This weekend's 18th annual Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament is a prodigious event that is expected to draw 225 teams from 16 states and Canada.
It requires 200 volunteers to make the event run smoothly, including a committee of 30 people who do the organizational work, and it required $96,000 to run last year.
"Our expenses increase every year," Louise Waxler, tournament director, said.
This year, tournament officials raised team entry fees from $210 to $275, and with the use of 14 fields at Fort Meade, have cut the number of sites in half hoping to make the tournament more manageable and profitable.
The tournament's sponsor, Soccer Association of Columbia, made $4,000 off the tournament last year and uses the profits to build a nest egg that it hopes one day will pay for the building of a field complex.
Field sites for this year's tournament, which runs almost non-stop during daylight hours throughout the weekend, include Wilde Lake High, Oakland Mills High, Centennial High, Harper's Choice Middle and Howard Community College.
The high quality of the soccer should satisfy all fans of the sport.
Grubb and Tressler shine
Chris Grubb (Mount Hebron) and Chris Tressler (Atholton) completed memorable baseball seasons and careers at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.
Elizabethtown (26-7) won the Middle Atlantic Conference championship this year, but lost two straight in the NCAA Division III tournament.
This season, Grubb was first on the team in batting (.409), hits (47), runs (39), triples (eight), stolen bases (20) and total bases (78). He also had 21 RBI, nine doubles and two homers.
As a right-handed pitcher, he was 7-2 with a 1.58 ERA. Grubb pitched 62 2/3 innings with 50 strikeouts and three shutouts. Opponents batted just .198 against him.
He is the school's all-time leader in at-bats (460), hits (164), runs (126), triples (13) and games (126).
Grubb (18-5 for his career) is second in all-time wins and first in complete games (16). He is a four-time MAC all-star.
Tressler, a left-hander, compiled a 4-1 record and 3.08 ERA this season with two complete games and 38 innings. He struck out 24, walked 12 and opponents batted .218 against him. His career record was 15-4.
Beall to Montgomery-Rockville
Glenelg's Jason Beall, who led all county basketball scorers last season with a 20.3 average, will attend Montgomery College-Rockville in the fall.
A sharpshooting guard, he had half-scholarship offers for academics from Franklin & Marshall, Catholic University and Washington & Lee.
"But those places still would have cost too much money," he said.
Beall plans to play basketball for the Knights.
Buckholtz's hot streak
Glenelg senior first baseman Dave Buckholtz reached base 12 straight times recently while going 8-for-8. He walked three times and was hit by a pitch.
Glenn in World Series
Gregg Glenn (Mount Hebron), a 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior outfielder for Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., will be playing in the opening round of the NAIA World Series that begins today in Des Moines, Iowa.
Glenn is batting .378 with six home runs. He set the school single-season record of 24 stolen bases, and he has a .996 fielding percentage.
Hogan excels in 10K
Gerard Hogan (Glenelg), a college freshman who holds numerous county high school track and cross country championships, wasn't quite sure what to expect when he ran his first road race, Sunday in downtown Baltimore.
But he finished the Constellation 10K in an excellent time of 34 minutes, despite a start that probably was a little too fast for him.
"I didn't know how to run it," he said. "I did the first mile in 5:03."
New cross country format
Earl Lauer, veteran Atholton cross country coach, said the county will be going to a new format next season.
Instead of dual meets, only quad meets will be run. That will provide greater competition and prove more beneficial to the runners, coaches believe.