Rec sports: Special Olympics Howard County softball tournament is a home run

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Special Olympics Howard County


Special Olympics Howard County held its annual softball tournament at Kiwanis Wallas Park on May 20. Nineteen teams from 12 counties competed in the tournament, which is sponsored by SOHO and the Howard County Youth Program.

"This tournament has been the premier Special Olympics softball event in the state for 15 years thanks in large part to this joint partnership," said Marilyn Miceli, assistant director of SOHO.


The 261 athletes and 71 coaches came from Baltimore City and the following counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, St. Mary's and the Lower Shore area (Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties).

Players participated in one of two different competition divisions. In traditional play all team members are Special Olympic athletes. Unified teams combine Special Olympics players with non-disabled Unified Partners.

The Wilde Lake High School baseball team kept the scorebooks for all the games. A large group of Old Navy volunteers helped out, and HCYP teams came to cheer on the teams from far away counties whose fans were unable to make the long trip.


Columbia Volleyball Club

The CVC Eclipse 17-U team finished in second place out of 41 teams in the Happy Volley Club Championships in State College, Pa., May 26-28. The Eclipse never lost a set in the first two days of pool play with an 11-point-per-set average differential and a 1.74 point percentage. The 6-0 record earned a bye in the gold bracket playoff round where they defeated the previously crowned KRVA regional champion Keystone Volleyball Club from Greensburg, PA in the semifinals in a three set battle, 22-25, 26-24, 15-13.

The final round ended with a loss to Instant Replay Volleyball Club of Detroit, Mich.

The Eclipse setters were Lexi White-Torruellas (Centennial High) and Rebecca Bateman. The attack was led by Natalie Alper (Atholton), Marissa Duncan (Mt. Hebron), Kristen Flint (Howard), Erin Jollota (Glenelg), Emme Petti (Mt. Hebron) and Blair Widmer. The defense was anchored by Allison Cable (Oakland Mills) and Lisa Maszkiewicz.


Remembrance Run 5k

The Rotary Club of Columbia and the Howard County Striders held the sixth annual Remembrance Run 5k on Memorial Day in the Gateway Business Center. The race is held to remember and honor the members of the armed forces who have served our country.

Fittingly, the race winner was a Naval Academy midshipman, Jeremy Haney, from Palmyra, Va. His friend and classmate, Scott Maxfield, from Herndon, Va., was third. Finishing in between was Columbia resident Kyle Stanton (Villanova, Hammond), who won the Clyde's 10k in April. All three finished in under 16 minutes, with Haney's time a sparkling 16:04 in the warm, muggy conditions.

On the women's side, local runners dominated. UnSong Ostrowski from Laurel, who also won the Clyde's race, was first again, in an excellent time of 18:54. Samantha Matthews, who lives in Baltimore but attended Glenelg Country School, was second, followed by Robyn Humphrey of Ellicott City in third.

The race proceeds help fund Rotary's Robert Davidson Scholar Athlete Awards and the Striders' David Tripp Scholar/Athlete Awards programs. A number of previous scholar athlete winners (and their families) participated in the event ,which drew 324 finishers.

Among the scholar athletes and their families were Stanton, Becky Yep (Mt. Hebron and University of Maryland), Tiffany Lang (Oakland Mills and UNC-Charlotte), Joshua Tripp (Oakland Mills and Williams) Greg and Jason Schuler (father and brother of Eric — Reservoir and UMBC) and Marsha Demaree (mother of Anna — River Hill and Yale). The age group winners can be found at http://www.striders.net.

Howard County Striders

Sixteen teams came out on hot Sunday afternoon to run the Howard County Striders' All Fruit Relay. The neighbors must have been confused as people were carrying or wearing a variety of fruits throughout the two-mile, four-loop course. There were pirates carrying their fruit booty in a small treasure chest, honeydew helmets, kumquat necklaces, even a large box of Froot Loops. The pirates of Team Dominate were the winners.

Results: 1. Team Dominate (J.P. Allera, Kyle Andrews, Chris Barnard, Travis Boccher), 46:37; 2. Toe the Lime (Mike Fleming, Mike Dusenbery, Brian Fleming, John Chall), 54:25; 3. Toucan Kar (Karsten Brown x4), 55:16; 4. Melonheads (Chad Burger, Eric Johnston, Marc Burger, Chris Farmer), 58:19.

5. Jr. Striders (Anders Chattin, Camden Gilmore, Shane McGovern, Mats Chattin), 58:21; 6. Posse Goes Bananas (Steve Anderson, Faye Weaver, Amanda An, Julia Skinner), 1:01:44; 7. Kick Ass Kumquats (Ron Weber, Matt Bevan, Amy Floyd, Cecilia Murach), 1:02:15; 8. Fruity Pebbles (Bonnie Pilkington, Gretchen Tucker, Connor Tucker, Eric Tucker), 1:06:26; 9. Froot Loops, 1:08:03.

10. G&T (Bill Dooley, Leslie Nissenberg, George Kroeker, Ferne Kroeker), 1:08:03; 11. Plaintain Ninjas (Susan Kim, Rocco Delpo, Noah Kim, Scott Delpo), 1:10:09; 12. Bull's-Eye Coaches (Carina Chattin, Peggi McGovern, Chris Chattin, Mark Gilmore), 1:10:14; 13. Lime & Punishment (Stanley Way, Karen Harvey, James Scarborough, John Way), 1:13:16; 14. Shiny Happy Posse Holding Starfruit, 1:16:11.

15. Alan Ditched Us (Lucas Gayk, Missy Berger, Michael Miles, Kendra Smith), 1:16:51; 16. 2x2 (Melinda Krummerich x2, Jaquisha Kearson x2), 1:19:36.


Columbia American Legion

In the first game of the season, Columbia Post 300 (made up of all Howard County players), beat the American Legion team from Cecil County, the defending Northern Central District champions, 1-0, at Cecil College. Four Post 300 pitchers threw a combined two-hit shutout. Patrick Watson started the game and went five strong innings with four strikeouts. Jerry Burgo threw next, and Connor Delaney had a key strikeout to earn the win. Ariean Vedadi pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the save.

Post 300 played error-free defense, with key plays made by Ben Koffel, Colin Dyer and Brett Kohler. Koffel scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning on a Dyer single. Kohler and Ben Goldsmith added doubles.


Bulldog Flag Football

The Week 6 results of the 9-man Bulldog Flag Football League are:


Baltimore Packers 19, Westminster Buds Restaurant Bulldogs 9


P-Jason White 5-yard pass from Frenchy Fuqua (Fuqua +1 kick); Ricky Tay Fontain 50-yard pass from Fuqua; White 20-yard pass from Fuqua.

BB-Nate Sturm 10-yard pass from Justin Sotillare (Sotillare +1 run); safety (Will Brown deflagged in end zone after attempting to run back interception).

Interceptions: P-Will Brown; BB-Elisio Feaster.

Sacks: P-Thor Jones 6, Tyrell Gordon; BB-none.

Baltimore Raiders 12, Catonsville Organized Chaos 7

R-Omar Dowery 20-yard pass from Taywan Moore; R-Kevin Gambrill 17-yard pass from Moore.

OC-Santana Baskerville 25-yard pass from Jared Jorgenson (Da'quan Smith on conversion).

Interceptions: R-none; OC-Corey Haugh.

Sacks: R-Karl Williams 3, Brian Braxton, Kennel Smith (blocked punt); OC-Tony Cheatam.