Tae Kwan Do team travels to nationals

Members of the US Tae Kwon Do Demo Team, based out of Ellicott City, poses together after finishing third at the ATU National Competition in New Jersey.
Members of the US Tae Kwon Do Demo Team, based out of Ellicott City, poses together after finishing third at the ATU National Competition in New Jersey. (Photo submitted by Tammy Buckshaw)

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The 20 members of the US Tae Kwon Do Demo Team under the instruction of Grandmaster Jun K. Lee and Master Seonghyeok Wi traveled to the ATU National Championship Tournament in West Orange, NJ, June 21. Following two first-place wins at previous demonstration team competitions, the team traveled to compete at the national competition. In a field of 16 demonstration teams, the USTKD team took home third place in the national competition. The following team members competed: Jayce Baek, Justin Baek, DJ Buckshaw, Michael Daugherty, Jared Garber, Patrick Kim, Ryan Kim, Sharon (Sieun) Lee, Justin Mar, Branden Mackel, Tyler Offenbacher, Erin Park, Ryan Park, John Rivers, Alexandra Seas, Luke Turner, Ryan Turner, Dirk Weems and Nicholas Yee.


In addition to the team competition, 15 students from USTKD competed in individual events, including forms and sparring. The following individuals competed in forms: Jayce Baek, Justin Baek, DJ Buckshaw, Jenna Buckshaw, Patrick Kim, Jaden Kim, Ryan Kim, Mason Koeth, Sharon (Sieun) Lee, Justin Mar, Erin Park, Ryan Park, Luke Turner, Nicholas Yee and Tristan Yee. They won a total of five gold medals, eight silver medals and two bronze medals.

Four students also competed in sparring and earned one gold medal and three bronze medals. Those students were Ryan Park, DJ Buckshaw, Justin Mar and Patrick Kim. The team practices on Saturdays and performs at community events if you would like to see or congratulate them.


Twenty-one two-person teams participated in the Howard County Striders 5-mile relay. The race consisted of alternating quarter-mile laps, with each runner completing 10. Mark Eagles and Mark Loeffler were the mens winners. Joelle Becker and Randy Becker were the co-ed leaders. Beth Hannon and Faye Weaver paced the women runners.

Results: 1. Mark Eagles/Mark Loeffler, 24:55; 2. Jesse Palmer/Rob Palmer, 27:48; 3. Donnie Chapman/Stephen Mang, 28:06; 4. Carlos Castrillon/Greg Lepore, 28:13; 5. Chad Burger/Marc Burger, 28:27; 6. Juan Fernandez/Rafi Fernandez, 28:42; 7. Joelle Becker/Randy Becker, 30:56; 8. Robert Eccles/Mike Mathes, 31:11; 9. Ken Sevik/Phyllis Sevik, 31:37; 10. Ashley Wilhelm/Gary Wilhelm, 31:41.

11. John Hollida/Mitch Saula, 32:18; 12. Beth Hannon/Faye Weaver, 32:41; 13. Carrie Anderson/Marsha Demaree, 33:53; 14. Brian Beck/Allison Stehle, 34:55; 15. Judy Comisky/Emily Howe, 37:03; 16. Erin Blackwood/James Blackwood, 37:13; 17. Monica Beck/Paula Stehle, 42:36; 18. Laura Cassill/Mike Fleming, 43:29; 19. Liz Brock/Michael Miles, 45:42; 20. Hans Meurer¬-all 20 laps, 52:15; 21. Beatris Funes/Lola Jemibewon, 53:08.

The Centennial Fun Run, which took place June 17, represented the first race of the Striders Summer Series. The race kicked off with 16 runners under six minutes. The winner was Michael Wegner, 5:02, and the first female was Brit Lang, in 5:49. Many past and present Junior Striders were on hand to support the fund-raiser for their group. For additional information on the Striders series, call 410-465-7735 or visit

Results: 1. Michael Wegner, 5:02; 2. Mark Eagles, 5:06; 3. Kevin Wegner, 5:09; 4. Joe A. LaMonte, 5:14; 5. Brian Shadrick, 5:15; 6. Brian Fleming, 5:20; 7. Phil Rogers, 5:22; 8. Dennis Danieli, 5:22; 9. Jason Tripp, 5:38; 10. Alex Kvech, 5:43.

