Six Severna Park High School girls soccer players, most of whom have been together since third grade, will be in Phoenix for the Presidents' Day National Soccer Tournament this weekend.
The Severna Park Hurricanes Under-15 team, coached by Al Thomas and George Burke, will compete against teams from Arizona, California, Kansas, Missouri, and New York.
Severna Park players Holly Noga, Lindsey Nauman, Breanne Benton, Kimberly Burke, Kristin Garrott and Morgan Montgomery, as well as Jaime Kittle and Lindsay Ries of Chesapeake, form the nucleus of one of the more successful teams in the Washington Area Girls Soccer program.
The Hurricanes were state champions in their age bracket in 1993 and a finalist each year since then, losing to the Bethesda Scorpions. Four members of archrival Bethesda will accompany
the Hurricanes to Phoenix.
The exposure for an event like this in terms of college opportunities is immeasurable, and coaches Thomas and Burke should be applauded for creating such a chance for the girls.
A pair of new Seagulls
Archbishop Spalding's much improved football program got another boost when their passing duo of quarterback Ray D'Ambrosio and split end Joe Petrocelli announced they will attend and play college ball at Division III Salisbury State University.
D'Ambrosio and Petrocelli, both co-captains, defensive backs and members of the coaches All-County private-school team, led the Cavs to a respectable 4-7 season last fall.
D'Ambrosio passed for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games and threw for a touchdown in the Baltimore/Metro All-Star game.
Petrocelli caught 21 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns. As a defensive back, he was named to the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference team after making 70 tackles and intercepting four passes.
Eyes on the Terps
Ex-Old Mill outfielder Chuck Manns, twice All-County and once All-Metro, received a scholar-athlete award at halftime of last night's Florida State/Maryland basketball game in College Park.
Manns, a Maryland freshman, had a good fall and is looking forward to an even brighter spring after getting glasses. The glasses, said his father, Chuck Manns Sr., "should answer a lot of problems with his hitting this year."
The elder Manns also said he hopes the Anne Arundel County connection can get the Terrapins out of the Atlantic Coast Conference's baseball basement this coming season.
Three other former All-County performers are key members of the Terps -- their top two pitchers, Mike Wooden (North County) and Brandon Agamennone (Arundel), and shortstop Casey Trout.
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Pub Date: 2/14/97