Field hockey tourney in Florida to fill holiday for 9 local players

September 18, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Forget the turkey dinner. Nine local girls would rather break with tradition and play field hockey over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Carrie Wirth of Fallston, Devin Fitzpatrick of Garrison Forest; Ashlee Silver, Sara Diedrich and Kristen Lyall, all of McDonogh; Sarah Oglesby of St. Paul's; Kate Kaiser of Notre Dame Prep; Heather Benson of Dulaney; and Rebecca Shapiro of Park were selected for Team Maryland, which will compete at the United States Field Hockey Association's Hockey Festival in West Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Roland Park's Alli Harper is one of four alternates.

The annual festival offers competitions for youth, high school and unlimited teams, as well as a college fair. College coaches from all over the country attend the festival to scout potential recruits.

In addition to the girls on Team Maryland, several other local girls may attend the festival with their club teams.

Team Maryland players were chosen by regional representatives of the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Coaches Association in tryouts Aug. 25 at Fallston High. The coaches had planned to send one team of 20 girls, but opted for two teams of 15 when 136 girls showed up for the tryouts.

"We thought 80 would be a great turnout," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett, vice president of the coaches' association. "We had no idea so many girls would show up. We didn't think the information had gotten out in time, because the idea came about at the very end of the school year."

With that kind of response, however, Puckett said the coaches' association will try to send a team to next year's festival in California and perhaps two or more teams when the festival returns to the East Coast in 1998.

Macfarlane likes Navy

Kate Macfarlane, Hereford's two-time All-Metro soccer goalie, likely will play for the Naval Academy next fall.

A 4.0 student who stands first in her class, Macfarlane has received a "letter of assurance" from the Academy. The only thing apparently standing in the way of an appointment is the paperwork needed to receive a nomination from a Maryland congressman.

One of the area's most highly-recruited soccer players, Macfarlane had narrowed her choices to Ohio State, Maryland, North Carolina State and the Naval Academy. Navy was her first choice.

"I liked the atmosphere of the school," said Macfarlane, who plans to major in aerospace engineering. "I like the idea that everyone around you would be hard working and dedicated -- and they have a really good team." With several new teams in the fold this season, Catholic League girls soccer officials have opted for two divisions within both the A and B divisions.

In the A Division, Catholic, the Institute of Notre Dame, Mercy and Notre Dame Prep will play in Division I with John Carroll, Maryvale, McDonogh, Spalding and St. Mary's in Division II.

In the B Division, Seton Keough, Severn, Chapelgate, Bryn Mawr and Mount Carmel will play in Division I with Mount de Sales, St. Mary's -- B, Roland Park and Towson Catholic in Division II.

Tournament seeding will change with the top team in Division I playing the bottom team in Division II in the first round. There also will be a preliminary play-in game in each of the divisions that include five teams.

Catholic AD recognized

Kathy Jo Harris, Catholic High's athletic director, received the 1996 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit.

The award recognizes one member in each of the 50 state athletic-directors' associations. Harris was selected by the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association to receive the annual honor. Winners are chosen based on their leadership and long-term contributions to high-school sports at the local and state levels.

Harris also received the State Award of Merit in 1995 when she was chosen the national cheerleading coach of the year.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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