Leo Totten is having a dream season as coach of the undefeated Francis Scott Key volleyball team.
Next summer at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, he'll have a chance to live another dream.
The U.S. Weightlifting Federation has nominated Totten to be the team leader of the U.S. Weightlifting Team. Approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee's Games Preparation Committee, which will meet next month, is the final stage.
"As team leader, there are a lot of different responsibilities. I'll be part coach, part manager and part administrator," Totten said.
"This has always been a dream ever since I first started competing in lifting. It's quite an honor and I'm very pleased."
Totten, 43, said he first began lifting weights as an 83-pound eighth-grader "just to get bigger" and last competed at the 1984 Olympic trials. He has since been a member of the U.S. Weightlifting Federation's coaching committee.
Totten has extensive experience on the U.S. team, most recently serving as team leader at the 1995 Pan American Games and also as a head coach at the 1987 Pan American Games and a number of U.S. Olympic Festivals.
Carroll Christian champs
Carroll Christian's boys soccer and volleyball teams have won Maryland Association of Christian Schools championships.
On Monday, the soccer team defeated Elkton Christian in a shoot-out after the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in regulation. Senior goalkeeper Chip Leonard, sophomore halfback Frank BTC Pinto and sophomore striker Mike Craig represented the Patriots (12-1) on the all-tournament team.
Carroll Christian next will compete in the American Association of Christian Schools regional tournament starting tomorrow in Pitman, N.J.
The volleyball team won its second straight MACS title on Saturday when it swept past Granite Baptist. Seniors Kelly Peterson, Nicole Dean, Rachel Holdefer and sophomore Jodi Beard made the all-tournament team.
The AACS regional tournament starts Friday at Frederick Christian. Carroll Christian will be joined by the state champion teams from New Jersey and Delaware, plus one wild-card team. The four teams will play a round-robin format on Friday, with the finals and third-place game set for Saturday.
Green Terror aims for record
The Western Maryland women's soccer team has a couple of chances to set a season mark for wins. The Green Terror improved to 8-4-1 after Saturday's 5-0 win over Bryn Mawr, tying the mark set in 1987. The 1987 season (8-3-1) was the first at the varsity level for the Green Terror, but six of its eight wins came against club teams.
The Green Terror will visit Dickinson this afternoon before closing out the season at home against Muhlenburg on Saturday. Freshman Natalie Hannibal (Liberty) leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and became the second player in the program's history to reach double digits in goals for a season against varsity competition.
Hannibal, who also has an assist, is second in the Centennial Conference in overall scoring with 21 points. Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) and Stephanie Van Deusen, who both have eight goals and four assists, are tied for third overall in the conference.
The field hockey team also is looking to set a standard for wins in a season.
With yesterday's 1-0 win over Dickinson, the Green Terror (9-4) tied the school mark with nine wins in a season and can set a record Saturday at Washington College. The Green Terror had nine-win seasons in 1987 and 1994.
CC cross country
The Centennial Conference cross country championships will take place Saturday at Rose Tree Park in Media, Pa. The women's race will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the men set to run at noon.
Western Maryland's Kelly Parrish is ranked second behind Haverford's Meredith Unger in the weekly CC Coaches Poll.