Ripken Foundation sets 7K 'Streak' Sept. 6
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation announced that it will host its inaugural "Streak Thru Aberdeen" 7K Run at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Sept. 6 — the anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive baseball games played. Proceeds from the 7K (4.3 miles) will support Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation programs, which help build character and teach life lessons to underserved youth residing in distressed communities through sports-themed programming. The distance of the race was chosen to represent the number worn by Cal Sr. The run will start at 6 p.m., with race-day registration (and packet pickup) beginning at 4:30 p.m. Prerace registration (through June 30) will be $30 for adults; regular registration will be $40 for adults and $15 for youth (10 and under). Race packets for preregistered participants will be available for pickup on Sept. 5 (noon-6 p.m.) at the Charm City Run Store in Bel Air. All participants will receive an Under Armour race day T-shirt. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive a "Streak Thru Aberdeen" Louisville Slugger bat signed by Ripken Jr. For more information, go to RipkenFoundation.org or call Charm City Run at 410-308-1870. To preregister, go to CharmCityRun.com.
St. Mary's leads local teams with three on Big 26 roster
The 26-man roster for Team Maryland in the Big 26 Baseball Classic next month includes 10 local players. Maryland will play Pennsylvania in a three-game series July 26-28 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, Pa. St. Mary's (25-3), which had the best record in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference during the regular season before losing twice in the playoffs, leads the way with three players on the team: Michael Abbott, Kenny Arminger and Chase Gorski. Other local players on the team include Daniel Bruno (Catonsville), Peter Crawford (Mount St. Joseph), Kevin Heiss (Archbishop Spalding), Ryan Horseman (Harford Tech), A.J. Robinson (Arundel), Jeremy Steward (C. Milton Wright) and Terrence Turner-Blair (Northwestern-Baltimore). Maryland won the first Big 26 Baseball Classic last year. Pennsylvania won the first game, 7-5, before Maryland won the next two games — 15-4 in Game 2 and 4-3 in Game 3. The event, run by the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation, is patterned after the annual Big 33 Football Classic, which Maryland will return to this summer for the first time since 1992.
—Dean Jones Jr.
STX expands sponsorship of Adrenaline and LXM
Baltimore-based sporting goods maker STX announced that it has renewed and expanded its agreement with Adrenaline and the LXM Pro Tour as a premium sponsor. As a part of the new multiyear sponsorship, STX will provide custom lacrosse equipment, including gloves, heads and handles, for Adrenaline events, leagues and club programs. Programs will include LXM Pro, Adrenaline High Rollers, Sonoma Showcase, Sonoma Shootout and West Coast Starz. Team STX will make its season debut in the LXM Pro event Saturday in Orange County, Calif. Former Colgate attackman and 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum and former standout Syracuse attackman Tim Desko will make their debuts for Team STX, which also features Kyle Harrison (Friends, Johns Hopkins), Sam Bradman (Salisbury), Max Ritz (Maryland) and Matt Russell (Navy).
Retired jersey: Furman will retire its No. 10 jersey for four years in honor of Kip Taviano, a senior at Haverford School in Havertown, Pa., who was killed May 28 in a car accident in Concord Township, Pa. Taviano, an attackman, had committed to play for the Paladins, who are headed by former Navy coach Richie Meade and will begin Division I play next season. Taviano, 17, was driving in Concord Township, a Philadelphia suburb, when he lost control of his Toyota Camry and hit a Land Rover, according to multiple reports.
Cullen, Farrell, Kildare among five added to Team STX
STX announced that it has signed five new members to Team STX, the first-ever elite post-collegiate women's lacrosse team. Added to the roster are Kitty Cullen (McDonogh), Sam Farrell (Severna Park), Alyssa Kildare (Johns Hopkins), Taylor Thornton and Lauren Schmidt. The new athletes join captain Josie Owen (Severn), Grace Gavin (Loyola, St. Paul's), Julie Gardner (Severna Park), Lauren Benner (Severn), Dana Cahill (Mercy), Maggie Tamasitis, Clayton Crum, Mary Flowers, Cacki Helmer, Brittany Brigandi and Lillie Lingo to make up Team STX.
College baseball: UMBC shortstop Kevin Lachance was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced. He's the first Freshman All-American from UMBC since current coach Bob Mumma received the honor after the 1990 season.
Futsal: The U.S. national team won its second game in as many days as it defeated Malaysia, 8-1, in the Four Nations Tournament in Newcastle, England. Forward Machel Millwood (Towson University) scored five goals in the win and defender Pat Healey (Calvert Hall, TowsonU.) recorded an assist. On Thursday the U.S. team defeated England, 2-1. The tournament championship will be decided Sunday as the Americans face Poland, which also has wins over England and Malaysia.
Soccer: The Baltimore Bohemians signed forward Christiano Francois (Maryland) for the remainder of the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League season. Francois, who is on the provisional roster for the Haitian national team for the 2013 Gold Cup, played in all 24 Terps games in 2012, scoring five goals.
—From Sun staff and news services