Hutchinson is Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis was named Wednesday as US Sailing's 2014 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. Hutchinson, 46, will be honored Feb. 26 during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when he will be presented with an engraved Rolex timepiece. He also won the award in 2008. One member of the selection panel remarked that Hutchinson "has this magic; he is the lead figure in campaigns for a lot of different classes," while another noted that he is "committed and passionate about being at the top of his game." As tactician on Alex Roepers' Plenty, Hutchinson won the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, capping a successful season that included a victory in the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship and the California Cup and class honors at the Rolex Big Boat Series. He also reclaimed the world championship title in the TP52 class, collecting a class win at Quantum Key West Race Week as well as the TP52 U.S. Championship title. His success in one-design classes did not stop there. In the RC44, he won the Oman Cup as tactician; in the J/70 class, he won the Fall Brawl in his hometown; and he finished second at the Melges 32 Gold Cup, again as tactician. "Being honored for this award is just an incredible feeling," said Hutchinson. "It is acknowledgement of the hard work done in 2014. Knowing that 99 percent of my season was as a tactician, it also represents the team concept and the process that goes into winning. I am incredibly fortunate to have the support of family and great team mates; not much separates those two entities. In 2014, as always, we were only as smart as we were fast and that comes at the hand of some great helmsmen in Alex Roepers, Ed Baird and Doug Devos. Being awarded the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award for a second time is quite humbling. It puts me into a group of American yachtsman that I have always respected and admired for their achievements on the water. I am struggling to find the words, as I am incredibly appreciative of those around me. Quite honestly, I am a bit blown away." Stephanie Roble of East Troy, Wis., won Yachtswoman of the Year.
Loyola College alumnus Prout retires from NLL
The Colorado Mammoth announced Wednesday that Gavin Prout (Loyola College), the team's all-time leader in points (664) and assists (459), has retired from the National Lacrosse League after signing a one-day contract with the franchise. Colorado's captain from 2006 to 2009 and 2012 to 2013, Prout led the Mammoth to the 2006 Champion's Cup. A perennial All-Star during his 12-year career, Prout won Most Valuable Player in the 2006 championship game. The Whitby, Ontario, native eclipsed 90 points three times in his career, and posted 70-plus points in each of his first eight seasons in the NLL. In his 12-year career, Prout scored 301 goals and recorded 1,006 loose balls. His 621 career assists are seventh-most in league history, and his 922 points are ninth-best.
Hall of Fame: Three-time Navy All-American and 2004 recipient of the Ens. C. Markland Kelly Award Matt Russell is among the seven men and women who will be inducted into the Connecticut Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Jan. 31. David Curry, Lisa Lindley, Deb Martin, Paul McNulty, Katie Woods and Lee Zink (Maryland) are the other Connecticut inductees.
College men: Harford Community College coach Hugh Donovan has resigned to take the same position at Division III Immaculata. Two-year Fighting Owls assistant Aaron Verardi will take over as interim head coach. Donovan was 37-29 record in four years.
College women: Senior goalie KC Emerson and junior midfielder Dene' DiMartino have been voted captains at Johns Hopkins.
River Hill girls soccer coach Song earns national honor
River Hill girls soccer coach Brian Song is one of 21 coaches from across the country in various sports to be selected as a 2014 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Association's Coaches Association. Song guided the No. 2 Hawks (17-2) to a third straight Class 3A state championship in the fall. After going 11-0 to capture the Howard County crown, the Hawks made it through the challenging East region and state playoffs with five one-goal wins, capped by a 2-1 win over Linganore for the state title. In 10 years as head coach, Song is 158-21-5 with six state championships. In the fall, he was inducted into River Hill's Athletic Hall of Fame and also named The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year.
Varsity football: Severna Park named William Bell head coach. Bell, who played at Bel Air and East Stroudsburg, has been an assistant at Meade the past four years.
Baseball: The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics for All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard. The trade gives Washington a player who could solve its search for a starting second baseman. Escobar could play shortstop for the Nationals if they wind up trading away — or fail to agree to a new contract with — Ian Desmond, who can become a free agent after next season.
Women's college swimming: Hood's Lauren Fogarty (Broadneck) was named Division III South Women's Swimmer of the Week.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta from Orlando City for an international roster slot. Arrieta, 31, is entering his fourth season in MLS after starring in his homeland. He is the second veteran procured by United this week, joining Finnish national team midfielder Markus Halsti, 30, who arrived with UEFA Champions League experience at Swedish club Malmo. ... The Philadelphia Union signed Maurice Edu (Maryland) to a multiyear deal. Edu, 28, started all 31 regular-season games he played in last season, compiling three goals and two assists en route to a spot on the All-Star team. he joined the Union before the 2014 season on loan, meaning a deal needed to be worked out between the Union and Premier League club Stoke City for Edu to return to Philadelphia.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post