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True Grit Award winners

May 16, 2009

Elizabeth Andrews, Clear Spring, girls soccer

Coach: Jeff Semler

"Elizabeth Andrews exemplifies the True Grit spirit. In her junior year, she injured her ankle in the third game of the season. She came off the field, was taped up and returned to the game. She played the entire season nursing the injury -- many practices, games and physical therapy sessions. Even though she was at less than 100 percent, she was selected to the All-MVAL first team, All-County First Team and All-Area Second Team. Looking forward to her senior year, she collided with an opposing player in her first summer league game and tore an ACL. After consultation with her doctor, she decided to play her senior year with a brace -- postponing surgery until after the end of the season. Again playing at less than 100 percent, Elizabeth turned in a career-high number of shutouts and her best goals-against average. She was again selected for All-MVAL and All-County honors. Elizabeth not only is a gifted athlete, she is all heart and a dream to coach. Dedication is her middle name."

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Marcus Angle, Boonsboro, football

Coach: Clayton Anders

"Marcus' athletic career has been fraught with injuries, maladies and emotional and physical setbacks. In four seasons of football, Marcus was able to play 17 games. He lost the freshman season to a debilitating inflammation of the knees -- chondro malacia and Osgood Schlatter Disease. In Grade 10, he developed shingles and missed the first two weeks of football, then in the spring he developed shin splints and was unable to compete as a jumper in track. As a junior, he missed the entire season with a broken foot. Throughout these difficult times his desire, commitment and enthusiasm for football remained strong and persevered, and in 2008 he became a defensive starter. In the third game, he sustained a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for four weeks. However, he returned with a knee brace, reclaimed his starting position and helped Boonsboro to a 9-1 season and a playoff berth. Regardless of the adversity, his attitude and commitment make Marcus Angle the embodiment of 'True Grit' for Boonsboro High School."

Caitlin Breslin, St. Maria Goretti, volleyball

Coach: Leah Easterday

"St. Maria Goretti is proud to recognize Caitlin Breslin as our 2009 True Grit award recipient. Caitlin is our hero! She is an accomplished volleyball player, officer in the Varsity Club, fierce competitor and friend to all. But what many people do not know is that she suffers from cystic fibrosis. Caitlin has been a member of the volleyball team for four years and she never let her illness keep her from competing and lead Goretti to one of its best volleyball seasons in recent years this past fall. We do not see or hear about the daily treatments she goes through because Caitlin has kept that part of her life very private. She has never asked to sit out a game, a practice or a drill -- even when she may have been physically struggling. This is True Grit! Caitlin always has a smile on her face and joy in her heart. She is never down or discouraged -- always full of life."

Bryan Calendine, North Hagerstown, football

Coach: Danny Cunningham

"Bryan was a member of the North High football team for four years. Entering the 2008 season he was projected to be the starting quarterback, however on the second day of practice he fractured his left foot and was not able to practice for three weeks. During this time Bryan attended every practice and offered his support to the other quarterbacks and players. Bryan was cleared to play the day before the first game. ot only did he play, but he put together an incredible game, passing for more than 200 yards. The injury bug came back and bit him as he then suffered a severely bruised non-throwing hand. Bryan saw limited time in practice, but again he continued to play and pay well. Then the following week on the second drive of a game against Allegany, he tore an ACL. Bryan sat out the remainder of the first half but returned to play in the second half in a limited role. In the fourth week of the season Bryan had surgery and over the next six weeks worked extremely hard to rehab to enable him to play in the North-South City Classic the last game of the season. Bryan Calendine faced adversity and won. It is his incredible passion for athletics and competition that makes him a one-in-a-million teammate and which will enable him to be a successful person in life. It is student-athletes like Bryan that makes coaching such a memorable and rewarding experience."

Zachary Cross, Smithsburg, cross country/track & field

Coach: Ray Shriver

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