Blend of the old and new is on the scene this season Six All-County picks are back, but N. Carroll, Liberty have new coaches

Local Sports: High School Volleyball Preview

September 04, 1996|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,Special to The Sun

Plenty of familiar faces will be on hand on Carroll County volleyball courts this fall, but there won't be quite so many on the sidelines.

Six of last year's seven Baltimore Sun All-County selections return for their senior year, led by Player of the Year Stephanie Stambaugh of Francis Scott Key. Two more return from 1995's second team.

But two of the county's five public school varsity coaches will be newcomers this season, and one long-time assistant also has stepped down.

Helen Derwin stepped down after 11 seasons at Liberty High and a coaching and teaching career at schools in Baltimore and Massachusetts.

"I had a nice group of girls coming back," said Derwin, who still teaches at Liberty and says she plans to attend many of the games. "I figured it was better to go out leaving something for the next person."

That next person is Dave Trumbo, a long-time area volleyball official who recently began teaching at nearby Liberty Christian School after a 20-year career working at juvenile facilities.

A chance meeting with Liberty athletic director Ken Johnson shortly after Derwin stepped down landed him the job, Trumbo said. Trumbo knew Johnson from his days as an official in Baltimore County, where Johnson had been a teacher, coach and administrator before moving to Liberty.

Also new on the Lions' bench will be assistant coach Tracey Kent, who had been a junior varsity coach and physical education teacher at Randallstown High in Baltimore County before leaving to take a job in her family's business, Trumbo said.

Two new coaches will be on the sidelines at North Carroll, too.

Lloyd Ford, the head girls basketball coach for the Panthers for four years until 1990, takes over for Don'a Martin, who was head volleyball coach for the Panthers for three years.

"The pleasant surprise is that a lot of it has been very easy," said Ford, a social studies teacher at the school, of his return to varsity coaching. He has stayed involved with coaching as a freshman girls basketball coach and a volunteer softball assistant. Perhaps the biggest change at North Carroll is the retirement of long-time assistant coach Bonnie Clendaniel, who bridged the gap from 19-year head coach Linda Richards to Martin. Taking her place will be Western Maryland College graduate Denise Spangler.

On the court, nobody returns more familiar quality players than Key, which went 19-1 last year, finishing one win shy of the state 1A championship while finishing seventh in the final Baltimore Sun poll. Erin Ness, Cindy Sheedy and Nicole Keffer join Stambaugh as first- and second-team All-County returnees from a team that went undefeated in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League and won a region title before losing to Williamsport -- a team it defeated twice in the regular season -- in the state title game.

Those two squads, along with fellow MVAL foes Smithsburg and Boonsboro, all are potential powers at the regional and state levels in what many consider the most competitive high school volleyball conference in the state.

In the CMC, North Carroll returns four starters (including two All-County first-teamers) from a squad that went 16-5 last season, South Carroll has three back from an 8-7 club and Liberty returns Candice Young, one of the conference's best players. Westminster is the only school in the county without experience as the Owls have only two seniors on the roster.

Among the Frederick County schools in the CMC, Thomas Johnson came on strong at the end of 1995 and should be in the title hunt.

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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