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Goretti's McEwen takes long road home

December 15, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

It seems Marie McEwen's life has come full circle.

McEwen, a player for St. Maria Goretti in the late 1960s before graduating in 1968, is back at the school where her passion for basketball developed.

"Basketball is my first love," McEwen said before Monday night's game against Smithsburg. "It always has been."

Now, she's leading the way for the growing Gaels program.

McEwen's path back to Goretti went through the University of Maryland-College Park - where she graduated in 1973 - to Hancock, where she taught for three years, all the way to Seattle, where she went into other careers and stayed for more than two decades.

Finally, McEwen made the decision to come back to her childhood home. She works in Goretti's administrative office during the day, and on the hardwood in the evenings.

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"I'm real proud to be a part of Goretti, not just as a coach but working in the school," McEwen said.

A year ago, Goretti only had enough players to field a varsity team, which finished last season a respectable 10-19 under coach Todd Rideout.

With Rideout unable to coach the team this year for undisclosed reasons, Goretti turned to McEwen just weeks before practice started. She's having a blast reconnecting with the team she once played for.

"Just being able to put a program together is exciting," McEwen said. "We had seven girls last year, and we have 16 this year, nine freshmen. It's just an exciting time. ... I'm just excited to be working with kids again."

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