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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2000
C. Benjamin Mitchell III, a retired Baltimore health care executive who liked to play practical jokes and dedicated himself to amateur sports, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after being injured in a car crash on Argonne Drive. He was 66. For 34 years, he worked as a referee on local college and high school lacrosse and football fields. He also ran the Rodgers Forge Teen Center at Dumbarton Middle School in the 1960s and early 1970s. A member of the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association for 30 years, he was a former president of the Towson Recreation Council.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | September 28, 2005
Here we go one last time, leading off with a little new business and then closing with a little business about growing ... older. DINING OUT: If you're a leader or coach or were involved in that capacity with any sports group in Howard County - for kids or adults - we recommend that you attend the third Celebration of Sports dinner Oct. 11 conducted by the county Department of Recreation and Parks. Ten county residents - seven men and three women - who have helped establish various sports groups will be inducted into the new Community of Sports Hall of Fame.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | March 18, 2001
SOME ENCOURAGING news, tempered by some bad news, and an opinion, from the county budgetary front as it relates to amateur sports here: Good news first. Gary J. Arthur, who directs the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, says he thinks his department will be able to proceed as planned in the fiscal year that begins July 1 on the new Western Regional and Meadowbrook parks in, respectively, Glenwood and at U.S. 29 and Route 100 in Ellicott City. "We'll have to sharpen our pencils when we get to design," he said.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | January 23, 2005
DESPITE WHAT you might have read last week, the Howard County public school system's quest to charge amateur sports groups (and nonsports groups as well) for using its fields, gyms and other facilities isn't dead yet. Nor should it be. The county's delegation to the General Assembly merely talked last week about a school board-backed bill that would allow the school system to pass along relevant expenses that would be applied to field maintenance and scheduling those dozens of facilities.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | August 31, 2003
HOWARD COUNTY constitutes Maryland's best community for amateur sports. So says Sports Illustrated magazine, which as part of its, frankly, over-hyped 50th anniversary is bestowing such an honor in each of the 50 states in the coming year. "We want to recognize communities that allow sports to flourish," Martin C. Crawford, an SI account manager told a gathering of county sports leaders Wednesday. Whatever credibility you assign this award, it is more fun to receive than to be ignored, to be sure.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | March 14, 2004
THAT WAS more like it - that being the rare togetherness displayed last Tuesday night before County Executive James N. Robey by a number of amateur sports leaders in Howard County. Spokesmen for youth and adult sports groups from Elkridge, Savage and communities in western Howard County told Robey that they support allotting money to the Department of Recreation and Parks for three synthetic fields in two parks and lights for a few fields at the new Western Regional Park in Glenwood. Whether their appearances - along with a couple of dozen youth players, a few of whom brought signs in support of the proposed projects - will pay off remains to be seen in this difficult financial environment for local government.
SPORTS
By PAT O'MALLEY | October 31, 1993
If Baltimore doesn't land an NFL expansion team on Nov. 30, consider it a victory for amateur sports.Do you agree that the return of the NFL to Baltimore would hurt the University of Maryland, other local college teams and high school and youth teams as well?Probably not too many of you out there agree, and I wonder if Arundel High athletic director Bernie Walter is the only one who does.Under the ambitious Mark Duffner, the Terps football team is hoping to appeal to every fan around the state.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2002
Several amateur sports leaders in the county, concerned about spreading frustration over field conditions and other issues, are dusting off an old concept they hope can help make things better. Instead of their groups working independently and rarely communicating with one another, as has been the case for at least a decade, they're talking up a coalition to lobby their cause. "If we don't start trying to make people out there, the taxpayers, believe that our groups need fields, the way the county is growing, groups are going to have to start turning away kids, especially at the recreation level," said David Grabowski, a recent appointee to the Advisory Board of the Department of Recreation and Parks.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2000
From registrations to rainouts, with stats and chats in between, adults and children alike in hot-wired Howard County are quickly learning how personal computers can improve amateur sports. An array of Web sites -- several professionally done, others put together by parents with a dose of teen-ager involvement -- that have popped up in the last two years offer fascinating, sometimes frustrating, but ever-increasing insights into county teams, groups and leagues. Example: For teams operating through Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, updated results and standings are available, sometimes by the end of game day, or, at worst, the following day. Not long ago, getting that information out on paper took the better part of a week, not infrequently arriving after the completion of a subsequent game.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2001
The closing of Columbia's privately operated Volleyball House and Indoor Soccer Arena is bringing into focus an amateur sports dilemma: Increasing demand is overwhelming Howard County's limited indoor sports facilities. The last balls will be tipped at Volleyball House tomorrow night, and hundreds of amateur athletes who play there are searching for places to go. "I anticipate a lot of problems," said Charles "Chuck" Parvis, the county school system's community service coordinator. His office books thousands of requests from community groups for school space, largely for sports and recreation groups.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2004
More than two dozen recreation and parks agencies in Maryland and Northern Virginia have begun enforcing a regionwide ban for anyone - adult or youth - deemed guilty of extreme poor behavior during amateur sports games and practices. Names of troublemakers banned from one agency's facilities for more than a year are being shared with other participating agencies, who then bar the individuals from their fields, gyms and other sports facilities as well. So far, 18 people, most of them adults, have had their names put on a regionwide banned list, said Dennis Callahan, director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks and the concept's originator.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2004
Ruth Zentz, a 1940s champion duckpin bowler who went on to direct city girls' and women's amateur sports programs, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 4 at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Catonsville resident was 93. Miss Zentz won top women's honors in the 1944 Evening Sun tournament and was ranked among the top 10 female bowlers for the next decade. In 1951, she became the first Maryland woman to score above 200 in a recorded competition. Her 209 game set a women's national duckpin record.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | April 18, 2004
IT'S HARD to evaluate just how important Thursday night's budget hearing before the County Council really will be, in terms of adding lighted, synthetic fields to the new Western Regional Park in Glenwood. All of western Howard County's sports groups, with thousands of players, have said and will again Thursday say publicly that they favor the altered plan for the new park being built off Carrs Mill Road, just west of Route 97. The money for the lights and plastic grass allotted in the county's proposed construction budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 isn't much within county finances.
