Key field hockey wants to build county rivalries


Lots of luck to Mindi Wagner in her search for a Carroll County school willing to play her talented 1A Francis Scott Key field hockey team more than once a season.

There just aren't a lot of schools eager to take on a 1A team as good as the Eagles.

The reason is simple.

Teams in other leagues see playing a 1A school as a losing proposition. They lose prestige if they lose to 1A schools -- and lose an opportunity to earn more state playoff points by beating a larger school.

Key has no field hockey league because only three schools (Walkersville and Middletown are the others) in the Monocacy Valley League have field hockey teams.

All the other Key athletic teams compete in the MVL.

Wagner would love to play the other four Carroll County schools twice, but those teams compete in the Central Maryland Conference with 2A, 3A and 4A schools.

So North Carroll, South Carroll, Westminster and Liberty are content to play the Eagles just once.

It just isn't worth it for those schools to put their reputation and regional tournament chances on the line against the always tough Key.

There really isn't any place to go for the Eagles unless the other Carroll teams have a change of heart and play Key twice.

Don't look for that to happen soon. To fill the void, Wagner's team plays three schools twice each: Fairfield (Pa.), Walkersville and Middletown.

None of those teams provide natural rivalries for Key, and only Middletown presents a major challenge on the field.

Hoffmann honored

Bill Hoffmann Jr. has been named the Yankee Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his place-kicking and punting during Villanova's 17-14 victory over Connecticut last Saturday.

Hoffmann, a South Carroll alum, kicked a 37-yard field goal, two extra points and averaged 41.5 yards on eight punts.

In the last five minutes of the game, the senior punted three times from his end zone and sent the kicks into Connecticut territory.

The five points raised Hoffmann's career total to 166, as he continues his chase of Mike Siani (208) as the all-time leading scorer in Villanova history.

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