Digest: Lombardozzi's dad to coach Good Counsel baseball

St. Frances guard Saddler picks UNC-Greensboro

September 24, 2012|Sports Digest

Varsity baseball

Lombardozzi's dad to coach Good Counsel

 Good Counsel in Olney announced the hiring Friday of Steve Lombardozzi Sr., 52, as baseball coach. When his schedule will allow it, Steve Jr. (Atholton), a Washington Nationals infielder-outfielder, hopes to lend a hand, too. "I'm excited for him," Steve Jr., 24, said. "I think he's going to have fun. It's close near our house. He works really well with kids. And he spends a lot of time and enjoys helping kids and he'll be able to see progress and hopefully impact kids lives on and off the field." The elder Lombardozzi has coached amateur baseball in the past and served as the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league infield coordinator in 2010. He has worked with high school baseball players in the past but never coached a high school team. Good Counsel's baseball season begins in March and lasts through May, which overlaps with Nationals spring training and the regular season. Good Counsel finished 18-10 last season, falling in the second round of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament for the second straight season. They last won the title in 2010. Steve Jr. hopes to help his father as much as possible. Between the two of them, Good Counsel might have the most professional baseball experience of any high school team in the area. "I'll go over and help out," Steve Jr. said. "And go around and hang out with the team here and there. That'll be fun."

James Wagner, The Washington Post

Colleges

St. Frances guard Saddler picks UNC-Greensboro

St. Frances guard Tevon Saddler committed Sunday to UNC-Greensboro. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior said he chose the Spartans over offers from Delaware, St. Joseph's, South Florida and Southern Mississippi. "Everything there is great," Saddler said. "Everything is organized. The coaches have a strong bond together. The players have a strong bond together. Coaches and players communicate well." Saddler will join Kayel Locke, a 2012 McDonogh graduate, on UNC-Greensboro's roster next fall.

Football: UMES announced the formation last week of a task force to help the institution assess a study that outlines what fielding an NCAA Division I football team would entail. Earlier this year, the administration hired a consulting firm to help it identify factors that should be considered in weighing such a decision. President Juliette B.Bell said the Alden & Associates report provides a map to follow in addressing the feasibility of offering football. "We still have a long way to go before a decision can be made," Bell said. "But it is important to have this independent perspective of what our institution should consider when assessing whether adding a football program makes sense." Bell asked the task force, chaired by Earl S. Richardson, to complete its work by December. Richardson is a UMES alumnus and president emeritus of Morgan State, which fields a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football team. UMES last fielded a football team in 1979, when the university had fewer than 1,000 students. Eleven of the MEAC's 13 member institutions field football teams.

Women's soccer: Junior Hayley Brock and senior Becky Kaplan each scored a goal to lead the No. 17 Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at No. 22 Wake Forest Sunday afternoon. For Kaplan, the goal was her team-leading ninth of the year and her fifth game-winner of the season. Brock now has six goals on the season. The victory raised the Terps' overall record to 7-2-2 and their Atlantic Coast Conference mark to 3-0-1, which puts Maryland atop the conference standings with 10 points. The Demon Deacons fell to 8-3-1 overall and 2-2-0 in ACC play. ... Junior Jackie Corley's hat trick lifted Mount St. Mary's (5-4) to a 3-1 win at Delaware State (0-7-1). She is the first Mountaineer to record a hat trick since 2005. ... Despite a career-high 10 saves from sophomore Erin Quinn, Towson (0-9-1, 0-2 Colonial Athletic Association) dropped a 4-0 decision at Drexel (7-1-2, 1-0-1).

Field hockey: Host Towson (0-9, 0-1 CAA) lost, 1-0, to James Madison (6-3, 1-1) on a penalty stroke in its conference opener.

Running

Centrowitz beats Lagat in Fifth Avenue Mile in N.Y.

Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) sprinted past defending champion Bernard Lagat and won his debut at the New York Road Runners Fifth Avenue Mile on Saturday by a half-second in 3 minutes, 52.4seconds. Centrowitz, 22, stayed patient and shadowed Lagat, a master tactician, and when the members of the lead pack made their final moves, the novice had the last word. Olympic 1,500-meter silver medalist Leo Manzano completed an American podium sweep in 3:53.1. "I have to admit I keyed off Bernard," Centrowitz said. "I love coming to New York — this was great. My parents, my family, and lots of friends were here."

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