GymnasticsFor Wes Cress of the Gymnastics Plus boys team...


May 12, 1994|By Rich Scherr


For Wes Cress of the Gymnastics Plus boys team, bronze was still a golden color at the 1994 United States Gymnastics Federation Junior Olympic National Championships over the weekend at Augusta (Ga.) College.

Cress, in the Class II, age 16-18 competition, brought home the Columbia team's only medal with a third-place finish in the floor exercise. He also took eighth in the pommel horse and vault and was 13th out of 38 gymnasts in the all-around.

Teammate Tim Bulleri, in Class II, 14-15, came up just short in his bid for a medal, coming within two-tenths of a point of making the medal-round finals. He ended up seventh in the pommel horse and 28th all-around in a field of 116.

Paul Matthews, in the same class, took ninth in the vault and 20th in the all-around.

Kenny Hockycko was 48th, and Tom Kutz was 35th out of 59 in the Class III compulsories.

There was also a team competition between the nine regions from around the United States. Region VII -- consisting of the upper mid-Atlantic states (including Gym Plus) -- took first place in Class II and fifth in Class III.


* Under-9 boys -- Bradley Costantino scored off an assist from Collin Haspy and Devin Keeney added a goal off a direct kick to give the Western Howard County Thunder a 2-2 tie with the Severna Park Ravens.

Other contributions came from Robby Brookfield, Eric Allen, Evan Emshwiller, Danny Bowring and goalie Matt Showman, who had three saves. The Thunder finished its regular season at 2-2-2 and advances to the playoffs in the Baltimore Beltway League.

* Under-16 girls -- The Columbia Spirit defeated the Davidsonville Devils, 17-0, as they kicked off their quest for a fifth straight Maryland State Championship.

Scoring in the first-round game were Megan Bochme (three goals), Abby Bausman, Aimee Grahe, Lauren Molinaro, Lindsey Poland and Rima Sidhe (two each), and Meaghan Giorno, Jackie Jamaris, Tania Riismandel and Heather Truxel (one each).

* Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Condors dropped a 3-1 decision to the FPYC Falcons over the weekend.

Shannon Binns scored the only goal for Columbia with an assist from Lauren Blaney. Cathy James, Courtney McDonald and Lee McDuff led a strong defense while Binns, Megan Donahue and Blaney supplied the offensive pressure.

The Falcons broke on top with two breakaway goals in the second half.

* Under-13 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Cannonades got a double dose of victory over the weekend, winning their games in both State Cup play and in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League.

First, the team endured a driving rainstorm to score a 2-1 win over the Bethesda Best in the opening round of the State Cup.

Alexia Vogler and Cassie Finnegan scored goals -- the last of which came with just 20 seconds left off a pass from Brooke Barcheski.

Then in WAGS play, the Cannonades scored a 5-1 victory over Prince William.

Finnegan led the attack with three assists. Goal scorers included Michelle Rapp, Katie Madden, Monica Serianni, Vogler and Edna Dash. The defense was led by Michelle Veach, Kelley Schneider, Stacie Tokasz and Amanda Zackmann.

* Under-16 girls -- Kim Austin of the Columbia Courage scored on a breakaway with under four minutes left to salvage a 2-2 tie against the Arlington Sharks over the weekend.

The winning play began when Brooke James broke away from the pack and fired a bullet that hit the bottom of the crossbar and caromed straight down to the goal line. Austin tapped it in. The team's other goal was scored by Christina Eberhart, with assists going to Jenny O'Rourke and Kristy Lanman. Also playing well for the victors were Katie Young, Steph Romich and goalie Aime Kellner.

* 10-and-under boys -- The Columbia Thunder fell, 1-0, to the Gunston Knights over the weekend.

Eddie Yanacek, Kevin Ray and Noah Berk led the Thunder on offense, while Danny Gemp and Britton Boras led the way defensively. Ben Brasso, Tony Gatto and Dave Silver also played well.

* Under-19 girls -- The Columbia Control defeated the Vienna Vipers, 5-0.

Colleen Delaney, Lisa Colvin, Molly Hood, Beth Brittle and Keri Ridolfi scored while Beth Brittle and Molly Combs added assists.

Micaela Finnegan played exceptionally well in the field for Columbia.

* 12-and-under girls -- The Columbia Eagles defeated the Alexandria Patriot Strikers, 4-1, Sunday to record their second straight win.

Goals were scored by Sara Gibbs, Martha Bielefeld, Monica Tiburzi and Amy Rappaport, while defensive standouts included Michelle Dello-Russo, Kai


* 11-12 -- Nick Hartman and Mitch Dolinka each went 3-for-4 to lead the Rockies over the Cardinals, 19-11, last week in the Atholton Youth Recreation Association National League. Josh Adler and Harrison Goodman were strong at the plate for the Cardinals.

Adam Levinson went 3-for-3, and Matt Bankert and Jason Barber each went 2-for-2 to lead the Blue Jays over the Yankees, 7-4.

Pitcher Will D'Arcy, who retired six straight batters, and J.P. Held, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, led the Yankees.

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