Houck is a real hot shot Player of the Year 1992 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY FIELD HOCKEY TEAM

November 18, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Seldom has a field hockey player captivated a school like Tinah Houck has Westminster.

Houck gets ovations not only from fans but also her teammates when she is introduced before a game. She is also the recipient of loud cheers from her teammates when she shrugs off an injury to stay in a game.

Houck is an imposing figure who wields one of the hardest shots in the history of state field hockey play.

At 5 feet 11, she towers over all of her teammates except Denise Bollinger, who is a few inches shorter.

When Houck uncorks a blistering shot, she goes from imposing to intimidating.

That's why Houck can dominate any game at any time and has been selected The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Field Hockey Player of the Year in Carroll County.

The senior Westminster star long will be remembered for how she went down fighting in her last game for the school last Saturday at Goucher College.

The defending state 4A champion Owls were losing, 1-0, late in the second half to one of the best defensive teams ever assembled in the state, Severna Park, when Houck began her memorable shooting show.

Houck simply took over the state 4A title game and sent one shot after another flying toward Falcons goalkeeper Rachel Kidwell.

But time finally ran out on Houck and her spectacular career at Westminster, with Severna Park clinging to a 1-0 victory.

Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper said she never was more impressed by Houck's play than in the final game even though the team lost.

"They were beating Tinah up pretty good out there," said Hooper of the swarming Severna Park defense, which allowed only three goals all season. "But it didn't change the way Tinah played. She never backed off. We just couldn't get the ball to go in the goal."

Hooper said that Houck, runaway scoring leader on the team with 17 goals, could play defense as well as offense.

"She's a special player who was asked to do so much for us," said Hooper. "She was definitely the team leader and easily the best player in the county."

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