2 new baseball programs give youth instruction and competition

RECREATION ROUNDUP

January 07, 1993|By Mike Nortrup | Mike Nortrup,Contributing Writer

The 1992 Carroll County rec scene saw many highlights, including:

* Local rec officials organized two new baseball programs.

The Carroll County Rangers baseball club was started to give Carroll's top 13- to 16-year-old baseball players the best available instruction and competition.

Organized and run by representatives from several local rec baseball organizations, it attracted players from throughout the county.

The Rangers entered four teams in the Baltimore Metro League.

The age-14 team won a Baltimore City preseason tourney, placed third in its division during the regular season and closed by finishing second in August's State Dizzy Dean championship tournament.

The age-15 Rangers team placed fourth in its 14-team division and then combined with the age-16 squad to win August's Ambrose tourney in Frederick.

The age-13 Rangers' outfit also made a postseason splash when it won the Hanover Tournament.

* While the Rangers were intended for the elite players, the Central Maryland Travel Baseball League was created to give youngsters ages 8-14, who play in local in-house leagues, a chance to compete against other programs.

This inaugural year saw Sykesville defeat Damascus in four postseason tournament championship games to win championships in four of the league's five divisions. Those two teams were postseason co-champs in the other.

* The year 1992 got off to a controversial beginning when the Carroll County Men's League voted not to play in the Carroll County Sports Complex.

Increased demand for evening diamond time by the Charles Carroll baseball program, combined with maintenance requirements shutting the complex down on Friday evenings, would have forced the league to play virtually all games at night, an alternative considered too expensive because of lighting costs.

The two rec programs, though, worked out a compromise with county rec officials allowing the Men's League to play more evening games and the league voted to return.

* J. J. Gloss won its third consecutive 35-over indoor soccer title at the Four Seasons indoor sports complex.

* Five Manchester wrestlers -- Tyler Alexander (55 pounds), Randy Holmes (75), Doug Dell (100), Tommy Kiler (122) and Erik Hott (133) -- won state junior wrestling championships.

* St. John's teams won both divisional postseason tournaments in the Carroll County Boys Basketball League.

Its B team topped St. Joseph's to win the grade 5-6 finale, and the A squad won the grade 7-8 championship.

* Shannon Henley and Brain Damiano won state championships in the Knights of Columbus free-throw shooting competition.

The 13-year-old Damiano was also state champ in the Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw competitions. He then won the Elks eastern regional title before losing at the Hoop Shoot national championships in Indianapolis.

* A Gamber Optimist youth lacrosse team, coached by Butch Hilliard, won the Maryland Junior Lacrosse Association's Midget B Division.

The local group of 11-12-year-olds went 10-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in postseason play, clinching the championship by beating Prince George's County in an early June title game.

* The Sykesville and Westminster youth baseball programs celebrated their 40th year of operation.

* James Contracting won the Amateur Softball Association Men's Class D slo-pitch softball state championship tournament, which was played at the Carroll County Sports Complex.

* The county-based Wild Stallions slo-pitch team went 16-2 to win the Howard County Women's Softball League's Division I championship.

* The Taneytown Cardinals won the South Penn baseball league championship for the second consecutive year.

* The county's best regular-season fall soccer record was recorded by one of its youngest teams.

Dr. Kinney's, the champion of the North Carroll soccer program's under-10 division, rolled to a 10-0 regular-season mark. It also won the league's postseason tournament.

* Five local teams won championships in the Carroll County Boys Soccer League.

Regular-season titlists were the Freedom Flyers (under-14 A division) and Westminster (under-10 B).

Postseason tournament champs were the Westminster Wolverines (under-14 A), Deer Park (under-10 A) and Freedom Spirit (under-10 B).

* Five Carroll squads were Carroll County Girls Soccer League champions.

Mount Airy and Westminster won both the regular and postseason titles in the league's under-14 A and under-14 B divisions, respectively.

Deer Park won the under-10 division regular-season championship. Westminster and North Carroll were declared under-10 postseason champs after playing a scoreless title game.

* The Sykesville Raiders swept all three games in the Carroll County Football League's Super Bowl to win the championship of the league's three divisions.

* The Pennsylvania-based Waves won the regular and postseason titles in the Carroll County Women's Volleyball League. The Good Guys took the Carroll County Men's Volleyball regular and postseason titles for the second consecutive year.

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