For Wes Cress of the Gymnastics Plus boys team, bronze was still a golden color at the 1994 United States Gymnastics Federation Junior Olympic National Championships over the weekend at Augusta (Ga.) College.
Cress, in the Class II, age 16-18 competition, brought home the Columbia team's only medal with a third-place finish in the floor exercise. He also took eighth in the pommel horse and vault and was 13th out of 38 gymnasts in the all-around.
Teammate Tim Bulleri, in Class II, 14-15, came up just short in his bid for a medal, coming within two-tenths of a point of making the medal-round finals. He ended up seventh in the pommel horse and 28th all-around in a field of 116.
Paul Matthews, in the same class, took ninth in the vault and 20th in the all-around.
Kenny Hockycko was 48th, and Tom Kutz was 35th out of 59 in the Class III compulsories.
There was also a team competition between the nine regions from around the United States. Region VII -- consisting of the upper mid-Atlantic states (including Gym Plus) -- took first place in Class II and fifth in Class III.
* Under-9 boys -- Bradley Costantino scored off an assist from Collin Haspy and Devin Keeney added a goal off a direct kick to give the Western Howard County Thunder a 2-2 tie with the Severna Park Ravens.
Other contributions came from Robby Brookfield, Eric Allen, Evan Emshwiller, Danny Bowring and goalie Matt Showman, who had three saves. The Thunder finished its regular season at 2-2-2 and advances to the playoffs in the Baltimore Beltway League.
* Under-16 girls -- The Columbia Spirit defeated the Davidsonville Devils, 17-0, as they kicked off their quest for a fifth straight Maryland State Championship.
Scoring in the first-round game were Megan Bochme (three goals), Abby Bausman, Aimee Grahe, Lauren Molinaro, Lindsey Poland and Rima Sidhe (two each), and Meaghan Giorno, Jackie Jamaris, Tania Riismandel and Heather Truxel (one each).
* Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Condors dropped a 3-1 decision to the FPYC Falcons over the weekend.
Shannon Binns scored the only goal for Columbia with an assist from Lauren Blaney. Cathy James, Courtney McDonald and Lee McDuff led a strong defense while Binns, Megan Donahue and Blaney supplied the offensive pressure.
The Falcons broke on top with two breakaway goals in the second half.
* Under-13 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Cannonades got a double dose of victory over the weekend, winning their games in both State Cup play and in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League.
First, the team endured a driving rainstorm to score a 2-1 win over the Bethesda Best in the opening round of the State Cup.
Alexia Vogler and Cassie Finnegan scored goals -- the last of which came with just 20 seconds left off a pass from Brooke Barcheski.
Then in WAGS play, the Cannonades scored a 5-1 victory over Prince William.
Finnegan led the attack with three assists. Goal scorers included Michelle Rapp, Katie Madden, Monica Serianni, Vogler and Edna Dash. The defense was led by Michelle Veach, Kelley Schneider, Stacie Tokasz and Amanda Zackmann.
* Under-16 girls -- Kim Austin of the Columbia Courage scored on a breakaway with under four minutes left to salvage a 2-2 tie against the Arlington Sharks over the weekend.
The winning play began when Brooke James broke away from the pack and fired a bullet that hit the bottom of the crossbar and caromed straight down to the goal line. Austin tapped it in. The team's other goal was scored by Christina Eberhart, with assists going to Jenny O'Rourke and Kristy Lanman. Also playing well for the victors were Katie Young, Steph Romich and goalie Aime Kellner.
* 10-and-under boys -- The Columbia Thunder fell, 1-0, to the Gunston Knights over the weekend.
Eddie Yanacek, Kevin Ray and Noah Berk led the Thunder on offense, while Danny Gemp and Britton Boras led the way defensively. Ben Brasso, Tony Gatto and Dave Silver also played well.
* Under-19 girls -- The Columbia Control defeated the Vienna Vipers, 5-0.
Colleen Delaney, Lisa Colvin, Molly Hood, Beth Brittle and Keri Ridolfi scored while Beth Brittle and Molly Combs added assists.
Micaela Finnegan played exceptionally well in the field for Columbia.
* 12-and-under girls -- The Columbia Eagles defeated the Alexandria Patriot Strikers, 4-1, Sunday to record their second straight win.
Goals were scored by Sara Gibbs, Martha Bielefeld, Monica Tiburzi and Amy Rappaport, while defensive standouts included Michelle Dello-Russo, Kai
* 11-12 -- Nick Hartman and Mitch Dolinka each went 3-for-4 to lead the Rockies over the Cardinals, 19-11, last week in the Atholton Youth Recreation Association National League. Josh Adler and Harrison Goodman were strong at the plate for the Cardinals.
Pitcher Will D'Arcy, who retired six straight batters, and J.P. Held, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, led the Yankees.
Catchers Scott Regan and Nick Hanewinckel led the A's with strong play.
David Smith, Trevor Gauthier and Ryan Dorsey combined for a one-hitter to lead the Red Sox to an 8-3 win over the A's.
Bryan Atkins doubled, Eric Johnson played excellent defense and Matt McGuigan pitched three solid innings for the A's.
