Report: Mount to hire VCU assistant as men's basketball coach
Jamion Christian, an assistant to Shaka Smart at Virginia Commonwealth, will take over as men's basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's, CBSSports.com reported Saturday. Sources told the website that Christian, who played at the school from 2000 to 2004, has agreed to a deal to replace Robert Burke. Christian joined Smart's staff at VCU this season after spending three years at William & Mary. Christian is a native of Virginia who also spent two seasons as director of basketball operations at Bucknell. He was a three-year captain at the Mount.
Junior college men's basketball: Baltimore City Community College (30-6) lost, 85-72, to Louisburg (N.C.) College (25-12) in the 5th-place/6th-place game at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament in Danville, Ill., despite 22 points from Zafir Williams and 20 from Sean Farr (Dunbar). Farr led the Panthers with nine rebounds and five assists. BCCC's Christian Diboko scored a career-high 14 points and added eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Louisburg shot 6-for-11 from 3-point range, compared with 1-for-6 by BCCC.
Women's gymnastics: Although senior Kacy Catanzaro finished first on vault with a meet record 9.975 score and tied for first on bars (9.85), Towson finished second to host Pennsylvania at the closest ECAC championship meet ever. Penn won with a 194.400 score; the Tigers were second with 194.375 score. ... Maryland scored a 195.950, the 11th-best score in program history, and totaled a program-best on vault for the second straight meet to propel the Terps to a third-place finish at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships in Pittsburgh.
Baseball: Eric Whaley pitched six strong innings as host Miami (19-4, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to a 9-1 series-clinching victory over Maryland (15-9, 1-7 ACC). David Carroll (2-1) took the loss. ... Chris Acker earned his first save of the season as he pitched 31/3 innings of scoreless relief to help Towson (12-10, 6-3) earn a 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory at Delaware (10-14, 4-5). ... ... Freshman Ian Glassman lined a single through the left side of the infield in the top of the ninth, driving in senior Mike Lafferty (Mount St. Joseph), to give UMBC (6-11) the lead and then senior Josh Dick sent Tulane (15-7) down in order to preserve the Retrievers' 3-2 win.
Softball: Haley Ward and Alina Moriarty each homered, leading host Norfolk State to a 2-1 victory over Coppin State (7-14, 0-1) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Men's swimming: Johns Hopkins junior Nick Schmidt set two school records at the NCAA Division III championships Friday night in Indianapolis. Schmidt broke the record in the 200 butterfly, placing second in the consolation final, 10th overall, in 1 minute, 49.37 seconds. The Hopkins 800 freestyle relay team of Schmidt, sophomores Anthony Lordi and Will Kimball (St. Paul's) and junior Dylan Coggin broke the school mark with a time of 6:35.57 and finished third. Freshman Dylan Davis (Annapolis) placed seventh in the consolation final, 15th overall, in the 100 backstroke. He touched in 50.24 in the finals; his preliminary time of 50.03 was a career-best. Hopkins entered Saturday in seventh place with 147 points. Denison was first with 471 points, followed by Kenyon (359) and Emory (287).
Women's swimming: The Johns Hopkins women's 800 freestyle relay team broke the school record at the NCAA Division III championships Friday night. Senior Elizabeth Rogers, freshman Ana Bogdanovski and sophomores Alex Ladd and Sarah Rinsma finished fifth in 7:27.09. Sophomore Taylor Kitayama finished eighth in the 100 backstroke, touching in 56.70. Hopkins entered Saturday, the final day of the championship, with 114 points and was tied for sixth place. Emory topped the standings with 436 points, with Williams (354) and Denison (309) rounding out the top three.
Featherstone wins East Coast middleweight belt
Jerome Featherstone, a former wrestler at Boys' Latin, won the East Coast Championship middleweight boxing belt by defeating Logan Trout on a Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh card that served as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Central Maryland on Friday night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Featherstone will defend his title May4 at Du Burns Arena. Other winners were Baltimore's Jahmal Dyer (junior welterweight), Rick Foxwell (junior welterweight), Douge Campese (middleweight) and Amelia Moore (junior welterweight) and Pittsburgh's Ray Benavides (junior welterweight). Ben Lamp (heavyweight) of the Marines defeated Justin Richard from the Navy.
Varsity boys lacrosse: Devin McNamara had a hat trick and Deemer Class had two goals and two assists as No. 3 Loyola won, 15-3, against Upper Arlington (Ohio) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Dons (4-1) scored seven straight goals in the third quarter to pull away.
Varsity baseball: Jordan Cargile pitched a two-hitter as visiting Eastern Tech upset No. 13 Franklin, 4-1.
Minor league basketball: The host Bay Area Shuckers (6-7) completed their inaugural home-season schedule with a 107-91 victory over the Manhattan Pride (1-10). Adrian Bowie (Maryland) had 26 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Shuckers, and Eric Bigby contributed 26 points, five rebounds and four blocks.
NHL: The Washington Capitals assigned forward Cody Eakin to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
—From Sun staff and news services