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March 21, 2004
If you drive to the Howard County Department of Recreation and Park's headquarters on Oakland Mills Road in Guilford, you'll spot a sign proudly stuck into the earth near the entrance. It declares the county to be Sportstown USA, meaning that in the eyes of Sports Illustrated magazine, it's Maryland's best community for amateur sports. The magazine set up competition for the designation in 2003 as part of its 50th anniversary. The recreation department won the designation by applying, but its application helps demonstrate why outsiders would look at amateur athletics in this county and be impressed.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | March 14, 2004
THAT WAS more like it - that being the rare togetherness displayed last Tuesday night before County Executive James N. Robey by a number of amateur sports leaders in Howard County. Spokesmen for youth and adult sports groups from Elkridge, Savage and communities in western Howard County told Robey that they support allotting money to the Department of Recreation and Parks for three synthetic fields in two parks and lights for a few fields at the new Western Regional Park in Glenwood. Whether their appearances - along with a couple of dozen youth players, a few of whom brought signs in support of the proposed projects - will pay off remains to be seen in this difficult financial environment for local government.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | August 31, 2003
HOWARD COUNTY constitutes Maryland's best community for amateur sports. So says Sports Illustrated magazine, which as part of its, frankly, over-hyped 50th anniversary is bestowing such an honor in each of the 50 states in the coming year. "We want to recognize communities that allow sports to flourish," Martin C. Crawford, an SI account manager told a gathering of county sports leaders Wednesday. Whatever credibility you assign this award, it is more fun to receive than to be ignored, to be sure.
SPORTS
April 10, 2002
Amateur sports Kwan wins honors Figure skater Michelle Kwan, disappointed with a bronze-medal showing at Salt Lake City, wins the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete in 2001. [Page 2d] Basketball Nets down Wizards Jason Kidd (left) scores 21 points to help New Jersey beat Washington, 101-88, and clinch the Atlantic Division, the Nets' first division crown since joining the NBA in 1976. [Page 2d] Football Sheppard visits Ravens Florida cornerback Lito Shep pard, expected to be a first-round pick in next weekend's NFL draft, pays a visit to the Ravens, who are in need of sec ondary help.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | December 10, 2000
GIVEN ALL the youth sports this county offers, which one fielded the most Howard County high school athletes, varsity and JV boys and girls combined, during the last school year? Soccer? Basketball? Baseball/softball? Football?(Answer below.) Nuts, bolts, dates Tired of rocks in your playing fields, dirt instead of grass, darkness on fields that could benefit from lights, and gyms with antiquated equipment and ultra-cramped courts? On the off-chance you're thinking about paying more attention to the public budgeting process for county agencies vis-a-vis playing fields and gym space, here are a few democratic nuts and bolts, plus dates, to note.
NEWS
March 23, 2003
For young or old, male or female, beginner, expert or experimenter, Howard County offers numerous opportunities to play team and individual sports. This is a list of county facilities and groups catering to amateur athletes. We apply a liberal definition to amateur sports -- broadening that term into just about anything that's competitive and has a score to be kept. Many groups maintain Web sites, but be careful. Run mainly by volunteers, some sites are more functional and up-to-date than others.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | December 22, 2002
SEVERAL MUSINGS related to Howard County amateur sports as another year comes to an end: ABOUT ILLUMINATION: Maybe 2003 will be the year that sees lights installed at a couple of more high school stadiums in the county. You can argue cost, essentially a one-time thing, which - with apparently a subtle shift in schools policy - could be dealt with now by community groups. You can argue danger - having all those dreaded teen-agers together after dark. But that has not been a problem in other, more enlightened school systems.
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