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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 5, 2004
Jousters in period costume and lacrosse players wearing pigtails debated the state's official sport yesterday in Annapolis. During an afternoon hearing on a bill introduced by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., fans of jousting argued that theirs should remain the only "state sport" - a designation jousting has held for 42 years. Miller has proposed making lacrosse the state's new "team sport." Ken Enfield, president the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association, wondered what would be next: "If we start differentiating between team sports and state sports, are we going to have a Southern Maryland flower instead of the black-eyed Susan?"
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By Marissa Laliberte and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
LEONARDTOWN -- "The rings are hung; the track is clear. Charge, fair maiden. " Upon the announcer's command, Mikayla Miller of St. Leonard, aboard the horse Tyke, raced down an 80-foot jousting course, lance in hand. Covering the distance in less than 9 seconds and keeping her arm and upper body as still as possible, she rode through three arches and speared the half-inch ring hanging from each of them. Competing at the St. Mary's County Fair Joust tournament last weekend, the semiprofessional rider performed well enough to qualify at that level for the state championship next Saturday in Crownsville.
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By Muphen R. Whitney | August 5, 1992
Two things came as no surprise to regular attendees of Trinity Lutheran Church's dutch picnic this weekend: the weather was spectacular and Mike Virts, Knight of St. Marks, won the championship trophy at the jousting tournament."
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By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | May 13, 2014
Public education - the new hybrid school board, school safety and overcrowding - dominated discussions among the three candidates for the 42nd District's state Senate seat. Just six weeks before the primary, incumbent Sen. Jim Brochin, a Democrat of Towson, Democrat Connie DeJuliis, of Glen Arm, who represented Dundalk in the House of Delegates for one term in the 1990s, and Republican Tim Robinson, a physician from Timonium, faced off at the Idlewylde Community Center. Brochin, who is seeking his fourth term, will face DeJuliis in the Democratic primary election June 24. The winner will face Robinson in the general election Nov. 4. All three candidates told the audience of about 25 that they believe these issues were better handled by county officials, but promised their support.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,robert.little@baltsun.com | July 13, 2009
The rings were not competition size, but rather a more accommodating gauge that the experienced jousters call "Hula Hoops." And you wouldn't say the horses galloped as much as they strolled, led by a handler walking next to them. Still, as a succession of novice riders bobbed through the jousting course set up Sunday on the lawn of the Hampton Mansion in Towson, trying to spear rings on the tip of a pointed lance, the most common outcome was a valiant miss. Marcia Lang, a 71-year-old nurse who lives nearby, nailed two out of three and was among the top performers.
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By John Brain | November 15, 1991
A CONTEST is shaping up between Maryland's duckpin bowlers and proponents of this state's official sport -- jousting.The two sports could hardly be more different: One has a lofty air of faded nobility; the other is broad-bottomed and plebeian. One represents the favored few; the other, the democratic many. What we have on our hands is a class war, pure and simple.The upper classes have always been horse people. They rode when others walked. As soldiers, they carried swords, not pikes, and later, pistols, not rifles.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | June 10, 1994
After an absence of nearly 30 years, the sport of jousting will return to Mount Airy next month as part of the town's centennial celebration.The tournament will be held July 3 at the Mount Airy Fire Company Carnival Grounds on Twin Arch Road from noon to 5 p.m. The event is free to the public.Mount Airy centennial committee member Oliver Baker said he suggested having a jousting tournament because the committee wanted "something of the olden days" to mark the centennial.From the 1920s to the 1940s, jousting tournaments were annual events at Mount Airy's Wildwood Park.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Annapolis Bureau | February 6, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- Imagine duckpin bowling as the state sport! It's so, well, "mundane," said the horsewoman and jousting fan.Imagine keeping jousting as the state sport, countered the bowlers. Jousting is the sport of the landed gentry, but duckpin bowling is the sport of The People.And there it was -- the debate over whether duckpin bowling should replace jousting as Maryland's official sport -- laid bare, albeit in gentlemanly terms, before a House of Delegates committee yesterday.It was The People vs. The Elite, city vs. country, folks in rented shoes at bowling lanes vs. costumed knights atop horses at jousting tournaments.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | January 19, 2004
WHEN THE TOPIC of our state sport is brought up in this newspaper every few years, I can count on getting a phone call from some wire-service reporter or out-of-town editor who has just seen the story. "Let me get this straight," the caller says. "Your state sport is jousting?" When I answer with something to the effect of "That's right, pal, what's it to you?" gales of laughter can be heard on the other end. Then we can count on seeing another story pop up somewhere in the national press with a headline such as: "Hopeless hicks in Free State carry on medieval pastime."
