Columbia Bulldogs splits up

Youth football club is now two organizations

Howard At Play

April 13, 2003|By Lowell E. Sunderland

The financially troubled Columbia Bulldogs youth football club has split into two organizations, one that will continue to operate under the Bulldogs name and a new one will be called the Columbia Ravens.

The Bulldogs, Howard County's oldest youth football organization, will continue to play in the Carroll County Football League, according to the Web site of the Columbia Football Association. Tricia Stokes will continue as the club's president, but the organization has posted openings on that Web site for a treasurer and for coaches of three teams.

The club also, according to the Web site, is seeking volunteers to serve on a new financial management committee.

Meanwhile, sources familiar with the situation said that an investigation, which includes the Howard County police, continued last week into allegations of financial irregularities in the club.

The new Ravens club expects to field 10 teams and has applied to play five each in the Capital Beltway and Central Maryland youth leagues this fall, said President Melvin Powell, a former Bulldogs coach.

The Ravens also expect to start a passing league in May, Powell said. And the new group will offer competitive cheerleading, an activity frequently linked with youth football clubs.

Both clubs are registering players now and can be reached through their respective Web sites, the Bulldogs at www. columbiafootball.org, and the Ravens at www.columbiaravens. com.

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