Weaver will sit out entire soccer season


Glen Burnie junior bruised spinal column last week, hopes to return next year

High Schools

September 27, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

When Glen Burnie junior Jessica Weaver was released from University Hospital in Baltimore Monday, the first place she went - even before going home - was to see her girls soccer teammates.

Weaver, who was hospitalized in the Shock Trauma Unit Thursday night after injuring her spine in a fall during a game at Severna Park, underwent tests over the weekend.

Doctors determined that Weaver has a spinal contusion and swelling of the spinal column. She must wear a neck brace for at least a month and cannot attend school for two weeks, at which time she will return to Shock Trauma for further evaluation.

"I will not play again this year, but I could play again next year," said Weaver, who attended yesterday's game against Old Mill. "It was really tough not being able to go on the field. I just have to keep everything inside of me, but my teammates did something really nice today when they got together for their pre-game cheer. Instead of yelling the team name, they yelled, `Welcome back, Jess!' "

When Weaver left Shock Trauma Monday, she told her parents, Jim and Judi Weaver, that she wanted to see her teammates play No. 13 Broadneck.

"No refs had showed up for the JV game, so I officiated so the kids could play, and, as I'm coming off the field to go to my varsity game, here comes little, tiny Jess," said Glen Burnie coach Tom Taylor. "She was walking down the field and said coming to see us was the first place she wanted to go. She said she wanted to see her teammates and coaches."

The Gophers, with Weaver's No. 10 sewn on their "God Bless America" leg bands, played a doubleheader in a tournament at Old Mill Saturday.

"An awful lot of people at Old Mill were very concerned after reading about Jessica [in the Sun] and were asking us how she was on Saturday," Taylor said. "And Monday at North County where I teach, people were coming up to me asking about Jessica."

Taylor also expressed his gratitude to Severna Park coach Gary Lam and his team for sending Weaver a get-well card, and to many of the Severna Park parents who inquired about Weaver.

From the net

Severna Park's volleyball team moved up to No. 1 in the Sun's latest Top 15 poll. The Falcons (6-0) moved up from second after Dulaney, then ranked fifth, upset No. 1 Centennial, 3-1, last Thursday. It's the first time the Falcons have been No. 1 since 1995, when they went 21-3 and Julie Allen was an All-Metro hitter and Anne Arundel County Player of the Year.

Allen is now in her first year as coach at her alma mater and the Falcons will put their top ranking on the line right away when they host No. 2 Dulaney (6-0) at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow.

Severna Park won its sixth straight Monday, 3-1 over North County (2-3). Going 93 percent at the service line, the Falcons dominated, 15-2, 15-1, 15-3. Falcons seniors Robin Koethcke and Megan Boyd were 14-for-15 and 10-for-11 serving, respectively.

Sixth-ranked Broadneck (4-0) and No. 14 Arundel (6-0) remained unbeaten by taking their matches Monday and Tuesday.

Broadneck rolled over Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County, 15-0, 15-9, 15-10 on Monday, and then over Annapolis on Tuesday, 15-2, 15-4, 15-2. Returning junior All-County setter Hallie Fuller had 18 assists and five kills against Roosevelt, and sophomore hitter Christy Greene had nine aces against Annapolis.

Arundel, which was supposed to be rebuilding, knocked off South River on Monday, 15-9, 15-10, 15-5. On Tuesday, after losing the first game by 15-5 to Chesapeake, the Wildcats rebounded to sweep the next three games, 15-10, 15-2, 15-13.

Coach Greg Legrand's junior-dominated Wildcats are beingled by setter Amanda Hernandez.


In what is believed to be a first for high school boys soccer in the county, WNAV (1430 AM) radio in Annapolis will broadcast the John Carroll at Archbishop Spalding game on Nov. 1 at 7.30 p.m. Matt Diehl will handle the play-by-play with color commentary by local attorney Steve Peroutka and Spalding boys basketball coach, Mike Glick. WNAV also will broadcast 12 Spalding boys basketball games, including the Cavaliers' first-ever visit to perennial No. 1 Dunbar on Dec. 15.

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