1998 Howard County girls previews

September 03, 1998|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1997 record: 3-13-1 overall, 0-8-1 county

Coach: Wendell Thomas

Classification: Class 2A

Top players: Erin Lipple, Sr., D; Aleah Zinalabedini, Sr., F; Samantha Belin, Sr., M; Jessica Obst, Soph., G/F.

Outlook: "I think we'll be competitive," said Thomas. But with only four returning starters -- Lipple, Zinalabedini, Obst and senior defender Meghan Bailey -- and mostly young players, it might take some time. "How quickly we come together as a team will determine how well we do," said Thomas, who has five sophomores on the team and hopes to bring up five more from the JV this week. Zinalabedini and Belin, who played field hockey last year, will be captains.

Centennial Eagles

1997 record: 8-6-1 overall, 6-3 county

Coach: Mike Senisi

Classification: Class 2A

Top players: Stacie Tokasz, Sr., M; Mandy Zachmann, Sr., D; Alexia Vogler, Sr., M/D; Jane Williams, Sr., F

Outlook: "We've put an emphasis on dedicating ourselves to each other and the program," Senisi said. "We've been working real hard, and everybody has a real positive attitude. We should be competitive if we stay healthy." Tokasz, Zachmann, Vogler and Williams give the Eagles a solid base, and players such as sophomore forward Ashley Evans, junior midfielder/defender Allison Woods, senior midfielder Kim Paulus, senior defender Paige Heller and sophomore defender Carolyn Schmid also will contribute. Sophomores Erica Neiman, who played varsity last season, and Emily Williams, up from JV, will compete to start at goalkeeper. Emily is Jane's sister. Centennial returns its top two scorers -- Williams and Evans -- and Senisi is very pleased with the approach his players are taking.

Chapelgate Christian Flames

1997 record: 2-15-1 overall; 0-13-1 league

Coach: Sarah Crown

Classification: Independent

Top players: Meghan Price, Sr., D; Tori Mariner, Sr., D; Courtney Holley, Soph., D; Katie Ordakowsky, Sr., M; Jenny Kotting, Soph., F.

Outlook: The Flames have a new coach (Crown was an assistant last fall) and a new classification (independent) after a winless Catholic B League campaign last year. Crown said the program is in the "developmental stage" but that this year's team is "very committed and learning quickly." She added: "I'm very excited. I feel very good about what we have." The Flames return four starters -- Price, Mariner, Kotting and Lydia Moges -- on a team that has three seniors, one junior and the rest (13) sophomores and freshmen. Two of those freshmen expected to contribute are forward Susie Both and midfielder Amanda King.

Glenelg Gladiators

1997 record: 8-7-4 overall, 3-4-2 county

Coach: Mike Williams

Classification: Class 1A

Top players: Jamie Epperlein, Sr., G; Kelly Renfro, Jr., M; Christa Vent, Sr., F; Stephanie Howell, Jr., F; Lori Tvarkunas, Sr., D

Outlook: After winning the state Class 1A-2A state last fall, Williams is sure of one thing: "Nobody is going to take us lightly anymore," he said. Nine players who started the state final against Hereford are back, and two more players who have starting experience also return. First-team All-County goalkeeper Epperlein, who made 201 saves last fall, leads the defense. In front of her will be Tvarkunas, a stopper, along with three junior defenders -- Bibi Warfield, Amanda Strandquist and Layne Buckler. The Gladiators return their top three scorers from last year -- Howell (nine goals, two assists), Renfro (four goals, seven assists) and Vent (seven goals, three assists). Williams is looking for good things from sophomore midfielder Katie Kirley. "I expect to be very competitive," said Williams, whose team lost its last regular-season game before winning five straight and the championship. "They're athletic and have good speed. It's also the deepest team I've had." Williams is carrying 19 players (four seniors, 10 juniors, four sophomores and one freshman).

Hammond Golden Bears

1997 record: 8-8 overall, 6-3 county

Coach: Peter Di Marco

Classification: Class 1A

Top players: Lindsey Mitchell, Sr., G; Lauren Traber, Sr., D; Monica Serianni, Sr., M; Michelle Jenkins, Sr., F; Martha Bielefeld, Jr., M; Meg Tilley, Jr., M

Outlook: Mitchell is one of the county's top goalkeepers, and Traber, seniors Brita Grothe and Kelly Workman and sophomore Sarah Walker provide a solid defense in front of her. The Golden Bears will carry 21 players, and 12 of them are seniors. "This should be a good year for us," Di Marco said. "We have experience, and we're playing with confidence." Inconsistent play hurt Hammond last year, something that Di Marco is well aware of. "We need to maintain a certain degree of consistency to be taken seriously," said Di Marco, whose team handed county-champion River Hill its only loss of the season, 2-1, in overtime. Part of the Golden Bears' inconsistency last year was a lack of scoring.

Howard Lions

1997 record: 5-10 overall, 2-7 county

Coach: Dave Guetler

Classification: Class 2A

Top players: Jevne Reid, Sr., F/M; Amy Rappaport, Jr., M/D.

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