Carroll County Snapshot

October 26, 2005

BOYS

SPORT SOCCER

Jesse Ayers, North Carroll

STATS -- The Panthers' center-midfielder had seven goals and one assist through the weekend to lead the team in scoring and rank him among the county's leaders. He scored the game-winning goal in the season opener against Frederick, then knocked in the first two goals in a 4-1 win over Tuscarora.

SIDELINES -- Coach Denny Snyder calls Ayers "as solid a player as I've ever had" - a comment on his phenomenal foot skills. The senior, a first-team All-County selection last season, sees the field better than most and has one of the hardest shots in the county. Snyder occasionally shifts him to forward in an effort to mix things up and create more opportunities on offense.

GIRLS

Samantha Walters, Liberty

SPORT VOLLEYBALL

STATS -- The 5-foot-8 outside hitter ranks second on the team in kills, with 108 (2.1 per game) through Monday, and plays a huge role in setting up the offense by receiving the bulk of serves as a middle-back. Her strong serve also helped her earn 28 aces, and she is considered one of the team's most accurate passers.

SIDELINES -- Walters, a junior, was limited last year after suffering a back injury. Now, she has become one of the top players on a team that has won back-to-back Class 2A state titles. She had 12 kills in three games against Francis Scott Key, and she used her serving, including a pair of aces, to turn around a match against Westminster. Her older brother, Dustin, was The Sun's Carroll County Defensive Player of the Year last season in football.

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