Basketball* 9-10 boys -- Chris Strachan scored...



* 9-10 boys -- Chris Strachan scored a game-high 16 points and Brandon Orem added 12 to lead the Yellow team to a 38-34 win over the Red team last week in the Howard County Youth Basketball Association.

Greg White also contributed on offense for the victors. Tyler Enstice led the Red team with 14 points and Brad Loveless added 12. Howard Carolan also played well in defeat.

The Spurs broke into the win column with a 49-44 victory over the previously undefeated Predators. Brian Hedges led the winners with 14 points, Andrew Corrao added 11 and Joel Gruber chipped in with eight.

Philip Boccuzzi paced the Predators with 14, while Brian Thomas had 12 and David Freund added 10.

In the final game of the evening, the Green team got a game-high 29 points from Ryan Meehan en route to a 48-39 win over the Blue team.

Also for the victors, Kevin Laycock had nine and Greg Tiedemann added four. Scott Clipp led the Blue team, scoring 11 and playing a strong all-around game. Nicholas Morabito also had 10 and Andrew Cooke added six.


Ellicott City's Don Rice had two thirds, a sixth and an eighth in the 60-64 age group and Columbia's Carl Christensen had a fifth in the 55-59 group in the U.S. Short Course Masters Swimming Championships in Tempe, Ariz.

Rice and Christensen competed for Maryland Masters, a UMBC-based team that sent 24 swimmers to Tempe. The Maryland Masters women placed fifth in the small-team category in a field of 163 teams.

Rice, 60, was third in the 50- and 100-yard butterfly, sixth in the 200 backstroke and eighth in the 50 back. Christensen, 56, was fifth in the 50 back.

Zena Herrmann, 34, led the women with a first in the 50 back, seconds in the 100 and 200 back and thirds in the 200 and 400 individual medley.

Other Maryland Masters swimmers who contributed points included Krissy Corbett, Deborah Zimic, Sue Levickas, Marge Burley, Joe Ratcliff, Paul Frentsos, Elaine Fincham, Peter Oroszlan, Bob

Johnston, Jill Coleman, Sue Marinzel, Catherine Williams, Sarah Allnutt and Walt Sompayrac.

Frentsos was saluted as Maryland Masters Swimmer of the Year at the team's annual awards banquet. Others honored included Katherine Branch, YMCA Nationals Outstanding Swimmer; Patty Devanny, Coach's Award; Fincham, U.S. Nationals Outstanding Swimmer; Burley and Barb Protzman, Unsung Hero awards; Kevin Bonner, Most Improved Swimmer; Marilyn Lumpkin and Fred Forshey, both of Clarksville, Inspirational Swimmer awards.


* Under-12 girls -- The Columbia Eagles finished their season with a 3-0 victory Sunday over MSI Dynamite. Sara Gibbs (two) and Martha Bielefeld had goals for the Eagles, who received excellent defensive games from Nicole Petro, Carla Pistorio and Kai Freeman.

* Under-14 boys -- FC Columbia ended its season with a 2-1 win over the Bethesda Strikers at Worthington Elementary Sunday.

After a scoreless first half, Stuart Kessler put Columbia on the board by converting a penalty kick, set up when Billy Allen beat a defender and was pulled down. Bethesda equalized on a free-kick play, but Columbia got the game-winner a minute later when Mehr Dhillon headed home Matt Hewitt's cross.

Lars Berg, Tim Kaufman and Ryan Pflugrad led the defense.

Winning three of its last four games after a dismal start, FC Columbia, a SAC under-14 travel team, finished with a record of 3-4-2 in Division II of the National Capital Soccer League.

* Under-16 girls -- The Columbia Courage finished off their undefeated Washington Area Girls Soccer League spring season with a 3-0 win over the Vista Vision over the weekend.

Shanti Smith and Kristy Lanman each scored first-half goals, and Christina Eberhart scored in the second half off an assist from Kyle Rutkowski.

The Columbia team's defense kept the Vision from getting untracked on the offensive end.

