SwimmingSix Harford County swimmers are in Orlando,...



Six Harford County swimmers are in Orlando, Fla., this weekend to compete in the Junior Nationals, which began Thursday.

Those swimmers are Jodi Encapera (Maryland Golf and Country Club), Katy Novotny (Rock Spring), Suzanne Breeback, Lauren Hafer, Amber Hays (North Baltimore Aquatic Club) and Jenny Murach (Knights of Columbus).

Encapera and Novotny, teammates for the Edgewood Aquanauts winter team, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke and 200 freestyle, and the 100 backstroke and 50 ** and 100 freestyle, respectively.

* The Harford Swim League Trophy Meet last Saturday gave the league's top swimmers a chance to compete against one another in both individual and team relay events.

Of the league record performances established, two were put in by swimmers from the Emmorton Barracudas.

Ben Garback raced the boys 8-under 25-yard butterfly in 16.01 seconds, while Kathy Rising swam the girls 15-18 50 breaststroke in 32.04 for a league record.

Establishing team records for Emmorton were Meredith Eyler in the girls 11-12 50 back (32.83), Brooke Frederick in the girls 11-12 50 fly (29.29) and Michael Taylor in the boys 11-12 50 back (34.40).

In the 8-under age group, Stephanie Hightower, Ryan Hughes, Betsy Balaguer and Garback scored a team record in the 100 freestyle medley with 1:07.98.

Taylor, Frederick and Eyler teamed with Nathan Reyerson to establish a team record in the 11-12 100 mixed medley relay with 1:00.65.

In 15-18 200 mixed medley competition, Amy Landis, Chris Brandon and Jeff Warwick joined Rising in breaking the old Emmorton record with a mark of 1:54.59.

Youth baseball

The 9-10 Bel Air travel team returned from Oakland, N.J., with a 2-1 record in the American Amateur Baseball Congress North Atlantic Regional Tournament.

The players, victors of several tournaments this season, did not advance to the AABC World Series this weekend in Rex, Ga., but compiled a 40-4 overall record this season.

Tournament wins include the Harford County League, the first-year Maryland under-10 baseball league (both 10-0), the Fallston Invitational tournament, the Overlea-Fullerton tournament and the Harford County Countywide tournament.

In New Jersey, Bel Air shut out a team from Brooklyn, 12-0, dropped a 9-6 decision to host and eventual finalist Oakland and beat Connecticut's entry, 13-4.

Members of the Bel Air team were: Jeff Reese, Tyler Ball, Shane Justis, Kiel Kauserud, B.J. Muth, Evan Jones, Mark Plevyak, Tony Lo Cricchio, Josh Koziol, Paul Carotenuto, Tim Langhauser, Travis Metz and Michael Cesky.

* The 11-12 Harford Sox capped off their season by winning the Aberdeen Proving Ground World Series with early wins over Parkville, Overlea/Fullerton-A and Edgewood.

In the finals, the Sox beat Forest Hill twice, 6-2 and 6-3, to claim the championship.

Strong pitching performances by Brad Glascock, who gave up only two hits and no runs in two games, and Derrick Kochis, on the mound in the championship game, kept the Sox on top during the tournament.

The Sox' Paul Isbell nailed a two-run homer to tie Forest Hill in the championship game and hit a leadoff triple in the sixth inning, scoring on a single by Jeff Greggs.

His efforts earned him MVP honors.

Defensive efforts from Chris Reynolds, Ricky Black, Jon Sobus, Jonathan Ferg, Bobby Winter, Bill Farrell and catcher Adam Rafalski helped lead the team to victory.

* The 9-10 Fallston travel team, runners-up in the Harford County countywide tournament and the Gray Charles Tournament in Baltimore, advanced to the Dizzy Dean World Series last weekend in Hernando, Miss.

Facing stiff competition from a large pool of all-star teams from the south, Fallston held its own, losing two one-run ballgames in the double-elimination tournament.

On Saturday, in a game played under the lights, Fallston had runners in scoring position in the team's final at-bat with the score 4-3, but faced tough defense from Rome, Georgia's state champ, and could not score.

On Sunday, Fallston hung tough with Grenada of Mississippi, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to pull within 3-2. That was the final score.

Fallston's Chris Jans was 7-for-8, including a triple and two doubles.

Team members include: Steve Little, Chris Jans, Brandon Wolf, Adam Vaught, Derek Patro, Zach Butanis, Jeremy Ziegler, Ryan Miller, Matt Kyle, Eric Cronin, Dave Gonano and Kevin Farlow.

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