Women's Hall of Fame to welcome 4 members

Mt. Hebron's Donna Decarlo (back center) was a key member of the Vikings' field hockey teams in the early 1980s.
Mt. Hebron's Donna Decarlo (back center) was a key member of the Vikings' field hockey teams in the early 1980s. (File photo)

The Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame, established in 1997, welcomes four new inductees this year. Donna DeCarlo Schaaf (Mt. Hebron, 1983), Carolyn Micheel Cacolice (Oakland Mills, 1984), Raymona Jackson Reid (Howard, 1995) and Dale Huting, a three-sport coach at Centennial, will join the 64 men and women who have previously been inducted.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 6:15 p.m. at Glenelg High School. An alumnae basketball game starts at 4:45 p.m., and a high school girls varsity game (Reservoir vs. Glenelg) follows at 7. Admission will be charged.


Donna DeCarlo Schaaf

Developing into a standout three-sport athlete, Schaaf excelled for Mt. Hebron in field hockey, basketball and tennis. The amazing part, however, was that as the youngest of five children in her family, she didn't start playing sports until ninth grade.


"I never played on a team or played an organized sport until I got to high school, so I was very fortunate to have made the team that I tried out for," Schaaf said. "I am very grateful to my coaches for giving me the opportunity to compete."

Field hockey undoubtedly was her best sport. She made the varsity as a sophomore and was named an all-county selection three straight seasons. After making second team her first year, she was first team as a junior with 24 goals and then was named Howard County Player of the Year as a senior with a school-record 28 goals. Her scoring figure wasn't matched until 2005.

Named team MVP two years in a row, Schaaf's efforts as a junior and senior helped lead Mt. Hebron to back-to-back appearances in the state semifinals. She went on to play one year of field hockey at Towson University.

As a tennis player, she spent four years on varsity and was named doubles MVP both her junior and senior seasons. As a junior she was a district finalist in doubles. She also played one year of varsity basketball under Dave Greenberg.

These days, she is spending time as a field hockey coach. She has spent the last seven years as an assistant field hockey coach at Mt. Hebron and the last three coaching a Warhawks middle school field hockey team.

Carolyn Micheel Cacolice

Known as one of the top soccer players ever to come through Howard County, Cacolice excelled in several sports during her time at Oakland Mills in the early 1980s. She was a four-year varsity basketball player, making all-county as a senior in 1984, and a three-year varsity softball player, making all-county as a junior and senior.

Soccer, though, was undoubtedly her calling.

Under coach Cynthia Carson, Cacolice would become a two-time girls soccer Player of the Year ('82 and '83). She helped the Scorpions to county championships during her final two seasons as well, going on to become regional champions in 1983.

She finished that final year in high school with 15 goals and 10 assists.

She was a four-year starter at the University of Massachusetts, helping the team to NCAA Final Four appearances each season. She set program records for most assists (four) and most points (eight) in a game, which are marks that still stand. For her collegiate career, she finished with 13 goals and 29 assists for 55 career points from her midfield position.

In addition, she was named an Adidas Academic All-American in 1987. Cacolice continued playing soccer after graduation, spending time with the club team "Opus County" in Boston and later with the Connecticut state select team. Today she still is involved in the soccer scene, filling roles for SoccerPlus Camps and PA West Soccer Association over the past few years.

"(I'm proud to have been) able to play (soccer) for many years at a variety of levels with many team and individual successes, while remaining healthy and developing lifetime relationships," Cacolice said.

Raymona Jackson Reid

An exceptional athlete, boasting a tremendous combination of speed, skill and leaping ability, Reid translated that into success as a basketball and track standout. She spent four years on varsity in basketball and outdoor track at Howard, achieving individual and team success every step of the way.

In basketball, she was named the team's Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1992 and developed into an all-county player over the next few years. She scored 1,412 points in her high school career and helped lead the Lions to the program's first state championship in 1994.

In track, she was a three-time Player of the Year and twice helped the Lions to state championships (1992 and 1995). Over her four years, she captured five individual state titles between the long jump, high jump and triple jump.

Further showcasing her versatility, Reid also spent one year each as a varsity volleyball player and cheerleader.

In college at Norfolk State, she continued her success as a two-sport athlete. She spent four years doing both basketball and track. She set a Bahamas Invitational Meet record in the high jump (5-11.75 as a junior) and averaged double-digits for the basketball team.

Since graduating, she has devoted a lot of her time to coaching in a variety of roles. At Hammond, she has coached freshman volleyball and track and is currently the varsity girls basketball coach for the Golden Bears. She was named Howard County girls basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the team to the state finals in 2002.

She also helped coach her daughter's fifth-grade AAU team to an YBOA national championship in 2012, something she lists as one of her proudest moments.

Dale Huting

For nearly four decades, Huting was a coaching fixture at Centennial High School. He spent time leading JV wrestling, JV volleyball, girls indoor track, JV softball and varsity softball teams. And, as he'll be the first to tell you, he loved every minute of it.

"Every season that I coached was one to be proud of because of the people I coached whether it was a championship (season) or not," Huting said. "Each team had a personality and temperament that was unique and always fun to coach and be with."

Huting undoubtedly made his most lasting mark as varsity softball coach for the Eagles, guiding seven different teams to county championships. He also led the team to three regional titles and a state finals appearance in 1993.

That championship appearance, sparked by the leadership of seniors Kari Chichester, Kelly Butler and Megan Seewagen, is among his favorite memories. The 1989 team that made a trip to the state playoffs after winning an extra-inning game over Oakland Mills under the lights at Cedar Lane Park is near the top of the list as well.

Over the span of 24 years coaching varsity softball, Huting compiled an overall record of 329-141. Along the way he earned Coach of the Year accolades from a number of publications and, in 2008, was named to the Centennial High School Hall of Fame.

As much as the accolades, though, Huting, who retired from Centennial in 2011, will be remembered for his ability to teach and develop team concepts in every sport he coached.