Area Roundup - Branch to appear at 'Promise 03'

August 22, 2003


The Frederick Church of the Brethren, in cooperation with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, invites all Tri-State area teens to "Promise 03."

The event, set for tonight at the church, will feature a free concert by "Common Clay" and a guest appearance from former University of Maryland and NBA player Adrian Branch.

The event begins at 8 p.m..

Branch, 39, will be available for an autograph session and gifts will be given away.

Branch has been a motivational speaker for 10 years, addressing various age groups.

He especially enjoys working with the youth.

"I want to make a contribution to a kid's life," Branch said. "I may not make an immediate impact but, somewhere down the line, these kids are going to get the message."

Branch received such a message in 1993.

"I finally found my relationship with religion in 1993," Branch said during a recent interview. "I was in Australia at the time, praying in an Australian church, when I knew Jesus was the answer. I invited him into my heart. He has given me so much and I came to realize that. I've been truly blessed."


Branch said it's important to have a balanced life - personal, physical and spiritual.

He now resides in Gaithersburg, Md., with his wife and three children.

For more information on tonight's gathering, contact the FCOB office at 301-662-1819 or at

The church is located on Rosemont Avenue, just off U.S. 15.

Brunswick O's host state tourney

The Brunswick Orioles, champions of the Blue Ridge Adult League, will host the Maryland State Semi-Pro Baseball Final Four Saturday at Brunswick High School.

The first game will be held at noon, with the Tri-State Titans (Cumberland) playing the Westminster Falcons. Cambridge will face the Orioles at 3 p.m., and the two winners will face each other at 7 p.m. in the championship game.


Hagerstown Area Church Softball

St. James 26, Concordia 11: Kyle Flook had seven hits, including two home runs, and Mike Hall and Brian Moore each had four hits for St. James.

Gateway 20, New Life 5: Kevin Hose and Jeff Burnett had four hits each, while Hose, Burnett, Brandon Evans and Smiley Jackson all homered for Gateway.

Five Forks 25, Bethel 7: Brad Gift had four hits, including a home run, and Todd Smith added two for Five Forks. J.D. Taylor had two hits for Bethel.

Hub City Softball

Funkstown Moose 5, Jerry's 1: Curty Myers was the winning pitcher.

Thompson Gas 18, Eddie's 3: Denny Wallech and Eric Bender each had four hits, while Darren Weaver added three. Wallech homered twice and Bender and Weaver each homered once.

Hagerstown Seniors Softball

O'Neill Physical Therapy 15, Broadmore Assisted Living 9: David Huntsberry and Bud Allen each had three hits while David Broadhurst hit a grand slam for O'Neill. Kelly Eakle had three hits for Broadmore.

AFL-CIO D-208 16, Michael Day Attorney 12

Tri-State Fast-Pitch

Clear Spring 9, Shooters 0: Paul Bryan tossed a one-hitter, while Russ Martin and Curtis Fiery each had two hits for Clear Spring.

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