Fifth- and sixth-graders make basketball finals


March 20, 1997|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE fifth- and sixth-grade boys who played basketball this year for New Windsor Recreation Council.

New Windsor's two teams in that age division, coached by Frank Mastalerz and Rick Offut, advanced to the finals in Carroll County Area Boys Basketball League this past weekend to play each other.

They beat 12 teams from Mount Airy, North Carroll, Charles Carroll, and Littlestown, Pa. Carroll County Recreation and Parks Department sponsors the basketball program.

In the final game, Offut's team defeated Mastalerz's 28-25. The men are friends, and so are the boys on their teams.

This made the victory dance Sunday afternoon more subdued than usual -- the boys weren't as riotous, Offut said. It makes a difference when the players you beat are the players you know and like and play with after school.

"Through the semifinals the kids from my team would come and sit in the bleachers behind the bench of Rick's team, rooting for them, cheering 'Defense!' and giving high-five's when they won. Rick's boys did the same. They really supported each other," Mastalerz said.

Making it to the finals was sweet for both teams. Offut said it was the best time he's had coaching in five years.

"It was really fun," he said. "New Windsor hasn't done so well in the past, and to have both teams in the tournament was great.

"Plus, it's a really nice group of kids -- they worked hard, were very teachable, got along well and they seemed to like each other," he added. "The kids pulled for each other all season -- there were no undercurrents of tension at all."

On Mastalerz's team were: Duane Brackett, Brian Horr, Aaron Krunkilton, Matt Kutcher, Greg Mastalerz, Ryan Mickey, Casper Mills, Mark Porter, Ian Staley, Mike Tarbet and Brad Thompson.

On Offut's team were: Matt Baile, Chris Bassler, Allen Damrau, Jason Harris, Justin Nupp, Gaelan Lewis, Eric Offut, Joe Reilly, Josh Rutter, Daniel Simmons and Brandon Stambaugh.

Elmer Wolfe Spring Fling

Take the family to Elmer Wolfe Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday when the school's PTO has its annual Spring Fling.

The event will feature games, including a game room for toddlers, homemade baked goods, flats of pansies to welcome spring, plenty of food in the cafeteria, crafts and face painting.

A noon auction offers the chance to buy items ranging from freshly made cakes donated by grandparents of Elmer Wolfe students to goods and services from area businesses.

A popular feature at Spring Fling is the Memorabilia Room, where people who collect Carroll history can buy note cards with sketches from old northwest Carroll school buildings. Also featured are old bricks or small chalkboards (decorated or plain) made from recycled slate, wooden cut-outs of the former Elmer Wolfe school, and a video explaining the school's history.

New Windsor artist Marcia Leiter did the sketches for the note cards and decorated chalkboards.

You also can buy a brick with your name engraved on it, or the name of someone you would like to honor, that will become part of a paved commemorative walkway at the new school.

For those who can't attend, all commemorative items will be on sale during regular school hours. Proceeds from the Spring Fling will be used to buy computers and playground equipment.

The school is at 1100 Green Valley Road, New Windsor.

Information: 410-751-3307.

Bingo banquet

Union Bridge Fire Company will sponsor a bingo banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Fire Hall on Locust Street. Doors open at 4: 30 p.m. The $20 charge includes a buffet supper, card package and door prizes.

Reservations: 410-775-7830.

Fire company dinner

Taneytown Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a turkey and oyster family-style dinner Sunday.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Activities Building on Memorial Drive.

The cost is $9 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under age 5. Carryouts are available for $9.50.

Information: 410-756-2969.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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