Harford County, home to Cedar Lane Regional Park, is a premiere sports destination for local, regional and national tournaments annually. Cedar Lane brings many tourists to the state through their summer tournaments, and this summer is no different.
With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event a sports planner has in mind. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sports-field complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It’s also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it’s a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.
This summer the world is watching Rio, and we at Maryland Sports are no different. 12 Marylanders are competing in the Olympics, 11 for Team USA and one for Team Jamaica. From the opening
ceremony we could see the presence of our Maryland Olympians when Michael Phelps (Baltimore) led Team USA in the parading of countries. Continue reading
Hosting age groups from current high school freshmen to seniors, the tournament is specifically for players showcasing their talent to college recruiters. Top colleges and universities varied in attendance with schools such as perennial powerhouses University of Maryland, Duke University and Penn State University to newcomers Florida Southern University and University of California Berkeley. College recruiters traveled across the country to check out some of the best competition in effort to draw these players to their campus. Continue reading
As the host team at the Cal Ripken World Series, Harford County is always a fan-favorite in the tournament. However, in past tournaments, the success hasn’t match the fanfare. This year the team on the field has backed up the noise in the stands. The Hickory Hornets won the Opening Game of the World Series last Friday night against Team Mid-Atlantic from Bear, Del., 5-1. They then racked up wins of 8-1 against Team Ohio Valley from Homewood, Ill. and 8-2 against Team Midwest Plains from Denver, Colo. They dropped their final game of Pool Play to Team Southeast, the eventual Group B Champs, and were forced to play the unbeaten Pool A champs from Prince George’s County, Maryland. In a wild, back and forth affair, Harford County slugged their way to an 11-9 win to advance to their first-ever U.S. Championship.
This past weekend Maryland welcomed a lacrosse takeover with the final rounds of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournament. Adding to the Championship weekend, US Lacrosse held its National Tournament for the Schoolgirls Division at Cedar Lane Regional Park in Bel Air. The National Tournament, which took place May 24-25, dates back to 1933 and finds its roots in regional post-collegiate club all star teams. The Schoolgirls Division originated in 1981 and features high school varsity girls lacrosse players ranging from grades 9-11. Growing from 36 teams a decade ago to the 63 teams which participated in this year’s event; the National Tournament has become a premier recruiting event for college coaches. Director of Communications at US Lacrosse, Brian Logue, states, “This event is always held near the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship in order to allow college coaches to both attend the championships and recruit at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament. Cedar Lane has been used for this event the last two times that the NCAA championship was held at Towson.” Continue reading
My oldest son, whose idea of exercise is strumming his guitar, recently informed me he was in “training” for a 5K race this fall. I could not have been more shocked if he was auditioning for the Sugar Plum role in our local Nutcracker.
So it was with immense curiosity I looked up Run For Your Lives, a 5K obstacle course race where you combine physical challenges and sloppy terrain with dodging the zombies who are out to eat your brain.