Baseball * 12-13 boys -- Pitcher Joe...


Baseball * 12-13 boys -- Pitcher Joe Crescenzo retired the final six batters order, then gave himself the victory by smacking the game-winning home run in the Blue Jays' 11-9 victory over the White Sox last week in Atholton Youth Recreation Association baseball.

Aaron Buford also contributed to the win with clutch defense.

Earl Kelly went 3-for-3 with a triple and Mitch Dolinka provided clutch defense behind the plate as the Rockies defeated the Phillies, 11-5.

Pitcher Morgan Epperly held the Braves scoreless in the final inning and got good defense from Brad Barrow and Daniel Lottes as the Cardinals held on for a 9-8 victory.

Erin Caffrey and Michael Jazwieki combined for six hits as the Yankees beat the White Sox, 12-5.

The strong hitting of Matt Gaughan, Chris Grier and Kevin Maffey powered the Blue Jays over the A's, 15-10.

Josh Hillen and Chris Johnson provided clutch defense to help

the Marlins to an 8-4 victory over the Giants.

Nick Marks had three hits, including a double and a triple, to lead the Yankees to a 20-9 victory over the Red Sox. Seth Williams also hit well for the Yankees, and Will D'Arcy led the way on the mound.

* 9-10 boys -- Pitcher Jason Finney struck out the final batter with the bases loaded to help the Hickory Ridge Village Center Marlins to a 15-14 win over the Pirates last week in the Columbia Youth Baseball Association.

Ian Rodway went 3-for-3, scoring two runs, and Finney scored three runs as the Marlins recorded their second victory.

The Marlins also scored a 20-11 win over the Oakland Mills Village Center Indians. Ryan Blackwell homered and had three RBIs, as the Marlins scored in every inning.

The Mamma Ilardo's Rockies had two victories last week,

beating the Marlins, 11-7, and the Cubs, 18-4.

Against the Marlins, Ian Blair homered and had two RBIs, and pitchers Steven Keller and David J. Thomas had five strikeouts apiece.

Against the Cubs, Michael Tolkach played good defense behind the plate and drove in two runs. Danny Russell pitched well.

* 11-12 boys -- The White Sox rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to defeat the Reds, 13-10, Saturday in the Columbia Youth Baseball


James Adkins led a White Sox offense that scored 13 runs in three innings to take the lead. The White Sox got solid pitching

from relievers Matt Kolesar and Justin Aefsky.

John Warner went 3-for-3 and scored three runs to propel the Dodgers to an 8-4 win over the Giants. David Taylor pitched three strong innings to earn the victory and Jeff Pie' made a great defensive play to kill a Giants rally.

The Dodgers also beat the Cubs, 12-1, as Mike Robbins and Andrew Jones combined to pitch a two-hitter, and Jim Mazzone

went 3-for-3 and scored three runs.

Pitcher Mike Lieberman gave up one hit in three innings, recording all nine outs via the strikeout as the Pirates defeated the White Sox, 15-6.

Lieberman also helped the offense, tripling and driving in two runs. Mike Smith added a three-run home run and Bryn Johnson had three hits.

The Pirates also defeated the Cubs, 9-3. Jonathan Shapiro had two hits and two RBIs and had seven strikeouts in his three innings on the mound.

The Signet Mortgage Bombers edged the Taco Bell Marlins, 8-6, Saturday. Justin Parady went 3-for-3, Dave Early had a double and scored a run and Nick Pelfzynski had five strikeouts in two innings on the mound for the Bombers.

* 15-18 boys -- Mike Meitl pitched three scoreless innings and went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Buzzards to a 10-7 win over the Cobras last week in the Howard County Youth Program Colt League.

Also playing well for the victors were Chris Hinds, who pitched three strong innings and went 2-for-3, Mike Havlik, who doubled, and George Tucker, who had three RBIs.

* 13-14 boys -- Catcher Wade Eybel finished off a rundown by throwing out the potential tying run at third base as the St. Agnes Surgery Center Reds preserve a 4-3 win over the White Sox recently in the Howard County Youth Program Pony League.

Shawn O'Connor, Matt Eller and Chris McCormack pitched well for the Reds.

The Reds then defeated the Angels, 13-9, as Daniel Burke and McCormack each went 3-for-3, and second baseman Aaron Smith made a run-saving catch with the bases loaded.