* 9-year-old boys -- The Glenwood Development Company Braves travel team from Western Howard County Baseball scored a 20-3 win last week over the Indians.
Key contributors for the victors included Zack Jenkins (two hits, three RBIs), Greg Roach (two hits, good defense) and Mike Fitzpatrick (reached base three times).
* 9-10 -- Diane Caporaletti had two hits and three RBIs and also pitched three strong innings in relief to help the Hickory Ridge Village Center Marlins rally from a five-run deficit for a 13-11 win over the Pirates last week in the Columbia Youth Baseball American League.
Danny Mongello had a double, home run and three RBIs and catcher Josh Shipp provided good defense for the victors.
The Marlins scored a 14-9 win over the Oakland Mills Village Center Indians, as Alec Best had a triple and three RBIs and Chris Warner had two hits and two RBIs. Every player on the Marlins scored a run.
The Glenwood Development Braves rallied from a 6-2 deficit to beat the Pirates, 7-6.
Zach Jenkins hit a two-run homer in the sixth to inch the Braves closer, then Brandon Mellot drove in the winning run later in the inning. Also playing well for the victors were Hans Nowak, who pitched three strong innings in relief, and Kevin Furlough, who had the game-tying hit.
The Braves then made it 2-for-2 against the Pirates, beating them 7-3 on the strength of outstanding pitching from Daniel Cantor, Russell Howard and Nowak.
In the National League, it was another good week for Mama Ilardo's Rockies, who beat the Wilde Lake Village Center Athletics, 15-12, and the Wildcats, 18-13.
Michael Tolkash had two RBIs against the A's, and Danny Russell scored three against the Wildcats.
* 11-12 boys -- The Howard County Midget Cobras continued their winning ways on Saturday, defeating host Gamber, 23-1.
Leading the way for the victors were defensemen Dave Lane, Dan Leonard, Ian Pemberton and Colin Snovell, who shut down Gamber's offense. Goalie Andy Garthoff had five saves.
The scoring was led by Sam Hogg (five goals, three assists), nTC Kevin Boland (four, four) and Brian McDermott and Jim Morrison (four goals each).
Other Cobra scorers included Steve Berger and Andy Boston (two goals each), Dave Paolisso (one goal, two assists), Mike Schmidt (one, one) and Brooks Brumsted and Joe Cristaldi (two assists each).
* 10-under girls -- The Howard County Cobra 2 Lightning recorded its first victory of the season Tuesday night, defeating host Jarrettsville, 12-5.
Regan Miller led the offense with four goals and an assist, and Eva Armanas added a goal and four assists.
Other scorers were Kerry Knuuti (two goals), Lauren Winer, Lindsay Frank, Amy Kaufman, Kelly Knuuti and Lauren Kostelnik. Samantha Thomas also dished out two assists. Miller (six saves) and Winer also excelled in goal.
Earlier in the week, the team dropped a 12-8 decision to Kelly Post despite two goals apiece from Armanas, Kaufman and Winer.
* 9-10 girls -- The Neubauer Exxon Blue Bandits scored a 9-8 win over the Capital Cake Blue Jays last week in the Howard County Youth Softball Mustang League.
Infielder Sarah Smith led the way with clutch fielding and Jocelyn Fillmore knocked in the winning run.
The Fashion Bug Red Barons defeated the Gypsies, 11-9, avenging a loss to them earlier in the season. Amanda Rendell had two hits and Stephanie Scurachio made a great catch in the outfield.
* 13-14 girls -- Amy Sasser pitched the Clarks Do It Center Flying Aces to an 8-4 victory over the Regency Cleaners Fillies last week in the Howard County Youth Softball Pony League. Amy Rohrbacher and Sonja Smoker paced the offensive attack.
The E.C. Lions Club Yellow Jackets beat the Fashion Bug Red Barons, 18-9, behind the offensive power of Laure Babkes and the clutch defense of Emma Young and Kristin Jeschke.
The two winners then played to a stalemate.
The Flying Aces and Yellow Jackets battled to a 6-6 tie. The Aces were led by the strong pitching of Sasser, while the Jackets were paced by the offense of Robyn Levine.
* 11-12 girls -- Key hits by Dorina Gordon and a final-inning triple play helped the Angels top the Hornets, 8-7, last week in the Howard County Youth Softball Bronco League.
Kristin Meekins pitched well as the Angels posted a 16-14 win over the Dorsey Hall Mobile Gypsies. Alison Woods clinched the win with a bases-loaded triple.
Laura Chwirut had a double and two singles to lead the Gypsies over the Gallery 44 Ladybugs, 13-12. Katherine Emanuel also had a triple for the victors.
The Hornets beat the Capital Cake Blue Jays, 14-12; the Blue Bandits topped the Douglas Homes Phantoms, 20-7; the Kiwanas Cougars beat the Yellow Jackets, 10-7; The Magiro Pharmacy Road Runners beat the Angels, 14-4; the Cougars edged the Fillies, 9-7, and the Blue Bandits topped the Red Barons, 20-10.
* Note: To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.