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The 41st Annual YMCA of Frederick County Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Downtown Y on Market Street in Frederick. Seven new inductees will be recognized, including 1983 Catoctin High School graduate, Jerome Nolan, as a Record-Setting Place Kicker.

Jerome, born and raised in Thurmont, was active in youth sports from an early age. Three of the five midget league football teams that he played on went undefeated. As a two-way starter on the undefeated Catoctin High School JV team, he also began his career as a place kicker. As a sophomore two-way starter for the varsity team, Jerome won all-MVAL and all-county honors as a place kicker and set a school record for PATs in a game. As a high school junior, he was named a First Team all-area linebacker and kicker. As senior captain of the undefeated MVAL and region champion Cougars, he was named as the Frederick News Post Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with repeating all-star honors from his junior year. He went on to set several team kicking and punting records at Towson University.

Other inductees include Rosalind Anderson—National Age Group Champion Hurdler; Cara Consuegra—All-American Basketball Player and Outstanding College Coach; Ron Manges—Great Athlete, Football Coach, and Sports Announcer; Franklin Martz (deceased)—Outstanding Baseball Player and Coach; Randy Richter—Founder of Soccer and Lacrosse Officials Associations; Darryl Whiten—Outstanding Basketball Player, Coach, and Community Leader.

Tickets to the banquet are $40.00 each and are available through Kim Selby at the Frederick YMCA at 301-663-5131.

Thurmont Baseball is actively planning to make 2017 their best year ever. Registration is now open and is in full swing until February 24, 2017. Visit their website at www.TLLbaseball.com to register, and please share the message with your friends. Additionally, they will be offering in-person registration on February 5 at the TLL clubhouse (above the concession stand) from 10:00 a.m.-noon.

Players from Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Rocky Ridge, Woodsboro, Taneytown, and Union Bridge are welcome to register. They also offer a sibling discount that applies to families with more than one player. The 2017 League Divisions: All games played at the Thurmont Complex — Tee-Ball (ages 4-6): typically 7 to 10 teams; Instructional League (ages 5-8): typically 6 to 8 teams; Minor League (ages 7-11): typically 8 to 10 teams; Little League Major (ages 9-12): 6 teams; Babe Ruth (ages 13-18): typically 3 to 5 teams.

At the Tee-ball, Instructional, Minor, and Major divisions, all of their games are played in-house at the Thurmont Baseball Complex. This provides their families the convenience of not having to travel around the county for games during school nights. They also have their beautifully renovated concession stand, serving some of the best concession fare in Frederick County. New in 2017, they will be offering some healthier dinner options for families—but don’t worry, the pizza and nachos aren’t going anywhere!

Thurmont Little League is looking forward to seeing your player on their ball fields. Feel free to call Ed Lowry at 267-664-5059 with questions or email them at thurmontbaseball@hotmail.com. View their advertisement on page 28.

Kiara George, daughter of Teddy George and Donna Walter of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, was named to the prestigious title of Miss Catoctin-Aires Queen for 2017. This title was bestowed upon George from an overwhelming number of votes from the marching corps’ membership. George received the crown and sash from the outgoing queen, her sister, Shyanne George, who enjoyed the title in 2016. Kiara will now represent the group in its new year as queen. This title will permit her to be a featured performer in the group’s hometown parade, as well as other responsibilities throughout 2017.

First runner-up to the title was Erika Oland of Thurmont. Rachel Bechler of Frederick was named as court royalty. Each received a token for their participation in the royalty pageant.

In addition to the crowning ceremony, the group celebrated its undefeated marching corps status during its annual holiday show, held at Catoctin High School. Members of the organization performed in solo and group numbers, twirling batons, hoops, and color guard flags. The group also showcased its percussion line, capturing the 2016 Advanced Marching Corps Percussion Line Championship title with the Capital Area Marching Association organization.

The corps presented its membership with trophies for its championship title win of Advanced Majorette Corps and its undefeated season.  In addition, trophies were presented for perfect attendance, excellence in leadership, and most improved and most prepared twirler. Each member of the group received a duffel bag, displaying the 2016 championship title.