Every player had at least one hit as the Dodgers rolled to a 16-9 victory over the Indians. Pitcher Mike Rice allowed just two hits for the Dodgers.

* 11-12 boys -- John Krumpotich went 4-for-4 and didn't allow a hit during his stint on the mound as the Twins defeated the Clarks Do It Center Padres, 29-6, in the Howard County Youth Program Major League on Saturday. Also contributing to the offensive barrage were Johnathan Cox and Evan Casey.

The Twins beat the Mets, 8-5, as Krumpotich and Ali Kalarestaghi each drove in two runs.

The Giants defeated the White Sox, 11-8 -- as Bobby Hommerbocker had two hits and Danny Ramirez had a two-run single -- and the Royals, 13-1 -- as Chris Bowen and Scott Dowell combined for a one-hitter.

The Yankees started their week with a 12-8 win over the Mets as Jeff Grempler doubled and picked up his third save. They beat the Pirates, 13-3, later in the week as Zach Faucett and Brian McGuire combined for five RBIs.

Andrew Simpson went 2-for-2 as the Pirates defeated the Rangers, 7-4. The Rangers came back for a 13-6 victory over the Dodgers behind the pitching of Derok Roach and Steve Sweich -- their fifth win in six games.

The Indians edged the Dodgers, 11-10, as John Marks went 3-for-3 and Ed Luedfke pitched three shutout innings. Andy Starr went 3-for-3 and scored three runs to help the Red Sox defeat the Giants, 11-3.

* 10-11 boys -- The Bumble Bee Seafood Dodgers pulled off the trifecta last week, winning all three of their games by a combined score of 35-15.

The team began the week with a 20-6 win over the Twins, as shortstop Phil Boccuzzi had two singles, a triple and four RBIs.

They defeated the Key Press Limited Printing Rangers, 9-5, as Jeremiah Shaeffer had a key single and two RBIs.

The Dodgers finished the week with a 6-4 win over the Indians on Saturday. Ryan Worsham and Marc Morgan combined to pitch six strong innings, and center fielder Phil Mackaronis made a game-saving catch.

The Don and Sandra Garratt Yankees also had a strong week, improving to 5-2 with victories over the Thorn Apple Valley Mets, 11-9, and the previously unbeaten Remax Columbia Realtors Pirates, 17-4.

Brian Hedges led the brigade in the first win, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and pitching three strong innings. Patrick McKevitt led the offense in the win against the Pirates, hitting a grand slam and scoring twice.

The Thorne Apple Valley Mets won twice. First, Mark Lenoir had three hits and three RBIs, and Brian Rizzi had two hits and two RBIs as the Mets defeated the Twins, 15-1. Then, Sam Hoagland had an RBI double in an 8-6 victory over the Royals.

Jimmy Elliott and Joel Gauber tripled as the Indians downed the Cardinals, 18-13.

Brian Loveless struck out the side in the final inning to preserve the Royals' 13-9 win over the Giants. Tommy Donnelly had two hits as the Empire National Funding Red Sox defeated the Giants, 12-2.

Pitcher A.J. Berens struck out nine and went 2-for-3, including a home run, to lead the Standard Medical Imaging Angels over the Cardinals, 12-4.

* 9-10 boys -- The Pro Image of Columbia Mall Indians had no shortage of offense in three victories last week in the Howard County Youth Program International League.

The Indians defeated the Phillies, 17-4, the Cardinals, 14-13, and the Dodgers, 13-6.

Key contributors to the wins were Louis Hutt (homer against the Phillies), Jason Spencer (four RBIs against the Cardinals) and Greg Freed and Nick Baker (three hits each against the Dodgers).

The Benefits Resources Red Sox defeated the Expos, 21-8. Chris Maruyama doubled and Bruce Leslie played a large part in a spectacular double play.

The Royals defeated the Giants, 16-7; the Padres edged the Tigers, 12-9; the White Sox beat the Pirates, 10-2; the Giants stopped the Red Sox, 14-7; the Pirates defeated the Yankees, 12-9; the Expos bested the Commercial and Farmers Bank Rangers, 21-10, and the Cardinals defeated the Angels, 15-10.


* 8-9 boys -- Bryan Eby scored a game-high nine points to lead the Timberwolves over the Heat, 21-13, last weekend in The Supreme Sports Club Basketball League.

Dominique Owens and Darryl Pastor paced the Heat with four

points each.

