Ellicott City youth reels in winner Ellison captures B.A.S.S. Expo event

Recreation roundup

January 19, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Forget the worms, makeshift rods and hours of simply watching the water ripple.

Brian Ellison, 12, of Ellicott City is a bit more sophisticated when it comes to fishing.

At the recent B.A.S.S. Expo in Timonium, Ellison took a giant step toward becoming the best angler on the pier.

The Patapsco Middle School student scored 120 of a possible 150 for first prize in the B.A.S.S., Rubbermaid Maryland State Bass Federation Flip, Pitch and Cast Championships.

In beating six competitors in the 11-14 age group, Ellison won new fishing equipment, a medallion, a plaque and all-expenses paid trips for himself and his family to Pine Bluff, Ark., for the national B.A.S.S. championships in April.

"I really didn't know [if I could do it] because of all the kids that were there," said Ellison. "I was a little nervous, but I just went up there and did it."

The competition had three events: flipping from 10 feet, pitching from 20 feet and casting from 30 feet, in which competitors tried to land their bass lures on the center of a 3-foot bull's-eye, with points awarded based on accuracy.

Ellison, a member of Junior Quick Release B.A.S.S. Masters in Lansdowne, said he's practicing for the coming national competition, in which he'll have a chance to advance to further competition and win scholarship money.

He said that his school allows him to practice after classes on the cafeteria floor but that it's just not the same as the real thing.


* 8-9 girls: The Ninja Terrapins of the Columbia Basketball Association defeated the Bulls, 51-13, Saturday.

Rashida Walcott led the offense with a game-high 20 points, Julie Loppato scored 11 and Ashley Poland added eight. Becky Smelkinson and Ayla Safren led the way on defense.

Cathy James led the Bulls with seven points.

Elizabeth Shields and Erin Edell scored eight apiece, as Duke defeated Villanova, 28-21, in Western Howard County League action Saturday.

Suzanne Thrasher, Jodi Renfro and Stephanie Simpson also scored for Duke, and Jessica Lane and Beth Hunt led the defense. Michelle Coleman led Villanova with 10 points, and Bridgett Willet added nine.

In the other game, a balanced attack led Syracuse over North Carolina, 14-6. Megan Riedy, Kristen Goetz, Sandra Glinka, Beth Loveland, Rosanna Drake and Lori Wasilewski scored for the victors.

Rachel Hoyle scored six to lead Carolina.

* Midget girls: Duke of the Howard County Youth Program picked up its first victory of the season last week with a 20-16 win over Georgia Tech. Susan Bartholomew scored 18 for the Blue Devils.

Emily Williams and Michele Sorbo led Tech, each scoring six.

In other games, Notre Dame ripped Boston College, 18-4; N.C. State doubled up Duke, 16-8; UCLA beat Maryland, 20-10; Miami edged Georgia Tech, 18-16; and N.C. State got by Boston College, 22-18.

* Midget boys: Close games were the order of the week in the Howard County Youth Program, as all four contests were decided by six points or fewer.

Duke edged Miami, 15-13, as James Davis and Matt Swiger led the way. Ryan Molesky paced the Hurricanes.

A pair of clutch free throws by Mark Johnson helped give Villanova a 16-15 win over UCLA. Nick Kolesar and Zack McMennamin led the Bruins.

Matt Hashimoto and Luke Wardell helped pace Boston College over Notre Dame, 13-9. Jim Plank and Alex Gagne led the Irish.

In the other game, Georgia Tech remained undefeated with a 24-18 win over Maryland. Justin Barnes scored 10 points to lead the Jackets. David Lax and Tommy Phelan played well for the Terps.

* Minor girls: Jane Williams and Allison Woods paced Boston College over UCLA, 17-14, in Howard County Youth Program action last week.

Pam Sneddon and Kim Burgess led the BC defense.

Lillian Chun and Jessica Burns paced the UCLA attack.

In other games, Notre Dame defeated LSU, 20-19, and Maryland, 39-6; Miami beat Maryland, 23-10, and Georgia Tech, 25-12; N.C. State got the best of Duke, 30-16, and Villanova, 24-17; Duke beat LSU, 27-21; and Georgia Tech edged Villanova, 16-15.

* Major boys: The Duke Blue Devils of the Howard County Youth Progran showed again they have a flair for the dramatic.

The Devils won their fourth and fifth straight games, 40-38 in overtime over LSU Saturday and a 36-34 over Miami Sunday. All five victories on the streak have come by four points or fewer.

Against LSU, Christian Lewis led Duke with 17 points, offsetting Lee McMillan's 23-point effort for the Tigers.

Against Miami, Josh Roames led the way with 14 points.

In another game last week, Georgia Tech defeated Florida State, 30-24.

* 11-12: Teams 22, 24 and 26 of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club ran their records to 2-0 last week.

Team 22 defeated 23, 21-10; 24 defeated 25, 27-12; and 26 defeated 27, 29-18. Team 29 won its season opener, 17-12, over Team 21.

After two weeks of play, teams 22, 24 and 26 are tied for first place, followed by 29, 27, 25, 28, 25 and 23.

* 15-17: A pair of free throws by Sean Markley with two seconds left gave Team 38 of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club a 49-47 win over Team 40 at Eisenhower Middle School.

After taking a big lead in the first half, the winners stumbled down the stretch before their opponents tied the game with seconds left.

Markley led the winners (2-0) with 23 points.


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