At the sports banquet, McCourry's father, Skip, presented Izdebski with a blown-up canvas picture of Izdebski and McCourry together after they won the regional title over Loch Raven..

The softball coach got to know McCourry during the fall of her freshman year when she heard she had planned to play field hockey instead of softball.

Izdebski and some of the softball players convinced her to play volleyball instead, and after two years of junior varsity, she was a varsity mainstay.

McCourry earned the setter's job in her first season and was named the team's Unsung Hero.


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"She stepped into it and did a nice job in that role," Izdebski said. "It wasn't as much pressure in volleyball as it was in softball."

There was no pressure on her to try out for the indoor track team, but she developed into a solid shot putter throwing in her first season as a senior.

"She had a really strong arm she used for pitching and those skills kind of transferred over to throwing the shotput," track coach Andrew Parker said.

Her best throw came in the Baltimore County championship meet when her toss of 26-feet, 11.75 inches placed her eighth.

"She was a great thrower for us," Parker said. "She placed ninth in the region and came close to qualifying for states."

Even though she knew softball was her main focus, she never worried about getting hurt throwing the shot put.

"She never really expressed that concern and she was always in the weight room doing her full routine," Parker said.

Whether she was lifting weights during the winter or lifting up her younger teammates during softball season, she didn't hesitate to do it with a smile.

But, when it was announced that she was the All-County First Team pitcher, it was her teammates who were beaming with grins.

"Her teammates were just as excited," Izdebski said.