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2001
In some American farm towns, the locals throw horseshoes in their spare time. They might play some softball or hold a fishing tournament. In Maryland they joust - dairy farmers and horse breeders, galloping through the dust like latter day knights, almost every weekend between May and October. While the rest of us climb aboard SUVs for trips to the supermarket, they're saddling up in Fairplay or Libertytown, Pylesville or Port Deposit, shouldering homemade lances to skewer tiny rings while friends and family applaud.
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By Jesse Jones, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Randy McGill, known in local ring jousting circles as "The Knight of Camelot," arrives at Glen Arm Field early Saturday morning last weekend with his 17-year-old horse, Taz. John Angevine, "The Knight of Anjou," pulls up with his 11-year-old horse, Nip Tuck, who also goes by Andy. McGill, 38, of Towson and Angevine, 74, of Beltsville have taken different paths to the Amateur Jousting Club Championship Joust and the William Bell Joust, but they share a passion for the state's official sport.
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By Arda Ocal | January 8, 2013
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2010
Lance in hand, she leans forward on a galloping horse, her eyes focused as she spears hanging rings. She captures the small white circles, and a crowd in the stands applauds. Jackie "Maid of Cranwood" Rosenthal is last year's amateur-class state champion in the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association. She will defend the title Saturday, Oct. 2, when the tournament comes to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville during the weekend fall craft festival. Rosenthal, a rental property manager from Green Spring Valley, is one of a small number of Marylanders devoted to the official state sport.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2010
Deep-fried Pop-Tarts? Underwater robotics? Jousting? The U.S. Navy? All this and Justin Bieber, too? Just when you think the Maryland State Fair cannot add another item to its long list of livestock, food, blue ribbons, rides, entertainment and demonstrations, it does. More than 400,000 people from Maryland and neighboring states are expected to visit the Timonium fairgrounds between now and Labor Day, when the fair closes. They will find old favorites — the Ferris wheel and the merry-go-round are always the two most popular rides on the midway — and some new favorites.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,robert.little@baltsun.com | July 13, 2009
The rings were not competition size, but rather a more accommodating gauge that the experienced jousters call "Hula Hoops." And you wouldn't say the horses galloped as much as they strolled, led by a handler walking next to them. Still, as a succession of novice riders bobbed through the jousting course set up Sunday on the lawn of the Hampton Mansion in Towson, trying to spear rings on the tip of a pointed lance, the most common outcome was a valiant miss. Marcia Lang, a 71-year-old nurse who lives nearby, nailed two out of three and was among the top performers.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | September 21, 2008
WASHINGTON - As the credit meltdown became a full-blown crisis, it wasn't just a nightmare on Wall Street. It also was one of the worst things that could have happened to John McCain's presidential candidacy. When times are bad, voters often choose to throw the bums out, and McCain's party is in the White House. On top of that, economics has never been McCain's strength, and some of his responses - calling the fundamentals of the economy sound one day and proposing a commission to study the problem while the financial system teetered on the brink of collapse - seemed less than sure-footed.
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By Muphen R. Whitney | December 29, 1991
The Maryland legislature declared jousting the state's official sport in 1962.About every four years since, jousters have found themselves in danger of being ousted off their steady steeds by the likes of duckpin bowlers and lacrosse players who think their sports deserve state recognition."
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By Joel McCord | October 28, 1991
A sphere of hard rubber and plastic about the size of a softball flies down the hardwood lane and slams into 10 stubby pins that scatter like ducks at the sound of a shotgun blast.Duckpins! Maryland's state sport!John Stude, who has been pushing for years to have lacrosse named the state team sport, erupts in laughter at the suggestion. "I don't know of any Olympic duckpin team, but we sent a lacrosse team to the Olympics in 1932," he says.Mike Virts, the nation's leading jouster, chuckles at the idea that anything such as bowling, duckpins or whatever could replace his sport on the list of state emblems.
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By Sharahn D. Boykin and Sharahn D. Boykin,Sun Reporter | July 11, 2007
Money and organized sports for kids were both in short supply when the Enfield children were growing up. What there was plenty of on their 200-acre dairy farm in Frederick County was horses. So between their chores, Ken, Robert and Linda Enfield took up jousting, a sport their father has competed in since his teen years. "We could milk in the morning, joust during the day, and come back in the evening and milk," said Linda Minneck, now 52. Today, four generations of Enfields compete in the sport, with five family members in the National Jousting Hall of Fame.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | April 8, 2007
There was consensus among County Council members last week that Harford's rural landscape is threatened, that its schools are crowded and that current policies have failed. How that would translate into votes on a bill tightening the link between elementary school capacity and new development, however, was tough to predict. The bill revised the county's adequate public facilities ordinance, bringing the county's criteria for determining school capacity in line with the state standard.
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