Soccer* Under-16 girls -- The Columbia Spirit...


* Under-16 girls -- The Columbia Spirit proved that age is no barrier at the Fairfax (Va.) Police Youth Club Labor Day Tournament.


Playing in the Under-19 Division, the Spirit, comprised of girls ages 16 and under, took first place for the fifth year in a row, beating the defending Maryland State Cup champion Bethesda Comets, 4-1, in the finals.

In the preliminary rounds, the Spirit defeated the Braddock Road Heat, Fairfax Foxes, McLean Shooters and Midlothian Blast by a combined score of 22-1.


But age wasn't the only factor working against the Columbia team. Injuries left the Spirit with only one reserve.

Offensively, the team was led by Abby Bausman, Alison Schuch, Heather Truxel, Michelle Clare, Lauren Molinero (Centennial) and guest player Ginny Dye (Oakland Mills).

On defense, local high school players Julie Kickham (Mount Hebron), Tania Riismandel (Centennial) and Katie Douglas (Wilde Lake) led the way.

Megan Boehm (Howard), Mandy Robbins (Atholton) and Rima Sidhu (Centennial) played brilliantly in goal throughout the five games.

* Under-11 girls -- Led by exceptional defense, the Columbia Fury recorded five straight shutouts to win their division at the Fairfax (Va.) Police Youth Club Labor Day Tournament.

The Fury defeated the Little River Inferno, 1-0, in the final on a goal by Sheena Alavi, assisted by Nicole Roy-Harrison.

In previous rounds, the Fury had outscored their opponents 18-0, including victories over the Olney Thunderbolts (7-0), Little River (2-0), the Vienna Victory (6-0), and the Severna Park Hotfeet (3-0).

Scoring goals for the champions were Ashley Evans (four), Lindsay Pippen and Roy-Harrison (three), Alavi and Emily Knapp (two), and Shenia Bulawka, Megan O'Grady, Molly Sunderdick and Candice Hills. Also contributing on offense were Molly Walker, Katie Nelson and Jessie Coulson.


Defensively, the team was led by Allison West, Tara Murphy, Erin Jackson, Bulawka, Jenny Knauer, Hills and goalkeepers Sara Hobart and Jessie Obst.

During the previous weekend, at the Dulles National Soccer Tournament, the Fury played to scoreless ties against the Chantilly Electrics and the SYC Starfire, tied the McLean Lasers, 1-1, and beat the Herndon Heat, 3-0.

* Under-15 1/2 girls -- The Columbia Cougars went 2-1 in the Fairfax Police Youth Club Labor Day Tournament.

Columbia opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over the Richmond Mystic on goals by Carolyn Flowers, Marissa Catalano and Lee Custer, with assists by Monica Dodd (two) and Catalano.

After losing to the Braddock Road Thunder, the Cougars came back to beat the Annandale Flames, 2-0, on scores by Flowers and Catalano.

* Under-14 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Heracanes played to a 0-2-1 record at last weekend's Fairfax Police Youth Club Labor Day Tournament.


Though the Heracanes outshot their opponents, 39-27, for the tournament, they lost 2-0 to the Reston Riot and Loudoun Roadrunners, and played the McLean Lightning to a scoreless tie.

Kristen Arnold, Andrea Donovan, Courtney Graham, Natalia Policelli, Rachael Sanford and Jessica Shamoo played strong on offense for SAC. Defensively, Kristin Mutolo, Liana Kaufman, Jessica Grether and Kate Hubschman led the way.

Heracanes goalie Siri Worthington allowed four goals and saved 23 shots.

Another team in Fairfax over the holiday was the Maryland Majestic, which went 1-1-1. The Majestic opened the tournament with a a 3-0 win over the Vista Blazers. Amanda Berman scored all three goals, and teammate Melissa Murphy led the defense, making a kick save in goal.

The 1-1 tie came against the Braddock Road Bluebirds, with Berman providing the lone goal. Katie Garrity and Anne Greenfield played well in goal, compiling eight saves.

The team ended the tournament with a 3-2 loss to the Vienna Volcanoes. Natalie Rothemund scored off a corner kick and Berman notched her fifth goal of the tournament off a later Rothemund corner.


Youth baseball

Masters league -- Final stats are in from the Columbia Cardinals of the Howard County Masters League.

Billy Ray was the team's triple-crown winner, batting .466 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI. He also led the team in hits (27) and doubles (six), and tied for the team lead in triples with one.

Ray also went 5-3 on the mound with a team-best 55 strikeouts. Reliever Joe Lomascolo was the ace of the staff, going 4-1 with three saves and a 3.75 ERA.


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