Century girls team forced to reboot

Violation sidelines four soccer players


October 15, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Four players from the Century girls soccer team are expected to miss the remainder of the season after violating a Carroll County policy, school officials have confirmed.

The players have been removed from the team's roster. Both school and county officials declined to comment about the specific circumstances.

"Sometimes things like this happen," Knights coach Sara Figuly said. "It's unfortunate, but we were able to bring up four other girls from the JV team, and they've just done a spectacular job for us. I give my girls so much credit, because the ones that have been on the team for the entire year have really stepped it up."

Figuly said that two of the new players were called up Oct. 3 before the team's game against Urbana, and the other two were brought up a day later to face South Carroll.

After a 5-0 start, the Knights have gone 2-2 since the roster changes, with defender Marissa Pierson moving into a starting role, and forward Ashley Wheeler, midfielder Nicole Ruane and defender Carriann Lindberg also seeing significant playing time.

"It's like it never even happened," Figuly said. "We're a brand new team. We start over, and we move on."

Accolade for Weaver

It's been a down year for the Liberty football team, but one bright spot has been junior quarterback Colton Weaver.

Weaver last week continued his torrid play by completing 18 of 29 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-27 loss to Walkersville. His effort earned him the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

It marked the second time this season that Weaver has earned the award, after throwing for 312 yards and three touchdowns against North Hagerstown in the season opener.

Despite his team's 0-5 start, Weaver - a second-team All-County selection a year ago - leads the 22-team MVAL with 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Spiking opposition

For the Carroll Christian volleyball team, hard work over the summer has paid off in the form of several easy matches this season.

Now, the Patriots (11-0 through Wednesday) are hoping to ride their extra preparation to a Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic League title.

"They went to camps, and I had four girls who played club ball," coach Missi Henry said. "My girls worked hard in the offseason."

And it shows.

Led by club players Alyssa Hale, Liz Garber, Emily Henry and Brittney Becker, the Patriots have steamrolled over many opponents, and recently passed their first big test with a five-game victory over conference rival Calvary, which could be their toughest competition in the coming MACSAL Tournament.

"More than anything, I think my girls learned that they can come back from behind," said Henry, whose team rallied from a loss in the first game to take three of the final four games in that match. "When you're winning all the time, you don't always know that that's a possibility."

The team has been led by the strong net play of middle hitters Garber and Hale - who lead the team in kills - as well as outside hitter Amanda Maher.

"My middle hitters and outside hitters are very strong, so if they get a good set they can put it away," Henry said.

To submit news and story ideas about Carroll County high school athletics, contact Rich Scherr at CarrollSports@comcast.net.

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