Colleen Gately is selected field hockey All-American

NEIGHBORS

April 28, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Girls field hockey was introduced nearly 20 years ago at Severna Park High School. Since then, Severna Park has consistently made the state finals, winning the championship seven times, including this year.

As the crowning achievement of her high school career, senior Colleen Gately, who scored the winning goal in the championship game, has been named to the prestigious All-American Girls Field Hockey Team.

Only 23 players are named annually to this select roster by the U.S. Field Hockey Association and sponsor Penn Monto.

The only Marylander named, Colleen has played varsity field hockey for three years. She was also named to the All-State Field Hockey Team, and represented Severna Park at the All-Star Game at the Johns Hopkins University in November.

The 17-year-old isn't sure which she enjoys more: sports or academics. She will attend the University of Virginia this fall and is considering a major in math, science or pre-med.

Coach Lil Shelton says, "Colleen has a terrific work ethic. She spends hours mastering new skills."

The daughter of Mike and Sherry Gately coaches in the county junior field hockey summer program.

"The sport opens doors to colleges," says Shelton. She feels sports permits the players to go to the school of their choice.

Two other Severna Park field hockey players have been named to the national team: Jane Peterson, a defense player named in 1986, played for two years at the University of Maryland; and goalie Carey Borkoski, named in 1987, went on to play four years at Wake Forest University.

Shelton's coaching philosophy is reflected in the pride she feels for her players. The fact that Severna Park is always in the state finals is a tribute not to herself but to the girls, says the coach.

"Winning is something that we do," says Shelton. "The pressure is great, but it's also good experience for the girls for the rest of their lives."

Despite their outstanding record, "We do not win at all cost," she explains. "To perform and have success is what we are after. To win is a bonus."

This successful coach, who is president of both the state and national high school field hockey coaches associations, has her own collection of honors.

In 1987 she became the first woman coach to receive the county coaches association's Robert Pascal Award, and last year she was the Sun High School Coach of the Year.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Shelton came to Severna Park to coach girls softball. When she introduced field hockey to her classes the girls loved it and formed a team, but Shelton had to search for competition. Three years later, girls field hockey became a county school sport.

Coach Shelton, whose specialty is offense, is assisted by Sue Behringer, who coaches defense. Former assistant Anne "Sweeney" Andrews is the junior varsity coach.

The county's summer field hockey program for girls 8 to 17 years old begins June 27. Call Coach Shelton at 647-2138.

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Kindergarten parents are invited to meet the first-grade teachers from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Folger McKinsey Elementary School. New first-grade registrants may meet the other Folger kindergartners when they visit first grade June 6.

Call 222-6560 or 222-6561.

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In honor of Secretary's Week, the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop on Ritchie Highway will give a fresh rose bud to all secretaries who shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

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The Chesapeake Youth Symphony and Strings Orchestras will perform "American -- All the Way," at 11 a.m. this Saturday at St. Johns College Key Auditorium.

Tickets are $4 at the door. Call 647-8474.

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