Digest: Del. St. QB Elko is MEAC's Offensive Player of the Year

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Del. St. QB Elko is MEAC's best offensive player

Delaware State senior quarterback Nick Elko (Arundel) was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and made the All-MEAC first team. He completed 259 passes on 412 attempts with 15 touchdowns. The second team included Morgan State senior running back Travis Davidson, Morgan State junior defensive back Joe Rankin, Morgan State freshman linebacker Elandon Roberts and North Carolina Central senior defensive lineman Xavier Proctor (Mount Hebron).

Navy: Senior safety Tra'ves Bush will wear a special patch for this year's Army-Navy game and in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in memory of Lt. Charles Silva. Silva was a 77-year-old Vietnam veteran who was beaten and killed by three youths in Chesapeake, Va., this fall According to the Hampton Pilot, Silva was attacked Sept. 27 of this year after telling three young men they were trespassing and that they could not ride their all-terrain vehicles on the property. He died Oct. 23. Former Navy defensive lineman Chris Reaghard (Class of 1995) was a friend of the family and reached out to see whether anybody would be willing to wear Silva's patch as a tribute and Bush quickly accepted. Silva played football at Brown and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War. Bush will be wearing Silva's F-8 Crusaders patch, which was Silva's favorite, according to his son Ken.

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Figure skater Doherty to compete in U.S. nationals in January

Brenna Doherty, 18, of Columbia qualified with partner Craig Norris, 22, of Oakland, Calif., at the recent U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Sectional Championships in Hyannis, Mass., for the junior pairs event to take place at the U.S. nationals Jan.19-27 in Omaha, Neb. Doherty, a 2012 Oakland Mills graduate, is now an honors student taking online classes at Howard Community College. She and Norris train with former Olympic pairs team Jenni Meno and Todd Sands in Aliso Viejo, Calif.. Doherty formerly trained at the Columbia Ice Rink and at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, and she represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.

Women's college volleyball: UMES (28-5) will play at fourth-seeded Nebraska (23-6) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday at 8 p.m. The Hawks earned the berth by beating Florida A&M; to win the MEAC tournament. UMES competed in its first NCAA tournament last season, losing to ninth-seeded UCLA, the eventual national champion, in Los Angeles. ... UMBC junior setter Mallory McIntyre was selected as the America East Co-Setter of the Year. She earned a spot on the All-Conference first team. Freshmen Krystal Mlemchukwu (Western Tech) and Sherelle Walker made the second team and rookie squad; senior Ali Loynachan was named to the second team.

Men's college basketball: St. Mary's, ranked 19th in Division III, earned a 78-70 victory over Saint Vincent (3-2) in the championship game of the Carnegie Mellon Tournament in Pittsburgh. Devin Spencer (Towson Catholic) led the Seahawks (3-1) with 17 points; Donn Hill (Bel Air) had 14points and 10 rebounds. ... Navy sophomore guard Brandon Venturini was named to the South Padre Island Invitational all-tournament team.

Baseball: The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. The speaker will be Bill Blewett, who will discuss his book "The Science of the Fastball." For information, call 410-740-1145.


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