'Power Spiker' Now Works For County Sheriff

April 21, 1991|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff writer

There was a very special time in the history of Francis Scott Key volleyball.

It was a stretch of three years, from 1977 to 1980, which brought two state titles and a second-place state finish to the Eagles.

In the middle of this was an undefeated season, a lengthy winningstreak which spanned over the three seasons and the "finisher" for those great teams, Tina Hansbrough.

"Tina had awesome power as a spiker and the other players looked to her for the big spike and block," former Eagle coach Robin Townsend said. "She always rose to the level of competition, and when the big games were on the line, Tina was always there."

She graduated from Francis Scott Key in 1980 after enjoying a standout three-sport athletic career.

Besides playing four years of varsity volleyball, she played two years of basketball and participated in four events for four years on the track team -- 2-mile relay, high jump, discus and shot put.

There was no doubt that volleyball was Tina's forte. She started playing the sport in middle school.

"I always enjoyed volleyball the most," she said. "It was the most exciting sport of the three, and you really have to keep your head in the game at all times. It's just fun."

Along with a number of All-County and other area honors, she gained national attention when she appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section in October 1979 for her contribution to the team's 41-4 record during the Eagles' two-year reign as state champions.

"The state titles were definite highlights, particularly the first. We all worked very hard and got along well. It would have been great to win it (states) my last year, but things don't always work out the way you wish," she said.

Now 29 and married to Carroll police officer Frank Ray, Tina has worked as a correctional officer for the county Sheriff's Department the past five years in Westminster.

Although her work schedule did not permit her to play volleyball, it did help reunite her with a former boyfriend.

"I was getting off the midnight shift afew years back to go home and saw this guy talking to a girl I work with. It turned out to be Frank, a guy I dated back in high school who had been gone a while, and we got back together," she said.

Tinalast played volleyball in the Carroll County Women's League in the mid-'80s with a group of former Key teammates and her former coach.

"We made up a team from Key and did pretty well. It was neat gettingback with them, and I still keep in touch with a few here and there," she said.

Townsend also enjoyed the reunion with the special team.

"We were fittingly called 'Back Together Again,' " Townsend said, who coached the Eagles for five seasons. "We finished second in the league and had a lot of fun. It was great seeing how everybody was doing."

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