As the snow slowly melts, one hardly believes that the outdoor sports fields will soon be alive with action and hundreds of soccer and baseball players. Beginning next week or as soon as the snow cover melts and the fields dry out, travel soccer teams take to the fields for the start of practice and baseball teams follow soon thereafter, once the county plows the baseball fields. Maryland City Recreation Council Soccer and Baseball held registrations in February. Currently, 13 travel soccer teams for girls and boys ages 7-18 are registered with the county league. A few teams still have space for spring season and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you missed registration, contact my husband, John Venit, quickly for a spot, at dpws@aol.com or 301-725-7711.

If the American pastime of baseball whets your appetite a bit more, contact John quickly. Teams for ages 8 and over will be registered with the county next week and will play travel baseball. Players in this age group play other teams from throughout Anne Arundel County, giving them the opportunity to see the county and play against different teams every week. Teams for T-ball and coach pitch baseball are forming. Last year, MCRC Mustang baseball fielded four coach pitch teams and three T-ball teams. Many from last year are excited to move into travel ball this year.

Many young athletes in our area just completed the Winter Sports season, competing for their high schools. Our area generates many young athletes who enjoy the water and compete in the pool throughout the year. Several West Arundel and Russett summer swimmers competed for their high schools. Megan Reyda, Tyler Reyda, Patrick Nessler, Simone DeSouza, Asha Modali, Imanya James, Christopher Marx, Brittany Johnson, Alexis Welsh and Kevin Villeneuve finished their high school season during the Feb. 15 Regional Meet in Annapolis, representing Meade High School with an 8th place finish. Kellianne Venit, Andrea Sturgis, Alexandra Bowman and Jay Venit competed for Archbishop Spalding in the A divisions of both MIAA and IAMM and enjoyed a 3rd place finish for the girls and 5th place finish for the boys as well as competing at the East Coast Catholic Championship Meet. Richard Moyer, Peter Moyer, Jake Harkcom, Jessie Harkcom, Alexandra Jones and Regina Pruden represented Pallotti High School finishing 3rd for the boys as part of the MIAA B Conference and 4th for the girls in the IAMM C Conference. Congratulations to all swimmers.

Support these important local organizations this Saturday, March. 1. The Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department offers its monthly Longaberger and Coach Bingo at 3498 Fort Meade Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Food is available. Prices start at $21 with discounts for reservations, which can be made by visiting the MCVFD Facebook page or calling 301-483-4985.The Women of the Moose Chapter 1327 and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1504 host the "Legacy of the Moose Benefit," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Moose Family Center, 3340 Fort Meade Road. Enjoy a presentation, dinner and silent auction to benefit Moose Charities. Tickets cost $25 per person. The silent auction includes theater, restaurant, cruise and sports items donated by area businesses. This is a community service event open to the public.