A look ahead, a look back Preview, review of Carroll sports

CARROLL SPORTS

January 06, 1993|By BILL FREE

Happy New Year!

What will it mean for high school sports in Carroll County?

Will coach Dick Bauerlein and the North Carroll wrestling team finally grab that elusive state wrestling championship?

Will a talented North Carroll girls basketball team take the final steps to a state title?

Will Westminster and South Carroll reclaim the state field hockey championships they won in 1991?

What will All-Metro field hockey Coach of the Year Denean Powelson

have up her sleeve at North Carroll this year after beating three defending state champions last season?

Will football improve in the county after another lackluster season?

Will Gene Brown be able to take South Carroll football to the next level in 1993?

Just how good will Francis Scott Key's Ali Jones be this year as a sophomore girls cross country runner after bursting on to the scene last year?

Will All-Metro girls cross country Coach of the Year Jim Bullock be able to complete his unbelievable rebuilding job at Key with a state championship?

How hard will it be for Westminster's Jim Gilford to keep the Owls boys cross country team in the running for a state title after losing five first-team All-County runners in Jim Holford, Chris Zendgraft, Dion Stanton, Matt Soper and Jim Zoulias?

What can Lynn Stone do for an encore after a startling first season as head coach of the Liberty girls soccer team?

Will coach Jim Horn and his sophomore scoring star Amber Clutter keep South Carroll on top in the county girls soccer

standings?

Will Liberty and North Carroll bounce back from disappointing finishes in the volleyball regional tournament?

These are all intriguing questions that will be answered over the next 12 months.

Now for a quick look back at some of the top achievements in 1992.

Mike Dodd's domination of the Carroll football scene as South Carroll's 245-pound running back won't soon be forgotten.

The wrestling dynasty rolled on at North Carroll, with Bauerlein leading the Panthers to a top-five finish in the state tournament for the ninth straight season. Bauerlein's team finished third last year.

The field hockey coaching performance by South Carroll's Stacy Stem was one of major-league proportions. Stem lost eight starters and still took the Cavaliers back to the 3A championship game in which they lost to an extremely talented Bethesda-Chevy Chase team.

The North Carroll softball team turned a lot of heads with a march to the state class 2A semifinals, where it lost to top-seeded and unbeaten Damascus, 3-1. The Panthers scored the first earned run of the season off Damascus pitcher Marci Whitehead, who had 30 career no-hitters.

South Carroll's baseball team had a good run and might have won it all in 3A if Thomas Johnson and its star pitcher Aaron Wheat had not gotten in the way. The Cavaliers (18-2) lost both games to Wheat and the Patriots, with the second setback coming by a 6-4 score in the state 3A regional finals.

Very few field hockey fans will forget how Westminster's Tinah Houck took over the game against Severna Park in the final minutes of the state 4A championship game and did everything but put the ball in the net for a tying goal.

In track and field, Francis Scott Key came through with good performances in the class 1A state championships. The Key girls took second and the boys finished third.

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