St. Frances’ Mia Davis com­mits to Tem­ple

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St. Frances girls basketball se­nior Mia Davis, an All-Metro first-team for­ward and pow­er­ful re­bounder, com­mit­ted Wed­nes­day to play for Tem­ple. “I had a good re­la­tion­ship with the coach­ing staff,” Davis said. “I like the aca­demic part, and it was a good fit for me. I like their style of play, up-tempo.” Davis, who had 21of­fers from Di­vi­sion I pro­grams, nar­rowed her list to Tem­ple, James Madi­son, Mas­sachusetts Amherst, Se­ton Hall and Texas-El Paso. She said Tem­ple coach Tonya Car­doza told her she has a chance to play as a fresh­man for the Owls, who went 23-12 last sea­son. At St. Frances last win­ter, Davis av­er­aged 17.6 points and 14 re­bounds per game. VAR­SITY FOOTBALL: Gil­man grad­u­ate Stephen Span­el­lis was named one of the top five Na­tional High School Scholar-Ath­lete Awards win­ners Wed­nes­day by the Na­tional Football Foun­da­tion. Span­el­lis, a two-time All-Metro of­fen­sive line­man now play­ing at Michi­gan, is the sec­ond straight Gil­man player to win; Je­lani Roberts, now a sopho­more re­ceiver at North­west­ern, won last year. Span­el­lis is the fourth Michi­gan player to re­ceive the award, which is based on high school ac­com­plish­ments. The East Re­gion win­ner, he will be hon­ored, with the other four re­gional win­ners, at the NFF Chap­ter Awards Lun­cheon on Dec. 6 in New York. At Gil­man, Span­el­lis earned an aca­demic av­er­age of 94.57 and was on the honor roll ev­ery year. He also worked with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and joined in weekly Bi­ble study. VAR­SITY BOYS SOC­CER: Arch­bishop Spald­ing coach Richard Moller, in his first sea­son, has been dis­missed for an undis­closed rea­son, ac­cord­ing to ath­letic di­rec­tor Jeff Par­sons. Nick Hon­drum, an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at the school who was an as­sis­tant coach from 2005 to 2013, will take over through this sea­son. The Cava­liers are 2-9-1 this sea­son and 1-7-1 in the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion A Con­fer­ence. Moller, a na­tive of Ger­many who played at Tow­son Univer­sity, was hired in De­cem­ber to re­place for­mer coach Trey Krell. I NDOOR SOC­CER: The Blast has re-signed for­ward Lu­cas Roque, who is set to join the team in Jan­uary af­ter spend­ing time with his fam­ily af­ter the birth of his daugh­ter in Au­gust. Roque scored on a bi­cy­cle kick to win the Ma­jor In­door Soc­cer League cham­pi­onship for the Blast in his rookie sea­son in 2012-13. In four sea­sons with the Blast, Roque has 71 goals, 34 as­sists and 132 points in 79 games. In 2015-16, when the Blast won the Ma­jor Arena Soc­cer League ti­tle, he was sec­ond on the team in reg­u­lar-sea­son goals with 19. In the post­sea­son, he had ty­ing and win­ning goals in the con­fer­ence fi­nals and earned Most Valu­able Player for ac­cu­mu­lat­ing nine goals and five as­sists in six games. NFL: The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins signed Donte Whit­ner to bring ex­pe­ri­ence and phys­i­cal­ity to their de­fense. The Red­skins added the three-time Pro Bowl safety Wed­nes­day, putting con­cussed David Bru­ton on in­jured re­serve with a con­cus­sion. They also signed for­mer Jack­sonville Jaguars safety Josh Evans and re­leased de­fen­sive line­man Ken­dall Reyes. HORSE RAC­ING: The Mary­land Jockey Club un­veiled the logo for the 142nd Preak­ness, to be run May 20 at Pim­lico Race Course. The Lef­fler Agency de­signed the logo for the 18th con­sec­u­tive year. “As rac­ing in the state of Mary­land is on the rise, the Preak­ness as an event is also gain­ing more promi­nence. This year’s mod­ern de­sign was in­spired by the in­dus­try’s mo­men­tum and there­fore con­veys a sense of for­ward mo­tion while ap­peal­ing to a younger au­di­ence,” said Heather Con­nellee, CEO of Lef­fler Agency. NBA: The Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards lost their first game of the pre­sea­son, 106-95, to the vis­it­ing Mi­ami Heat on Tues­day night. Kelly Oubre led Wash­ing­ton with 16 points in its first game un­der coach Scott Brooks. For­mer Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke had 14 points, start­ing at point guard while John Wall re­mains out while re­cov­er­ing from surg­eries. WNBA: Can­dace Parker scored 29 points and Kristi To­liver (Mary­land) 21 in help­ing the Los An­ge­les Sparks beat the Chicago Sky, 95-75, on Tues­day night to ad­vance to the Fi­nals. Los An­ge­les won the best-of-five series 3-1. —

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