Ten-year-old Kiel Kauserud of Bel Air not only had a chance to enjoy the Washington Redskins game at RFK Stadium last weekend, the Redskins picked up the tab and provided the turf for Kauserud to play on during the NFL's annual Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick Contest.
Kauserud joined youngsters ages 8-13 at RFK at halftime last Sunday for the competition. Kauserud won the age-10 bracket with 190.3 points. He may have a chance to compete at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Feb. 6 for a national title. First, his scores must be compared with kids his age from the other 27 NFL franchises.
Kauserud plays for the 8-10 Bel Air Redskins team that went undefeated and unscored upon this season in the Harford/Baltimore League. The team also won the A Division Championships earlier this month.
PTC On Sunday, Kauserud beat his nearest competitor, Jared Horn of Richlands, Va., by a little more than six points.
Kauserud earned his trip to RFK with local and sectional wins in the fall.
* Under-14 -- The Forest Hill Thunder, on scores by Russ Cremen, Jerry Eller and Sam Houston, rallied to tie Edgewood, 3-3, at the Maryland Sports Arena in Edgewood Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Scott Deibert was credited with several excellent saves in the closing minutes, as Edgewood was held scoreless in the second half.
The Hickory Rebels defeated the GHSC Scorpions, 3-1, in indoor soccer action last weekend at the Maryland Sports Arena.
The Scorpions led early until the Rebels' defense and goalkeeper Matt Hamme held them scoreless the rest of the way. The Rebels' offensive attack was led by forward Steve Poole (two goals) and midfielder Chris White (one goal).
* Under-12 -- The Harford Boys and Girls Club Bombers defeated the Harford Kicks, 7-4, in indoor action at the Maryland Sports Arena.
Maguel Barowski scored two goals, and Steven Guignet, Owen Jarvis, Brandon O'Hara, Ted Jakubowski and Chris Jubb each added one.
Donnie Boxendahl, Tom Guerrera, Derrick Kopek, Matt Bundy and Jimmy Cassady each had an assist in the game.
* Under-11 -- The Harford United Football Club has completed its first year of outdoor soccer and earned a second-place finish in the Baltimore Beltway League. It also won the under-12 Reisters Cup Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend and the Harford County League Tournament with a 4-0 shutout win over the Hickory Lazers Soccer Club.
Team members were: Josh Koziol, Tyler Ball, Eric Harclerode, Ryan Grymes, Jeff Reese, Scott Pojunas, Mark Plevyak, Stephen Little, Shane Justis, Mike Cesky, Jeff Grubb, Chris Gere and Paul Carotenuto.
* Under-10 -- The Forest Hill Lightning defeated Essex, 6-2, in an indoor match at the Maryland Sports Arena. Brett Deibert scored four goals and John Watts and Sean Houston also scored in the victory.
The Greater Harford Strikers defeated Towson, 5-1, to capture the under-10 championship of the Pikesville Invitational Soccer Tournament. Goals by Sean McAvoy (two), Chris Schneider, Brian Kemper and Jeff Kocher complemented strong play by keeper Chris Smith to lead the Strikers. Schneider (three), McAvoy and Kemper (one) also added assists.
The Harford County YMCA Hurricanes defeated Mid Delmarva YMCA, 420-259, in a C&P YMCA Swim League dual meet at Magnolia Middle School.
Brian Richardson, Meredith Eyler and Lauren Betzing each set team records.
Betzing, in 8-under girls competition, completed the 25-meter butterfly in 15.87 seconds. In girls 13-14 action in the 200 individual medley, Eyler finished in 2:22.10. Richardson, swimming in the boys 16-18 age group, finished the 100 back in 58.07.
In a dual meet against Upper Montgomery County YMCA, Jamee Eben became the third HARY Hurricane swimmer to qualify for the YMCA Nationals, breaking 15-18 girls records in the 50 free (25.14) and 100 back (1:03.52).
Beth Goodwin set a 13-14 team record in the girls 50 free (25.37) and Lauren Betzing set an 8-under girls record in the 25 free (14.27).
The Harford Gymnastics Training Center presented its ninth annual Harford Holiday Gymnastics Meet last weekend, inviting 19 teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Over 300 competitors in Levels 5 through 10 competed.
Harford's Level 5 team won top honors in the team competition, and in all three age groups of all-around competition, a first in the history of the meet. The team scored 108.00 points, winning by more than three points. Jessie Reeder-Blom, 11, of Bel Air led the team with a gold-medal performance on floor exercise (9.40) and all-around score of 35.65. She finished second on balance beam with a 9.10.
Ashley Busher, 9, was second all-around with a 35.30 and was third on vault (8.40) and balance beam (9.0).
Completing the sweep of the all-around was 10-year-old Sherry Watson of Edgewood with a score of 35.05 for third place. Watson won gold on balance beam with a 9.20 and silver on floor (9.20).
Amanda Tompkins of Belcamp won the gold medal on vault with an 8.65 and was second on uneven bars with 9.25.