All-around, Fallston's Toth a big winner Confidence key to court success

January 17, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Some days, Pam Toth probably feels like joining the circus. The Fallston senior already juggles more than most Ringling Brothers veterans.

A three-sport standout who never has missed the Distinguished Honor Roll, Toth has a jam-packed resume that includes more activities than most students would ever dream.

She has served as everything from junior class treasurer to co-editor-in-chief of the school newspaper to peer tutor.

"It's mind-boggling how much she can handle," said Jim O'Toole, adviser to the student newspaper at Fallston.

A member of the National Honor Society, Toth also is involved in DARE (Drug Awareness Rehabilitation Effort), the Student Activities Club and the senior class. Her wide range of activities has earned her awards like Fallston's Mars Milky Way High School All-American and the Harford County Exchange Club's Youth of the Month.

"What's really neat about Pam," said O'Toole, "is that she's extremely steady in terms of her significant contributions to this school -- but in a very quiet way. She's never in the public eye except in sports when she produces. She does so much in so many ways without ever saying anything to other people."

Toth, who holds a 3.9 grade-point average, works the same way on the soccer field, the basketball court and the track. She's steady and hard-working but never flashy. Still, she has emerged as one of the best athletes in Fallston's senior class.

In the fall, Toth earned All-County honors at stopper for the

Cougars' county champion soccer team. Last spring, she and teammates Laura Snyder, Carrie Leonard and Holly King won the state Class 1A championship in the 1,600-meter relay.

A 5-8 forward for the basketball team, Toth led the state Class 1A runners-up in scoring a year ago. The young Cougars, who won 15 of their last 17 games, surprised even themselves in reaching the title game before falling, 34-21, in a defensive struggle with Williamsport.

Toth has picked up where she left off a year ago, leading the Cougars with a nine-point scoring average along with nearly eight rebounds per game.

At the North Carroll holiday tournament, Toth turned in an outstanding two-day effort with 31 points, 23 rebounds, four steals and an assist. She scored a career-high 17 in the opening-round win over Centennial.

"She was all over the court, very aggressive," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson. "Before, she'd be tentative on defense. Now, she has more confidence making the reach and her steals have gone up."

The one thing Toth has lacked through much of her athletic career is that confidence. In soccer and basketball, she's had the skills, the aggressiveness and the endurance to dominate the competition, but in the clutch she would be just a little unsure of herself.

"She's a perfectionist," said Ferguson, who also coached Toth in soccer. "To some extent that's good, but in some ways it's not. It's good because you continue to push yourself. But you can almost beat yourself sometimes because you expect so much. If she'd just relax and play the game, she'd be better off."

"I do feel more confident with the way I'm playing," said Toth. "I'd say I'm doing better than I was at the beginning of the year. I still get nervous, but it's better. Last year, I'd be out there before the game going around saying, 'I'm so nervous,' and all the freshmen were saying, 'Don't worry. It's all right.' "

Even with her packed schedule, Toth still finds time on the weekends to referee girls basketball for the Fallston Recreation Council.

"It's very nerve-wracking, but I think it's made me a better player," said Toth. "I think I'm more aware of what's going on on the whole court."

Next fall, Toth plans to continue playing basketball, although she may have to settle for club or intramural games. Atop her college list are James Madison and Wake Forest, both Division I programs.

If, however, she ends up at a Division III school, Toth, who plans to become a physical therapist, said she would try to play intercollegiate ball. She also hopes to get involved in some other activities too, maybe the newspaper, but she worries she won't be able to handle the load.

After everything she has juggled in high school, she shouldn't worry.

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