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Rec Briefs: Glenn Murphy Jr. adds another Pan American gold medal to weightlifting resume

Glenn Murphy Jr., right, sits with weightlifting coach Howard Cohen. Murphy, a Carroll County Sports Hall of Famer, recently earned a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida.
Glenn Murphy Jr., right, sits with weightlifting coach Howard Cohen. Murphy, a Carroll County Sports Hall of Famer, recently earned a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida. (Courtesy photo)

Glenn Murphy Jr. earned a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Weightlifting Championships on May 30 in Orlando, Florida.

Murphy had a 4-for-4 lift day — he made all three attempts on the snatch lift, ending at 36 kilos. He was 1-for-1 in the clean and jerk lift with 52 kils to total 88 kils in the 55-kilo weight class.

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This was Murphy’s seventh career Pan American Gold (he previously won in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018). With a silver in 2014, Murphy has 45 points in competition (six points for golds, three for silver), and is set to be inducted into the Pan American Hall of Fame in 2020 at next year’s weightlifting championships in Puerto Rico.

Murphy, a Francis Scott Key High School graduate, was inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Manchester United Bocce holds first summer tournament

On June 15 the first of several bocce tournaments for 2019, sponsored by Manchester United Bocce, was held at the bocce courts at 3017 Walnut Street in Manchester Sixteen teams competed for medals and first place again was taken by Brothers Pizza of Manchester. The frequent winners defeated second-place Rose Buds, who had earlier defeated Marios.

Marios narrowly won their losers bracket game over the Amateurs by a toss by Joe Getty that measured 1/8 inch less than a winning score. This was the first time Rosebuds finished in the top three.

At least 10 true new players were on the 16 teams, which are set to compete again July 13. Registration for the July 13 tournament is available by contact of Jody Ledford or Vince Depalmer, on the Manchester United Bocce Facebook page, or call 410-374-6193 for more information.

Top Row, Brothers Pizza: Don Grove, Herb Ritz, Ruth Pacelli, Tim Grove. Front Row, Mario's: Ben Ward standing, Linda Schubert, Barbara Hottle, Cheryl B.; Rose Buds: Judi Carter, Tim Rose, Terry Shumate, Susan Fowble.
Top Row, Brothers Pizza: Don Grove, Herb Ritz, Ruth Pacelli, Tim Grove. Front Row, Mario's: Ben Ward standing, Linda Schubert, Barbara Hottle, Cheryl B.; Rose Buds: Judi Carter, Tim Rose, Terry Shumate, Susan Fowble. (Courtesy photo)
Skyview gymnasts take national title

The Skyview Gymnastics Level 4 Power TeamGym team, from Mount Airy, captured first place at the 2019 Gymnastics for All National Championships and GymFest, held June 19-22 in Katy, Texas.

The competition was sponsored by USA Gymnastics and drew the top Power TeamGym teams from across America. Power TeamGym is a synchronized form of gymnastics where teams perform highly choreographed floor and jump routines, including apparatuses such as vault and mini-trampolines.

The Skyview team, which consists of athletes from Carroll, Frederick, and Howard counties, qualified for the national competition earlier in the year. But the team was only able to send six athletes to the event — the minimum number required to compete without significant deductions.

Skyview Gymnastics Level 4 Power TeamGym. Clockwise from top: Lillian Hart, Cami Back, Kelley Gallagher, Alle Machiesky (standing, center), Rihanna Flynn, Tennley Rawson.
Skyview Gymnastics Level 4 Power TeamGym. Clockwise from top: Lillian Hart, Cami Back, Kelley Gallagher, Alle Machiesky (standing, center), Rihanna Flynn, Tennley Rawson. (Courtesy photo)

The Skyview Level 4 Team earned a total score of 17.3583 and first place overall.

The national title marks the end of a 10-month journey for the Skyview Level 4 Power TeamGym team, which began last summer at team selection camp. Because routines are synchronized and involve several athletes performing at once, team cohesiveness is essential. The Skyview team spent at least 10 hours per week for 10 months practicing gymnastics and dance skills together.

The Skyview Level 4 Power TeamGym features members ranging in age from 9-14, including: Cami Black, 9; Rihanna Flynn, 14; Kelley Gallagher, 13; Lillian Hart, 12; Alle Machiesky, 12; and Tennley Rawson, 9. The team is led by coach Bailey Rammling and assistant Tracey Stamates-Roerty.

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