Charity ride through Md. begins today
Kris Bailey helped organize a charity bike ride that will cover 365 miles throughout Maryland, mostly because she saw a need that struck close to home. Never mind that the proceeds from the five-day event will go to aid women in Cambodia, Asia, and Malawi, Africa, each thousands of miles away. Bailey saw mothers and daughters in difficult circumstances, with the same hopes as the women in her life. "The moms, they have kids, they have husbands, they want to feed their kids, provide for their family, have access to health care," Bailey said. "They want the same things we want as moms, but just by virtue of the fact of where they were born, they cannot provide it." Women Who STAND/Baltimore, a volunteer advocacy group, will begin the charity ride today with 13 bikers, starting in the mountains of Maryland and traveling down through Annapolis, before finishing at Fort McHenry on Sunday. The event, called Ride/365, is raising money for World Relief educational programs serving women and children affected by human trafficking and HIV/AIDS in Cambodia and Malawi. Last year's program raised $40,000 in donations, Bailey said, and this year's had reached $35,000 as of Tuesday.
Old Mill, McDonogh, Meade move up in state poll
Old Mill, McDonogh and Meade all moved up in this week's Maryland High School Football Media State Poll while Gilman, which did not play last weekend, remained at No. 2 behind DeMatha. Old Mill, with its 35-21 win over Arundel, rose from No. 8 to No. 6. McDonogh, which improved to 4-0 with a 35-0 win over Penn Charter (Pa.), jumped from No. 11 to No. 8. Meade beat South River, 45-24, and went from No. 10 to No. 9. River Hill dropped from No. 9 to No. 10, while Calvert Hall fell from No. 12 to No. 17, Arundel went from No. 13 to 19, Dunbar from 19 to 22, and St. Paul's from No. 22 to 24. Franklin and Westminster dropped out of the Top 25 although Franklin is still receiving votes. Archbishop Curley also received votes.
Goretti senior Geben commits to Notre Dame
St. Maria Goretti senior Martin Geben, who was named the 2012-13 Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year, recently committed orally to play basketball at Notre Dame. Geben, a 6-foot-9 native of Lithuania, averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds in his junior season at St. Maria Goretti. Geben becomes the second BCL Player of the Year to commit to Notre Dame in recent years. Former Mount St. Joseph standout guard Eric Atkins, a two-time recipient of the award, is a senior starting point guard for the Fighting Irish.
Football: Navy's Sept. 28 game at Western Kentucky has been moved to 2 p.m., and the game will air on ESPNews. ... McDaniel senior Joe Rollins (Surrattsville) was named the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Men's lacrosse: Siena has named former UMBC assistant Rob Cross its offensive coordinator and assistant coach. Along with the stint with the Retrievers from 2007 to 2009, Cross previously served as an assistant coach and ran the offenses at Mercyhurst (2006), Harvard (2010), Rutgers (2011) and Delaware (2012-2013).
Men's soccer: Junior back Jordan Becker's unlikely goal with 7:57 remaining in the second overtime period gave host No. 21 UMBC (6-0-0) a 3-2 victory over Navy (1-3-2).
Women's soccer: Junior Hannah Kronick was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Player of the Week for the second straight week, as well as Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week after totaling three goals in wins against Stevenson and Washington College last week.
Volleyball: Johns Hopkins junior Meagan Donohoe was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week after posting 25 kills in a 3-2 win over vs. No. 21 Salisbury last week. ... St. Mary's sophomore outside hitter Autumn Fisher collected her first career Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor.
Men's cross country: UMBC is ranked No.13 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic poll after a fourth-place finish at the Navy Invitational.
Cockeysville's Schulze to return to Golf Channel
Cockeysville resident Chad Schulze's second chance to make it on the PGA Tour will come with the help of former Ravens quarterback Marc Bulger when the two team up for the Golf Channel show "Big Break NFL Puerto Rico," premiering Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. Two past "Big Break" competitors — one male and one female — will join a former NFL player to form three-person teams. On the line will be $50,000 for the winning NFL legend's designated charity, along with 2014 PGA Tour and LPGA Tour tournament exemptions, cash and other prizes for the "Big Break" competitors. Along with Bulger, Schulze, 25, will team with "Big Break Atlantis" cast member Zakiya Randall. Since his run on "Big Break Mexico," Schulze has competed in several mini-tour events and finished sixth and third in two Middle Atlantic PGA Section events.
Lacrosse: The U.S. national team will participate in the Play for Parkinson's event Oct. 5 in Alexandria, Va., its first on-field action since naming its 52-player training roster this month. Team USA will divide its roster into two squads that will play three games throughout the day at Episcopal High. First, Team USA White will face off against 2012 NCAA champion Loyola Maryland at noon, followed by Team USA Blue taking on Towson at 2 p.m. The White and Blue sides will then meet for an intrasquad scrimmage at 4p.m., highlighting a day of competition that also includes Air Force, Georgetown and Richmond. A women's tournament at the event will be held Oct. 6 and include Maryland, Towson, Duke, Penn State, James Madison and Georgetown. Admission is free for all games, with donations encouraged to support the ProjectSpark Foundation. Play for Parkinson's is the first of several fall and winter training events for the Team USA men, culminating with Champion Challenge, where players will battle for 23 spots on the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship roster Jan. 24-26 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Women's football: The Women's Indoor Football League announced that the Baltimore Blitz, originally scheduled to begin play next season, will not debut until 2015. Rick Reeder, who was signed as Blitz coach, will take over the Washington Wildcats until the Blitz begins play.
—From Sun staff and news services