Rec Sports: Howard Huskies sending three teams to Nationals

Ice hockey

The Howard Huskies sent two teams (U16AA and U18AA) to Nationals last year and this year another team has joined the mix.

This year, not only the U16AA and U18AA repeated as Maryland state champions to advance to Nationals in early April, but the Huskies' Bantam AA team also emerged victorious for a state title.

The Bantam age group is 13-14 year olds and all three teams are now headed to Nationals at different locations April 2-6. The Bantams will play in Hackensack, NJ, the U16 team in Reston, VA and the U18 squad in Wayne, NJ.

Bud Buonota is the president of the Huskies organization and serves as the coach and mentor to the U16 and U18 teams.

Synchronized skating

There were three local skaters that won gold medals in the Adult Division at the 2014 US Synchronized Skating Championships (sponsored by the USFSA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on March 1. The trio of Kim Eddy, Sarah Eddy and Shauna Weisberg are part of the synchronized skating team, DC Edge, that consists of 16 skaters who practice out of the Wheaton and Cabin John Ice Rinks.

Kim and Sarah are sisters that were raised in Ellicott City and have since graduated from Mt. Hebron High School and the University of Maryland, College Park. Kim is a high school science teacher at the Homewood School in Ellicott City, while Sarah is an online communications coordinator for a non-profit in D.C.

Weisberg was raised in Columbia and has since graduated from Long Reach High School and the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an engineer that lives and works in D.C.

The trio grew up figure skating competitively together out of the Columbia Figure Skating Club.


There were 75 people that came out to run the Fat Tuesday two-miler on March 11 at Oakland Mills High School.

Top finishers:

1. Kevin Ford, 10:33.12; 2. Jeremy Rea, 10:33.92; 3. Brian Fleming, 11:13; 4. James Blackwood, 11:23; 5. Dennis Danieli, 11:26; 6. Mark Loeffler, 11:28; 7. Shawn Young, 11:33; 8. Paul Kirk-Davidoff, 11:35; 9. Joey Navarro, 11:36; 10. Brian Shadrick, 11:37.

11. Steve Bohse, 12:15; 12. Gavin Kohn, 12:27; 13. Isaac Kirk-Davidoff, time NA; 14. Sean Harbaugh, 12:48; 15. John Way, 12:55; 16. Kelsey White, 13:07; 17. Anders Chattin, 13:10; 18. Alan Mulindwa, 13:16; 19. Bill Stahr, 13:21; 20. Noah Kim, 13:23.


There were 53 runners that came out and beat the latest snowmageddon event to run the Howard County Striders weekly series race at Clarksville Elementary. Gary Smolyak and Celine Pisanic were the two-mile winners. Karsten Brown and Karen Young paced the 5-mile race.

Top finishers:

Two-mile: 1. Gary Smolyak, 11:46; 2. Daniel Smolyak, 11:57; 3. Ted Poulos, 12:25: 4. Michel McNeil, 13:38; 5. Celine Pisanic, 14:57; 6. Patrick Williams, 15:20; 7. Natalie Smolyak, 15:23; 8. Nathan Pisanic, 16:23; 9. Lisa Pisanic, 16:24; 10. Eric Baker, 17:05.

11. Dee Nelson, 17:23; 12. Kathryn Baker, 19:40; 13. Melinda Krummerich, 20:01; 14. Amanda Idstein, 20:12; 15. Ginger Rowley, 20:13.

Five-mile: 1. Karsten Brown, 29:34; 2. Adam Wytko, 30:02; 3. Mark Loeffler, 30:15; 4. Mark Eagles, 31:50; 5. Lochlann Boyle, 31:54; 6. Jeffrey Garstecky, 32:56; 7. Steve Bohse, 33:09; 8. Yasuo Oda, 33:19; 9. Ken Sevik, 33:54; 10. Mark Bohse, 34:05.

11. Bob Burns, 35:00; 12. Robert Blanco, 36:02; 13. Chris Handy, 36:04; 14. Chad Burger, 36:51; 15. James Moreland, 37:22.


Maria Ramsey of Columbia competed at the 2014 Maryland USA Gymnastics Level 9 State Championships on Sunday, March 16 at the Prince George's County Sportsplex. An Oakland Mills Middle School eighth grade honor student, Ramsey trains at Docksiders Gymnastics in Millersville. Ramsey placed first on Balance Beam (9.5) earning the title of Maryland State Beam Champion (Junior A). She was also fourth on Floor (9.2) and second in the All-Around (36.45). Maria also qualified for the USAG Region 7 Championships, which will be held in Virginia from April 4-6.


The Columbia Volleyball Club (CVC) 14U Condors won the silver medal in the Silver bracket at the MVSA 14s Open/Club at the Discovery Sports Center in Boyds, MD on March 15. The team ended up losing to the Delaware Juniors 14-1 ACE in the championship game. Members of the team are: Mikayla Hansen, Kennedi Holloway, Lydia Jones, Megan Kane, Valerie Odonkor, Emily Przybyla, Alexandra Stanislavsky, Alexa Welch, Madeline Winters and Lisa Zoch.

The CVC 16U Thunder won its second gold medal of the season at the MVSA 16s Open/Club Tournament on March 15 in Boyds, Md. The tournament included eight teams from Virginia and Maryland. Finishing first in competitive pool play put the Thunder into the gold medal bracket. The team then defeated MAVBC 16 South in the semis and MVSA 16 Extreme in the championship match. Members of the team are: Ashley Chibb, Corinne Conover, Cheryl Dombrowski, Taylor Good, Abby Keehn, Emma Sams, Emily Smith, Leah Weaver, Katie Wehrung and Morgan Willis.

The CVC 12U Canaries placed second out of 15 teams in the NVVA 12s Spring Fling on March 16. It was the team's third silver medal finish in three consecutive tournaments. After losing just once in competitive pool play, the Canaries earned a spot in the semifinals against the WCJRS Storms. The team won that match before losing against Vienna Elite, which had gone undefeated in pool play, in the championship. Members of the team are: Julia Tallent, Brenna O'Reilly, Alyssa Kelly, Rachel Richardson, Madison Ho, Samantha Giles, Kate Colvin, Lara Banicz, Taylor Currie, Chidinma Onukwugha, Madison Mayer and Mary Grace Goyena.

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