Check out lacrosse tonight at Supersports complex

NEIGHBORS

March 01, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

"Lacrosse is the original American sport. It was here long before baseball," says Mark Hughes, director of the Supersports complex in Eldersburg.

It's true. According to dictionary definition, lacrosse is "a team game of American Indian origin."

Tonight at the Supersports complex, lacrosse will be demonstrated by players from Western Maryland College, and children interested in learning and playing the sport may sign up for area lacrosse teams.

Mr. Hughes, who has been active in lacrosse since it began in Eldersburg with four teams, said, "The sport is really growing. Right now we have 20 teams signed up" for spring competition.

Lacrosse also is an easier game than baseball for children emotionally, Mr. Hughes said. "With lacrosse, you never have the whole team mad at you because you struck out with bases loaded. There's never that pressure. In lacrosse, if you miss your shot on goal you just make another one, or help someone else make one."

Children ages 5 to 8 play circle lacrosse, a recent variation of the game that enables them to learn necessary skills on a small, manageable field.

"Circle lacrosse was actually invented by my high school lacrosse coach, a man named Claxton J. O'Connor," Mr. Hughes said. "He had us play it as a practice technique because you have to utilize all the skills of throwing, catching, passing, etc., and the field is small enough that you do a lot more of them than you would running the whole field."

Mr. Hughes said his former coach, whose name appears in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame at the Johns Hopkins University, would be proud to see the growth of his invention.

The lacrosse program is a Freedom Optimist sports program, sponsored in part by the Freedom Area Recreation Council.

Anyone interested in playing lacrosse this season is invited to an orientation night at the Supersports complex at 7 p.m. today, to be followed at 8:30 p.m. by the Western Maryland College "Green and Gold" game on the playing field in the complex. Draft practices will be March 2-3 for children 9 and up. For more information call Mr. Hughes at 549-8009.

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The annual Knights of Columbus art auction will be at 7 p.m. Saturday in the church gymnasium at St. Joseph's on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

A preview of items to be auctioned will begin at 6 p.m.

"We went up to the gallery [the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery in Ardmore, Pa.] last weekend, and they've got a lot of interesting things," said Joseph Winterling, who organized the auction with Jerry Macready. "Everything from oils to sculpture, lots of sketches, lithographs, prints. All of it is very high quality . . . framed and ready to hang in your home."

Neil Harp, an Annapolis painter, will be at the auction, along with many of his waterfront scenes.

For 12 years, the Knights have used the auction proceeds to support their scholarship program for local teen-agers.

The Knights have hired a caterer. The fare will include hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and fresh salmon, along with wine and an open bar. Tickets are $5 per person.

For more information call the church at 795-7838.

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It's "Scouting for Food" time again, and area Cub and Boy Scouts have been hanging plastic bags on doors all over the county to generate donations.

If you received one of the bags, you can help the needy by filling it with nonperishable food and putting it on your front step Saturday, when the youngsters will be around to collect it.

The donated food will be given to Carroll County Food Sunday in Westminster for distribution to the needy.

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