Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Boys and Girls Clubs hold registration

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The South Bowie Boys and Girls Club is holding registration for soccer players ages 5 through 15 from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Bowie Gymnasium, 4100 Northview Drive in Bowie, Volunteer coaches are needed. Call Marvin Conn at 301-523-2999 or Scott Jackson at 240-731-3081.

Bowie BGCseeks softball 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.

Sportsplex teams in action

The Landover-based Sportsplex Gymnastics Program had its teams compete in separate events last weekend. The Level 7 and 8 girls’ teams traveled to the Daytona Beach Open in Florida, while the Level 4, 5 and 6 boys’ teams participated in a District Qualifier at the Sports and Learning Complex.

Sportsplex team members competing in the qualifier included Courtland Carr, Brandon Downs, Obot Ekpo, Christian Gray, Ethan Leveling, Noah Lincoln, Christian Manning, Jesse Parham and Miles Walker. Parham won the Level 4 competition and Carr was runner-up with Manning finishing sixth. In Level 6, Ekpo placed seventh in the all-around age group and Leveling was sixth in the all-around in the 14-and-older division.

Sportsplex team members in Florida included, from Level 7, Khyla Anderson, Nia Baker, Gerica Coronejo, Joy Engram, Alexandra Grimes and Naomi Parham. Anderson, Baker and Coronejo placed fourth in their all-around age competitions. Engram was runner-up, Grimes was third and Parham sixth in their respective age groups.

From Level 8, Chelsea Knight-Taliaferro was runner-up in the all around and Cristal Gomez was third in the all around.

U-18 boys stay unbeaten

The Kettering⁄Largo⁄Mitchellville Cougars U-18 boys’ basketball team improved to 4-0 with a 59-29 victory against the Bowie Bulldogs last week. KLM led 25-19 at halftime, but the Cougars pulled away by outscoring Bowie, 18-4, in the third quarter.

Lorenzo Taylor led KLM with 14 points, while Paul Martin added 10 points and Benjamin Cumbo and Ben Melson Jr. each had nine. Joe Williams added six points, Chris Green had four, Stephen Debrew had three and Rafael Solis had two. KLM returns to action on Saturday at Largo High School against District Heights.

U-14 girls win

The Kettering⁄Largo⁄Mitchellville U-14 girls’ basketball team raised its record to 4-1 with a 25-14 victory against Forestville and a 33-12 win against Oxon Hill.

Raquel Lawyer led KLM against Forestville with nine points. Jamie McKeither added seven points, Taylor McCarley had five points and eight assists and Korein Harris also scored. Bebe Johnson had eight points in the second half for Forestville.

McKeither had 14 points and three steals against Oxon Hill. Kazzidy Stewart had five points and McCarley had five points and two steals. Valerie Melson had four points and three steals. Harris had three points. Kayla Roman had two points and four steals and Naomi Glen had two steals. Breanna Savoy led Oxon Hill with four points.

KLM will try to avenge its only loss of the past two seasons on Saturday at Douglass High School against the Marlboro Mustangs.

Award to recognizesportsmanship

The Chesapeake Tide of the Continental Indoor Football League have instituted a new program for youth athletes, the Tide Pride Youth Sportsmanship Award. The award will be given to an area youth athlete who most exemplifies the spirit of their game by showing sportsmanship toward teammates and opponents. The award is open to athletes in any sport.

Finalists for the award will be recognized at the Tide’s Youth Sports⁄Students Night on May 31 at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. The winner will be announced at halftime of that night’s Tide game and will receive a trophy, an official CIFL ball autographed by the Tide and a photo taken with the Tide.

To be eligible, athletes must have participated in a sport in 2007 or 2008. Nominations will only be accepted from youth sports organizations, and should include the athlete’s name and team name, as well as a paragraph describing the athlete’s display of sportsmanship. Nominations are due by March 7 and should be e-mailed to

The Tide will begin their second season in the CIFL with a home game March 21 against the defending league champion Rochester (N.Y.) Raiders. The team was 7-5 and made the playoffs last year in its inaugural season.

Flag football registration scheduled

The Prince George’s Stags Youth Organization is holding registration for ages 5 to 14 for spring flag football, cheerleading and tackle football. Call 301-386-4448 or 301-282-0054.

Coaches sought

The Prince George’s Stags Youth Organization is seeking coaches for cheerleading and flag football. Send inquiries to or call 301-386-4844 or 240-676-4844.

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.

Football clinic planned

An NFL-sponsored JPD Football Clinic takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays March 31 through April 17 at Lanham Boys and Girls Sports Park, 7700 Good Luck Road in Lanham. Call 240-676-4844.

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 Invitational Basketball Tournament seeks U-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

Basketball teamsholding tryouts

Air Flight Basketball is looking for experienced players ages 10-11 and 15-17 for the spring and summer travel seasons. Call Harold Heard at 301-350-0232 or log on to⁄airflight.

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 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.

Soccer teams seek players

The U-13 Freestate Tornadoes travel soccer teams seeks one or two committed players for the spring season. An open tryout will be held on Saturday. Call coach Gary Worthman at 301-352-3365 or send an e-mail to

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

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

Baseballcamps⁄tryouts planned

The Maryland Baseball Academy will hold tryouts for its U-18 summer team on March 2 at Centerway Local Park in Gaithersburg. Visit

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

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