Changes mean more of same for Key Carroll noteobook

September 24, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Before the season began, it appeared the volleyball team at Francis Scott Key was in a transition situation: new coach, one returning starter, a young team.

Appearances can be deceiving.

The only thing new about the coach is her title, and the old and new have blended to the point where, going into last night's home match with Walkersville, the team was unbeaten in four starts, dropping only one game since an opening victory over Boonsboro -- a match that went five games.

Alice Smith, the head coach, was an assistant to Leo Totten for four years, and coached most of the members of the current team at the JV level. She took the top job after Totten resigned following last year's state championship season.

"Because the players were used to me, the program hasn't changed," Smith said following Monday's 3-0 win at Fallston. "They know what's going to happen; they know my expectations.

"Some things have changed, because his practice styles were different from mine, and I've moved some players around." And the victories keep coming.

"We see improvement, but there is still a lot to work on," Smith added. "In the beginning, they did not see their mistakes; now they see them and realize the things that need work.

"We're learning to work the ball around to spots. We're reading ourselves, and now we need to [be able to] read the opposition. We need to jump to the next level."

One key to success is team balance. There are 11 players, and the level of play appears to be the same regardless of whom is on the floor.

"We play as a team," is a Smith tenet, and the players reflect it. Everybody plays, there is consistent high-quality serving, and the numbers are about equal, whether talking about hits, digs, passes or assists.

"We're harder to defend that way, because if one isn't on, someone else will step up," Smith said.

Football leaders

Jason Zinkand's 208 yards in last week's 54-14 victory over North Hagerstown boosted the Francis Scott Key senior running back into the county rushing lead with 388 yards. Adam Crow, North Carroll, is second, 324, followed by Jason Tourangeau, South Carroll, 276.

North Carroll's Eric Etzel has completed 22 of 49 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and Chad Hayes (Westminster) has gone 19-for-44 for 306 yards. Among the receivers, Novell Washington, Westminster, is first with nine catches (55 yards), backed by Steve Suter, North Carroll, seven (200 yards, two touchdowns); Matt Bowers, Westminster, seven (63 yards, one touchdown); and Kevin DeCarlo, Francis Scott Key, six (45 yards, three touchdowns).

The top scorers are Crowl 32 points; Zinkand 31; Tourangeau 20; Suter 18; Billy Arnold, Westminster 14; and Rick Brown, North Carroll 14.

Western Maryland

The Green Terror field hockey team (2-4), held scoreless in losing its first three games, has broken through in the past three (prior to yesterday's Centennial Conference game against Franklin & Marshall), scoring 10 goals. The latest efforts were a 3-2 win over York and a 4-2 conference win at Haverford. Junior forward Amy North (Liberty) has three goals and two assists.

When the soccer team (1-2-1) opened Centennial play with a 2-2 overtime tie at Haverford, it came against a team ranked ninth in last week's Middle Atlantic Region poll. Sophomore Ryan Bowles (North Carroll) got the tying goal with some 13 minutes left in the second half.

Such is the quality and quantity of the golf team that coach Scott Moyer saw a split squad finish second in a tournament at Bucknell Saturday and another finish third among 11 at Gettysburg on Monday.

At Bucknell, Indiana University of Pennsylvania won with 580 points, followed by Western Maryland at 601. All but one of the remaining 14 teams were Division I schools. Tony Santillo was fourth among 102 entries with a two-day total of 147, and teammate Tony Worm tied for 11th at 150. Craig Zabora led Monday's squad with a tie for second in the individual race.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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