Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore finished second in the all-around… (USA Gymnastics photo )
Whittenburg in Doha Cup parallel bars final
Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore qualified for the parallel bars final at the Doha Challenge Cup on Wednesday in Qatar. Whittenburg, an Edgewood alumnus, made the parallel bar finals with his 14.950 and eighth-place finish. He is the second reserve athlete for the vault. He posted a 14.675 average (14.750, 14.600) that was a tie for ninth, but he lost on the tiebreaker. Whittenburg also was 12th in still rings, scoring a 14.800. The finals for the three-day event, which is part of the International Gymnastics Federation's World Cup series, are split over today and Friday.
Long, Silverman, Meyers set to compete in Miami
Jessica Long and Ian Silverman of Baltimore are among 200 swimmers set to compete at the U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming National Championships/Spring CanAm today through Saturday in Miami. The event is the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships. Long, who grew up in Middle River and competes as an S8/SB7/SM8, won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships last summer in Montreal. She competed last month at the RVA Richmond (Va.) Races, swimming one of the top times of her career in the 100-meter butterfly. Silverman (S10/SB9/SM10), of North Baltimore Aquatic Club and the McDonogh swim team, headlines the men's events. Silverman, who has committed to swim at Southern California in the fall, set world records and won a gold medal, a silver and two bronze at worlds. He set a world record in the 400-meter individual medley last month in Richmond, Va., with a time of 4:53.24. Becca Meyers of Notre Dame Prep and Loyola Maryland, also is scheduled to compete.
Varsity boys basketball
BCL to induct 8 players, 2 others May 1 in Catonsville
The Baltimore Catholic League will induct eight players, one coach and an honorary member at its Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at Rolling Road Country Club in Catonsville. The eight players to be inducted are Morris Cannon, Loyola, 1972; Juan Dixon, Calvert Hall, 1997; Carl Fornoff, Archbishop Curley, 1979; Adrian Hubbard, Towson Catholic, 1975; Sam McGee, St. Frances, 1990; Gene Nieberlein, Mount St. Joseph, 1976; Mark Rohde, Loyola, 1972; Robert Valderas, Cardinal Gibbons, 1975. In addition, longtime St. Maria Goretti coach Cokey Robertson and honorary Danny Witt, a 1966 Mount St. Joseph grad, also will be inducted. Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright will be the keynote speaker. Keith Mills will be the emcee.
Caringi signs with USL Pro's Oklahoma City Energy
UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) signed a professional soccer contract with Oklahoma City Energy FC, one of two new members of the USL Professional Division. OKC Energy is affiliated with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Caringi last season became the first Retrievers player to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-America honors. The 2012 and 2013 America East Striker of the Year scored 27 goals over his last two seasons.
Towson men, Murray State vie tonight in CIT quarters
The Towson men's basketball team will play at Murray State tonight at 8 in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Towson (25-10) earned its spot in the Elite 8 of the CIT by beating USC Upstate, 63-60, in the first round and East Tennessee State, 83-77, in the second round. Both wins came on the road, where the Tigers are 9-7 this year. Murray State (20-11) has been near unbeatable at home, posting a 14-1 record at CFSB Center. The Racers opened CIT play with a 66-63 win at Missouri State before topping Omaha, 86-62, at home Monday. The winner of Thursday's game will advance to a semifinal Tuesday.
Men's lacrosse: With freshman and Calvert Hall graduate Stephen Kelly undergoing surgery on a broken right wrist Monday, No. 6 North Carolina is turning to another — and familiar — Baltimore area alumnus to face off in Saturday's 2 p.m. showdown at No. 10 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field. Senior R.G. Keenan, a Boys' Latin graduate who has played sparingly in the past two games against Harvard and then-No. 1 Maryland after sitting out the previous five contests with a leg injury, will be part of a rotation that includes sophomore Brent Armstrong and Kelly's elder brother, senior Frankie Kelly (Calvert Hall). Keenan entered the season ranked second in school history in faceoff wins (594) and attempts (1,035).
Women's lacrosse: Inside Lacrosse named Johns Hopkins sophomore Dene' DiMartino the Brine Player of the Week. The American Lacrosse Conference named Hopkins freshman Caroline Federico (Maryvale Prep) Defensive Player of the Week.
Women's bowling: UMES was selected as one of eight at-large selections for the NCAA championships. This will be the 11th straight year the Hawks are in the tournament.
Leatherbury says Ben's Cat will run April 5 at Pimlico
Legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who turned 81 Wednesday, indicated that Ben's Cat will make his 2014 debut at Pimlico Race Course on April 5 next Saturday , April 5 in the Mister Diz Stakes. The son of Parker's Storm Cat will be looking for his fifth consecutive victory in the Mister Diz and 20th career stakes victory. "That is his race," Leatherbury said. Ben's Cat, who ranks eighth on the all-time Maryland-bred earnings list with $1,862,640, returned to training last month after a couple months off following his 7-year-old campaign. Leatherbury has 52 training titles at Laurel Park and Pimlico and ranks fourth on the all-time win list with 6,423.
Lacrosse: ESPNU will air "America's First Sport," a documentary about the history, legacy and future of the sport, at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPNU. The documentary was produced by Falk College professor Dennis Deninger.