Columbia ready to get its kicks in

Soccer enthusiasts have a big weekend on tap.

The 19th annual Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament will be played Saturday through Monday.


Presented by the Soccer Association of Columbia, the event has attracted 248 teams from the United States and Canada.

"The teams competing are the best we've had in many years," said Louise Waxler, tournament director.


Highlights of the tournament include feature games played Saturday night at Howard High. At 7 p.m., the under-16 boys Columbia Darby, 1993 Region I champions, play the Penns Forest Scotties, 1992 Region I champions. At 8:30 p.m., the under-19 girls Connecticut Omni, 1993 under-17 national champions, take on Hammer, F.C., Ohio, the 1993 under-19 national champions.

Also on Saturday evening, tournament officials will present two $1,000 scholarships to college-bound players.

In addition, the Jack and Ellie Boussy Award will be made to a person who has contributed in a major way to youth soccer in Howard County.

On Friday night at 9 at the Columbia Inn, college-bound athletes can participate in a workshop and seminar with some top college coaches, including: Sasho Cirovski, University of Maryland men's coach; Shannon Higgens-Cirovski, George Washington University women's coach; April Heinrichs, University of Maryland women's coach; Lincoln Phillips, Virginia Commonwealth University men's coach; Charles Duccilli, Rutgers University women's coach; Dave Lombardo, James Madison University women's coach; Lauren Gregg, University of Virginia women's coach and the U.S. Women's National Team assistant coach; Matt Robinson, Western Maryland College men's coach; and Tom Martin, James Madison University men's coach.

All title games will be played Monday at Fort George G. Meade Army Base, beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.

Waves to nationals

An AAU girls basketball team sponsored by the Columbia Waves defeated the Annapolis Stars on May 1 to earn a trip to the nationals in Cleveland July 1-9.

The team is a who's who of high school basketball in the Baltimore area.


It includes Kacy Williams (Georgetown), Sonia Keiner (Towson State), Tameka Harrison and Tiki Nicholson -- all of Hammond; and Rachel Cimmier (University of Maryland) of Mount Hebron.

Western star Chanel Wright, Kelly Gibson (University of Maryland) of Easton and Sonia Chase (University of Maryland) of McDonogh are also on the team.

The rest of the team consists of Lisa Jackson of Western; Courtney Finch of Arundel; Megan VanWanbeke of Chesapeake-AA; and Kesha Watkins of Milford Mill.

Mike Mongelli, the newly appointed Hammond boys coach, coaches the team along with Tom Williams, Ernie Robson and Matt Daniels.

Hammond wins in golf

Hammond edged Centennial in the final standings of the Howard County Golf Club's spring high school schedule.


Hammond finished 21-0 and Centennial was 18-3.

The Hammond team consisted of Justin Kirshner, Mark Frank, Doug Dickman and Jason Masters.

An all-star team from Howard County defeated an Baltimore County all-star team in the inaugural Baltimore Metro Match Play Championship, 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 , last Wednesday at Rocky Point Golf and Yacht Club.

The results were: Dickman (Hammond) 2, Country Brett (Perry Hall) 1; Justin Kirshner (Hammond) 1 1/2 , Joe Bianco (Chesapeake) 1 1/2 ; Sam Corden (Atholton) 2 1/2 , Tim Moore (Dulaney) 1/2 ; Jeff Smith (Centennial) 3, Jason Brewster (Lansdowne) 0; Chris Keefer (Perry Hall) 2, Lance Rhodes (Centennial) 1; and Ricky Butteon (Perry Hall) 2 1/2 , John Sniscak (Mount Hebron) 1/2 .

HCC basketball grads sign

Howard Community College's men's basketball team had another highly successful season under coach Wheeler Brown, and four graduates of the program have earned college athletic scholarships.


Guard Richard Avent, who averaged 11 points and 12.5 assists, signed with St. Paul's College, a Division II school in Lawrenceville, Va. He was a second-team All-Maryland and All-Region junior college pick. He led the country in assists for Division III schools.

Joining Avent at St. Paul's will be forward Kamau Street, who averaged 23.5 points and eight rebounds for HCC and finished sixth in the nation in scoring for Division III colleges. He was a first-team All-Maryland and All-Region JuCo pick. He was an honorable-mention Division III All-American.

Center Joe Herring averaged nine points and 11 rebounds and will attend Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C., a Division II school. He was a second-team All-Region JuCo pick.

Joining Herring at Fayetteville will be Darrin Johnson, who averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds. Johnson finished fifth in the nation in Division III rebounding and was a second-team All-Maryland and All-Region JuCo pick.