Baltimore native Steve Kolbe, the Washington Capitals' radio play-by-play announcer the past 14 seasons, might not be back in the broadcast booth next season. The team has decided to create and publicly list a new position of director of radio broadcasting, and whoever fills that role will also do the team's play-by-play. Kolbe — who was born in Highlandtown, was raised near Catonsville and attended Mount St. Joseph — will be able to apply for the job and could remain the play-by-play voice in the new capacity. He called his 1,000th NHL game during the 2010-11 campaign.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
V. Williams-Paes pairing lifts Kastles at new stadium
Venus Williams teamed with Leander Paes in mixed doubles to help Washington defeat the Kansas City Explorers, 21-18, in overtime in World TeamTennis at new Kastles Stadium at the Wharf on the Southwest Washington waterfront.
—Shemar Woods, The Washington Post
Raley, Saunders help Bays Chelsea to U-19 region title
Jeremy Raley (Maryland) scored in the first half to help Baltimore Bays Chelsea defeat Lower Merion, the state champion from Pennsylvania, 1-0, and earn the Under-19 Region 1 championship this past weekend in Lancaster, Pa. Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, UMBC) recorded the shutout. The Bays won five games in five days to qualify for the nationals in Phoenix from July 26 to July 31. The Bays' U-18 squad will compete in the United States Development Academy national finals starting this weekend in Milwaukee.
Major League Lacrosse
Bayhawks goalie Phipps wins defensive honor
Chesapeake Bayhawks rookie goalie Brian Phipps (Maryland), who made a career-best 21saves in Saturday night's 13-11 victory over the Rochester Rattlers, was named Defensive Player of the Week by Major League Lacrosse. "Phipps was incredible on Saturday, and his confidence in the cage has been unmatched this season," Bayhawks coach Brendan Kelly said.
Bel Air's Bruck reaches Pitch, Hit & Run finals
Adam Bruck, 8, of Bel Air will compete Monday at the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals during All-Star Workout Day at Chase Field in Phoenix. Bruck, who will be representing the Orioles, is one of 24 finalists in the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball. More than 600,000 youths participated in more than 4,000 competitions across North America.
WNBA: Sylvia Fowles scored a season-high 34points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the host Chicago Sky defeated the Washington Mystics, 78-65, dropping them to 2-7. Epiphanny Prince added 14 points and five steals for the Sky, who ended a three-game skid. Marissa Coleman (Maryland) finished with 14 points for the Mystics, who shot 1-for-13 from 3-point range. Washington's Matee Ajavon and Jasmine Thomas added 11 points apiece. The Mystics were without leading scorer Crystal Langhorne (Maryland), who had a sore back, for a second straight game.
NFL: Leigh Bodden of the New England Patriots, who attended Northwestern in Hyattsville, is hosting Bowling with Bodden on July 18 from 6p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Lucky Strike in Washington to benefit the Leigh Bodden Foundation. The foundation aims to create and support programs that mentor, guide, inspire and prepare young people for success. Confirmed guests includes Ravens running back Ray Rice, Buffalo Bills linebacker Aaron Maybin (Mount Hebron) and former Maryland basketball guard Laron Profit. For information, go to bowlingwithbodden.eventbrite.com.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers will hold a dance team prep session Aug.20 and dance team auditions Aug. 21 at the Howard County Sports Center in Elkridge. For information, go to BayAreaShuckers.com.
Colleges: Towson's women's lacrosse guide, edited by Eric Rhew, was selected "Best in the Nation" by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The men's guide, also edited by Rhew, was selected as the nation's second best.
—From Sun staff and news services