Andy Kostka

Sports intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


University of Maryland Class of 2020. Former sports editor of The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper.


Four Region 2 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards. Seventh-place finish in Hearst Sports Writing Competition.

Tamir Goodman: From 'Jewish Jordan' To Entrepreneur

Tamir Goodman, once dubbed the "Jewish Jordan" while regularly churning out 35-point games for Talmudical Academy of Baltimore from 1996-1999, went on to reach the highest level of professional basketball in Israel. Now, he's making his mark on the sport as an entrepreneur. Goodman, 35, is the inventor of a training device for players called the Zone190. The inspiration for his invention came out of the realization that his playing days were coming to an end and his desire to help in the develo

UK Ravens Fans Finally Get To See Their Team Up Close

When the Baltimore Ravens face the Jacksonville Jaguars at London's Wembley Stadium Sept. 24, there will be a contingent of Ravens fans in the crowd, most of whom traveled across the Atlantic to watch their team. However, for members of the UK Ravens, their team will have finally come to them. The Facebook group UK Ravens consists of approximately 400 British citizens who support the team as avidly as any Baltimorean. Each fan has their own story of how they began rooting for the Ravens.

Rookie Marlon Humphrey Adds Speed, Youth To Physical Ravens Secondary

Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt said his secondary will be more physical this year. With free-agent additions of Brandon Carr and Tony Jefferson, the Ravens added veteran talent. But first-round draft pick Marlon Humphrey injects speed and youth into an experienced ball-hawking defense. "He's doing a great job. He's growing as a player, is working on his craft, getting his technique down," Hewitt said after practice July 28. "He's an extremely competitive player. We'll see

Morgan State, Towson Football To Renew Rivalry With Games This Season And Next

Morgan State and Towson football are set to kick off a new chapter in their rivalry with a season-opening game Sept. 2, known as the Battle For Greater Baltimore. "It's a long-time coming," Towson head coach Rob Ambrose said at a news conference July 18. The last game between the two schools took place in 2011 -- a 42-3 victory by Towson, which leads the all-time series, 17-6. Looking to rekindle the rivalry and build excitement for Baltimore-area football, the schools are set to play two year

Orioles Prospect Ryan Mountcastle: 'I Think I Can Be A Big League Shortstop'

Baltimore Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle sees his future at shortstop, regardless of whether others share his vision. The 20-year-old infielder for the High-A Frederick Keys leads the Carolina League in runs, hits and doubles. In the field, however, he has a .950 career fielding percentage, which is more than three-hundredths lower than injured Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who ranks fourth all-time in fielding percentage for shortstops at .9832. He said he would work on a new position if h

Terps Recruit Aaron Wiggins Says Mark Turgeon Made Him 'A Priority'

Maryland men's basketball head coach Mark Turgeon made Aaron Wiggins "a priority," the four-star recruit from High Point, N.C., said on Glenn Clark Radio June 13. Turgeon and assistant coach Bino Ranson made the trip to see Wiggins work out near the end of his junior year at Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina. The pairing then planned an in-home visit, and the meeting settled Wiggins' mind heading into his senior season.

Top Recruit Immanuel Quickley Impressed With Terps Coach Mark Turgeon

Five-star recruit Immanuel Quickley, a rising senior at John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md., played pickup basketball with former Maryland star Melo Trimble during an unofficial visit at the school last summer. Quickley, a highly sought-after recruit in the class of 2018, trimmed down his list of schools to four May 29, with Maryland still contending with Miami, Kansas and Kentucky. While playing with Trimble, who hired an agent and is heading into the 2017 NBA Draft, the two Maryland natives t

Maryland Men's Lacrosse Coach John Tillman Praises Team's Heart In Title Win

Maryland men's lacrosse head coach John Tillman wanted to make sure his senior captain, midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen, got to hold onto the national championship trophy. As the coach was treated to a Gatorade bath following the Terps' 9-6 victory against Ohio State that ended a 41-year NCAA title drought May 29, Tillman thought of everyone the championship meant so much to. Davis-Allen took the trophy and brought it to the stands to celebrate with Maryland fans at Gillette S
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