Catonsville lacrosse coach nets new talent catching fish by hand

Catonsville High boys lacrosse coach Aaron Stubbs was among the contestants on the Feb. 12 airing of Animal Planet Network's "Hillbilly Handfishin" show.

The show, which airs Sundays at 8 p.m., depicts participants learning how to "noodle," catch catfish by hand.

Stubbs traveled to Temple, Okla., for four days and jumped in the Red River with his Aussie friend, Jorbie, to go fishing without using bait or a fishing rod.

"I had a great time on the show," said Stubbs, who starts his third season as head coach of the Comets this spring.

"My father was a fisherman, so I felt comfortable in the water," said the father of two preschoolers.

"One of the fish bit me, but it just broke the skin a little," he said.

Stubbs grew up in Perth, Australia, said the terrain of Oklahoma where the show was taped reminded him of home.

"We had a chance to meet a group of Cherokee Indians who showed us arrowheads from hundreds of years ago," he said.

Talent at Catonsville High

Last month at the Catonsville High School auditorium, students performed for the "Catonsville's Got Talent" show.

Among those participating were: Kyra Park Davis, Alex Snowden, Matt Barreto, Jayme Edwards, Isaac Lendore, Vina Duong, Nia Bourne, Mellisa Kellen, Christopher Actie, Andres Cabrera and Alex King.

Tori Sneden and Garrett Boone did a great job with lights and sounds.

Faculty and staff members Brian Barber, Mary Ann Llorin, Diane Wack and Cassandra Walters judged the show.

Producer Debbie Stephens did a fabulous job organizing the event that raised $500 for the junior class.

The class also raised $1,400 from a pancake breakfast at Applebee's Feb. 25.

Students at the Watson Hall School, a small Montessori school at Christian Temple Church, 5820 Edmondson Ave., students showcased their artwork Feb. 24 in honor of Black History Month.

The students, ages 2-6, exhibited their artwork on the Harlem Renaissance cultural movement of the 1920s and 1930s, bead work and paintings about poetry. The children also performed an African dance and played a "Guess Who" game with the audience.

The school, which opened last year, is co-owned by Kenda Watson, the school'sdirector, and Andrea Pyatt-Johnson, the school's administrator.

The two met five years ago and began talking about schools.

"We had the same ideas. We wanted to make a difference in the world through the children's eyes. So we decided to open a small school," said Watson, also a dance teacher for the Ukendance Company at the school, in an email.

"We started with one child. Now we are on the rise, with 26 children enrolled," she said in an email. "We are so happy and feel so blessed."

For information about the school, go to or call Kenda at 410-818-0199 or email

History lesson comes to life

Members of Girl Scout Troop 4037 had a chance to meet a Royal British Marine from 1812 when Ed Seufert made a special presentation to the girls during the troop's Feb. 21 meeting at Catonsville United Methodist Church. The event was a dry run for the same presentation scheduled for March 10.

Seufert delivered a first-person narrative about the Battle of North Point, which marks its 200th anniversary this year. He wore a British uniform and brought with him a musket, bayonet, rolled-up blanket, hammersack with three days of rations, canteen and cartridge box with 60 rounds of musket balls.

A history buff from Essex, he has been active in 1812 reenactment for many years and helped the girls gain a better understanding about the battle in eastern Baltimore County with the use of a 14- by 14-foot canvas map.

Talent on ice

Four Catonsville High School students played on the Dulaney High School's varsity ice hockey team this winter, since it was the only public high school ice hockey team in the county.

Freshmen Harrison Green, Nathan Merrill and John Ossing and junior Terrance Monroe made their way to the Reisterstown Sportsplex several days a week to practice. They also practiced at Patterson Park in Baltimore.

Since the county does not sponsor ice hockey, this program is parent-run with coaches who are volunteers.

The team, which started four years ago, had players from eight county schools throughout the county.

Competition included teams from Anne Arundel, Kent and Harford counties on ice at the Naval Academy, Laurel Ice House and Piney Orchard.

For information about the team, go to

Music lessons

There's a new program at Bloomsbury Community Center for children who want to learn how to play music. The "Full Measure Music Enrichment" school music program combines a small group setting with personalized interactive lessons, according to an email from director Mark Leary.

Daily music theory workshops are followed by lessons on instruments such as the drums, electric bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukele and keyboards.

Weekly cost is $125 for one child, $225 for two children and $300 for three children.

For information, call Mark Leary at 442-629-5911 or

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