* 10-and-11 boys -- The Howard County Youth Hockey Club Squirt A Huskies defeated three Philadelphia-area teams last weekend to win the Haverford Hawks Spring Tournament in Havertown, Pa.
The Huskies dominated play throughout the tournament, outscoring their opponents 28-3 and outshooting them 113-42. A different player scored a hat trick for the Columbia team in each game.
The Howard club opened play with an 11-2 win over the Wintersport Royals, as Chuck Henn scored five goals, including four in the second period. Adam Levine had six assists, and Wayne Lamanna and Daniel Baron each scored twice and Michael Down and Thomas LaCour each scored once.
On Saturday, the Huskies continued to roll with a 7-0 win over the Old York Raiders. Down led the offense with a hat trick, while Dominic Uccellini, Henn, Levine and Baron each added a goal.
Eli Martin, Daniel Buswell, Matt Pinto, Josh Merson, Adam Kessler and Andrew Jazwiecki combined to hold the Raiders to six shots on goal, and goalie Kurt Carter earned the shutout.
In the championship game, the Columbia team downed host Haverford, 8-1, as LaCour scored three goals, Down scored two and Josh Wesley, Lamanna and Henn scored one each.
For the tournament, Henn led the Huskies in scoring with seven goals while Levine chipped in nine assists.
But they won't have much time to savor their accomplishments. The Huskies return to action on Saturday morning, when they will face Bowie for the Capitol Beltway Hockey League Squirt A championship at Patterson Park.
* 12-and-13 boys -- With one win, one loss and one tie, the Howard County Youth Hockey Club Pee Wee A Huskies earned the second-place trophy at last weekend's Haverford Hawks Spring Tournament.
The Huskies opened the tournament with a 6-5 win over Lawrence, N.J., as Keith Milli scored the hat trick and Drew Zinchiak added a goal and three assists.
But their momentum didn't last long, as the Huskies dropped a 5-2 decision to the host Hawks in their next game before settling for a 3-3 tie with eventual champion Chester County, Pa.
Against Chester, goalie Jason Milke kept Howard in the game with 39 saves. Offensively, Zinchiak (one goal, two assists), Keller (one, one) and Matt Scott (one assist) led the way.
The Huskies also got strong defensive play from Derek Williams and Jeff Dinoto throughout the tournament.
* Veronica Lewis, Tessa Laidig, Erika Strauss, and Lindsay Derenberger of Columbia Gymnastics each won first place at a recent meet at Perna Gymnastics.
Lewis, in the Level 5, 7-8 age group, took first on the vault (8.05), third on the balance beam and the floor, and third place all-around.
Laidig, in Level 5, 9-11, scored her victory on the vault (8.60) and went on to place in all four events. She took fifth on the uneven bars, fourth on the beam and third on the floor exercise for a second-place all-around of 33.50. Katie Bonomo also finished in the top 10 in every event for an eighth-place all-around.
In the Level 5, 12-14 group, Strauss stole the show, winning the vault (9.30), bars (8.70) and floor (8.50) en route to a first-place finish in the all-around (34.10).
Derenberger also won the all-around in the Level 6, 8-11 competition, scoring 33.75. She took second in the bars and beam, and third in the floor. Kate Muth took third in the all-around after third-place performances in both the vault and bars.
The meet was held over the past two weekends.
About 300 gymnasts from six states traveled to College Park last weekend for the seventh annual Columbia Challenge Meet.
For five Top Flight gymnasts, however, the large number of competitors didn't seem to matter much.
Michelle Parry (Level 5, 7-8 age group), Emily Peiplow (Level 6, 12-14), Cathy Schnell and Gabrielle Federline (Level 7, 8-11) and Amara Lattimore (Level 7, 12-up) each captured first place in the all-around to put Top Flight at the head of the class.
Parry took first in every event, scoring an 8.45 on the vault, 9.15 on the bars, 9.05 on the beam and 8.9 on the floor for a winning all-around of 35.55. Her performance, as well as those from Keri Farrish (third place) and Kristina Macey (11th) helped propel Top Flight to a second-place team finish in Level 5.
Peiplow won the bars (9.0) en route to her all-around victory (36.55), also taking second in the vault and floor.
But, as has been the case all season, the biggest showing came from the club's Level 7 team.
Schnell and Federline tied for first in the all-around with 37.20, while Lattimore won her age group (36.90) and Megan Miller finished second (36.55).
The foursome kept Top Flight undefeated this season in Level 7 competition.
Schnell took first place in the vault (9.7), bars (9.5) and beam (8.85), while Federline won the floor (9.25). Lattimore won the bars (9.4) and Miller took first in the vault (9.75), beam (9.2) and floor (9.1).
None of the four finished lower than fourth in any of the four events.
The Columbia gym had success at Level 8, as well, as Yael Sollins won the bars (9.2) on her way to fifth; Daria Hay took eighth and Kimberly Jewell took ninth.
* 10-year-old boys -- The Howard County Youth Program Hawks won two out of their three games last weekend.
On Saturday, the Hawks (22-9) defeated Woodlawn, 28-16, in the opening round of the Arbutus Tournament. Scott Clipp scored 13 points, Andrew McSkimming had seven, Andy Starr had six and Matt Hashimoto contributed with a strong defensive game.
Later that day, HCYP won its opening-round game in the Gray-Charles Tournament, defeating Gray-Charles, 43-30.
Clipp led the way with 16 points, as every Hawk got into the scoring column. Jeff Hill and Tim Lane provided floor leadership, and Brad Loveless executed well on defense.
On Sunday, however, the team's fortunes changed somewhat.
In the second round of the Arbutus Tournament, the Hawks lost to Severna Park, 38-19. David Freund and Brian Hedges combined for 10 points, and A.J. Berens and Michael Taneyhill led the defense.
* 15 and under -- Jerel Cotton scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half, including the game-winner, as Banneker handed First Baptist's Blue Team its first loss of the season, 36-35, last weekend in the Christian Fellowship Basketball League.
In a game that saw the lead change hands numerous times, First Baptist took a 33-30 lead with 1:03 left. But from there it was all Banaker, as the city team used its pressure defense to score six points off turnovers in the final minute.
Greg Gray scored 12 points and Jabraill Jackson added eight to lead First Baptist (8-1).
First Baptist's Red Team (7-2) had better luck, edging Woodlawn, 33-31, to remain in a second-place tie with Mount Royal.
The victors got balanced scoring from William Oliver, Colin Izzard, Morris Samples and Teron Gary, each with seven points. Jeff Baker scored 16 to pace Woodlawn.
* 16-18 -- Cory Britton hit three three-pointers and scored 15 points as First Baptist defeated the Wheaton Panthers, 61-41, last weekend in the Christian Fellowship Basketball League.
Irving Conwell also scored 15 for the victors, while Phil Mackey had 11 and Michael Bright added nine. Lonny Baxter led Wheaton with 15.
With New Creation dropping a 51-47 decision to Wayland Baptist, First Baptist (8-0) opened a two-game lead in the division.
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