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Louisville wears Major crown perfectly Cardinals finish 20-0 to win boys A Division title


The Louisville Cardinals of the Howard County Youth Program capped a perfect season Wednesday by defeating Boston College, 66-46, to capture the Major Boys A Division title.

Louisville finished its season 20-0, becoming the first undefeated Major Boys team in recent history.

Chris Berwind led the way, scoring a game-high 16 points, and point guard Andy McShane added 15 while working through a triple team much of the way.

Jamie Mayne and Randy Zwitch led Boston College.

In last Monday's semifinals, the Cardinals defeated Maryland, 46-37, as McShane scored 19. For the season, McShane, Berwind, Chris McCormack and Joe Peek averaged in double figures.

* 8-9 boys -- The Lakers continued their late-season success Sunday, defeating the Nuggets, 18-6, to win the Supreme Sports Club championship.

Rashida Walcott scored eight, David Walls four and Michael Wong and Chris Cruicksbok three apiece to lead the Lakers (4-5). Chris Stefan scored six for the Nuggets (6-3).

In the consolation game, the Bulls (3-6) defeated the Nets (5-4), 29-16. Justin Cherot (11 points), Jeff Mizia (10) and Kris Robinson (six) led the Bulls. Danny Murray scored 10 and Timothy Hill four to pace the Nets.

* 10-12 boys -- Brian Strohl scored a game-high 16 to lead the Warriors over the Supersonics, 35-25, Sunday in the final of the Supreme Sports Club Basketball League.

Michael Cousins added seven points for the Warriors (7-2), and Bryan Warner led the Sonics (2-7) with 12.

In the consolation game, the Tar Heels defeated the Hornets, 40-26. The brother combinations of Mike (22 points) and Brian (10) Drnee and Kris (eight assists) and Kyle (six assists) Robinson led the Tar Heels (8-1).

Kenny Roberts (14 points) and Adam Joss (eight) paced the Hornets (1-8).

* 13-15 -- Keilan Mathews scored 23, Ellwood Greene 20 and Tari Mitchell 18 to lead the Wildcats (5-4) to an 82-51 win over the Blue Devils Sunday in the finals of the Supreme Sports Club Basketball League.

Elon Brown-Wiles led all scorers with 27 points and Dawud Wallace added eight to pace the Devils (7-2).

In the consolation, Simmon Bwalya had 39 points and seven rebounds to lead the Hornets to an 83-71 win over the Running Rebels (2-7).

Ron Gamble had 23 points and six rebounds and Troy Hines added 18 points for the Hornets (2-7). Donald Wallace (25 points, 15 rebounds), Damon Cole (18 points) and Mike Brown (17 points) paced the Rebels.

* Adult -- Team Ugly will meet the Rainmen tonight in the final of the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Tuesday Basketball League.

lTC Last Tuesday, Team Ugly beat Ryland Mortgage, 103-67, and the Rainmen defeated Certified Packaging, 65-63, in the semifinal round.


Four years ago, a group of 30-somethings in the Brampton Hills section of Ellicott City decided to form a competitive volleyball team.

On Sunday, after three years of close calls, the Sunday Spikers capped a near-perfect season with a 15-8, 15-11 win over Laidlaw Environmental Services in the finals of the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Co-Rec C Volleyball League.

The wins avenged the Spikers' only loss of the season and gave them their first title after finishing either first or second during the regular season the past three years.

"It feels great," said manager Joe Kostkowski. "It finally all jelled as far as knowing each other's strengths and weaknesses."

The Spikers -- the tournament's top seed after finishing the regular season 20-1 -- led the entire way in Game 1, and trailed 6-3 in Game 2 before rallying.

Team members range in age from 34 to 42.

In the Co-Rec B championship, Team Franc (24-0) capped an undefeated season with a two-game sweep of the Mallers.

Led by Jim Brown and Linda Pacini, the team swept through the playoffs.

"This was the first time we've really played together as a team," said Brown. "We didn't really know what to expect from each other. It felt really good to win it."

In the other finals, TTGBITN (14-7 in regular-season play) defeated Pacific Coral (8-13) for the Co-Rec A crown, and Gotta Be Da Shoes (20-4) beat Little Alexanders (13-11) to win the men's title.


* Boys -- Seventeen competitors from Gymnastics Plus in Columbia qualified for the Regional Gymnastics Championships at last weekend's Maryland State Gymnastics Competition in Burtonsville.

Matthew Barresi (Class VI), David Curry, Brian Frank, Curtis Haines, Brett Nelligan and Chris Stark (Class IV), Adam Frias, Tom Kutz and Rob Pierangeli (Class III), Tim Bullero, Wes Cress, Jim Hiatt, Ken Hockycko and Paul Matthews (Class II) and Randy Frederick, Kevin Gibson and Neil Niemi (Class I) qualified for the April 24-25 meet, to be held in West Point, N.Y.

Niemi and Josh Turner also were honored with United States Gymnastics Federation Senior Recognition Awards for the State of Maryland.

The Class I and II teams took first place in the meet, and the Class III and VI teams took second.

Leading the way were Niemi (first all-around with a 96.9), Matthews (also first with a 92.7), Kutz (second with a 42.6), Nelligan (first with a 36.6) and Barresi (third with a 32.4).

* Girls -- Levels 5, 6 and 7 of Columbia Gymnastics played host to the Spring Classic Saturday, and those in Level 5 took part in a sectional at Perna Gymnastics in Westminster Sunday.

Finishing among the top five in their all-arounds were Glyn Sweets (third) in Level 5, ages 7-8; Erin Barnes (second) and Stephanie Greenhalgh (third) in Level 5, 9-10; Amber Cahoon (first), Amy Brandt (second), Nicole Strauch (third) and Kiersten Lehner (fourth) in Level 5, 12-up; Alyson Riccardi (first) in Level 6, 12-14; Vanessa Neuworth (second) and Allison Dowker (fifth) in Level 7, 8-11; and Helen Beatson (first) and Devon Neuworth (fourth) in Level 7, 12-14.


To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call or fax to (410) 521-0505.

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