Corders cor­nered all-North hon­ors a year ago

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“She used to play soft­ball when she was younger, which she still should have played in my opin­ion, ‘cause I taught her how to play that and pitch and all that stuff … you know to try and be like her mother,” Shana said with a laugh.

Gabrielle Corder stopped play­ing soft­ball at 11, but her abil­ity to hit a ball never left her, es­pe­cially when it came to strik­ing the ball in field hockey.

“She could al­ways hit the ball ex­tremely hard,” Shana Corder said. “But she got that from that soft­ball swing. So when she first started rec (field hockey) at nine she hit the ball so hard at such a young age that a lot of peo­ple were scared of her. So I put her at mid­field so she could just drive the ball up. And then she loves to run, and all you do in that spot is run. So she’s just never left that spot.”

From her cen­ter-mid­field po­si­tion, Gabrielle Corder last year helped Queen Anne’s County to a spot it had never been to be­fore in field hockey — the North Bay­side Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship. That ti­tle, along with her 18 goals and 14 as­sists, helped earn her the North Bay­side Player of the Year, as voted on by the di­vi­sion’s coaches.

“She was the key to our of­fense (last) year,” Shana Corder said of Gabrielle. “As a coach I al­ways thought de­fense wins cham­pi­onships, which I still feel that they do. How­ever, I thought hav­ing a strong mid­field as Gabrielle and Paige (Mitchell) as her back just made up so much of­fen­sively (last) year.

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