Digest: Trio of varsity athletes win Brian Piccolo Memorial Award

April 30, 2012|Sports Digest


Trio of athletes win Brian Piccolo Memorial Award

Erika Armetta (Bel Air), Anna Marie Liberatore (IND), and Katelin Mozingo (Fallston) each received the Brian Piccolo Memorial Award from the Northern Chesapeake Chapter of UNICO, an Italian-American service organization that awards scholarships, provides grants for research and supports charities. The awards are given to high school students of Italian heritage who exemplify the character traits of Piccolo, the Wake Forest and Chicago Bears running back who died of cancer in 1970 at age 26 and whose life was the subject of the 1971 film "Brian's Song." Armetta swam and played field hockey and lacrosse for Bel Air; Liberatore played softball and soccer for IND; and Mozingo ran cross country and played soccer and lacrosse for Fallston. The athletes received their awards Sunday at a ceremony in Baltimore, where Don Piccolo, Brian's brother, and Bob Oplinger, a former teammate at Wake Forest, gave emotional speeches in which they recounted Brian's impact on their lives and congratulated this year's recipients.

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Shuckers fall to Lightning, 129-109, in ACPBL 2nd round

The Bay Area Shuckers fell to the host Hartford Lightning, 129-109 in an Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League second-round playoff game Sunday afternoon. The Shuckers were led by Adrian Bowie (Maryland) with 35 points, Terry Hosley (Parkville/Maryland Bible) with 23 and Jamarr Johnson with 22 points and 11rebounds.

College baseball: Host Virginia Tech (30-16, 10-14 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored three early runs and tacked on three more late in a 6-2, series-clinching victory over Maryland (28-19, 8-16) on Sunday afternoon. Jordan Hagel led the Maryland offense by going 3-for-4. ... Senior Max Himmelstein returned to the lineup for host UMBC (9-32, 1-13 America East) and hit his conference-leading eighth home run of the year, but Stony Brook (34-10, 12-2) won the series finale, 17-1, on Sunday to complete a weekend sweep. ... Junior left-hander Kevin Ferguson pitched a one-hit shutout and faced the minimum 27 batters as he led host Northeastern (17-21, 7-14) to a 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory and a sweep of Towson (20-25, 10-11) in the final game of their three-game weekend series. The Huskies handed Towson its first three-game series sweep of the season and dealt a blow to the Tigers' CAA tournament hopes. Northeastern came into the series with a six-game losing streak and was last in the conference standings.

College softball: Maryland (32-18, 8-7 ACC) outhit Boston College 12-2 to beat the Eagles (22-26, 2-16) in five innings, 11-0. The Terps clinched their third straight ACC series win and second league sweep of the season. Senior Vangie Galindo outhit the Eagles herself with three on the day, while senior Kathy McLaughlin and sophomore Amanda McCann each had two. ... Host Maine's Jennifer Eberhardt hit a one-out fly ball to center field and Brynne Davis raced home with the game's only run as the Black Bears (15-26-1, 6-7-1 Colonial Athletic Association) finished a sweep of UMBC (19-28,1-14) with a 1-0 win.

Men's college golf: Led by five players among the top 16, Navy captured the program's sixth Patriot League championship by edging archrival Army (295-290-296—881) by three strokes at the Bucknell University Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. The Mids, who finished the tournament with a 38-over-par 878 (288-290-300), claimed the conference crown for the sixth time in the past 14 years and the first time since 2008. The Midshipmen earned an automatic bid to play in the NCAA Regionals on May 17-19 at a site to be determined. Pat Owen was voted the league's Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his 22-year Navy coaching career.

Women's college tennis: Eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins (16-5) claimed its sixth straight Centennial Conference title with a 5-0 win over third-seeded Swarthmore (10-6). The Blue Jays earn the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.

Men's college tennis: 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins won its sixth straight Centennial Conference crown and seventh in the past eight years when it defeated 27th-ranked Swarthmore, 5-1. The Blue Jays (17-4) earn the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.

Women's college water polo: Allison Campbell and Zoe Respondek had two goals apiece for No. 14 Maryland (20-7), but No. 13 Princeton (28-4) scored twice late to pull away for a 6-5 victory in the College Water Polo Association Eastern Championship game, earning an automatic berth in the NCAA championship. The second-seeded Tigers got fourth-period goals from Taylor Dunstan and Brittany Zwirner to break a 4-all tie.

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