New Jersey standout guard Amayo commits to Towson

Gilman's Gaia picks Penn St., is targeted for defensive line

May 10, 2011|By Sports Digest

College basketball

New Jersey standout guard Amayo commits to Towson

New Towson coach Pat Skerry scored a recruiting coup when 6-foot-5, 210-pound combination guard Kelvin Amayo of Hillside, N.J., committed to the Tigers on Monday. Amayo, from NIA Prep in Newark, picked Towson from a group of suitors that included Providence, Seton Hall and the College of Charleston. He told that Skerry said he would run the offense. Amayo said: "He just came in and did a great job recruiting me. Before he even got the job, he came to the NIA gym and said he needed me. He said I'm going to probably play 33 minutes [per game] and I'll be the face of Towson, so I'd rather do that." Amayo averaged 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Matt Bracken

More men: Three Baltimore City Community College players have decided to play at four-year schools. Freshman guard Brandon Belt (Arundel) signed with Division II Gannon, sophomore guard Micah Fraction will attend Division II Kutztown and sophomore guard Craig Ryan (John Carroll) is headed to DivisionIII Salisbury.

Women: Maryland junior center Lynetta Kizer accepted an invitation to attend the USA Women's World University Games Team Trials on May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is one of 35 players invited.

College football

Gilman's Gaia picks Penn St., is targeted for defensive line

Gilman junior lineman Brian Gaia committed last weekend to Penn State, choosing the Nittany Lions over offers from Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Gaia, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive tackle and offensive tackle, was a first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection for his play on the Greyhounds' offensive line last fall. In State College, Gaia — who recorded 13 tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble — is pegged for the defensive line. For more on Matt Bracken's blog post, go to

More commitments: Meade defensive back-kicker returner Aaron Barr and Arundel wide receiver Tyler Washington committed to Shepherd.

More colleges

Towson's Dawson wins PGA Minority golf tournament

Towson junior Airielle Dawson grabbed an early lead and never let go, shooting a career-low final round of 72 Sunday to take women's medalist honors in a runaway at the 25th annual PGA of America Minority Collegiate Golf Championships on the Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Dawson, who won by seven strokes, was offered a waiver-fee exemption into the first stage of LPGA Qualifying School, which she plans to accept.

Men's golf: Loyola, which won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, will play in the NCAA Regional hosted by Arizona at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort on May 19-21.

Men's lacrosse: Frostburg State freshman goalie Tyler Haines (Winters Mill) was named Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Baseball: Senior Mike Thomas (Fallston) set a Rider record Saturday with his 27th career victory, breaking the mark set in 1957 by Leo Chester. Thomas improved to 7-2 this season by defeating St. Peter's, 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. Thomas struck out four, giving him 264 for his career, also a Broncs record. … Towson senior first baseman Austin Harclerode (Centennial) was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week. … Frostburg State senior second baseman Matt Greene (South Carroll) was named CAC Player of the Week; York sophomore Joey Couch (Centennial) was selected as Pitcher of the Week. ... CCBC-Essex (23-22) earned the No.6 seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Division II tournament and will face seventh-seeded Rappahannock CC at 11a.m. today at Cecil College; the winner will face Cecil at 2 p.m., with the victor of that matchup advancing to double-elimination play.

Softball: Salisbury (33-4) will open the NCAA tournament as the third seed in its eight-team regional. The Sea Gulls will play sixth-seeded Farmingdale State on Thursday at 2 p.m. Emory is seeded first and Rowan second. … Stevenson (22-17-1) earned its first postseason berth when it was selected to play in the eight-team ECAC Division III South championship. The Mustangs are seeded fourth and will host fifth-seeded Wilson (22-11) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. … Salisbury sophomore catcher Michelle Gravdahl (Long Reach, York senior outfielder Karen Carr (Lansdowne) and York senior first baseman Michelle Barwick (Dulaney) made the Capital One Academic College Division All-District team.

Men's track and field: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute senior thrower Ja'Mar Watson (Glenelg) was named Liberty League Field Athlete of the week.

Men's tennis: Washington College senior Adam Cranford (John Carroll) was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year, and Johns Hopkins' Chuck Willenborg was selected as Coach of the Year. Joining Cranford on the singles first team were Hopkins junior Warren Elgort and sophomore Andy Hersh. The doubles first team includes Hopkins junior Jacob Barnaby and senior Casey Blythe and Washington junior Kevin Papen and junior Aaron Ellison. Four Hopkins players made the second team: senior Andrew Wang and Blythe in singles and Elgort and Wang in doubles.

Women's swimming: Senior Maria Woodman (Institute of Notre Dame) received a New York University Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award.

— From Sun staff and news services

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