Post 38 Spirit wins 5 of 7, finishes 3rd at national tournament in Atlanta


Eric Litras, Matt Delaney, Aaron Szager, Jimmy Baker, Bria Malcolm, John Gostomsky and Gary Williams competed with the under-14 Soccer Club of Baltimore Post 38 Spirit in the National Indoor Soccer Championships in Atlanta on March 14-15.

The Spirit went 5-2 for a third-place finish against 24 other teams from 16 states. Szager was named to the tournament All-Star Team. Post 38 wins came over the Armadillos (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-1, Typhoons (Belleville, Mich.), 8-4, Lightning Gold (Atlanta), 6-2, Emerald, S.C., 4-3, and the Internationals (Cleveland), 6-1.

* In under-14 action Thursday at the Maryland Sports Arena, the Edgewood Spirit (8-1) won a championship game against Belcamp, 5-4.

Brian Shiflett scored twice for Belcamp, and Greg Vick and Kevin Carter scored once. Scoring for the Spirit were Chris Kronner (three), Barry Hammen and Eric Dannenfelser.

* In under-10 action, the Spirit team defeated Belcamp, 7-2, behind two goals from Matt Gaines and Ben Beenland. Jon Ryan, Craig Nearhood and Brian Dannenfelser also scored. Scoring for Belcamp were Chris Polyak and Sammy Sahu.

Boys gymnastics

The Harford Gymnastics boys team captured 20 individual gold medals during the recent Maryland State Boys Gymnastics championships.

In Class VI 7-9, Bret Bailey placed third on floor exercise (9.5) and David Solana third on horizontal bar (9.5) and parallel bars (9.6). The team also finished third.

In Class VI 10-11, Jamie Dull won the floor exercise (9.5), pommel horse (9.9), still rings (9.2) and vault (9.6) and was first all-around with 56.8 points.

Justin Dull, competing in Class VI 12-up, took gold on floor exercise (9.4), still rings (9.3), parallel bars (9.7) and all-around with 56.2. The team finished third.

In Class V 8-9, Jon Wainwright won the floor exercise (8.0), pommel horse (8.5), still rings (9.2), parallel bars (9.0), horizontal bar (6.8) and first all-around with 49.5. He finished second on vault (8.0).

Brian Cubbage (10-11 group) won his third consecutive all-around title with a 54.4. He won gold on the still rings (9.8), vault (8.8), parallel bars (9.4) and horizontal bar (9.6). Patrick Curtis finished third all-around in Class IV 12-13 with 49.65.

Girls gymnastics

Seven gymnasts from the Harford Gymnastic Training Center qualified for the U.S. Association of Independent Gymnastic Club regional championships last weekend in Upper Marlboro. The gymnasts include Rachel Smedley, Kelly McCreary, Jill Weber, Kristen Grimmel, Angela Simmons, Sheri Doyle and Tracy Wolf.

Wolf was the top qualifier with an all-around score of 34.65. Smedley finished with the second highest score and Doyle finished fourth. Weber, 8, finished 12th and is the youngest Harford gymnast to advance to a regional.

Rebecca Robinson, defending national floor exercise champion, has an automatic bid to defend her title.

Girls basketball

Fallson dominated the Harford County Girls Basketball Tournament. The 13-14 Fallston team beat Bel Air Monday night in the final at Bel Air High School, 31-29. Jenny Cook scored 15 points, Karen Tiedemann and Tonya Worthington six each and Stephanie Colevas four to lead Fallston.

The 11-12 Fallston team defended its title Monday by defeating Bel Air Jazz, 29-19. Fallston jumped to a 19-9 halftime lead behind Melissa Bystry, Kate Simon, and Carrie Wirth. In 9-10 action, Fallston defeated North Harford, 26-13, to win the championship.

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