Pioneer qualifiers look to next weekend

High Schools

February 27, 2005|By Lem Satterfield and Glenn P. Graham | Lem Satterfield and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Arundel freshman Nicole Woody and Western Tech junior Jade Hendricks spoke by telephone yesterday about boys and their emotions - but not in the way one might think.

The girls' conversation centered on their milestone qualifications for next weekend's state wrestling tournaments at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House, and how each can better deal with her 103-pound male counterparts on the mats.

Woody and Hendricks each placed fourth in her respective 4A-3A and 2A-1A region to become Maryland's first females to make states. The top four regional finishers qualify.

"I haven't thought about being the first girls to qualify, but it's pretty cool," said Woody, who called Hendricks to congratulate her. "My goal next weekend is to place in the top six. Hopefully, I can do better."

"Making states was my goal all year, but it's that two girls did it in the same year," Hendricks said. "When I see Nicole at states, we can talk more about the 'girl' thing."

Hendricks enters the tournament with a 21-12 record.

Woody is 8-3 at the varsity level and 27-4 including junior varsity competition.

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