11. Anders Chattin, 5:44; 12. Evan Calvert, 5:46; 13. Andrew Frommer, 5:47; 14. Britt Lang, 5:49; 15. Drew Meininger, 5:51; 16. Hunter Haussler, 5:54; 17. Jasmine Tiamfook, 6:02; 18. Steve Meininger, 6:07; 19. Michael Wade, 6:11; 20. Liam McCaffrey, 06:16.

Field Hockey

The Howard Stampede U14 team won the Howard County Summer Smash tournament at Blandair Park on June 21. Eight travel field hockey teams were entered in the tournament. Coach Doug Hamilton's team went undefeated in the tournament with a 6-0 record, and in the championship game, goalie Leah Cavanaugh stopped all five penalty strokes to secure the win. Field players for the Stampede team were Emily Gelb, Julia Grable, Kathryn Hoffman, Quinn Kindbom, Emily Masker, Lauren McAuley, Kelsey Murray, Tori Raulin, Paige Reese and Emily Talentino.

The Howard Stampede U16 team won its age group in the tournament as well. The team went undefeated, and comfortably won the championship game, 4-0, against RAM. Playing for the Stampede team were Deanna Bulk, Sara Chernikoff, Katie Garman, Gaby Hamburger, Anna Hemelt, Allie McAuley, Grace Olson, Gabby Rachuba, Tori Raulin, Paige Reese and Abby Swygert.


The Columbia Gymnastics Team Gym Level 4 girls ended their season as national champions. The girls took first place at the USA Gymnastics National Championships in Orlando, Fla. June 20. The four-day event showcased 418 athletes participating in team gym, performance gymnastics, and team acro and tumbling. Team gym is a competitive version of group gymnastics where squads of at least six athletes perform together in two events: group floor exercise and group jump, which consists of tumbling, vaulting and mini-trampoline. Thirty-two teams from across the nation competed in the team gym event. The team scored an 18.20 — their highest score of the season. The Columbia Gymnastics team gym coach is Britni Barnes, and competing team members were Josie Brock, Hannah Goldstein, Caitlin McMahon, Doria Pertea, Natalie Pinkett and Adriene Sampson.



The Columbia Volleyball Club announced that Mike Bossom has joined the 30 year-old volleyball organization as head coach for the 2014-15 season. Bossom is returning to CVC after leaving the head coaching position at Goucher College, where he led the women's volleyball program from 2006-2014. During his tenure, the Gophers accomplished winning records in three of Bossom's first five seasons, which helped him become the second-winningest coach in the history the program.

Bossom is no stranger to CVC, as he coached previously with the club, including his tenure as co-head coach with the legendary Greg "Gio" Giovanazzi.

"We are really excited to have Mike back. He is really going to help us take this club to the next level as we get ready to celebrate our 30th year," said CVC President, Dave Kelley. "Mike's coaching experience at the high school, club and college level is going to be huge for CVC. I know that our players, parents and coaches are thrilled to have him back."

Bossom, one of the most successful high school volleyball coaches in Maryland, will also be returning as head varsity coach for Centennial High School where he guided the Eagles to 214 wins and eight state championships during his 12 seasons there, including five consecutive state titles starting in 1996.

Bossom was recognized twice during his run at Centennial as Coach of the Year by both The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, and more than two dozen of the players he coached there went on to play the sport at the collegiate level. Earlier this year, Bossom was named to the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame.


In addition to his local successes, Bossom spent more than two years as the head coach of the U.S. Men's Standing Disabled Team, which under his direction placed fourth at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia.

The Maryland Juniors 15 Elite team moved into the No. 1 spot in the (CHRVA) Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association of USA Volleyball.

Maryland Juniors 15 Elite defeated Vienna 15 Elite in three sets 22-25, 26-24, 15-5 to win the gold medal at the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association's open division playoff tournament.

Three teams-15 Elite, 16 Elite, and 17 Elite-from the Maryland Juniors Volleyball Club have qualified to compete in the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships.