Eleven top local field hockey players will spend Thanksgiving weekend in Palm Springs, Calif., trying to impress college coaches.
As part of Team Maryland, they will compete at the United States Field Hockey Association's Hockey Festival Nov. 28-30.
"It's a huge recruiting tool for college coaches, because they can go to one place and see so many players," said Roland Park coach Debbie Bloodsworth, who will coach one of two Maryland teams.
All-Metro first-teamers Carrie Wirth and Kate Simon, Fallston, and second-teamers Kate Kaiser, Notre Dame Prep, and Rebecca Shapiro, Park, are making return trips to the festival.
Also selected were second-teamer Hilary Polk-Williams and Jenny Landsman, St. Paul's; Elizabeth Ryan, Gretchen Crook and Stasia Thomas, Roland Park; Phyllis Byrd, McDonogh; and Megan Gauvey-Kern, Park, while Virginia Novak, Bryn Mawr; Beth Hurtt, McDonogh; and Kristin Sudina, Roland Park; were named alternates.
Team Maryland includes 32 girls chosen from 109 who tried out at Roland Park on June 22. They were divided into two evenly-matched teams.
Last year's festival in Florida drew 62 high school teams. In addition to playing seven games, seniors have a chance to meet with college coaches.
Pub Date: 9/12/97