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Western Howard County Fever
The Western Howard County Fever 16U team recently won the Octoberfast Fastpitch Softball tournament hosted in Howard County. The team overcame multiple injuries and played up a level in the 18U age bracket to beat teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Team members include Allie Bluhm, Alex Cwalina, Grace Dingle, Faith Kujawa, Allie Jakubek, Shelby James, Sam Magee, Willow Newman, Kayli Paugh, Colleen Regan, Toria Yan and Kara Carney. The Fever wish to thank founder Mike Goheen for making it one of the premiere programs in the state.
Glenmont Tennis League
The Glenmont Tennis League, a Howard County adult women's summer tennis league, completed its summer 2012 season with the following division and overall winners:
Singles — 2.5: Camille Restione; 3.0: Tracy German, Terri Schwartz, Jackie Crispell*; 3.5: Julie Dreisch*, Kelly Gekas; 4.0: Maureen Miller*, Debbi Shaw.
Doubles — 2.5: Stacey Stirmer/Harriet Lesznar; 3.0: Kelli Welch/Paula Shane; 3.5: Susan Reichard/Arlene Kitahara, Denise Buch/Karen Keane*, Pam Franks/Kathy Tuckey, Ginny Olson/Missy Jennings; 4.0: Toni Bluher/Renee Paugh.
Howard County Striders
The Howard County Striders organized the annual Run Through the Grapevine 8k last Sunday at the Lingnore Winery. 669 runners completed the arduous race. Less than half a mile from the finish, the trio of Adam Wytko, Steve Olenick and Sean Trombly were well ahead of the rest of the field but somehow missed the turn into the last set of grapevines. Before they recognized their error, they turned up in an earlier part of the course, eventually wandering among cars in the parking area.
Unaware of the leaders' mistake, Ryan Hevner and James Blackwood were running just behind and made the correct turn. "I thought I was running for fourth or fifth," said Blackwood, who let Hevner pass him in that last set of vines, "and I thought fifth was pretty respectable." They were surprised to learn they had finished first and second when they crossed the finish line. "I had run the last half mile during warmup," Blackwood added. "And there was an arrow" to mark the turn.
Of particular note was the performance of Keith Levassuer, who ran the Baltimore Marathon a few weeks ago in flip-flops. Just the day before the Grapevine race, Levassuer had completed the Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run, negotiating snow (from Hurricane Sandy) up to a foot deep. Not wearing flip flops this time, he placed second among the 30-34 men in 32:20.
Top finishers —
Overall female: 1. Sherry Stick, 32:51; 2. Jill Krebs, 32:58; 3. Donna Wecker, 36:30; 4. Julia Galeazzi, 36:40; 5. Tiffany Hevner, 36:47.
Overall male: 1. Ryan Hevner, 31:07; 2. James Blackwood, 31:19; 3. Paul Hannsen, 31:26; 4. Randy McDermott, 31:33; 5. Doug Kuderna, 31:36.
1-19 female: 1. Natalie Perkins, 44:10; 2. Cassandra Smink, 46:26; 3. Kerrie Neal, 48:39.
1-19 male: 1. Sam Phipps, 31:50; 2. Alex Bosh, 34:06; 3. Ryan Frank, 39:54.