The ice and snow our region received this past weekend was a welcome sight for some athletes, but it didn’t leave other athletes out in the cold, either. On Saturday, the University of Maryland track and field team hosted its annual Terrapin Invitational indoor track and field meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. Twenty-three collegiate teams competed in the all-day event.
The sports scene around the state the past few weeks has been dominated by the purple and black, but the Baltimore Ravens weren’t the only star attraction in town this past weekend. One of the state’s largest high school dual wrestling tournaments took place this past Friday and Saturday at Archbishop Spalding High School. The Cavalier Duals, now in its fourth year, draw some of the top schools from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
At a press conference yesterday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, USSSA State Director Bill Dowell and County Executive Richard M. Pollitt, Jr. announced Wicomico County will host the 2012 USSSA World Series. This will be the sixth consecutive year of the tournament in Wicomico County; however, the volume of games hosted in the region will be far greater (only Kansas City, MO and Orlando, FL will host larger tournaments). The event will run from July 18-29, featuring 320 teams from 17 states and Canada.
The event is expected to bring a significant economic boost to the Wicomico region with $6 million generated in the county and an additional $6 million generated regionally. Continue reading
The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard all year to earn a spot in the NFL playoffs as one of the top-seeded teams. The motivation was to secure home-field advantage. The Ravens fell one game shy of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they did earn a first round bye and a home game against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs this coming weekend. For the Ravens, a home game means an advantage on the field, but for the city and state it means dollars being pumped into the local economy.
Sports fans had a lot to look forward to this holiday season: the NBA was finally starting its season, the NFL was wrapping up its regular season and college bowl games were getting underway. But if you are a fan of high school sports, Maryland was the place to be for the holidays. Two major high school sporting events took place in Maryland during the last week in December, the Governor’s Challenge and the Chesapeake Bowl.
The holiday season offers many things to be thankful for and celebrate: family, friends, health, presents and copious amounts of food. Oh, and football playoffs! To properly ring in the New Year, the Ravens clinched a home playoff spot New Year’s Day by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals. Continue reading