The Catoctin-Ettes, inc., a local, non-profit marching group, now begins preparation for its 2017 competitive season. There are openings in the areas of color guard, to include rifle spinning and flag twirlers; percussion (includes drums, cymbals and bells), as well as the majorette and pom pom lines. For more information about joining the group, please contact Donna Landsperger at 240-405-2604 or at donito@aol.com.

The Catoctin-Ettes, Inc. will again host its annual free four-week baton twirling course for beginner twirlers.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the Emmitsburg Elementary School, with two sets of classes being held: (1) three-five years of age; (2) six years of age and older.

The younger group will attend class from 6:00-6:30 p.m.; the older group will attend class from 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Batons are loaned free of charge for class time. There are absolutely no costs whatsoever. This is a great opportunity to determine a child’s interest for twirling, with no financial outlay. It is also a great opportunity to explore a new activity for children without obligation!

Participants must be pre-registered. For registration or more information, please contact Donna Landsperger at 240-405-2504 or donito@aol.com.

Registration for the upcoming Catoctin Youth Association Soccer Club (CYASC) Spring 2017 season is now open. Athletes (ages 3 through 19) can register online at www.cyasc.com, now through February 4, 2017.

The U6 program (under age 6) holds two training nights per week, focusing on the development of individual skills in a fun learning environment over the course of eight weeks. The cost per athlete is $55.00 and includes a t-shirt.

CYASC’s U9 (including ages 7, 8, and 9) through U19 athletes participate in the Frederick County Youth Soccer League (FCYSL) or Soccer Association of Montgomery (SAM). FCYSL is a recreational soccer league with different competitive level divisions. Teams play matches throughout Frederick County, nearby areas of Washington County, Carroll County, Southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. SAM offers a higher level of competition than FCYSL, with all matches played at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland. Evaluations for the top FCYSL division and SAM teams will be held in January. Athletes interested in taking part in evaluations must register before January 20 to receive details.

All U9+ athletes will receive age-appropriate training two to three times per week.  Matches are held on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Athletes will participate in a season-ending tournament and have the option to participate in other area tournaments. The registration cost per athlete is $85.00 in FCYSL or $200 for athletes participating in the SAM program. A uniform kit must be purchased separately for athletes new to the program or returning athletes needing a replacement. The uniform cost depends on the athlete’s age and program. Optional tournaments may require an additional small fee to cover the cost of team registration.

Be sure to register before it’s too late; U9+ training begins early March and U6 begins early April.

Visit www.cyasc.com to register. Follow them on Twitter via @catoctinsoccer and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cyasc.

It’s cold out, but it’s warming up at Thurmont Baseball! Let’s be honest, it’s January and it’s cold; who in their right mind is thinking about baseball? That question could be a loaded one depending on who you ask. In the Thurmont-Emmitsburg region, that passion for baseball runs pretty deep. True, the cold weather has arrived, but at Thurmont Baseball, they are gearing up for their sixty-sixth season of baseball. They are actively planning to make 2017 their best year ever. Registration is now open and is in full swing until late February. Visit their website at www.TLLbaseball.com to register, and please share the message with your friends.  Additionally, they will be offering in-person registration on the following dates/times to accommodate our community members who would prefer that method of registration: January 7 and February 5—at the TLL clubhouse (above the concession stand) from 10:00 a.m.-noon.

Players from Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Rocky Ridge, Woodsboro, Taneytown, and Union Bridge are welcome to register. Act now to get your $10.00 off registration through the end of January.  They also offer a sibling discount that applies to families with more than one player. The 2017 League Divisions: All games played at the Thurmont Complex — Tee-Ball (ages 4-6): typically 7 to 10 teams; Instructional League (ages 5-8): typically 6 to 8 teams; Minor League (ages 7-11): typically 8 to 10 teams; Little League Major (ages 9-12): 6 teams; Babe Ruth (ages 13-18): typically 3 to 5 teams.

