The Harford Gymnastics Level 7 compulsory girls team took the third-place team trophy at the Maryland State Championships, missing second by just .05 points.
The team scored 104.55 points, just behind second-place finisher Top Flight Gymnastics of Columbia (104.60) and close to the winners, Marvateens of Rockville (104.80). The meet was at Barlow's Gymnastics in Annapolis.
In the 8-11 age group, Cassie Demastus scored 35.15 in the all-around competition to place third. She also was third on vault (9.35) and fourth on balance beam (8.15) and floor exercise (8.85). She tied for sixth on uneven bars (8.80).
Erica Wilmoth won the silver medal on balance beam (8.35) and was fifth on floor exercise (8.80) and all-around (34.75). Courtney Ness won the bronze medal on floor exercise with 8.95. She also placed fourth on balance beam (8.15) and was eighth all-around with 34.45.
Emily Neubeck tied for sixth on floor exercise with 8.75 and was seventh on vault with 9.10. Kristen Pokrywka rounded out the team's performance with an 8.65 on floor exercise, a personal best.
Demastus and Wilmoth were recognized by organizers with individual plaques for being among the top six performers in the state.
In the Level 6 state competition, Kristin Stanley of Fallston scored 8.80 on uneven bars for a 10th-place finish. Harford Gymnastics' Level 6 team also was represented by Chelsea Thomason, Heather Schafer and Ashley Sebra.
Harford's Level 7 Optional and 8 Optional teams will compete in the state championship meet this weekend at Chesapeake High School in Baltimore County. The Level 5 team will travel to Salisbury on Saturday to compete in the Level 5 state championships.
* Kristy Patterson, a Level 6 gymnast from Aberdeen Churchville Parks & Recreation Gymnastics, tied for second place on floor exercise with a 9.05 at the state championships. She placed fourth on uneven parallel bars with a score of 8.85 and had an all-around score of 34.10 for a fifth-place finish.
Becky Deford finished sixth on uneven bars with 8.95 and was eighth on vaulting with 9.00.
Christy Schilpp of Bel Air came in eighth in floor exercise with 9.05. The team finished seventh in the competition.
Harford Gymnastics' Brian Cubbage won his second consecutive regional all-around title at the Region VII Junior Olympic Gymnastic Championships at the United States
Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Competing in the Class V age 10-11 division, Cubbage placed first on still rings (9.9), horizontal bar (9.4), second on parallel bars (9.8), fourth on vault (9.5), seventh on floor exercise (9.6) and pommel horse (9.4). His individual performances earned him 57.6 for the all-around title.
Jon Wainwright, competing in Class V 7-9 age group, placed eighth on vault with 9.1.
In Class IV ages 12-13, Patrick Curtis won the floor exercise title with 9.6. He also placed seventh on still rings (8.4) and ninth on vault (8.0).
Ron Weber, a Class III 12-13 competitor, was fifth on floor exercise and still rings with 9.1 and 8.35, respectively. He also finished sixth on parallel bars (8.4) and ninth on vault (8.6).
In Class VI 7-9 competition, Bret Bailey placed fifth on vault (9.3), sixth on horizontal bars (9.6) and eighth on pommel horse (9.8). Jamie Dull, a 10-11 competitor, placed fifth on floor exercise (9.3), eighth on vault (9.3) and parallel bars (9.3).
The under-9 Greater Harford Strikers defeated St. Janes, 7-1, in a Baltimore Beltway soccer game. Mike Costello led all scorers with three goals and an assist.
Chris Schneider and Alex Pycik chipped in with two goals and two assists each. Sean McAvoy was in goal for the Strikers.
* Under-14 -- The Greater Harford Express earned two victories in outdoor Beltway league action.
In a 5-1 win over Reisterstown, Scott Plattenberg scored a hat trick to lead the team. Rob Pierno and Kevin Hess also scored, and Jamie List (11 saves) and Mike Steiner (five saves) split time in the goal. The Express later defeated Perry Hall, 3-2. Plattenberg scored twice and Jason Reynolds scored once. List recorded 14 saves.
Left wing Jenn Cook scored on a short pass from center halfback Haley DeLaurence with six minutes remaining to give the under-14 Harford United Flash (4-0-2) a 1-0 win over the Vista Force in a Washington Area Girls league game last Sunday in Virginia.
Keeper Tina Steck recorded four key saves in the first half to keep the Force scoreless. The Flash's powerful defense did the rest, as it notched its fifth shutout.
In an under-16 contest, the Flash played the Northeast Sockers to a 0-0 tie, despite outshooting its opponent, 33-1.
* Under-10 -- Bel Air defeated the Glyndon Hurricanes, 3-0, in a Baltimore Beltway game last Sunday at Glyndon to remain in first place.