Digest: Record white catfish caught in southern Potomac River
From Sun staff and news services|
Jun 15, 2017 | 3:00 AM
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed a St. Mary's County man has set a new nontidal state fishing record for white catfish. Jacob Vosburgh, 20, of Lexington Park, caught the fish recorded at 8.27 pounds June 1 in the southern Potomac River. It was 23 inches long. The white catfish was recognized as a game fish a few years ago, but until now nobody had broken the seven-pound minimum weight to be eligible for state records. Vosburgh used bloodworms as bait and a Carolina sinking rig — designed for finding fish on the river bottom. "Even before we took it out of the water, just judging by the size of its head we knew it was state record," Vosburgh said.
Severn coach McNealey steps down for AD job at Calverton School
Severn boys lacrosse coach Jamie McNealey has stepped down to become the director of athletics at Calverton School in Huntingtown. McNealey, a 1987 Severn graduate, spent the past two seasons in his second stint as coach there. After inheriting a team that went 6-9 and 0-9 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in 2015, the Admirals went a combined 28-15 in McNealey's two seasons — including an MIAA A semifinals appearance in 2016. He previously coached at Severn from 1999 to 2003. "It was a gift to be able to come back for the two seasons, and everyone gave everything they had," McNealey said. "I had a phenomenal time with the kids. The program is alive and well, and the kids know everything is right in front of them." McNealey is looking forward to the new challenge at Calverton, a K-through-12 private college prep school. He said it gives him a chance to reach more student-athletes in various sports. Severn AD Julian Domenech praised McNealey's work at Severn. "We're thankful that somebody of his caliber took on the position and gave us two good years. He did a great job, and the kids really bought into his personality and enjoyed playing for him," he said. Domenech added that the search for McNealey's replacement has begun and anyone interested in the job can reach him at 410-647-7701, ext. 2284, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six more players with local ties selected in MLB draft
On the third day of the MLB draft, several players with local ties were selected. Maryland right-hander Jamal Wade (St. Paul's) was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 17th round; Harford Community College right-hander Will Reed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round; South Carolina Aiken left-hander Joseph Benitez (Archbishop Spalding) by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round; Maryland center fielder Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) by the Houston Astros in the 25th round; Old Mill shortstop Jeremy Arocho by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 27th round; and Maryland right-hander Ryan Selmer by the New York Mets in the 31st round.
Women's basketball: Former Maryland center Brionna Jones will play in Russia this offseason. Jones signed with Nadezhda Orenburg earlier this month. The team, located in Orenburg, went 21-6 last year in the Russian Premier League. Jones was the eighth overall pick in this year's WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. She is averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
NBA: Former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez, an NBA free agent, expressed interest Wednesday in joining the Washington Wizards. "That's the plan, that's the plan," Vasquez said on 105.7 The Fan. "Hopefully they're interested, obviously they want to see me healthy. … I'm still in the process of rehabbing, but that would be a great thing for my career, just play the next three or four years in D.C. and help that team, because I know I can help any team, but D.C. is a special city for me. I could go back to a city that's done so much for me in my college career, so we'll see what happens." The 6-foot-6 Vasquez, who played for six teams over seven seasons since being selected by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, was released by the Brooklyn Nets in November after it was determined he would require a second surgery to repair an injured ankle that limited him to 23 games the season before. Vasquez has been with family and rehabilitating in his native Venezuela, but plans to return to the United States when NBA free agency begins July 1.
NHL: The Washington Capitals acquired center Tyler Graovac from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft. Graovac, 24, had seven goals and two assists in 52 games with the Wild last season. The deal gives Washington a second forward under contract for next season to satisfy the minimum exposure requirements for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft. Because they have Graovac, the Capitals can protect center Lars Eller.
NFL: The Washington Redskins restructured the contract of their longest-tenured player, defensive back DeAngelo Hall. Hall said he agreed to a pay cut in the hopes of remaining on the roster after missing most of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Hall, who has been in Washington since 2008, was set to count more than $5 million against the salary cap. ... The Denver Broncos signed free-agent cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, a former Raven, after waiving cornerback Taurean Nixon. Lewis-Harris, 28, is a sixth-year player who spent four full seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before splitting time last season between the Bengals and Ravens.