Northern's Green is first to win four

Senior finishes sweep of cross country titles to make city history

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October 30, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Northern's Debbie Green ran into the Baltimore City record book last week when she became the first four-time city cross country champion.

Green crossed the finish line on Herring Run Park's 3.1-mile course Wednesday in 21:30, more than a minute ahead of her closest rival, Western's Alicia Williams, who finished in 22:50.

"It's so special for me," said Green, 17. "Every year since ninth grade, I've kept repeating and there's been more pressure every year, but not as much as this year. Winning four is great. I've had a lot of support from my coaches, my teammates and even the people I run against."

Her next goal is to win the Class 4A North regional championship, where she ran just 15 seconds behind Dulaney's Tenke Zoltani a year ago. Zoltani is now running in Class 3A. Green also has her eye on a state championship after finishing 11th last year.

A 1999 Junior Olympian who also runs track, Green could pull off another city quadruple in the spring. She's already won the 1,600 meters three times.

Waiting to celebrate

The Institute of Notre Dame's volleyball team finished off a regular-season sweep through the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference last week, but the Indians aren't ready to celebrate just yet.

Thursday's 15-12, 15-11, 15-9 win over Beth Tfiloh gave the No. 12 Indians a 13-0 record in the A Conference and a 16-1 record overall.

"When we won against Beth Tfiloh, they didn't have much of a celebration," said IND coach Bill Murray. "They really want to win the tournament championship."

The Indians have reached the tournament semifinals each of the past two years - in the B Conference in 1999 and in the A Conference last season - but they appear to have what it takes to go farther this time.

Six-foot middle blockers Qiana Smith and Brooks Webster have been critical to the Indians success. Smith averages 1.6 kills and 1.6 blocks a game while Webster averages two blocks. Identical twins Stefanie and Sarah Jones are contributing 1.4 kills and six assists a game, respectively while Kayleen Bailey averages 1.3 kills and is the team's ace server.

"We're peaking at the right time," said Murray, whose team has lost only to No. 8 CHEN. "Everybody's confidence level is high and it's really a team thing. Someone can have a bad game and someone else can pick it up. It's a good sign when you have a team that's not reliant on just one person."

Blazers sweep tournament

Over the weekend, Notre Dame Prep's No. 14-ranked girls soccer team tuned up for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tournament by winning its second straight Maryland Independent Schools Tournament championship and extending its winning streak to 11 games.

Zoey Bouchelle scored two goals and had three assists as the Blazers romped past host St. Mary's-Ryken, 6-1, in Sunday's final. The sophomore wing forward finished the four-game tournament with four goals and six assists.

A second-team All-Metro midfielder last season, Bouchelle was named to the All-Tournament Team along with sweeper Brigid Muth.

The Blazers edged St. Mary's-Ryken, 1-0, in the tournament opener on Bouchelle's goal in the 79th minute. They went on to beat St. Maria Goretti, 5-1, and IND, 3-0, to reach the final.

"Our offense has really come alive," said NDP coach Mark Deaton. "We've been moving the ball well all along, but when the season opened we couldn't put the ball in the net. Now, we're really zeroed in on it and we're starting to put it all together."

The Blazers started off the season 0-3 and stood at 2-5 before winning 11 straight.

Amy Alecci, Jenna Wontrob and Beth Koloup, who scored the first two goals in the tournament final, also have been instrumental in boosting the scoring.

In addition to Muth, the Blazers have relied defensively on stopper Kayce Blandford, backs Lindsay Novotny and Shannon Crook, and keeper Lauren Stone, another second-team All-Metro pick who made nine saves in the final.

The Blazers open the IAAM A Conference Tournament this afternoon, playing host to Mount de Sales at 3 p.m.

Kridel to coach U-19 team

Bryn Mawr girls lacrosse coach Wendy Kridel has again been selected head coach of the U.S. team that will compete in the 2003 International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations Under-19 World Championship at Towson University's Minnegan Stadium.

Kridel coached the U.S. team to the title in 1999 in Perth, Australia, and served as assistant coach for the 1995 team that finished second to Australia.

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