Gymnastics* Women -- Success on the local gymnastics scene...


January 26, 1995|By Rich Scherr


* Women -- Success on the local gymnastics scene is nothing new for Gina Califano of Columbia's Top Flight club.

Success on the national and international scene, however, is something the 13-year-old may soon need to get accustomed to.

Califano jumped up in class this past weekend, placing highly on two events at the internationally known American Twisters Invitational in Florida.

Competing in Level 10 Open Optionals -- alongside four members of the U.S. National Team -- Califano held her own, placing ninth on the balance beam and 14th on the floor exercise.

"The level of competition was just very, very strong," said Top Flight owner and head coach Dale Kaestner, "and Gina did really well. She even did a little better than I expected on the beam."

Califano scored a 9.2 on the beam, hitting one of her smoothest routines of the young season.

"She had a couple wobbles, but overall it was a very clean routine," said Kaestner.

Her other scores were an 8.9 on the floor, 8.7 on the vault and an 8.6 on the uneven bars for an all-around score of 35.40.

In other gymnastics action this past weekend, nine more local competitors qualified for May's state meet at a Level 5 sectional played host to by Top Flight Gymnastics.

They included Michelle Parry, Kristina Macey, Allison Holden, Samantha Epstein and Keri Farrish -- all of Top Flight -- and Katie Bonomo, Jill Hurley, Tessa Laidig and Erika Strauss of Columbia Gymnastics.

Parry (second), Macey and Holden (tied for fifth) all scored above 35 in the all-around to place in the top five. There were 206 gymnasts entered in the meet.

Ice hockey

* 10-11 boys -- The Howard County Youth Hockey Club Squirt A Huskies and Adam Levine had no shortage of offense in two weekend games.

Led by Levine's four goals, the Huskies cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Springfield (Pa.) Quakers on Saturday and a 4-1 win over the Reston (Va.) Raiders on Sunday.

The Columbia team began the weekend in dominating fashion, as Levine scored the hat trick and goalie Kurt Carter was flawless in a game at Patterson Park.

The Huskies outshot the Quakers, 31-15. Other scorers were Matt Pinto, Adam Kessler, Wayne Lamanna, Chuck Henn, Daniel Buswell and Thomas LaCour, while Dominic Uccellini, Josh Merson and Daniel Baron each dished out two assists.

On Sunday, the Huskies earned a road victory in a Capitol Beltway League contest.

Levine, Jonathan Martinez, Lamanna and LaCour scored goals, as their team used relentless offensive pressure to fire off 39 shots.

Defensively, Josh Wesley, Pinto, Merson, Kessler and Andrew Jazwiecki held the Raiders to six shots on goal.

* 12-13 boys -- The Pee Wee A Huskies of the Howard County Youth Hockey Club had a difficult weekend, dropping nonleague games to the Pennsauken (N.J.) Thunderbirds, 9-0, and the Bowie Bruins, 5-3.

Derek Williams, Chris Feeney and Phil Down scored goals against Bowie, while Williams, Chris Kaiser and Justin Keller picked up assists.


Close games were the order of the week as The Supreme Sports Club of Columbia tipped off its winter basketball season on Sunday. In all, five of the seven games were decided by four points or fewer.

* 8-9 boys -- The Junior Magic started its season on a winning note, edging the Junior Suns, 24-23. Andy Ellis paced the victors with 16 points, while Bobby McCall led the Suns with nine.

The Junior Knicks got seven points from Hassan Muhammad en route to a 19-15 win over the Junior Heat. Dave Pope-Davis scored six to lead the Heat.

* 10-12 boys -- Mike Ellis scored a game-high 17 points and Ryan Strohl added 10 as the Wolfpack defeated the Terps, 33-31. Phillip Pinkham scored 13 and Ryan Fox 11 for the Terps.

The Bruins defeated the Spartans, 35-31, as Robert Roche scored 15. Laurence Ralph led the Spartans with 16.

Corey Simpson scored 14 and Bradley Dier added 11 to lead the Hoyas past the Tar Heels, 35-22. Robert Wall and Stefan Pastor scored six points each in defeat.

* 13-15 boys -- Mike Oster scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Rockets to a season-opening 42-39 win over the Knicks. Todd Yasbin led the Knicks with 11.

Kenny Waters scored 27 to lead the Magic over the Hornets, 58-45. Derwin Simpson scored 22 and Marc Lazarofsky added 12 to lead the Hornets.

* 10-and-under boys -- The Howard County Youth Program Hawks ran their record to 11-4 overall with two wins this past weekend.

On Saturday, the Hawks stayed unbeaten (5-0) in the Gray-Charles League with a 46-12 win over Bear Creek in Dundalk.

Andy Starr, Brian Hedges and A.J. Berens combined for 19 points, while Matt Hashimoto provided strong rebounding. Stingy team defense also was a key, as the Hawks strengthened their stronghold on first place.

On Sunday, the Hawks got 12 points from Scott Clipp and four from Andrew McSkimming en route to a 27-13 win over Reisterstown in the Catonsville League.

Howard (4-1 in the league), also got strong play from Hedges on the front line, while Timmy Lane and David Freund led the defense.

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