Liberty piles up wins, not injuries

Volleyball team faces No. 1 Severna Park next


High Schools

November 13, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

You can excuse Liberty volleyball coach Dave Trumbo if he muted his players' celebration following their regional final win against Northwest.

Memories run long for the Lions coach, whose team last won a region crown four years ago only to have its best hitter injured when she turned an ankle during the post-match pile-up.

"There was no piling up this year," Trumbo said. "We just said, `Good, we won. Now let's go to states.' "

This time around, the biggest obstacle between No. 6 Liberty (17-0) and a trip to the Class 3A state finals will be top-ranked Severna Park (19-0). Facing a team led by big hitters Lauren Klau (6-foot-1) and Christina Grempler (6-3), the Lions, who don't have a player over 5-9, will have to figure out a way to measure up.

Trumbo believes the best way to go about that is to simply play their game.

"If they have to play defense, they can't be running their offense," Trumbo said. "That means we have to pass, we have to side-out and we have to run our offense off of [strong serves]."

Liberty has played teams with similar size, such as Thomas Johnson and Seneca Valley, but none had the same kind of athleticism as the Falcons.

If the Lions have an advantage, however, it might be that their opponent won't have any one hitter on which to key. Becky Trumbo, Joanne Brophy, Lauren Ford, Becky Neubauer and Holly Steinaker all average between 1.5 and 2.5 kills per game. What's more, the team's setter, Laura Shand, leads it in blocks.

"We didn't know who was going to be our terminator this year. We've always had a girl who could flat-out put it down," Trumbo said. "This year, really five girls have stepped up and said, `I'll be that girl.' "

Three different players led the Lions in kills in their three regional matches.

Goodbyes and what-ifs

Following one of the most dramatic games in Carroll County football history, one team finds itself left out of the playoff picture, while another can't help but ask, "What if?"

In a seesaw battle Friday night, quarterback Jake Mead's 36-yard touchdown pass to Mike Guerra with 45 seconds left gave host South Carroll a 42-41 win over Westminster. The Owls (7-3) had entered the night needing a victory, as well as help from other teams, to qualify for the Class 4A state playoffs.

They wound up 11th in a playoff points race in which the top eight teams - four region winners and teams with the next four highest point totals - advance.

For South Carroll (6-4), however, the win was anything but a surprise. The Cavaliers ended their season with three straight wins and four in five games to claim a share of the county title with Westminster and Liberty.

But for a couple plays along the way, coach Gene Brown said it could've been his team fighting for a playoff spot.

"All along, we felt we were a pretty good football team," Brown said. "We went into overtime against Glenelg in the first game, and were beating them with 50 seconds to go in a game we should've won, and they're 10-0. The only teams on our schedule that I felt kicked us around was [unbeaten] Urbana."

Making Friday's win even more dramatic was the fact that Mead had been intercepted at the goal line by Westminster's Jason Stone with just 3:03 to play and his team trailing by six.

"He came right off the field and said, `God, I blew it,' " Brown said. "One of our coaches went over to him and said, `You're going to get another chance, so just relax and get ready.' He came back and just marched us down there."

With 28 juniors returning, Brown only hopes South Carroll can pick up next fall where it left off.

Snyder stepping down

Long Reach field hockey coach Kelly Snyder said yesterday she is stepping down after six seasons, two county championships and two trips to the state finals to spend more time with her family.

Snyder's team compiled a 14-3 record and won the county title this season, but lost to Mount Hebron in the region finals.

Before coming to Long Reach, she coached six seasons at Meade, where she played as a high school student.

Snyder's second child, Riley, was born in June. Her husband, Jeremy, is the head boys basketball coach at Glenelg.

"I still have a love for the sport, but it's time to send more time with my family," she said. "Principal Dave Bruzga and athletic director Chuck Struhar have made Long Reach a great place to coach."

Sun staff writer Rick Belz contributed to this article.

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