Center dives into busy schedule

At play

New North Arundel aquatic facility starts programs and is already booked for kids' parties

October 11, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

A month after the North Arundel Aquatic Center opened, it's starting to really make a splash.

The $12 million indoor facility, featuring an eight-lane pool, two slides and a waterfall, began offering programs last week and is booked solid for birthday parties for the rest of the year.

Jennifer Richards, supervisor of the sports complex in Glen Burnie, said that water aerobics began last week and will be offered up to six days per week.

Four kinds of classes are available. Swimming lessons will start Friday for children ages 3 and up. There also are going to be lessons available for older children and adults.

Richards said more programs will be coming after center officials get a better sense of the community's use of the facility, possibly as early as December.

People have come from as far away as the Eastern Shore to use the center.

The pool and its 134-foot and smaller slide and water spouts, buckets and vortex are popular with kids, who have reserved all available weekend slots for parties through December.

The staff will start taking reservations for next year Nov. 1.

The pool, at 7888 Crain Highway, is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 410-222-0090 or visit www.aacounty.org/RecParks/swimcenters/aquaticcenter/index.cfm.

Baseball tournament

Mother Nature disrupted the annual Columbus Day Chesapeake Tournament hosted by the Maryland Men's Senior Baseball League last weekend.

It was scheduled to run Saturday through Monday at several county fields and Long Reach High in Howard County. But Saturday's games were canceled because of rain, and the two divisions of competition were reduced to one.

There were only games in the 28-and-over division. The Chesapeake Braves, a team based in Anne Arundel County, won the championship in that group. They beat the Chesapeake Marlins (also from the county) in the final, 7-4, played Monday at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Teams came from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.

Football rainouts

Most of the Anne Arundel Youth Football Association's games were rained out last weekend, pushing the last week of the regular season to Nov. 4.

Some teams played Sunday, after the weather cleared. That day for inclement weather already had been built into the schedule.

League board member Ivan Quinones said that playoffs will start Nov. 11 and finish Thanksgiving weekend. For the A league, championship games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The B league's title games will take place at Arundel High School.

Punt, Pass & Kick

The Maryland City Mustangs hosted this year's NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition for the area, and here's a list of those who advanced to the next round:

In the 8- and 9-year-old division, Zack Brannan took first place, followed by Travis Chidebe and Kenneth Williams.

The 10-11 division saw Jamil McKoy finish first, beating Bill Matheny and Darien McKoy. Diana Lucas advanced in the 10-year-old girls division.

Joseph Blackwell was first in the 12-13 age group; Deion Briggs came in second, with Brandon Bryley third.

In the 14-15 division, Justin Poling took first place, Mike Twis came in second and Luke Groom finished third.

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