April 1, 2013
Maryland's competition for startup companies — with three grand prizes of $100,000 each — was narrowed to nine finalists Monday. The companies, based largely in Baltimore and Montgomery County, were part of an original field of nearly 260 in the InvestMaryland Challenge. Winners will be announced April 15. The contest comes at a time of tight purse strings among the venture capitalists who invest in young firms. Venture capital funding in Maryland dropped 12 percent last year, mirroring a national contraction, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
January 25, 2013
In 13 years as the varsity softball coach at North Carroll High School, Lloyd Ford has guided the Panthers to a 202-80 record and three appearances in the state finals. It seemed only a matter of time before he would earn a major coaching award. It came earlier this month when Ford was named the 2012 Maryland State Softball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association. The NHFS Coaches Awards Program honors active coaches in the top 10 boys and girls sports, based on the number of participants.
January 2, 2013
Picking Buck Showalter as Maryland of the Year isn't merely wrong, it is gutless. It is a safe, pandering pick that will anger no one ("Orioles manager Buck Showalter is the Marylander of the Year," Dec. 29). Not so if you had had the courage to pick Gov. Martin O'Malley. Both those who admire Mr. O'Malley and those who don't can at least agree that he has had a great and lasting impact on Maryland. By contrast, Marylanders in the D.C. suburbs who are Nationals fans, and Marylanders in the western part of the state are probably indifferent to the Orioles.
August 15, 2012
Kevin Warne, who as an assistant coach helped guide Maryland to the national title game the past two seasons, was named Georgetown men's lacrosse head coach Tuesday. Warne takes over for Dave Urick, who went 223-99 in 23 seasons before retiring in July. The Hoyas have not reached the NCAA tournament since 2007. In two years with the Terps, Warne served as defensive coordinator and cemented his reputation as one of the top defensive coaches in the game. "I'm really excited to name Kevin Warne as head coach for our men's lacrosse program," Georgetown director of intercollegiate athletics Lee Reed said in a news release.
May 31, 2012
I would like to mention two athletes who should have been included in Mike Klingaman 's list of Maryland's 175 top athletes ("The top 175," May 17). The first is Bill "Swish" Nicholson, born, raised, and died in Chestertown. He went to Washington College and then played one year with the Philadelphia Athletics, 10 years with the Chicago Cubs and five years with the Phillies. In 1943, he led the National League in home runs (29), RBIs (128) and was third in Most Valuable Player votes.
April 20, 2012
An outsider with experience in leading a neighboring state through sometimes-unpopular reforms will become the next Maryland superintendent of schools, the state school board announced Friday. Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian M. Lowery, a 57-year-old with more than 35 years of teaching and administrative experience in several states, will take over July 1 as Maryland's schools enter a year of transition. "We think we have gotten the best person that could have taken this job. She has a long track record of success on all the important education issues," said school board President James DeGraffenreidt.