Digest: Newly unveiled Spirit names Jorden first coach

Beltre, Dangerfield, Jenifer chosen as football All-Americans

December 12, 2012|Sports Digest

Women's pro soccer

Newly unveiled Spirit names Jorden first coach

The Washington Spirit, the area's entry in the new U.S. league, revealed its identity Tuesday afternoon and announced that Mike Jorden will be its first coach. The club's website is WashingtonSpirit.com and its Twitter handle is twitter.com/WashSpirit. Season tickets are on sale, including early-bird holiday season specials. Jorden is one of several figures from D.C. United Women who will lead the Spirit, one of eight teams in the new league, joining Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, New Jersey, Portland, Rochester and Seattle. Jorden led United Women to a W-League Eastern Conference title (with a regular season record of 11-0-1) and a third-place finish last year. The league will feature about 24 players from the gold medal-winning U.S. national team, 16 from Canada's program (2012 bronze medal) and 12 from Mexico, the third-best team in CONCACAF. Cindi Harkes is also expected to make the jump to the pro team as one of Jorden's lead assistants, while former Chelsea FC Reserves coach Mark Parson will head the club's W-League team this season and assist with the first team. The Spirit will play its home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.

College football

Beltre, Dangerfield, Jenifer chosen as All-Americans

Towson senior defensive end Frank Beltre and senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield were chosen to The Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision All-America third team. A three-year starter at defensive end, Beltre tied for the team lead with five sacks and was seventh on the team with 36 tackles. A two-year co-captain and a three-year starter, Dangerfield was fourth on the team with 69 tackles. He finished his career with 258 tackles, 11th on Towson's career list.

Division III: Johns Hopkins junior offensive tackle Armand Jenifer was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America first team. Jenifer, the team's first AFCA selection since 2006, was part of an offense that averaged 36.8 points and 485.2 yards.

Et cetera

St. Mary's College trio to sail in first Youth America's Cup

Two current St. Mary's College students and an alumnus have each earned a spot to participate in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, a first-ever competition for talented youth sailors ages 19 to 24 to gain the experience they need to contribute to an America's Cup team. With three competitors selected, St. Mary's has the most representation of any college in the program. After an intensive two-day trial, sophomore skipper Jacob LaDow, junior skipper John Wallace and Michael Menninger were selected by Oracle Team USA to compete on two U.S.-based, seven-man teams — LaDow and Wallace will be with Team America Racing, while Menninger will compete on American Youth Sailing Force. Both teams will make periodic trips to San Francisco to train in the coming months. They will then compete in the Youth America's Cup, scheduled for Sept. 1-4 in San Francisco.

Women's college swimming: Johns Hopkins senior Eleanor Gardner has been named Bermuda's Rhodes Scholar for 2013. The Rhodes Scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious academic honors, offering all-expenses-paid study at the University of Oxford in England.

College wrestling: Maryland sophomore Geoffrey Alexander was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season after winning two matches over the weekend in a pair of dual meets, the league announced Tuesday. In his hometown of Pittsburgh on Friday, Alexander, ranked 11th nationally at 133 pounds, continued his strong start to the season with a 3-2 decision over then-No. 6 Shelton Mack. It was Alexander's third win in four tries against a nationally ranked opponent. On Sunday night at American, the sophomore earned valuable bonus points with a 13-2 major decision over the Eagles' Esteban Gomez-Rivera in the Terps' 23-21 win. Alexander is 10-3 and is second on the team in dual points scored (23), tied for second in dual wins (six), and is tied for the team lead in pins (four).

Men's college lacrosse: Villanova senior attackman Jack Rice (Boys' Latin) and Notre Dame junior midfielder Jim Marlatt (River Hill) were named to the Preseason All-Big East Conference team by Inside Lacrosse in its Face-Off Yearbook.

Women's college bowling: Five current and former UMES players will compete today through Saturday in Selectivo 2012-2013 for a chance for them to make Colombia's national team. Current Hawks Anggie Ramirez, Valentina Collazos and Tatiana Munoz, as well as former Hawks Martha Perez and Maria Rodriguez, will each vie for one of six spots.

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