Oneda named Md. Runner of the Year
The Gatorade Co., in collaboration with ESPNHS, announced Hannah Oneda (Winters Mill) as the Maryland Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year on Thursday. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the course. The first Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from the school, Oneda is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award, to be announced this month. The 5-foot-5 senior raced to the Class 2A individual state championship last season with a time of 18minutes, 28 seconds, leading the Falcons to fourth place. The 2011 Baltimore Sun Cross Country Runner of the Year, Oneda earned sixth place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 18:26.6, and qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where she finished 33rd with a time of 18:21.
Football: Gilman star Cyrus Jones Jr. is one of 53 seniors chosen for Parade magazine's 49th annual All-America High School Football Team, which will be published Sunday. Jones, who last week announced his commitment to Alabama, was selected as an all-purpose player.
2nd-half run lifts last-place SharX past Blast, 17-12
In the first of four games in 20 days between the teams at opposite ends of the Major Indoor Soccer League's Eastern Division standings, the host Norfolk SharX earned a 17-12 win over the first-place Blast. Miguel Ferrer led the SharX (2-11) with a 3-point goal and a 2-point goal. Rookie J.T. Noone paced the Blast with two goals, and rookies Nicki Paterson and Stephen DeRoux each added one goal. The Blast (10-4) took a 4-2 lead in the second quarter on a goal by Shaun David before Gary Brooks and Marcos Schmidt scored to give Norfolk its first lead of the game at 7-4. The SharX got three goals in the high-scoring third quarter to take a 14-10 lead. Despite goals from Paterson and DeRoux to open the second half and regain a Blast lead at 8-7, the SharX continued to fight hard, resulting in goals from Matthew Delicate and Gerson Dos Santos for an 11-8 lead. Noone scored his second goal of the night to cut the SharX lead to 11-10, but Ferrer answered with his second goal, a three-pointer, to extend Norfolk's lead to 14-10 heading into the final quarter. Adriano Dos Santos scored for the Blast in the fourth quarter, but James Gunderson knocked in a 3-point goal against the Blast's sixth attacker to clinch the victory.
Russell, Kobiskie to be honored for winning titles
The Maryland Jockey Club will make presentations to jockey Sheldon Russell and trainer Dane Kobiskie between races Saturday afternoon for finishing atop the standings at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course a year ago. Russell, who will be honored before the fifth race, rode 126 winners at the major Maryland tracks in 2011 and captured all three meet titles (Laurel winter, Pimlico spring and Laurel fall). Kobiskie will be honored one race later. The former rider saddled 58 winners at Laurel and Pimlico during the 2011 campaign, earning victories at a 28 percent rate.
More horse racing: The winning streak was stopped at seven for C & B Stable's Call of a Lion, who finished third against starter allowance company at Laurel Park. Regal Nurse and Fix You beat Call of a Lion to the finish line in the one-mile test.
UMBC women's soccer: Former Towson coach Leslie Wray has been named coach of the Retrievers. Wray coached the Tigers from 1999 to 2006 and recorded the most victories of any coach in that program's history.
D.C. United: The club selected Louisville midfielder Nick DeLeon with the seventh overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft. DeLeon is United's lone selection.
Capitals: Captain Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Dennis Wideman were selected to participate in the NHL All-Star festivities, to be held Jan.26-29 in Ottawa, Ontario. Ovechkin and Wideman will be part of the All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Jan. 26 to determine teams for the All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday and the All-Star Game on Sunday. Ovechkin will make his fifth consecutive NHL All-Star appearance, tying Peter Bondra for the Capitals record. Wideman will be making his first appearance at an NHL All-Star Game. … Forward Cody Eakin was recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
—From Sun staff and news services