AAU basketball tourney

The Maryland Amateur Athletic Union invites county teams to participate in the Maryland Association AAU/Carrier Basketball Tournament on March 23 at the New Community College of Baltimore.


The boys double-elimination tournament will offer competition in the 19, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11 and 10-and-under age brackets.

Entry fees are $110 per team, $8 per player for AAU membership. Application and fees must be received by March 13.


Send them to Mel Parker, Director of Maryland State AAU, 1268 Dunbar Ave. Annapolis. Md. 21403.

Information: Mel Parker, 269-1296.

Windsurfers for troops

Scotsman Jim Coutts, the Naval Academy's windsurfing coach, is setting up a windsurfing program at designated recreation areas for the soldiers and sailors in the Persian Gulf.

After donated equipment is shipped to two Gulf recreation sites, Coutts will go to Saudi Arabia to set up the equipment and train the instructors, Coutts, who has coached at the Naval Academy for the past six years, expects to stay in Saudi Arabia for a week to 10 days.

"The two windsurfers we have now are the most used items at our break area, so we are very anxious to have Mr. Coutts here," said Army Maj. Barbara Schwartz, officer in charge of recreation facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Twenty-five boards, 50 pairs of windsurfing booties, a large supply of high energy bars, and two wind-surfing simulators already have been donated. Windsurfing magazines have also encouraged donations and offered gifts.

"There's a great deal we windsurfers can do to show our humble but proud support for (the troops) well-being." Coutts said. "They stand ready to defend the rights and freedom of those less able than we."


Information: James Coutts 267-3746 (day); 757-4574 (evening).

Castro Award given

The county Recreation and Parks Department honored Odenton's Barry Kitchen with the second annual Beebe Castro Award.

The award, given during a reception at the Recreation and Parks headquarters in Crownsville, is presented annually to outstanding volunteers in young women's sports.

Kitchen, a board member of the Gambrills Odenton Recreation Council is also vice president of the organization's girls program, runs a girls fast-pitch softball pitching clinic, coaches girls softball, basketball and soccer and acts as assistant director for the GORC soccer and Christmas basketball tournaments.

A plaque listing each recipient is displayed in the Winterode Building in Crownsville. The award is named in honor of Beebe Castro, a former sports supervisor for the Recreation and Parks Department.