Greene primed for overseas duty


April 05, 1995|By BILL FREE

Stacey Greene is taking her fast-paced, high-powered field hockey game to four European countries this summer.

Greene, the 1994 Carroll County Player of the Year, has been chosen to play with 29 other athletes on a U.S. Continental All-Star team that will tour England, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands from June 20 to July 5.

The Francis Scott Key junior and her teammates will participate in four games and three tournaments in 16 days, with the London International Field Hockey tournament being the highlight of the trip.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Greene. "We're going to get to see Windsor Castle, the Queen's Doll House, take a boat tour on the Rhine River and visit Hindelberg, Germany, a town from medieval days."

Greene, who already has helped Francis Scott Key win one state 1A field hockey championship and make it to the state 1A tournament two other times, was selected for the U.S. team because of her speed, long list of high school accomplishments and her participation in Futures Camp at the University of Maryland.

"The man [Phillip Birch] who put the team together heard about my speed and the things I've done at Key from reading the articles that have been written on me," said Greene. "And he also knew about me because I played in the states three times and went to Futures Camp."

Greene said she has improved her stickwork immensely over the past winter by playing in indoor leagues at Four Seasons in Hampstead and the Carroll Indoor Sports Center in Westminster.

Key coach Mindi Wagner said: "I'm really excited for Stacey. Her skills have improved a lot by playing indoors all winter and she can only get a lot better playing against the caliber of competition she'll be seeing in Europe."

Greene also has been a track and field standout for the Eagles. She was a first-team All-Carroll choice as a sophomore last season. She is a hurdler and member of Key's 400- and 800-meter relay teams.

Owings, Yinger All-America

Francis Scott Key's two celebrated senior wrestlers, Randy Owings and Zac Yinger, have gone out in something of a blaze of glory.

Owings (140 pounds) and Yinger (152) both finished sixth in the national high school wrestling championships in Pittsburgh last week to earn All-America honors.

Owings and Yinger are two-time state champions, and Yinger is the 1994-95 Wrestler of the Year in Carroll County. Owings won that same award in 1992-93 and shared it with Mike Chenoweth in 1993-94.

Both wrestlers played a major role in helping Key replace North Carroll as the No. 1 team in wrestling-rich Carroll County in 1994-95.

Owings finished his high school career at 119-7-1, and Yinger was 110-15.

Ibex, Wagener honored

Westminster sophomore Jill Ibex and South Carroll sophomore Ce Wagener were among 31 athletes honored by the Maryland AAU March 12 at an awards banquet at the Holiday Inn in Timonium.

Ibex and Wagener were recognized as 1994 Outstanding Maryland AAU Athletes for girls basketball. Ibex was a first-team 1994-95 All-Carroll girls basketball choice, and Wagener was a second-team selection.

Lister close to choosing UMBC

Westminster volleyball and basketball standout Beth Lister said Monday she most likely will enroll at UMBC this fall and play volleyball for the Retrievers.

"It should be definite in a couple of days," said Lister.

Lister was the 1994 Carroll County Volleyball Player of the Year and a 1994-95 first-team All-Carroll girls basketball choice.

Maxcy ready to pitch

The South Carroll baseball team, which struggled a little last week (1-2) after getting off to a 3-0 start, has gotten some good news.

The Cavaliers' ace pitcher, senior lefty Kile Maxcy, said he is ready to pitch after missing a couple of games due to tendinitis.

"I could have pitched today [last Thursday in 9-4 loss to Thomas Johnson] if the coach [Bradley Collins] had asked me to," said Maxcy.

Collins said he did not pitch Maxcy against Thomas Johnson for fear of aggravating the tendinitis.

"I'm fine," said Maxcy, who had a 5-3 record with two saves, a 2.90 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 23 walks last season.

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