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Athletic union recognizes 'Star' swimmers [Cockeysville]

Grace Wayson and James Northey from the Springdale Stars Swim Team were recently honored by the Maryland District Amateur Athletic Union for their swimming.
Grace Wayson and James Northey from the Springdale Stars Swim Team were recently honored by the Maryland District Amateur Athletic Union for their swimming. (Submitted photo)

Grace Wayson and James Northey from the Springdale Stars Swim Team, were recently honored by the Maryland District Amateur Athletic Union for excelling in swimming.Recognizing athletes in many different sports from all across Maryland, the Outstanding Athlete Leadership Awards are presented to those who have performed at a high level in their respective sport, used their talents to the best of their abilities and were motivated to excellence in athletic endeavors.

Both Grace and James earned this distinction with their performances both in and out of the pool.James was the highest scoring swimmer and MVP in the 9-10 boys division this past season for the Stars.He also qualified for Straehle Invitational, a championship meet of individual events and relays. But even better, he has been an all-around good role model to his teammates.

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Grace also excelled during the regular swim season in the 13-14 girls division and qualified for the Straehle Invitational. Additionally, she served as a junior swim coach for the team and assisted at every practice with the younger age groups.

According to Stars Coach Tana King, "James was as an excellent leader who always pushed the other swimmers to do their best." She also praised Grace "as always willing to go the extra mile to help the other swimmers." Congratulations Grace and James on your well-deserved awards!

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The studios of The Moving Company Dance Center in Cockeysville were busy last week during their Fall Observation Week.With almost 650 students enrolled in more than 100 different classes, hundreds of parents had a chance to observe their children in classes such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, cheer dance and hip-hop. It was a bittersweet time for some dancers and their families, like seniors Casey Garay, Emma Mutascio, Grace Landefeld and Caroline Cohen, who are enjoying their final year at the studio after spending the past 14 years as students.At the other end of the spectrum, for dancers just starting out, registration will begin in December forspring sessionsof Introduction to Dance for ages 3 to 5. Finally, not to be left out, sessions of Adult Hip Hop are alsoformingnow! More details are available at tmcdance.com.

The Cockeysville Recreation Council ladies tennis program just finished up its fall season. Over the past nine weeks, eight teams of ladies enjoyed playing competitive doubles tennis on the courts at County Home Park.They celebrated the season with a luncheon on No. 10 at Basta Pasta during which they recognized team captains and winners of each team.Congratulations to Gina Gracie, Barb McClanahan, Bonnie Thomas, Martha Adams, Debbi Mulliken, Carol Koh, Kristen Connor and Lisa Lipira for being the top-scorers this season. The spring season will start in March and any players interested in joining the tennis ladder, with levels ranging from beginner to advanced should contact Karen Williams, chairperson of Cockeysville Ladies Tennis, at kwill8169@comcast.net for more information.

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