The American Softball Association (ASA) Youth State Softball Tournament will take place this weekend in Westminster.
The fast-pitch tournament will take place at the Carroll County Sports Complex, while the slow-pitch tournament will be at Jaycees Park on Uniontown Road in Westminster. Both tournaments will get started at 9 a.m. Saturday and conclude Sunday afternoon.
Carroll slow-pitch teams had a solid showing in last year's tournament, winning titles in three age groups. Teams will be playing for berths in ASA national tournament.
In other sports this week:
* The South Penn League is beyond the midway point of its season, with the two-time defending champion Taneytown Cardinals having problems shaking the Littlestown Dodgers for first place.
Entering the week, the Cards owned a 14-4 record after splitting a pair with the Cashtown Pirates (9-6) and had a half-game lead on the Dodgers (13-4).
The top two teams faced one another yesterday (after press time). The Cards will go on to Thurmont (11-6) tomorrow.
The Westminster Elks continue to struggle to get above the .500 mark this season. After dropping a 15-9 decision to Thurmont Sunday, the Elks dropped to 6-9 on the season.
The Elks will take on a pair of sub-.500 teams this week in hopes of making a mid-season run.
Tomorrow, the Elks will entertain 6-12 New Oxford at Francis Scott Key High School in Uniontown. They will then travel to Brushtown (8-9) for a Sunday afternoon game.
* The Pleasant Valley Four Mile Run, the second of the six-race Twilight Series sponsored by the Westminster Road Runners, will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall.
Four more races are slated for July and August. Included is a three-mile cross country run, along with road races of 10 kilometers, eight miles and 10 miles.
Paul Hannsen and Stephanie Morningstar won the first race of the series -- the Western Maryland College Two Mile Track Run last week -- to get an early jump for the overall crown.
* The Gamber-Smallwood Optimist Club is having its third annual golf tournament Friday afternoon at Bear Creek Golf Club in Westminster.
The tournament benefits the Optimist youth programs. A four-man scramble format is slated for 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, longest drive and closest to the pin.
Entry fee is $55 per person and includes green fees, carts, lunch and refreshments.