Digest (Nov. 7): Expanded Lefty Kreh's Tie Fest will be held Feb. 24-25 in Annapolis


Blane Choklett and Pat Cohen will be among the workshop presenters at the 18th annual Lefty Kreh's Tie Fest on Feb. 24-25 on three floors of the Lowes Annapolis Hotel at 126 West St. in Annapolis.


Admission will be $10 for each of the two days or $15 for both days of the expanded event. Anglers 16 and younger and active military personnel will be admitted free.

Choklett, a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, will demonstrate the gummy minnow and the game changer, an articulated fly he created. Cohen, a New Yorker, is a member of the pro staff for 10 fishing companies, including EP Flies and Partridge of Redditch Hooks.


Other fly tiers attending include Steve Silverio, Brad Buzzi, Bob Popovics and Richard Stolis. Jerry Kustich, co-founder of Sweetgrass Rods, will discuss bamboo rods.

Bob Clouser will run fly-casting demonstrations, and attendees will be able to test several fly rods provided by event vendors.

Some workshops carry an extra fee.

Among the no-charge seminars will be ones by Joe Bruce on snakeheads and Kevin Josenhans and Chris Karwacki on fishing Tangier Sound.

Tie Fest will include displays from fly shops in the Chesapeake Bay area, local fishing guides and angling organizations. Attendees will be able to purchase supplies and discuss fishing strategies with these vendors.

Tickets will be sold at the door. For further information contact event director Tony Friedrich at


Injured Navy QB Abey sits out, might practice today


Navy's starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Southern Methodist remains in question as season-long starter Zach Abey is still nursing a shoulder injury. Abey hurt his left (nonthrowing) shoulder midway through the fourth quarter of Thursday night's loss to Temple. The Archbishop Spalding alumnus was exposed while throwing a pass and absorbed a hard hit from linebacker Shaun Bradley. Abey was dressed for practice, but did not take live repetitions on Monday. Coach Ken Niumatalolo indicated that was for precautionary reasons. "We want to give Zach another day to rest. We're thinking that he'll be able to go tomorrow," Niumatalolo said of Abey, who has started 11 straight games dating to last season. If Abey's shoulder injury does not heal sufficiently enough over the course of the week, backup Garret Lewis would presumably elevate to the top of the depth chart. Lewis played the last quarter and a half against Central Florida after Abey suffered a concussion and directed Navy's last two possessions at Temple after the starter was again sidelined.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Field hockey: Maryland (13-6) earned its 29th NCAA tournament bid Sunday night. The Terps will take on Wake Forest (12-7) in the first round Saturday at 2 p.m. in Durham, N.C. Duke (16-3), the No. 2 overall seed, will play Stanford (13-7) or Miami (Ohio) (11-8) after those two teams compete in a play-in game Wednesday. The Duke matchup will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The winners of Saturday's first-round games will play Sunday afternoon in the NCAA quarterfinals.

More field hockey: Salisbury received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III championship Sunday night. The Sea Gulls (12-4) will travel to Grantham, Pa., for a regional hosted by Messiah and take on either Trinity (Conn.) College or Gwynedd Mercy in the second round Saturday at 2 p.m.; those teams will meet in the first round Wednesday. Saturday's winners will play on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women's volleyball: Stevenson has been selected as one of eight regional hosts in the NCAA Division III tournament and will host the eight-team Owings Mills Regional beginning Friday. The Mustangs (32-1) are making their seventh straight tournament appearance after winning their sixth straight MAC Commonwealth championship Saturday. Stevenson will face Hunter (27-4) on Friday at 8 p.m. Other first-round matchups include Johns Hopkins (24-3) against Kean (28-10) at 5:30 p.m.

Men's soccer: Loyola Maryland's Barry Sharifi, Chase Vosvick of Phoenix in Baltimore County and Steve Nichols earned major year-end awards from the Patriot League. Sharifi was voted the Midfield Player of the Year, Vosvick earned Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year and Nichols was named Coach of the Year for a second straight season. Junior midfielder Gabriel Carlsson, junior defender A. Mickey Watson and sophomore forward Brian Saramago joined Sharifi and Vosvick on the All-Patriot first team; sophomore defender Sam Carter and sophomore forward Josh Fawole (Long Reach) made the second team.Loyola will host the Patriot League tournament Friday and Sunday. ... Johns Hopkins (14-1-3), ranked No. 24 in Division III, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and will face DeSales in the first round at Rowan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


Women's soccer: Johns Hopkins (15-2-3) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will host a regional this weekend. The Blue Jays, ranked 10th nationally, will face Staten Island (13-5-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by Connecticut College (12-3-1) against Wilkes (13-3-3) at 1:30 p.m. The winners will play Sunday. ... McDaniel (12-5-2) earned an at-large bid into the tournament and will face Lynchburg (18-3) in the first round in Virginia Beach, Va.

Men's basketball: Maryland's game Nov. 18 at home against Bucknell will tip at 8:30 p.m. and be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Wrestling: Johns Hopkins junior Ricky Cavallo was named the Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Week.

Et cetera

Santana, Thomas back with Blast; record at Rosecroft

The Blast, who start their season Friday with a 7:35 p.m. game against the Cedar Rapids Rampage at SECU Arena in Towson, re-signed defenders Nelson Santana and Jamie Thomas on Monday. Santana is entering his second season with the Blast. He appeared in 19 games last year, totaling four goals, three assists and 11 blocks. Thomas, also entering his second season, appeared in 17 games with two goals, three assists and 10 blocks.


Harness racing: Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old gelding trained by Rene Allard and driven by Daniel Dube, set a Rosecroft Raceway record Sunday night in Fort Washington while winning the second running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace in 1 minute, 47.3 seconds.