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Digest (Feb. 10): Morgan State graduate Raymond Chester goes into Black College Football Hall of Fame

The Black College Football Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2018 on Saturday, including former Baltimore Colts tight end and Morgan State graduate Raymond Chester. The Cambridge native was part of a class of seven inductees for the BCFHOF's ninth class that was inducted during a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The Class of 2018 also included Harold Carmichael (Southern), Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson (Langston), Leo "Lincoln Locomotive" Lewis (Lincoln), Greg Lloyd (Fort Valley State), Everson Walls (Grambling State) and coach Bill Hayes (Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T). "This class represents three Super Bowl rings, 18 Pro Bowl selections and several Black College Football championships," said BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee Doug Williams. "Take a look at what they've done off the field as well, and each has earned this incredible honor." The inductees will also be recognized at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 16. For more information, please visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org. Chester was a member of Morgan State's 1968 undefeated team, scoring the Bears' only touchdown in their historic victory over Grambling at Yankee Stadium. He was also a member of the 1970 College All-Star team and was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 24th overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft. ... At the same event in Atlanta, Bowie State junior quarterback Amir Hall was selected as the 2017 Black College Football Player of the Year.

Navy: Coach Ken Niumatalolo announced Friday night at the annual Navy football banquet that rising seniors Anthony Gargiulo and Sean Williams have been elected team captains for the 2018 football season by their teammates.

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Blast clinch playoff spotwith ninth straight victory

The Blast clinched a Major Arena Soccer League playoff spot by defeating host Milwaukee, 6-5, on Saturday. Vini Dantas scored two goals for the Blast and Tony Donatelli had the winning goal with seven seconds left. Ian Bennett had two goals for the Wave. Joey Kapinos had 20 saves for Baltimore. The Blast, who clinched an MASL playoff spot with the win, travel to Cedar Rapids on Friday and to Milwaukee next Saturday.

College track and field: Salisbury's Kyleigh Dumas (pole vault) and Jamie Farley (400 dash) swept the CAC women's track awards, while freshman Donovan Beckett-Simms (triple jump) was named the men's Field Athlete of the Week. Dumas and Farley also were named the ECAC Division III South Region women's track and field Athletes of the Week and Beckett-Simms was named the Division III South Region men's Field Athlete of the Week.... Three Navy athletes were selected as Patriot League Athletes of the Week — Cedric Williams (men's Field Athlete of the Week), Chelsey Edwards (women's Rookie of the Week) and John Barber (men's Rookie of the Week). ... Mount St. Mary's senior Brenden Chavis was named the Northeast Conference Field Athlete of the Week and freshman Kayla Barnes was named NEC Rookie of the Week.

Acrobatic gymnastics: Elanor Chang, Calista Davis and Madison Freed of Emilia's Acrobatics & Gymnastics Club in Laurel have been selected to represent the United States at the 2018 acrobatic gymnastics world championships April 13-15 in Antwerp, Belgium. Several Maryland competitors were selected for the world age-group competition April 4-10, also in Antwerp. They are: men's group 11-16, Ethan Chang, Devon Freed, Samuel Lacy and Cade Shields of Emilia's; women's group 11-16, Mykaylah Lopez-Torres, Kylie Sarno and Allison Snyder of 1st Class Gymnastics in Annapolis; men's group 12-18, Sean Butehorn, Daniel Disman, Grant Shields and Sean Shields of Emilia's; and women's group 13-19, Calista Draves, Emma Kissel and Aranel Prevost of Xtreme Acro & Cheer in Rockville, and Isabel Chang, Alexandra Gladkova and Caitlyn Kicza of Emilia's. The following were selected as alternates: women's pair 11-16, Jasmine Brewer and Sydney Martin of 1st Class; women's group 11-16, Lara Chapman, Jordyn Feldman and Tess Isaacson of Xtreme; and women's group 12-18, Marisa Gatson, Olivia Struble and Micah Whiteman of Emilia's. USA Gymnastics selected the teams last week after the world team trials at the Texas Academy of Acrobatics and Gymnastics in Baytown.

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