* Francis Scott Key -- No one is ready to say that Key is...

High school notebook

November 01, 1992|By Bill Free

* Francis Scott Key -- No one is ready to say that Key is out of the varsity football woods yet, but the Eagles have made a few tiny strides toward respectability this season.

Through the first eight weeks of the season, South Carroll (4-4) was the only team in Carroll County with more victories than Key (2-6).

A 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Haines to wide receiver Jon Crooks in the fourth quarter enabled the Eagles to notch a come-from-behind 7-3 win over South Hagerstown on Oct. 23 at South Hagerstown.

The Monocacy Valley League victory combined with a season-opening win over North Carroll gives Eagle coach Mike Coons twice as many wins this season as he had in the winless 1990 and 1991 years.

* Liberty -- The Lions' junior varsity volleyball team, coached by John Ziomek, was 9-6 this season and finished second to North Carroll in the county.

Ziomek said his tri-captains, Scarlett Zimmerman, Pam Owens and Angie Buscemi, provided the spark for the winning season.

Ziomek and Liberty varsity volleyball coach Helen Derwin had the same fate this season, finishing second to North Carroll in the county.

* North Carroll -- Unbeaten season records are hard to come by in any sport.

That is why North Carroll junior varsity volleyball coach Bonnie Clendaniel is smiling a lot these days.

Clendaniel guided the junior Panthers to a 15-0 mark this season, completing the run last week with easy victories over Westminster, 15-8, 15-5, and Liberty, 15-3, 15-3.

Mailley Thurman and Laura Watson were the top point scorers in both wins, and Joanne Leppo, Amy Baker, Shannon Tracey, Sarah Jones and Rita Gruner turned in outstanding overall efforts.

* South Carroll -- Cavaliers varsity field hockey coach Stacy Stem finally may have some answers on the field to the burning question all season: "What's wrong with the South Carroll field hockey team?"

The Cavaliers looked sharp in their final half of regular-season play last Monday, rallying to beat Thomas Johnson, 2-1, to head into Region IIIof the state 3A tournament tomorrow on a high note.

One delighted parent walked by Stem after that game and said, "That's the best you've played all season."

To which Stem replied without hesitation, "You're right."

South Carroll is the defending state 3A champion (15-1 record last year) but has struggled often this season (5-2-5).

* Westminster -- The Owls' junior varsity football team is giving the school something to cheer about this season, posting a 6-1 record and beating Linganore, 12-6, Wednesday.

Westminster defeated the Lancers on a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steve Mays to wide receiver Eric Jones with 40 seconds left in the game.

It was the second touchdown pass of the game for Mays. He threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Jim Stull to account for the Owls' first touchdown.

/# Linganore fell to a 5-2 record.

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