Paintball splatters arena

NEIGHBORS

December 30, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PAINTBALLS WERE FLYING fast and furious Saturday at the inaugural Cabin Fever Paintball Tournament at SuperSports Arena in Eldersburg.

"They've held events like this in California and other places on the West Coast, but to my knowledge this is the first like it on the East Coast," said Mark Hughes, SuperSports manager and tournament organizer.

What made the event unusual was that it was held indoors in a 12,000-square-foot arena -- a facility typically used for soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and flag football games.

Hughes hung a fine mesh curtain inside the arena walls from floor to ceiling and covered the arena carpet with Tyvek, a strong vTC plastic. Some 80 sandbags were used to hold the mesh curtain and the Tyvek in place. Twenty-six bunkers completed the playing surface.

Seventeen three-man teams participated in the daylong tournament. They played a game known as speedball in which players try to capture and advance a flag to the opposite end of the arena without being eliminated.

Seven teams competed in the novice division, which is for players who have played in only one tournament. Rappid Assault captured first place; Trigger Happy, second; and Twisted Minds, third.

The Sykesville area was well represented by Brian Farley, 12, Matt Lane, 16, and B. J. Schwab, 12, members of Trigger Happy.

In the amateur division, 10 teams competed. Final Notice finished first; No Fear, second; and Empire, third.

The winning teams in both divisions received a cash prize.

To ensure player safety, all guns were checked before and after each game so paintball speeds were kept at a safe level. Hughes hoped this effort also would prevent much paint from being splattered on the estimated 300 spectators.

I can tell you that the lower speeds did help, but I left with a few brightly colored paint splatters on my clothes and the walls of the arena will definitely need a good scrub before the next soccer team takes the floor.

Good neighbors

I received the best kind of Christmas gift last week, the kind that comes from the heart.

I was taking a moment's rest before finishing my final holiday preparations when our doorbell sounded. I opened the door to find the most delightful chorus of young voices.

A dozen children, ages 3 to 9, stood on my porch and serenaded me with their heartfelt songs of Christmas.

The group consisted of siblings: Elizabeth Kendal and Sarah Karpe; Alexis and Haley Lupfer; Hilary, Matthew, and Nathaniel May; Alison and J. T. Rohe; and Corey and Julie Wilson.

The children were charming as they sang and wished us merry Christmas. It was wonderful that they and their parents took the time to brighten the spirits of all our neighbors.

Cross-country skiing

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park is sponsoring a ski getaway to Crystal Lake Ski Center in Hughesville, Pa., on Feb. 15-17.

The trip includes two nights' lodging, six meals, trail fees, a group lesson and optional equipment rentals.

Participants will depart on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 15, and return the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 17. Singles, couples and families are welcome.

The cost is $145 for a member renting skis; $130 for a member not renting skis; $140 for a nonmember renting skis; and $135 for a nonmember not renting.

To register, call 410-795-6043 and mail a $20 deposit by Jan. 15.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 12/30/97

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