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North Carroll: Hampstead Ravens football and cheer teams getting set for season

Members and coaches of the Hampstead Ravens Football and Cheerleading teams march in a parade through Hampstead in 2017.

Go Ravens! Yes, I root for the Baltimore Ravens, but also for the Hampstead Ravens.

The new season is ramping up for the Hampstead Ravens football and cheer programs. They’ve been out in the community sharing information and taking registrations, including having a table at the annual Hampstead Day. On June 21, they held a Meet the Ravens Skate Night that allowed people interested to come in and meet the coaches and players and register if they were so inclined.


The organization began its annual Football and Cheer Clinic on Tuesday, June 26, and it continues Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28. The clinic is free, and the kids can come out from 6 to 8 p.m. to the Lions Club Ball Park at 4135 Hillcrest Ave., Hampstead. Free registration includes a free T-shirt for registered participants. There will be high school coaches and professional trainers; and plenty of cheer and football workouts as well. People can still come out even if they missed the first night. More information can be found at

Do you like a parade? Why not find a good spot on Main Street and watch the Hampstead Ravens Season Kickoff Parade on Saturday, Aug. 4. The parade, which begins at 9 a.m. at Main Street and Mott Avenue, continues north on Main Street to Hillcrest, ending at the Hampstead Lions Club Ball Park.


After the parade, stick around for a festival of vendors that will also include games, crafts, food and more fun for the whole family. There is no admission charge for the festival, which ends at 2 p.m. Vendor spots are still available for a cost of $20 each, non-refundable; and they will only accept one vendor per company/business type. Spots will be given to the first person who pays and completes the registration form. Vendors must provide their own tables, canopies, chairs, etc.

Running water and electricity will not be available. Vendors can begin setting up at 8 a.m. and are responsible for leaving the area in the same condition as it was found. Vendor forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. If you’d like to be a vendor, call Niki Sanders at 559-719-5792 or email

The HR Youth Football Club is a full-contact youth football club. They believe in building character in the athletes and relationships with the families. The available football team formats, and age requirements can be found on their website and clicking on the top banner for registration.

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The cost is $50 per player for Pitbulls (ages 5-6) and no discounts are applied; and $160 per player for all other ages. The registration includes use of all equipment, except cleats and mouth guards, practice uniform, game uniform and a custom jersey players may keep. The website also features any possible discounts and their refund policy; or you may call Bethany Fish at 443-286-9820 or email

For the cheerleading program, there are various age groups and the registration is $160 per cheerleader. There is an additional cost for alternate uniform items such as shoes, warm-ups, etc. The registration fee does include use of uniforms, all competition fees, tumbling instruction fees and indoor practice facility use when necessary. For more information about the cheer program, contact Niki Sanders at 559-719-5792 or email

The Hampstead Ravens are a nonprofit, privately funded organization that relies on the dedication and hard work of volunteers and generosity of corporate sponsors.

More information regarding the organization, registering, schedules and upcoming fundraisers can be found at

Spring Garden update

Spring Garden Elementary School held a Fun Run at the beginning of June to raise money for a new playground. Their goal for the new playground is $100,000 (or more). As of June 13, there were some online donations still trickling in, however, the total thus far has exceeded $18,000. The playground committee will be working hard this summer to coordinate various fundraisers for the 2018-2019 school year to help add to this total.


Currently, Tomlin Technology President Zach Tomlin, a resident of Robert’s Field (the area where the school is located) has offered to donate 10 percent of labor profits for computer repairs to the playground fund. Tomlin Technology is located at 77 E. Main St., Suite 106, Westminster and can be reached by calling 410-861-6278.

The staff and teachers at SGE are winding down this school year but are already looking ahead to a new school year. Mark your calendars now for an open house from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 31; the first day of school for student is Sept. 4 and a Back-to-School Night will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 13. For more information on the playground fund, or anything else SGE related, call the school during the summer, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-751-3433.


  • Manchester Fireman’s Carnival: July 2-7, 6-11 p.m., Manchester carnival grounds, 3297 York St., Manchester. Ride all night bands, $20; except July 4, $15. Information: or call 410-239-2286.
  • 26th annual Benefit Tournament: July 13, registration 12:30 p.m., start 1 p.m., Oakmont Green Golf Course, 2290 Golfview Lane, Hampstead. $75/per person before July 1; $80/person after July 1. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Rabbit’s Children’s Christmas Fund and more. Information: Rick Waltrup, 410-294-6418/