* 8-10 boys -- In a contest that looked almost as sloppy as the rain-drenched field, the Columbia Bulldogs beat the Howard County Trojans, 13-0, to take over first place in the Maryland Pop Warner League.
After fumbles and interceptions ended the first several drives of the game, the Bulldogs (2-0) finally began to click on offense.
Fullback Travis Poling reeled off two effective runs to put his team on the Trojans' 5, setting up quarterback J. T. Rembert's touchdown scant around the right end to give his team a 6-0 lead.
Rembert then helped extend the lead to 13-0 later in the half, as he connected with halfback Travis Poling for a 15-yard touchdown pass. That would be the game's final score.
* 9-11 boys -- Halfback Chris Yetter scored two touchdowns and ran for an extra point, leading the Columbia Bulldogs to a 21-6 victory over the Howard County Trojans on Sunday.
Quarterback Jeff Carlin began the scoring with a 1-yard run in the second quarter to put the Bulldogs (2-0) ahead 6-0. Yetter then ran in the extra point to make it 7-0.
But in the waning seconds of the first half, Trojans quarterback Lamarr Parrish broke away for a 60-yard touchdown run, narrowing the margin to 7-6.
But in the second half, Yetter took over. He scored on runs of 3 and 15 yards, with Carlin scoring the extra points, to put his team ahead 21-6.
Outstanding on offense were ends Wes Lakenan and Joe Tortella, tackles Jon Duerr and Dorian Long, guards Jeremy Kirsch and Jamar Smith, center D. J. Holston, quarterback Carlin, halfbacks Matt Shourds, Yetter and Aaron Dennis and fullback J. C. Porter.
* 11-13 boys -- In a battle for intra-county bragging rights, the Columbia Bulldogs defeated the Howard County Trojans, 8-0.
The Bulldogs (2-0) found themselves in good position early, after Logan Kasemeyer's brilliant punt return made a score seem imminent. But the Trojans defense, led by Craig Nicholson, Tim Dempsey and Chad Watts, clamped down and stopped Columbia's offense.
After the first half ended in a scoreless tie, however, the Bulldogs then took control.
Their offensive line of Matt Kolb, Matt Teel, Vinnie Rubbo, Paul Duffy and blocking back Gregg Kellett dominated play, laying the groundwork for big gains by J. R. Haas and Rodney Rembert, and eventually a tie-breaking touchdown run by Nick Johnson.
The Columbia kicking game was also effective, as center Greg Matusewitch, holder T. J. Welsh and kicker Haas combined for the two-point kick conversion.
The Bulldogs' defense, which now has recorded two straight shutouts, was led by Marcus Davis, the pass pressure of Kellett and Randy Curtain, who had an interception.
5 * Under-14 boys -- FC Columbia dropped a 2-0 decision to the Potomac Silver Bullets in a high-intensity National Capital Soccer League Division I game Sunday in Montgomery County.
Both teams had scoring chances in the up-and-down game, but the match was scoreless until the middle of the second half. A flurry by FC Columbia, led by Matt Shapiro, stopper Ryan Pflugrad, midfielder Tim Kaufman and striker Dave Kellogg, failed to produce the equalizer. Potomac added a late insurance goal.
* Under-13 boys -- Despite 13 shots on goal and six corner kicks, the Columbia Blaze settled for a scoreless tie against the Mid-County Missiles in National Capital Soccer League play on Sunday.
Outstanding efforts from defenders Jeff Ebaugh, Andy Hekimian, Terrill Gary and Matt Wallace and midfielders Conor Rector, Kenny Roberts, Patrick Thomas and Robby Falk limited the Missiles to just one shot on goal.
The Blaze's offensive attack was led by Aaron McKinley, T. . Clay, Danny Dworkin, Chris Hemerlein and Daniel Liparini.
* 10-11 girls -- The Centennial Blasters improved to 2-0 over the weekend with a 4-1 win over the Pumas in Soccer Association of Columbia, A League action.
Hope Zelinger and Maggie Via each had two goals and an assist, and Shelley Sinclair chipped in with a pair of assists.
Also playing well for the Blasters on offense were Jenny Zonarich, Caitlin Curran and Tricia Guarneri, and Kathleen Ryan and Megan Houck anchored the defense.
For the Pumas, Kelsey Cronin scored the lone goal; Ashley Hudak and Heather Romich also played well.
* Under-13 girls -- The Columbia Connection opened its fall season in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League with a 2-1 win over D.C. Stoddard and a 3-1 loss to the Gunston Soccer Club.
Striker Kristen Dinisio scored twice in the win, with an assist from Jevne Reid. Shauna Gleason scored unassisted in the second game.
All three are new to travel ball this season.
On defense, the hard play of Syrita Simpkins and goalie Liz Fisher helped preserve the win.
* 12-14 girls -- In a hard-fought game, the Bays and Sting played to a 2-2 tie Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Julie Everett played well in goal for the Bays, and teammates Meghann Francis and Heather Sutherland scored to lead the offense.
But a pair of goals by the Sting's Rachel Ford, and hard-nosed defense by Lauren Loveland and Jenny Good, helped preserve the tie.
