Long Reach's Snyder steps down

Field hockey coach wants to spend time with family


High Schools

November 13, 2001|By Rick Belz and Kevin Van Valkenburg | Rick Belz and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

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."

Snyder was immersed in field hockey coaching activities. In addition to coaching Long Reach, she also coached a club team, ran a rec program for 100 children and ran an intramural program at Mayfield Woods.

She was the state regional representative for Howard County's 10 high schools and officiated indoor field hockey. Until last season, she coached Team Maryland and also worked in Futures, an Olympic development field hockey program.

Football playoffs

Oakland Mills may have just barely sneaked into the 1A football playoffs by earning the No. 8 seed with a win over Centennial last weekend, but that doesn't mean the Scorpions aren't serious contenders for the state championship.

Oakland Mills (6-4) takes on top seed Forest Park (9-1) Saturday at 4 p.m. in the opening round at Morgan State University. "It should be a good game. They try to overpower everyone," said Scorpions coach Ken Hovet. "Forest Park is big, fast and athletic - a solid team."

Hovet said that Oakland Mills will need to slow down Forest Park running back Sheldon Campbell, something few teams have done this season. Campbell, one of the best in the area, has run for 22 touchdowns and 1,582 yards this season.

The Scorpions, however, will counter with one of the best running backs as well in senior Justin Barnes. Barnes rushed for 157 yards in Oakland Mills' 32-8 win over Centennial, giving him 1,363 for the year. In the 2A playoffs, second-ranked Glenelg (10-0) will try to continue its unbeaten season at home against Middletown (10-0) Saturday at 1 p.m.

Boys soccer

Starting Oakland Mills goalkeeper Sean McElroy, who was seriously injured when he was mugged in a parking lot near the Snowden Square movie theaters Saturday night, has improved significantly, said Scorpions coach Don Shea.

McElroy has been in intensive care at Howard County General Hospital.

"He looks 50 percent better today than Sunday," Shea said.

Oakland Mills plays Pocomoke Saturday in the state championships and McElroy's status for that game is uncertain. If McElroy, a senior, is unable to play, sophomore Dan Rogers will take his place, Shea said.

Girls soccer

If experience counts for anything, give the early edge to both River Hill and Centennial in the girls Class 3A and 2A soccer finals at UMBC later this week.

The two schools have combined to win eight state titles in the last 10 years, while Franklin, which will play the Hawks Friday at 5 p.m., and Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which will play the Eagles Saturday at 2:20 p.m, are both appearing in their first-ever title game.

Much of River Hill's current lineup was on the field a year ago when the Hawks beat Bel Air, 1-0, in the final. That included junior Jamie Goertler, who scored the game-winner in the win. Centennial seniors Sam Test and Julie Richter both started as freshmen on the Eagles' 1998 state championship team, which beat Middletown, 2-0.

"You never know what can happen in that last game," said River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley, who has guided the Hawks to a 12-2-3 record. "With everything on the line, nothing is for certain."

Franklin (11-6-1), which advanced to the title game by beating Leonardtown, 3-0, has three quality scorers in Martha Mitchell, Brandi Sproul and Ashley Harris.

Centennial (14-3-1) advanced to the title game thanks to a game-winning goal by freshman Lauren Tutko in a 1-0 win over James M. Bennett, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (13-2) got in thanks to a game-winning goal by freshman Lily Hitchner in a 2-1 win over Eastern Tech.

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