The Francis Scott Key volleyball team will have a chance to win its fourth straight Carroll County volleyball tournament this weekend at Liberty, but coach Alice Smith said something else may motivate her players more.
"We're just thinking about getting to see other people from the county because we never get to see them," said Smith.
The county tournament, which takes place Friday and Saturday. is the only time the longtime power gets to play Liberty, North Carroll, South Carroll and Westminster. The round-robin format gives each team a chance to play the others, something that Smith said her players are anticipating.
"We're excited just to play in the county tournament," said Smith.
The Eagles have used strong efforts this season from sophomore setter Carrie Ness plus hitters Jessica Broderick (senior), Kim Sheedy (junior) and Adria Stonesifer (sophomore) to help them start the season 5-1.
The Eagles have been a force in the county competition in each of its four years. Westminster won the first tournament in 1994, beating Key in the finals, but the Eagles have won the last three titles. Key also will be fired up after suffering its first loss of the season Monday, falling to Smithsburg.
The other good teams in the county always enjoy playing the Eagles. They know how good Key -- which won the Class 1A state title two years ago -- can be, but still like the confrontation.
"It's about county pride," said Liberty coach Dave Trumbo. "You get really, really good volleyball."
Trumbo's Lions have the same 5-1 record and come this year's tournament as the defending Class 3A West Region champions. They're also riding the momentum from an impressive four-game victory over Westminster on Monday. Abby Barnett had eight blocks and 13 kills in that match.
"I love the tournament because my kids get to play a lot of games against high-caliber teams," said Trumbo. "You really see where you stand."
North Carroll and Westminster also have chances in the tournament. North Carroll was 5-0 heading into play this week after a big five-game victory over Westminster last week. Westminster is young, but the Owls have plenty of talent.
Key game for N. Carroll
The North Carroll football team faces one of its biggest games of the season Friday when it travels to Urbana to meet the unbeaten Hawks. North Carroll enters the game at 3-1, and coach Bill Rumbaugh's team, which played defending Class 1A state champion Hereford very tough earlier this season in a 21-12 loss, could use a win.
South Carroll will have an easier time this week, playing host to winless Liberty after defeating longtime Central Maryland Conference power Linganore, 29-28, last week. The Cavaliers (4-0) trailed throughout, but a 22-point fourth quarter secured the win. Down 28-21, John Luster threw a touchdown pass to Dave Keefer with 50.2 seconds left, and coach Gene Brown then made the gutsy call of going for two -- Luster's run on a broken play -- for the team's first victory over the Lancers in 10 years.
Carlie Gordon of North Carroll will join her male teammates at the state golf championship Oct. 19-20 in College Park. Her score of 82 in the District V meet was second best among the Panthers and good enough for second place overall in the girls individual competition Monday.
Weightlifters from Francis Scott Key and Westminster helped the East Coast Gold Weightlifting Team win men's and women's team titles last weekend at the John Terpak Memorial Competition. Westminster's Kara Weiland and Kiara Adams won silver medals in the 53 kg. and the 75-plus kg. divisions, respectively. Key's Tom Black and Westminster's Sam Hughes were the top juniors in the men's division. Both qualified for the National Junior Championships to be held in March in Savannah, Ga. Angie Green, a teacher at FSK, won a gold medal in the 53 kg. women's division.
Pub Date: 9/30/98