In another tie, the Blast and the Wings deadlocked at 1-1.
The Blast got their goal from Kerry McWarter, along with strong offensive pressure from Sara Marrie, Katie Mcgonigal and Lindsay Wilson.
For the Wings, Angela Shaulis scored, and Rebecca Bostrom and Heather Ring keyed the defense.
* 10-11 girls -- Stephanie Howell scored two goals and Jamie Epperline added another as the Strikers topped the Wings, 3-1, Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Erin Gaylor and Kristi Krugger led the Wings offense, and Rashida Walcott keyed the defense.
The Crunch also came up big in its game, defeating the Soccers, 4-1. Tracie Thompson was the offensive star, scoring twice, and Rita Babcock and Kacie Norcutt added single goals. Gina Gouker scored for the Soccers, and Kristen Goetz and Andrea Smith led the defense.
Kelly Renfro scored two late goals to propel the Sting to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Melissa Vent and Jessica Wheat stood out on defense for the victors, and Sara Keeton and Amanda Copenhaver scored for the Sting.
In an exciting match, Megan Moran's great goaltending and a goal by Courtney Hill-Dukehart helped the Kicks to a 1-1 tie against the usually high-scoring Blast. Marielle Proia scored the Blast's only goal on a direct free kick.
* 8-9 girls -- Goals by Jackie Crumrine and Amanda Drake led the Sting to a 2-1 win over the Bays in Western Howard County Youth Soccer League play on Saturday.
Rosanna Drake and Lindsey Nixon played well in goal for the victors, and got defensive help from Alex Clark and Karen Hild. Lindsay Lewis scored for the Blast, and also played in goal.
Chrissy Starcher, Jamie Gertler, Adrienne McGill, Anne Clarke and Fana Walcott all scored goals in the Crunch's 5-0 victory over the Wings.
Amy Knell and Kristen Willie also played well, and Stephanie Babcock was all over the field for the Wings.
* 6-7 girls -- Goals by Dora Tammaro, Elaina Christmas and Danielle Devereaux led the Crunch to a 3-0 win over the Wings in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League Saturday.
Justine Mantus, Amanda Arrington and Genevieve Jacobs led the Crunch defense, and Jackie Congedo and Katie Meyer stood out for the Wings.
Laura Ciborowski scored two goals and keeper Kelly Glacken added the other to lead the Bays over the Sting, 3-0. Kara Novello and Elizabeth Houck controlled the midfield for the victors.
A goal by Brittany Kompare and a last-minute score by Anna Gulliford propelled the Blast to a 2-1 win over the Sockers. Shawn Cohen and Ashley Mason were also standouts in the victory.
Caitlin O'Grady scored for the Sockers, and Diana Pesce had seven saves in goal.
Sunday was a day of upsets in The Supreme Sports Club Basketball League. For the first time in league history, every No. 1 seed fell in the championship finals.
In the 8-9 league, the Junior Bulls defeated the Junior Spurs, 22-21.
Steven Coursey scored 10 points, David Freund eight and Brian Thomas scored four for the Bulls (6-3). Philip Boccuzzi scored nine to pace the Spurs (6-3).
The Hurricanes claimed the championship in the 10-12 league, defeating the previously unbeaten Hoyas, 32-28.
Cole Younger led the Hurricanes (6-3) with 13 points, and teammate Chris Riley added 10. Garth DeAngelis scored a game-high 14 points for the Hoyas (8-1), with Trevor Randall adding 10.
The 13-15 title game was a battle, with both the Warriors and Spurs taking turns as the aggressor before the Warriors took home a 63-54 victory.
This was a game of spurts, as the Warriors (6-3) jumped out to a 15-5 lead before the Spurs (6-3) made a run of their own to cut the gap to 46-45 in the second half. But the Warriors won it down the stretch, finishing the game with a 17-9 run to seal the championship.
Andrew Bednarzik scored 19 points, Troy Hines had 18 and Tari Mitchell added 10 to pace the victors. Damon Cole scored 15, Donald Wallace II 12 and Antwan Ellis 10 in a losing cause.
Strong pitching lifted the Columbia Cardinals to their second straight win in the Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League on Sunday, as they allowed just five hits in a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Bees at Meade High School.
Columbia starter Lou Caracci went the first five innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run, and striking out 11 to earn the victory. Joe Lomascolo then pitched one-hit ball over the final four innings to earn the save.
Caracci also helped at the plate, giving the Cardinals (2-0) an early lead with a solo shot to left leading off the third inning to make it 1-0.
The Cardinals then extended the lead with three more runs in the fourth.
After Henry Wong led off with a double, Kevin Young brought him home with a two-run, opposite-field home run to left to make it 3-0.
Later in the inning, Andy Canerna singled home Daryll Jefferson for the fourth run.
After the Bees scored their only run, Columbia finished off the scoring with an unearned run in the ninth for the final margin.
Offensive standouts for the victors included Wong (2-for-4) and John Canterna (3-for-4). Charlie Slowes, the radio voice of the Washington Bullets, also reached base twice for the Cardinals.
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