Hoopsters defend tournament crowns in Odenton, Langley Park


February 04, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The Howard County Youth Program's 13-year-old travel basketball team won two recent tournaments.

The Hoopsters won the Greater Odenton Classic in the 14-under A division, and the Langley Park, suburban Maryland/D.C. 13-year-old division title.

In the Greater Odenton title game, the Hoopsters defeated the Madison Buccaneers from Baltimore, 43-42, to capture their fourth consecutive age-bracket title in the tournament.

Scott Bross led HCYP at point guard, passing to Fardan Carter, Brian Calabrese and Danny Chapman.

The Hoopsters then traveled to Langley Park, where they captured their age-group title for the fourth year in a row.

They defeated Bladensburg, 56-48, in the semifinals, then captured the championship with a 52-42 win over Clinton. Brian Otten and John Gletzel led the Hoopsters with strong rebounding, and Marcus Smith provided timely third-quarter points and Matt Laycock keyed the pressure defense.

With the victories, the Hoopsters, coached by Dennis Chapman and Joe Bross, have won 12 of 14 tournaments and accumulated a 109-11 record over three seasons.

The Hoopsters are undefeated in the Baltimore City 12-14 league and are in first place in the Washington Capital Beltway 14-under league.

They are scheduled to represent the Baltimore area in the Philadelphia Basketball Classic March 26-28, where they'll try to defend their crown.

* 11-12 girls -- The Columbia Champions travel team won two games last weekend in Arbutus League play.

First, the Champions beat a previously undefeated Crofton team, 33-31, then got the best of the Catonsville Gold team, 24-16.

Shara Hamlin and Michell Jenkins led the offense with six points each, followed by Lindsey Mitchell with four and Ruchi Mital with two. Defensively, Morgan Peddicord, Katie Lee, Stephanie

Grutzman and

Koko Richardson helped hold off the comeback charges of both opponents.

In the Loch Raven League, Columbia lost a close one to an older Towsontowne team, 34-32. La Toya Hines led the Champions with 18 points, Jessica Oster and Crystal Driessen added four each and Monica Serianni chipped in two.

* 8-year-old boys -- There were four games last week in the Howard County Youth Program.

Andrew Narcum and Joseph Link led Boston College over UCLA, 20-17.

In other games, Maryland beat Miami, 23-12; Notre Dame edged Villanova, 19-18; and Georgia Tech beat Duke, 20-10.


A team from Gymnastics Plus of Columbia captured first place at last weekend's Tim Daggett West Springfield Invitational at Springfield (Mass.) College.

Led by six placements by Brian Frank and four each by David Curry and Curtis Haines, Gymnastics Plus won the title with a 107.9, beating out New England Gymnastics (93.8) and USA Gymnastics (86.85) in the event for boys 13 and younger.

Frank led the way, winning the parallel bars with a 6.8, taking second in the vault (6.3), third on the rings (6.9), fourth on the horse (5.3) and fifth on the floor exercise (6.2) for an all-around score of 34.9, good for fourth.

Curry had similar success, taking fourth on the floor (6.5) and high bar (5.7), and sixth on the parallel bars (5.8) for a fifth-place finish in the all-around (33.7).

Haines turned in two third-place finishes in the vault (6.3) and high bar (6.1), and sixth-place showings in the rings (6.3) and all-around (32.7).

Chris Stark also had a successful meet, winning ribbons in the horse (third place, 5.6) and floor exercise (sixth-place, 6.1). Stark finished with a 32.0 in the all-around.

The team won yet another ribbon with Brett Nelligan's fourth-place showing on the rings, where he scored 6.5. Nelligan scored 32.2 in the all-around.

Other team members didn't disappoint either, as Greg Klinger scored 5.6 on the vault en route to 28.9 in the all-around, and Dennis LeJeune took 6.3 in the rings and scored 28.0 all-around.

Eight states from the East Coast were represented at the meet.

Ice hockey

After 19 weeks of play, the Red team continues to hold off the Orange team for the top spot in the Howard County Men's Hockey League.

With a 10-8 win over the Green team, Red improved to 13-3-1. Led by Cary Mann and Tim O'Neill, Red has gone 2-1-1 in the past four weeks.

Mann leads the league with 55 points and 30 assists, and is fourth with 25 goals. O'Neill ranks fifth in goals (24), is fourth in assists (21) and third in points (45).

Together they help make up the most potent offense in the league. After 17 games, Red leads the league with 123 goals.

The Orange team, however, is keeping pace. Led by Jay Lach, who is sixth in the league in points with 43 and second in goals with 28, Orange has gone 2-0-2 in recent weeks to improve its record to 10-4-3, just four points behind the Red team.

Orange won by forfeit over Blue last week.

The other game on the slate saw Gold team win over White, 11-8.

In the league standings, Red and Orange lead the pack, followed Green (15 points), White (14), Gold (12) and Blue (11).

Individually, Pat Glennon of the Green team leads the league in goals with 32, followed by Lach and Matt Dunne of the Gold team. Mann leads in assists with 30, with Rich Palmer of Gold and Wayne Bohl of Blue close behind.

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