The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation announced plans to design and construct 10 Youth Development Parks in five years in major league markets, including one in Baltimore. The foundation received a $5 million gift from Group1001 to use for the parks. Major League Baseball will launch a Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program at each location, MLB's initiative to provide baseball and softball league-play for underserved youth. Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has completed 78 parks in 22 states and Washington. "We are incredibly honored by the commitment made today by Group100, which will provide thousands of kids across the country with a safe place to play, learn and grow," Ripken Foundation Vice Chairman Cal Ripken Jr. said. "Together with Group1001 and our friends at Major League Baseball, we look forward to bringing a positive environment and mentoring programs that will help guide our youth both on the field and in the game of life including the value of teamwork, respect and personal responsibility." The first three parks will be in Baltimore ( Brooks Robinson Field), Pittsburgh (near Willie Stargell Field) and near Washington (in partnership with the Prince George's County Police Department). Future projects are planned for communities in Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Detroit; Seattle; South Florida; and the New York City area. Each location will feature a synthetic turf field for baseball, softball and football/soccer fields as space allows, along with new fencing, bleachers, digital scoreboards, lighting, walkways and irrigation systems where needed.
Ten Brigade players earn spots on All-Arena teams
Ten Brigade players earned All-Arena honors Tuesday. Six Brigade players were named to the first team, highlighted by kick returner Brandon Thompkins and kicker Mark Lewis, each making his fourth All-Arena appearance. Thompkins, the only player in the AFL to earn All-Arena honors at two positions, also was named to the second team at wide receiver. Other Brigade players on the first team were defensive back Virgil Gray, linebacker Dexter Jackson, defensive tackle Justin Lawrence and offensive lineman Jordan McCray. Second-team members were defensive end Rodney Fritz, quarterback Randy Hippeard and fullback Rory Nixon. Gray, who made his return to the playing field this season after a year as a coach with the Brigade, led the league with 73 total tackles and was tied for fourth with three interceptions. Hippeard, the 2017 AFL Most Valuable Player, earned All-Arena honors after leading the league in completions (280), attempts (405) and completion percentage (.691 — minimum nine games) in the regular season. The Brigade host Game 2 of the AFL semifinal series against Philadelphia on Friday at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. ... The Washington Valor had two players named All-Arena second team: wide receiver Reggie Gray and special teams player Chris Duvalt.
U.S. finishes pool play 5-0 at FIL World Championship
The United States completed a perfect run through the Blue Division of the Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship, defeating England, 19-2, on Tuesday. The U.S. (5-0) received a bye into Thursday's semifinal round. The Americans will play Australia, Ireland or Israel at 2 p.m. EST (ESPNU). Marcus Holman (Gilman) led the U.S. offense with five goals, and Ryan Brown (Johns Hopkins, Calvert Hall) continued his big tournament with a four-goal effort, giving him 20 during the world championship. John Haus added a hat trick, Ned Crotty had two goals and two assists, and Matt Danowski led the team with three assists. England finished pool play 1-4 to place fifth in the Blue Division. Canada (4-1) finished as the No. 2 seed in the Blue Division and also recieved a bye into the semifinal round. Canada will play in Thursday's first semifinal against the Iroquois Nationals, Japan or Puerto Rico.
Services planned for former Perry Hall coach Al Miller
A memorial service will be held for Al Miller, a former football and wrestling coach at Perry Hall for more than 25 years. The service for Miller will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 9534 Belair Road in Baltimore. Miller, 82, retired in 1997 after spending more than 42 years in the Baltimore County school system. He was Perry Hall's second athletic director.
Golf: Matt Bassler, from Catonsville and the Country Club of Maryland, holed a 40-yard bunker shot for an eagle-3 at the eighth hole that "turned everything around," as he closed with a 1-under-par 71 for a 36-hole total of 142 to claim one of five available places in a U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier at the CC at Woodmore. Logan Lowe, a George Washington senior, won the medal with 139, and they were joined by Connor Messick, Herndon, Va., 142; Toks Pedro, Bowie, 143; and Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, Pa., 144. Mac Webster, from Baltimore CC, also was in a three-way tie at 144 and became first alternate.
— From Sun staff and news services