John R. Parker, ex-star lacrosse goalie at Washington College, dies

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Parker, ex-star lacrosse goalie and noted school supporter, dies

Washington College alumnus John R. Parker, a writer, storyteller and former advertising executive who retired to Chestertown so he could spend more time cheering on the Shoremen, died Saturday at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. Parker was a part of coach Charley Clark's finest team. In 1954, the Shoremen shared the national championship with Syracuse University in the Laurie Cox Division and were ranked fifth among all colleges in the nation. The former lacrosse goalie racked up a record 47 saves against Navy, a school record that still stands. In 1954 and 1955, he was an honorable mention All-America goalie. After graduation in 1955, Parker was a member of the Washington press corps for nearly 10 years. He left journalism to join the advertising division of Reader's Digest and, later, the New York Daily News, both in promotional executive positions. He then became advertising director of 50 Plus Magazine. Parker published five books: "Burp: A Journal about Food and How to Enjoy It"; "No Butts About It: How to Want to Stop Smoking"; "How to Sink a Sub: A Substitute Teacher's Rather Strange Appraisal of the American Educational System"; "The Kennedys Are Driving Him Crazy"; and "News Media: The Weak Slat Under the Bed of Democracy." In 1992, Parker and his wife, Marcy, moved to Chestertown, where they opened The Parker House, a bed-and-breakfast three blocks from campus. Over the years, the Parkers served as Washington College's unofficial ambassadors, hosting an array of campus visitors, prospective students, alumni, board members and parents. Mary Lee Lincoln McIntyreServices have been scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at Chestertown Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow the service.

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Towson's Banjo, Mangione named to NSCAA third team

Senior midfielder Marco Mangione and freshman forward Olakunle Banjo of the Towson men's soccer team have been named third-team selections on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Performance Subaru All-South Atlantic Region team, NSCAA officials announced. "It is fantastic recognition for both Marco and Olakunle," Towson coach Frank Olszewski said. "As the seventh-highest goal scoring team in the country, these two players were a big part of that accomplishment. I am certain that Marco has a future in the game like so many former Tigers, and we look forward to Olakunle returning while taking another step in his development to lead a potent attack in 2011."

More Men's college soccer: Loyola forward Phil Bannister has been selected to the Lowe's Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) All-America second team.

Bowie State: Basketball players Brittney Jackson and Eric Vann are finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. In addition to an online fan vote, voting by coaches and media will determine the winners, who will be announced March 3.

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