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Dulaney alum Busko wins age group in Ironman Mont-Tremblant

Billy Busko (men 50-54), who grew up in Towson, and his fiancee, Dr. Morgan Anderson (women 25-29), pose with their age group trophies at the Ironman Mont-Tremblant on Sunday in Quebec.
Billy Busko (men 50-54), who grew up in Towson, and his fiancee, Dr. Morgan Anderson (women 25-29), pose with their age group trophies at the Ironman Mont-Tremblant on Sunday in Quebec. (Lisa Busko Johnson)

Billy Busko, a 1982 graduate of Dulaney who was raised in Towson and lives in New York, won the 50-54 age group at the Ironman Mont-Tremblant on Sunday in Quebec and qualified for the seventh straight year for the Ironman World Championships. Busko, 51, finished the Quebec race, based in the Laurentian mountains, in 9 hours, 56 minutes, 57 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by 12 minutes in a field of 237 in his age group. He was 74th overall out of 2,352 athletes, including pros and amateurs. The age-group victory was Busko's second in an Ironman; he also won Ironman Canada in 2011 in Penticton, British Columbia. The world championships will be Oct. 10 in Kona Hawaii.

Colleges

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UMBC a co-favorite in America East men's soccer

The UMBC men's soccer team has been picked as the America East co-favorite, along with Hartford, in the preseason coaches poll. UMBC has won back-to-back America East regular season and tournament championships. The Retrievers and Hawks, who have played for the past two conference titles, each received four first-place votes and 46 total points in the poll.

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Women's soccer: Navy was picked to finish third and Loyola Maryland sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll. Navy senior defender Lexi Ricketts and sophomore midfielder Meghan Hegarty were selected to the All-Patriot League preseason team.

Women's basketball: Navy's Courtney Davidson, Becky Dowling and Jade Geif made the Patriot League Silver Anniversary Team.

Varsity girls lacrosse

Gehrdes resigns as coach at Annapolis

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David Gehrdes, who coached the Annapolis girls lacrosse team to three state championships in 23 seasons, has stepped away from the sideline. Gehrdes, who will remain athletic director, recently hired former player and volunteer assistant coach Traci (Phipps) Nelson as his successor. Nelson played for Gehrdes from 2000 to 2003 and started for four years at Randolph-Macon. Gehrdes led the Panthers to state titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999 and finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Annapolis won nine region titles during his tenure, and last year he earned his 300th career victory.

For more from the Baltimore Sun Media Group's Bob Hough on Gehrdes, go to baltimoresun/varsity.

Et cetera

Patel wins MSGA junior title on 2nd extra hole

Rij Patel of Hayfields Country Club, winner of an American Junior Golf Association event last week, made a 7-foot par putt on the second extra hole to win the 91st Junior championship of the Maryland State Golf Association, defeating Jordan Weitz of Lakewood CC at Northwest Golf Course in Silver Spring. The two had tied at 137 at the end of the two-day event, as Patel, 17, a McDonogh senior, had 68-69 compared with 67-70 for Weitz. Chris Lane of Congressional CC placed third with a 71-70—141.

Capitals: Forward Brooks Laich and two-time "Dancing With the Stars" champion Julianne Hough say they plan to get married. Laich and Hough both tweeted a link to a photo of the couple with the same message Tuesday: "We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiance #love."

Bass fishing: Attendance at The Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Chesapeake Bay last weekend in North East in Cecil County helped the Elite Series break its 2014 season attendance record with just seven of the nine events completed. Attendance is 142,000 this season compared with 128,600 last year.

Horse racing: A valet at Delaware Park in Wilmington was hospitalized when he was kicked in the chest by a horse in the paddock area. The valet was taken to Christiana Care Health System. The afternoon racing card was canceled as a result of the accident.

Girls lacrosse: Tryouts for Ravens Lacrosse Club 2020-2022 teams will be Sunday at Bryn Mawr. Tryouts for the 2019 team will be Sept. 12 at Bryn Mawr. Experienced field players and goalies graduating from high school 2019-2022 are eligible. Go to ravenslax.org for details and preregistration requirements.

National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn was voted the Player of the Week after scoring the winning goal in stoppage time in a 2-1 road victory Sunday night against the Chicago Red Stars.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United defender Chris Korb will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, an injury he suffered Thursday. In his fifth season out of Akron, Korb has two assists in 18 appearances (17 starts).

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League signed Camontae Griffin (St. Mary's College, Dunbar).

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