Two boys travel lacrosse teams from Bel Air recently competed against Heaton Mersey, a club team from England, in an international exchange program that has been in effect between the two teams since 1991.
The Bel Air players played host to their new English friends for two weeks, traveling to Annapolis, Washington, Harper's Ferry and some popular county spots. The players exchanged souvenirs after each game, said Karen Ritz, whose boys, Chris Battersby and Brent Ritz, competed.
Ritz, an aerobics instructor at Quest Health and Fitness Center in Constant Friendship, organized a mini-triathlon for several of the players sponsored by the club.
The results in the two age groups include: 10-11 -- 1. John Mundth, 2. Andrew Ellison, 3. Scott Schanberger, Chad Eberly (tie), 4. Jason Mecler; 12-13 -- 1. Pat Rose, 2. Mike Sedlak, 3. Tommy Parr, 4. Mike Hulme.
The players competed in the one-mile run, leg press, chest press, flexibility test and a basketball free-throw shooting contest.
* Under-12 -- Eric Syphard touched home a loose ball with 15 minutes left in regulation to lead the Greater Harford Scorpions (3-0-0) to a 1-0 victory over Essex in Baltimore Beltway action.
Jim Kopp (seven saves) and Aaron Sherwood (two saves) joined the Scorpions fullbacks to help notch the team's third consecutive league shutout.
* Under-14 -- Scott Plattenberg scored four goals to spark the Greater Harford Express to a 4-1 victory over Mount Airy in Beltway league action. Two of Plattenberg's goals were set up by Robert Pierno and Kevin Hess and a third was scored on a penalty kick.
Goalkeeper Steve Nearhood finished with 14 saves.
* The Genstar Booters recorded a 6-1 win over Edgewood last Sunday in outdoor league action.
Scoring for the Booters were Steve Markiewicz and Chris Bland (two), Christopher Swec and Steve Adolph.
Assists went to Steve Markiewicz, Adolph, Mike Barnes and Alex Markiewicz. Also contributing in the win were Dusty Kurtyka, Brent Haberkam, Adam Limback, Dan Magee, Alexander Ionnidis, Derek Scharpf and goalkeeper Brandon Stewart.
* Under-10 -- The Bel Air travel team stayed undefeated and unscored upon in the Baltimore Belt way League with a 1-0 victory over Lutherville-Timonium last Sunday in Glyndon. Monica Janowitz scored the only goal, and Janice Hanfman recorded another shutout in goal.
* Under-14 -- The Harford United Flash (5-0-2) extended its Washington Area Girls Soccer League Division I win streak to 14 with a 7-0 victory over the Reston Wildfire in Manassas, Va.
It was victory No. 100 for the Flash, which jumped to a quick lead last Sunday less than three minutes into the game on Shanna Ziegenfuss's unassisted breakaway goal.
Haley DeLaurence, Jenn Cook and Jenny Coulsen, assisted by Cook and Ziegenfuss, added other first-half scores for a 4-0 halftime lead.
Ziegenfuss scored again midway through the second half, then Coulsen and Tina Steck scored on headers, assisted by Cindy Wolf and Katie Tiburzi, respectively, to close the half.
Steck recorded two saves as goalie in the first half, and Katie Bowman finished with one save in the second half. It was the sixth shutout in seven games for the Flash.
Track and field
The Harford County Gliders opened their season in a competition at Bowie State University. Approximately 20 teams and more than 800 youths competed.
Top-six finishers in the under-8 age group include Adrienne Eckley, a fourth-place finisher in the long jump (4-10), and Drew ,, Westervelt, who earned a gold medal and a team record in the softball throw (75-10) and silver in the 400-meter run (1 minute, 24 seconds).
In the 9-10 age group, Beth Hulbert placed second in the 800 (3:03), and Heather McHugh was second in the 1,500 (5:56). That time qualifies McHugh for the East Coast Invitational later this summer. She also finished third in the 800 (3:08.70).
Nathan Hopkins finished first with a softball throw of 131-2, and Ben Cooper threw the softball 96 feet for a sixth-place finish. Leslie Rice was fourth in the long jump.
In 11-12 competition, Jill Iacchei was passed in the final stretch, but finished second in 4:43.46 in the 800 racewalk.
Kim Helmers was sixth in the 1,500 (5:54) and fifth in the discus throw (44-11.3), and teammate Kristen Hulbert was fifth in the 400 (1:04). Kevin Smith was second in the high jump (4-10).
The 15-16 competitors also put in some fine performances. Eric Benjamin won gold in the 800 in 2:21.80. Tim Mack finished third in the 100 (12.49), and William DuBois was fifth in the 3,000 (11:40).