SwimmingCedric Taylor, Brian Best, Matt Easterday, Dan...



Cedric Taylor, Brian Best, Matt Easterday, Dan Zohorsky, Rachel Handshu and Elysia Moreland earned enough points to finish among the top three in their age groups, leading the Howard County-dominated Retriever Aquatic Club to a win in last weekend's 38-team Star Invitational Team Championships at SUNY-Buffalo.

The Retrievers won the meet with 3,359 points, well ahead of second-place Long Island Aquatic Club (2,439.5) and third-place Star Swimming (1,715).

Taylor, competing in the men's 13-14 division, earned 137 points for the team, winning the 100 fly and swimming leadoff for the winning 200 and 400 free relay teams.

Another club swimmer in the division, Pat Evans, swam anchor in the relays, and won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and the 200 back.

Best, in the men's 11-12 class, scored the most points of any Retriever (180), taking home first-place ribbons in the 50, 100 and 200 free, 50 and 100 fly, 50 and 100 back and the 100 and individual medley. He also taking part in three winning relays.

Easterday, competing in the same class, also swam legs on the relays.

Zohorsky won the 10-under 100 back and swam legs on three winning relays. Handshu won the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM for 13-14-year-olds, and swam legs on a pair of fist-place relays.

Moreland, swimming in the senior events, racked up 106 points swimming an anchor leg on the winning 400 free relay team, and qualifying for junior nationals with wins in the 500 free and 200 fly.

NB In all, RAC swimmers broke seven meet and 13 district records.

Youth basketball

8-year-old girls -- Clare Herlihy scored five points and Katie McKenzie four, as Michigan defeated Texas, 13-5, over the weekend in the Western Howard County Youth Basketball Association.

Brittany Kompare and Samantha Fobbs added a basket each and forced several turnovers for the victors.

Clare Launder (two), Margaret Clark (two) and Kacie Glenn (one) accounted for the Texas scoring, and Kate Abel made key defensive plays.

9-10 girls -- Stephanie Bellentine made the game-winning basket, as Virginia outlasted Tennessee, 12-11, Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Basketball League.

Jennifer Emrich, Jessica Lane, Erin Reilly and Bridgett Willett also scored for Virginia. Teammate Rosanna Drake played well on defense.

Elizabeth Shields scored seven points to help Tennessee make a late run at the lead. Ashley Aronson added four points, and Susan D'Angelo had several assists.

Elsewhere, Rashida Walcott scored a game-high 16 points and Amanda Larkin added 12, as West Virginia beat Texas, 34-10.

Fana Walcott and Stephanie Dawson also scored for the victors, and Rachel Johnson also helped out on offense.

Jacqueline Crumrine led Texas with four points, and teammates Kristi Johnson and Amanda Moreland also scored. Julie Butler led the defense.

In Saturday's other game, Michelle Coleman scored eight points to lead Villanova past Michigan, 13-7. Kristen Goetz, Allie Juras and Megan Shipley also scored, and Jody Renfro led the way on defense.

Beth Loveland, Lori Wasilewski and Alexandra Clark scored for Michigan. Teammate Sara Miller provided strong rebounding.

Midget boys -- Georgia Tech used a balanced scoring attack and an aggressive defense to hand LSU its first loss of the season, 20-17, over the weekend in the Howard County Youth Program Basketball League.

Mark Rohde, Chris Hensley, Matt Babcock, Wil Canny and Brian Swiech combined for 10 field goals for the Yellow Jackets. Tim McNulty scored eight points to lead LSU, getting strong support from Chris Meachum, Douglas Smith and Kevin McDermott.

Maryland, behind six third-quarter points by Chris Oxenham, pulled away from Boston College en route to a 22-13 victory. The unbeaten Terps were led on offense by Oxenham and Billy Cooke, who combined for 16 points, and on defense by Dane Ratajski, Jonathon Miginski and Kevin Holly.

The Eagles also had solid efforts from Joe Tomarchio, Alex Devou, Andrew Porter and Keith Lueck.

In other action, Miami notched its third straight victory with a 20-11 triumph over Notre Dame; UCLA edged Duke, 16-14; Georgetown outlasted Virginia, 26-20; and Villanova routed N.C. State, 23-6.

Major girls -- Caroline Darling scored eight points and Katie Lamp added six, and both contributed with strong rebounding, as Maryland defeated N.C. State, 35-20, over the weekend in the Howard County Youth Program Basketball League.

Lillian Chun and Christie Rochelle led the defense, and Kasey Lloyd, Julia Papania and Erin Steuer contributed on offense.

Courtney Weglin led N.C. State in scoring and rebounding, and teammates Danielle Bangert and Mandy Zachman added four points each. Courtney Norman, Devin Sutton and Elizabeth Kurper led the Wolfpack's defense.

In other games, Maryland defeated Michigan State, 21-17, and LSU, 20-6; Notre Dame beat Virginia, 28-16, and Georgia Tech, 26-22; Georgia Tech defeated Duke, 33-18; UCLA routed Michigan State, 25-11; and Boston College edged Virginia, 32-26.

Minor girls -- In the closest game of the weekend in Howard County Youth Program Basketball League action, Virginia held off Georgia Tech, 30-26.


Chris Macey, Gabrielle Federline and Jennifer Chairs from Top Flight Gymnastics in Columbia came up golden at last weekend's Baltimore County Christmas Invitational at Baltimore County Gymnastics Center.

Each captured first place in the all-around, highlighting a strong overall performance by the club.

In Level 5 competition for ages 7-8, Macey won the all-around with 31.25, and placed second in the vault (7.25) and bars (8.35).

Other top performers in the group were Allison Holden, who won the vault (78.0) and bars (8.50), and Tess Lichtenstein, who won the balance beam (8.25) and was second all-around (30.20).

Emily Pieplow and Tara Lancaster also had their share of success competing in the Level 5, 9-11 group. Pieplow placed second on the bars (8.95) and floor (8.50) and took third all-around (32.45); Lancaster won the bars (9.0) and took fourth all-around (32.40).

Federline won her all-around in Level 6 with a 34.75. In the process, she also won the bars (8.75) and placed second on the beam (8.75). Teammate Cathy Schnell took second on the floor (9.30) and third on the bars (8.45).

The club's greatest success came at Level 7, where the 8-11-year-old group took first place in the team competition, more than five points ahead of its nearest challenger.

Leading the way were Daria Hay, who took second on the bars, vault and all-around (35.10), third on the beam and fourth on the floor; Kim Jewell, who won the beam (9.2) and floor (8.85), took third on the bars and was fourth all-around (34.60); and Elizabeth Kosmides, who finished second on the beam (9.20), third on the floor (8.6) and fourth all-around (34.35).

Chairs excelled at the Level 7, 12-14 group, winning the vault, bars and floor en route to a first-place finish in the all-around (35.30).

Still another place the team did well was in the Level 8 Optionals. Rebecca Berkowitz placed first on the vault (8.55) and second on the beam (8.0). Teammate Aliza Sollins won the beam (8.30).


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