Morgan State's Hull a finalist for top FCS coaching honor

Lee Hull could receive a prestigious national award for turning around Morgan State's football team

College football

 

Morgan State first-year football coach Lee Hull is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Football Championship Subdivision Coach of the Year Award. Picked last in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll, Morgan State posted a 7-5 overall record and won a share of the MEAC title with a 6-2 conference record, marking its first conference championship since 1979. The Bears earned the league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, their first Division I playoff berth. The Robinson award winner will be announced Dec. 15 at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia.

Men's basketball: UMES lost to Detroit, 69-55, in Monday's first-round Progressive Legends Classic game in Toledo, Ohio. Forward Mike Myers paced the Hawks (1-5) with a game-high 21 points, while guards Ryan Andino and Devin Martin each had 11. Andino's running jumper with 34 seconds left in the first half lifted the Hawks to a 29-27 halftime lead. Trailing 45-39 with 11:50 left in the second half, the Titans went on a 14-3 run from which UMES wouldn't recover.

Women's basketball: Maryland sophomore Lexie Brown is one of just six underclassmen named to the Wooden Award's Preseason Top 30 List on Monday. Brown is averaging 12.5 points per game and is among the Big Ten Conference leaders in steals, with 3.0 per game. In her rookie season, Brown averaged 10.1 points per game and 4.2 assists. ... Navy freshman forward Sarah Reilly was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

Women's volleyball: Jake LawrenceLoyola Maryland coach Jake Lawrence will not return in 2015, the school announced. The Greyhounds were 2-27 overall and 0-16 in the Patriot League. Over Lawrence's four years, his teams went 31-85 and 16-51 in conference play.

Varsity boys basketball

Shooting guard Thurston to join Mount St. Mary's

Bryce Thurston's first conversation with Mount St. Mary's coach Jamion Christian was memorable. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard hadn't made much of an impact for Mount Saint Joseph's varsity, but his play on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit with Maryland 3D piqured Christian's interest. "He said, 'I'd love to have you. You're our guy. You fit our system,'" Thurston recalled. "That's what you want to hear from a coach when he calls you. A lot of times an assistant coach calls you. But when the head coach calls you, that's how" you know you're wanted. Thurston, a senior who scores in double digits at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, committed to the Mountaineers this weekend. Hartford, Loyola Maryland, Quinnipiac and Radford also recruited him.

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Boxing

Kilpatrick, Wallace to fight; anti-bullying promoted

Jake Smith's Baltimore Boxing Promotions will host an evening of Olympic-style boxing and anti-bullying awareness Saturday at the Myers Pavilion. Headlining is the East Coast middleweight title bout between Rashad Kilpatrick of Washington and Baltimore Boxing's Donald Wallace. In the co-feature, Maryland state junior middleweight champion Allen Burris defends his title against an opponent to be named. In a featured bout, multitime champion Joey "Bazooka Joe" Veazy meets Jessie Singletary, while Ernie "Lightning Bug" Hall, Melad Attashy and Arno Young are all scheduled to appear in separate bouts. Tickets from $25 are available by calling 410-375-9175 or going to baltimoreboxing.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the first fight starts at 8. Baltimore Boxing is teaming up with "I Belong," a campaign of bullying prevention organization Unified Efforts, which was founded by former Baltimore detective Debbie Ramsey. Debbie Ramsey

Et cetera

Shuckers name 1st female assistant coach in APBL

Monique Washington has become a Bay Area Shuckers assistant coach. She will be the first female assistant in the American Professional Basketball League. A native of Perry, Ga., and Air Force veteran, Washington arrived in Maryland in December 2004 and along with her military duties suited up for the Fort Meade Lady Patriots and coached a youth team and a male Civilian Welfare Fund team. She was honorably discharged from the Air Force in December 2008.

Gymnastics: Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg (Edgewood) will compete in the all-around DTB Pokal World Cup on Friday through Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany.

Running: Julia Roman-Duval of Columbia finished seventh among women at the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:48:37.68. John Lagedrost of Federal Hill was the first Baltimore finisher in the half-marathon, clocking 1:23:47.

Minor league baseball: Mount St. Mary's graduate and right-handed pitcher Vincent Molesky signed with the Wichita Wingnuts of the unaffiliated American Association.

Equestrian: Sierra Fuentress of Owings Mills, who trains with McDonogh and rode Guess Again for owner Lyn Pederson at the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival on Nov. 14-16 in Upper Marlboro, earned the Sportsmanship Award and Donna Vale Memorial Trophy.

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