Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The president of the International Cricket League even flew in for a visit.
Expect to see bowlers, batsmen and wicket keepers at Schooley Mill Park in Highland; Howard County's cricket community finally has a dedicated field. On Monday, the county officially opened its first dedicated cricket field, which will be home to a growing adult league and a fledgling youth league. The field features fresh sod on a 300-foot diameter circular playing area that overlays two multipurpose fields. The field cost the county approximately $450,000 to build, according to an Explore Howard report. The president of the International Cricket Council flew in from Dubai and the president of the U.S. Cricket Assocation flew from Florida to visit the new field last week. They both said it was the nicest recreational field they had seen, …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The MPSSAA released the brackets for the state tournament on Monday.
Glenelg and Centennial High Schools are the top two seeds in the South region of the Maryland Athletic Association boys’ lacrosse playoffs (3a/2a), which takes place this month. Both Glenelg (12-2) and Centennial (12-2) received first round byes. The third, fourth and fifth seeds in the South region—Mt. Hebron (11-3), Marriots Ridge (8-6), and Atholton (6-8)—also received first round byes. In the first round, Wilde Lake (4-9) will face off against River Hill (3-6), Reservoir (5-4) will play Hammond (0-8) and Northeast, Anne Arundel (5-9) will play Long Reach (2-9). The bottom half of the bracket features an intriguing possible rematch of Centennial and Mt. Hebron in the third round. The two teams played each other in the last game of the …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Rice will appear at Wegmans Columbia to host a special fundraising event for two charities.
Is Wegmans in Columbia becoming a new hub for celebrity appearances? Last week, it was announced celebrity chef Bobby Flay will be signing copies of his barbecue book. Now this week, Wegmans announced the star running back of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Rice, will appear at the grocery store on April 11. Rice is scheduled to appear from 5 to 7 p.m. to host a conversation and question and answer session. The cost of the event is $100 per ticket to attend. All the funds go to one of two charities: The Ray Rice Charitable Foundation (which focuses on anti-bullying) or the Arc of Howard County (a local charity that helps people with developmental and intellectual disabilities). According to information provided by Wegmans, Rice will be able to …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The new lacrosse speciality store is located near the Giant off of Old Annapolis Road.
Lacrosse players in Howard County now have a new store to get their heads restrung or broken shafts replaced. Lacrosse Unlimited, a national chain of retail lacrosse stores, opened its 38th location in Columbia on Wednesday. The company, which got its start in New York, only sells lacrosse equipment and clothing. "We're strictly lacrosse," said Columbia store manager Nick Kazimer. "I've been playing since I was 3. Ninety percent of our store managers are former players. We know the technologies that are put into the heads and shafts." Kazimer said the company chose to open in Columbia because lacrosse is booming in Howard County. "Howard County is huge with lacrosse and it's still growing here, that's the main reasone we came here," said…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The founder and CEO of TriColumbia had a significant impact in the world of triathlon.
Reflecting on his career at the helm of TriColumbia for the past 26 years, Robert “Vigo” Vigorito described himself as an enzyme—a protein in the body that makes chemical reactions happen. “I’m a multi-sport enzyme,” said Vigorito. “That’s a pretty good way to describe it.” Vigorito, 65, a retired pathologist, and current council chair of USA Triathlon’s Mid-Atlantic Region has been a fixture in the sport of triathlon, helping it grow on the East Coast since its early years. On Friday, it was announced Vigorito would step down as CEO of TriColumbia, the organization he founded in 1984 that organizes the Columbia Triathlon, the Iron Girl triathlon and other events throughout the county. “It seemed like the time was right,” said Vigorito…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Project to be completed in the spring of 2013.
A comprehensive resurfacing of the Owen Brown six outdoor tennis courts is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013, according to a report in Explore Howard. The resurfacing, which began in September, comes at a cost of $235,000, but will provide a quality surface on the courts for decades, said Bob Bellamy, Columbia Association's director of sport and fitness, according to the report. The tennis courts are located at the Owen Brown Community Association, next to Cradlerock Way. Find out more about the fixes by clicking here.
Friday, October 12, 2012
It comes down to winner-take-all for both Baltimore and Washington.
It might be the biggest day of baseball this region has seen in decades. On Friday evening, both the the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals will play the final—and decisive—games of their respective divisional series. Just 24 hours ago, it wasn't clear that either team would live to see action beyond Thursday, with the Nats trailing the St. Louis Cardinals and the O's trailing the New York Yankees by two games to one. But in thrilling, late-inning play, both teams slipped ahead yesterday to seize 2-1 wins and even up each best-of-five series at two games apiece. Washington's saving grace came in the form of a walk-off solo home run by right fielder Jayson Werth in the bottom of the ninth, which snapped a 1-1 tie that had held…
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Baltimore Sun reports some athletes in the event aren't excited about Armstrong's presence, but participation has increased.
Lance Armstrong's announcement that he would be racing in Howard County next month has increased participation, but it also has brought criticism to the race's organizers. According to the Baltimore Sun, at least one of the race's former competitors, along with others, are not pleased with Armstrong's presence because in order to host him the race had to be de-sanctioned by USA Triathlon, meaning results from the race will not count toward pro athletes' rankings. Because Armstrong has been banned for life from competing in sports governed by organizations that adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code, he can not compete in any USA Triathlon sanctioned events. However, the decision has increased participation in the event, according to event …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wilde Lake High School grad Zach Brown may be given a starting opportunity at linebacker with the Tennessee Titans.
It wasn’t too long ago that Zach Brown was celebrating with friends and family at the Greene Turtle in Columbia after being selected 52nd overall in the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. Brown, 22, is a former Wilde Lake High School star running back, wrestler and sprinter whose high school feats of athletic accomplishment once included ripping a top wrestling opponent’s shoes off during a match. Before the draft, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock described Brown as “allergic to contact” because he claimed Brown would skirt around blocks in college, rather than go through them. In August, Brown told the Tennessean, “I wouldn’t be playing in the NFL if I was allergic to contact.” In the Tennessean article, the Titans linebacker coach, …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Drivers should expect delays at several intersections around Centennial Park.
Drivers near Centennial Park on Sunday morning can expect to share the road with some 2,000 triathletes during the Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon. From 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Route 108 will be closed to westbound traffic between Ten Mills Road and Centennial Lane, according to a statement from the Howard County Police Department. Police officer will be directing traffic and temporarily closing roads to maintain biker safety during the race, and the department says delays can be expected on the following roads: Police say triathlon participants will be given the right of way, and they recommend motorists to plan alternative routes or give extra time if driving in the area is necessary. For more information on the Athleta Iron Girl …