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The Columbia Volleyball Club (CVC) 16U Lightning won first place in the 16 Open Division at the Happy Volley Tournament at Penn State University over the Memorial Day weekend. The team went undefeated over the first two days of pool play and competed in the Gold bracket on May 27 — where they continued their streak to win the gold medal. The Lightning was determined to end their club season with a medal and never let up against tough competition of 30 teams. Coached by Patrick Kerley, team members are: Hanna Webster (Howard), Meghan Kelley (Centennial), Reeana Richardson (Mt. Hebron), Allie Desmond (Marriotts Ridge), Ashli Taylor (St. John's College), Jillian Randolph (St. Paul's School for Girls), Kerra Tirado (Sherwood), Kelly Surkovich (Wilde Lake), Lizzie Berg (Howard) and Mikaila Fitzpatrick (Marriotts Ridge).
The Columbia Volleyball Club (CVC) 17U Eclipse also earned gold at the Happy Volley Tournament in the 17 Open Division. The team placed first out of 25 teams. The 17U Eclipse will represent CVC and the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association (CHRVA) in the 17 American Division at the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas on June 28-July 5. Coached by Laura Kuckuda and Kenny Mills, team members are: Rebecca Bateman (St. John's College), Megan Ross (Mt. Hebron), Emme Petti (Mt. Hebron), Sydney Biniak (Howard), Morgan Perry (Glenelg), Jessie Link (Centennial), Marissa Duncan (Mt. Hebron), Kristen Richie (Centennial), Mallory Baldwin (Mt. Hebron) and Lindsey Scepura (Mt. Hebron).
The Freestate North Under-10 girls travel red and white soccer teams both won the SAC Memorial Day Soccer tournament.
Freestate North Red won all three of their preliminary games to earn a spot in the championship. The girls defeated DC Stoddert, 2-1, to win the championship trophy for their age division. The team scored 18 goals over the weekend, while surrendering only three. Members of the team include: Jillian Ingram, Alayna Lynchard, Devyn Greenfield, Gracen Albright, Danielle Campbell, Ally Clearfield, Demari Curry, Christina Gagnon, Natalia Jimenez, Allison Peay and Mia Stamatakis.
Freestate North White won two and tied their other preliminary game to also earn a spot in the finals. Chase Bell, Micaela Blackburn, Sarah Chroniger, Caroline Duffy, Carmela D'Antuono and Sammy Smedley all scored goals in the preliminary contests. Morgan Pinckney was instrumental in the defensive effort. Alex Waldren, Kelsey and Katerina Zakel worked the midfield. The girls defeated SAC in PK's. Smedley stopped every shot she faced in goal to help the team earn the championship trophy for their age bracket.
Coaches Larry Boodin and Steve Nugent guided the Soccer Association of Columbia (SAC) U-9 Girls Challenge team to first place in the Bronze Division of the Columbia Invitational Tournament held over Memorial Day weekend. The squad went undefeated with four wins, scoring 12 goals and allowing just one. The team won the championship game, 1-0, over the Baltimore Bays Alliance. Challenge team members include: Madison Beale, Ella Boodin, Alex Delmonte, Satya Emerick, Rebecca Fairbanks, Callie LasCasas, Annika McCormick, Caroline Nugent, Lauren Pellegrini, Gabby Scott, Karis Turner and Sydney Weisfeld.
Coaches Jasen Armstead and Charlie Campisi led SAC Select U-11 girls White Lightning to the Crownsville Memorial Day Tournament title, winning all four games with shutouts. Goalie Savana Owens was protected by her defense never letting any team score on them.
SAC Boys U-10 United White Celtic finished the spring season by winning their division in the SAC Columbia Invitation Memorial Day Soccer Tournament. Celtic defeated teams from Maryland and New York to reach the finals. In the championship game, Celtic faced a strong team from Virginia, and won with a score of 2-1. Members of the team are: Carter Capodanno, Ryan Hernandez, DJ Hopkins, Dylan Ledbetter, Nick Marshall, Tony McDonnell, Jake Skintges, Ryan Stone, Andy Strohman, Gustavo Wong-Silva and Owen Anglin. Coaches are: Anthony McDonnell, Ricardo Hernandez and Paul Capodanno.
