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 tidefootball@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coaches sought

The Prince George’s Youth Organization is seeking coaches for cheerleading and flag football. Send inquiries to president@www.pgstags.com 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 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 www.mithoops.org.

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. Call James Knox at 240-765-9132 or send an e-mail to juzrite4ever@yahoo.com or futureplayersbasketball@yahoo.com. The registration deadline is Feb. 18

Cheerleaders sought

The Maryland Ruff Riders are holding tryouts for their cheerleading squad for girls ages 11 through 14. 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. Call 240-417-1724 or visit www.eteamz.com⁄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 www.eteamz.active.com⁄airflight.

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.

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 www.marylandbaseballacademy.com.

The Maryland BaseballAcademy will offer a fielding clinic at the Discovery Sports Center in Boyds. Visit www.marylandbaseballacademy.com.

DeMatha High School will hold its Winter Instructional Baseball Camp for players in fifth through eighth grades. Call 301-346-4035 or visit www.demathabaseball.org.