West selected to FCS All-America first team
Towson tailback Terrance West (Northwestern) is the only freshman named to The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America first team, The Sports Network has announced. A first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and second-team Associated Press All-American, West was named the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year last month. He is one of the leading candidates for the Jerry Rice Award, which will be presented to the top freshman in NCAA FCS by The Sports Network/Fathead.com on Jan. 6. A first-year freshman, West ran for 1,294 yards in 11 games and scored an FCS-best 29 touchdowns to help the Tigers to a 9-3 record and the CAA championship this season. The Tigers, who had a 1-10 record in 2010, were the most improved Division I team in the nation and earned their first-ever FCS playoff berth.
Bayhawks owner Kelly steps down as coach
The Bayhawks announced Monday that owner Brendan Kelly has retired as coach of the of Major League Lacrosse team after compiling a 10-8 record in two seasons and winning the 2010 league championship. "The Bayhawks have a very promising 2012 season coming up, and I know that it is my time to retire and let the next coach lead them there," Kelly said. "I will still be very involved in the organization as the owner. I plan to spend more time with the fans and sponsors and revamp our tailgates, which is something I have always wanted to be more involved in." The Bayhawks expect to name a new coach early next year; the season opener is April28 at the Long Island Lizards.
Hutsell named PGA Professional Player of Year
David Hutsell, PGA director of instruction at The Elkridge Club, has earned the PGA Professional Player of the Year award. Hutsell will be honored Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla., during the PGA of America Awards program. The final Player of the Year standings were determined based on a point system involving both national and PGA Section competitions from Jan. 1 through Dec. 15. Hutsell earned 1,230 overall points, including 500 for winning the national championship, 300 for Section Player of the Year and 180 through the PGA Tournament Series, where he won one event and finished fifth on the money list.
Senior Akeem Ellis scored a career-high 29 points, but the host Charlotte men's basketball team used a big run midway through the second half to pull away and defeat Coppin State, 74-63, on Monday. After a layup by Ellis cut the Charlotte lead to 44-41 with 10:42 to play in the game, the 49ers responded with a 15-2 run that stretched the lead to 59-43 with 6:26 remaining.
More men's college basketball: Stevenson senior Greg Collins (Western Tech) had 23 points and 11 rebounds, but Westfield State (7-3) held off a late rally by the Mustangs (2-7) for a 73-67 victory in the Daytona Beach Shootout. … St. Mary's (8-3) squandered a 20-point second-half lead and dropped a 63-61 nonconference decision to No. 19 Wooster (6-2) in the Seahawks' final game at the Puerto Rico Division III Classic in San Juan. … UMBC sophomore forward Chase Plummer was chosen as the America East Conference Player of the Week. … Coppin State senior guard Tony Gallo was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week, while freshman guard Taariq Cephas earned Rookie of the Week honors. … Morgan State senior forward Kevin Thompson (Walbrook) was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week. … York senior forward Paul Kouvaris (Cardinal Gibbons) was selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. … Goucher senior forward Marcus Cotton was honored as the PrestoSports/Pride of Maryland Player of the Week.
Women's college basketball: Arkansas (9-1) scored a season-high 81 points and grabbed a season-best 64 rebounds, with four players scoring in double figures, in an 81-50 win over Morgan State (2-6). The Razorbacks held the Bears to 23.4 percent shooting from the field. … Indiana (Pa.) outscored visiting Bowie State 42-15 in the second half, routing the Bulldogs, 82-39. Bowie State (0-8), with only seven active players against the Crimson Hawks (10-0), was led by senior Kimberly Jones with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds. … Visiting Frostburg State (2-8) endured a few extended scoring droughts on its way to dropping a nonconference matchup, 70-54, at Montclair State (6-4). … Washington College sophomore forward-center Latisha Pledger was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week.
Pro basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (0-3) remain in search of the first win in franchise history after falling at the Destroyers, 121-113, in Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League action in Wilmington, Del., on Sunday. Terry Hosley led the Shuckers (0-3) with 42 points, and Kevin Green (23), Derek Savage (19) and Mike McKenzie (12) also finished in double digits. The Shuckers next play Jan. 7 when they host the Manhattan Pride at 7 p.m. at Annapolis Area Christian School.
Women's college lacrosse: Johns Hopkins announced its 2012 schedule, which features games against defending national champion Northwestern (April 15) and eight teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Preseason Top 20. Other highlights include: the season opener at George Mason (Feb.18); the home opener against Denver (Feb.24); a visit from Loyola (Feb.29), Johns Hopkins' first game against the Greyhounds since 1982; and home games against Towson (March 7), Virginia (April 11) and UMBC (April 25).
Minor league baseball: The Washington Nationals, the parent club of the Hagerstown Suns, announced that Brian Daubach will return for his second season as Suns manager and will be joined by new pitching coach Franklin Bravo and new hitting coach Mark Harris.
Capitals: Tonight the team will honor assistant captain Mike Knuble, who is scheduled to play in his 1,000th NHL game against the Nashville Predators at Verizon Center, with a pregame ceremony set to begin at 7 p.m. All Capitals players will wear commemorative "Knuble" jerseys during the pregame warm-up, featuring number "22" on the back. These MeiGray authenticated jerseys will be auctioned off during the game at the MeiGray auction table on the concourse outside Section 109. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive commemorative buttons honoring Knuble, set to become the 269th player in league history to reach the milestone.
—From Sun staff and news services