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.

Mustangs win again

The Marlboro Mustangs U-9 AAA boys’ basketball team used a strong defensive effort to earn a 21-7 victory against Marlboro Team 3 last week.

Brent Pegram had nine points, three steals and two rebounds. Prentiss Hubb added four points, four steals and four rebounds. Kollin Smith had four points, two rebounds and a steal. Paul Brown-Taylor and Trent Dixon each had two points. Mark Woods (one steal, two rebounds), Korey Fennell (two rebounds), Chase Young (one rebound), Cameron Dasher (one steal, two rebounds), Ashton Reid (one rebound) and Marquis Mathis (one steal) also contributed in the win.

U-10 Mustangs victorious

The Marboro Mustangs U-10 No. 2 boys’ basketball team beat South Bowie, 14-10, on Jan. 26. Arturo Harkless scored a team-high four points for Marlboro. Christopher Blair scored three points, Markelle Fultz, Kevin Woods and Todd Mackall added two points each and Daquon Payton had one point. Jabari Williams, Coleman Scott and Dionte Payton contributed to the win with strong defensive games.

Registration scheduled

The Marlboro Boys and Girls Club is holding registration for girls and boys ages 5 to 18 for its track and field, baseball, soccer and softball programs. Registration takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro. Visit www.mbgc.org.

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.

Cheerleaders sought

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 www.eteamz.com⁄bmhscheer.

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.

Track clubs seek athletes

The Southern MarylandStriders 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 www.southernmarylandstriders.com.

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 TManago@aol.com.

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 juzrite4ever@yahoo.com or futureplayersbasketball@yahoo.com. 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 www.mithoops.org.

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.

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 robertsurratt@msn.com.