Jennings to play in Under Armour All-America Game
Gilman quarterback Darius Jennings will be the only Baltimore athlete to play in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game. The highly recruited senior is one of just two Maryland players to be named an Under Armour All-American and be invited to play in the game Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. DeMatha lineman Cyrus Kouandijo was also invited. The game will be telecast live on ESPN at 7 p.m. Jennings, an All-Metro first-team selection last season, has amassed 1,733 yards of offense this season. He has rushed 148 times for 1,395 yards and 17 touchdowns and is 20-for-40 passing for 305 yards and one touchdown. In addition, he has returned five kickoffs for 220 yards and two touchdowns. As a cornerback, he has 20 tackles, seven pass break-ups and one forced fumble. Jennings said he would make his college choice after the No. 3 Greyhounds' season ends — and it ends Saturday, when they host the 95th meeting with No. 9 McDonogh at 2:30 p.m. He is still considering offers from Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Boston College, Connecticut, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and UCLA.
Ex-Salisbury star Hudson signs with IFL's Blizzard
The Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League has announced the signing of former Salisbury All-American Brandon Hudson. The Delmar native was named a D3football.com first-team All-American and first-team All-South All-Region representative in 2009. Hudson has spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach for the Sea Gulls, primarily working with the cornerbacks. Hudson played just one season with Salisbury, but he made a huge impact, posting a school-record nine interceptions in 2009. The nine picks broke the mark held by Byron Westbrook, now a Washington Redskin, who intercepted eight passes in 2004. Hudson also recorded 51 tackles, fifth best on the team in 2009. He broke up a team-high 10 passes while forcing a fumble and recovering one. The Blizzard is the reigning Central North Division champion of the IFL, and its season will consist of a full 14-game schedule. The team is set to begin its season on the road March 5 with a game against the Bloomington Extremes.
Women's college soccer: Maryland women's soccer coach Brian Pensky was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Coach of the Year as selected by a vote of the league's 11 coaches. The Terps hold a 15-2-1 overall record for a .861 winning percentage, which is the highest in school history. Pensky also led his team to a 7-2-1 conference mark with the seven ACC wins nearly doubling the previous school record of four. Also, junior forward Jasmyne Spencer earned first-team All-ACC honors for the second consecutive year. Spencer leads the Terps with 23 points on nine goals and five assists … Navy senior Carissa Youker (Winston Churchill) and freshman Paloma Perez were named to the All-Patriot League second team. Youker has now been named to the second team in each of the past three seasons and becomes the 12th Midshipman to earn at least three all-league accolades.
Men's college soccer: Navy freshman goalkeeper Aaron Dupere was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Dupere posted his sixth shutout of the season, drawing even with league leader Colgate after two overtimes. … The Salisbury men's soccer team remained at No. 25 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/HendrickCars.com Top 25 poll. The Sea Gulls also held steady at No. 4 in the South Atlantic regional rankings. The Sea Gulls received a first-round bye for the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, and they will open their postseason action in the CAC semifinals when they host Stevenson on Wednesday. The Sea Gulls are look for the program's fourth straight and 10th overall NCAA tournament appearance.
College football: Wesley's Chris Mayes (Westlake) was named the ECAC Division III South Defensive Player of the Week after the Wolverines' 17-14 win at Salisbury. He also was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
College swimming: After wins over America East foe Boston on Saturday, the UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams were rewarded with three out of the four conference weekly awards. Junior Ashley Sippel (Thomas Wootton) and sophomore transfer Pierre De Waal were named America East Female and Male Swimmer of the Week, respectively, while sophomore Andrew Eckhoff was named the conference Male Diver of the Week. … For the second time in three weeks, Loyola sophomore Brennan Morris was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week.
College basketball: The Baltimore City Community College men's and women's basketball teams open the 2010-11 season this week. The men begin play Friday at 6 p.m. when they take on Genesee Community College in the Community College of Beaver County Tournament in Monaca, Pa. The women open their season on Wednesday at CCBC-Dundalk in a 6 p.m. matchup.
Water polo: Fifteenth-ranked Navy will serve as the host and top seed of this weekend's CWPA?Southern Division tournament beginning Friday at 8 p.m. The first game for the Midshipmen (21-5 overall) will be Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of Washington & Jefferson and Penn State-Behrend.
Major League Soccer: The league again earned mostly high marks for its racial and gender hiring, receiving its fourth consecutive A for racial hiring from the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. MLS also maintained its B-minus for gender hiring practices.
—From Sun staff and news services