Two soccer teams end good seasons in different ways


November 27, 1997|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWO FRANCIS Scott Key Junior Eagles soccer teams capped off excellent seasons in different fashion.

The under-10 boys team won the B division of the Carroll County Soccer League by sweeping four games Nov. 16 and 17. The Eagles rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Deer Park 2-1 in the title game.

Earlier that day, Key defeated Owings Mills 1-0 in overtime. The day before, the Eagles had squeaked past Sandymount on a penalty kick shootout and nipped South Carroll 2-1.

The Eagles tournament run was somewhat surprising as the team finished the regular season in a three-way tie for fifth with a 4-3-1 record.

Team members included Thomas Galvin, Joshua Edmondson, Clinton Leathers, Drew Seeley, Zach Devilbiss, Justin Linthicum, Nicholas Pivar, Shawn Ricketts, Kyle Tracey, Brandon Hadden, Ethan Cook, Michael Walters, Kurtis Lunz, Cameron White, Greg Pfieffer, Kenny Schisler and Jeff Ziegler. Todd Galvin was the head coach and Tom Devilbiss was his assistant.

The under-14 boys team did things a bit differently. The team, coached by Dave Johnson, won the league's B division with an 8-0 record.

League organizers offered Key the chance to play in the A division tournament, and they accepted. The Eagles defeated the North Carroll A squad 3-2 in the opener, with Jamie Walker scoring the winner and teammates Casey Johnson and Nate Yinger also scoring.

The Eagles faced A Division regular-season champ Hagerstown in the second round and lost, 4-2, though the game was tied 2-2 at the half. Yinger and Ben Lieter scored for Key.

Key featured two sets of twins: Jamie and Brandon Walker and Richard and Ed Bailey. Other team members included Luke Bowman, Jonathan Gowen, Joe Reilly, Brad Thompson, Jim Barley, Ryan Corbin, Chris Malarkey, Trent Miller, Adam Stultz and Tom Taggart.

The Junior Eagles honored all 270 players, along with 30 more from the Union Bridge program that competed with Eagles teams, at two awards banquets last week.

Soccer has exploded in the area. Eight years ago, about 50 northwest Carroll children played soccer for three travel teams.

Gridders honored, too

Last week, yours truly was "banqueted-out." Besides the aforementioned soccer gigs, we had the Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles football banquet at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

About 170 football players and cheerleaders and their families, plus dozens of dedicated volunteers, were honored. Plaques also were presented to sponsors, including the city of Taneytown, Lehigh Portland Cement, McGregor Printing, Lion Brothers, Taneytown Bank & Trust and the Bell Atlantic Telephone Pioneers of America.

The Eagles also played host to the Mountain Valley Football league Super Bowl on Nov. 16 at Memorial Park in Taneytown. Although no FSK teams were involved, league officials praised the group's work. The Eagles made more than $2,000 in ticket and concession sales.

The Junior Eagles football organization will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest Middle School on King Drive in Taneytown to elect officers.

Jeff Eyler is stepping down after four years of hard work and dedication as head of the group.

Spring lacrosse organizing

One more sports note for the week.

With lacrosse becoming a varsity sport for boys at Francis Scott Key High in the spring (the girls program may follow a year later), Union Bridge Area Recreation Council will start a youth lacrosse program this spring.

The program is open to children in all of northwest Carroll and will probably start about March 1. No registration fee has been set as organizers determine interest and estimate expenses.

The council is holding an organizational meeting at 6: 45 p.m. Tuesday at the Francis Scott Key High media center on Bark Hill Road. Anyone interested in helping to organize or coach is invited.

Anyone with children up to age 14 (the lower age level will be based on community interest) who are interested in playing should call Nancy Owings of the recreation council at 410-775-7541.

Santa Claus is en route

Used to be if you wanted to get a picture taken with Santa Claus, you had to venture to Westminster, Frederick or Hanover, Pa. Jolly St. Nick only made brief appearances in northwest Carroll on stops organized by local service groups.

But this year, the Santa Claus World Tour 1997 will make several stops in Taneytown. Children can have their pictures taken with the big man on several Saturdays and Thursdays starting this weekend at Pictures-R-Us in Taneytown Shopping Center.

If you would like photos of your favorite four-legged critter with Santa, Pictures-R-Us will offer pet portraits with Santa (including the kids, if desired) Monday evenings.

Call the store at 410-756-2266 for dates, times and cost.

Ed McDonough's Northwest neighbors column appears Thursdays in the Carroll County section of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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