* Under-10 boys -- The Columbia Thunder began its season with mixed results at the recent Fairfax County (Va.) Ice Breaker Tournament.
After shutting out the Manassas Hurricanes, 1-0, the Thunder were blanked by the Springfield Youth Club Lightning, 4-0.
In the opener, Britton Boras scored the game-winner off a pass from Robert Tipton, and Brendan Carlin helped seal the victory with an outstanding performance in goal.
But the team's momentum was short-lived, as it was unable to score against the Division I Lightning.
Despite the loss, Ryan Worsham, Kevin Ray and Noah Berk played well on defense, while Tony Gatto, Rustin Brown, Vincent Chan and Ben Brasso led the way offensively.
* Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Fury finished out the preseason in style Saturday, playing to a 2-2 tie with the under-12 Glyndon Terminators.
What made the result noteworthy was that the Fury only had one substitute and played without their top two goalies.
Katie Elliott scored both goals for the Columbia team, while Candice Hills, Erin Jackson and Jessica Coulson also played well.
The Fury opens the Washington Area Girls Soccer League season this Saturday at Howard Community College against the Springfield (Va.) Youth Club.
* Men's league -- After four seasons in the Howard County Masters League, the Columbia Cardinals will open their initial campaign in the Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League this Sunday at 3:30 with a game against the Broadneck Dodgers at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.
The Cardinals, sponsored by the Rounding Third Sports Center in Elkridge, have gone 40-16-3 over the past four years, including 11-4 last season.
The schedule includes 20 games, with most of the home contests taking place at Arundel High School.
Howard County players include infielder Mike Briel, pitcher Joe Lomascolo, outfielder Tom O'Neill, and infielders Henry Wong and Kevin Young from Columbia, outfielder Pete Hughes and catcher Charlie Slowes -- the voice of the Washington Bullets -- from Ellicott City and pitcher Scott Porter from Laurel.
Two winners already have been crowned and two more soon will take the throne in the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Men's Winter Basketball Leagues.
In recent championship games, the PTP'ers defeated Columbia Mortgage, 74-60, to win the Sunday B final and Wine won by forfeit over the Untouchables in the Sunday C final.
The PTP'ers took a dominating route to the title, winning games over "The Burg", Fred Frank Bailbonds and Columbia Mortgage by an average of 18 points.
The title games in the Tuesday and Wednesday C Leagues are scheduled to be played on April 26 and 20, respectively.
Eight teams remain in the Tuesday League after the first round of playoffs held earlier this week. Next week in the tournament quarterfinals, Bippy's Pub, the first-place team in the Northern Division, will face the Rainmen, and the Comcast Ballers, second in the Southern, will face the Ryland Rockets at Dunloggin Middle School.
The other games, to be played at Clarksville Middle, are MD's Country Pub, second in the Northern, against the 89'ers and the Pill Handlers, who won the Southern Division, against Team Ugly.
The playoffs in the Wednesday League began last night at Dunloggin and Harpers Choice middle schools.
The top four seeds in that league are the No Names, Can't Choke, Feaga Homes and IMS.
Note: To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.