Towson's Terrance West poses for next to a life-size cutout… (Mitchell Leff / Getty Images )
Towson's West, Pike honored by AP
Towson running back Terrance West and senior offensive lineman Eric Pike were named to the Associated Press Football Championship Series All-America first team Wednesday. … Johns Hopkins senior Ben Cranston (Loyola) has been named the NCAA Division III Rimington Award winner as the nation's top center. Heis the first Hopkins player to win the award. … Johns Hopkins linebacker John Arena and offensive linemen Armand Jennifer and Cranston, Ben Cranstonas well as Joe Rollins, a McDaniel senior, have been named to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference South All-Star first team. Hopkins running back Brandon Cherry, offensive lineman Vinny Bonaddio and defensive lineman Michael Longo made the second team. … Salisbury's Andre Carter, a defensive back, was selected to the ECAC Division III Football North All-Star first team, and offensive lineman Mark Bohanan made the second team.
Varsity boys soccer: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named McDonogh boys soccer standout George Campbell its 2013 High School National Player of the Year. Campbell, a senior midfielder and The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year, had 23 goals and 15 assists to lead the No. 1 Eagles (20-0-1) to the program's seventh Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship and its first unbeaten season.
For more of Glenn Graham's blog post story on Campbell, go to baltimoresun.com/varsity.
Varsity football: Gilman two-time All-Metro defensive end Melvin Keihn has whittled a list of more than 50 scholarship offers to three finalists: Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Keihn, who originally planned to announce his oral commitment at the Under Armour All-American Bowl on Jan. 2, said he will announce his decision by Wednesday. Keihn has close connections on the rosters at all three schools, including former Gilman teammates Shane Cockerille and Kenneth Goins at Maryland. Keihn, 6feet3, 225 pounds, had 85 tackles, 16 for a loss, nine sacks and two forced fumbles this fall.
For more of Katherine Dunn's blog post story on Keihn, go to baltimoresun.com/varsity.
Baseball: The Orioles have signed four players — infielders Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and Chris Marrero, outfielder Xavier Paul, and right-hander Fabio Castillo — to minor league deals and invited all four to spring training. Castillo is 33-37 with a 4.63 ERA in 251 career minor league games (37starts). Last year, he was a combined 6-7 with a 5.34 ERA in 37 games (seven starts) at Double-A and Triple-A. Marrero, a 25-year-old first-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2006, has hit .232 in 133 plate appearances in parts of two seasons in the major leagues. Paul, 28, is a 2003 fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers who has hit .254 with a .316 on-base percentage in parts of five seasons with the Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. De Jesus, 26, is a 2005 second-round pick of the Dodgers. Primarily a second baseman who can also play third base and shortstop, he has batted .205 in 80 plate appearances in the majors in parts of two seasons for the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. … The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Wada signed a two-year, $8.15 million deal with the Orioles in December 2011, but because of elbow surgery, he never pitched in the majors for the club. The Orioles did not pick up his 2014 option.
Terps football: Marcus Leak, a wide receiver who averaged 17.1 yards per catch before being sidelined late in the 2012 season with a broken toe, is re-enrolling at Maryland. Leak cited unspecified "personal issues" when he left school this summer. In 2012, Leak finished second on the team with 23 receptions in seven games. … Larry Mazyck, a 6-foot-7, 340-pound offensive lineman, signed a national letter of intent to play at Maryland.. ... Nate Adams, a two-star prospect rated the fourth-best long snapper in the nation, committed to Maryland.
—Jeff Barker and Jonas Shaffer