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Celtic Katie gives Grove another Geisha win

Pimlico Race Course

Celtic Katie gives Grove another Geisha win

Trainer Chris Grove won the $75,000 Geisha Stakes for the fifth time, this time with Lewis Family Racing Stable's Celtic Katie, who beat Maryland-bred filly and mares Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Celtic Katie won the first stakes of her career after finishing second in the Nellie Morse and Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park this year. The 5-year-old bay mare and jockey Javier Santiago tracked the speed of Brenda's Way and Addison Run before taking a path inside both, grabbing the lead a furlong from home and winning by 51/4 lengths. Brenda's Way held on for second. Addison Run finished third. The winner completed the 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 46.67 seconds over the fast main track and paid $12. The daughter of Posse improved to 4-for-20 lifetime with earnings of $198,835. Grove previously won the Geisha with Silmaril (2004), Lexi Star (2007-08) and Princess Nyla (2009).

College football

Tackle Pike named Most Valuable Player for Towson

Offensive tackle Eric Pike was named as the winner of the Doc Minnegan Award as Towson football's Most Valuable Player at the team's annual awards ceremony. Pike, who set a school record by starting all 50 games of his college career, is only the third offensive lineman to win the award, which was started in 1969. He joins Mike Gunthrop (1992) and Joe Ripple (2005) as the only linemen to be honored with the award, which was named in honor of former Towson director of athletics Doc Minnegan. A two-year captain, Pike was a consensus first team All-America selection as a senior. Running back Terrance West (Northwestern) was named the Offensive Player of the Year and linebacker Monte Gaddis the Defensive Player of the Year. Guard Gavin Class (St. Paul's), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly) and center Doug Shaw (Loyola) shared the Tiger Award for best exemplifying the characteristics of a Towson football player. Punter Jake Ryder won the Tiger Scholar-Athlete Award. Quarterback Ryan Egolf won the Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year award, and linebacker James Simms (Reservoir) took the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year award. The Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year award went to defensive back Al Augustine.

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Towson shut down in baseball by JMU's Hoover

Aaron Hoover earned his first win of the season by pitching an eight-hitter, leading James Madison (13-26, 5-8 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 7-2 victory over host Towson (20-18, 2-8) on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series. The Dukes ended a six-game losing streak by shutting out the Tigers after the first inning. Pat Fitzgerald (Calvert Hall) and Dominic Fratantuono (Cardinal Gibbons) had two hits each for the Tigers.

More baseball: UMBC (13-20, 6-8 America East) managed just two runs against visiting UMass Lowell starters Shane Beauchemin and Mike Calzetta, and the Retrievers' seven-game winning streak ended as the River Hawks (15-15, 7-6) swept a doubleheader. ... UMES senior outfielder Byron Campbell was named Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Men's college rowing: Washington College won its second consecutive Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference championship and fourth in the past five years at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, Pa. The three point-scoring races were the men's varsity eight, men's second varsity eight and men's varsity four. The Shoremen had 47 total points, beating outdistancing second-place Mary Washington by 15.

Women's college rowing: Washington College, ranked 10th in Division III, won its second consecutive MARC championship and secured its second straight automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships by claiming the overall points title in Lewisberry. Just as they did a year ago, the Shorewomen won the title by splitting the two points-scoring races with 12th-ranked Marietta.

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Century's Neral is second in pole vault at Penn Relays

Century junior Nick Neral placed second in the high school boys pole vault championship Saturday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Neral, an All-Metro first-team pick after the indoor track season, vaulted 14 feet, 9 inches. Six vaulters — including the winner, Brandon Stacy of Caravel (Del.) — matched that mark. Tiebreakers decided final places. During the indoor season, Neral won the Carroll County, region and Class 2A state titles in the pole vault. His best vault indoors was 15-4. The Penn Relays meet, first held in 1895, is the nation's longest-running uninterrupted college track meet. It annually includes athletes from high schools, colleges and track clubs from all over the country and abroad.

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Swimming: In her first high-level meet since the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, two-time Olympian Katie Hoff of Towson won the women's 200-meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.92 seconds in Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz. Caitlin Leverenz was second in 2:14.61 and Stina Gardell third in 2:15.34. Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Katie Ledecky of Bethesda won the 800-meter freestyle, touching the wall nearly 13 seconds clear of the field with a time of 8:20.10, third-best in the world this year.

Major League Soccer: Fabian Espindola scored twice at RFK Stadium to guide D.C. United (3-2-2) to a 4-1 demolition of 10-man FC Dallas (5-2-1). The home side fell behind early on, but Zach Lloyd's first-half ejection helped Espindola score two goals and add an assist to give United its third win in its past four outings.

National Women's Soccer League: Tori Huster scored in the 50th minute on a cross from Danesha Adams to give the Washington Spirit (2-2-0) a 1-0 victory over the host Chicago Red Stars (1-1-0).

Canoe slalom: Jordan Sherman of Rockville, Tyler Smith and Tyler Westfall of Darnestown teamed up to finish eighth in the Junior K1-Men on the fourth day of competition at the Junior & U23 World Championships in Penrith, Australia.

Club lacrosse: The Baltimore Hawks summer club lacrosse tryout that was canceled because of inclement weather on March 30 has been rescheduled for today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mustang Stadium on Stevenson's Owings Mills campus. The tryouts are for players graduating from high school in 2015, 2016 or 2017. The cost is a nonrefundable $40. For more information, contact Tim Puls at 443-352-4298 or

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