North Harford spikes ill mate's depression

Strong play honors senior diagnosed with cancer


High Schools

November 02, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

At the Harford County boys volleyball tournament on Wednesday at Fallston, several members of North Harford's team wore armbands, inscribed with the No. 1 in honor of teammate Andrew Brown, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last week.

They also kept Brown's jersey behind the bench, but the Hawks' best tribute came in the semifinals against eventual champion Bel Air.

They lost, 25-23, but Hawks coach Paul Deck knew Brown would've been proud of his teammates.

"Andrew could pass the ball like nobody else," said Deck. "He was always hustling, never letting the ball hit the floor. We said that we were all going to play like him and we used that as motivation. We were all over the place and didn't let anything hit the floor."

Brown, a senior defensive specialist, has been on varsity for the past two years and is also on the Hawks' tennis team. Described by Deck as a quiet kid, Brown didn't tell his teammates that he was sick and throwing up earlier this month.

Andrew's mother, Paula Brown, said they thought Andrew had a stomach virus, but when the vomiting continued, Andrew went to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center .

After undergoing a series of tests, including a CT scan, Oct. 20, Andrew was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the diagnosis was made two days later.

Brown, who wants to attend Penn State and study meterology, started chemotherapy on Monday.

Paula Brown said the cancer is the same type that champion cyclist Lance Armstrong overcame to win five straight Tour de France titles.

"The doctors said it was totally treatable and he should be OK," said Paula Brown, who lives in Street with her husband, Richard, son Andrew and daughter, Jaimie, 16, also a student at North Harford. "He still throws up and is nauseous, but he has a good attitude about it."

Last Saturday, 21 classmates visited Andrew, and many of his friends have vowed to shave their heads when Andrew starts losing hair from the chemotherapy. The school also has raised $2,793 for the Brown family.

"This makes him feel so good," said Paula Brown. "His friends made him a get-well video and they recorded the entire [Bel Air] match. Watching it lifted his spirits."

Fallston finds sparks

On a Fallston field hockey team loaded with talent, midfielders Asheleigh Shifflett and Danielle Krimm stood out in Thursday's 2-1 victory over Towson in the Class 3A North regional final.

Shifflett, a junior playing just her second year of organized field hockey, won numerous balls in the midfield; Krimm, a senior, jump-started the offense.

"There's never a ball [Ashe- leigh] thinks she doesn't have a chance on," said coach Alice Puckett, whose team plays Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the state semifinals tomorrow.

Puckett called Krimm's play against Towson an inspiration to her teammates. "It was the best game of her life," Puckett said.

`It's big time'

For weeks, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace football coaches Joe Harbert and Johnny Brooks have faced a barrage of questions about the upcoming Eagles-Warriors game.

Until now, they have downplayed the matchup, but with the game being Friday, they have no other choice but to deal with the hype.

If host Havre de Grace (8-0, 6-0 league) wins, the Warriors win the county title outright. If Aberdeen (7-1, 5-1) is victorious, the Warriors and Eagles share the crown.

"It's big-time now," said Aberdeen senior quarterback and linebacker Erin Henderson. "We probably shouldn't have been thinking about it all year, but you can't put it out of your mind."

Berry on target

In Bel Air's 31-13 victory over Edgewood on Thursday, Bobcats junior Andrew Berry was 12-for-15 for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

The left-hander, who has 1,079 yards passing this season, is believed to be just the second quarterback in Bel Air history to eclipse 1,000 yards in a single season.

Berry, who also rushed 17 times for 149 yards against the Rams, also leads the county with 15 touchdown passes, throwing just four interceptions.

Changes net results

When the Fallston girls soccer team lost to C. Milton Wright, 5-1, Monday, Cougars coach Vern Brown insisted that his team would be better prepared if it saw the Mustangs again.

Well, the teams met on Friday in the Class 3A North regional finals, and Brown was right.

Fallston won by 2-0, thanks to some changesmade by its coach. Brown put his team into a more defensive posture, switching the Cougars' alignment from their normal 4-3-3 (four fullbacks, three midfielders, three forwards) to a 4-4-2.

He moved sweeper Justine Smith to outside back, where she shut out Mustangs striker Christine Nicewonger (eight goals in the past three games). Liza Weinberger then took Smith's sweeper position.

Lynsie Daras, normally a center midfielder, was moved back to stopper to guard C. Milton Wright's other dangerous forward Kadie Stamper.

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