After 1 round, Pa. golfer leads AJGA event in Ellicott City
Seeking his first American Junior Golf Association title, Kevin Conners of Downingtown, Pa., posted an opening-round 3-under-par 68 to lead the field by one stroke at the Jos. A. Bank/David Leadbetter Championship on the par-71 Original Course at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. In the Girls Division, Khushboo Thiagaraj of Haymarket, Va., leads by four strokes. Conners started strong, recording three birdies on the front nine for a 3-under 33 at the turn. In a round that Conners says was driven by strong play with his wedges, an even-par back-nine score of 35 put Conners exactly where he wanted to be following the first round. "I wanted anything around par, that was going to be good," Conners said.Tied for third in the Boys Division at 1-under 70 are Will Halamandaris of Crownsville and Chad McCann of Haymarket, Va. Carter Connelly of Bethesda and Evan Santa of Edgewater are tied for fifth at even-par. In the Girls Division, Allison Wong of Rockville is in third place at 2-over 73.
Men's college soccer: Loyola sophomore forward Larry Ndjock has been tabbed the Patriot League's preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Ndjock and senior Stephen Dooley were also included on the 11-member preseason All-League team, while the Greyhounds were selected to finish third in the preseason poll. American, the 2012 regular-season league champion, was picked No. 1. Ndjock is coming off a season in which he led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring and ranked as the No. 2 freshman in the NCAA in goals (13) and points (29). ... Navy sophomore defenseman Derek Vogel was named to the preseason All- Patriot League team, and the Midshipmen were selected to finish seventh in the preseason poll.
Women's football: The Women's Indoor Football League, which will hold its first season next year, announced the signing of Rick Reeder to a three-year deal to coach the Baltimore Blitz. Per league policy, financial terms of the contract will not be made public. Reeder has coached semipro football for six years, going 25-1 with the Frederick Outlaws of the East Coast Football League and guiding the team to two championships. Reeder left the ECFL to coach the Baltimore Charm of the Lingerie Football League the past two seasons. "I'm truly thankful to be giving the opportunity to coach again in women's football," Reeder said. "This is a growing sport for women, and I believe it will only get stronger. Before you know it, there will be women's football in high schools and colleges." Reeder and his staff will hold a tryout in Washington; the date has not been announced. It will be used to fill the rosters of the Blitz, Washington Wildcats and Richmond Rage.
Capitals: Forward Brandon Segal, 30, signed a one-year, two-way contract. Segal, 30, recorded 44 points (24 goals, 20 assists) and 82 penalty minutes in 73 games last season with Connecticut of the American Hockey League.
—From Sun staff and news services