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It may have started as a prank.

But by now, everyone knows Glenn Carr isn't joking around about his field hockey career.

The Northwest senior has his sights on the U.S. Olympic men's field hockey team, even while honing his skills with his high school girls team.

"This is just for working, trying to get better," Carr said recently after helping WVC Division II-leading Northwest to its eighth straight victory. "(I'm) trying to make it to nationals, maybe the Olympics, if possible."

He's on the right track.

Carr's already competed on the men's junior national indoor and outdoor teams; received his certification to be a U.S. field hockey coach; and teamed with former Wyoming Seminary standout Ja Ja Kentwell on a men's summer team in California.

All because, his Northwest teammates say, Carr's buddies defied him to join the girls field hockey team back when he was a freshman.

"It was kind of a joke at first. It was a dare," Northwest senior captain Kirsten Walsh said. "We were all kind of shocked when he came out."

It's no surprise by now that Carr is having a field day during his final high school season. He's among the Wyoming Valley Conference's leaders in goals with 10, assists with seven and points with 27.

"It's like having another coach on the field with the team," Northwest coach Pete Malischak said of Carr. "He's Mr. Everything."

He's also Mr. Nice guy.

Rather than try to dominate the girls game, which Carr certainly can, he prefers to play a more subdued game – almost like a boxer pulling some punches.

That's intentional.

"I don't try to show off or anything. I always try to turn it down, take it easy, not go crazy," Carr said.

Maybe a little too much.

"He's more willing to pass off to girls he thinks can score," Malischak said, "rather than take the shot himself. I have to get on him sometimes to shoot."

But to Carr, stick-work at this level is much more important than scoring goals.

A perfect example came on Northwest's final goal of a 3-0 victory over Meyers on Wednesday. Carr didn't get credit for an assist on the play, but he started the rush with a mesmerizing flick pass over an opponent's stick and onto a teammate's.

"He's out here practicing all the time," Malischak said. "And he's doing stuff I've never seen a hockey player do. The goal we scored down low, I think he passed it between his legs."

One blast on a free hit off Carr's stick caught a Meyers player in the leg, knocking her from the game. Carr was the first one to come to her aid.

"He's very upset if he hits a ball and accidentally hurts a girl," Malischak said. "He doesn't like to hurt anybody."

"Mostly, I try to be nice to everybody on the opposing team," Carr said. "I date girls from other teams. I get along with all of them. My team, they all like me – as far as I know."

He knows opportunities for men's field hockey players are difficult to find in the United States. That's why the son of Heather and Glenn Carr Sr. of Shickshinny considered going to Canada to play collegiately before deciding, "It's far away and it's a lot more money."

Instead, he said, he's leaning toward attending college locally and helping other field hockey players while keeping his game sharp at practices.

"It's fun," Carr said.

For him, it's turning into the challenge of a lifetime.

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