Two Carroll Christian teams headed for state tournaments

Carroll notebook

October 15, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Carroll Christian School, unbeaten in boys soccer and volleyball, will send its teams to their respective Maryland Association of Christian Schools tournaments this weekend.

The 9-0 soccer team will play a first-round game tomorrow against Capital Christian at the 97 Carroll County Sports Complex. A second first-round game will have Harford Christian at Elkton Christian, with all four teams advancing to Saturday games at Harford in Dublin. The losers will play at 11 a.m., and the winners at 1 p.m.

A similar format is true for the 13-0 volleyball team, as the same four teams will be involved -- Capital at Carroll tomorrow at 3: 30, and Elkton at Harford. Consolation and championship games will be Saturday (11 and 1) at Harford.

Both Carroll teams will play in other post-season tournaments. Regionals will be next week at Elkton (soccer) and Dale City, Va. (volleyball), and their nationals will be Oct. 28-Nov. 1 (soccer) and Nov. 5-7 (volleyball) in Dayton, Tenn.

Matt Reisberg, with a physical education background that included playing soccer, went to Carroll Christian as a teacher last year, and was named soccer coach prior to this season. He inherited a talented team that includes 10 seniors, eight of whom are starters.

The team is especially strong up the middle from goalkeeper Gadon Good through sweeper Paul Albaugh and center halfback Frank Pinton to forward John Brunson.

Good has five shutouts, while Albaugh was named the most valuable player in a preseason tournament, and has maintained that level of play.

Pinto, who has been playing on two sore ankles, is the emotional leader, the hub around which play revolves, prompting Reisberg to say, "Even with bad ankles he's better than anyone else. Without him we are a different team. We seem to lose our intensity." Brunson is the scoring leader with 25 goals, half the Westminster school's total output.

In volleyball, 10-year coach Judy Mied has a 13-player squad, with a starting six, two who come off the bench frequently, and five more who have seen duty in quite a few one-sided matches.

Carroll starts three seniors -- team captain and middle hitter Jodi Beard, a three-year starter; Kelly DeWitt, a middle hitter in her third year as a starter, and two-year starter Rebecca Mied, a weak-side hitter. Completing the lineup are junior twins Lauren and LeighAnn Belcher, outside hitter and setter, respectively, and sophomore middle hitter Renee Coglianese.

First off the bench are seniors Melissa Johnson and Mindy Kirk.

With no scholarships, no Junior Olympians, and no club players, the Patriots do it with an emphasis on basic skills. "We set team goals, rather than individual goals, and they are based on 85 percent of completions for the various skills," said Mied.

They are at or above 85 in serving [16 percent aces] and passing [first pass, and the third one over to within six feet of a specific spot]. The usual lineup has one girl at 5 feet, 8 inches, and none of the others taller than 5-6.

Carroll has won the state championship four times in the last seven years, and this year's team compares favorably. It is well-disciplined, and during its 13 wins (best-of-5 matches), it lost only one game. Last year, it lost one regular-season game and the state title to Granite Christian.

Numbers game

Adam Crowl of North Carroll maintained his Carroll County rushing lead on Jason Zinkand of Francis Scott Key, 782 to 580, last weekend but Zinkand, with two touchdowns and an extra point in a victory over South Hagerstown, moved ahead in the scoring race, 60-56. Jason Tourangeau of South Carroll is third, 44.

In boys soccer, the leading goal-scorers are Tim Chairs, Liberty, 6; J.J. Montgomery, Francis Scott Key, 6; Tom Long, Key, 6; Rick Wareham, Liberty, 6, and Nathan McCullough, Liberty, 6.

In girls soccer, the leaders are Danielle Shearer, North Carroll, 6; Courtney Bierne, Westminster, 5; Michelle Payne, Westminster, 5; Stephanie Rogers, North Carroll, 5.

In field hockey, the leaders are Mary Kaminski, North Carroll, 9; Lisa Duke, Westminster, 9; Lindsay Iadevaia, Westminster, 6.

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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