Columbia Rovers get kicks in Maryland Shores Classic

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

The Columbia Rovers, an under-11 Soccer Association o Columbia boys travel team, kicked off the spring season in style last weekend, going unbeaten in the second annual Maryland Shores Classic in Snow Hill.

The Rovers scored wins over the Atlantic Blast and Delaware Bear Cats before ending the tournament with a 1-1 tie against the Bethesda Blitz. Despite not losing a game, the Rovers took second place on a tiebreaker.

They opened with a 10-3 win over Atlantic, from Virginia Beach, Va., as Bobby Ratcliffe scored four goals and Christian Chacon and Chase Spence scored two apiece. Charles Chrysostomon and Aaron Pierce also scored single goals.

Next, the Rovers battled a scrappy Delaware team before coming away with a 3-0 win. Chacon led the way with two goals and Ratcliffe added the other.

But it was the midfield play of Alex Bowman, Kyle O'Brien and Deforest McDuff that proved the deciding factor, dominating the Bear Cats throughout the match.

In the final game, the Rovers survived a defensive battle to come away with a 1-1 tie against Bethesda. Ross Laidig, J. F. Zohorsky, Scott Buescher, Mike DiBella and Jacob Roames headed the list of defensive standouts for Columbia.


The playoff brackets are set in the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks adult volleyball leagues.

* In the Men's League, top-seed Gotta Be Da Shoes (20-4) will play the winner of the match between the fourth-seeded Slammers and fifth-seeded Shemin Spikers. In the other bracket, the No. 2 and 3 seeds will meet when J & D Deckcrafters plays Little Alexanders.

* The Co-Rec A League, with eight teams, will have the top-seeded Avalon Warriors (19-2) taking on the eighth-seeded Elkridge Bakery Spikers, and second-seeded Jackelopes (16-5) playing the seventh-seeded Flesh Eaters. Another strong candidate for the title, third-seeded TTGBITN (14-7) will take on the sixth-seeded Ducks.

* The other two leagues, Co-Rec B and C, each have clear favorites.

In the B League, Team Franc earned the top seed after finishing the regular season 24-0, six games ahead of second-place Foul Play. The Sunday Spikers had an even bigger advantage in the C League, finishing 20-1 and eight games in front of Laidlaw Environmental Services.

The playoffs will be this Sunday at Centennial High School.


* 8-9 Girls -- The Ninja Terrapins of the Columbia Basketball Association rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat the Dream Team, 27-23, Saturday in the league championship game.

The Terrapins finished the season undefeated.

In the second half, they used their quickness to negate the

Dream Team's height advantage, outscoring them 20-12. Rashida Walcott led the charge, scoring eight of her game-high 14 points in the third quarter.

Julie Loppato (two points) and Fana Walcott (one point) then clamped down on defense to hold the Dream Team in check.

Sarah Costa added 10 points for the victors. Laura Erdman led the Dream Team with 10, Tanae Jenifer had eight and Christine Chmura added five.

The Ninja Terps advanced to the finals after a 59-26 win over the Blue Bombers yesterday. Costa led the offense with 18 points and Rashida Walcott and Ashley Poland had 12 each.

Melissa Workman led the Blue Bombers with 10 points and Missy Moore added eight.

* 8-9 Boys -- Chris Stefan had 14 points, four assists and three steals to lead the Nuggets to a 22-20 win over the Bulls Sunday in the semifinals of the Supreme Sports Club Basketball League.

Paul Thompson added 11 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Nuggets (7-2). Justin Cherot led the Bulls with 14 points.

The Nuggets advance to Sunday's title game, where they will meet the Lakers, 24-21, winners over the Hornets in the other semifinal. David Wells scored 11 for the Lakers, and Danny Murray led the Hornets with 13.

* 10-12 Boys -- The Supersonics used a tenacious full-court trapping defense to surprise the previously unbeaten Tar Heels, 29-20, Sunday in the Supreme Sports Club Basketball League semifinals.

Kevin Chrapaty led the Sonics with 14 points and four rebounds and Bryan Warner added 12 points, four assists and three steals.

Mike Drnec led the Tar Heels with 16 points, and Ryan Strohl and Kris Robison combined to score the other four. Greg Lambert had eight assists and Hakeem Badu pulled down six rebounds in a losing cause.

The Sonics will play the Warriors in this Sunday's title game. The Warriors' Michael Cousins scored 12 points and Brian Strohl added 11 to lead their team to a 30-20 win over the Hornets.

* Midget Boys -- Mike Tannyhill's free throw with 45 seconds remaining sealed UCLA's 18-14 upset win over Duke last weekend in the first round of the Howard County Youth Program playoffs.

Brian Kurtzman and Brian Hedges paced the Bruins in a game that saw several lead changes. James Davis, Danny Lavin and Matt Swiger paced the Blue Devils.

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