Donna DeCarlo

Mt. Hebron's Donna Decarlo (back center) was a key member of the Vikings' field hockey teams in the early 1980s. (File photo / January 29, 2013)

The Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame, established in 1997, welcomes four new inductees this year. Donna DeCarlo Schaaf (Mt. Hebron, 1983), Carolyn Micheel Cacolice (Oakland Mills, 1984), Raymona Jackson Reid (Howard, 1995) and Dale Huting, a three-sport coach at Centennial, will join the 64 men and women who have previously been inducted.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 6:15 p.m. at Glenelg High School. An alumnae basketball game starts at 4:45 p.m., and a high school girls varsity game (Reservoir vs. Glenelg) follows at 7. Admission will be charged.

Donna DeCarlo Schaaf

Developing into a standout three-sport athlete, Schaaf excelled for Mt. Hebron in field hockey, basketball and tennis. The amazing part, however, was that as the youngest of five children in her family, she didn't start playing sports until ninth grade.

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"I never played on a team or played an organized sport until I got to high school, so I was very fortunate to have made the team that I tried out for," Schaaf said. "I am very grateful to my coaches for giving me the opportunity to compete."

Field hockey undoubtedly was her best sport. She made the varsity as a sophomore and was named an all-county selection three straight seasons. After making second team her first year, she was first team as a junior with 24 goals and then was named Howard County Player of the Year as a senior with a school-record 28 goals. Her scoring figure wasn't matched until 2005.

Named team MVP two years in a row, Schaaf's efforts as a junior and senior helped lead Mt. Hebron to back-to-back appearances in the state semifinals. She went on to play one year of field hockey at Towson University.

As a tennis player, she spent four years on varsity and was named doubles MVP both her junior and senior seasons. As a junior she was a district finalist in doubles. She also played one year of varsity basketball under Dave Greenberg.

These days, she is spending time as a field hockey coach. She has spent the last seven years as an assistant field hockey coach at Mt. Hebron and the last three coaching a Warhawks middle school field hockey team.

Carolyn Micheel Cacolice

Known as one of the top soccer players ever to come through Howard County, Cacolice excelled in several sports during her time at Oakland Mills in the early 1980s. She was a four-year varsity basketball player, making all-county as a senior in 1984, and a three-year varsity softball player, making all-county as a junior and senior.

Soccer, though, was undoubtedly her calling.

Under coach Cynthia Carson, Cacolice would become a two-time girls soccer Player of the Year ('82 and '83). She helped the Scorpions to county championships during her final two seasons as well, going on to become regional champions in 1983.

She finished that final year in high school with 15 goals and 10 assists.

She was a four-year starter at the University of Massachusetts, helping the team to NCAA Final Four appearances each season. She set program records for most assists (four) and most points (eight) in a game, which are marks that still stand. For her collegiate career, she finished with 13 goals and 29 assists for 55 career points from her midfield position.

In addition, she was named an Adidas Academic All-American in 1987. Cacolice continued playing soccer after graduation, spending time with the club team "Opus County" in Boston and later with the Connecticut state select team. Today she still is involved in the soccer scene, filling roles for SoccerPlus Camps and PA West Soccer Association over the past few years.

"(I'm proud to have been) able to play (soccer) for many years at a variety of levels with many team and individual successes, while remaining healthy and developing lifetime relationships," Cacolice said.

Raymona Jackson Reid

An exceptional athlete, boasting a tremendous combination of speed, skill and leaping ability, Reid translated that into success as a basketball and track standout. She spent four years on varsity in basketball and outdoor track at Howard, achieving individual and team success every step of the way.

In basketball, she was named the team's Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1992 and developed into an all-county player over the next few years. She scored 1,412 points in her high school career and helped lead the Lions to the program's first state championship in 1994.