DB Goins joins Terps, will have 2 years of eligibility
Defensive back Isaac Goins has signed a national letter of intent to play for Maryland, Terps coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday. Goins just completed a stellar two-year run at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback was a 2011 first-team All-Bay Valley Conference choice after making six interceptions and also was nominated for all-region honors. In addition, Goins, who will have two years of eligibility with the Terps, was selected to the 2011 academic all-conference team. "I'm happy that Isaac will be joining us," Edsall said. "He possesses excellent coverage skills and plays the ball very well in the air. He's also a good tackler. Isaac is a quality young man who is solid in the classroom, as well as on and off the field." As a freshman at Contra Costa, Goins started every game and posted 36tackles, four interceptions and eight pass breakups. A native of Hercules, Calif., Goins played at El Cerrito High, where he was a first team All-East Bay choice at wide receiver as a senior in 2009. He was also first team All-Alameda Contra Costa County Athletic League pick that season at defensive back and wide-out.
Baseball America names Bundy team's top prospect
When Baseball America published its rankings of the Orioles' top 10 prospects this week, the only question was whether pitcher Dylan Bundy or infielder Manny Machado would top the list. That honor went to Bundy, who was the club's top draft choice in June. Machado was No. 2 and infielder Jonathan Schoop was No. 3. The rest of the list: 4. Parker Bridwell, right-handed pitcher; 5. L.J. Hoes, outfielder-second baseman; 6. Nicky Delmonico, third baseman-first baseman; 7. Ryan Flaherty, infielder-outfielder; 8. Jason Esposito, third baseman; 9. Xavier Avery, outfielder; 10. Dan Klein, right-handed pitcher.
PA opening: The Orioles are looking for a new public address announcer to replace David McGowan, who has stepped down after 14 seasons because of a career change. "I feel so fortunate to have played even a small role in helping Orioles fans enjoy major league baseball in the best ballpark in the country," McGowan said. "It has truly been a privilege getting to serve the fans of Baltimore and to work for the Orioles organization." The new PA announcer will deliver all public address greetings, player introductions and other game-day announcements. For more details on the position and how to apply, go to orioles.com/voice.
UM women give leukemia survivors free admission
The No. 5 Maryland women's basketball team will join with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Team Tyler Foundation for Leukemia Awareness Night, which will be held Jan. 6 at the Terps' game against Georgia Tech. The Terps invite survivors and their families to come to the game for free. To register for free tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, the name of the survivor and the number of tickets you would like to request. Tickets will be placed at will call under the survivor's name for pickup on the day of the game. The Team Tyler Foundation was started in honor of coach Brenda Frese's 3-year-old son, Tyler Thomas, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2010.
Varsity boys basketball: Greg Brown hit the go-ahead 3-pointer, and Archbishop Spalding played the spoiler again Tuesday with a 47-45 upset of host No. 3 John Carroll (10-2). The Cavaliers have beaten two other ranked opponents, downing then-No. 11 Glenelg Country School, 65-57, on Dec.6 and then-No. 9 Digital Harbor, 77-63, on Dec. 8.
Horse racing: The Maryland Horse Industry Board presented its December Touch of Class Award last Thursday to Tiffany McClure, the International Professional Rodeo Association's 2010 world champion barrel racer. McClure grew up in Prince George's County and graduated from Anne Arundel Community College. The Touch of Class Award honors a Maryland horse, individual, team, organization or event that demonstrates the highest standard of excellence in the Maryland horse industry.
Table tennis: Peter Li, 18, of Laurel won the men's singles title at the USA National Table Tennis Championships last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va., defeating Han Xiao of Towson, 4-0, in a best-of-seven series. In the semifinals, Li was down 0-3 to Timothy Wang of Texas before winning four straight games, including a 16-14 seventh game. Xiao teamed with Wang to win men's doubles. Among other area players with notable performances: Centennial student Tong Tong Gong, 14, made the USA National Cadet Team for the second year in a row by pulling off five upsets, including a win over the top seed; Mort Greenberg of Perry Hall won over-80 singles; and Jeff Smart of Baltimore made the final of over-50 doubles.
—From Sun staff and news services