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Fanfare perhaps dimmed, but no doubting Flacco as “Local Sportsperson of the Year”

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Fanfare perhaps dimmed, but no doubting Flacco as “Local Sportsperson of the Year”

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl title in 12 years with a brilliant 11 touchdown, zero interception performance in the playoffs, quarterback Joe Flacco was a near unanimous choice as WNST’s annual “Local Sportsperson of the Year” for 2013.

This probably would have been a more exciting announcement had we made it in April or May. Charm City sports fans are well aware of the up and down 2013 season Flacco had that ended with the team missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season-making the conversation leading up to the award perhaps a bit more interesting than it should have been considering exactly what Flacco accomplished in the first five weeks of calendar 2013.

It actually even lead to a bit of a surprise in WNST voting, as one WNST voter voted for Orioles 1B Chris Davis instead of voting for Joe Flacco. That voter will explain their decision in the coming days, but was the reason why Flacco was only a “near” unanimous choice instead of a completely unanimous choice.

For the rest of the WNST voters, the decision was quite simple. Here is a reminder of the criteria for our yearly honor.

First, the person must be local. They must be an athlete, coach or front office member for a pro, college or high school team in the state of Maryland. Individual sport athletes who represent the state of Maryland also qualify.

Second, the person must stand out from other people over the course of the 12 calendar months. The accomplishments of that individual must be comparable to if not greater than the accomplishments of others in the area.

And finally, that person’s year must stand out from other years during their tenure/career in the area.

It’s fairly simple criteria that has guided the choice made each year. Flacco joins Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps (2008), Morgan State basketball coach Todd Bozeman (2009), Former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez (2010), Towson football coach Rob Ambrose (2011) and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (2012) as winners of the award. Flacco is the first Baltimore Raven to receive the honor since inception.

Flacco beat out fellow finalists Davis, Stevenson lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Towson RB Terrance West in claiming the title.

In the first few years of WNST determining a “Local Sportsperson of the Year”, D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction host Drew Forrester said something about a particular vote that has resonated in years that followed in making the decision. Forrester identified who he was voting for and then said “he made more people smile this year than anyone else.”

It was that thought process that made the choice of Flacco fairly easy to most at WNST. For all of the accomplishments of the other finalists-Cantabene guiding a team to the first national championship in ANY sport in school history, Davis crushing a team record 53 home runs, West crushing the record for most records broken in a single season (Editor’s note: that might not be factual. It just certainly feels that way)-none did more for the city of Baltimore than the quarterback did to start the year.

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We’re announcing “Local Sportsperson of the Year” Tuesday. Here are the finalists.

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We’re announcing “Local Sportsperson of the Year” Tuesday. Here are the finalists.

Posted on 30 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

We’ll make our annual “Local Sportsperson of the Year” announcement Tuesday here at WNST. The announcement is scheduled for 3pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check” here on AM1570 WNST.net.

We discussed a slew of names for Local Sportsperson of the Year this year. Here is a reminder of our previous winners.

2008-Michael Phelps
2009-Todd Bozeman
2010-Greivis Vasquez
2011-Rob Ambrose
2012-Buck Showalter

We discussed a number of names for “Local Sportsperson of the Year” in 2013. As a reminder, there are only three qualifications when it comes to the award.

First, the person must be local. They must be an athlete, coach or front office member for a pro, college or high school team in the state of Maryland. Individual sport athletes who represent the state of Maryland also qualify.

Second, the person must stand out from other people over the course of the 12 calendar months. The accomplishments of that individual must be comparable to if not greater than the accomplishments of others in the area.

And finally, that person’s year must stand out from other years during their tenure/career in the area.

Here are our five finalists for 2013 in alphabetical order by last name.

Paul Cantabene (Stevenson Lacrosse Coach)

Cantabene guided the Mustangs to the Division III National Championship, the first national championship of any kind in school history. Cantabene has steadily built the program as a major national power since his arrival in Owings Mills and has himself become a very hot commodity in the world of college lacrosse coaching. Cantabene is not a native Baltimorean but is about as close as can be, having coached at Johns Hopkins, Towson and Maryland after finishing his playing career at Loyola.

Chris Davis (Baltimore Orioles 1B)

Davis finished third in AL MVP voting in 2013 and was named “Most Valuable Oriole” by local media after a remarkable season that saw him break Brady Anderson’s club single season home run record with 53. Davis was far from a one trick pony, adding 42 doubles to hit .286 with a .370 on base percentage and added 138 RBI. Davis also played a high level of defense in his first full season at first base, helping the Orioles to a winning record for a second straight season.

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens QB)

While Flacco’s (and the Ravens’) 2013 season sputtered following the signing of a long-term contract extension, it cannot be forgotten how Calendar 2013 began. Flacco’s remarkable 11 touchdown, zero interception postseason run ended with the quarterback claiming Super Bowl XLVII honors and bringing Charm City their first championship in over a decade. Despite Flacco’s underwhelming numbers, he was still a finalist for Most Valuable Raven in the 2013 season and came up with a number of spectacular throws during the season.

John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens Head Coach)

The conversation surrounding Flacco must also include Harbaugh, who deftly guided the Ravens to that Super Bowl title. Harbaugh’s run of reaching the playoffs in every season as head coach ended in 2013, but the calendar year began with the coach finishing his finest season since replacing Brian Billick.

