Commins takes first overall in Women's Distance Festival 5k

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  • Judith Scott, left, celebrates after finishing in the top 15 in the Howard County Striders annual Women's Distance Festival 5k at Howard Community College.
Judith Scott, left, celebrates after finishing in the top 15… (Photo by Noah Scialom, Patuxent…)
July 13, 2011

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USTA team

The Oseh Shalom 2.5 USTA women's team defeated Cattail, 2-1, at the Athletic Club in Columbia to win the Howard County championship and advance to the district tournament July 15-17.

County championship scores:

Singles: Terri Schwartz, OS, def. Kelly Cipolla, C, 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles #1: Ellen Buch and Katie Wolvene, C, def. Niezle Custodio and Roslyn Pachoca, OS, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Doubles #2: Heather Free and Debbie Richardson, OS, def. Ester Price and Rascemee Wolf, C, 6-4, 6-3.


Elkridge Hurricanes

The Elkridge Hurricanes 8-UA team won the 2011 Cal Ripken Machine Pitch State Championship, capping exceptional season by defeating Mt. Airy, 11-2, in the championship game, which was hosted by the Elkridge Youth Organization and played at Rockburn Park. There were 14 teams vying for the state championship title.

The Hurricanes went undefeated by using timely hitting and solid defense. This is the first time an Elkridge 8U-A team has brought home a state championship title. Members of the team from the local area are Ryan Anderson, George Berbakos, Kyle Colbert, Matthew Faulkner, Colin Flynn, Patrick Glynn, Cooper Haberern, Noah Johnson, Patrick Joyce, Jarrett Maynor and Cole Robinson.

The Savage Screaming Eagles 9-U travel team won the fourth annual Severn Schools Out Tournament held at Severn Danza Park June 17-19. The Screaming Eagles advanced to the championship game by defeating the Easton Bayhawks, 11-9 in the semifinals. They capped off the tournament with a 6-5 victory over the Calvert Cutters. Robbie Baxley, Christopher Buchholtz, Darren Cleary, Aidan Cooney, Bradley Davidson, Zach Geesaman, Nick Helmick, Zack Huston, Thomas Keehn, Zach Snow, Ramel Washington, Zackee Wheatley and Dylan Wyandt all made a huge contribution to the team's success.


Maryland Cyclones

The newly formed Maryland Cyclones, a 12-U fastpitch team, won the Maryland/Delaware USSSA State Class C 12-U championship at Cedar Lane Park over the 4th of July weekend.

Pitcher Amanda Berkley had 23 strikeouts and gave up only nine hits and seven runs in the five games the Cyclones played that weekend. The Cyclones scored 36 runs on 31 hits in the tournament. Members of the team are Maggie Maguire, Nadia Sabry, Ally Edwards, Katie Grimm, Shannon Milligan, Ellie Smethurst, Olivia Garcia, Amanda Berkley, Buggy Hanrahan, Katie Thomas, Aishah Abdullah and Jalalah Abdullah.

Western Howard County Fever

The Western Howard County Fever 16-U fastpitch team placed third in the Gold Bracket of the PONY Independence Day Firecracker Tournament in Pennsylvania July 2-4. With teams coming from as far away as Alaska, the Fever went an amazing 6-0 in pool play Saturday and Sunday scoring 32 runs and allowing only 10 thanks to outstanding pitching led by Stefanie Ray and Ashley Chafin.

Defeating teams from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, the Fever proceeded into Monday's championship round as a #1 seed in the Gold bracket. Leading the team in hitting were Katie Woolls (who hit a grand slam home run), Carly Moore, Summer Crosswhite, Nicole Cox and Julia Grimes.

Strong defensive plays were made by Carrie Shrewsbury, the shortstop, who backhanded a deep ground ball to throw a batter out, Danielle Myers, who caught a pair of unbelievable over-the-shoulder catches in center to keep the opponents from scoring, and Sarah Hughes, who flawlessly protected the right side at second base.

Going into a tight quarterfinal game against Mifflin County Intensity, the Fever broke loose and came out victorious with a 6-3 win. However, their streak was stopped short by the PA Krunch who defeated them in the semifinal game.

All in all, a fantastic weekend for the team. The Fever has captured two championships this season, with PONY and ASA tournament victories, and will be heading to the PONY National Championships in North Carolina at the end of July.

Track and field

Team Accelerate Maryland Track Club

Could you please acknowledge the below athletes achievements. The top 8 finishers received AAU Championship Medals

Team Accelerate Maryland Track Club, from Howard County competed at the third annual AAU Primary National Track and Field Championships held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. Team Accelerate had eight athletes compeing in the 8-year-old division. Those finishing in the top 8 received AAU Championship medals.

Girls: Amanda Ruffin: 1. 100 dash; 1. long jump. Destiny Morrison: 2. 200 dash. Carmen Watts: 8. 200; 9. 100. Orianna Moore: 14. 100; 18. 200.

Boys: Aaron Turner: 8. 100. Marquese Lancaster: 11. 100; 21. 200. Bryson Baker: 13. 100; 20. 200. Jalen White: 8. 400; 11. 200.

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