Championships elude youth football teams

December 28, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The Anne Arundel Youth Football Association didn't find much success at the Maryland Youth Football Championships earlier this month.

None of the six county teams, each representing a different division, came home with a victory. Each lost in the first game they played.

Association Vice President Brian Mackell, who watched the Pasadena Chargers suffer a tough one-point loss to the Howard County Bruins in the unlimited class, said the kids played very well.

In the 6- to 8-year-olds' division, the Gambrills Odenton Recreation Council Wildcats got a first-round bye but fell in the second round. The Bel Air Terps beat GORC and went on to win the championship game.

The Chargers also got a first-round bye in the 7- to 9-year-olds' division, but Maplewood handed them a loss in the semifinals.

The GORC Wildcats 8- to 10-year-olds lost in the first round of their division, falling to the Forestville Falcons. In the 10- to 12-year-olds' division, t?he Edgewater Blue Devils also lost in the opening round to the Warhawks.

In the 11- to 13-year-olds' league, the South River Gators dropped a first-round game to the Patuxent Rhinos.

AAYFA fared better last year, when the competition was on a much smaller scale, but didn't win any titles. The organization adjusted to be more competitive this year, raising the weight limits for each division by five pounds and allowing teams with no weight limits for middle school students and high school freshmen and sophomores.

The next goal is figuring out how to do better in the tournament that brings together leagues, including Capital Beltway, Cumberland, Mid-Maryland, Potomac Valley, Harford-Baltimore Youth Football, St. Mary's, Rockville and Mid-Atlantic Unlimited Youth Football.

Volunteer awards

The county Department of Recreation and Parks recently presented the Ron Blake Outstanding Volunteer Awards to 11 people who give a lot of time each year to helping local sports.

The program started in 1985 is named in honor of a former member of the Recreation Advisory Board.

Here's a list of those who were honored: Jerry Altmann (Greater Severna Park Athletic Association), Marvin Atwell (Maryland City Recreation Council), Bill Bell (Arden Recreation Council), Jobie Ferguson (United Youth Club), Kelly Guarino (Davidsonville Athletic Association), Tim Lang (Monsignor Slade Catholic School), Larry Malenich (Broadneck Area Youth Sports), Steve Neiman (Gambrills Odenton Recreation Council), Dani Poteet (Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association), Joel Tuttle (Broadneck Baseball and Softball Club) and Lee Warner (Lake Shore Athletic Association).

Thanks

This is the final At Play column, so I'd like to thank all of the people in the community who helped me put together this column during the past three years. It was a pleasure to put the spotlight on those who don't always get it.

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