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Severna Park YMCA hits high-water mark again at U.S. masters


The Severna Park YMCA successfully defended its team title at last month's YMCA Masters National Swimming Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

SPY was represented in the four-day event by 63 swimmers, all of whom played some part in capturing the men's and women's titles, as well as the overall crown with 2,149.5 points.

"What was nice about this year was that everybody on the team scored points and everyone came away with a medal," said SPY swimmer/head coach Nancy Brown. "Everyone swam well, and they all gave that extra effort that we needed to beat the host team.

"For a lot of our swimmers, it was their first national competition, and they just did a great job. Our goal now is to hit for the cycle

and win it for the third time next year."

The meet attracted 553 swimmers -- 220 women and 333 men -- ranging in age from 19 to 93 and representing 187 teams, including one from California and one from Puerto Rico.

Three SPY swimmers took first place in all their events. Brown, 57, of Pasadena and Tom Verdin of Upper Marlboro each placed first in seven events and Betty Taylor, 77, of Arnold took first in four events before missing her last three races with a severe case of sinusitis.

Brown, who was accompanied by assistants Gordon Haines of Arnold and John Burke of Glen Burnie, was the only SPY swimmer who set national YMCA records. Brown, competing in the 55-59 age group, set standards in the 100-yard freestyle and 1,650 freestyle events.

Youth basketball

The Severna Park Green Hornets 8-10 boys basketball team recently won the Crofton and State Amateur Athletic Union tournaments.

In the AAU tournament finals at Baltimore's Dunbar High School, the Hornets (57-4) downed Baltimore City's Bentalou Recreation Center, 31-28. Gil Goodrich led the scoring with 12 points (4-for-4 from the free-throw line), and Marcus Johnson added six. Derek Dixon and Thomas Hawkins added four and three points each, respectively, and Jermal Watts contributed two.

In earlier action, Severna Park turned back the Baltimore YMCA, 34-17, received a forfeit win over Cherry Hill, and defeated the Baltimore All-Stars, 24-21.

Johnson tallied 19 points during the first three games, and Dixon threw in 15. Other leaders included Goodrich (14 points), Jarrod Ross (eight), Hawkins (seven), David Williams (five), Watts and Dion Gough (four each). Johnson, Hawkins and Watts were the leading rebounders.

The Hornets upended the Annapolis All-Stars, 50-30, in the finals of the Crofton tournament, as Richard Touhey and Dixon scored 11 and 10, respectively. Joe Burke and Goodrich added nine and six points each, respectively, and Ross had five. David Wagner, Trevor Quinn and Natalie Hicks scored two each.

In the semifinals, the Hornets nipped the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club, 55-52, in double overtime.

Trailing by three with eight seconds remaining in regulation, Goodrich hit a three-pointer as time expired.

Dixon paced the Hornets with 16 points, and Joe Burke and Goodrich scored 14 each. Touhey posted six points and Ross registered five points to go with a team-leading six rebounds. Hicks helped Ross on the boards with five.

Youth baseball

Mike Stith's 14-and-under Glen Burnie Boys baseball team routed Gambrills-Green, 13-1, last week in a Hot Stove League matchup.

Lucas Phillips was the winning pitcher for Glen Burnie, striking out nine, and Rob Denford and Eric Treguna stole seven bases between them and scored two runs each.

Steve Sylvester, Ryan Fox and Charlie Killmayer combined on a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts, as Gambrills-White (1-1) defeated the Pasadena Bulls, 7-4.

Fox and Jason Butler had two RBI each for the winners.

The Yankee Rebels "A" team (1-1) defeated Halethorpe, 14-1, and Howard County (1-1) lost, 12-2, to the Yankee Rebels "B" (2-0).

Youth soccer

The Severna Park Sting under-12 boys soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to the Bethesda Cobras last week in a National Capital Soccer League matchup.

Tim Smith scored the first goal for the Sting on a pass from Greg Wotech, and Steve Novak added the second on a feed from Jon Shedlosky.

Defensive standouts for the Sting included Reid Shaklee, Sean McGarry, Bernie Edwards and keeper Reb Beatty (six saves).

* The Severna Park Ambition raised its record to 4-0 by downing the Laurel Girls Club, 5-0, in this past weekend's Washington Area Girls Soccer League 19-and-under game.

Kristin Briggs had two goals and one assist, and Nicki Stodard (one assist), Kathy Dunaway and Alicia Curran had one goal each. Gretchen Young added an assist.

The Ambition, a team of select 14- and 15-year-olds representing several area high schools, is in its first year. In four games, it has outscored opponents 21-3.

Youth softball

The Severna Park Flames 12-and-under softball team improved their record to 5-0 with a 29-9 victory Sunday over Elvaton.

The Flames' 23-hit attack was highlighted by a grand slam by Molly Maddox. Krissy Lentz went 4-for-4, and Kelli Schneider was 3-for-3 with two doubles. Katie Kaylor, Heather Robertson and Stacey Cohen all went 3-for-3 for the Flames, and Emily Smith went 2-for-2.

In all, eight Flames reached base safely in each of their plate appearances.

Senior men's softball

Betty and Jakes (4-0) jumped atop the County 55-and-over Senior Tuesday Night Softball League standings by defeating Last Chance, 28-3 and 38-3, in a recent doubleheader.

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