Rec sports: Kangaroo Kids win Grand National overall team championship

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Jump rope

Kangaroo Kids

Twenty members of the Kangaroo Kids Competition team traveled to Long Beach, Calif. to compete in the USA Jump Rope National Championships June 21–24. The event featured over 700 jumpers from 57 teams from across the nation. All combined, the Kangaroo Kids brought home a total of 32 medals, 34 ribbons, seven plaques and one trophy.

Prior to the national championship, the Gold Rush competition was held which allowed competitors who didn't previously qualify to earn a chance to compete in the National Championship. Anna Lawson placed first in freestyle and moved on to compete in the national championship.

In the All-Around categories at the national championships, Kangaroo Kids placed fifth for All-Around Speed team and third in the All-Around Freestyle team and for the second year in a row, the Kangaroo Kids won Grand National Champion Overall team.

In the All-Around Male Masters Division, Mason Rogers placed third. The Kangaroo Kids placed fifth in the small team show category.

Ten members of the Kangaroo Kids qualified to compete in the Grand National Championship in one or more events by having one of the top 12 scores across all age groups in a speed event or by placing first in their age division freestyle event or having one of the top eight scores in a freestyle event across all the age groups.

For the Grand National Championship, Kangaroo Kids were represented seven times on stage for speed events and six times for freestyle events. Jumpers qualifying in speed events were Cecilia Hartley, Sydni Horner, Allison Richards, Beth Short, Mason Rogers, Cassandra Tarash, Sam Trossman and Lynn Walsh.

Qualifying by winning their age division freestyle event or by having one of the eight highest overall scores across all age groups for freestyle events were Hartley, Horner, Christina Kratzmeier, Rogers, Short, Sophie Skalny, Trossman and Walsh.

Mason Rogers placed second in the Grand Nationals Male Three-Minute Speed and third in the Male Freestyle events. Hartley, Rogers, Trossman and Walsh who placed second in the Grand Nationals Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle event.

Kangaroo Kids team members who placed in the top 10 of the USA Jump Rope National Age Division Championship are:

Male Individual Events

One-Minute Speed (age 15-17): 2. Mason Rogers; 8. Sam Trossman.

Three-Minute Speed (15-17): 1. Mason Rogers; 6. Sam Trossman.

Triple Unders (15-17): 3. Sam Trossman; 4. Mason Rogers.

Freestyle (15-17): 3. Mason Rogers; 8. Sam Trossman.

Female Individual Events

One-Minute Speed (11-12): 10. Sophie Skalny. 15-17: 4. (tie) Beth Short and Lynn Walsh; 5. Cassandra Tarash.

Three-Minute Speed (11-12): 9. Sophie Skalny. 15-17: 9. Beth Short.

Triple Unders (15-17): 8. Beth Short; 9. Cassandra Tarash.

Freestyle (11-12): 4. Sophie Skalny. 15-17: 3. Beth Short. 4. Lauren Bork.

Pairs Single Rope Events

Pairs Freestyle (11-12): 2. Anna Lawson and Lily Trossman. 13-14: 3. Christina Kratzmeier and Sophie Skalny. 15-17: 1. Mason Rogers and Sam Trossman; 8. Max Gleichauf and Allison Richards.

Female Pairs Freestyle (15-17): 3. Sydni Horner and Lynn Walsh.

Single Rope Events

Single Rope Speed Relay (15-17): 1. Cecilia Hartley, Mason Rogers, Sam Trossman and Lynn Walsh; 2. Sydni Horner, Allison Richards, Beth Short and Cassandra Tarash.

Double Dutch Events

Double Dutch Pairs Speed (15-17): 1. Cecilia Hartley, Mason Rogers, Sam Trossman and Lynn Walsh; 7. Sydni Horner, Allison Richards, Beth Short and Cassandra Tarash.

Double Dutch Speed Relay (15-17): 1. Allison Richards, Beth Short and Sam Trossman.

