WVIE changes format, drops local sports talk
Three local sports talk show hosts — Stan "The Fan" Charles, Jerry Coleman and Rob Long — are without a home at radio station WVIE (1370AM) as of Friday morning, when the station started moving to a mainly network news-talk format. The official move to news-talk won't come until Monday, when the station goes to 12-hours-a-day, Monday-through-Friday programming from America's Radio News, a news service that is carried on more than 100 stations nationally. The station will have local news, weather, traffic and sports provided by its Maryland News Center. The format is expected to be branded as "all news all day," in synergy with sister station, WCBM (680 AM), a conservative talk outlet. V-1370 will continue its relationship with Fox Sports Radio for midday updates and evening and weekend programs from Fox Sports Talk.
Salisbury appoints new women's basketball coach
Salisbury has hired Kelly Lewandowski as women's basketball coach. Lewandowski spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Gettysburg, and the team reached the Sweet 16 of the Division III NCAA tournament during the 2009-10 season. Prior to her stint at Gettyburg, she was an assistant at her alma mater Scranton in 2007-08, with the team winning a conference title and appearing in the NCAA tournament. Said Salisbury athletic director Michael Vienna: "We feel very fortunate to have been able to attract Kelly to lead our women's basketball program as she is a rising star in the coaching profession."
Men's lacrosse: UMBC named Ed Stephenson associate head coach more than a decade after his first tour with the Retrievers. Stephenson, who served as the coach at Binghamton from the program's inception in 2001 until March, returns to Baltimore, where he was the first full-time assistant coach for UMBC from 1995 to 2000. With Binghamton, he earned America East Coach of the Year honors in 2004 as the Bearcats were the nation's top team in scoring defense and led Binghamton to six consecutive America East tournaments (2004-2009). "I am absolutely thrilled to have Ed Stephenson return to UMBC," head coach Don Zimmerman said. "He has proven himself to be one of the top defensive minds in the game of lacrosse and is admired and respected by his colleagues."
Women's lacrosse: The Navy women's lacrosse team announced its incoming Class of 2015, featuring 12 players, including four US Lacrosse All-Americans and three players from the state of Maryland: defenders Sarah George (Dulaney) and Molly Nantz (Leonardtown) and midfielder Jordan Snyder (C. Milton Wright). Navy went 15-6 in 2011, winning its second consecutive Patriot League championship en route to the NCAA tournament.
Terps: Highlighted by a national championship in field hockey, Maryland posted a best-ever 17th-place finish nationally in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Terrapins scored 858 points in the season-long competition, which assigns points based on an institution's finish in NCAA national competition in up to 20 sports — 10 women's and 10 men's. The program is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Academic honors: Frostburg State placed 95 players on the Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic team for the 2010-2011 year, 28.8 percent of all players. The women's soccer led the way with 17 players, making the list while women's volleyball placed 10.
Peer leads field for Citi Open in College Park
The full player field for the Citi Open," a WTA International Level women's professional tennis tournament, taking place from July 23 to July 31 at the Tennis Center at College Park was announced Friday. Leading the field for the inaugural event, previously known as the Mid-Atlantic Women's Tennis Championships, is Shahar Peer from Israel, who is ranked 22nd in the world. Other entrants include former world No. 5 Anna Chakvetadze from Russia; India's Sania Mirza; Australian Jelena Dokic, who has won six career WTA singles titles; China's Jie Zheng and Shuai Zhang; and 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist American Melanie Oudin.
Women's soccer: D.C. United Women of the W-League defeated the previously undefeated Long Island Rough Riders, 2-1, on Thursday night behind goals from Christie Welsh and Amalya Clayton at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. United Women (3-3-2) sit in third place in the Northeast Division with two games left to play, both of which are at home.
Boxing: Alexander "The Great" Johnson of Oxon Hill will fight Edgewood's Emmanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor in a junior welterweight bout at the D.C. Star Nightclub on July 16. Other Maryland fighters include light heavyweight Dale "Hit Hard as Hell" Robeson-EL of Randallstown, cruiserweight Venroy July of Suitland and featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow of Capitol Heights. For more information, go to UnitedBoxers.com.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League will hold open tryouts July 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kilby Center at the Annapolis Area Christian School. For registration information, go to BayAreaShuckers.com.
—From Sun staff and news services