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Washington Nationals MASN Sports play-by-play announcer was honored this past weekend as co-D.C. sportscaster of the year, along with CSN Washington's Joe Beninati, the voice of the Washington Capitals. (The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Salisbury, North Carolina, an oasis of hope for sports media

- The Washington Times

Sports writers and broadcasters flocked to the small town outside of Charlotte to be honored for the work they do in their respective fields -- at a time when that work is often publicly ridiculed and attacked by anonymous critics with keyboard muscles, or dismissed by wealthy athletes with agent-driven personal web sites.

Dez Wells and Melo Trimble (2) led Maryland to a second-place regular season finish and Big Ten Tournament semifinals. (Associated Press)

Maryland Terrapins' first year in Big Ten a resounding success

- The Washington Times

Grumbling came in when tradition went out. The University of Maryland was uprooting itself from the Atlantic Coast Conference to join middle America in the Big Ten. No more conference games against Duke or North Carolina. It was off to "The Big House" for Saturday afternoon football and Assembly Hall to face the ghosts of Bobby Knight.

In a Saturday, March 1, 2014, photo, Scott Janssen keeps control of his sled rounding the corner near Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42 in Anchorage, Alaska. A weather pattern that has buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter, forcing the world's most famous sled dog race farther north. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News,Anne Raup)

Warm weather forced Iditarod farther north

- Associated Press

Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice.

Columnist Thom Loverro returns to The Washington Times sports section after a nearly four-year absence. (The Washington Times)

The Times' Thom Loverro named D.C.'s top sportswriter

- The Washington Times

Washington Times sports columnist Thom Loverro has been named District of Columbia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, a membership organization consisting of 800 sportscasters and sportswriters from across the nation.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. points into the crowd after she set a new world record in her women's 1500m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ledecky won the race setting a new world record of 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky star of show at USA Swimming awards banquet

- Associated Press

The 17-year-old from Maryland earned five gold medals at last summer's Pan Pacific championships at freestyle distances ranging from 200 to 1,500 meters, setting world records on consecutive nights.