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Softball

Special Olympics Howard County

Special Olympics Howard County held its annual softball tournament at Kiwanis Wallas Park on May 20. Nineteen teams from 12 counties competed in the tournament, which is sponsored by SOHO and the Howard County Youth Program.


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"This tournament has been the premier Special Olympics softball event in the state for 15 years thanks in large part to this joint partnership," said Marilyn Miceli, assistant director of SOHO.

The 261 athletes and 71 coaches came from Baltimore City and the following counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, St. Mary's and the Lower Shore area (Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties).

Players participated in one of two different competition divisions. In traditional play all team members are Special Olympic athletes. Unified teams combine Special Olympics players with non-disabled Unified Partners.

The Wilde Lake High School baseball team kept the scorebooks for all the games. A large group of Old Navy volunteers helped out, and HCYP teams came to cheer on the teams from far away counties whose fans were unable to make the long trip.

Volleyball

Columbia Volleyball Club

The CVC Eclipse 17-U team finished in second place out of 41 teams in the Happy Volley Club Championships in State College, Pa., May 26-28. The Eclipse never lost a set in the first two days of pool play with an 11-point-per-set average differential and a 1.74 point percentage. The 6-0 record earned a bye in the gold bracket playoff round where they defeated the previously crowned KRVA regional champion Keystone Volleyball Club from Greensburg, PA in the semifinals in a three set battle, 22-25, 26-24, 15-13.

The final round ended with a loss to Instant Replay Volleyball Club of Detroit, Mich.

The Eclipse setters were Lexi White-Torruellas (Centennial High) and Rebecca Bateman. The attack was led by Natalie Alper (Atholton), Marissa Duncan (Mt. Hebron), Kristen Flint (Howard), Erin Jollota (Glenelg), Emme Petti (Mt. Hebron) and Blair Widmer. The defense was anchored by Allison Cable (Oakland Mills) and Lisa Maszkiewicz.

Running

Remembrance Run 5k

The Rotary Club of Columbia and the Howard County Striders held the sixth annual Remembrance Run 5k on Memorial Day in the Gateway Business Center. The race is held to remember and honor the members of the armed forces who have served our country.

Fittingly, the race winner was a Naval Academy midshipman, Jeremy Haney, from Palmyra, Va. His friend and classmate, Scott Maxfield, from Herndon, Va., was third. Finishing in between was Columbia resident Kyle Stanton (Villanova, Hammond), who won the Clyde's 10k in April. All three finished in under 16 minutes, with Haney's time a sparkling 16:04 in the warm, muggy conditions.

On the women's side, local runners dominated. UnSong Ostrowski from Laurel, who also won the Clyde's race, was first again, in an excellent time of 18:54. Samantha Matthews, who lives in Baltimore but attended Glenelg Country School, was second, followed by Robyn Humphrey of Ellicott City in third.

The race proceeds help fund Rotary's Robert Davidson Scholar Athlete Awards and the Striders' David Tripp Scholar/Athlete Awards programs. A number of previous scholar athlete winners (and their families) participated in the event ,which drew 324 finishers.

Among the scholar athletes and their families were Stanton, Becky Yep (Mt. Hebron and University of Maryland), Tiffany Lang (Oakland Mills and UNC-Charlotte), Joshua Tripp (Oakland Mills and Williams) Greg and Jason Schuler (father and brother of Eric — Reservoir and UMBC) and Marsha Demaree (mother of Anna — River Hill and Yale). The age group winners can be found at http://www.striders.net.