Digest: Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony willing to lead charge for social change

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said in a social media post that he's willing to take a lead role in demanding change after a wave of racial violence that has rocked the nation.

Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore and attended Towson Catholic, posted Friday to Instagram and Twitter that he and others need to take advantage of this moment: "There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge."


Two of the recent shootings were in separate incidents involving two black men who were shot and killed by police. Then on Thursday night, five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded in Dallas. Among the suspects was a man who allegedly said he was targeting white officers.

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Cameron named baseball coach at Mount Saint Joseph

Mount Saint Joseph has named Rod Cameron baseball coach, succeeding Jody Harris. Cameron has been at the school for 20 years, serving as an assistant coach under longtime coach Dave Norton and then Harris for three years. He's also a math teacher and assistant athletic director there. Cameron has 35 years of coaching experience. Previously, he coached 16 seasons at Cardinal Gibbons starting in 1981, the last 11 as head coach. In 1985, he led the Crusaders to the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title. Harris will continue to teach at the school.

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Varsity baseball: Matt Skrenchuk, a 2008 Arundel graduate, has been named coach at Broadneck. He replaces Jeff Herrick, who retired after leading the Bruins the past five years among his 38 years at the school. Skrenchuk was a member of the Wildcats' state championship team and he was pitching coach last year at Broadneck. The Salisbury alumnus also coached for the Maryland Monarchs of the Eddie Brooks Collegiate Baseball League.

For more from the Baltimore Sun Media Group's Bob Hough about Skrenchuk, go to

Varsity swimming: Severna Park has hired Matthew McKenney as coach. The 2012 Severna Park graduate swam at Towson University, serving as captain for two years, and coaches the SPY team in Severna Park.

Bob Hough

Men's lacrosse: The United States began its bid for an eighth consecutive Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 world championship with a 12-5 victory over host Canada on Thursday.


Track and field: McDonogh graduate Autumne Franklin, a rising senior at Harvard, qualified for the women's 400-meter hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., by placing third overall with a time of 55.40 seconds, behind Sydney McLauglin and Dalilah Muhammad. Franklin finished second in her heat behind Muhammad, edging Ashley Spencer by one-hundredth of a second. The final will be Sunday at 7:51 p.m.
In women's pole vault, McDonogh and San Diego State graduate Kristen Brown automatically earned one of 14 spots in the final with a mark of 4.52 meters, just ahead of 4.50-meter standard. Brown, who graduated from San Diego State after transferring from Virginia Tech, will try to claim an Olympic berth Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Soccer: The Baltimore-based Craig Willinger Fund (CWFund) announced that 12-year-old Kodi Tutt of Sanger, Texas, and her family will travel to see the U.S. women's national team face Costa Rica in Kansas City, Mo., on July 22 as guests of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kodi was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma at age 5 and has experienced two relapses of the disease. She has undergone chemotherapy, surgery to remove an abdominal tumor, radiation, and has participated in a Phase 1 clinical trial. The CWFund, formed in 2009, seeks to improve the lives of children and young adults stricken with cancer by providing opportunities to experience world-class soccer domestically and abroad.

Laurel Park: There will be a $1 Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,391.60 for the first of nine races when live racing resumes today. First-race post time is 1:25 p.m. The nine-race program is highlighted by a $42,000 allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs on the All Along Turf Course that attracted a field of 12 fillies and mares 3 and older led by 4-1 program favorite Summer Frock. Coming off a starter allowance win June 17 at Pimlico Race Course, the 3-year-old filly was fifth in the Stormy Blues Stakes on June 4.

Horse show: The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show to benefit the Foxie G Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue will take place July 17 in the infield at Pimlico Race Course. For more information, go to or

College football: Maryland senior cornerback Will Likely was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. The award is presented annually to the sport's best defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Likely was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List earlier this week.

Daniel Gallen, Baltimore Sun Media Group


College baseball: Maryland promoted Rob Vaughn to associate head coach and added Ryan Fecteau as assistant coach-recruiting coordinator. Vaughn is entering his fifth season at the school. Fecteau spent the past six years at Bryant.

Colleges: Maryland kicker Adam Greene (Broadneck) was among 32 Terps across 12 sports who earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The 914 athletes from the 14 Big Ten schools who earned the honor held a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. Others included former men's basketball players Trevor Anzmann (Westminster) and Varun Ram (River Hill) and women's basketball player Kristen Confroy. Athletes from Maryland's field hockey (two), gymnastics (one), men's lacrosse (three), women's lacrosse (seven), men's soccer (one), women's soccer (four), tennis (two), women's track and field (five) and volleyball (three) teams also earned honors.

Daniel Gallen, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Varsity soccer: Several local athletes were among 35 boys and 52 girls selected as 2015-16 National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Scholar All-Americans. The team included Severna Park midfielder August Pasquale IV, 4.42 GPA; Francis Scott Key forward Jacob Gosselin, 4.41; Bel Air goalkeeper Andrea Sipos, 4.31; Good Counsel defender Amana Wilson, 4.43; and Good Counsel forward Nia Dorsey, 4.29.

Men's college basketball: Towson released its nonconference schedule, which is highlighted by games against NCAA tournament participants Maryland (Nov. 20, road), Stony Brook (Nov. 25, home), Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 10, home) and Iona (Dec. 22, in Las Vegas).