The opening week of play in The Supreme Sports Club Basketball League saw quite a few close games, with an equal number of blowouts.
* 8-9 boys -- The Junior Lakers edged the Junior Spurs, 15-14, as Chad Gillenwater and Andrew Milauskas each scored six points. Anthony Gaither scored a game-high 10 points to pace the Spurs.
In the other game, the Junior Bulls got eight points from Phillip Boccuzzi en route to a 16-6 win over the Junior Celtics. David Freund scored five points for the Celtics.
* 10-12 boys -- The Hoosiers defeated the Hurricanes, 45-40. Omar Bradford (15 points), Garth DeAngelis (14) and Thomas Brown led the Hoosiers. Dawud Wallace scored 19 and Allen Scott 12 to lead the Hurricanes.
Anthony Brechind scored a game-high 21 points and M. J. Maestas added 14 to lead the Blue Devils over the Wolverines, 47-20. Kinsey Moore scored eight for the Wolverines.
Three players scored in double figures to lead the Hoyas past LSU, 38-37. Trevor Randall had 14 points, Craig Manchio 12 and Ronald Cousie 10 to pace the Hoyas. For LSU, Brian Warner scored 18 and Matt States added 10.
* 13-15 boys -- The Lakers beat the 76ers, 46-39, behind Simon Tswakya's 18 points. Nick Green scored 19 points for the 76ers.
The Hornets, behind 13 points from Chris Oxford and 11 from Troy Hines, defeated the Celtics, 40-33. Javies Smith had 13 points and Derwin Simpson 11 for the Celtics.
In the other game, four players scored in double figures for the Knicks in a 76-56 victory over the Bullets.
The Knicks were led by Neil Adler (17 points), and the trio of Chris Corbett, Dan Adler and Josh Frederick, each with 12. Antwan Brown scored 21 to pace the Bullets.
9-11 boys -- One half was enough for the Columbia Bulldogs over the weekend. The Bulldogs scored all their points in the first half en route to a 19-0 victory over the West Baltimore Christian Warriors.
They opened the scoring in the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead on halfback J. C. Porter's 25-yard touchdown run and Aaron Dennis' extra-point run.
Halfback Jim Kinniry and fullback Aaron Dennis then added second-quarter touchdown runs of 5 and 2 yards, respectively, to extend the lead to 19-0.
The Bulldogs' Green team again played well. Members of the team include guards Cory Lockett and Harrison Goodman, and tackles Aaron and Asen Jones.
Under-14 boys -- Goalkeeper Dave Kellogg made two stops during a shootout and blocked a penalty kick in overtime, as FC Columbia took the championship of the Delco Columbus Day Tournament in Pennsylvania.
Ryan Pflugrad and Stuart Kessler converted kicks during the shootout, after the final against Yorktown (N.Y.) ended 1-1 in regulation.
Pflugrad also had kicked the ball in the net on a free kick as the game ended, but officials, after conferring, ruled that time had run out. Mehr Dhillon scored during regulation on an assist from Matt Shapiro.
The close final was in contrast to the three preliminary games, in which FC Columbia scored 15 goals and did not allow any. Jesse McDonough, Lars Berg, Kasty Jamaris and Eric Folkemer led a defense that produced three straight shutouts.
Sam Salganik set the tone early, scoring three goals in the opener. Robbie Curtis and Nick Parypinski added goals in the 5-0 win over the West Chester Wings. Tim Kaufman, Shapiro and Dhillon had assists.
In the second game Saturday, Kessler and Kaufman each had a goal and an assist, and Matt Hewitt also scored in a 3-0 victory over the Greater Chester Valley Gunners.
FC Columbia locked up a spot in the final with a 7-0 win over the Cecil Rebels. Kessler got the team's second hat trick of the tournament, and Pflugrad scored twice and Parypinski and Dhillon once each. Hewitt and Billy Allen had assists.
Under-15 1/2 girls -- The Columbia Courage used a little bit of defense to gain a lot of respect over the weekend.
Allowing just one goal in three games, the Columbia team took first place at the Wall Fall Classic in New Jersey.
The team took 1-0 decisions over the Back Mountain Dragons (Scranton, Pa.) and the Wall Brats, dropping their only other game by a 1-0 score to the Old Bridge (N.J.) Unicorns.
Stephanie Wu and Christina Eberhart scored goals to lead the Courage offense, and sweeper Shanti Smith and goalie Nyesha Ford led the defense. Columbia's Brooke James was named Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Under-10 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Dynamo lost one game and tied two over the weekend in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League 1993 Rael Vodika Memorial Tournament.
The Dynamo's only goal of the tournament came in a 1-1 tie against the Springfield Strikers. Kaitlin Porter scored unassisted.
Against the Southwest Aces, Columbia dominated but couldn't find the net in a scoreless tie. Rebecca Valle and Ashley Pollock led the offense.
The team's only setback was a 2-0 loss to the Prince William Sparklers. Jennifer Bostwick, Caitlin Jenkins and Carolyn Schmid provided solid defense in the loss.
Under-13 girls -- The Columbia Cannonades had a weekend to forget at the Washington Area Girls Soccer League 1993 Rael Vodika Memorial Tournament.
The Cannonades lost to the Prince William Wildcats, the Radnor (Pa.) Rockets and the Bay Village Spirit by a combined score of 11-2.
