Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Award to recognize sportsmanship

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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.

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.

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 Youth Organization is seeking coaches for cheerleading and flag football. Send inquiries to or call 301-386-4844 or 240-676-4844.

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.

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 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 events planned

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

The Maryland BaseballAcademy 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

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.

Basketball players sought

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. 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.

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

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 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 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.

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