Digest: Mike Preston named Md. Sportswriter of Year

Terps men to host Hartford in lacrosse season opener Feb. 18

January 10, 2012|Sports Digest

Ravens

Preston named Md. Sportswriter of Year

The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston, who has covered the Ravens since the franchise came to Baltimore in 1996, first as a beat reporter and then as a columnist, has been honored as the Maryland Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Preston, who has worked for The Sun since 1983, is a native of Essex and a graduate of Towson State, where he played football. He will be honored at the organization's 53rd annual awards event in June in Salisbury, N.C. This is Preston's first Sportswriter of the Year honor. The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec won the award last year. Pete Gilbert of WBAL-TV was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year. In addition, Bob Costas of NBC Sports and John Feinstein of The Washington Post were elected to the NSSA's Hall of Fame, Dan Shulman of ESPN was named National Sportscaster of the Year and Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated was honored as National Sportswriter of the Year.

Painting the town: This morning and afternoon, members of the Ravens' grounds crew will visit the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center near McDaniel College and Towson's Patriot Plaza to paint the team's logo at each location. The group will be joined by Ravens front office staff, cheerleaders and team mascots to hand out giveaways to fans who attend. Late tonight and into Wednesday morning, Ravens front office staff will continue to paint the Ravens logo and the mantra "RELENTLESS" at more than 500 locations throughout the area. Locations will consist of high-traffic areas, hospitals, libraries and other businesses such as Hunt Valley Town Center, Westminster Town Mall, Aberdeen Town Hall, Cross Street Market and the Inner Harbor.

Maryland men's lacrosse

Terps to host Hartford in season opener Feb. 18

Maryland's 2012 men's lacrosse schedule, released Monday, features six games against teams that made the NCAA tournament last season. The home schedule includes the first-ever meeting with Hartford on Feb. 18 to open the season, a game against Virginia on March 31 at noon in a rematch of the 2011 NCAA championship game, as well as the annual game with Navy (7 p.m. April 6). Other highlights include: a visit to Georgetown (Feb. 24); a rematch of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference title game vs. Duke (March 3); a road game at UMBC (March. 6); a trip to North Carolina (March 24); a home game against Virginia (March 31); and a visit to Johns Hopkins for the Terps' 108th game against the Blue Jays (April 14). Tickets will not be needed for the home finale April 28 vs. Bellarmine; that will be the featured athletic event of Maryland Day and will be open to the public.

Et cetera

UMBC bowling coach Brummell to step down

Sharon Brummell, one of the most successful coaches in the history of college bowling, is retiring from coaching and leaving her position as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at UMES. Brummell, who is in her 14th year as coach, will leave effective Sunday to become the associate athletic director for business and finance and senior woman administrator at Georgetown. "I will always be a Hawk," said an emotional Brummell, speaking after she informed her team of her decision. "This university has given me so much, and I love it here. This was an incredibly hard decision for me to make, but they approached me about this position and I see in it a tremendous opportunity for development and growth in athletics. I had to make a decision about what was best for me and I believe this is too good to turn down." Brummell, the 2008 and 2010 National Tenpins Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, has coached the Hawks to three national championships. In 2011, UMES won the NCAA championship and the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate Championship, becoming the first team to capture both in the same year. Brummell is the only woman to lead her team to an NCAA championship and the only African-American coach to win the NCAA and USBC titles. Kristina Frahm, a four-time All-American at UMES, will take over as interim coach.

College football: After completing the best turnaround in the Football Championship Subdivision football, Towson was ranked ninth in the final Sports Network/Fathead.com poll. The Tigers (9-3) won their first Colonial Athletic Association championship made their first-ever FCS playoff appearance this season.

Women's college basketball: Maryland sophomore Alyssa Thomas was selected as the ACC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Men's college basketball: Maryland center Alex Len was honored as the ACC Rookie of the Week. … St. Mary's junior guard Chris Hutchinson (New Town) was named the PrestoSports/Pride of Maryland Player of the Week. … Loyola's game at Fairfield on Friday has been moved to a 9p.m. tipoff. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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