Dirt Bike Racing

Jessica Betz, a 10-year-old from Columbia, will race her dirt bike in the 32nd Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship from July 29 through Aug. 3 at Loretta Lynn's ranch in Tennessee.

She qualified for one of 1,386 slots at the national championship, which is the largest amateur motocross race in the world. In the last four months, she attempted to qualify for the event and competed against 20,000 motocrossers in the Mid-Atlantic region. The top finishers in the qualifiers advance into the championship competition.

"My most exciting competition was the regional competition for Loretta Lynn's because I knew there was a lot at stake. There were very fast riders to compete against," she said.


Sign up to receive our free daily email newsletter: Columbia Today

Jessica has won numerous races in the last five years and competes nearly every weekend either locally or regionally. She attends Phelps Luck Elementary School and has been riding since she was five.

Lacrosse

The M&D 16 Red dominated their bracket at the club National Championships, entering the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in their division. They beat Resolute, 15-2, in the first round of the playoffs, before defeating Tri-state, 9-1. In the semifinals, they beat Supernova by a score of 10-2. In the championship they beat a tough Capitol team, 5-4. It was the first championship of the summer for the team.

The M&D 2017 Black team breezed through the pool play portion of the club National Championships. In the first round they beat the Connecticut Dodgers, 16-4, then followed that up by beating TLC White 17 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they avenged their only loss of the summer by beating TLC Red 17 by a score of 9-4. The team then squeaked out a 4-3 win over the Virginia Stars in the championship.

The M&D 2018 Black team had a relatively easy time in pool play by beating Relentless Hustle of New York, 16-0, Rebels of Olney, 19-7, and Checkhers from Eldersburg, 10-6. In the playoffs, they edged a tough NEMS team from Bel Air, 8-7, after being down by two goals with less than five minutes to play. Then the team beat TLC Red 18 by a score of 5-4 in the championship.

The 2019 Black was the fourth M&D team to win a title. After some relatively easy games against Common Goal from New York, 13-5, and Bay Area Lax from Severna Park, 19-2, they met a feisty Integrity team from Pasadena who gave them a great game (6-4 win). The 2019 Black went into the playoffs seeded No. 1. They beat Garden State elite from New Jersey, 19-1, and Team Elevate from New York, 9-1.

In the semi-finals, they played a hard fought game against neighborhood Rival Hero's 19 Green and prevailed 4-2. Then in the championship, the team beat TLC Red 2019 by a score of 6-3. The 2019 Black went undefeated this summer and won every competitive tournament that they entered.

The four championship wins at the club National Championships were the most ever by a club team at that tournament.

Tennis

The Howard County Awesome Aces junior tennis teams competed in the Maryland State Championships held at the Tennis Center at College Park on July 19-21.

The 18-U Intermediate team/Terminetters and 10-U Beginner/Raiders team have earned second place in the state. The Quick Start Tennis 8-U/ Purple and Green teams had great fun playing many matches against other teams in Maryland. The purple team scored maximum points.

The Terminetters advance to play in the Sectional Championships, which will be held Aug. 16-18.

Members of the 18-U team are Collin McEwen, Serene Mathew, Margaret Tatum, Kieran Buss, Marjorie Buss, John Fiorello, Erin Nguyen, Daniel Smolyok and Rachel Paek.

Members of the 10-U/Raiders are Bonnie Vess, Corinne Chau, April Smith, Mira Tadimalla, Hashini Amersinghi, Charita Sandoze and Harsh Shah.

Members of the 8-U/Purple team are Sion Mathew, Cyril Mathew, Michel Asher, Talia Brown, Carter Custodio and ViRaj Janeeja.

Members of the Green team are Vinitha Badugu, Nithya Chilukuri, Amrutha Alibilli, Raza Ahmed, Grayson Schick, Joshua Gao and Olivia Ju.