At the Tee-ball, Instructional, Minor, and Major divisions, all of their games are played in-house at the Thurmont Baseball Complex. This provides their families the convenience of not having to travel around the county for games during school nights. They also have their beautifully renovated concession stand, serving some of the best concession fare in Frederick County.  New in 2017, they will be offering some healthier dinner options for families. Don’t worry, the pizza and nachos aren’t going anywhere!

Thurmont Little League is looking forward to seeing your player on their ball fields. Feel free to call Ed Lowry at 267-664-5059 with questions or email them at thurmontbaseball@hotmail.com.

The 11/12 Catoctin Baseball Club Fall Team recently concluded a successful 2016 fall season. The team finished the season with a record of 18-4-2. The highlights of the season were winning tournament championships at the SLS Fall Heroes tournament over the weekend of October 15-16, and winning the championship at the Future Stars Field of Screams tournament in Hershey, Pennsylvania, over the weekend of October 29-30. On Sunday, October 30, in Hershey, the team needed to play and win four games to win the championship. They defeated the River City Hammers 15-0, Spooky Nook 9-0, South River Seahawks 7-6, and the EP Expos 3-2, in the championship. The team consisted of the following players: Connor Roddy, Logan Simanski, Josh Skowronski, Joe McMannis, E.J. Lowry, Caden Diggs, Danny Orr, Braden Bell, D.J. Shipton, and Peyton Castellow.

Four members of the Catoctin-Aires Twirling Corps recently captured the titles of Miss Capital Area Marching Association (Miss C.A.M.A.) at the individual championship event, held in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Hannah Gonzales-Diaz of Emmitsburg was named as the Miss C.A.M.A. Queen in the Novice 7-9 age division. Gonzales-Diaz also won the Advanced Tiny Tot Leader award for leadership within her group in marching corps competition.  She attends Emmitsburg Elementary School.

Erika Oland of Thurmont earned the title of Miss C.A.M.A. Queen in the Novice 13-15 age division. Oland is a national team competitor with the group and a member of the “no-drop” squad of competition group twirlers. She is a student at Catoctin High School.

Rachel Bechler of Frederick earned the title of Miss C.A.M.A. Queen in the Novice 16-18 age group. Bechler is also a national team competitor and is a member of the “no-drop” squad of competition group. She attends Linganore High School.

Paula Jean Sharrer of Myersville earned the title of Miss C.A.M.A. Queen in the 19+ Beginner division. Sharrer is a coach with the Catoctin-Aires, teaching beginner students and the pom pom squad.

The Miss C.A.M.A. event is held to determine the best overall presentation of performance in the areas of twirling, strutting, and modeling combined. This championship contest is held annually at the conclusion of the Capital Area Marching Association’s competitive season. Along with individual competition, the organization also hosts competition for dance-twirl teams, pom teams, color guards, and percussion units, as well as majorette-street style marching.

The Catoctin-Aires, a member of the C.A.M.A. organization since 1977, is currently operating its free four-week introductory program for beginner twirlers. A new class for brand new twirlers is planned for January 2017. It will be held on Monday evenings at the Emmitsburg Community Center Gym. Two classes are being held this year: children ages three-five (6:00-6:30 p.m.); children ages six years and over (6:45-7:30 p.m.). Batons are loaned free for class time. For registration or more information, please contact the group’s director, Donna Landsperger, at 240-405-2604 or donito@aol.com.

The Emmitsburg Baseball and Softball League will hold sign-ups for its 2017 fall season on Wednesday, January 18, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, January 21, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at the firehouse in Emmitsburg on West Main Street.

Online registration is open from December 15, 2016, to January 17, 2017. Visit EBBSB.com to register online.

Five Frederick County 4-H Club “Fire Power” members recently participated in the publicly promoted “American Marksman” Contest, which is to become a TV show series similar to the Top Shots show. While the contest was not an actual “4-H” event, all used their knowledge and skills learned through 4-H, which gave them the confidence to participate. All five qualified at the state level to move onto the two-day Regional Match, which was held at Liberty Range Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia. Four of the members (all young ladies) decided to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Match with individuals from seven other states with a shot at Nationals and $50,000.

