Digest: Tiffany Ke of Gaithersburg wins bronze at North American Table Tennis Hopes Trials

Tiffany Ke, 11, of Gaithersburg won the bronze medal at the North American Hopes Trials last weekend in Markham,Ontario, and teammate and practice partner Lisa Lin, 11, of Clarksburg came in fourth.

Twins Rachel and Joanna Sung from the ICC club in California were first and second, respectively.

Lisa Lin of Clarksburg at the Hopes Trials in April 2016 in Markham, Ontario.

The trials featured the top U.S. and Canadian players under age 12. There was a two-part format.

The eight girls first played a round robin, with each playing the other seven, strictly for seeding for the second stage. In this stage, Tiffany went 6-1 and came in second, defeating Joanna but losing to Rachel. Lisa went 4-3, defeating all four Canadians.


In the knockout second stage, Tiffany defeated Canada's Katherine Morin in the quarterfinals but lost in the semifinals to Joanna. Lisa defeated Canada's Julianne Labrie but lost to Rachel, who defeated her sister in the final.

Tiffany and Lisa train at the Maryland Table Tennis Center in Gaithersburg. Members of the Hopes Team will be invited to USA Table Tennis training camps.

Tiffany and Lisa join Derek Nie (Cadet Boys' Team – under 15) and Ryan Dabbs (Minicadet Boys' Team – under 13) as Maryland players on U.S. national teams.

Open finalist Wang Qing Liang ("Leon") and champion Chen Bowen at the Butterfly MDTTC April Openin April 2016 in Gaithersburg.

More table tennis: Bowen Chen defeated Wang Qing Liang ("Leon") in the final of the Butterfly MDTTC April Open on Saturday at the Maryland Table Tennis Center.

Bowen, an all-out attacker who uses the Asian-style penhold grip, won, 4-2, over Wang, a defensive player with a big forehand attack.

Both are full-time coaches at the MTTC.

Bowen won $550 and Leon $300.

The two have dominated local table tennis in recent years since immigrating from China. Bowen won a semifinal, 4-2, over Stefano Ratti, formerly of Italy but now living in Gaithersburg.


In the other semifinal, Wang won, 4-1 over Nie, 15, of North Potomac, a student at Thomas Sprigg Wootton.

Derek finished second in the country at the Team Trials in Las Vegas in December.

Both semifinalists won $150.

Under 15 finalist Jessica Lin and champion George Li at the Butterfly MDTTC April Open in April 2016 in Gaithersburg.

In the under 15 final, George Li, 13, of Potomac won, 3-1, over Jessica Lin, 12, also of Potomac.

In the over 50 final, Lixin Lang of Montgomery Village won, 3-0, over Frederick Nicolas of Stafford, Va. Lang also made the quarterfinals of open singles, losing, 3-0, to Derek.

Et cetera


Foxborough gets '17, '18 men's lax final fours

Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., will be the site for the 2017 and 2018 men's lacrosse Division I semifinals and finals, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The Division II and III championship games will also take place at Gillette Stadium, which has played host to the championships in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Baltimore, which has served as the site of the championships six previous times, was not in the running for the 2017 and 2018 championships, citing scheduling conflicts with the Orioles. The Division I title game in 2008 set a record for the largest crowd to watch the tournament final, when an announced 48,970 fans watched Syracuse defeat Johns Hopkins, 13-10. The Division I quarterfinals in 2017 will be split between Hofstra's James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., and Delaware's Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. In 2018, two quarterfinal games will be held again at Hofstra, while the other two quarterfinal games will be hosted by the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

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More men's college lacrosse: Maryland senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week. Johns Hopkins attackman Kyle Marr was named Freshman of the Week. ... Towson senior attackman Spencer Parks (St. Paul's) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. … Army freshman goalie AJ Barretto (St. Paul's) was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Navy junior faceoff specialist Brady Dove and Loyola Maryland freshman goalkeeper Jacob Stover (McDonogh) and freshman attacker Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) received honorable mention. … Denver junior attackman Connor Cannizzaro, a transfer from Maryland, was named Big East Player of the Week. …Salisbury senior midfielder James Burton was named the Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and junior defenseman Aaron Leeds (Boys' Latin) was named Defensive Player of the Week. ... Washington College junior midfielder Kyle Gangemi was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college lacrosse: Towson sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano was named StringKing National Player of the Week. ... Navy senior attacker Katie Gallagher (C. Milton Wright) was named Patriot League Player of the Week, freshman midfielder Andie O'Sullivan was named Rookie of the Week and sophomore midfielder Jenna Collins (River Hill) received honorable mention. Loyola Maryland senior defender Maddy Lesher was named Defensive Player of the Week and freshman attacker Hannah Powers received honorable mention. … Maryland goalie Megan Taylor (Glenelg) was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. ... Salisbury sophomore goalie Gianna Falcone was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week and junior midfielder Gabbi Nieves was named Offensive Player of the Week. … Megan Morales scored four goals but Notre Dame of Maryland (2-7, 1-4 Colonial States Athletic Conference) fell, 12-9, to Keystone (3-5, 2-4) on Monday.

Horse racing: The Maryland Jockey Club will complete two projects this week at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park. At Pimlico, an LED, high-definition board — measuring 21 feet high and 32 feet wide in the infield — will be installed this week. At Laurel, the second of two new 142-stall barns will be completed and ready for occupation by the end of the week. The Jockey Club also announced that it will expand the Turfside Terrace at Pimlico for Preakness weekend by approximately 450 seats and has installed new carpeting and flat-screen televisions in the Grandstand Upper Box reserved seats section. A main booster pump has also been installed to prevent a loss of water pressure during big days, and new concessions and bars have been added.


NFL: Washington Redskins running back Silas Redd has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's policy for substances of abuse. Redd was suspended for four games in November while on injured reserve for a violation of the same policy.