Coach views girls ice hockey as `the sport of the future'

Neighbors

April 08, 1999|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN MOST of us think of young, female athletes on ice, we visualize sequined costumes and figure skates.

That image will have to change, said Rene Weisz of Severna Park, who coaches girls hockey.

"Girls hockey is the sport of the future," Weisz said. "The success of the women's Olympic team by winning the gold in the last Olympics has catapulted this sport into the forefront of women's athletics."

To prove his point, two girls from central county are on a team from the Washington Little Capitals club competing this week in Laurel in the USA National Ice Hockey Tournament.

Goalie Maxie Weisz (known on the ice as Mad Max) is an 11-year-old, fifth-grader at Broadneck Elementary School. She is the daughter of the coach and his wife, Nikki.

Since Maxie joined the club in January, the team's record is 10 wins and two ties.

Playing right wing is Corrie Van Reuth, 13, an eighth-grader at Severna Park Middle, and the daughter of Mark and Christy Van Reuth of Arnold.

Corrie has scored nine goals and has eight assists this season.

The hockey season lasts from October through March, and is packed with traveling to practices and games.

Three teams of 10- to 19-year-old females, who come from the Mid-Atlantic region, practice twice a week at rinks in Laurel, Rockville, Fort Dupont in Washington and Reston, Va.

"Plus, there are two or three games every weekend," said Rene Weisz, who developed his expertise in the game as a player with the Berlin Capitals in his native Germany.

Over the past holiday weekend, Weisz and the club's three female teams -- 12 and under, 15 and under and 19 and under -- traveled to Toronto for what he described as the largest ice hockey tournament in the world, with numerous teams from Canada competing with other countries.

"There were 320 teams with more than 7,500 players from around the world, [including] Italy, Great Britain and the USA," Weisz said. "And they were all females. It was great."

The Washington Little Capitals club also includes nine boys teams.

Information: 410-431-5391.

Piano concert

The Anne Arundel Community Concert Association will present pianist Jan Gottlieb Jiracek in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road.

Chosen to star in the association's final concert of the season, Jiracek was a finalist at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Van Cliburn was the first American to win the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow as a young performer in 1958. When he returned to the United States, he received the first ticker-tape parade ever given a musician in New York City.

All new season ticket holders may attend this concert with proof of payment. Tickets are available at the door for $15 for adults and $5 for students.

Information: 410-647-6873 or 410-987-4234.

Club for mothers

A new Moms Club for residents of Greater Severna Park will meet from 10 a.m. to noon April 16 at the Severna Park branch library, 45 McKinsey Road.

The club is part of a national organization. Branches also are in Glen Burnie and Pasadena.

Information: Paula Tibert at 410-439-4603.

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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