Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Bowie U-15 team pulls away for victory

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The Bowie Bulldogs U-15 AAA boys’ basketball team improved to 4-0 with a 60-35 victory against Greenbelt. Bowie trailed 11-10 in the first quarter, but scored 26 points in the second quarter to take control of the game.

Raphael Jennings led the way with 17 points, two steals and a rebound. Charles Bolinger added 12 points and 15 rebounds and sparked the defense with five steals and a blocked shot. Jahmari Cooper had a season-high 15 points, 11 rebounds and a steal. Britton Anderson and Robert Alston each had two points, and Alston added two rebounds. Kahler Kurtz had four points and three rebounds. Keno Jones hit a pair of 3-pointers and had a rebound. Marcus Flowers had four points and four rebounds, and Clarence Jones added two rebounds.

Assault wins pair

The D.C. Assault U-11 boys’ basketball team won games over the weekend in both the Potomac Valley League and Metro Sixers League against the Ivey 23 U-12 Terps, 40-33, and U-11 Team Turner, 32-14. Aaron Thomas, Adam Hamilton, Develle Phillips, Isaiah Martin, Jamal Wright, Jamar Arrinbell, Jiar Watson, Jordan Barr, Justin Route, Michael Jackson, Ra’mond Hines and Stevon Douglass led the Assault in both games.

Bowie BGC seekssoftball players

The Bowie Boys and Girls Club is holding registration for the softball season. County tryouts begin in March and intramural play starts in May. Registration ends April 30. The club also seeks coaches for both county and intramural teams. Send an e-mail to Angela Kurtz at or call 301-437-2002.

Cougars win big

The Kettering-Largo-Mitchellville Cougars U-18 boys’ basketball team had three players in double figures and cruised to a 64-20 victory on Saturday against Andrews Air Force Base.

Lorenzo Taylor finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for KLM. Ben Melson Jr. added 12 points, including five in the first quarter as the Cougars jumped out to a 16-5 lead, and had four rebounds. Benjamin Cumbo had 10 points and four rebounds. Paul Martin had eight points and four steals, and Joe Williams had four points. KLM combined for 24 rebounds in the game. The team returns to action Saturday at the Bowie City Gymnasium.

Sportsplex teamscontinue to excel

The Landover-based Sportsplex Gymnastics Team capped off a successful month at several different competitions.

The Sportsplex boys of Courtland Carr, Brandon Downs, Obi Ekpo, Christian Gray, Ethan Leveling, Noah Lincoln, Christian Manning, Jesse Parham, and Miles Walker competed in the Top Flight Winter Classic in Columbia.

For the Level 4 team for 6-year olds, Parham was first on the floor, while Manning and Carr were third and fourth, respectively. At Level 5 for 9-year olds, Lincoln was runner-up on the vault and Walker took sixth. At Level 6 for ages 10 and 11, Ekpo was fifth on the parallel and high bars. Leveling tied for fourth on the vault in the 14-year old category.

At last weekend’s Snowflake Invitational in Waldorf, the Sportsplex’s Level 4 through 7 teams competed. The Level 5 team placed first, while the Level 6 and 7 teams were each runners-up.

Kendal Drewery, Leah Sanford and Nia Starr competed at Level 4. Drewery was runner-up in the all-around for 6-year olds. Lena Morant was first in the Level 5 all-around for 7-year olds and Morganne Oliver was first in the 8-year old bracket. Kamala Knight placed third for 9-year olds, Simone Murphy was champion against 10-A competition, Desiree Profitt was runner-up and Ashley Belle was fifth. In the 10-B group, Marie Anne Louis-Charles was runner-up. In the 12-and-older group, Victoria Carr was also runner-up.

In all-around Level 6 competition for 12-year olds, Brianna Downes was the winner and Dasia Whigham was third for 10-year olds. Kennedy Jones, Lena Gillis, and Maya Miller also competed for the Level 6 team.

In all-around Level 7 competition, Gerica Coronejo was third for 10-year olds, Nia Baker was runner-up for 11-year olds, Khyla Anderson was runner-up for 13-year olds and Alexandra Grimes was champion against the 14-year olds. Joy Engram and Naomi Parham also competed for the Level 7 team.

The Sportsplex Mason Dixon team had its first meet at Columbia Gymnastics in Columbia, Maryland. Gymnasts competing for Sportsplex included Dominique Baker, Marcelle Baugh, Alexis Braswell, Mary Alice Glaser, Makia Oliver, Mary Oliver and Taylor Washington represented Sportsplex’s Mason Dixon team at Columbia Gymnastics in Columbia. Glaser placed third in the all-around with a score of 32.25 at Level 4. Baker was fifth in the event with a 34.40.

Baseball camps planned

The Riverdale Baptist Baseball Academy is accepting applications for ages 9 to 18 that are interested in taking part in four Saturday camps in February. Contact Riverdale Baptist Athletic Director Terry Terrill at 301-249-1717 or 301-249-2127.

