Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Playoffs begin for St. Mary’s basketball teams

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The St. Mary of the Mills varsity Mid-Atlantic girls’ basketball team opened the CYO playoffs with a 31-10 victory against St. Michael. Playing without two starters, the Stallions led by nine at halftime and outscored St. Michael’s, 15-3, in the second half. Emily Faulkner had 13 points. Victoria Johnson added six points and Brittney Davis and Jillian Pavlacka each had four points. Brittani Jefferson and Casey Tait each had two points.

Varsity girls win

The St. Mary of the Mills varsity girls’ basketball team notched a 26-6 playoff victory against St. Mary’s of Landover Hills. Shannon Garrett had eight points for the Stallions, while Ashley Wilkinson added six points. Alessandra Paratore, Jillian Barley, Gabby Castro and Laura Campbell each had two points. Colleen McKenna hit a3-pointer and Kristen Olive had one point. The Stallions combined for eight blocked shots and had 15 rebounds. Tracy Jacobs had five rebounds and Katie Snyder had three rebounds and two blocked shots. The Stallions remained unbeaten and will advance to face St. John the Baptist in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday.

Senior girls lose

The St. Mary of the Mills Senior girls’ basketball team dropped a 14-7 decision to St. Bernadette. After scoring the game’s first three points, St. Mary’s trailed 10-3 at halftime and played St. Bernadette even in the second half. Michelle Boivin had five points and Lelani Johnson added two. Melissa Alessandrini and Jenny Rewolinski combined for six rebounds.

Stallions stay unbeaten

The St. Mary of the Mills JV girls’ basketball team improved to 5-0 with a 16-8 victory against St. Pius X on Saturday. Michell Rogers led the Stallions with a season-high 10 points. Marissa Guzman added a 3-pointer. Allyssa Winegar and Angela Ellis led the way on defense and Carolina Goyne, Molly Fers and Judith Roman helped the Stallions control the boards.

JV boys lose

The St. Mary of the Mills JV boys’ basketball team lost its first-round playoff game, 31-30, to Resurrection. St. Mary’s trailed by four with 20 seconds to go before Brian Lewis hit a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game. After a turnover, Stephen Schoch’s shot at the buzzer hit the rim, but didn’t fall. Danny O’Hagan and Paul Quattrone each had eight points. Matthew Robey, Andrew O’Neil, Andrew Lynch, Chris Durnbaugh and Zach Seyko also turned in solid performances.

U-9 boys lose

The Maryland City Mustangs U-9 boys’ basketball team dropped a 14-9 decision to the Annapolis Jaguars. Kevin Landis led the way on defense and Micah McMillan led the offense in the loss.

U-9 girls victorious

The Maryland City Mustangs U-9 girls’ basketball team was a 7-5 winner against Harundale last week. Imani Dawson and Peyton Adams led the way in the victory.

Maryland Cityteams in action

Team 7 took on Team G-Five in Maryland City U-7 basketball league action on Saturday. No scores are kept in the league. Isionek Ellington had two field goals for Team 7, and Immanuel Hale and Justin Oates each had one field goal. Gerard Bullock had a foul shot. Justin Beasley, James Jones, Jalen Milligan, Jordan Oates, Tyler Pearce, Juwan Perkins, Takai Thomas and Adrian Touch helped Team 7 total 10 steals and 15 rebounds in a solid defensive performance.

Andre’ Elder had two field goals and a foul shot for G-Five, while Taylan Hicks, Jeffrey West and Ahmad Morton led a defense that combined for 11 steals, two rebounds and three blocked shots.

Baseball⁄softballregistration under way

Registration for the Laurel Little League season is under way. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 are eligible to play in age-based divisions, with T-ball, baseball and softball available. Register online at or in person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 at Modell’s at Laurel Lakes. Registration will also be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Extra Innings, 8610 Cherry Lane. The fee is $45 for ages 5 to 8 and $75 for ages 9 to 18. Laurel Little League also seeks volunteer coaches, umpires, concession stand workers and field workers. Log on to the Web site or call Peter Ruiz at 301-725-5850.

The Savage Boys and Girls Club is seeking baseball and softball players for its spring recreational leagues. All skill levels are welcome. Evaluations are held in order to form balanced teams. There is an instructional league for ages 5 and 6, coach-pitch for ages 7 and 8 and kid-pitch for ages 9 to 14. Register online at The club also needs volunteer coaches and concession stand workers.

Beltsville-Adelphiholds registration

The Beltsville-Adelphi Boys and Girls Club is holding registration for spring sports. Register online at or in person from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings at the club, 11705 Robey Ave. in Beltsville. Spring sports include clinic soccer for ages 4-7, soccer for ages 7-18, T-ball for ages 5-7, coach-pitch baseball for ages 7-9, baseball for ages 10-14 and softball for ages 7-14. Registration ends Feb. 15. The annual membership fee per family is $40.

Cheerleadingsessions available

The Beltsville-Adelphi Boys and Girls club is holding cheerleading technique and skills sessions for ages 5 to 16 each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For information, send an e-mail to or log on to

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

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