Takes control with Sunday Division II...

KAOS (11-0)

April 01, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

KAOS (11-0) takes control with Sunday Division II title

Michael Brainard, manager of the KAOS men's basketball team, said he and his teammates didn't really know what to expect coming into this season.

"There were a lot of new teams," said Brainard, "and we weren't sure how we compared."

In the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Men's Basketball League, Sunday Division II playoffs, they found out.

KAOS lived up to its name, first beating Mutha's, 80-51, in the semifinals, then coming back two hours later to defeat the Untouchables, 66-58, in the finals, capping an 11-0 season in style.

"It was tough," said Brainard. "Trying to come back and get pumped up after a two-hour layoff isn't the easiest thing. It just felt great to win it."

The team was led by point guard Mark Carr, center Rob Rollins and forward Dennis Callahan. Brainard said that different players stepped up throughout the season to help KAOS stay perfect.

This was the fourth year the team has been together. While some played together on a softball team, others met through Rollins, the team's captain.

* In the Division I playoffs, Dawg Brick was crowned champion after defeating Frank's, 54-43, in the semifinals and Knudsen Homes, 76-67, in the finals.

* The Tuesday League also crowned its champion. Team Ugly defeated the Rainmen, 69-59.

Gymnastics

Three competitors from Columbia Gymnastics qualified for the state meet with top showings at Sunday's Level 6 and 7 sectional at Fit and Fun in Gaithersburg.

Alyson Riccardi, Allison Dowker and Vanessa Neuworth all scored higher than the required 30.0 in the all-around to automatically qualify for the state championships at Barlow's Gymnastics in Annapolis on April 24-25.

Riccardi, competing in Level 6, won the vault with a 9.05 and the balance beam with an 8.9 en route to a 33.55 and a fourth-place finish in the all-around.

In Level 7, Dowker made the cut with a 31.05, including an 8.65 and a third-place finish on the vault. Neuworth took fourth on the vault with an 8.55 and seventh on the floor exercise with an 8.25 en route to her 31.95.

* Several top gymnasts from the Top Flight Gymnastics Club in Columbia took part in the Friendship Cup optional meet Saturday at Fit and Fun in Gaithersburg.

Gina Califano, Kierney Hiteshew and Rachel Gealy led the way, helping their team claim second place in the Level 8 competition.

Califano scored an 8.95 on the vault and an 8.3 on the floor on her way to a 33.05 all-around. Hiteshew took an 8.95 on the floor and 8.75 on the vault en route to a 32.6, and Gealy scored an 8.8 on the floor and a 31.45 all-around.

But the performance of the day came from Level 9 gymnast Abby Jones, who was the only Top Flight performer to score over 8.0 in every event.

Jones scored an 8.6 on vault, 8.3 on bars, 8.05 on beam and 8.7 on floor for an all-around of 33.65.

Level 9 teammate Lori Bennett also scored high marks with an 8.4 on vault, 8.3 on beam and 8.1 on floor for a 32.65 all-around.

Two gymnasts in Level 7, Rebecca Berkowitz and Lindsay Boyer, competed in three of the four events. Both had their best efforts on the floor exercise, where Berkowitz scored a 7.9 and Boyer an 8.75.

"Vault and floor went very well, and bars went OK," said optionals coach Dale Kaestner, "but beam needs some help. We're going to have to go back into the gym and work hard on that."

In a separate competition, several other Top Flight gymnasts competed in the Trophy Cup meet at Harford Gymnastics Center.

The Level 6 and Level 7 teams came away with third place.

The gym's Level 9 competitors will compete in the state championships on Sunday.

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To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call or fax to (410) 521-0505.

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