Sykesville fifth-grader plays ball with some pros

NEIGHBORS

November 01, 1994|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Ask any young soccer player in Carroll County whether he would relish the opportunity to play with a pro team and I'm sure you'd get a resounding YES for an answer.

One lucky Sykesville resident lived that dream recently when he was briefly a teammate of Lance Johnson, Jason Dieter, Cris Vaccaro and Barry Stitz of the Baltimore Spirit.

Jesse Robinson, a fifth-grader at Piney Ridge Elementary School, was thrilled to trade a few headers with members of the Spirit. But wait -- the game wasn't soccer, but volleyball.

The faculty and staff of Piney Ridge challenged the Baltimore team to a volleyball game. The game was sponsored by the school's PTA and was held at nearby Liberty High School.

After the Spirit narrowly defeated the Piney Ridge players in the first of three games 15-11, Jesse joined the Spirit and made a few returns using his head.

Jesse was so skilled in his returns that some in the crowd wondered whether his participation had been planned.

The Spirit also won the second game but was soundly defeated 15-9 in the final game of the contest.

Jesse was an instant celebrity as he and Spirit members signed autographs for fans after the game.

The Spirit Challenge was just one of the family fun fund-raisers planned at Piney Ridge this year.

The many pairs of socks collected as admission fee for the event were donated to Human Services Programs Inc. of Carroll County.

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Other area elementary schools have been busy taking advantage of the gorgeous fall weather.

As part of their continuing silver anniversary celebration, students at Eldersburg Elementary tackled an obstacle course with 25 stations. The children found the "25" theme throughout the course as they jumped for 25 seconds or ran for 25 yards.

In preparation for their read-a-thon this month, organizers are seeking school alumni volunteers to read to students. The event is scheduled Nov. 18, 21, 22 and 23 at the school.

The school hopes to have enough readers to cover 25 hours over the four days of the read-a-thon. Reading volunteers are asked to call the school at 795-1700.

Freedom Elementary students also challenged their traditional fall obstacle course at the school last week.

The students delighted in the fall theme with scarecrows, witches' hats, bats, spiders and goblins.

Have you ever seen a woolly bully? How about a llama?

Have you ever kissed a new piglet?

Not many Freedom first-graders were willing to kiss the pig, but they all squealed with delight at the animals they visited at the Green Meadows Children's Farm.

This traveling children's farm made a recent stop in Anne Arundel County, where children from Freedom and surrounding schools were able to get up close and personal with the typical and not-so-typical farm animals.

During the guided tour of the farm, children were encouraged to get into the pens with the animals to pet them, feed them and even chase a few around.

The turkey gobblers were especially willing to play that game.

A chance to view the unusual woolly bully -- a type of beef cattle found in colder parts of Europe -- and the popular South American llama made the trip a hit with the kids.

A ride on a hay wagon and the opportunity to milk a cow were also highlights of the day.

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Craft show devotees will want to mark their calendar for the "Christmas in the Country" holiday bazaar sponsored Friday and Saturday by Oakland United Methodist Church.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church's fellowship hall on Oakland Mills Road.

Handmade crafts will be sold along with baked goods, nuts, wreaths and table decorations.

Turkey platters will be sold from noon until the turkey is gone Friday. Turkey sandwiches and other fare will be available for lunch Saturday.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 795-2029.

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Saturday, SuperSports Arena in Eldersburg will hold a flag football game between two women's teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m.; the game will precede the men's league championship game.

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Yes, I survived Halloween.

I even managed to have the entire family costumed for all of the scheduled events for less than $40 without having to touch the sewing machine.

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