Terps pitcher Mooney discussing contract with Nationals
Jun 18, 2015 at 1:44 AM
Maryland closer Kevin Mooney (North Harford), who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round last week, is continuing to negotiate with the club.
"Things are still going on with the Nationals' end of things. We're still waiting to hear from them on a couple of issues," said Mooney, who wants to sign this summer but also wants to return to Maryland in the fall to acquire the needed credits and graduate with a degree in geographic information systems.
"That's what I'm hoping for and that's what the contingency plan is with the Nationals," he said. "When I sign officially, I'll have even more information about whether they'll allow that. That's the plan right now, go play wherever they assign me for the summer, return to school in the fall, finish up my credits and graduate."
Mooney, who has a Maryland-best 33 career saves, says he's unsure whether he can graduate early in December. He needs to see his academic adviser to see where he stands.
As for the draft, Mooney wasn't sure where he stood there either.
"The draft is a complicated thing. I honestly don't fully understand all the inner workings of it, but certain things happen," Mooney said. "There were opportunities that we had received phone calls on some of the predraft days. In the end, it wasn't really what we were looking for."
So, the first two days and 10 rounds went by without Mooney's name getting called.
"It came around to the third day around the 15th round and we got a couple more calls and we were able to work out a deal around a general area of what we were looking for," Mooney said. "So, it wasn't really a matter of the round, it was more a matter of being treated fairly for what I thought I was worth in the draft this year."
Mooney, once signed, could be assigned to Auburn, a New York-Penn league opponent of the Aberdeen IronBirds.
The bad news for Harford County baseball fans: Aberdeen's three games against Auburn are in New York, July 28-30.
Calvert Hall wide receiver Morgan Scroggins, who had more than 500 receiving yards last fall, including two touchdown catches in last season's Turkey Bowl win, has committed to play for Towson. Scroggins made his announcement Wednesday on Twitter. At 6 feet, 200 pounds, Scroggins said he was recruited as an athlete and most likely will play slot receiver. He liked the interest the Towson coaches showed in him as well as the closeness of the campus to home. "Towson was the only school that offered me. They talked to me constantly," Scroggins said. "When I took an unofficial visit to Towson, I felt like it was home. All the coaches knew who I was. They knew me very well and they interacted with my mom which was big. It's right here and it's great that I can have everybody come out to my games."
For more of Katherine Dunn's blog post on Scroggins, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Maryland wide receiver Juwann Winfree, who was suspended indefinitely last week by coach Randy Edsall, has withdrawn from the university, an athletic department spokesman said Wednesday. No reason was given for the suspension — his second; he was suspended two games last season as a freshman — though sources familiar with his situation said that it was the result of the talented receiver's not following a number of team rules. One of Winfree's former teammates, Jaquille Veii, is likely headed to Towson, sources familiar with Veii said Wednesday. Veii asked for his release from the Terps after spring practice, when it became apparent that he would likely be no better than the third-string tailback going into the fall. Veii, formerly a wide receiver, was moved to tailback as a sophomore last season. Veii will likely play both positions for the Tigers and will not have to sit out since he is moving from the Football Bowl Subdivision level to the Football Championship level.
Field hockey: Washington College named Steph Harryman, who graduated from the school in 2014, as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She spent last year as an assistant coach at Oberlin.
Women's tennis: Maria Siopacha, a Cyprus Federation Cup team member since 2012 and her nation's top-ranked junior and women's open player, signed a letter of intent to attend UMBC.
Daughter to hold barre class in Terry Truax's memory
Annie Truax, daughter of former Towson men's basketball coach Terry Truax, who died in February, will teach a charity barre class in her father's memory Saturday at 10 a.m. at REV Cycle Studio, McHenry Row, 1718 Whetstone Way. All proceeds from the Father's Day weekend event, titled "You're Stronger Than You Think," will go toward Coaches vs. Cancer, an affiliate of the American Cancer Society. The class costs $36. Barre exercises use ballet-type movement to improve balance, stimulate the core and increase stamina, flexibility and strength. For more information, go to bmoretoned.com, call 410-727-4738 or email email@example.com.
Men's soccer: Playing his first game as a pro, rookie defender Joseph Greenspan (Navy) started and scored on a header in the 32nd minute as Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids earned a 4-1 win over the United Soccer League's Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Greenspan "was one of the best players on the field tonight," said Rapids director of soccer Claudio Lopez, running the team in place of suspended head coach Pablo Mastroeni. "There were no doubts."
Women's soccer: The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League waived defender Alex Singer, who played in five games, starting three, this season. The New York native signed in June 2014 from Turbine Potsdam in Germany and made 11 starts.
Men's tennis: Grigor Dimitrov, the world's 11th-ranked player, has committed to play in the Citi Open. He joins previously announced No. 3 Andy Murray, No. 5 Kei Nishikori and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. The tournament will be Aug. 1-9 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington. The full player field will be released next week.
Varsity football: The Big 33 Football Classic on Saturday from Hershey, Pa., will be broadcast live on Channel 54. The 58th annual event, which pits the top players from Maryland against their Pennsylvania counterparts, will begin at 7:08 p.m. The game will also be streamed live at big33.org, and updates will be available on Twitter @Big33classic. The Maryland team defeated Pennsylvania, 31-24, in double overtime last year.
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Varsity girls track and field: Jackie McNulty of Oakdale was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Maryland Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
NHL: The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year, one-way contract. He will earn $750,000 during the 2015-16 season and $875,000 in 2016-17. Schmidt, 23, had one goal and three assists in a career-high 39 games with the Capitals last season.