Mount St. Mary's Phelan, Rono make inaugural NEC Hall class
Former Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Jim Phelan and Mount long distance runner Peter Rono are among eight charter members of the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame induction class announced Tuesday. Phelan, who was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, won 830 games at the Mount, ranking fifth all-time among NCAA Division I coaches; his 1,354 games coached is the all-time NCAA record. Phelan is the only person to coach 49 years at one school and ranks second all-time in the NCAA for most seasons coached. Over his career, the Philadelphia native coached 19 teams to 20-win seasons. He led the Mount to the 1962 NCAA College Division national championship, one of five Final Four appearances (1957, 1961, 1962, 1981 and 1985) for the program under his watch. Rono is the only performer in conference history to win an Olympic gold medal. While a student at the Mount and the youngest competitor in the field, he won the 1,500 meters at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, in 3 minutes, 35.96 seconds. That same year, he became a three-time NCAA individual champion with wins in the indoor 800 and 1,500 meters, along with the outdoor 1,500 meters. . In 1990, Rono was the runner-up at the NCAA outdoor championships in the 1,500 meters behind teammate Kip Cheruiyot, and also crossed the tape second in the mile at the 1990 NCAA indoor meet.
More men's college basketball: UMES has signed 6-foot-11 center Olatunji "TJ" Kosile from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., for the 2011-12 season. Kosile, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, has averaged 3.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks through seven games this season; he spent 2009-10 season with nationally ranked Northwest Florida State College.
Football: Navy has received 7,000 requests for donated tickets for the Dec. 23 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. "There is more enthusiasm and interest by our military in California to attend this game than any previous bowl game over the past eight years," athletic director Chet Gladchuk said. "The requests we have to date far outnumber the tickets we can purchase through donations. We still need a significant number of donated tickets from our alumni and friends to help us help our midshipmen, military and their families become a part of another successful Navy bowl experience." Among those requesting tickets are more than 1,000 sailors and marines that will be returning from deployment the week of the game. Fans can buy or donate tickets at navysports.com or by calling 800-US4-NAVY. … Navy will play a home-and-home series with Texas State, meeting Nov. 17, 2012, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and Sept. 19, 2015, at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos. …
Men's lacrosse: Loyola was picked to finish second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and five of its players were selected to the Preseason All-ECAC team: defender Steve Dircks, goalkeeper Jake Hagelin (Boys' Latin), midfielder Josh Hawkins, midfielder Eric Lusby (Severna Park) and faceoff specialist John Schiavone.
Baseball: UMBC named senior catcher Rick Phillips and shortstop Rich Conlon co-captains. Phillips was a co-captain last season.
Wrestling: Maryland senior Mike Letts has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week.
Women's soccer: Wilmington (Del.) senior defender Danielle Niccoli (Kenwood) and sophomore forward Brittany Rhodes (Eastern Tech) were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II All-East third team.
Baltimore Bays Chelsea is No. 1 nationally for 2010
The Baltimore Bays Chelsea were selected as the No.1 team in Soccer America's annual ranking of the best boys clubs in the country for the third straight year. The Bays outdistanced CASL, which moved up to No. 2, LAFC Cosmos, the Michigan Wolves and PDA. The Bays Chelsea won the under-15 boys title at the U.S. Youth Soccer national championships for the third year in a row and had teams finish third and fifth in the two 2010 Development Academy age groups at Finals Week. The Bays have won four USYS titles in the past three years to give them a record eight boys crowns. Forward Michael Gamble was named to the 2010 Development Academy U-15/16 Starting XI and was recently added to the under-17 national pool. Midfielders Romy Hernandez and Nate Hall have spent time on the U.S. under-15 national team. Andrew Harris, Malcolm Harris and Seth Moses have just been called into the under-18 national pool. One of the young Bays players just breaking into the national team program is Tyler Gabarra, son of Jim and Carin Gabarra, both former U.S. internationals. Clubs were judged on the success of their teams in national youth competitions from 2008 to 2010 and the selection of their players to national teams in 2010.
Capitals lose defenseman Schultz for 4-6 weeks
Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz will miss four to six weeks with a fractured thumb, which he suffered late in the second period Monday night on the penalty kill when a shot by the Toronto Maple Leafs' Luke Schenn hit his hand. Schultz has averaged 21 minutes, 26 seconds of ice time per game along with a team-high average of 3:30 while shorthanded each outing.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Varsity baseball: John Carroll's Brendan Butler was named a 2011 Under Armour Preseason All-American by the Baseball Factory's scouting department. He was invited to attend the Under Armour Preseason All-America Tournament on Jan. 14-16 in Tucson, Ariz.
—From Sun staff and news services