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Korrell is the ultimate team player

September 28, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

"There is no I in team," coaches and athletes like to say.

But that old clich hardly applies to the South Hagerstown girls cross country team. Without freshman Tricia Korrell, the Rebels wouldn't even exist this season. She's their only runner.

"I'm an only child, so I'm used to being alone," Korrell said after placing 10th in a tri-meet at South on Tuesday.

Her father, Don Korrell, helped Middletown win a Maryland state cross country title in the 1970s.

"He's the one who encouraged me to come out and do this," Korrell said. "He's like my hero. We're very close."

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South needs at least four more girls to have a complete team.

"I know a lot of coaches from other sports who wish their kids would run cross country to stay in shape," said South first-year cross country coach Jaimie Camden. "I'd be fine with that just so we could have a complete team.

"(Korrell) tries so hard. But it's a shame because one person can't do it."

Korrell trains with the South boys team, which has seven runners.

"It's tough. You have to run with a bunch of guys," she said. "I feel like I'm the mascot of the team because I'm the only girl, and I do stand out a lot.

"But I feel like all seven of those guys are my team, too. Everybody encourages everybody."

Hunsberger in the house

If the Rebels need a shot of enthusiasm, South first-year assistant principal Daryl Hunsberger might be the right person to help give it.

Few in the area can match the former James Buchanan coach's passion and fire for high school running.

"I'm not allowed to coach as an administrator, but I'm allowed to give input," said Hunsberger, the 2004 Herald-Mail Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. "It's a dream of mine to get more participation in sports here at South High. I just love to see kids compete athletically.

"There needs to be some enthusiasm and some direction and some kids who want to work hard. Those kids are in every school."

He'll just be approaching them from a different angle.

"It breaks my heart not to be able to walk the fields as a coach," he said. "But I know that I can coach every day in the administrative office and help kids find the right pathway."

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