Carroll County Snapshots

October 05, 2005

SPORT GOLF

Michael Coppa, North Carroll

STATS -- Only a freshman, Coppa won the Class 4A-3A District I golf tournament, shooting a 76 at Wakefield Valley Golf Club. His effort helped the Panthers capture the team title and qualify for the state tournament in College Park. It was the latest in a string of standout performances for the 14-year-old, who ranks among the top five in the county in terms of his nine-hole average.

SIDELINES -- Despite his small frame, about 5-foot-3, 110 pounds, Coppa was low medalist in each of his first four high school matches, including a season-best 34 (through nine holes) at Oakmont Green. Coach Bill McDonald said his freshman "plays beyond his year," keeping an even temperament on the court and never letting his emotions get the better of him. Coppa is also an avid skier and spends his summers on the Junior Titleist Tour, a summer league for young prodigies.

SPORT FIELD HOCKEY

Lindsey Gurkovich, Century

STATS -- Since moving up from the junior varsity last season, the junior has been nearly unstoppable on the left side for the Knights. Through the weekend, she had eight goals and two assists, placing her among the county's top scorers. She scored a season-high three goals against Liberty.

SIDELINES -- Gurkovich suffered an ankle injury toward the end of last season, then injured her other ankle playing in a summer league at South Carroll. After weeks of rehabilitation, she started this season slowly and didn't score her first goal until the Knights' fourth game. Since then, she's been on a tear, using her hard shot to lift the Knights into Carroll County title contention. She also excels in the classroom, where she's a 4.0 student.

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