Serio progresses toward recovery

Westminster player faces long rehabilitation following car accident

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May 03, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A week after suffering life-threatening injuries in a single-car accident near Taneytown, Westminster lacrosse player Carrie Serio is making marked progress on her road to recovery.

Serio remains at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she is listed in fair condition. Her coach, Suzanne Peters, expects the three-sport senior to be released either over the weekend or early next week, when she will continue what is certain to be a lengthy rehabilitation.

Peters visited Serio in the hospital Monday.

"She was doing very well, sitting up in a chair and talking," Peters said. "They said they were going to get her up and walking as soon as they could."

Serio, a lacrosse midfielder, as well as a standout on Westminster's soccer and basketball teams, lost control of her Saturn near Taneytown about 11 p.m. last Thursday, hitting a utility pole on Mayberry Road near Halter Road, according to Maryland State Police. She was transported to Shock Trauma, where she has since remained.

She has had surgery to insert a rod in her leg to repair a broken femur, as well as surgery to repair a portion of her jaw that was broken in two places. She also suffered a mild contusion to the head and a bruised lung.

To honor her, Westminster has used athletic tape to display Serio's number, 18, on the fronts of its kilts.

Lacrosse showdown

In what some are calling the biggest girls lacrosse game in Carroll County history, South Carroll will face off with host No. 4 Liberty tonight (around 6:30), with county and Central Maryland Conference titles on the line.

Liberty (11-1 overall, 5-0 CMC, 3-0 county) will be seeking its 12th county title in 13 years. South Carroll (9-1, 6-0, 3-0) will be seeking its first titles in recent history, as well as a modicum of respect.

Many of the players on both teams know each other through years of playing together in area rec leagues. The Cavaliers' Ashley Schwarzmann and the Lions' Meagan Voight, in fact, will be roommates next year at Johns Hopkins.

"These kids have battled Liberty for a long time," South Carroll coach Mac Kantruss said. "This game can make a season and make a career for a lot of these kids. It will be fun."

Though Liberty would have to be considered the favorite, based on its performance against several of the area's ranked teams earlier this season, South Carroll feels it will have a shot if it can consistently win draws.

S. Carroll in chase

South Carroll missed its chance to capture Central Maryland Conference titles with losses to unbeaten Urbana on Wednesday, but is still very much in the hunt for county championships.

The girls (12-2) already have clinched at least a share of the county title at 7-0, with matches remaining against Liberty on Monday and Francis Scott Key on Tuesday. The boys (11-3) are 6-1 in the county, in a virtual tie with North Carroll (7-1).

"It's still something to shoot for after losing the CMC," Cavaliers co-coach Jim Carnes said.

On Wednesday, Urbana topped the Cavaliers, 3-2 in boys and 4-1 in girls. South Carroll's girls had been defending CMC champions.

While the success of the girls team - which had nearly all of its roster returning - was expected by Carnes, he said the exploits of the boys team has been somewhat of a surprise.

"The boys have been a surprise because all of our doubles were very inexperienced," said Carnes, who coaches alongside Debbie Eaton and Sonny Richardson.

One of the biggest surprises has been the combination of Alex Nunemaker and Mike Grant. The first-year seniors are 10-4, including wins in several key matches.

Other top players include Ben Hamlington (12-1 in No. 1 singles) and Aaron Taylor (13-1 in No. 2 singles).

On the girls side, Amy Conner and Sara Smith (13-1) also were unbeaten until Thursday, while Christina Koustenis is 11-3.

Track meet postponed

The threat of thunderstorms postponed yesterday's Central Maryland Conference Track and Field Championships until today. The meet, scheduled to kick off at 3:30 at Urbana High, features county teams from Century, Liberty, North Carroll, South Carroll and Westminster

A year ago, Westminster edged Thomas Johnson to win the girls competition, while Frederick captured the boys Meet.

Another county team, Francis Scott Key, will participate in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championships today at Smithsburg.

Griffin springs to chance

Katie Griffin of Ellicott City wasn't at all disappointed in finishing 29th in the 3-meter springboard at last weekend's Junior Olympic National Diving Championships in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Seton Keough sophomore didn't go into the meet looking for a win.

"It wasn't about placing that well but just the fact that I was there. I wanted the experience," said Griffin, who has been diving since she was 8 years old.

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