Towson outfielder Wertz named National Player of the Week

May 01, 2014|Sports Digest


Towson OF Wertz named National Player of the Week

Towson senior outfielder Kurt Wertz was named Collegiate Baseball Magazine National Player of the Week. He is the first Towson baseball player ever to earn the honor. Wertz was also named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, ECAC Player of the Week and the Outstanding Performer of the Week. In five games last week, Wertz batted .476 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 15 RBIs.

Men's college lacrosse: Ohio State senior defenseman Joe Meurer (McDonogh) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Matt Kawamoto Meurer has 13 ground balls and has caused 11 turnovers. He leads the No. 8 scoring defense in the country and was named a 2014 Senior CLASS Award finalist as well as an All-ECAC first-team performer for the second consecutive season. Among other All-ECAC first-team selections with Maryland ties were Ohio State sophomore defenseman Robby Haus (Gilman) and Fairfield sophomore midfielder TJ Neubauer (Loyola High). ... Cornell freshman goalkeeper Christian Knight (Boys' Latin) was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and received All-Ivy honorable mention. Junior midfielder John Hogan (St. Mary's) was named to the second team. ... UMBC senior Matt Gregoire (South River) and sophomores Zach Esser (Fallston) and Pat Young were named to the All-America East first team. Freshmen Connor Gordon and Max Maxwell made the rookie team. ... Furman freshman midfielder-faceoff specialist Hil Blaze (McDonogh) was named to the All-Atlantic Sun second team.

Women's college lacrosse: Elon freshman attacker Sloane Kessler (McDonogh) was named to the All-Atlantic Sun first team, along with Jacksonville freshman midfielder Kelsey Wiglesworth (Towson). Jacksonville senior attacker Ali Hoffman (St. Mary's), Kennesaw State freshman attacker Olivia Hokanson (South River) and a pair of Elon freshman defenders — Rowan Drake (Mount Hebron) and Erin Murnane (Broadneck) — were selected to the third team. Georgetown senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (McDonogh) and sophomore attacker Corinne Etchison (McDonogh) were named to the All-Big East second team. ... Ashton Wheatley Shelby Nemecek, Bethany Baer Laura Maskell Johns Hopkins senior attacker Taylor D'Amore was named the American Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Softball: McDaniel junior Caroline Brehm was named the ECAC Division III South Pitcher of the Week.

Men's tennis: The Mount St. Mary's No. 3 doubles pair of Austin Blake and Mike Zabetakis (Calvert Hall) were named to the All-Northeast Conference second team.

Women's volleyball: Alija Pittenger, who spent the past six years as head coach at Fairfield, has been named an assistant at Towson. Pittenger led the Stags to a 113-77 record in her six years there; she is the all-time winningest coach in program history.

Varsity track and field

Catholic's Gonzalez second in mile at Penn Relays

Catholic High School's Ellie Gonzalez placed second in the high school girls championship mile at the Penn Relays last week in Philadelphia. Gonzalez, The Baltimore Sun's Athlete of the Year in 2013, finished the race in 4minutes, 47.26seconds — eighth-fastest in the relays' history. Amelia Paladino of University High School Morgantown, W.Va., won in 4:45.34. An All-Metro first-team pick after the cross country and indoor track seasons this academic year, Gonzalez plans to run at Dartmouth next year.

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NBAC's Bowman named a coach for Pan Pacifics

Bob Bowman and Teri McKeever have been selected to lead the U.S swim team as head coaches at the Pan Pacific Championships. Bowman, who will coach the men's team, is the CEO and head coach of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, where he has coached since 2008. He oversees Olympic gold medalists such as Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt and Conor Dwyer.

NFL draft: The Cardinal & Gold Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization supporting student-athletes, will be hosting a live "Post–NFL Draft Discussion" event at Calvert Hall in the Marion Burk Knott Center for the Performing Arts on May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. The discussion will be led by Vinny Cerrato and Rob Long from sports talk 105.7 The Fan and ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper Jr. For more information, contact Mike Heffernan at

Youth tennis: Junior Tennis Champions Center at the College Park Tennis Club will host its 15th annual Tennis Festival on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. The free clinic is open to children 4 to 13 of all skill levels. For more information email

Youth soccer: The Maryland United Futbol Club is conducting a number of youth soccer tryouts in May for boys and girls in various age groups. The tryouts, for boys and girls teams from under-8 through under-16, will take place Saturday in addition to May 17 and May 31 at Perry Hall Christian School. For more information, go to

Baseball: Tim Wendel will discuss his book, "High Heat," at the regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. For information call 410-740-1145.

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