Thirty-seven county athletes are participating in the 1991 Maryland Summer Special Olympics Games Friday and Saturday at Towson State University and Joppa Fair Lanes in Baltimore County.
Opening ceremonies will start at 7 p.m. Friday at Towson State's Minnegan Stadium andcontinue into the Summer Games Street Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. on Lot 20 of the Towson State campus.
The Maryland Special Olympics is expecting the biggest summer games turnout ever, with more than 1,000 athletes participating in aquatic, athletics, equestrian, duckpin bowling, softball and volleyball events.
The competition will begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday; closing ceremonies are at 4 p.m.
In other sports this weekend:
* LeisureHealth Spa in Westminster will play host to one of the first levels of the 1991 Sundance Aerobics and Fitness Challenges at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The challenge is the largest aerobics competition in the country, with more than 230 health clubs having the event this summer.
The event is open to individuals of all skill levels and does not require participants to choreograph and perform a special routine.
Instead, the challenge is an aerobics class with each participant led by an instructor certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association ofAmerica. Every participant will do the same routine, regardless of where the competition takes place.
AFAA judges will select winners in three categories -- individual female, individual male and mixed pairs -- with the five highest scores in each advancing to a second round of competition.
The Regional Championship is Aug. 10-11 at theTrump Regency in Atlantic City, N.J.
* In South Penn League action, the Westminster Elks will try to cool off the hot bat of Taneytown's Dave Crouse when the two county rivals square off at 2 p.m. Sundayin Westminster.
Crouse had four home runs and eight runs batted in last Saturday as the Cardinals took a pair from host Hanover.
Itwill be the third meeting between the two clubs, with the regular-season series tied at one. Westminster surprised the Cardinals, 8-6, in10 innings June 1 at Taneytown. The Cardinals avenged the loss four days later with an 11-7 victory.
* The Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League is at the halfway point of its inaugural season this weekend.
On Sunday, North Carroll (4-4) will visit the Westminster Storm (7-1) for two at Landon Burns Park. The doubleheader is slated for 1:30 p.m.
Westminster Pools (2-7) will travel to Frederick (0-10) for a pair Sunday, also starting at 1:30 p.m.
The first-place Storm took a pair from Westminster Pools Sunday -- taking the first game, 8-6, in nine innings and winning the nightcap, 15-2. They hold a half-game lead over Mount Airy (8-3) going into this week. Mount Airyhas a bye Sunday.
* The Carroll County Sports Complex will play host to the National Softball Association Youth State Tournament (slowpitch) Saturday and Sunday.
The tournament will feature five different classifications, from a 10-under division to an 18-under division.
As of Monday's registration cut-off date, 24 teams were set toparticipate. The tournament will start at 9 a.m. Saturday with the finals set for Sunday afternoon.
* The finals of the Carroll CountyTennis Association men's and women's singles tournament take place tomorrow at Westminster City Park.
The first of three this summer by the CCTA, the tournament kicked off this past weekend.
The women's final starts at 6:30 p.m., while the men's final is slated for 8 p.m. (players were yet to be determined at press time).
* Westminster High graduate Steve Kartalia has qualified for the 10,000-meter run in The Athletic Congress track and field championships this weekendat Randall's Island, N.Y.
His event will be Friday night, and hiscoach, Doug Renner, saidKartalia is hoping to earn a spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials and perhaps a berth on one of several teams going tothe World University Games, the Pan American Games or the U.S. Olympic Festival.
Kartalia won a 10,000-meter run in Baltimore several weeks ago and followed that with a 5,000-meter win in South Carolina (he's in graduate school at Clemson University). Renner said Kartaliaalready had earned a provisional berth in the Olympic trials but would like to earn a definite berth in the event.
One other athlete with local ties is running in the TAC meet. Kelly Rabush -- wife of Westminster grad Mark Rabush and a senior at Auburn University -- is slated to compete in the women's 3,000 meters, with her heat scheduled for Thursday night and the finals set for Saturday.