Glen Burnie brothers roll up national skating titles


May 24, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BROTHERS Eric and Dustin Lisica really know how to let the good times roll. Both boys are nationally ranked speed skaters who compete on Team Maryland, sponsored by the Pasadena Skating Center.

Under the instruction of Coach Ronald Kane, Dustin earned a fourth place in the nationals this year in his age division. Eric placed fifth in his.

The boys competed on "quad" skates in the nationals, so named for the four wheels on the skate. In regional competition, the boys have competed on in-line skates.

Eleven-year-old Dustin, a fifth-grader at Point Pleasant Elementary, and Eric, 13, a seventh-grader at Marley Middle, live with their parents, Larry and Fran Lisica, in Glen Burnie's Suburbianeighborhood.

The brothers have skated on Team Maryland for three years, ever since a coach spotted their talent during a birthday party at the Pasadena Skating Center.

According to their mother, the boys took to the sport easily.

"They played baseball for Marley Little League, and they were very, very good, but they're naturals at this," she said.

Recently, Eric, a straight-A student and member of the National Junior Honor Society, spent four days at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

His coach recommended the teen for the rigorous schedule of training and competition, and Eric didn't let him down. Although the young skater falls into the juvenile age division, he competed with athletes in the junior and senior divisions.

This was his first experience on a "bank" track, rather than the usual flat track. Even with the unfamiliarity of the track, and competing with older skaters, Eric placed second, missing first by less than a second to a senior skater.

Because of his qualifying time, Eric is returning to Colorado Springs to begin a weeklong round of in-line competition on Friday in the United States Association of Roller Skating's 2000 Outdoor National Championship. The competition draws athletes from across America as well as throughout the world.

Eric's hopes include a spot on the World Team, which competes in the United States and internationally. And he is looking ahead to the Olympics. Speed skating may be added in time for the 2004 games.

Although he loves the excitement of the sport, he admits speed skating has helped him in more practical areas.

"I think it's done a lot for me in discipline and commitment," he said.

Teachers honored

A couple of reading resource teachers at Marley Elementary School - Katherine Wick and Donna Redmond - are being honored this month.

Wick has been chosen as the 2000 Teacher of the Year by the Wal-Mart store on Chesapeake Center Drive. She will receive a check for $500.

Redmond is among more than two dozen teachers being honored as outstanding educators by the North County Chamber of Commerce.

The other Glen Burnie teachers and administrators chosen for the award are Gloria Mehiel of Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School; Lizbeth Stouch, Center of Applied Technology North; Bonnie Dust, Freetown Elementary; Sean Moore, Glen Burnie High; David Penny, Glendale Elementary; Joan Pryseski, Marley Middle; Sarah Melby, Point Pleasant Elementary; Susan Murray, Quarterfield Elementary; and Vicky Cardwell, Richard Henry Lee Elementary.

The chamber also named Sue Ricciardi, Anne Arundel Community College; Susan Barrie, Belle Grove Elementary; Mary Faulkner, Ferndale Elementary; Theresa Sacks, George T. Cromwell Elementary; Janice Kurzmiller, George Fox Middle; Hilarie Schweriner, Hilltop Elementary; Jolyn Newhard, Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle; and Nancy Kruger, Linthicum Elementary.

Also: Linda Swenson, North County High; Carol Ann McCurdy, Northeast High; Michelle Wooten, North Glen Elementary; Janet Meaney, Overlook Elementary; Jason Williams, Park Elementary; Mary Dragos, Ruth Parker Eason School; Sister Mary Aloysious Norman, St. Jane Frances; Denise Schwartz, St. Philip Neri; Maurine Larkin, Solley Elementary; and Donna Thompson, Woodside Elementary.

They will be recognized at the NCCC's third annual Educational Excellence Dinner on Tuesday at La Fontaine Bleu.

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