Varsity boys basketball
Gilman seeks to join MIAA A Conference
Gilman has petitioned for its basketball team, which has been competing in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, to make the jump to the A Conference. The school has applied to the conference's competition committee, which will consider the petition at a meeting set for March 18. After capturing the B Conference championship in the 2011-12 season, the Greyhounds went 16-15 and advanced to the title game this year. After upsetting top-seeded Boys' Latin in the semifnals, they lost to St. Vincent Pallotti in the championship game, 62-55, on Feb. 17 at UMBC. The school has 14 of its 16 sports programs competing in the A Conference, with basketball and ice hockey in the B Conference. "We would love to say all 16 are competing at the highest level and believe we have the school population to compete in the A Conference in all varsity sports," Gilman athletic director Tim Holley said. There are no plans for the ice hockey team to move to the A Conference this year, Holley added.
UMES decides not to restart football program
UMES president Juliette B. Bell announced her acceptance of a task force recommendation that the university not restart its football program, which has been dormant since 1980. Bell had commissioned a task force to evaluate a study conducted by an independent consultant that weighed the pros and cons of adding a football program. "The university is not currently in position, with either human or fiscal resources, to reinstate football at this time," the task force report said. UMES' football program was a powerhouse among historically black colleges and universities, compiling a .764 winning percentage from 1946 to 1970. Art ShellEmerson BoozerRoger BrownJohnny Sample"I know some of our alumni, especially those who were here when the university fielded a football team, may be disappointed," Bell said in a news release. "However, I know that they share my respect for the unforgettable football legacy of this institution. The task force is to be commended for doing a thorough job of analyzing the consultant's report and showing us how those facts fit into our current environment. I concur with its conclusions." Earl S. Richardson, a UMES graduate and retired president of Morgan State, chaired the task force. He recommended that UMES stabilize its athletic program and balance its budget, continue supporting its club football program, and conduct an in-house review in three years to determine whether enough progress has been made to reconsider the football issue in five years.
Men's lacrosse: Morgan State's club team will host Howard's on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Earl Banks Stadium. Admission is free.
Women's basketball: Wilmington freshman guard Tenicia Spence (Western) was named an All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honorable mention.
Field hockey: Maryland senior Harriet Tibble was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. Tibble is joined on the ACC All-Academic Team by teammates Megan Frazer, Katie Gerzabek, Janessa Pope and Sarah Sprink.
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Tennis: Johns Hopkins was picked as the preseason favorite to win the Centennial Conference men's and women's championships. Washington College is picked fifth and McDaniel 10th in the men's poll. In the women's poll, Washington is fifth and McDaniel 11th.
Women's volleyball: Four Maryland players were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference academic team: sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher, junior Mary Cushman, sophomore Adreené Elliott and freshman Emily Fraik.
Shootout For Soldiers will return to region June 13
After a successful debut, the Shootout For Soldiers event will return to the Baltimore area June 13. The event, which will be held at McDonogh, raised more than $120,000 and brought together more than 1,000 players for a 24-hour lacrosse game last year. The event raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project. In last year's game the Stripes team beat Stars, 192-173, in the 24-hour game. The Stripes received coaching support from Johns Hopkins alumnus and Major League Lacrosse star Paul Rabil. "It is encouraging to see this event continue to grow in support of our nation's wounded warriors," former Navy coach and current Furman coach Richie Meade said of the event.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired midfielder Kyle Porter from Vancouver Whitecaps FC for a second-round pick in the 2014 MLS supplemental draft.
—From Sun staff and news services