Howard County Snapshots

October 05, 2005

SPORT FOOTBALL

B.J. Benning, River Hill

STATS -- The 6-foot, 280-pound senior anchors both lines for the defending county champions, playing left guard on offense and nose guard on defense. Benning, a second-team All-County selection on offense last season, relies on his quickness and agility to get the job done on both sides of the ball. Underneath his uniform, you will find the same lucky "River Hill football" T-shirt he has worn during games since his freshman year.

SIDELINES -- When the Hawks' wrestling team needed a heavyweight last year, coach Earl Lauer found an answer in gym class: Benning, who completed his first season on the mat with a 22-12 record. Benning is a B student who plans to play football in college but is undecided on a major. James Madison, McDaniel, Trinity and William & Mary are among the schools that have shown interest.

SPORT SOCCER

Alissa Bourne, Glenelg

STATS -- If it looks as if Bourne plays her sweeper position with the poise and touch of a center midfielder, it's because she is one. The standout junior, who plays in the middle for the Thunder Soccer Club in the Washington Area Girls Soccer program, has been playing soccer since the fourth grade, and it shows with her consistently smart play. A starter since the first game of her freshman year, Bourne leads a defense that has not been scored upon in the No. 2 Gladiators' 7-0 start.

SIDELINES -- Bourne, who carries a weighted 4.1 grade-point average, is a student leader of the school's independent research program. She began playing basketball in the third grade and made varsity as a freshman, playing guard.

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