The crack of the bat is as linked to spring as leaves sprouting from trees, but this year the Decatur Women’s Sports League will pause to remember a fallen friend before taking the field.
Laura Zekoll — sailor, pilot, business owner and a founding member of the Women’s League — was lost at sea in November and is presumed dead. She was participating in a yacht race when the boat she was in capsized and she was washed out of the lifeboat. Her body was never recovered.
Zekoll, 46, was a fixture of several nonprofits, including Breakthrough House for women dealing with addiction, and played on a number of Atlanta’s gay and lesbian sports teams.
Softball may be the sport most associated with spring, but Atlanta’s gay flag football team is launching its new season and the city’s gay rugby team is seeking more players.
On Saturday, March 5, join the scrum as the Atlanta Bucks, the gay rugby team, recruits new players at Spring Rugby 101, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sammye Coan Middle School. Visit www.atlantabucksrugby.org for details.
The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta launches its spring season March 12 with games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Candler Park. For more information, visit www.nffla.com.
Indoor cycling benefit raises funds for AIDS vaccine research
It was a disappointing end to a great season for the Atlanta Dream after claiming their first-ever Eastern Conference Championship.
The Dream lost game three of the best-of-five series in Atlanta last night after starting the first two games in Seattle. The Seattle Storm completed the series sweep and claimed their second championship by winning game three 87 - 84.
In the end, the Storm’s Lauren Jackson, named the Finals MVP, was too much for the Dream to handle. Jackson, Seattle’s center, put up impressive numbers in points, rebounds and blocks throughout the series. Seattle maintained a perfect record throughout the 2010 playoffs.