Soccer antics point dog toward stardom


December 26, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MY FAMILY joins me in wishing you a very merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah and happy Kwanzaa.

We hope that however you celebrate the holidays, you take time to be with family and to count your blessings.

We have many wonderful blessings here in western Howard County.

Glenelg resident Barbara Bychich recently received an unexpected gift.

Bychich was walking her dog, Bruce, one day when the Jack Russell terrier interrupted an organized soccer game at a school playing field -- and took over.

The coaches and kids loved Bruce's antics as he dribbled the ball back and forth on the field.

The children laughed and unsuccessfully tried to wrest the ball from the small dog.

So Bychich -- who once trained dogs, though not to play sports or do tricks -- taught Bruce a bit more soccer.

The quick-learning puppy soon appeared at a Washington Warthogs indoor soccer game attended by more than 10,000 people.

During halftime, Bruce plays soccer -- Bruce vs. a team of children -- and routinely wins.

Even with the noise and as many as 30 excited kids, Bruce plays joyfully.

Jack Russell terriers are known as an aggressive breed, but Bruce "has a beautiful disposition and an extremely warm personality," Jack Bychich says.

Bruce has played at the U.S. Airways Arena at a Warthogs game, at three Baltimore Spirit games at the Baltimore Arena and recently at a Harrisburg Heat game.

Folks love Bruce, according to the Bychichs. Kids ask for the "autograph" of the 3-year-old dog who lives near Glenelg Country School.

Bruce has been seen on news programs, talked about on morning radio shows and recognized in the Thanksgiving Day parade in downtown Baltimore.

When he performed at a soccer show for children, Barbara Bychich walked Bruce around for children to see and to pet. She says Bruce "took to all of them."

As Bruce's fame grows, his owners have much in store for him, including a possible stint in a television series.

Although he has no agent, advertising folks have talked to the Bychichs about Bruce's doing ads for sportswear companies.

He is scheduled to appear in Harrisburg at another soccer game March 7.

For information, call the Bychichs at 410-531-7155.

Poem takes wing

Thinking of angels? Jaime Sorrell, a junior at Mount de Sales Academy, wrote a poem about the presence of angels in our lives recently for her school literary magazine.

She entered the poem in the Catholic Daughters of America annual poetry contest.

After winning first place at the state level, Jaime's poem is in the national competition.

Jaime, the daughter of Carole Truitt of Sykesville, is an active student and a member of the National Honor Society.

Athletes win

Two athletes from western Howard County won honors as outstanding members of their sports teams at Mount de Sales Academy recently.

Jennifer Aversa of Woodbine is Most Valuable Player for the varsity soccer team.

Cindy DiMarco of Marriottsville won Most Improved Player on the junior varsity soccer team.

Creative kids

Eighty-seven creative West Friendship Elementary School students entered the PTA-sponsored Reflections program this year.

Those whose work went to the county level for judging are Erika Cicci, Rebekah Nodar, Bonnie Lauterbach, Stephanie Feilinger, Megan Graydon, Tom Rice, Amanda Kouri, Hyder Al-Abed, Sarah Willie, Trevor Auth, Michelle Lacey, Dianna Laird, Jonas Pilius and Brittany Gordon.

Peggy Rice acted as the school's parent liaison to Reflections.

Congratulations to musicians from Mount View Middle School who auditioned for -- and made -- the elite Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band.

They are Caitlin Nicholl, Jennifer Griesbach, Travis Arrington, Brian Kurtzman, Allison Tarricone, Jeff Harrigan, Tim Hill, Adam McFalls and Matt Churns as an alternate.

Colleen Marland, who attends eighth grade at Mount View Middle School, qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics.

She competed in a 4-kilometer race in Florida and is waiting for her finishing statistics.

Eighth-graders Ashley Groh, Adam McFalls, Blair Mostyn, Mary Rice and Caroline Wollen of Mount View Middle School recently won the highest scores in the county level of the Junior Envirothon competition.

After being tutored by high school students from the Western School of Science and Technology, the students solved environmental problems in the state competition. They won first place in the wildlife category.


Special spa

If you go to Spoiled Rotten Day Spa, you'll see paintings for Egyptian tombs done by sixth-graders from Mount View Middle School.

The students made the drawings, mixed colors from primary colors and black and white, and painted the tomb paintings.

Their work dovetailed with their social studies unit on Egyptian culture.

Artists include David DeRemigis, Ann Marie Dyer, Richie Jackson, Emma Gormley, Holly Codd, Katie Becraft, Ricky Polansky, Amy Bracciale, Cara Parlett-Schaeffer, Emily Hebeler, Kathy Bianco, Ryan Hempel, Colin Cleland, Stephen Bowen and Anna Manyak.

A time to give

Western Howard County residents are generous all year, but never so much as at Christmastime.

If you want to make a difference in our area, support the 5th District Volunteer Fire Department Inc. in Clarksville.

Taxes do not fully fund fire services in our area. We depend on volunteers, and they depend on having the equipment they need to help us on every emergency call.

Call 410-313-7305 to find out how to contribute.

Youth fellowship

Lisbon United Methodist Church is planning a new Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Youths in grades nine through 12 are welcome to join. They need not be members of the church.

Kids will plan most of the activities.

Retreats, camping trips, bowling, ice skating, carwashes, dinners and more might be on the agendas.

Organizers envision students helping in soup kitchens, nursing homes and in other areas of need in our community.

If you are interested in the Youth Fellowship at Lisbon, call the church at 410-489-7245.

Pub Date: 12/26/97

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