Double Dutch Singles Freestyle (15-17): 6. Cecilia Hartley, Sam Trossman and Lynn Walsh; 8. Sydni Horner, Ryan McGuire and Mason Rogers.

Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle (15-17): 2. Cecilia Hartley, Mason Rogers, Sam Trossman and Lynn Walsh. 18-22: 10. Kristen Bork, Lauren Bork, Ryan McGuire and Max Gleichauf.

Female Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle (15-17): 5. Sydni Horner, Allison Richards, Beth Short and Cassandra Tarash.


HCYP Raiders travel

The 14-U HCYP Raiders capped off a 21-3 regular season with an impressive 5-0 record in the Mid Atlantic Baseball Association post-season tournament that concluded July 8 when the Raiders defeating the Diamond Pros from Baltimore and Harford County, 7-2. The Raiders gave up only six runs in thefive games.

MABA includes teams from Baltimore, Frederick, Harford, Carroll and Howard counties.

Including the Memorial Day tournament championship at the Mickie Gordon Tournament in Purcellville, Va., the Raiders have posted a 31-3 record to date. The Raiders conclude their season at the Cove Creek tournament, July 14-15, near Charlottesville, Va.

Team members include Kyle Butts (OF), Ben Carr (1B/P), Logan Courtright (1B/P), Michael Fontana (OF/2B), Eric Greenbaum (C/3B), Jeffrey Jones (OF), Jason Kohler (2B/OF), Kyle Lowenkron (SS/P), Chris Morath (OF), Pat O'Malley (P/1B), David Phelps (C), Zach Phillips (P/3B), Josh Pieniazek (P, SS) and Chris Ransom (2B).

Elkridge Hurricanes

The Elkridge Hurricanes completed a sweep of the 8-U Machine Pitch Cal Ripken Maryland State Championships during the first weekend of July at Rockburn Park. Elkridge teams won both the A and B brackets. A second Elkridge Hurricane B team lost in the semifinals. Elkridge was the only organization to have one A and two B teams in the tournament, and this was the first time that one league has won both the A and B tournaments in the same year. Elkridge first won the B tournament in 2010, and won the A tournament in 2011.

The A team defeated Mount Airy, 10-3, and the B team defeated Prince George's County, 22-9, in the championship games. The tournament featured more than 20 teams from all over Maryland.


Chesapeake Rock

The Chesapeake Rock U-18 Premier boys lacrosse team won the Tri-State National Varsity A Championship in Princeton, N.J., July 8-9. Chesapeake Rock compiled a 10-0 record and beat Baggataway Lacrosse from Pennsylvania, 3-1, in the championship game.

Many Howard County players played a big part in reaching the championship game. Attackmen Garrett Christianson (Calvert Hall) and Stephen LaTona (Centennial) led the offense for the Rock while midfielder Jack Farrall (Oakland Mills), defender Jimmy Riss (Oakland Mills) and goalie Justin Brown (Long Reach) all played a key role in holding opponents to fewer than three goals in eight of the 10 games played.


Bulldog Flag Football

The Baltimore Raiders defeated Organized Chaos, 13-6, to win the Big Dog Bowl XVI. Taywan Moore (five-yard run) and Omar Dowery (45-yard run) scored touchdowns for the Raiders. Kevin Gambrill made a one-point conversion after Moore's touchdown.

Steffen Wilkens scored on a 50-yard pass from Jared Jorgenson for Organized Chaos.

The Raiders received interceptions from Brian Holland, Malcolm Dowery and Gambrill. Organized Chaos had interceptions from Kenny Walston and Aaron Smith.

Bryan Braxton (BR) and Tony Cheatham (OC) made sacks.

Spring league awards went to Amjer Dwivedi (Organized Chaos, Coach of the Year), Jared Jorgenson (Organized Chaos, quarterback touchdown pass leader), Da'quan Smith (Organized Chaos, wide receiver touchdown pass leader), Malcolm Dowery (Raiders, interception leader, 4) and Wayne Martin (Organized Chaos, sack leader, 10.5).


