The first team 1992 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY FIELD HOCKEY TEAM Four from Westminster, three from South Carroll are named

November 18, 1992|By Bill Free

* Nicole Batten, Westminster, Sr., Line -- This intense forward has played in the shadow of Tinah Houck during her three years on the varsity. But she still has captured her share of the spotlight for the Owls, scoring some key goals when Houck was shut down.

Batten scored the only goal in the 1991 state 4A field hockey championship game against Severna Park.

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* Aurora Brown, Westminster. Sr., Line -- When the state tournament began, Brown turned her game up a notch and was influential in getting the Owls to the state 4A championship game.

Brown, one of the fastest players on the team, used her speed to create all kind of problems for Gaithersburg, Perry Hall and LaPlata in playoff victories.

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* Tracie DiDio, South Carroll, Jr., Line -- The sight of DiDio streaking up and down the field was a memorable one for the Cavaliers who stunned a lot of people by making it to the state 3A championship game.

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* Crissy Naurot, Francis Scott Key, Sr., Line -- This four-year varsity player was the leader on an Eagles' team that went from an ordinary squad at the start of the season to the state 1A semifinals. Naurot had a way of making things happen when Key was in trouble.

She scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Wilde Lake in the opening round of the 1A Region I playoffs.

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* Tristam Corbin, North Carroll, Sr., Link -- Sixty minutes of all-out hustle in every game is what Corbin gave coach Denean Powelson, as the Panthers became a force in the county after going 3-9 last year.

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* Patti Duffy, South Carroll, Sr., Link -- Whenever the Cavaliers needed a big play or someone to bail them out of trouble, it was usually Duffy, who had the ball and came through in tough situations with a good defensive play, an assist or a goal.

South Carroll coach Stacy Stem said Duffy "has the best stick work of any player I've coached in three years. In my mind, she's the best player in the county."

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* Denise Bollinger, Westminster, Sr., Halfback -- If there was ever an unsung hero on a high-profile field hockey team, it was Bollinger, who willingly sacrificed scoring to play defense.

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* Natalie Walker, South Carroll, Sr., Halfback -- On a team that lived and died on emotions this year, Walker was a silent and solid force. She never got too high or too low during a season that featured many peaks and valleys.

Walker was hard to beat on defense and if she took the ball from her opponent, she had a knack for getting the ball up field.

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* Emily Fair, North Carroll, Sr., Sweeper -- Defense was the name of the game for the Panthers this season, and three-year starter Fair was superb throughout a strong run to the state 2A, Region I finals. Fair did a little bit of everything for North Carroll, moving easily from the sweeper defensive position to an attacking player when needed.

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* Holly Bilenki, Liberty, Sr., Goalkeeper -- Talking and communicating are the top assets for any goalkeeper and Bilenki was superb at telling her teammates who to mark in crucial situations.

Bilenki made 10 saves twice in 1-1 ties with South Carroll (defending state 3A champions), and had 10 saves in a 1-0 loss to Westminster (defending state 4A champs).

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