An article yesterday incorrectly reported that Liberty lacrosse player Trish Young tore down a North Carroll banner following a game at North Carroll Monday.
* The Sun regrets the error.
North Carroll football coach Bill Rumbaugh was stirring around the press box at Monday's girls lacrosse game in Hampstead, trying to help fix the scoreboard and looking a lot like the school's next athletic director after longtime AD Ed Powelson steps down at the end of the school year.
FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION
At South Carroll, where AD Fred Baker also is resigning, football coach Gene Brown was seen filling in for Baker during a recent lacrosse game in Winfield.
The Carroll County Board of Education is expected to approve two new hires for the positions tonight and Rumbaugh and Brown appear to be the likely candidates.
Rumbaugh, a physical education teacher, came to North Carroll in 1993 and guided the Panthers to a 6-4 record last fall to earn Carroll County Coach of the Year honors.
Brown, also a physical education teacher who's been at South Carroll for 20 years, became the varsity football coach in 1992 and also built the Cavaliers' boys lacrosse tradition before stepping down as head coach after the 1993 season.
Paying the price
The Liberty girls lacrosse team, which avenged two regular-season losses against county rival North Carroll with a 10-9 win on Monday in the Class 3A-4A West region quarterfinals, already had an uphill battle going up against No. 3 Mount Hebron (15-2) in this afternoon's semifinals.
To make matters worse, the Lions (12-4) will have to visit mighty Hebron without one of its top starters, sophomore attack Trish Young, and another starter up front, fellow sophomore April Shaw.
Shortly after Monday's win at North Carroll, the two players took their celebration one step too far when they jumped into the stands and tore down a North Carroll sign celebrating the Panthers' county championship. Liberty had won the previous seven county championships.
Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said the sign had a panther eating a lion, but that was no excuse for her players' conduct. Their mistake resulted in suspensions for the rest of the season.
The loss of Young, who scored 45 goals and 12 assists this season, is particularly big for the Lions against Hebron.
"This is not about winning and losing, but teaching lessons and helping them out down the road," said Vaughn.
N. Carroll-Liberty IV
Want to know how difficult it is to beat a team three times in a season? Just ask the North Carroll girls lacrosse team.
But what about four?
That's what the North Carroll softball team will try to do this afternoon when it takes on county rival Liberty in the Class 3A West semifinal in Hampstead.
The No. 15 Panthers (14-7) are playing their best ball of the season. After opening the playoffs with a solid 5-1 win over traditional state power Damascus on Saturday, the Panthers came back to rout Richard Montgomery, 18-0, on Monday.
Meredith Gill's grand slam was the biggest of the 16 hits North Carroll collected on Monday.
The Lions (7-12) got 12 strikeouts from junior pitcher Amber Back on Monday to get past South Carroll, 7-1.
W. Maryland College news
Two members of the Green Terror women's lacrosse team were selected to play in the NCAA Division III North/South All-Star game, scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 7 at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
Senior attacker Jodi Wagner and senior defender Mary Beth Francis are two of the nation's top 36 seniors chosen to participate in the third annual game.
Wagner, a four-year starter, is fourth at Western Maryland in career goals (129) and points (159). This season, she finished with 25 goals and six assists to earn second-team All-Centennial Conference status.
Francis was another four-year starter who scored 13 goals and two assists as a defender to also earn second-team All-CC mention.
In softball, junior second baseman Julie Backof (Westminster) was selected to the National Softball Coaches Association NCAA Division III East Region first team.
Backof, the Centennial Conference's Player of the Year, batted .574 with 11 homers, 51 RBIs, 53 runs scored and a slugging percentage of 1.046 for the season. She's bidding to become Western Maryland's first All-American in the program's 17-year history. Selections will be announced tonight at the NCAA Division III softball banquet that precedes the national tournament.
Pub Date: 5/14/97