A LITTLE of this and a little of that:
GOLF: The new No. 2 job of assistant general manager of the Columbia Park and Recreation Association's two golf courses has gone to a familiar name.
He's Don Van Deusen, athletic director at River Hill High School and a physical education teacher and coach who has spent 33 years in the county's public school system, 36 in teaching altogether.
Van Deusen, who will be retiring from River Hill at the end of this school year, is a familiar face around Hobbit's Glen and Fairway Hills golf courses. He has been a starter and marshal at Fairway Hills for five years and in 2002 became executive director of the First Tee of Howard County, which is based at Fairway Hills.
First Tee is a national program intended to introduce the sport to children, particularly those in need of financial underwriting.
The assistant GM's duties, Van Deusen said, will include overseeing the two pro shops, supervising marshals and starters. He'll continue with First Tee.
Joan Lovelace, named head pro and general manager for both courses in November, told Hobbit's Glen members in a newsletter that about 100 people applied for the assistant GM position.
HOCKEY: The Howard Huskies youth hockey club has had a few girls playing each year for a number of years, typically but not always in younger age groups. But with women's hockey now an Olympic sport, interest in developing female sides for this rough-and-tumble sport is growing locally.
The Huskies, who work out of the Columbia Ice Rink, tried last fall to register enough girls for a couple of teams, but as club president Bud Buonato said, there was little publicity, and not enough girls came forward to get anything going.
So, try again. At 5:40 p.m. Feb. 7 (that time is correct, by the way; it reflects the use of precious - not to mention expensive - ice time), the club will conduct a free, girls-only skating session. You needn't have hockey experience, but skating's a requirement, of course, as is some basic equipment. Coaches and other club leaders will be present to answer questions and assess interest.
The idea is to at least get a development program started so that more girls can experiment with the sport, learning from scratch.
To take part in the free skate, girls must be age 15 or younger. You'll need a helmet with a face mask, skates and a hockey stick - at a minimum. Extra padding, such as gloves, would be nice, but is not required for this particular session.
"We'd really like to field a team or two next fall, get games with other clubs, because other clubs also are getting girls involved. We have 10 to 12 girls in our program now, playing on boys teams, but Howard County also has some girls playing in Montgomery County, which has an active program. And the Baltimore club is drawing some girls."
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SOCCER: Brian West, one of the best players to come out of the Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County, as well as Centennial High, is moving his professional career to Norway.
West, 25, got a lot of ink nationally in 1998, when, at age 19, he dropped out of the University of Virginia after two years to pursue a pro soccer career with Major League Soccer. But the only team he played for in MLS, the Columbus Crew, put him on the bench a lot last season, and with his contract expired at season's end, it was time to move on.
American players are in increasing demand in Europe these days, and after a workout in Germany, West was reported by the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association to have signed with Fredrickstad, which will begin its first season in Norway's premier division in April.
West, a midfielder whose biggest attribute is breathtaking speed, scored 13 goals and had 24 assists in 46 games over two years at Virginia. He scored 18 times and had 29 assists in six MLS seasons. In his senior year at Centennial, he made the Parade magazine All-American team.
His promise has earned him seven appearances with the U.S. national men's team, including games against South Korea and Russia. He played for the U.S. under-20 team in the 1997 Youth World Championships in Malaysia, scoring the game-winner in the opening match against China. The same year, he was on the bronze medal-winning American team in the World University Games in Italy.
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