Anthony Gaither scored 18 and Tanard Jackson added 14 as the Kings defeated the Hornets, 40-19. Kelsey Fox scored seven to lead the Hornets.

The Magic defeated the Mavericks, 24-15, behind 10 points by David Freund. Lemuel Taylor led the Mavericks with four.

* 10-12 boys -- Joey Ellis scored a game-high 32 points -- the most by any player in the league over the weekend -- to lead the Wolverines over the Terps, 48-26.

Willis Cannaly scored 10 for the Wolverines while Wintley Phipps II had 15 to lead the Terps.

Amar Bhamdhel scored 10 points to help the Irish edge the Spartans, 32-31. Chad Gibson paced the Spartans with 10.

Corey Simpson scored 16 and Mekdim Ayde added 10 to lift the Tar Heels over the Blue Devils, 35-31. Thad Dyedzensi paced the Devils with 19.

* 13-15 boys -- Donald Wallace II scored a game-high 21 points to lead five players in double figures as the Rockets beat the Lakers, 74-47, over the weekend in The Supreme Sports Club Basketball League.

Also for the Rockets, Darnerien McCants scored 18, Ryan Howard 13 and Josh Frederick and Gamaal Robinson 10 each. Paul Sim scored 17 and Stefan Zimmerman added 12 to lead the Lakers.

The Knicks needed overtime to defeat the Warriors, 64-56.

Troy Hines (28 points) and James Dulaney (14) led the Knicks, while Marc Alston (23) and Forrest Sauers (12) paced the Warriors.

The Bulls defeated the Sonics, 50-48, behind Nicholas Greene's game-high 19 points. Keilan Mathews scored 15 to lead the Sonics.


* 11-12 boys -- Four players scored four goals each to lead the Howard County Midget Cobras to a 22-1 win over Hereford on Saturday.

Kevin Boland (four goals, two assists), Brian McDermott (four goals, one assist), Steve Berger (four goals) and Andy Boston (four goals) led the offense, while the defense of Dave Lane, Dan Leonard and Colin Snovell dominated throughout, winning the majority of ground balls.

Also scoring for the victors were Jim Morrison (two goals, four assists), Dave Paolisso (two, two), Sam Hogg (one, three) and Mike Schmidt (one goal).

Goalie Andy Garthoff had 12 saves.


* 9-10 girls -- Tricia Guarneri pitched four strong innings to lead the Gallery 44 Ladybugs to a 16-13 win over the Douglas Homes Phantom last week in the Howard County Youth Softball Mustang League. Kristin Goetz homered for the victors.

The Capital Cake Blue Jays defeated the Regency Cleaners Fillies, 22-4. Lauren Reyman and Erin Smith each went 3-for-4,

and Alice Parsons and Lauren Abremski homered.

The Magiros Pharmacy Roadrunners beat the Blue Jays, 7-4. Brittani Godbout and Allison Pikounis pitched for the


Jaime Hilliard homered twice to lead the Gallery 44 Ladybugs to an 11-3 victory over the Fashion Bug Red Barons. Katie Cothran pitched two strong innings and drove in three runs.

* 11-12 girls -- Lindsey Skaar pitched two scoreless innings and Lisa Felker had three hits to lead the Douglas Homes Phantoms to a 10-6 win over the Hornets last week in the Howard County Youth Softball Bronco League.

Skaar also helped the team to victory later in the week, going 4-for-4 in a 14-9 win over the E.C. Lions Club Yellow Jackets.

The Magiros Pharmacy Road Runners grabbed the early lead, then held on for a 15-9 win over the Regency Cleaners Fillies.

Candace Slazen homered and scored twice to lead the Capital Cake Blue Jays to an 18-11 win over the Yellow Jackets.

The Road Runners rallied for six runs late in the game to defeat the Neubauer Exxon Blue Bandits, 14-12; the Kiwanas Cougars edged the Lady Bugs, 14-13; the Blue Bandits defeated the Hornets, 17-11; the Ladybugs scored an 18-17 come-from-behind victory over the St. Agnes Surgery Center Renegades.


* 12-and-under girls -- The Columbia Eagles defeated the previously unbeaten Vista All-Stars, 1-0, Sunday on a goal by Amy Rappaport in the first half.

Defensive standouts for the Eagles included goalie Nicole Petro, Sara Gibbs, Monica Tiburzi and Kai Freeman.

* Under-9 boys -- Bradley Costantino's second-half goal gave the Western Howard County Thunder a 1-0 victory over host Sacred Heart last weekend in the Baltimore Beltway League.

