1999 All-Howard County Field Hockey Teams

High Schools

November 30, 1999

Player of the Year

Katie Jeschke, Mount Hebron, senior, forward: "The one thing she added to her game this year was her ability to assist," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. "Last year she had 16 goals and two assists. This year she had 11 and eight, which added a new dimension to her game." Jeschke, a three-year starter, is a tireless worker, whether it's practice or a game. "She's real intense and works really hard to get the ball. She's a competitor," Ireland said. And when she gets the ball, Jeschke knows what to do with it. "She has tremendous stick skills," Ireland said. "She can penetrate into the defense and is able to draw corners. And she was finishing on corners toward the end of this season." Jeschke has a hard, accurate shot and her solid dribbling skills allow her to control the ball. And no one has more determination. Ireland said Jeschke, a team captain, was "a great leader" not vocally as much as through her "abilities and skill" as a player. A three-time first-team, all-county selection, Jeschke helped the Vikings to three consecutive state tournament appearances.

Coach of the Year

Ginger Kincaid, Glenelg: The Gladiators finished 13-5, their first winning record since 1992, and were co-county champions, region champions and a state Class 1A finalist. "We weren't expected to do this well, and I didn't expect we'd do this well in the beginning of the year," said Kincaid. "But every time I put a goal in front of them they reached for it. They just absolutely were a group that loved to play, loved each other and just enjoyed the season from beginning to end. The hardest part after we lost the state semifinal was that it was over. They just didn't want it to end. They had such a good time." And so did Kincaid. "It has been very special," she said. "I can build hockey teams, I can build hockey players but I can't get the heart from them that they put out there," Kincaid added. "They played with such tremendous heart that they made every game exciting. They never quit. I was extremely proud of them." Kincaid installed a new system this season, and "once they understood their role, they just took off with it." Said Kincaid: "I really did exploit the energy and the heart that they had. I really didn't build skills, I really didn't have to do anything other than just to manage the enthusiasm they had, and channel it the right way." Kincaid, who credited junior varsity coaches Anna Spring and Liz Brigham with giving her "a team that I could work with" throughout her 23 seasons at Glenelg, has a record of 181-106-15 overall and 109-51-10 in the county.

The first team

Leigh Langmead, Mount Hebron, senior, forward: "She went from a good right wing to a really outstanding right wing," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland about Langmead, a three-year starter who had six goals and eight assists. Ireland said that what Langmead "added to her speed and quickness to the ball was her ability to dodge. She was key for us getting the ball into our attack, and she has a beautiful cross. She served the ball into the circle for someone to finish, and she did it consistently." Langmead worked hard to improve from last year and came back a stronger and more confident player. "She just really did her job," said Ireland.

Elizabeth Narron, Glenelg, junior, forward: ward: "My finisher," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "She goes for the goal. She just loves to score." Narron finished with 12 goals and nine assists, both team highs, and had the Gladiators' only successful stroke in the penalty shootout loss to Washington in the Class 1A state semifinal game. Narron played on the outside last year, but Kincaid moved her because "we needed a finisher, and that is what she does best." Narron's solid skills and speed made her a threat, but it was her desire that made her stand out.

Kelly O'Connor, Glenelg, junior, forward: O'Connor was easy to spot on the field for two reasons -- her intensity and the green bow she wore in her hair. "She did that so her parents could find her on the field," said Glenelg's Kincaid. But O'Connor's hustle and desire always stood out. "She played with tremendous heart. When the game needed to step up, she was the one that stepped it up," Kincaid said. "She was the spark that got everybody excited and made things happen." O'Connor finished with nine goals and seven assists, but what also stood out was her willingness to fall back on defense. "She did a lot of defensive responsibilities that were unequaled by any of the other forward-line players," Kincaid said. "She was the one that dropped back to mark and would take care of midfield type of play." Kincaid called O'Connor "a tremendous competitor" and the "most complete player I had."

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