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Arundel High grad John Smallwood wins Lacy-Smith Award posthumously | DIGEST

John Smallwood, an Arundel High graduate whose distinguished career as a reporter and sports columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer spanned three decades, has posthumously been named the winner of the 2021 Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award.

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism announced Smallwood’s selection Tuesday.

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Established in 2015, the Lacy-Smith Award is presented annually to a sports journalist or broadcaster who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports. Past winners are Claire Smith (2015), James Brown (2016), William Rhoden (2017), Michael Wilbon (2018) and Bob Costas (2019).

“John would be so grateful and honored to be the recipient of this year’s Lacy-Smith Award,” said Yvette Smallwood, John’s widow. “Thank you for recognizing John and the career that he loved so much.”

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Smallwood, a 1987 graduate of the University of Maryland, died following a long illness in December. The Povich Center will present the award to Smallwood’s family during a virtual ceremony April 27.

“John was a trailblazer not only for writers who have been unjustly denied a chance to do the job but for everybody whose voices had been silenced or suppressed and their stories untold,” said fellow Merrill College alumnus David Steele, a member of the Povich Center Advisory Board who was part of the Lacy-Smith Award selection committee. “He built the foundation for his career here at Maryland, but this program is also better off for him being here, and we’re proud to honor that with this award.”

Smallwood joined the Daily News in 1994, serving as the newspaper’s beat writer assigned to Villanova University’s men’s basketball team. He was promoted to columnist in 1995 and wrote for the Daily News and Inquirer. He covered the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the Philadelphia 76ers’ run to the 2001 NBA Finals and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory in 2018.

Before joining the Daily News, Smallwood covered sports for the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York) and The Roanoke Times in Virginia.

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Baseball: Former Orioles closer Gregg Olson, 54, announced on Twitter that he has prostate cancer and plans to have surgery in three weeks. Olson recorded 217 saves during a 14-year major league career, including 160 in his first six years with the Orioles.

U.S. lacrosse: Steve Stenersen, chief executive officer of US Lacrosse since the group’s formation in 1998, announced Monday afternoon his decision to retire by the end of 2021.

Since being named executive director of The Lacrosse Foundation in 1984, Stenersen has been instrumental in creating a national structure for the sport, which resulted in the merger of eight national organizations to form US Lacrosse.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to steward US Lacrosse from its infancy to the extraordinary position the organization occupies today,” Stenersen said in a statement distributed by the organization. “I’m enormously proud of what has been accomplished to date and will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with such talented and passionate co-workers and volunteers throughout the United States in service to the sport we love. My pride for US Lacrosse is matched only by my excitement about what I know will be a rewarding journey of continued success.”

Stenersen, a Baltimore native who graduated from St. Paul’s and helped North Carolina win two NCAA Division I lacrosse championships, served from 2006-14 as a board member and chairman for The Baltimore Station, a residential addiction recovery center for homeless veterans. He also was a member of the board of trustees for St. Paul’s from 2012-2019 and the board of directors for the Association of Chief Executives for Sport from 2012-18. He has been a member of the Tewaaraton Foundation’s board of directors since 2011.

— Edward Lee

Men’s college basketball: Morgan State’s Troy Baxter has been selected to participate in the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, scheduled for Friday-Sunday at The Pavilion in Indianapolis. Sixty-four players, who have elected to begin their professional careers, will represent all 32 Division I conferences and compete for their share of $150,000 by teaming up with other aspiring pro prospects from around the country.

Men’s college soccer: UMBC freshman forward Spencer Hanks (Arundel) was named America East Conference Rookie of the Week. Hanks scored a pair of second-half goals as UMBC rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Stony Brook, 2-1 on March 26. The goals were the first of his collegiate career.

>>Loyola Maryland freshman forward Loc San honored as the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. San was the hero in Loyola’s 2-1 victory over defending conference champions Lehigh on Saturday, as he provided the game-winning goal 2:28 into double overtime.

>>Junior Tyler Collins (Mount Saint Joseph) was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after helping Navy post its first shutout of the season as the Midshipmen earned a 1-0 home win over Bucknell.

Women’s college lacrosse: Mount St. Mary’s senior attacker Jordan Butler (John Carroll) was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week, while senior goalkeeper Jenna Oler (Wilde Lake) was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week.

Butler scored seven goals and tallied one assist against Wagner and Bryant last week. Oler stopped 14 shots and allowed only six goals to help the Mountaineers secure first place in the NEC.

>>Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Wingate (Northeast) was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week after making eight saves en route to posting her first career shutout in the Shorewomen’s 17-0 win at McDaniel on Saturday.

Men’s college lacrosse: First-year starter Spencer Rees (Boys’ Latin) was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week following a career-best 17-save performance in Navy’s 13-10 victory over Bucknell on Sunday afternoon.

>>Salisbury swept the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference weekly awards for the first time this season with senior Jarrett Bromwell and graduate student Kevin Murphy picking up C2C Player of the Week laurels on Monday.

College volleyball: Coppin State had three players receive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference weekly honors with Miajavon Colema earning Co-Player of the Week accolades. Chudear Tut was named Rookie of the Week while Ashley Roman took home Defensive Specialist of the Week.

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