In a 4-0 loss to Prince William, the overly aggressive Cannonades were called for six offsides, taking away several scoring opportunities. Michelle Rapp, Brooke Barcheski and backup goalie Megan Moulding played well.
The team then lost to Radnor, 5-1, as Amanda Zackmann scored Columbia's only goal off an assist from Katie Madden 40 seconds into the game.
The third and final game, a 2-1 loss to Bay Village, saw the jTC Cannonades dominate after the first two minutes. But it was those first two minutes that put them in a hole, with the Spirit scoring twice.
Casey Finnegan score the lone Cannonades goal, and teammates Alexia Vogler, Monica Serianni and Katie Manwiller also played well.
6-7 girls -- The Sting got goals from Jacklyn O'Donnell (two), Gracie Anderson, Samantha Goertler and Courtney Rocco (one each) in a 6-0 victory over the Wings in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League Saturday.
Pricilla Ring, Jaclyn Emrich and Jennifer James played well for the Wings.
In other games, Shawn Cohen scored two goals and assisted Claire Herlihy on another as the Blast beat the Crunch, 3-1. Lindsey Hinkel was sharp in goal for the Blast, allowing only Dora Tammaro's goal. Nicole Duncan, Molly Enis and Genieve Jacobs also played well for the Crunch.
Bays forwards Kelly Clacken (two goals), Laura Heckman and Jennifer Wamsley (one each) led their team to a 4-1 victory over the Soccers. Kara Novello and Katy Narron also played well for the Bays, and Caitlyn O'Grady led the Soccers, making four terrific saves and scoring their only goal.
8-9 girls -- Second-half goals by Katie Russell and Shana Myers carried the Soccers over the Bays, 2-0, on Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Other standouts for the Soccers were Amber Fadrowski on offense, and Kristie Mercer and Erica Tindale on defense. For the Bays, goalies Jenny Gilbert and Brenna Higgins made several outstanding saves, and teammates Sara Carr and Emily Ball stood out on defense.
Elsewhere, Blast goalies Becky Simpson and Katie Krumpotich met their match against an aggressive Crunch front line, but survived with a 3-0 win. Bryn Buckler scored twice and Joanna Kasda added a goal for the Blast, and teammate Kelly Wingate provided defensive support. Fana Walcott and Anne Clark led the Crunch. High-scoring forward Amanda Moreland scored three goals, and Rosanna Drake and Diana Froswell added goals to lead the Sting over the Wings, 5-0. Lindsey Nixon and Rosanna Drake combined in goal for the shutout, and Susan Monheit, Tracey Brown, Biet Lewis-Deweese and goalie Michelle Prada led the Wings.
10-11 girls -- Marielle Proia scored three goals and keeper Casey Smith got the shutout as the Blast topped the Bays, 6-0, Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Michelle Barkley, Renee Curtis and Katie McDermit also scored for the Blast. Defenders Sara McGill and Tina Conen led the Bays.
In other games, a great team effort helped the Kicks top the Soccers, 3-0. Sarah Frederick, Nicole Barnosky and Lori Wasilewski scored, and Erin Edell and Elizabeth Shields led the Kicks' defense. For the Soccers, Becky Showman and Jessica Wroebel sparked the offense and Elizabeth Beck and Bridget Willet played well in goal.
Defense was the name of the game as the Sting snd Strikers played to a scoreless tie. Strikers goalies Jennifer Marsh and Jamie Epperlein were superb, stopping numerous Sting shots by forwards Sarah Copenhaver and Kim Brosenno.
In another tie, late goals by the Wings' Erin Gaylor and the Crunch's Kacie Norcutt deadlocked their teams at 1-1. Rashida Walcott played well in goal for the Wings, getting help from Tara Wessel, Jill Butler and Kate Kelly. Maria Masciantonio and Jenny Kotting played equally well in goal for the Crunch, with solid support from Jane Marie Allen and Kristie Strieter.
12-14 girls -- Rachel Ford's goal stood up, as the Sting beat the Wings, 1-0, Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League. Goalie Christy Houston got the shutout, with help from defenders Chris Larson and Lauren Loveland. For the Wings, Caroline Jones and Tiffany Rocco were offensive standouts, and Kelley Curtis and Melissa Moreland led the defense.
In the other game, Blast goalie Kelley Wilson made an acrobatic save on a Bays penalty kick to preserve a 1-1 tie. Kerry McWhorter scored for the Blast, and Melody Terry, Christina Green and Anne Marie Rosenberger added defensive support. Sara Aronson scored for the Bays, who got strong defense from Erin Christensen, Katie Frederick and goalie Julie Everett.
Over-30 men -- The Columbia Cardinals got a strong dose of reality over the past week, losing their first two games of the season on Thursday and Sunday to drop to 4-2 in the Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League.
Thursday, the team dropped a 7-4 decision to the Baltimore Juniors at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmons. The big blow for the Cardinals came in the third inning when they committed three errors and gave up six runs.
Lou Caracci led Columbia's offense, going 3-for-4, and singles by Mike Briel, Henry Wong and Joe Lomascolo drove in the runs.
The Cardinals dropped Sunday's game, 8-4, to the Lawmen Rangers in a non-league matchup at Meade High School.
Tied at 3 in the eighth inning, the Rangers scored five runs to pull away for the victory.
Lomascolo started for Columbia, allowing three runs (two earned) and six hits, and striking out seven in six innings. Briel was the hitting star, going 4-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBI.
Daryll Jefferson and Andy Canterna added two hits each for the Cardinals.
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