© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2002
It's a good thing Clearwater Central Catholic coach Tom Typrowicz isn't superstitious, because the Marauders aren't taking a whole lot of momentum into this week's district tournament.
As usual, CCC (18-2-2) is winning games, but some key players have gone down with injuries. Sophomore midfielder/defender Kari Weniger is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Junior midfielder Sarah Sheehan has missed games with a bruised right calf. Sophomore midfielder Jasmine Johnson also has an injured knee and has been moved to goalkeeper.
And then there's junior forward Jessica Hallgren, who was playing against Tampa Catholic on Jan. 19 when she tripped over the referee's equipment bag, which was a few yards out of bounds on the sideline. Hallgren, who leads the Marauders with 26 goals, sprained an ankle and missed three games last week.
"Health is a concern right now," Typrowicz said. "For some of these girls, they could play if the districts were (last) week. But I've got to think of what really matters. We've got to have them healthy for the districts and regionals."
All of the injured players, except Weniger, will be back for the top-seeded Marauders in time for the Class A, District 6 tournament.
The past two seasons, CCC has advanced to the Class A final four only to lose both times to Miami American Heritage.
In order to return to the semifinals, CCC is going to rely on one of the deepest benches in the area. Senior captains Nicole Mituska and Logan Sevilla, along with Hallgren, will be key players. Sophomore forward Apryl Wall (24 goals), junior midfielder Samantha Robinson (12 goals) and junior midfielder Holly Wernberg (nine goals) will also play a big part.
"The thing about this team is they are young," Typrowicz said. "Of the 19 players we have on the varsity roster, 14 are underclassmen. So they don't have that experience. ... I would guess after districts and maybe the first regional game, we've got some real 80-minute games all the way through. We're going to have to be playing well."