Kincaid: New Challenges, Same Result

7th Field Hockey Championship For The 1991 Coach Of The Year

December 11, 1991|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer

Glenelg field hockey coach Ginger Kincaid is no stranger to success in the fall. But that does not make the county championships any lessspecial.

The Gladiators' 15-year coach enjoyed her seventh countytitle this season. And Kincaid, the Howard County Sun's Coach of theYear, did one of her better coaching jobs in guiding the Gladiators to an 8-2-2 record in the regular season, including a 4-1-2 mark against the county.

Typically, Glenelg has been blessed by a strong scoring threat and a solid supporting cast. This year's team featured a deeper, more evenly matched group in terms of talent, but a less experienced squad compared to Kincaid's typical teams.

Only two senior starters returned from last year. The roster required Kincaid to be especially careful when it came to devising playing time.

"I had two or three forwards on the bench who could have started. I had three links who were equal," says Kincaid, who relied on five starting seniors -- Jennifer Anderson, Jennifer Soule, Jennifer Fenner, Claire Sneed and KelleyBrunson -- who had been strictly part-time players last year.

In addition, she relied on 10-year junior varsity coach Anna Spring, whosent Kincaid players like goalie Kristen Turner and backs Dana Hoffman and Trisha Slater.

"I had to be real creative," adds Kincaid, who gave an example. "I divided the playing time at sweeper between Dana and Tricia. Next year, I'll have two players with a lot of experience at that position.

"I was real excited that the kids I had to slight last year came through for me this year. I had to cross my fingers in the beginning to see how well they would do."

As they have for over a decade, the Gladiators responded to Kincaid.

After a season-opening loss to Bel Air, Glenelg reeled off seven straight victories to take the lead in the county standings. Scoreless ties to Mount Hebron and Centennial preceded the Gladiators' only county defeat against Hammond on the final day of the regular season.

1991 HOWARD COUNTY SUN ALL-COUNTY FIELD HOCKEY TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Player .. .. .. .. School .. .. .. Class .. .. .. Position

Chris Bailey .. .. Hammond .. .. .. Senior .. .. ..Forward

Erin Shutes .. .. Mount Hebron .. ..Senior .. .. ..Forward

Katie Stermer .. .. Glenelg .. .. ..Senior .. .. ..Forward

Cindy Yi .. .. .. .. Howard .. .. ..Senior.. .. ..Forward

Erin Beerman .. .. ..Hammond .. .. Senior .. .. ..Halfback

Karen Fulton .. .. ..Mount Hebron ..Senior .. .. ..Midfield

Sharon Thomas .. .. ..Hammond .. .. Senior .. .. ..Midfield

Emily Petrlik .. .. ..Howard .. .. ..Senior .. .. Midfield

April Pich .. .. .. ..Glenelg .. .. ..Senior .. .. Midfield

Laure Kaylor.. .. .. Centennial .. ..Senior .. .. Sweeper

Kelly Naylor .. .. .. Oakland Mills .. Soph. .. .. Goalkeeper

SECOND TEAM

Player .. .. .. .. .. School .. .. .. Class .. .. .. Position

Autumn Barbosa .. .. Hammond .. .. .. Senior .. .. .. Forward

Caroline Kendrick .. Centennial .. .. Junior .. .. .. Forward

Katy Anders .. .. ..Mount Hebron .. Junior .. .. .. Forward

Jen Anderson .. .. .. Glenelg .. .. .. Senior .. .. ..Forward

Mandy Miller .. .. .. OaklandMills .. Junior .. .. ..Midfield

Katrina Wolfe .. .. .. Centennial .. .. Soph .. .. .. Midfield

Tierney Clark .. .. .. Mount Hebron.. Junior .. .. ..Midfield

Tracy Hartnett .. .. .. Wilde Lake .. Senior .. .. .. Midfield

Emily Kuhne .. .. .. .. Atholton .. ..Senior .. .. .. Midfield

Jill Sammons .. .. .. Oakland Mills ..Junior.. .. .. Sweeper

Meghan Carr .. .. .. Centennial .. .. Senior .. .. .. Goalkeeper

Player of the Year -- Erin Beerman, Hammond

Coach of the Year -- Ginger Kincaid, Glenelg

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