Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Sportsplex teams faring well

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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. 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.

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.

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.

Basketball events planned

The Maryland Ruff Riders are hosting the Hoops Explosion youth basketball tournament the weekend of Feb. 22-24. The tournament is open to all boys and girls basketball teams in the U-8 through U-14 age groups. Registration is $250 per team. There will be a DJ, raffles, fish fry, and free entertainment. Call Steve Jiggetts at 240-463-5577.

The first March Madness Challenge Tournament for U-10 through U-12 boys will be held March 1-2 in Forestville. AAU age qualification rules apply. Each team is guaranteed three games. Call James Knox at 240-765-9132 or send an e-mail to or The registration deadline is Feb. 18.

The Maryland InvitationalBasketball Tournament seeksU-9 through U-14 boys’ teams to participate Feb. 15-18 at the Capital Sports Complex, 6417 Marlboro Pike in District Heights. Call 301-366-5404 or visit

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 BaseballAcademy 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. Call Natoli at 202-319-6092, send an e-mail to or visit⁄sports⁄bsb⁄index.

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.

Bishop McNamara High School has rescheduled its Cheer With No Fear competition for 2 p.m. March 8 in the school’s main gymnasium in Forestville. Admission is $5 per person and free for ages four and under. Call 240-417-1724 or visit⁄bmhscheer.

Coaches sought

The Palmer Park⁄Landover Boys and Girls Club is looking for coaches and commissioners for football, track, baseball and basketball. Applicants must submit to a background check. Call Rolline Washington at 301-341-1119 or 301-267-0066.

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.

Basketball players sought

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 Maryland Lakers Youth Basketball Organization is holding tryouts for U-10 and U-12 players for AAU⁄YBOA league and tournament play. Call Kenny at 301-556-3117.

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.

The U-10 Triple Threat AAU basketball team is seeking players for local and national play. Players should not turn 11 prior to Sept. 1, 2008, unless they are in the fourth grade. Workout sessions are held at Capital Sports Complex from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call Lloyd Fennell at 240-338-8948 or send an e-mail to

The LA Hawks AAU basketball organization is looking for travel team players in the U-10 and U-14 age groups. Open tryouts are under way. Call Carlos at 202-538-4105 or Arian at 202-288-6166.

The Beltway Ballers AAU⁄ YBOA basketball organization is looking for boys’ basketball players in the U-10, U-11, U-12, U-13 and U-14 age groups. The club also seeks players for a girls’ U-12 team. Call Roy at 410-977-4337 or log on to The club is based in Largo, Laurel and surrounding areas.

The D.C. Heat AAU program seeks experienced boys for its U-10 program. Players must be born on or after Sept. 1, 1997. Practices will be held in Takoma Park. Call Terrell Walker at 407-340-1867.

Team Select AAU Girls Basketball seeks players born between 1994 and 1997. Call coach Robert Surratt at 240-417-2825 or send an e-mail to

Men With Vision seeks U-9 through U-12 boys for AAU play. Call Greg Boyd at 301-642-5128.

The Maryland Power U-11 Youth Basketball Organization seeks players for local and out-of-town tournaments. Players should not be 12 years old before Sept 1, 2008, unless they are in the fifth grade. Call coach Malcolm at 240-421-3906 or send an e-mail to

The Slam and Jam Youth Development Organization is looking for boys’ and girls’ basketball players, ages U-7 through U-15. Experienced players are preferred. Call Riley Gore at 202-374-1601 or Vincent Williams at 240-398-6312.

The U-11 Triple Threat basketball team is seeking players in fifth grade born after Sept. 1, 1996, or sixth graders born after Sept. 1, 1996, for high-level AAU play. Call Frank Johnson at 703-724-9241 or Greg Purnell at 443-618-7568 or send an e-mail to

The Prince George’s All-Stars will hold open tryouts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Players ages 9 to 14 may try out, with Sept. 1 being the cutoff date for the next highest age level. Call coach Piner at 301-404-8494 or 301-333-8349 or Jones at 301-787-7662 or coach Evans at 240-687-1850.

The Top Flight Rockets U-13 basketball team is holding open tryouts for the upcoming AAU and YBOA seasons. Players should be born after Sept. 1, 1994, and in the seventh or eighth grades. Tryouts will be held in the Mitchellville area. Call coach Pruitt at 301-773-7904.