Players to watch 1993 high school field hockey preview

September 09, 1993|By Bill Free

Jill Ballard, North Carroll, Jr., Off. -- A starter since the ninth grade, Ballard is a gifted offensive and defensive player who can get the ball to the forwards for goals. She has excellent quickness and a feel for the game to go along with her outstanding stickwork.

Carli Benham, South Carroll, Jr., Off. -- Came up from the junior varsity for the playoffs last season and was part of the Cavaliers' march to the state 3A championship game. Benham isn't very fast or big but is quick and is expected to provide some much-needed scoring for South Carroll.

Amber Bosley, North Carroll, Jr., Off. -- Combines quickness, hustle and outstanding stickwork to be a scoring threat every time she gets the ball. Never stops battling for the ball and is exhausted every time she comes off the field. Played a major role in the Panthers' turnaround last season from a 3-9 to an 8-4-2 record.

Laura Burkhouse, North Carroll, Sr., Off. -- A well-rounded player who enters her third season as a starter. Will be one of three captains for the Panthers and is known for her consistent play and leadership.

Tracie DiDio, South Carroll, Sr., Off. -- With the graduation of her former teammate Patti Duffy and Westminster's Tinah Houck, DiDio becomes the big-name player in the county this season. She will face double- and triple-teaming all season and still will be expected to be the big-play forward for the Cavaliers.

Laura Duklewski, Liberty, Sr., Off. -- The fastest player on the team, Duklewski enters her fourth season and has improved vastly since her junior year. As a midfielder for the Lions, Duklewski uses her speed and hard work to make things happen.

Holly Fitzgerald, South Carroll, Sr., Def. -- She's a quiet person until she gets a stick in her hand and plays defense for the Cavaliers. Started last season and was one of the major reasons South Carroll shut down a lot of teams on the way to the state 3A finals.

Stacy Greene, Francis Scott Key, Soph., Off. -- One of those rare athletes who can be an instant standout. Greene did that as a freshman for the Eagles last season, starting and leading the team in goals with eight. Has good instincts in front of the goal. Last season scored the tying goal to force overtime against Fallston and then scored the winning goal.

Laurie Kreseski, North Carroll, Jr., Off. -- An unselfish player, Kreseski is adept at sending the ball across the field from the wing, setting up numerous goals. Also uses her speed to outrun opponents. Started as a sophomore.

Kristen Lewis, Westminster, Sr., Off. -- Has the unenviable task of trying to replace Tinah Houck as the leading scorer for the Owls. Lewis plays both forward and link and got a lot of playing time last season, sharing a forward spot with All-County selection Aurora Brown.

Jen Markowitz, Westminster, Sr., Off. -- An athlete who loves to score goals, Markowitz has been working on trying to improve her shot over the past summer. Markowitz has good stickwork and will need to have a good season if the Owls hope to return to the state tournament.

Sandi McBeth, Westminster, Sr., Def. -- An experienced defensive player, McBeth will have to be at her best this season because the Owls don't figure to have as many goals to work with as they did last season. McBeth has good game sense.

Missy Muller, Francis Scott Key, Jr., G -- Has an intuition about the game that makes her an excellent goalkeeper. Sees the whole field and has quickness to make some superb split-second saves. Has improved her intensity.

Amy North, Liberty, Jr., Off. -- A player who constantly pursues the ball and has a solid drive to send it into the circle. The midfielder/forward also knows how to put the ball in the cage, scoring the winning goal last season in overtime against Francis Scott Key.

Kati Rockwell, South Carroll, Jr., Def. -- Never played field hockey before her sophomore season, but was good enough to be called up from the junior varsity for the South Carroll playoff drive. Her quickness will help her make an easy transition to defense.

Kerry Stossel, Liberty, Sr., Def. -- A four-year player who has been a steady performer for the Lions. Has seen some action at the critical sweeper position and responded with strong showings to keep Liberty in games.

Holly Talbert, Francis Scott Key, Jr., Off. -- Has tremendous stickwork and is not afraid to try new things, said her coach Mindi Wagner. Made the varsity as a freshman and started as a sophomore. Has attended camps to improve her game.

Heather Thompson, Liberty, Sr., Off. -- A midfielder who is expected to be a leader for the Lions. Started as a junior and is in her fourth season with Liberty. Can switch from offense to defense quickly and is an adept passer.

Becky Tregoning, Francis Scott Key, Sr., Def. -- A defensive leader, Tregoning is a fiercely dedicated and talented player. Made the team as a freshman and started as a sophomore. One of the reasons the Eagles were able to make it to the state 1A semifinals last season.

Sara Warner, Westminster, Sr., Def. -- Owls co-coach Brenda Baker calls Warner a "bookend" with her defensive teammate Sandi McBeth. "They're the same," said Baker. "They both know how to play the game and have a knack for making the right plays." Warner made a lot of right plays last season as Westminster went to the state 4A title game and held Severna Park to one goal in a 1-0 loss in that game.

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