Evan Emshwiller, Collin Hasty and Devin Keeney also played well on offense for the Thunder, while goalie Matt Showman (six saves), Eric Allen, Kevin Connors, Danny Bowring and Robby Brookfield led the defense.

* Under-14 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Heracanes had limited success in their recent Virginia sweep, playing to a scoreless tie against the Stafford Spurs in Fredricksburg before dropping a 4-0 decision to the McLean Lightning.

Goalie Siri Worthington excelled against the Spurs, stopping all 11 Stafford shots. Courtney Graham, Kristen Arnold, Natalia Policelli, Amanda Wagener, Rachael Sanford and Liana Kaufman also played well.

In the loss to McLean -- in which the Heracanes were able to field only 11 players -- the Columbia team kept pace until fatigue set in late in the game. Emily Brown, Jessica Shamoo and Kristin Mutolo played well.

* Under-16 girls -- The Columbia Courage remained unbeaten with two weekend ties.

On Saturday, the Courage played to a 1-1 draw with the Bowie Angels, with Julie Hastings scoring their only goal off a pass from Kristin Midura in the second half. Aime Kellner, Stephanie Wu and Christina Eberhart also played well.

Then on Sunday, the Columbia team played to a scoreless tie against the Potomac Express, as Kim Austin, Brooke James, Samm Oehl and Alika Crew had strong games.

Under-10 girls -- The Columbia Dynamo made it look easy over the weekend in a 4-0 win over the PW Sparklers.

Kelly Thomas, Melissa Workman, Rebecca Valle and Allison Levins scored for the Dynamo, with an assist going to Kaitlin Porter.

Caitlin Jenkins also played well on offense, while goalie Emily Williams remained unscored upon in league play, making five saves.

Kimi Mongello, Carolyn Schmid, Kara Shapiro and Becky Ward led the defense.

* Under-10 boys -- The Columbia Thunder garnered one tie and

one loss last week against two Virginia teams.

First, the Thunder played to a 1-1 draw with the FPYC (Va.) Tigers, scoring their lone goal on Eddie Yanacek's penatly kick. Kevin Ray and Ryan Worsham led the defense, and Noah Berk showed good hustle on offense.

The Thunder then dropped a 2-0 decision to the McLean Top Shots. The Top Shots scored both goals early in the first half, and would have widened the lead if not for several excellent saves by Thunder goalie Brendan Carlin.

Also contributing in the loss were Dave Silver, Mark Johnson, Ben Brasso and Vincent Chan.

* 10-11 girls -- The Centennial Blasters played their rival Centennial Blue Bombers to a 1-1 tie over the weekend in Soccer Association of Columbia action.

Amy Schilling gave the Bombers a 1-0 lead in the first half before Maggie Via tied the score minutes later off a pass from Laura Chwirut.

Goalie Mellisa Boone and defender Colleen O'Hanolin played especially well for the Blue Bombers, helping thwart a number of Blaster scoring opportunities.

The Blasters were led by midfielders Shelly Sinclair, Ali Woods and Tara Molesky, and fullbacks Cindy Briggs, Talia Morrison and Megan Houck.


Kim Jewell took first place in three events and the all-around to lead Top Flight Gymnastics to a first-place finish at last weekend's Level 7 state meet at the Four Stars Athletic Complex in Williamsport.

Competing in the 8-11 age group, Jewell scored victories in the uneven bars (9.5), balance beam (9.45) and floor exercise en route to a 37.65 all-around.

Other Top Flight gymnasts to finish among the top 11 were Beth Kosmides (third, 36.375), Daria Hay (fifth, 35.6), Megan Miller (10th, 34.05) and Gabrielle Federline (11th, 33.375).

Jennifer Chairs, competing in the 12-14 age group, gave the Columbia gym yet another winner, taking first place in the beam

(8.75), floor (9.475) and all-around (36.175).

Top Flight also competed in the Level 6 and Level 5 State Meets.

In Level 6 at Four Stars, Cathy Schnell won the beam (9.325) and finished second in the all-around with a 36.65. Stephanie Thielen took ninth in the bars.

Emily Pieplow led the Level 5 team to a fifth-place showing in its meet at Westminster High School. Pieplow won the beam (9.5) and floor (9.225) en route to a third-place finish in the all-around (36.175). Kris Macey also placed, taking sixth in the floor.


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