F.S. Key field hockey team left indelible mark in 1993

CARROLL SPORTS

December 30, 1993|By BILL FREE

The good times didn't exactly roll throughout 1993 on the Carroll County high school sports front.

Football and boys basketball continued to be disappointments overall.

Successful coaches resigned, such as Francis Scott Key's Jim Bullock (cross country) and North Carroll's Linda Richards (volleyball).

Liberty's outstanding wrestler and soccer player, Anthony Omelio, died in a car crash over the summer.

However, as the last basketball is about to be dribbled in 1993, it is time to look at the top 10 high school sports stories in the county this year.

No. 1 -- Without a doubt, the top story was a young, fast and talented Francis Scott Key field hockey team winning the state class 1A championship with a 1-0 victory over longtime nemesis Pocomoke, a team that had knocked the Eagles out of the state semifinals the past three years.

Key became one of only three schools that have won at least five state field hockey titles. And it obviously will be favored to win a sixth state title next season with All-County choices Stacey Greene, Missy Muller, Laurie Ryer, Holly Talbert, Jessica Sutherland and Amy Layman returning.

Making the Eagles even more formidable is the presence of a bright young coach such as Mindi Wagner.

No. 2 -- Unranked Liberty stunned fourth-ranked North Carroll in the state 2A region field hockey finals at North Carroll.

Seldom has a team faced longer odds of winning a game than the Lions did that day, but they turned back the Panthers on strokes and went to the state tournament.

North Carroll had allowed only two goals all season, was 11-1-1 and county champion, had beaten Liberty twice during the regular season and had the county Player of the Year in Jill Ballard and had the home-field advantage.

Making the loss even harder for North Carroll was the fact it had three goals disallowed, including an apparent game-winner in sudden-death overtime by Beth Moore.

North Carroll coach Denean Koontz buried her head in her hands the moment the game ended, showing the frustration she and her players felt.

No. 3 -- South Carroll's girls lacrosse team started out 4-5 before an unbelievable stretch drive earn it a berth against top-ranked Severna Park in the 3A-4A state championship game at Catonsville Community College.

The Cavaliers, guided by Stacy Stem, won six games before falling to Severna Park in the finals, but that loss couldn't diminish the feats of a team that was predicted to finish third or fourth among four Carroll County teams.

South Carroll overcame the loss of two starting de fenders, Hilary Griffith and Alicia Sievert, to season-ending knee injuries and a .. third player to academic problems, and played the entire season with a sophomore goalkeeper (Erin Nauyalis) who started the season wanting to play attack before being persuaded by Stem to play in goal.

No. 4 -- The North Carroll-Francis Scott Key dual-meet wrestling event before more than 1,300 fans at North Carroll.

This match featured some of the top wrestlers in the state going against each other.

The competition was first-rate; the behavior of the wrestlers, fans and coaches was excellent; the school made more money for worthwhile causes than it has made for any single indoor event in school history; and the outcome wasn't decided until the next-to-the-last bout.

North Carroll came out a 31-24 winner to continue its dominance in the county, but it is obvious that Key is catching up.

No. 5 -- North Carroll wrestling coach Dick Bauerlein became only the second person from Carroll County to be inducted into the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Bauerlein missed a chance to win his first state wrestling tournament championship the same night he was being inducted into the state Hall at Western Maryland College.

But the dedicated coach of 27 years (18 at North Carroll) took his latest tournament setback (three seconds and a top-six finish the past 10 years) in stride.

Bauerlein's 222-20 dual-meet record and longtime dominance of the Carroll County wrestling scene (including seven straight county tournament championships) speak for themselves.

Bauerlein might be ready to bring home that first state title this season, as the state association will conduct a dual-meet state championship for the first time in addition to the state tournament. Bauerlein is at his best in dual meets.

A5 No. 6 -- The Francis Scott Key boys won the state

class 1A track championship with 78 points to 65 for Boonsboro.

The Eagles, coached by Rich Salkin and Tom Hill, achieved their ultimate goal behind superb individual performances by Scott Kreit and Josh Crone, and a first-place finish by the 1,600-meter relay team of Ryan Robertson, Christian White, Jason McCarley and Kreit.

Kreit also won the state quarter-mile (50.62 seconds), and Crone was the state pole vault champion with a 13-foot, 6-inch effort. Key's Ryan Dunn was second to Crone with a 13-foot vault.

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