Edgewood follows leader Chirico Player of the Year

November 29, 1992|By John W. Stewart

Joe Chirico knew ahead of time this would be a difficult season for his Edgewood High boys volleyball team. He was the only returning veteran and would have to work with new players.

For his leadership as well as his play, he has been named The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Boys Volleyball Player of the Year.

"Knowing everybody was new put a lot of pressure on me," said Chirico, a 5-foot-11 senior. "I think that's what made me more of a leader. I worked hard not only trying to make myself better, but to help them, too."

Chirico began playing volleyball about five years ago when he became interested in a program at a recreation center gym.

"I thought it used more teamwork than other sports and was more fun," he said.

In high school, he was a three-year starter, developing into a solid hitter. An excellent all-around athlete, he is also a member of the school's baseball team.

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