Carroll County Snapshots

November 02, 2005

BOYS

SPORT CROSS COUNTRY

Arthur Leathers, Francis Scott Key

STATS -- A sophomore, Leathers turned heads when he won the individual title in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference meet, crossing the finish line in 16 minutes, 20.9 seconds. His effort helped the Eagles retain the team title. He then took seventh in the county meet.

SIDELINES -- On average, Leathers' times have improved by about a minute from a year ago, something he attributes to a significant increase in training. Now running an average of about 30 miles a week, he said he's in better shape. He also has plenty of encouragement. His brother, Clinton, is a junior on the team, and another brother, Adam, ran for Key during his senior year in 2002. He also has two sisters who play sports at the school. Arthur Leathers is also a standout distance runner for the Eagles in outdoor track.

GIRLS

SPORT SOCCER

Brittany Baer, Westminster

STATS -- The senior ranked among the county's scoring leaders with 13 goals and seven assists entering this week. Despite being marked heavily in each game, she scored a season-high three goals each against Liberty and Linganore and two each against Century and North Carroll. Westminster finished the regular season 4-0-2 in county play.

SIDELINES -- Baer played a huge role in helping the Owls claim the Carroll County title outright this season. When she wasn't scoring goals, she was setting them up, often dribbling the ball outside, drawing defenders, and then passing to open teammates. Promoted to the varsity late in her freshman year, she has been a starter ever since. A year ago, the three-sport standout earned first-team All-County honors in soccer and lacrosse and second-team honors in basketball.

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