Ex-Terp Darryl Hill starts Kids Play USA
Darryl Hill, who in 1963 became the first black football player at Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference, this week announced the formation of his nonprofit organization, Kids Play USA, which aims to eliminate economic discrimination in youth sports so that all children have an opportunity to play for any organized youth or school team. Kids Play USA looks to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of youth sports, and to make them more affordable and accessible to children of the less fortunate. The foundation's efforts will focus on working with organizations and schools to make participation in sports available and affordable for all children, ensure that all have equal access to proper equipment, and help children attend practice and sporting events by providing funding for transportation and travel. "Many American families cannot afford the cost to participate in youth sports," said Hill, who also played at Navy. "As a result, a significant amount of children are not engaged in athletics and are often idle and alone. Spirit cannot become the purview of the rich and privileged. No child should be left on the sidelines." For more information, go to kidsplayusafoundation.org.
UNC gets Lyons, nation's third freshman recruit
Freshman defenseman Patrick Lyons of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., has committed orally to play lacrosse at North Carolina, according to Inside Lacrosse, becoming the third player to commit to a college before beginning his high school career. Last month, Lyons was a member of the Mesa Fresh 2016 team that went 3-0 in the Greene Turtle 2016 Invitational at McDonogh. Lyons joins attackman Forry Smith of Haverford School in Havertown, Pa., and long-stick midfielder/defenseman Jack Reilly of Conestoga High in Berwyn, Pa., as members of the Class of 2016 who have made oral commitments. Smith committed to Johns Hopkins, and Reilly picked Virginia. Lyons is also a member of Duke's Lacrosse Club and Triple H Lacrosse. With Duke's he won the team championship at the Lax-O-Lantern seven-on-seven tournament in late October.
More men: Maryland has released its 2013 men's schedule, which features eight games against teams that made the 2012 NCAA tournament and seven home games. The Terps are coming off a 12-6 season in which they lost to Loyola, 9-3, in the championship game. After two preseason scrimmages, the 2013 schedule begins with a Tuesday evening home game vs. Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 12. Maryland then makes its first-ever trip to Hartford on Feb. 16 before traveling to Baltimore to take on Loyola on Feb. 23. ... Inside Lacrosse unveiled its Colonial Athletic Association preseason coaches' poll as part of its Face-Off Yearbook, and Towson was picked to finish sixth, ahead of only Saint Joseph's. Massachusetts, which went 15-0 in the regular season in 2012, was selected to finish first, followed by Penn State and Drexel. Junior defenseman John Fennessy was the only Tiger chosen to the Preseason All-CAA team.
Women: Three area players — Kathryn Milwicz (Fallston), Madalynn Philhower (Northeast) and Casey Thate (South River) — have signed to play for Liberty starting in the 2014 season.
Terps add junior college WR Long, OL Altamirano
Record-breaking wide receiver Deon Long and offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano have signed letters of intent to play football at Maryland, coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday. Long, a Washington native and Dunbar High graduate, was the National Junior College Athletic Association's top-ranked receiver in catches (100), yards (1,625) and touchdowns (25). A first-team All-American, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore led Iowa Western Community College to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. Long spent his freshman year at New Mexico, catching 47 passes for a team-high 809 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He played for current Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who then served as the Lobos' head coach. Altamirano, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound linemen, spent two seasons at San Diego Mesa College, earning first-team All-Southern California Football Association honors this fall. Long and Altamirano will both enroll at Maryland next month and participate in spring practice. Both players will have two years of eligibility remaining.
More colleges: On the strength of a national championship in women's cross country and appearances in NCAA championship competition by four other teams (football, women's soccer, men's cross country and volleyball), Johns Hopkins ranks third in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the fall. The Blue Jays have 305 points; Calvin (Mich.) leads with 308.5 and Middlebury (Vt.) is second with 306.5. The third-place showing at the end of the fall is the highest in Johns Hopkins history.
Minor league baseball: The independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs named Patrick Day general manager, replacing Joel Seiden, who transitions into a business development leadership role. Day, 37, spent the past six seasons as GM of the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United re-signed veteran defender Robbie Russell, who made 19 appearances (16 starts) and scored a goal during the 2012 season, his first season with United.
From Sun staff and news services. Jon Fogg and Inside Lacrosse contributed to the lacrosse items.