Terrance West (Towson RB)

West is the only native Baltimorean to be named a finalist in 2013, leading the Tigers to the NCAA FCS Championship Game January 4. West seemingly smashed every school record in the process, being named All-American, CAA Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award-FCS’ equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. The junior back is Baltimore through and through, having attended Northwestern High School and growing up watching and rooting for the Baltimore Ravens.

(Other candidates who were considered for this year’s honor included Ravens K Justin Tucker, Orioles 3B Manny Machado, UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi, University of Maryland midfielder/Tewaaraton Trophy winner Katie Schwarzmann, Former St. Frances basketball player Tevon Saddler and more.)

Who do you think should receive the annual WNST honor? We’ll make the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

-G

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Stevenson coach Cantabene named DIII Coach of the Year

Posted on 22 June 2013 by WNST Staff

DENVER, Colo. – Stevenson head men’s lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene was selected as the 2013 Division III College Coach of the Year by the youth and college sports network CaptainU on Thursday. Top coaches in their respective sports and divisions were chosen for their teams’ inspiring performances both on and off the field.

“The CaptainU College Coach of the Year awards recognize the top college coaches across the country for their exceptional leadership
and accomplishments,” said Avi Stopper, CEO of CaptainU. “It’s inspiring to see the results they achieve, not just in the numbers
they put up on the scoreboard, but in their devotion to helping students develop as athletes and human beings.”

The 2013 Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year, Cantabene led Stevenson to the first national championship in team and school
history with a 16-14 victory over RIT on May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Mustangs finished with a school-record 22 wins and boasted 11 All-America and two Scholar All-America selections.

Cantabene, who is currently 137-37 in nine seasons as a college head coach, joins Denver head coach Bill Tierney and Mercyhurst head coach Chris Ryan who received the honors in Division I and II, respectively.

CaptainU is the largest youth and college sports network. More than half a million high school athletes, youth sports events, youth
coaches, and college coaches use CaptainU to promote themselves and their teams, and to connect with each other.

CaptainU was founded in 2008 at the University of Chicago by Avi Stopper and Michael Farb, sports devotees who had long been involved with high school and college athletics — both as athletes and coaches. By combining their love for sports with their passion for
technology, CaptainU was born.

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Stevenson tops RIT for first NCAA Championship in school history

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Stevenson tops RIT for first NCAA Championship in school history

Posted on 26 May 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Led by goals from six different players, the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team outscored RIT 6-1 in the fourth quarter to overcome a three-goal deficit en route to winning the title game of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 16-14 victory Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Mustangs (22-2) finish the season with a school record 22 wins and on a 10-game winning streak. Stevenson is the eighth different school to win the NCAA Division III championship and the third from Maryland, joining Salisbury and Washington College.

“I want to thank everybody from Stevenson University that helped us get here,” said head coach Paul Cantabene. “President Manning, Tim Campbell, Brett Adams and everybody who put everything on for this weekend.”

“It’s an unbelievable community of people and what they do to help us get here and the logistics, it’s just a real special place. I feel
like I’m one of the luckiest guys in the world to have the best job in the world so I just can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done.”

Sophomore Mark Pannenton (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) was named Most Outstanding Player after scoring five goals against the Tigers, his third, five-goal game of the season. He became just the third player in program history to score 60 goals in a season, joining Jimmy Dailey (2011) and Neal Barthelme (2011).

With 62 goals, Pannenton is second on the Mustangs’ all-time single season list. He scored 13 goals in Stevenson’s five NCAA tournament games and scored at least one goal in each of the team’s 24 games this season.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game’s first 5:37 and led 6-1 after the first quarter. In 24 games this season, Stevenson
outscored its opponents, 131-34.

However, RIT (19-3) responded by outscoring the Mustangs 12-4 over the second and third quarter and took its first lead of the game at 10-9 on a man-up goal by Eddie Kiesa with 9:54 remaining in the third.

The goal, which was during a one-minute, unreleaseable, 6-on-4 man-advantage for the Tigers, was the last of four man-up goals for RIT who were 4-10 on extra-man opportunities in the game. The Tigers entered the game with the best man-up offense in Division III this season.

Stevenson was whistled for 11 pentalties totaling 8:30 and committed six face-off violations which led to three man-up opportunities for
the Tigers.

After Kyle Aquin gave RIT a 13-10 lead at the end of the third quarter, the Mustangs outscored the Tigers 6-1 just like they did in
the first, netting the first four of the fourth quarter just 57 seconds apart before sophomore Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) scored the game-winner with 11:31 left.

“I think that’s one of the things that this team does, they concede the loss,” said Cantabene. “They could have gave up at 13-10. They
never concede anything. Alright, you got us, but I’m going to make the next play. We’re going to make the next thing. That’s kind of how we go about it.”

Aquin tied the NCAA Division III championship game record by scoring seven goals on Sunday, equaling the mark set by Salisbury’s Sam Bradman in 2011. In two games against Stevenson this year, he scored 11 of the Tigers’ 25 goals.

Senior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) finished with a goal and three assists for the Mustangs and finished his three-year career
ranked fifth in school history with 162 points and third with 123 goals. He scored a school record 29 goals in 11 NCAA tournament games.

The Mustangs were outshot for the first time this season, 43-42, and for just the 25th time in nine seasons under Cantabene.

Both teams and lacrosse fans will not have to wait long for the rematch between RIT and Stevenson.

“It’s not going to take us long to see them again because we open the season with them next year,” said Cantabene. “That’ll be pretty
interesting.”

Stevenson and RIT are scheduled to write the fourth chapter in what is an increasingly exciting rivalry on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

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