Towson's West wins national FCS honor
Towson junior running back Terrance West has been named the National Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Co-Player of the Week by The Sports Network. West, a Northwestern alumnus who has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week three times this season, earned the national award after rushing for a season-high 238 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns in the No. 3 and undefeated Tigers' 44-28 victory over No. 19 New Hampshire on Saturday. West has rushed for 200 yards in a game three times during his career, all against New Hampshire.
More honors: Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who is of Samoan ancestry, will be among seven inductees in the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame on Jan. 23 in Honolulu. ... Johns Hopkins quarterback Robbie Matey was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Southwest Offensive Player of the Week.
Spalding's Hirschmann commits to Delaware
Archbishop Spalding junior midfielder Stephen Hirschmann has made an oral commitment to play at Delaware. He plays for the Annapolis Hawks club team and also considered Penn State and Villanova. Junior long-stick midfielder-defenseman Finn Dunne of Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda has committed to Georgetown. Dunne, who plays for Blackwolf and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, also considered Penn, Princeton and Loyola. Junior defenseman Paul Volante of Ridgefield (Conn.) High has switched his commitment to Loyola Maryland from Army. He has played for the Team Superstar club team.
College: North Carolina senior Greg McBride (Gilman) was named a tri-captain.
Youth: The Living Classrooms Foundation boys and girls youth programs in Baltimore are among 125 teams nationwide that have been awarded development grants through the 2013 First Stick Program. This US Lacrosse initiative is designed to deliver resources, including equipment, US Lacrosse membership and coaches training, to awarded teams. The program is geared for new and developing youth and high school lacrosse teams nationwide. First Stick Program grant recipients enter a two-year partnership with US Lacrosse, during which time the national organization will help to develop a self-sustaining lacrosse program that operates by US Lacrosse's national standards and best practices. One of the program's primary goals is to help break down the barriers to participation by providing free and/or discounted resources to new teams.
Five to be inducted into Anne Arundel sports hall
Charlie Coker, Don Gregg, Al Kohlhafer, Josh Sims and Mitch Suplee will be inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at a banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Severna Park's Gregg will be the first boys soccer coach inducted into the hall, while Northeast's Kohlhafer is the third wrestling coach. The three players to be inducted are Coker (Annapolis, multisport), who later competed in football, wrestling and lacrosse at Johns Hopkins; Sims (Severn, lacrosse), who later played at Princeton and in the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse; and Suplee (South River, football), who later played center at Maryland and in the Arena Football League. Rudy Brown, a Glen Burnie resident with a long history of volunteer service at the recreation level, will receive the County Executive's Award. Tickets cost $30 apiece, and tables cost $300. For information, call Kenny Pumphrey at 443-223-3388.
Horse racing: Mezzano stumbled out of the gate and was bumped by a rival but held on to win the $47,000 allowance feature at Laurel Park by a half-length. The son of Mizzen Mast was ridden by Stewart Elliott for trainer Alan Goldberg. Mezzano was in the middle of the pack leaving the three-eighths pole but took command past the quarter-pole under urging by Elliott. The duo held off late-charging A.P. Cino to win by a half-length, and Speighter Man was another half-length back. The field also featured stakes winners Stephanoatsee (fourth place), Two T's At Two B (fifth) and Dynamic Strike (last of seven). Mezzano completed the mile in 1 minute, 37.72 seconds and paid $7.20. He has finished first or second seven times and improved his career earnings to $181,440.