The SAC Girls U13 Premier celebrated Memorial Day, and capped off a very successful spring season, by winning their bracket at the 2013 SAC Invitational Tournament. The team finished their first undefeated season playing as a US Youth Soccer Region 1 Premier League team — competing against elite-level competition from Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia — with a 2-0-5 record. Premier conceded only three goals in seven matches. The SAC U13 Girls Premier competed in their club's season-ending tournament by playing one age group up. Paced by strong all-around play, the girls won the tournament semifinal game against White Plains (NY) United, 2-1, and in the championship handed FC York (PA) their only loss in the tournament, 1-0. The team played with limited substitutions because of injuries to defender Hannah Bergquist and forward Tessa Walsh. Midfielders Camryn Anderson, Brittney Bennett, Katie Cardea and Carly Wetzel played with speed and skill to create scoring opportunities for forwards Samantha Salter, Bethany Stewart, Kiersten Moore and Kelli Dunagan. Dunagan posted the championship game's lone goal.
Defenders Krista Whelan, Julia Schmidt, Leah Simmons and Emily Hauk played superbly against older and stronger competition, enabling goalkeeper Sarah Hauk to post another clean sheet game. The girls are looking forward to playing in the Jersey Area Girls Soccer (JAGS) Tournament in June, and will compete in the fall as a Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) Division 1 team.
Seventeen teams of 1-4 participants with punny names came out for the always fun Fruit Relay at Oakland Mills Middle School on June 2. All teams are required to transport a piece of fruit around the 2-mile loop four times.
Top finishers: 1. Back in my day it was a food pyramid (Jean-Pierre Allen, John Brown), 49:41; 2. Could of had a V8 (Zachary Sivo, Matt Sherry, Patrick Perez, Mark Eagles), 52:12; 3. Raisin Arizona (Robert Blanco, Amanda An, Faye Weaver, Greg Lepore), 52:53; 4. CB's Apples (James Blackwood, Erin Blackwood, Joelle Chall, John Chall), 54:44; 5. Big Hass (Karsten Brown), 58:32.
6. Fruitalicious (Camden Gilmore, Anders Chattin, Mats Chattin, Carina Chattin), 59:17; 7. Granny Smith Apples (Susan Kim, Noah Kim, Ron Weber, Steven Mang), 1:00:01; 8. Cherry Pickers (Jessie Espositio, Josh Laub, Johnna Laub, Victor Moralez), 1:00:40; 9. Amazin Apples (Julie Rosicky, Emily Howe, Juan Fernandez, Mike Fleming), 1:01:35; 10. Black-Eyed Peas (Mikie Allen, Austin Birch, Bob Birch, Philip Allen), 1:03:26
Over 300 runners came to Oakland Mills High School to run the Howard County Striders' 4.09 Mile Run benefitting the Be Strong Stay Strong Fund on June 2. This, however, was not a regular Striders event, and it drew many new people. This was a very special race — a fundraiser that was very emotional for the running community. On April 15, when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two local high school graduates were severely injured. Erika Brannock and her sister, Nicole Gross, both graduates of Mt. Hebron High School, were at the finish line to cheer on their mother, Carol Downing.
Nicole suffered two broken legs in the blast, while her husband Michael was burned. Erika lost her left leg below the knee as a result of her injuries. A fund has been started to help with the ongoing medical costs — the Be Strong Stay Strong Fund (http://www.bestrongstaystrong.net/).
The distance of the race was for the time on the race clock at the time of the explosion; it was 4 hours and 9 minutes into the marathon. Unlike many races, there were no T-shirts or food at this race. The Striders wanted to donate as much money as possible to the fund, so they donated the timing chips and numbers, and decided to forgo the normal race day amenities. All proceeds from the $15 registration fee and any other donations went to the fund.
Carol Downing, the mother of Erika Brannock and Nicole Gross, was expected to run at the race, but was unable to make it. This was good news, however; Erika was being released from the hospital and returning home to Maryland, and her mother was in Boston to be at her side. According to a story aired with Brian Williams in an interview with all seven women who lost limbs in the explosion, Erika was the last to be released from the hospital, so that is very encouraging news indeed.
The race was a wonderful event that was rendered exceptionally poignant when a number of family members of Erika and Nicole crossed the finish line holding hands in support of their family. There were two large cards for the family that were signed by most of the race participants, and family supporters were selling beautiful t-shirts in support of the fund. The race raised over $8,000 with donations still coming in.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun