosse: Zedd Williams scored in overtime to send the Rochester Rattlers (4-3) to a 17-16 victory over the visiting Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-3) on Saturday night. Josh Byrne, selected in the third round out of Hofstra in the recent MLL college draft, led the Bayhawks with seven goals in his debut.