* 10-11 girls -- Maggie Via scored the hat trick -- her third of the season -- Hope Zelinger and Laura Chwirut also scored goals as the Centennial Blasters defeated the Clarksville Lightning, 5-2, this past weekend in a matchup of unbeatens.

Also for the victors, midfielders Shelly Sinclair, Ali Woods and Tara Molesky provided offensive support, while fullbacks Cindy Briggs, Megan Houck and Kathleen Ryan led the defense.

Kerry Brown and Jennifer Katz scored for Clarksville -- both late in the second half -- and Marielle Proia also played well. The trio gave a strong test to Centennial goalies Sinclair, Woods and Zelinger, who were able to turn back several Lightning scoring opportunities and preserve the win.

* Under-10 girls -- The Columbia Dynamo suffered its first loss of the season in its final game this past weekend.

But despite a 1-0 setback to the Little River Stingers, the Dynamo still finished in first place in Division II of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League.

Allison Levine, Rebecca Valle, Samantha Test and Ashley Pollock led the defense, while Kimi Mongello, Ashley Hooper and Carolyn Schmid played a strong game in the backfield. The Dynamo got off nine shots on goal.


* 11-12 boys -- The Howard County Midget Cobras fell just short of their bid to win a state title on Saturday, losing to Cathedral, 8-5, in the finals of the Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association playoffs at McDonogh.

The Cobras had defeated Cockeysville, 12-1, earlier in the week in the tournament semifinals.

In the finals, the Howard team matched its opponent goal for goal until late in the game when Cathedral began to break away.

Leading the attack for the Cobras were Kevin Boland and Dave Paolisso (two goals and two assists each), Samm Hogg (goal), Mike Schmidt (assist) and goalie Andy Garthoff (10 saves).

In the win against Cockeysville, Boland and Steve Berger led the offense with three goals each, while Hogg and Brian McDermott added two each. Dave Lane, Dan Leonard, Colin Snovell, Jim Morrison and Andy Boston were among those also playing well.

The team now moves on to tournament play at Loyola College and Towson State University later this month.


* 12-and-under -- Eric Johnson's grand slam helped propel the A's over the Red Sox, 21-11, last week in the Atholton Youth Recreation Association National League.

The victors also got clutch fielding from Buddy

Maxfield and Andy Fiddes.

Good pitching by Mike Schoonmaker and Bill Sutton led the Giants to a 13-6 win over the Rockies. Keith Umberger scored three runs for the Giants.

Matt Gray, Joe Hubschman and Ross Laidig each collected two hits as the Braves edged the Marlins, 8-6.

Seth Seidman and Justin Roman lifted the Yankees over the White Sox, 7-5.

The hot hitting of Erica Strauss, Dustin Haralson and Todd Moyer led the Giants over the Braves, 14-12.

Morgan Epperly and Brad Barrows led the offense as the Cardinals ripped the Marlins, 14-5, and the hitting of Jeff Ebaugh and Daniel Lottes helped them win two in a row with a 10-9 victory over the Marlins.

* 11-12 boys -- The Columbia Bank Phillies of the Columbia Youth Baseball Association won two more games in the Tri-County Select League, routing both the Dr. Richard Greenburg M.D. Yankees and the Columbia Business Monthly Yankees by a combined score of 30-3.

The team started off on Saturday with an 11-1 win over the CBM Yankees, as Seth Smith went 3-for-3 and knocked in five runs. Ben Shannon and Andy Chung also had two hits each, and combined with Vinnie Rubbo and Tim Hendren for a three-hitter on the mound.

Then on Monday, the Phillies scored a 19-1 win over the Greenburg Yankees. T.J. Welsh led the onslaught by going 4-for-4 with two triples and five RBIs. Chung (four RBIs) and Rubbo (three RBIs) also contributed with three hits each.

* 7-8 boys -- A home run by Frank Giannandrea and triples by Brad Layman (two), Ian Manger and Phil Murrel lifted the Braves over the Mets, 17-9, Tuesday in the Columbia Youth Baseball Association.

John Tapscott and Ryan Dobrusin led the victors with solid play in the field.

Bradley Hennessie and Kyle Birkhalter powered the Mets at the plate, while Patrick Horan played well defensively.


Note: To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.

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