County celebrates sweep, 6 teams xTC Fall sports leave playoff imprint

BILL FREE

2 gain final four

November 11, 1992|By BILL FREE

Remember this day: Nov. 4, 1992.

It will go down as one of the greatest days in the history of Carroll County high school sports.

Six county teams went into state regional semifinal play and came away with a sweep.

Two of the wins were upsets, both by Liberty High soccer teams.

The fourth-seeded Lions boys stunned top-seeded Middletown on its home field in Class 2A, Region I play, and the third-seeded Liberty girls ousted second-seeded Towson in 2A-1A, Region II action.

South Carroll and North Carroll joined in the fun that day with two victories each in girls soccer and field hockey.

Three of those six winners followed up with victories in regional finals to make the state final four in their sports.

South Carroll is going to the states in field hockey and girls soccer, and the surprising Liberty girls soccer team is in the top four after upsetting North Carroll last Saturday night.

Lions first-year coach Lynn Stone continues to work miracles with a low-key, no-nonsense approach to the game.

If Stone can direct Liberty past powerful Oakland Mills Friday night at South Carroll in the 2A-1A semifinals, other coaches might start descending upon her to find out her magic formula.

Stone is one of three first-year coaches in the county this fall who have been overwhelming successes.

Mindi Wagner guided the Francis Scott Key field hockey team to the state 1A semifinals, and North Carroll field hockey coach Denean Powelson turned a 3-9 team into a 8-3-2 squad that was good enough to make it to the 2A, Region I finals.

Some proven county coaches have lived up to their reputations by taking their teams to the states.

Co-coaches Sue Hooper and Brenda Baker roll on at Westminster, directing the field hockey team to the state 4A championship game Saturday against Severna Park.

The Owls are seeking their fifth state field hockey title.

Hooper and Baker have been able to overcome a lot of pressure this season to repeat as 4A champs.

South Carroll field hockey coach Stacy Stem didn't have an abundance of talent this season, but she has managed to put the Cavaliers in today's 3A semis against Kenwood at Goucher College.

Stem and the Cavaliers are the defending state 3A champions, but they needed a goal with two seconds left in the second sudden-death overtime to get past Linganore in the opening round of Region III play.

Another outstanding South Carroll coach, Jim Horn, has shown once again he is an excellent tournament coach.

Horn has pushed all the right buttons under pressure to get the Cavaliers girls soccer team in the state 3A-4A semifinals Saturday against Dulaney.

Also, veteran Francis Scott Key boys soccer coach Granville Hibberd has the Eagles in the state 1A semis Friday against Fallston.

It's been a good run this fall in Carroll County.

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