Naval Youth Hockey getting a new home

AT PLAY

At Play

May 31, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Navy Youth Hockey program will have a new home next season - sort of.

This ice hockey club has played its games at Dahlgren Hall at the Naval Academy for several years, but changes at Navy will affect the club. Dahlgren Hall is being renovated and a new ice hockey facility will be built, and the youth hockey program should be able to play there this fall.

Bryan Teague, the Navy Youth Hockey president, said the new facility might be ready in October. The facility is expected to be located near the Naval Station.

"It's going to be modern and state-of-the-art," Teague said. "It's only going to make our program grow."

The new rink is going to be part of the USNA Brigade Sports Complex. The Navy Youth Hockey Web site reported that the club hopes the complex will house two rinks, indoor tennis courts, modern exercise and conference facilities, a pro shop, restaurant and more.

Construction is just starting. But one rink is expected to be in operation so Navy's youth program can play.

The hockey season typically runs from the beginning of practice in October until the end of tournaments in March. Teague expects to have 11 to 13 teams, including travel and recreation programs for ages 5 to 18.

The new arena could seat more than 3,000 people and provide improved facilities such as locker rooms. At Dahlgren Hall, teams had to dress in rooms draped with tarps for privacy.

Sticking to it

The women's field hockey program remains popular in Anne Arundel County.

Bob Brandenburger, sports supervisor for the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said the program would be back this summer, with games played at Generals Highway Park and Broadneck High School.

The program is for age 15 and older and registration already has hit the 350-player capacity, Brandenburger said.

Teams play twice a week for five weeks. Rec officials have set up the registration process to try to spread players of varying degrees of skill and experience throughout all the teams.

"We intentionally try to mix them up," Brandenburger said. "We're trying to give the girls an opportunity to play with other females of different experience or skill levels."

That's why only individual registration is accepted. Brandenburger said it's been one of the department's most popular summer programs.

Winning streak

Kudos to the Arundel High School baseball team, which won a state-record 10th state championship last week.

The Wildcats beat C. Milton Wright High of Harford County, 5-3, in the Class 4A championship at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Veteran coach Bernie Walter has been on the bench for all of the titles and always seems to find a way to win.

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