Friday Night Cross Country

The third race in the Friday Night Cross Country series was held at River Hill High School.

Top finishers: 1. Matt Pacheco, 17:31.4; 2. Connor Belson, 17:39.8; 3. Adam Wytko, 18:15.2; 4. Gary Smolyak, 18:22.2; 5. Justin Lui, 18:28.9; 6. Danny Rau, 19:34.1; 7. Luis Navarro, 19:34.9; 8. Steve Turner, 19:35.9; 9. Gulraize Khan, 19:41.6; 10. Mark Loeffler, 19:45.3.

11. Phil Rogers, 19:49.0; 12. Paul Kirk-Davidoff, 19:52.3; 13. Kevin O'Hara, 19:54.6; 14. Owen Pochettino, 19:55.7; 15. Ryan Hermstein, 19:57.2; 16. Tobius Hall, 20:02.2; 17. Danny Schofield, 20:04.5; 18. Silas Buck, 20:05.4; 19. Nikolas Harvan-Matosich, 20:05.6; 20. Marc Hermstein, 20:12.2.

21. Greg Schuler, 20:57.6; 22. Mike Feroe, 21:02.8; 23. Patrick Cristaldi, 21:03.3; 24. Craig Morgan, 21:03.9; 25. Lon Meier, 21:09.1; 26. Isaac Kirk-Davidoff, 21:12.8; 27. Tiffany Lang, 21:17.2; 28. Eric Haney, 21:23.1; 29. Nick Hagy, 21:28.8; 30. Mike Bohse, 21:32.8.

31. Greg MacPhee, 21:37.4; 32. Chris Choi, 21:43.8; 33. Hunter Kahn, 21:54.5; 34. Matthew Bernstein, 22:04.8; 35. Sundeep Patniak, 22:27.1; 36. Connor Bivens, 22:30.8; 37. Tom McManuels, 23:12.5; 38. Jason Schuler, 23:16.5; 39. Bill Stahr, 23:30.1; 40. Anders Chattin, 23:31.4.

41. Chris Chattin, 23:32.6; 42. Phillip Hilliard, 23:33.0; 43. Marc Burger, 23:35.0; 44. Andrew Cannarsa, 23:38.5; 45. Trent Rose, 23:40.2; 46. Amanda An, 23:47.5; 47. Aaron Kaplan, 23:56.5; 48. Tom Faucher, 23:59.6; 49. Jill Greenwald, 24:15.0; 50. Cindy Alms, 24:16.3.

51. Tammy Liu Hermstein, 24:17.4; 52. Phil Johnson, 24:19.7; 53. Ibrahim Jirdon, 24:26.8; 54. Chris Farmer, 24:39.4; 55. Steve Wright, 24:45.8; 56. Jun Ma, 24:57.4; 57. Alan Robson, 25:00.4; 58. Eric Johnston, 25:14.3; 59. Michael DeBenedetto, 25:14.7; 60. Rebecca Goodridge, 25:16.9.

61. Mark Sanetrik, 25:21.0; 62. Jenna Harrity, 25:23.4; 63. Jake VonNeida, 25:47.8; 64. Robby Groman, 25:48.3; 65. Karen Young, 25:51.3; 66. Ankur Holz, 25:51.7; 67. Maggie Nilano, 25:59.5; 68. Bailey Merrill, 26:05.5; 69. Justin Jones, 26:14.2; 70. Doug Dixon, 26:19.2.

Table tennis

U.S. Open

With Kanak Jha, of California, as his partner, Tong Tong Gong, 14, of Ellicott City, made the final of Cadet Boys doubles (Under 15) of the U.S. Open Table Tennis Tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich. Gong, who trains at the Maryland Table Tennis Center, also made the quarterfinals of the Cadet Boys singles.

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