Women's college basketball
Terps' Frese wins WBCA Region 2 honor
Brenda Frese of the Maryland women's basketball team was named Women's Basketball Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year on Thursday. The honor makes her one of eight finalists for WBCA Division I Coach of the Year as voted by her peers. Frese and the second-seeded Terrapins (30-4) will take on third-seeded Texas A&M (24-10) in the NCAA tournament's Raleigh Regional semifinal Sunday at 12:04 p.m. The game will be shown on ESPN.
Men's college basketball
BCCC advances to 5th/6th-place game at nationals
Sean Farr (Dunbar) had a team-high 20 points on 10-for-12 shooting as Baltimore City Community College defeated Johnson County (Kan.) CC, 74-65, on Thursday in the losers' bracket of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament in Danville, Ill. The Region XX champion Panthers (25-11) advance to the 5th/6th-place game Saturday at 3 p.m. against the winner of a game between Louisburg CC (N.C.) and either Lakeland (Ohio) or South Mountain (Ariz.). For BCCC on Thursday, Theodore West added 12 points, and Carlos Smith (Forest Park) scored nine and added 11 rebounds and four assists. BCCC dominated the paint, outscoring the Jaguars 54-26. The Panthers lost Wednesday night, 85-64, to third-seeded CC of Rhode Island despite 23 points and 10 rebounds by Farr.
Eighttofasttocatch aims to repeat in Johnson Stakes
Defending champion Eighttofasttocatch is the 4-5 favorite for Saturday's $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes, the 11/8-mile closing-day feature of the winter meeting at Laurel Park. Eighttofasttocatch (4-5) won five races at Laurel in 2011, including four stakes races, with an average Beyer Speed figure exceeding 100 and finished fourth in the voting for Maryland-bred Horse of the Year behind graded winners Ben's Cat, Ask the Moon and Havelock. The son of Not For Love made his 6-year-old debut with a fourth-place finish in the General George Handicap (Grade 2) on Feb. 20.
Sean Taylor murder-trial date set for next month
The long-delayed trial of four men in the killing of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor is set to begin April 16. Attorneys for several of the defendants appeared in Miami-Dade state court briefly Thursday morning to request the move of a pre-trial hearing from April 5 to April 12, which Circuit Judge Dennis J. Murphy granted. Barring a delay that day, the trial would begin the following Monday. Taylor was killed Nov. 27, 2007, at the peak of his career, when he was shot in the leg while confronting intruders in the South Miami home where he had been asleep with his girlfriend and their daughter.
—Amy Shipley, The Washington Post
Varsity basketball: Justin Anderson of Montrose Christian was Gatorade Maryland Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Anderson, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior forward, led the Mustangs to a 21-2 record while averaging 18.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals. He has signed a letter of intent to attend Virginia.
Youth gymnastics: Three gymnasts from the Harford Gymnastics Training Center — Lydia Thompson, a level 10 competitor from Bel Air; Ashley Kutcher, a level 8 competitor from Bel Air; and Caitlyn Allen, a level 7 competitor from Forest Hill — won Strength of Character Awards at the Pink Invitational on Feb. 25-27 in Philadelphia.
Women's college track and field: UMES shot-putter Vanessa Henry was namedMid-Eastern Athletic Conference Field Performer of the Week. ... Navy is picked to finish second to Bucknell in the Patriot League outdoor preseason poll.
—From Sun staff and news services