Villanova gets even with North Carolina

Recreation roundup

February 25, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

After a wild week of action, North Carolina and Villanova are tied for first place in the Western Howard County Youth Basketball League 10-11 Girls Division.

The Tar Heels, who began the week undefeated, dropped their first game, losing to Duke, 14-13.

The Blue Devils used intense defensive pressure in the final quarter to force turnovers and secure the upset. Ann Miller led Duke with a game-high eight points, Kiva Feldman scored four, and Debra Levine added two.

North Carolina (8-1) was led by Michele Farace and Heidi Browning, who scored five points each. Barrett Nixon added two, and Brooke Kimball one.

Villanova pulled into a first-place tie with North Carolina after an 18-11 win over Syracuse.

The Wildcats (8-1) were led by Anita Currano, who scored a game-high eight points. Nikki Conican and Lisa Humphrey scored four, and Kara Henneman two.

Five players scored for the Orangemen, led by Kara Riel with four points. Laura Pugh, Lacey Conrad and Megan Coleman each scored two for Syracuse, and Tiffany Rocco added one.

* 13-14 boys -- The Howard County Youth Program B Travel Team defeated top-seeded Catonsville, 60-44, last week in the Sunday Catonsville League postseason tournament. The win advances Howard County to the tournament finals.

Howard used a tenacious and unrelenting defense, led by Jon Smith and Sergio Fuentes, to deny the taller Catonsville team, and get it into foul trouble early in the game.

Aaron Williams led Howard County with a game-high 30 points, much of it from the foul line. Smith scored nine and Fuentes and Chris Varlotta each added eight.

Varlotta, John Tokasz and Brian Gallagher played outstanding defensively for Howard, and Tokasz and Gallagher each scored a basket.

Jose Hallasal also scored a point, on a second-half free throw, putting every Howard player in the scoring column.

Catonsville finished the regular season in first place in the league.

* Adult -- The high-scoring, high-flying Razorbacks remained unbeaten and in first place after a 51-45 win over Moyer's Sports Corner at Harpers Choice Middle School in the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Winter Men's Basketball League, Wednesday C Division.

In the other game at Harpers Choice, the Single Strand Knicks toppled the winless Hornets, 64-25.

In the other games, played at Dunloggin Middle School, Jilly's defeated the Fast Breaks, 73-57, and Short But Slow overcame the Terps, 84-45.

The Razorbacks are in first place after seven weeks of league play at 7-0, followed by Short But Slow (6-1), Jilly's and Moyer's Sports Corner (4-3), the Terps and the Fast Breaks (3-4), the Single Strand Knicks (1-6) and the Hornets (0-8).

The league finished its regular-season schedule last night, with playoffs for all teams beginning next Wednesday.

* In this week's Men's Tuesday C Division games at Harpers Choice Middle School, North American Mortgage defeated Laidlaw Environmental Services, 42-23, and Certified Packaging beat Ryland Mortgage, 70-57.


The Class I-IV gymnasts from Gymnastics Plus in Columbia fared well in last weekend's Parkettes International Boys Invitational.

David Scimonelli led the way, earning six ribbons in Class IV competition. Scimonelli took third in the floor exercise, pommel horse and vault, second on the horizontal bar and first on the parallel bar and in the all-around.

Chris Stark had similar success, winning the pommel horse and taking second in the rings and all-around. Curtis Haines won the horizontal bar, and Dennis LeJeune placed third on the rings.

In Class III action, Tom Kutz finished second on the rings and third on the vault and horizontal bar, and Adam Frias captured third on the floor exercise.

It was in Classes I and II, however, where the team really shone. Both classes won the second-place award in the team competition.

A quartet of gymnasts led the Class II effort, led by Tim Bulleri and Wes Cress. Bulleri finished third on the pommel horse and the rings and first in the vault. Cress grabbed seconds on the floor and rings, and took a third in the vault.

In Class 1, Open Optionals, Neil Niemi took third on the rings en route to a third-place finish in the all-around, and Josh Turner captured third on the floor and vault.


The Howard County YMCA Gators finished their dual-meet season with a win and a loss.

On Feb. 6, the Gators overwhelmed their opponents from the Frederick YMCA, 573-37.

The Gators dominated the meet, especially in the 50 freestyle where team members from five age groups swept their way to one-two-three finishes, including Brooke Leitch, Shane Baxter and Bryce Lewis (9-10 boys), Jamey Moylen, Spence Baxter and Patrick Bonds (11-12 boys), K. Wise, Terra Serpico and Jackie Reidel (13-14 girls), Tim Koenig, Bill Holderman and Matt Miller (15-18 boys) and Jessica Burkins, Katie Palmer and Tracey Gillis (15-18 girls).

The Gators dropped their first meet last Saturday to the Upper Montgomery County YMCA. Despite the loss, the team still had several outstanding performances.

Joey Piekarski, competing in the 8-10 division, earned blue ribbons in the 50 free, 100 individual medley, 100 free and 50 breast. Jackie Arnold earned ribbons in the medley relay, 100 individual medley, 50 breast and 200 free relay.

Chad Gillenwater, swimming in the 8-under group, won the 25 and 50 free events and helped his team to a win in the medley relay.

The Gators finished the dual meet season at 5-1.

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