DeMatha High School will hold its Winter Instructional Baseball Camp for players in fifth through eighth grades. Sessions will cover hitting, fielding and base-running and pre-season conditioning. Camp will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 24. Call 301-346-4035 or visit

The Maryland Baseball Academy will offer a fielding clinic at the Discovery Sports Center in Boyds. Visit

Catholic University baseball coach Ross Natoli will conduct instructional camps on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 10 for players ages 7 to 18 of all ability levels. College and high school coaches and area pro players will provide instruction with an emphasis on fundamentals, development and college prospect exposure. Team discounts are available. Call Natoli at 202-319-6092, send an e-mail to or visit⁄sports⁄bsb⁄index.

Coaches sought

The Beltway Ballers AAU⁄YBOA basketball team is looking for head and assistant coaches for several teams. Call Roy at 410-977-4337. The team is based in Laurel and surrounding areas.

Cheerleaders sought

The Maryland Ruff Riders are holding tryouts for their cheerleading squad for girls ages 11 through 14. The squad cheers for all Ruff Rider basketball teams, travels, and competes in local cheerleading competitions and stresses academics and community service. Call Lisa Davis at 202-538-6469.

Basketball teamsholding tryouts

The Maryland Ruff Riders are holding tryouts for three basketball teams: U-13 girls, a new U-8 boys’ team and a U-14 boys’ team. The club stresses academics and community service. For the U-13 girls’ team, players must be 13 or in seventh grade and should call Mike Briscoe at 301-752-1463. For the U-8 boys’ team, players must be 8 or in second grade and should call Bob Cunningham at 240-604-6905. For the U-14 boys’ team players must be 14 or in eighth grade and should call Harry Howerton at 202-369-5834. Log on to the club Web site at

The Maryland Stallions boys’ travel basketball team is seeking players for its U-10, U-11, U-13, U-14 and U-16 programs. Call John Lewis at 301-466-3818 or send an e-mail to

The Bowie XPress U-8, U-9 and U-10 boys’ basketball teams are seeking players for local and national play. Players should be in second, third or fourth grade. Call Brian Jamison at 301-352-8271, send an e-mail to or log on to

Future Players Basketball Organization is seeking boys ages 8 to 10 for the 2008 AAU⁄YBOA season and tournament⁄league play. Practices will be held in the Forestville and Suitland areas. Call Rob Haskins at 202-439-5307 or Harvey Williams at 240-602-7776 or log on to⁄futureplayersbasketball.

The Maryland Beltway Lady Cougars AAU organization will hold evaluations for players ages 8 to 13 on Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 9-10 at DuVal High School. Call Cornell Barnes at 301-350-8637, Omar Hazel at 202-701-4987 or Keith Devoe at 301-675-2496.

The Lady Majic U-13 girls’ basketball team will hold tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 6315 Bren Mark Drive, Suite 100 in Alexandria, Va. Call Ace Nicholson at 202-716-7025.

The D.C. Assault U-11 boys’ basketball team is seeking players for YBOA play. Call coach Darrell Mack at 301-257-0872.

The U-13 Triple Threat AAU basketball team seeks experienced players for local and national play. Players should not turn 14 prior to Sept 1, 2008, unless they are in the seventh grade. Tryouts take place in Mitchellville. Call coach Aaron Pruitt at 301-773-7904.

The D.C. Assault U-13 travel basketball team seeks experienced players. Call Donald Campbell at 202-345-1206.

Soccer teams seek players

The PGC Galaxy boys’ soccer team is looking for players ages 10 to 12. Skill sessions are held from 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays at the North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster Street in Brentwood. The fee is $40 for seven weeks. Send an e-mail to Sabrina at

The College Park Hornets, a U-11 MSI Classic League girls’ soccer team, is seeking players. The team emphasizes skills, fitness and game strategy. Contact Gail Belshay at

The Calverton Fireballs U-15 girls’ soccer team is looking for experienced players. The team plays in the Baltimore Beltway Soccer League and is for players born on or after Aug. 1, 1992. Call Diane or Harley Cahen at 301-699-2224 or send an e-mail to

The U-11 Everton MD FC girls’ soccer team is seeking dedicated players⁄families for the spring season. Head coach Eric Ferguson, an experienced trainer and NSCAA qualified goalkeeping coach, brings international playing and coaching experience to the team and currently coaches the boys’ team at Laurel High School. More Everton club and coaching information is available at Call team manager Aimee Wiggs at 240-461-2306.

The Everton MD FC U-14 boys’ soccer team is holding tryouts for the 2008 spring season. Head coach Glen Diaz is a seasoned, experienced trainer and varsity coach for Archbishop Carroll High School and has international playing experience. Everton Club and coaching information is available at Call coach Diaz at 240-381-7911.

Track clubs seek athletes

The Southern Maryland Striders Track and Field Club will hold practices for the upcoming outdoor season beginning April 14 at Surrattsville High School in Clinton. The club, for ages 7 to 14, is a member of the AAU and USATF and competes locally, regionally and nationally. Practices are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Gary Kilgore at 301-418-1019 or visit

The Vision Elite Track Club is enrolling youth athletes ages 5 to 14 for the upcoming indoor track and field season. The fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events will be taught. Coaches are also needed. Vision Elite is a member of the USATF and AAU governing bodies of track and field. Call coach Tonya Manago at 202-494-4377 or send an e-mail to