Digest: Zach McElroy receives Thomas Everett Wesley Award

January 20, 2013|Sports Digest

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Zach McElroy receives Thomas Everett Wesley Award

Zach McElroy, a Gilman alumnus from Lutherville who pitched at Davis & Elkins and graduated last year, has received the Thomas Everett Wesley Award from Baltimore Sandlots for athletic achievement and sportsmanship. Wesley was a college coach who played in the Cincinnati Reds farm system and is in the Stillman College Hall of Fame.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (5-3) maintained their Colonial Division lead in the American Professional Basketball League with a 122-118 win over the Nova Hawks (2-7) in Washington. Terry Hosley (Parkville/Maryland Bible College) led the Shuckers with 27 points, and Danny Thompson added 26. Gus Chase (20), Rocky Coleman (Walbrook/Towson) (18), and Jabtil Bailey (18) also scored in double figures.

Colleges: The NCAA Division I board of directors voted Saturday in favor of deregulation that will affect a wide swath of the rule book, including eliminating a ban on text messages from coaches to recruits. In all, 25 of 26 proposals recommended last month by the NCAA Rules Working Group were approved and will go into effect Aug. 1. The board delayed action on one of the most controversial changes — a uniform start date for recruiting in all sports. The presidents asked the Rules Working Group to expedite its study of the issue and return with a solution as soon as possible. Limiting the start date for recruiting has been a hot topic in men's lacrosse, which in recent years has seen a steady increase in oral commitments by high school sophomores and, in November, the first commitment by a freshman. It appears the new changes won't do anything to stem the tide of commitments by underclassmen, however. In addition to eliminating restrictions on text messages to recruits, regulations on printed recruiting materials were also scrapped. Saturday's vote does increase regulations in some areas; for example, schools will be able to pay for medical and related expenses for a student-athlete and in most cases will no longer be able to scout opponents in person.

To read Jon Fogg's full blog post on the NCAA rule changes, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseinsider

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