Phelps, Schmitt, Ledecky win Golden Goggle honors
Michael Phelps of Baltimore was named Male Athlete of the Year on Monday night at the USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards, held at the New York Marriott Marquis. Phelps capped his career at the London Olympics by becoming the most decorated Olympian in history, with 22 medals, 18 of which are gold. Katie Ledecky of Bethesda took home two awards, earning Breakout Performer of the Year and Female Race of the Year for her American-record performance in the 800-meter free. Allison Schmitt, who trains at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, was part of the quartet that won Relay Performance of the Year for their gold-medal performance in the women's 4x100m medley relay. The Coach of the Year award was presented to Bob Bowman, coach and CEO of the NBAC.
Program-record 14 players chosen All-CAA
A program-record and conference-high 14 Towson players were named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association football teams Monday. Senior defensive end Frank Beltre, senior safety Jordan Dangerfield and sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwestern) were chosen to the first team for the second year in a row; junior offensive tackles Randall Harris and Eric Pike were also selected to the first team. Harris earned All-CAA honors for the first time while Pike was named to the All-CAA third team last year. The Tigers' five All-CAA first team selections are one more than Towson had during the last six seasons combined. Last year, Towson had three first team picks. Towson and Old Dominion were the only programs with five first-team selections. Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill), junior offensive center Doug Shaw (Loyola High), senior defensive end Romale Tucker, junior linebacker Monte Gaddis and junior cornerback Jordan Love represented the Tigers on the second team. The third team included senior wide receiver Tom Ryan, sophomore kick return specialist Derrick Joseph, senior defensive tackle Matt Morgan and sophomore cornerback Tye Smith. Also, West was named Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week after running for a season-high 236 yards on 19 carries and scoring two touchdowns in the Tigers' 64-35 victory over No. 7 New Hampshire in their regular-season finale Saturday. The win earned Towson a share of the CAA championship.
Tickets on sale for Hopkins' playoff game at Mount Union
Tickets for Saturday's noon football game between Johns Hopkins (10-1) and Mount Union (11-0) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament are now on sale. There are several ways fans can order tickets in advance. Tickets will also be available on game day starting at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Union Stadium. This will be the first meeting between the two teams, which shared no common opponents this season. Mount Union is ranked number one in both the AFCA and D3football.com polls. The Blue Jays are ranked 15th by the AFCA and 19th by D3football.com. Fans can order tickets over the phone by calling 330-829-4100; orders will be accepted today from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. Mount Union also has an online ticket ordering system on its athletics website. All seats at Mount Union Stadium are reserved, and no passes will be accepted.
More football: Vernon "Skip" McCain, best known for his coaching career at Maryland State College (now UMES), has been named the American Football Coaches Association's recipient of the Trailblazer Award. The award will be presented posthumously Jan. 7 at the AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn. McCain died in 1993. The Trailblazer Award was created to honor early leaders in the football coaching profession who coached at historically black colleges and universities. In addition to being the head football coach at Maryland State, McCain was the basketball coach, athletic director and an assistant professor of mathematics. McCain's basketball teams won 76 games and lost only 11 from 1948 to 1952. McCain had even more success in football, building a program that rivaled some of the best in the nation. Over the course of 17 years, his teams went 103-16-4, including six undefeated seasons, four of which were perfect. Players he coached who would go on to the NFL included Art Shell, Johnny Sample, Roger Brown, Sherman Plunkett and Emerson Boozer.
Men's basketball: Navy's game at TCU tonight at 7 will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. For fans in the Annapolis area, the game will be carried on Verizon FiOS Channel 300, on Comcast Channel 720 and on DirecTV on channels 608, 623 or 626.