Calvert Hall grad Kruger leaves post as Shenandoah coach
Shenandoah announced that Mike Kruger (Calvert Hall) has resigned as men's lacrosse coach. Kruger, who led the Hornets to five wins this season — matching the win total of the previous three seasons combined — is resigning to accept a professional opportunity in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse. Kruger came to Shenandoah after two years as an assistant at Washington and Lee. "This is great for Mike," athletic director Doug Zipp said. "He has done a great job getting our program moving in the right direction and transitioning it to the ODAC. Now he has a chance to pursue a different challenge. We all are very happy for Mike and his wife, Sarah, that they have this opportunity." Added Mike Kruger: "I wish this program nothing but continued success in the future, and I know that SU will develop into one of the top programs in the ODAC. I am looking forward to my new challenge, and I am grateful for my experience at Shenandoah." The university will conduct a national search for Kruger's replacement and expects to have a new person in place by the time classes begin at the end of August.
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Division III: Delaware Valley College announced that it will add men's and women's lacrosse, in addition to women's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis. All five teams will begin competition in the Division III Middle Atlantic Conference starting with the 2014-15 season.
Ruppersberger among speakers at 'Shootout'
On Thursday at McDonogh, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger will take time out for an event that, according to his news release, combines two "lifelong passions: serving our troops and lacrosse." The former Maryland player will be there for the start of a 24-hour game featuring players ranging from ages 8 to 71. Proceeds of the "Shootout for Soldiers" go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year, the inaugural game raised $120,000 and included a local veteran and double amputee taking his first public steps on new prosthetics. Also speaking at the event will be former Navy coach Richie Meade (now Furman coach) and Major League Lacrosse players Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph) and Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins). For more information, go to shootoutforsoldiers.com.
Three Navy football players to sign at O's game Friday
Navy junior offensive guard Jake Zuzek, junior center Tanner Fleming and junior outside linebacker Obi Uzoma will sign autographs Friday night at Camden Yards before the Orioles game against the Boston Red Sox. The players will be signing 2013 Navy football posters and handing out schedule cards on the concourse in front of the Warehouse through the second inning. Navy players will also sign at Camden Yards on June28 (New York Yankees), July 12 (Toronto Blue Jays) and July 26 (Red Sox). Navy Football Fan Fest and Media Day will take place Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Men's college basketball: Nick Gorski (Richmond, Va./Benedictine College Prep), a 6-foot-8 forward, and Jevon Patton (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic High), a 5-foot-10 point guard, have signed national letters of intent and will join Loyola in the fall. "Nick is an inside-out threat who will be a great addition for us in the Patriot League, and Jevon gives us more depth in the backcourt, where he will help with his ballhandling ability and toughness," coach G.G. Smith said. Gorski helped Benedictine College Prep win the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division I state title last season as a senior; he averaged 6.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game for the Cadets, who went 32-5. Patton led the Trojans to a 30-0 record and the school's first-ever North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A title. He averaged 10.5 points, 8.3 assists and 3.0 steals in his senior season while earning all-conference, all-district and all-state tournament honors.
Pimlico Race Course: The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting last weekend with total wagering of $188 million, an increase of 12 percent from a year ago. However, the average daily handle was 12 percent lower than in 2012, down from $5.2 million to $4.6million, because of an increase in live racing days.
Boys basketball: Harford Christian Academy coach Richard Westerlund is leaving Maryland to take over as the head coach at Crossroads College in Rochester, Minn. Westerlund, an Ellicott City native, guided Harford Christian to a 24-6 record last season. Crossroads is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II school.
—From Sun staff and news services
Varsity: On Monday night, the Harford County Board of Education approved a $50-per-season fee to participate in interscholastic sports and a $25 fee per extracurricular activity, although some exceptions will be made for students from lower-income families. The board members voted to exempt children who are approved for free and reduced-price meals, those with parents who are teachers and those with parents in the active-duty military.
—David Anderson, Baltimore Sun Media Group