Bits & Pieces: County athletes honored by National Football Foundation

Jacob Bart (Marriotts Ridge), Riley Davis (River Hill), James Etheridge (Centennial), Elijah Harris (Long Reach), Noah Johnson (Howard), Tom Klotz (Wilde Lake), Blake Richardson (Glenelg), Kenneth Thomas (Atholton), Joseph Usher (Reservoir) and Storm Wallpher (Mt. Hebron) were among 75 football players who were honored at the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Dinner March 7 at Martin's West, in Baltimore. The athletes were chosen from the Baltimore metropolitan area.

The criteria for the award winners includes academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community leadership.

Volunteer for SOHC

I've been amazed at the talent of many of our Special Olympic athletes. It doesn't seem to matter what sport is involved, some of these kids are flat out fantastic and now some resident here is going to have the opportunity to prove my point by volunteering to coach.

Special Olympics Howard County needs track and field coaches this spring. Anyone interested should be a high school graduate who will be willing to attend a volunteer orientation March 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. Previous track and field experience would be nice, but it is not a requirement.

For more information, call 301-213-1296 or email to by Friday, March 9.

Blandair Park Phase 1 to open

Gary Arthur died May 27, 2010, but his memory remains with us. The community center in Glenwood bears his name and now his name will be remembered at the grand opening of Phase I of Blandair Park March 17 at the Gary J. Arthur Memorial Lacrosse Tournament.

The tournament is for recreational teams of girls (U-11, U-13 and U-15) and boys (U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-15).

I knew Gary for many years and I am sure he would have deemed it unnecessary to have his name put on the center and with the lacrosse tournament. Gary was happy just being part of the growth of the county's recreation and parks program for 31 years. However, he earned the accolades and they remind us of what a wonderful person he was.

Going, going, gone?

The District V Tournament between Howard and Anne Arundel county schools may be on its last legs. The fate of this tournament, in its third year, will be determined at an April 18 meeting between representatives of the two counties.

The problems appear to be twofold. The first is monetary. This tournament has been a money loser and that, in itself, should spell its demise. The second is the injury factor. Some coaches don't like the tournament for fear that players will be injured and will not be able to play in later, more important playoff games.

If I had to make a guess at this stage, I would say that the District V Tournament did not turn out as some had hoped and expected and will be dropped.

Prescott earns CAC award

Stevenson baseball senior Tony Prescott, a Howard High graduate, was named Capitol Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week last week after leading the Mustangs to a 4-3 record.

Tony is the first Stevenson player to be honored by the conference as Player of the Week since March 2011.

Tony went 4-for-8 with two doubles, four runs and one RBI in three games. On the season, he is second on the team with 10 hits and a .435 batting average while leading the team with two doubles, one home run, five RBIs and a .652 slugging percentage. He has had at least one hit in five of Stevenson's seven games this season.

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