Natalie Schiazzi (2015 Club President), Rachel Summers (2016 Club President) and Ashley Grimes (2016 Club Vice President) competed in the “Women’s” category, while Morgan Farmer (Club Reporter) competed in the “Junior” category for twelve- to sixteen-year-old youth (boys and girls). All four took the opportunity to practice at the local Machine Gun Nest Indoor Range in Frederick before the Regional Match.

The two-day long Match included five-staged shooting event range areas that participants rotated on a schedule and were scored for safety, procedures, accuracy, and time, with various types of firearms provided. Film crews documented the weekend, too, adding to the excitement.

All four young ladies did very well in their age categories and made some new 4-H Shooting Sports friends from as far away as Vermont and North Carolina! Morgan earned a Medal and placed tenth overall for the Juniors. In the Women’s category, Natalie placed fifth in the .223 100 yard “gong” event and twelfth overall; Ashley placed fourth in the .22 rifle event and nineteenth overall. Rachel placed seventeenth in the .9mm Crimson Trace Dark House scenario event, with a #24 overall ranking. Local resident Leigh Peper of the Machine Gun Nest also placed eighth overall in the Women’s category. Nationals are being held in Talladega, Alabama, in January, with the TV show to air in the spring of 2017.

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Pictured from left are Ashley Grimes, Morgan Farmer, Natalie Schiazzi, and Rachel Summers at Liberty Range in West Virginia.

The Catoctin High School (CHS) Sports Boosters will hold its 8th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., in the CHS Cafeteria. Cougar apparel, blankets, stadium seats, hats, and miscellanous novelty items will be available for your Christmas shopping. There will be light refreshments. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card for Sports Boosters items.

Organizations within CHS and sports teams will be invited to have their current fundraisers available for your Holiday purchases (cash or check will be accepted by each individual group or team). For more information, please contact Bob Marlow at 443-829-3809.

The Catoctin High School Sports Boosters will be selling Cougar clothing (sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts, and polo shirts), blankets, stadium seats, hats, and other miscellaneous Cougar items at the following home sporting events: December 6—Boys Basketball (5:30-7:30 p.m.); December 9—Boys Basketball (5:30-7:30 p.m.); December 13—Girls Basketball (5:30-7:30 p.m.); December 16—Girls Basketball (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

Items will be available on the above dates in the hallway between the gymnasiums. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card.

 

baton-rampage-wins-titleThe Rampage National Baton Twirling Teams have captured the national title of Beginner Senior Large Twirl Team Champions. Rampage is the competitive name for the spin-off group from the Catoctin-Ettes, Inc. and Catoctin-Aires Twirling Corps.

In order to compete for this prestigious title, the group of nine twirlers traveled to South Bend, Indiana, where they twirled at the University of Notre Dame for the week-long event. The National Baton Twirling Association holds its national championship yearly at the University.

All members of the national team were participants in the winning title event and received commemorative Olympic-style medallions. They were: Abigail Adams, Rachel Bechler, Kiara and Shyanne George, Erika Oland, Jilliam Plummer, Caitlyn Purdum, Kelly Reed, and Angela Ridenour. The head coach and director of the group is Donna Landsperger.

In addition to this title, the group also placed in the top ten, earning second place in the Beginner Senior Small Twirl Team category and eighth place in the Beginner Senior Large Dance-Twirl category.

For more information on joining the twirling program, please contact Donna Landsperger at DONITO@aol.com or 240-405-2604.

Catoctin Youth Association (CYA) Basketball is comprised of Kindergarten through U16 boys and girls teams. All tryout/evaluation dates and times and player fees are listed on the CYA Basketball website. You can register online at: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=cyabasketball
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In person registration for Instructional Clinic and In-house Rec teams will be held this coming October 11 and October 13 at Thurmont Elementary School’s lobby, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Coaches wanted! If you are interested in coaching a boys or girls Rec Travel, In-house Rec, or Clinic teams, please contact Jason Smith at jasonsmith008@comcast.net. Curriculum provided.