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They're wild about the 'Cats

November 18, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Williamsport High School is buzzing with excitement as students, parents and faculty prepare for their school's day in the state sports spotlight.

Three Williamsport teams - boys soccer, girls soccer and volleyball - will be vying for state Class 1A titles Saturday.

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It will be a day full of sports for the scores of fans expected to travel to Catonsville, Md., where thanks to staggered scheduling they will be able to see all three teams in action.

"Everyone's excited, and we're going to win," Williamsport senior Jackie Bittner said Thursday.

She plans on going to all three games, beginning with the 2:30 p.m. volleyball game. The girls soccer team plays at 5 p.m. and the boys soccer team plays at 7:30 p.m. The soccer games will be at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, and the volleyball game will be at Catonsville Community College, about a mile away.

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Bittner said she and most students have a lot of friends on the teams, which makes it more fun.

"We have a lot of school spirit," she said.

Karla Chambers, secretary for the school principal, is heading to Ocean City, Md., with her daughter for a basketball tournament Friday night, but she plans to make all the Williamsport games.

"A lot of faculty go to all the games," said Chambers, who is a Williamsport High graduate. "We make a night out of it."

"Everyone's really excited," said Kathy Jordan, whose daughter Jennifer plays volleyball.

"What are the odds of having three teams going (to the state championships)?"

"I can't recall any school having three championship games in one day," Williamsport Assistant Principal Warren Barrett said.

"It's really phenomenal," he said.

"It's going to be a long day but it should be exciting," said Richard Porac, whose daughter Kristine is on the volleyball team.

Many of the players are excited for their friends on the other Williamsport teams, in addition to being a little nervous about their own games.

"We're all rooting for each other," said Ashley van Norden, a starter on the soccer team, which is traveling to Catonsville early to catch the volleyball game.

"It's so much more exciting to have the other teams there too. It shows we're a well-rounded school," said senior volleyball player Christina McAllister.

The volleyball team plans to stay for both soccer games.

"Everyone wants to see three state titles," said Ryan Mease, a senior soccer player, who admitted he probably won't get much sleep tonight.

"I'll be pretty nervous," he said.

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