Liberty's Thompson to compete in elite softball event

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Liberty's Thompson to compete in showcase

Mackenzie Thompson (Liberty) was selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C., on Sept. 3 and 4. Thompson plays summer ball for Maryland Magic Elite, based in Glen Burnie. Its sister showcase, the Queen of Diamonds North, in its 18th season, is the largest showcase in the nation. Both events have more than 2,000 applicants, from which 264 are selected. Players apply to the events individually and are selected based on many criteria ranging from ability, potential, academics, grad year, coaches' requests and referrals.


iHoops Skills Challenge comes to Baltimore today

The iHoops Skills Challenge will begin today at the Rotunda, lower lot, at 711 W. 40th St. Boys and girls showcase dribbling, passing and shooting proficiency in a timed halfcourt obstacle course, competing in three age groups: 8-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Participants can sign up on-site today. The finals will be held Sunday. Winners at each stop will be designated as that city's iHoops Skills Challenge Champion, receive prizes, and be recognized on

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Pine Ridge hosting charity longest-drive contest today

The Baltimore Classic Five will be hosting the "High Heels for Hope" longest-drive contest at the driving range at Pine Ridge Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. today. Participants must wear high-heeled shoes while teeing off. There is a men's division and women's division, and prizes will be awarded to the winners in each division Entry fees are one ball for $5 or five balls for $20. All proceeds benefit the House Of Ruth Maryland. There is no pre-registration, and contestants can arrive between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to participate

Honors: Both the St. Mary's men's and women's swimming teams were selected by College Swimming Coaches Association of America as Scholar All-America Teams. It was the sixth time in 13 years for the men and the 14th in a row for the women. … Four UMBC tennis players were named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes: Recent graduate Emily Mannix, rising junior Julia Gregara-Cano and rising sophomore Kim Berghaus represented the women, while recent graduate Shane Yap earned the honor on the men's side.

College football: Wesley defensive end Chris Mayes (Westlake) was selected to the Preseason All-America first team.

College baseball: The Anne Arundel Community College team is hosting tryouts at 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays from Aug. 15-Sept. 3 at the Skip Brown baseball field on the Arnold campus. Sign up with coach Dave Fletcher at 410-960-6016 or Forms are available at

Cheerleading: Tryouts for the Maryland Marlins All-Stars will be held Aug. 11 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eleven teams are available of different ages and skill levels. For more information, email, go to or call 410-796-2244.

Harness racing: At Ocean Downs on Thursday, Jonathan Roberts rode Rhea Nourrir to a first-place finish in the second leg, first division, of the Ed Long Memorial Pacing Series, a $7,000 purse race. Roberts secured his second victory with Badlands Style in the second division. Ocean Downs begins the second of the season with Sunday and Monday's race cards scheduled for 7 p.m. post times.

Local golf: Andrea Kraus of Hayfields Country Club included two birdies in a 3-over-par round of 76 and won her seventh Greiner Titleholders Cup by two shots at Hillendale Country Club. Deborah Bosdosh of Holly Hills Country Club was second at 78, followed by former winner Katie Wille of Maryland Golf & Country Club, who finished at 81 in the annual event sponsored and conducted by the Women's Golf Association.

—From Sun staff and news services

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