Digest (Jan. 5): Jockey Rebecca LaBarre earns first win at Laurel Park

Empire Panther took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late challenge from Ash n' Em to give jockey Rebecca LaBarre her first professional victory Saturday at Laurel Park . Ejetero LLC's Empire Panther ($4.80), trained by Jose Corrales, ran one mile in 1:40.86 over a fast main track to win the $18,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-old fillies by a neck in her 11th career start. LaBarre settled Empire Panther in third along the rail as Ash n' Em and Haitian Queen battled up front through fractions of 24.28 and 48.24 seconds. LaBarre shifted three wide leaving the backstretch to launch her bid, taking over the lead straightening for home and opening up enough to turn back Ash n' Em's late bid. "Oh my gosh, it feels amazing. I can't even explain what it feels like," LaBarre said. "I love winning. Hopefully, it's the first of many." A 24-year-old native of Spring Valley, Wis., LaBarre rode in 12 amateur races between 2015 and 2018 and made her professional debut Jan. 5, 2017 at Gulfstream Park. She began riding regularly in mid-December at Laurel, her first win coming in her 13th pro mount and third of 2019. "I came to Maryland probably six months ago," LaBarre said. "I started riding for the Gaudets and then I sort of went out on my own. Mr. Corrales and everybody has been really good about putting me on and helping me out. I have to thank them all." ... Jockey Victor Carrasco bookended Saturday's card with victories in the first race on Celtic Treasure ($3.40) and the eighth aboard Madame Tiger ($3.60).

Jackpots: The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Saturday, growing the jackpot carryover to $2,589.80 for today's nine-race program. First race post time is 12:30 p.m. Multiple tickets with all six winners were worth $283.20. There will also be a carryover of $1,361.44 in the $1 Super Hi-5 for Sunday's opener.

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Loyola Md. coach Toomeyto join U.S. lacrosse staff

Charley Toomey , who is set to start his 14th season as head men's lacrosse coach at Loyola Maryland, will join the US Lacrosse Men's National Team staff as an assistant coach. He will join Team USA head coach John Danowski on the sidelines for events over the next years leading up to, and including, the 2022 World Championships. As a head coach at Loyola, Toomey has coached 38 USILA All-Americans, 71 all-conference selections, 18 conference positional players or rookies of the year, 13 USILA Scholar All-Americans and four Tewaaraton Award finalists. "It is an honor to work with US Lacrosse and the incredible staff that is already in place," said Toomey. "It is certainly a wonderful opportunity for me at this phase in my career to work with the nation's best players in our sport. I would like to thank Coach Danowski, the current staff and US Lacrosse the chance to help guide this team on such a competitive stage." Toomey has been a part of the Greyhounds lacrosse program for more than half his life, 27 years including his time as a student-athlete. He came to Loyola in 1986 and was a goalkeeper for the team from 1987-90, earning USILA All-America honors in 1989 and 1990. He backstopped Loyola to a bid in the NCAA Championship Game as a senior in 1990 and finished his career with a 25-5 record as the team's starter. Since 2012 season, Toomey and the Greyhounds have won 88 games, an average of 12.6 per season. He enters 2019 with a 134-64 career record, the second-most wins in school history behind Dave Cottle's 181 from 1983-2002. In addition to his work on the Loyola sidelines, Toomey has served on the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee and was a part of the U.S. Men's National Team selection group as a coach and evaluator of the goalies during the initial tryout process in 2018.

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: For a third time this season and the second-straight week, Coppin State 's Cedric Council has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Week. In the Eagles' lone game last week at Notre Dame , Council had a career-high 17 rebounds while also scoring 12 points for his second career double-double. Council's 17 rebounds were the most by a CSU player since Jan. 29, 2011 when Antonio Williams pulled down 18 against North Carolina A&T. ... Stevenson junior forward Mark Terrell was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Player of the Week. Terrell was named to the All-Tournament team of Lehman's Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament after averaging 22 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 16-28 (.571) from the floor and leading the Mustangs to the tournament title game. ... St. Mary's junior forward Spencer Schultz earned his second straight Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor. Schultz paced St. Mary's in a 2-0 week as the Seahawks extended their win streak to four straight. Schultz averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 75 percent from the field.

Women's college basketball: Johns Hopkins senior guard Lillian Scott of the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week. Scott scored 23 points and dished out five assists in JHU's 69-62 victory on the road against FDU-Florham. Scott is second on the team and fifth in the league scoring as the Westfield, N.J., native is averaging 15.9 points per game so far this season. For her career, Scott is just 28 points shy of 1,000.

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