WEEKEND RAIN threw a kink into the plans but not the spirit of the North Carroll Recreation Council's soccer program.
Playoffs were to begin last week but have been postponed until Saturday,and they will be played on the fields at North Carroll Middle School and Manchester Elementary.
"We'll just punt and keep going," says Elmer Butler, who has organized the intramural soccer program for eight years.
The fall intramural program has put about 750 kids on 42 teams. The independent travel soccer program has fielded another 11 teams that compete with other recreation programs.
"The idea is to teach as many skills as possible and give a foundation of what soccer is about," Butler says about the popular program.
With the season ending, Butler is setting sights on indoor soccer, which begins Dec. 1 and runs through March 6.
"Then we pick up and get ready for spring soccer, which is strictly for fun," he said.
The spring program is a two- month introduction intended for children new to the game.
By the way, Butler is looking for someone to help run spring soccer because that's when he steps into referee's shoes.
"Kids play because they enjoy the sport. It brings out team camaraderie -- [learning to] depend on one another, not an individual. You play your position and support one another. There's no one person who can stand out. This is a good concept to learn," he says.
His wife, Beverly, has supported his dedication to the soccer program by helping at registration, organizing the candy fund-raiser and running the concession stand.
It's one way to watch their sons, Zachary, 12, and Nathaniel, 10, play soccer, of course.
Pro wrestling night
The Wrestling Clown returns to North Carroll High School for a fund-raiser on Nov. 15.
A night with George "the Animal" Steele, Pit Bull the Second, "King Kong" Bundy and other wrestlers typically attracts about 700 people.
It's been enough to fund the high school's computer and supplies needs. Behind the wrestling fund-raiser is the North Carroll Business Club, a group of business students and their teacher, Tom Davidson, who coaches wrestling.
Advance tickets for ringside seats are $15, and general admission is $10. General admission at the door is $12.
Tickets are sold at the school, Renfro's Coastal Service Station on Route 30, Ron's Automotive in Hampstead and Manchester, and Ledo Pizza in Westminster.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 11/05/97