GymnasticsThe Harford Gymnastics boys team competed in...



The Harford Gymnastics boys team competed in the Maryland Gymnastics Cup last weekend at UMBC, which drew competitors from seven states representing 29 gymnastics teams.

The Class V gymnasts placed second in the team competition with a combined score of 158.8.

Jon Wainwright earned gold on vault with 9.4 in the Class V, age 10-11 division. He finished fifth on parallel bars (9.3), seventh on horizontal bar (8.2) and seventh all-around (52.8).

Bret Bailey placed third on horizontal bar with 8.8, fourth on parallel bars with 9.4 and fifth all-around with 53.3. He finished in the top 10 on floor exercise and pommel horse.

Kevin Joyce finished fourth on still rings with 9.5, fifth on pommel horse with 9.4 and in the top 10 on vault, horizontal bar and all-around.

Jamie Dull scored a 9.2 on still rings to earn ninth place.

Competing in the Class IV, age 10-11 group, Brian Cubbage placed second on still rings with 8.75 and tied for third place on vault with 8.1.

Ron Weber (Class III, age 12-13) finished second on vault (8.5), third on still rings (7.9), fifth on parallel bars (7.5) and sixth all-around with 44.4.

Boys soccer

* Under-8 -- Fallston (8-0) captured the winter's first session championship with a 5-2 win over the Hickory Lazers at the Maryland Sports Arena. Scoring for Fallston were Jeff Rosenkilde with two goals, Evan Minarik, Kevin Jans and Chris Baum with one goal each.

Also contributing to the championship win were Brad Meyers, Sean Owens, Michael Biondino, Kyle Bodt, Garrett Travers, Mark Black, Shane Nigren, Ryan Richardson, David Caperna, Eric Reedy and Jeff Zapora.

* Under-10 -- The Greater Harford Strikers rallied from a 5-3 deficit to defeat Parkville, 8-5, and claim the Club Division championship at the Maryland Sports Arena.

Sean McAvoy, Chris Schneider and Jeff Kocher each scored twice to lead the Strikers. Mike Costello and Matt Wood each scored once, and assists were provided by Schneider (two), Brian Kemper, McAvoy, Kocher and Luke Meissner.

Goalkeeper Chris Smith made critical saves down the stretch and was supported by defenders Robby Singer, Brandon Lijewski, Joey Meise and Cory Bolchoz.

* Under-12 -- The Greater Harford Lightning took first place with a 7-3 win over White Marsh Red in indoor soccer action.

Scoring for the Lightning were Eric Yankolonis, assisted by Johnny Meise; Johnny Heatwole and Jason Hinson on unassisted goals and Jonathan Borozzi, assisted by Chad Hildebrandt. Marco Romanell had two goals, with assists from Meise and Yankolonis, and Meise scored on a setup by Romanell.

The defensive play of Steven Piatrowski, Ben Stutzer, Patrick Bukovsky and Derek Birkmire held White Marsh to one goal in the first half and two in the second half. Lightning goalie Brad Bonovich made seven saves.

The Greater Harford Soccer Club Rockets scored a come-from-behind victory over the Harford Kicks, 4-3, in A Division indoor soccer at the Maryland Sports Arena last Saturday.

After trailing 1-0 early, wing Jason Wells scored unassisted and forward Geoffrey Barrick scored, with the assist to center half Peter Howard, to tie the score at 2-2.

The Rockets went ahead on a score by fullback Ryan Hauer, and forward Ryan Ungaretti broke a 3-3 tie with 3:20 remaining to seal the victory.

Chris Martin, Drew Tuttle, Brian Lloyd, and Patrick Hinder also contributed on offense. Ryan Ungaretti and Peter Howard combined for eight saves in goal and were provided support by defenders Brian Kocher, Robbie Johnson, John Hryncewich and Ben Healey.

Girls soccer

The Joppatowne Soccer Club Thunder defeated Janets Kickers, in under-19 action at the Maryland Sports Arena.

Nicole Simone scored two goals, and Nina Pierorazio, Eva Pierorazio and Brandi Frederick each scored one. Nicole DuVal made eight saves.


The Harford County YMCA Hurricanes earned a 419-280 victory over Talbot County YMCA at Magnolia Middle School in C&P; Swim League action last weekend.

In boys 8-and-under competition, Ben Garback won the 25-yard backstroke in 18.30 seconds. He also won the 25 butterfly (16.13) and 50 freestyle (34.59). Ben Rubeor won the 25 breaststroke in 24.24.

Jeremy Hogue was a two-time winner in the boys 9-10 age bracket, winning the 100 freestyle in 1:18.51 and the 100 individual medley in 1:29.88.

Another multiple winner for the Hurricanes was Stephen Abeyta in the 13-14 age group. He won both the 200 freestyle (2:20.4) and the 200 IM (2:27.05). Chip Reiter placed first in the 50 freestyle (28.91).

In the boys 15-18 competition, Brian Richardson won the 100 backstroke in 58.19. Jason Langenfelder, Craig Blinke, Matt Gerring and Greg Hess combined to win the freestyle relay in 1:46.60.

In the girls competition, Stephanie Hightower and Lauren Betzing recorded top performances in the 8-and-under division. Betzing took first in the 50 freestyle (31.79), 25 backstroke (18.64) and 25 breaststroke (20.45), while Hightower won the 25 freestyle 916.83) and 25 butterfly (17.44).

Sara Dellone won the 50 freestyle (31.77), 50 breaststroke (40.25) and 50 butterfly (34.41) in the girls 9-10 division, while Renee Rubeor won the 100 IM (1:18.77). Kristi Eyler took first place in the 50 backstroke (41.52) and the 100 freestyle (1:14.06).

In 13-14 competition, Beth Goodwin won the 50 freestyle (25.61) and 100 freestyle (57.05). Meredith Eyler, Michelle Talley, Cathy Gyolai, Beth Yonych and Cindy Cattell also won individual events.

Betsy Steinen and Jenn Meyer were multiple event winners in the 15-18 bracket. Steinen won the 100 breaststroke (1:26.63) and the 200 IM (2:50.99), while Meyer took first in the 50 freestyle (29.74) and 100 freestyle (1:05.46). Jackie Seifert, Betsy Steinen, Beth Yonych and Angela Cuneo each won individual events.

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