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Digest: Johns Hopkins football picked to finish first in Centennial Conference

Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff.
Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Johns Hopkins earned 17 of 20 first-place votes and grabbed 159 points to earn the top spot in the Centennial Conference preseason football poll of head coaches and sports information directors released Wednesday.

The poll was announced at Kickoff '16, the conference's annual media day on the campus of Franklin & Marshall.

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Hopkins earned the top spot in the poll for the eighth straight year and the 11th time since 2004. The Blue Jays won the Centennial title in nine of the previous 10 years in which they topped the preseason poll, including each of the past seven years.

The Blue Jays (11-1) captured their seventh straight Centennial Conference title and a league-leading 11th crown. They won at least 10 games in each of their past five years.

Muhlenberg picked up two first-place votes and totaled 144 points to finish second in the poll, while Moravian (132 points), Franklin & Marshall (99) and Gettysburg (91) round out the top five.

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Susquehanna (85), Ursinus (74), Dickinson (52), Juniata (46) and McDaniel (18), ranked sixth through 10th. F&M also picked up one first-place vote.

More football: Towson senior running back Darius Victor has been named to the STATS FCS Preseason Offensive Player of the Year watch list. Earlier in the week, he was named a STATS Preseason Third-Team All-American.

Men's lacrosse: St. Mary's named Justin Gordon (Archbishop Curley) assistant coach. Gordon will also serve as the assistant sports information director.

Women's soccer: Mount St. Mary's named KristaLee Mellott and Paige Preston assistant coaches and Sean O'Brien will join the staff as director of soccer operations. Mellott is the former head coach at Hood, and Preston played at UMBC.

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Et cetera

Guan, Yang lead AJGA Junior after two rounds

RuQing Guan of China continues to lead the girls division and Alexander Yang of Carlsbad, Calif., took the lead in the boys division heading into the final day of the AJGA Junior, a 54-hole stroke-play golf event at Cattail Creek in Glenwood. Guan shot a 3-over-par 75, including three birdies, in the second round and is at even-par 144. Yang, 13, shot a 3-under 68 and is at 3-under 139, leading Evan Katz of Washington, who shot 69, by one stroke. Both golfers had bogey-free front nines; Yang had five birdies during the round and Katz three. Nicholas Mejia of Woodstock is tied for sixth at 74-69—143, and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley is tied for 17th at 75-72—147. Charlotte Simpson of Towson is ninth among the girls at 75-78—153. Scores below.

Men's golf: Jon Moles, 20, of Frederick shot a closing round of par-70 and won the Bubby Worsham Memorial with a 54-hole 208 at Glenn Dale Golf Club. Charles Young, 18, of Woodstock, a recent Gilman graduate who will attend Maryland, finished second with 75—211.

Leftovers from Q&A with North Carolina's Marcus Holman

Men's lacrosse: Sporting goods company STX added attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) of Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine to its lineup of athletes who will use STX equipment exclusively, help shape product development and support marketing campaigns.

Aberdeen IronBirds general manager Matt Slatus
Aberdeen IronBirds general manager Matt Slatus (Aberdeen IronBirds)

Minor league baseball: The Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles' affiliate in the Short-A New York-Penn League, named Matt Slatus general manager.

Books: Dave Raglin will discuss his digital book "Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull" at a meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For details, call 410-740-1145.

NFL: Washington Redskins nose tackle Jerrell Powe is expected to miss seven to 10 days of training camp in Richmond, Va., after a procedure to address heart arrhythmia. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Redskins after the season as the team attempts to rebuild its defensive line this season.

Master Tesfatsion, The Washington Post

Joey Veazey is not like many of his former classmates at Northeast High School. While most are spending the summer preparing for college or lining up jobs, Veazey decided to take a different path.

Boxing: Joey "Bazooka Joe" Veazey, in his last amateur fight before turning pro, will oppose Nigel Fennell as part of the "Rumble, Young Man, Rumble" card tonight at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the first fight starts at 8 p.m. For tickets, go to baltimoreboxing.com or call 410-375-9175.

Running: The Casey Cares and Baltimore Orioles 7th Annual 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday at Camden Yards. Proceeds benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, which provides uplifting and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families. Register at caseycares.org/fundraisers.

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