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Howard County Junior Striders
Thirty-two Howard County Junior Striders competed at the USATF Cross Country Junior Olympics National meet in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Dec. 10. The 17-18 girls team earned an award by placing third and three individuals placed 25th or better and earned All-American status, They were Tiffany Lang (fifth), Hannah Mansbach (20th) and Danny Rau (24th).
Junior Striders results:
8-UB (2k): 31. Liam McCaffrey, 8:20; 73. Bryce Johnson-Dendy, 9:05; 82. Logan Kim, 9:12; 96. Mats Chattin, 9:21; 98. Connor Croft, 9:23. The team placed fifth.
9-10G (3k): 140. Bridgette Kim, 13:32; 156. Zoe Reading, 13:51; 159. Gabriella Esquivel, 13:55; 166. Claire Warman, 14:12.
13-14G (4k): 76. Britt Lang, 15:22; 139. Maddie Miller, 16:08; 141. Kara Taylor, 16:08; 220. Eileen Ying, 17:27; 231. Abby Hines, 17:52. The team placed 18th.
13-14B (4k): 36. Corey Hamilton, 13:28; 166. Reuben Winston, 14:27; 214. Kevin Wegner, 14:50; 231. Bryce Rosicky, 15:06; 256. Shane McGovern, 15:34; 270. Jack Kavka, 16:02; 299. Jason Vanisko, 18:25. The team placed 19th.
15-16B (5k): 24. Danny Rau, 16:16; 41. Gary Smolyak, 16:41; 69. Tom Brumbaugh, 17:08; 133. Gulraize Khan, 18:08; 143. Ray Smith, 18:20. The team placed seventh.
17-18G (5k): 5. Tiffany Lang, 18:46; 20. Hannah Mansbach, 19:36; 28. Caragh MacDermott, 20:06; 31. Shira Winston, 20:14; 47. Lanie Swanhart, 21:30; 54. Katelyn Ogden, 22:00. The team placed third.
The Maryland Stars 14-U girls fastpitch team won five games and lost two on their way to a second-place finish in the USSSA Fastpitch Faceoff Finale Oct. 22-23.
In pool play, the Stars defeated the Lake Shore Pride, 6-3, but then lost to the Bayside Blues, the defending state champions. With the score 3-2 entering the last inning, the Stars gave up sixi runs to lose, 9-2. Howard Countian Gina D'Asto had two hits in the game.
The Stars defeated the Bayside Breeze, 7-5, in the last game of pool play. Howard Countian Emily Speierman got the save. She also had a hit, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and scored two runs.
Starting single elimination play, the Stars played well, easily defeating the East Coast Bandits, 11-3. D'Astro had two hits and Speierman had a triple and three RBIs.
Speierman then tossed a complete game four-hitter and struck out seven batters in a 6-5 victory over the Olney Cougars. Howard Countian Alina Milaukas had two hits in the game.
The Stars then defeated the HCYP Patriots, 9-1, before running out of gas and losing to the Terror Fastpitch, 7-1. In spite of the loss, the Stars made some fine defensive plays. D'Astro made a head-first diving catch in left fied and threw a runner out at the plate.
Howard County Rangers
Dec. 3, the Howard County Rangers won the Youth 9-10 age division of the Baltimore Flag Football Festival. They finished the tournament with a 3-0 record and outscored their opponents by a combined, 68-12. Members of the team are Cameron Claiborne, Liam Day, Madison Fitzgerald, Jaelen Gaymon, Jess Landsperger, Connor Maloney, Sean Montgomery and Alex Stokes.
Soccer Association of Columbia
The SAC Celtic (U-9 boys) travel team finished a successful season winning their division in the Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 19-20.
On Saturday, Celtic defeated a surprisingly strong Bethesda Black team, 1-0, in muddy conditions. They rebounded by defeating Potomac, 4-0, later in the day to earn a spot in the semifinals. Defeating Bethesda Green, 1-0, Sunday morning, Celtic advanced to the finals facing MSC Academy. With the championship game scoreless after two overtime periods, the teams faced each other in penalty kicks, which SAC Celtic won, 3-2.