4 local girls selected as U.S. junior national hoops All-Stars


Four local girls selected as U.S. junior national All-Stars

Four local girls basketball players were selected for the All-Star team at the United States Junior Nationals/Nike under-17 national championships last week. Rising seniors Cydni Cole (Indian Creek) and Qierra Murray (Milford Mill), who both played for the Maryland Pride in the tournament, were picked from Pool B. Annapolis Area Christian rising junior Taylor Murray, who played for the Philly Belles, made the squad from Pool P, and St. Vincent Pallotti rising senior Io Chaney was chosen from Pool Y.

College women: Anne Arundel Community College has named Lionel Makell of Shadyside as coach. Makell, who was named the school's Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 1983 and 1984 and selected as an All-Star when he played for AACC, has been coaching at Southern, where he also is a long-term substitute teacher for special education. Makell served as Southern's softball coach in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and has been an assistant women's varsity basketball coach and assistant football coach since August 2009. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1988 from Salisbury, where he was a member of the 1986 national runner-up football team.

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Maryland creates sports journalism equality award

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism announced Tuesday the creation of the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award, which will be presented annually in conjunction with the Shirley Povich Symposium to a sports journalist or broadcaster who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports. "All someone has to do to see how important Pittsburgh Courier sportswriter Wendell Smith was to Jackie Robinson integrating major league baseball is to see the movie '42,'" Povich Center director George Solomon said. "And Baltimore Afro-American columnist Sam Lacy was just as important. Both men worked tirelessly over the years — writing, lobbying and cajoling MLB's owners, many of them resistant, into trying to see the importance of integration to the future of not only the sport of baseball, but to the country." The winner will be chosen by a committee made up of Solomon; Kevin Blackistone (Merrill College visiting professor and commentator on ESPN's "Around the Horn"), Mary Byrne (USA Today sports managing editor), Garry Howard (editor of Sporting News), Diana Huffman (Baltimore Sun distinguished lecturer at the Merrill College), Greg Lee (sports editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel and president of the National Association of Black Journalists) and former Washington Redskins tight end Rick "Doc" Walker (commentator on ESPN 980 and Comcast SportsNet).

Women's college lacrosse: Division II Saint Anselm in Manchester, N.H., announced that Andrea Cofrin (Frostburg State) has been hired as coach. Cofrin has 10 years of college coaching experience in divisions I, II and III, including eight as a head coach. She most recently led Siena for five seasons.

US Lacrosse: Bay Area Lacrosse Club of Severna Park and the Towson Recreation Council are among 14 lacrosse organizations nationwide being given grants by US Lacrosse to subsidize the cost of acquiring automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The grants, which total nearly $5,000, are made available through US Lacrosse's partnership with Cardiac Science, a manufacturer of AEDs and other cardiology products and services. "The goal of US Lacrosse is to provide the safest possible environment for all participants, and having an AED unit on the sidelines or at a venue is certainly among the highest priorities," said Meghan Mulford, programs manager at US Lacrosse.

Junior golf: After the first round of the 38th Junior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Washington, Marylanders Bryana Nguyen (Columbia), Jake Leavitt (Woodstock) and Connor Flach (Ellicott City) find themselves far back of the leaders. Nguyen finished her first round tied for 65th with an 81, 14 strokes back of girls leader Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla. Leavitt, who shot a 72, trails boys leader Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., by seven strokes and is tied for 22nd. Flach finished with a 75 and is tied for 43rd heading into today's second round.

Minor league baseball: Former WWE and WCW star Kevin Nash will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Bowie Baysox's game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats tonight. He will sign autographs and pose for pictures after the game.

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