BALTIMORE – A local tennis player took his first ATP Tour championship. Frances Tiafoe became the first wild-card recipient to win the crown in the 26-year history of the Delray Beach Open on Sunday when he topped Peter Gojowczyk, 6-1, 6-4 in Florida.    

The 20-year-old Prince George’s County player became the youngest American to win a championship since Andy Roddick won a crown in Houston 16 years ago.    

Tiafoe is ranked 91st and closed out the match with aces on the final two points.    

“Now I’m in a position not only to help myself but help fund my family,” Tiafoe said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s an unbelievable place to be in, and it’s bigger than tennis.”

Tiafoe could jump to around No. 61 in the rankings set to come out this past Monday. He’s been on a roll lately.  

Before this event, Tiafoe made it to the quarterfinals of the New York Open, and now has posted nine career ATP tour-level match wins. He’s won seven of those in the previous two weeks.

Bowie State locks up No. 2 North seed

The Bowie State University men’s basketball team never trailed and rolled to an 85-71 victory over Elizabeth City State this past Saturday, sealing the No. 2 seed in the North division.

The victory let the Bulldogs end the regular season with a 13-14 record, 8-8 in CIAA action and 6-4 in North games. They will get a bye to the quarterfinals and are going to play the winner of the Livingstone-Elizabeth City State game March 1 at 9 p.m. at the CIAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In the regular season finale, David Belle topped Bowie State with 16 points. Yohance Fleming added 12 while Omari George scored 11.

Bowie State also helped its cause by shooting 51 percent from the field (32-for-63).

PGCC men’s basketball team falls in Region XX final

The Prince George’s Community College made it to the NJCAA Division III Region XX title game last Sunday but fell to Montgomery College, 73-65.

It was the fourth-straight season that PGCC reached the championship round.

The loss left the Owls with a 16-13 record.

Mykal Johnson scored 20 points as PGCC scored an 85-77 victory over host Westmoreland County Community College Saturday in the Region XX semifinals.

Johnson reached 1,000 career points in the game – he needed just seven to get to that milestone – and that was the 12th game this season where he finished with at least 20 points. He also has scored at least 10 points in 53 of his last 58 games.


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