Loyola's Patsos wins Skip Prosser Award

WNBA star McCoughtry makes Olympic team

March 31, 2012|Sports Digest

Loyola men's basketball

Patsos wins Skip Prosser Award

Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was named the 2012 recipient of the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award on Friday night at an awards banquet hosted by CollegeInsider.com at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. The award is named in honor and memory of Prosser, who was coach at Loyola, Xavier and Wake Forest before dying in July 2007. It recognizes coaches who achieve success on the basketball court and display moral integrity off it. Patsos recently completed his eighth season at Loyola, a year during which he guided the Greyhounds to a 24-9 overall record and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship for the first time since 1994. Prosser and Patsos are the only coaches to lead Loyola to the NCAA tournament, Prosser doing it in 1994. "To receive an award that is named for Skip Prosser who was just a wonderful person and coach is humbling," Patsos said. "He did tremendous things for the game of basketball, Loyola and all of the schools he coached, and he touched lives of those he met on and off the court."

More colleges

Forest Park alum Myers lands at Fla. International

Antoine Myers, a 2009 Forest Park graduate who spent a fifth year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., before heading to Pensacola (Fla.) State College, accepted a basketball scholarship offer this week from Florida International. Myers, a 6-foot-3, 190-point was also recruited by Arkansas-Little Rock, Gardner-Webb, Illinois-Chicago and South Alabama. "I took the long road," Myers said. "It's been a very long road for me. Finally I'm where I want to be."

For Matt Bracken's blog post on Myers, go to baltimoresun.com/recruiting report.

More men's basketball: Former Maryland coach Gary Williams will attend the Dick Vitale Gala on May 18 in Sarasota, Fla. Net proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer research in Florida through The V Foundation. For information, go to jimmyv.org.

Baseball: Visiting Maryland (17-10, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) dropped the first game of a three-game series, 10-3, to Boston College (11-14, 3-7 ACC). The second game was suspended in a 4-4 tie because of darkness and will be resumed today at noon, followed by the third game. ... Michael Trionfo (Calvert Hall) and Chris Acker (Atholton) teamed up for a seven-hitter and helped visiting Towson (13-12, 7-3) to a 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William and Mary (17-11, 5-5).

Women's basketball

WNBA star McCoughtry makes Olympic team

Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) was named to the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team for the first time Friday. The Americans will compete for their fifth consecutive gold medal this summer in London. McCoughtry, the first pick in the 2009 WNBA draft out of Louisville, was an All-WNBA first-team selection last season and set the single-game Finals scoring record of 38 points in October, breaking the record she previously held of 35.

College: Malina Howard and Tierney Pfirman, incoming freshmen at Maryland, will play in the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association's High School All-America game today in Denver. Howard, a post player from Twinsburg (Ohio) High, is rated the seventh-best player in this year's class, according to ESPN.com's Hoop Gurlz; Pfirman, a forward from South Williamsport (Pa.) Junior Senior High, is rated 22nd.

Et cetera

Backstrom could return from concussion tonight

As Nicklas Backstrom continues to practice without a setback, indications are growing that his return from a January concussion might be imminent. The Washington Capitals' No. 1 center might even return to the lineup tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center. On Wednesday, Backstrom and coach Dale Hunter were definitive that Backstrom would not play in Boston on Thursday. After Friday's skate, however, they were deliberately vague about his status for tonight. And while Backstrom wouldn't say if he's hoping that game will be his first since Jan. 3, neither he nor Hunter would rule it out. "There's no target date. It depends how I feel. Everything's possible," Backstrom said Friday after skating for the 17th time in the past 18 days. Backstrom has missed 40 games since he was elbowed in the head by Rene Bourque.

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post

Varsity equestrian: Archbishop Spalding won the InterSchool Horse Show league for the 2011-12 season. The team consisted of senior Kayleigh Mitchell; junior Rachel Dale; sophomores Savannah Granzow, Kelly Leihy, Mara Gillis and Elise Rizzi; and freshmen Brianna Sims, Erin Brown and Sarah Eichhorn. The Cavaliers rode at seven ISHS competitions since September, earning first place or second place five times, and compiling 284 points.

Boxing: Pvt. Marquis Moore of Marlow Heights in Prince George's County and a soldier with the 978th Quartermaster Company, recently won the 165-pound division of the Armed Forces Boxing Championships at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. Moore defeated Marines Lance Cpl. Felix Magallanez after the referee stopped their contest at 2 minutes, 27 seconds of the second round.

Major League Soccer: Maicon Santos scored two goals and assisted on one as he led host D.C. United to a 4-1 win over his former team, FC Dallas.

Golf: One of the Middle Atlantic PGA's largest tournaments, the Two-Person Scramble will be held Monday at Hunt Valley Golf Club in Phoenix. The field of 56 teams will play 27 holes.

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