Digest (March 12): Maryland Jockey Club hosting handicapping contest Saturday

Registration is open for the spring session of the Maryland Jockey Club's Champions Handicapping Tournament scheduled to be held Saturday in the second-floor clubhouse sports bar at Laurel Park . Berths to the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championship, Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge and BIG ONE tournaments are on the line, as well as more than $33,000 in guaranteed prize money among the top 10 finishers. A maximum of two entries per person will be accepted at a cost of $300 each, covering the $100 entry fee and $200 bankroll. The Champions Tournament will be capped at 300 entries. The tournament winner will have their choice of one of two berths to the NHC or a berth in the BCBC or BIG ONE. The second-place finisher has the choice of one of the remaining three berths, the third-place finisher has the choice of the final two berths, and the fourth-place finisher will receive the remaining berth. Tracks available for the tournament are Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct, Tampa Bay Downs and Santa Anita Park through Race 6, with no mandatory races. The minimum wager is $20. Brian Conley of was a narrow winner of last year's spring Champions Tournament with a final bankroll of $2,192, edging Coleen Curley of Raleigh, N.C. ($2,188). For a registration form or further information, email Diana Harbaugh at before noon March 15 or go to Registration by credit card can be done by calling 301-470-5432 before noon March 15. The BIG ONE takes place Sept. 21-22 at Laurel Park, while the BCBC will be Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita and the next NHC is held February 2020 in Las Vegas.



Terps' Taylor repeats as Big Ten defender of week

For the second week in a row and 10th time in her career, senior Megan Taylor (Glenelg) was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Taylor maded 12 saves in Maryland's win over No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday, leading the Terps to the overtime victory. The senior made four game-saving stops with the game tied over the final 15 minutes and had seven point-blank saves in the second half. Taylor, who helped hold the Orange to 0-for-3 on free position attempts, held Syracuse to their lowest goal total of the year.

More women's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins junior attacker Maggie Schneidereith was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after collecting nine goals and four assists in wins over Saint Joseph's and Hofstra. ... Senior attacker Kristy Grovom surpassed 100 career points and 100 career draw controls as Washington College won its home opener, 18-7, against Coast Guard. ... McDaniel scored the first seven goals in a 16-2 win over Susquehanna. Megan Kotelchuck (Crofton resident) led the Green Terror with nine assists and a goal and Lindsey Farrell (Loch Raven) added three goals and eight draw controls.

Men's lacrosse: Stevenson will host the sixth annual Mustang Classic this weekend, beginning Friday and concluding on Saturday. The tournament field has expanded to 10 teams this season, with five games taking place each day. Games begin at 11:30 a.m, with the Mustangs taking the field at 8:30 p.m. on both nights. Nine of the 10 teams in this year's field appear in this week's USILA Division III poll, including defending Division III national champion Wesleyan, which checks in at No. 7 in this week's poll. The field also consists of No. 2 RIT, No. 4 Amherst, No. 5 York, No. 8 Dickinson, No. 10 Denison, No. 14 Franklin and Marshall, No. 19 Lynchburg and No. 20 Stevenson. Middlebury is also in the field, becoming the third NESCAC school in this year's tourney. Ticket prices each day are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students, with one ticket good for the whole day's action.

Football: Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said Malcolm Perry will return to quarterback and the coaching staff will tailor the offense to suit his skill set when spring practice opens Monday. Perry, a junior, started last season as the starting quarterback before moving to slotback.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Softball: Mount St. Mary's junior Shelbee Holcomb was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week. Holcomb paced the Mount with a .533 average (8-for-15) with two doubles, four runs scored and five RBI in five games last week.

Women's basketball: Senior guard Lillian Scott of the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team has been named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region second team it was announced.

Women's college track & field: Johns Hopkins' Maya Hammonds was named the Centennial Conference Field Athlete of the Year while Caelyn Reilly earned Track Athlete of the Yeaf. Bobby Van Allen was named the Coach of the Year and Grace Tate was named to the All-Sportsmanship team. First-team ALL-CC members were: Reilly, Hammonds, Alexandra Damron, Erin Brush, Therese Olshanski, Annie Gutierrez, the 4x400 relay team (Damron, Hannah Miller, Ashley Tyburski and Hailey Sheppell). Second-team members were: Ellie Clawson, Sophia Cortazzo, Chinaza Nwankpa, Arielle Summitt, Ariel Keklak, Emily Stahl, Samantha Levy, Cherease Lamm and Kelsey Neff.

Et Cetera

Gilman opens season withwin over Georgetown Prep

Gilman opened its lacrosse season with a 9-8 victory over Georgetown Prep on Tuesday. Same King led the Greyhounds with three goals and four assists and Noah Klein made 13 saves. Nick Tussing helped Gilman control possession, winning 12 of 14 faceoffs. Bill Spilman and Will Godine each scored twice and Logan Paff and Pierce Washburn scored for Gilman.

More varsity boys lacrosse: McDonogh took charge in the second half to post a 13-8 victory over Haverford (Pa.). Dane Swanson and Matt Hilgartner each scored three goals and Liam Powderly added two goals and four assists. Evan Long made 13 saves for the Eagles, who snapped a tie by scoring the game's final five goals. Gable Braun won five of six faceoffs in the fourth quarter for McDonogh.

Pro basketball: The Washington Wizards announced they have assigned guard Chasson Randle to the Capital City Go-Go.


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