Carroll County Snapshots

November 09, 2005|By RICH SCHERR



Ryan Finch, Westminster

STATS -- A multi-dimensional threat, Finch is currently the only player among the county's top four in both rushing and receiving yardage. He enters this week's regular-season finale with 85 carries for 689 rushing yards, as well as 26 catches for 608 yards, with 17 total touchdowns.

SIDELINES -- Despite his 5-foot-8, 170-pound frame, Finch uses quick bursts of speed, uncanny balance and determination to consistently put up big numbers for the Owls (8-1). Thriving in his team's wide-open attack, a variation of the run-and-shoot, he had 285 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against Francis Scott Key, and 208 yards of total offense with four touchdowns against Winters Mill. When coach Brad Wilson tried him once on a kickoff return against Tuscarora, he returned it 98 yards for a touchdown.



Katie Hursey, North Carroll

STATS -- In her first season of cross country, Hursey has been one of the metro area's most dominant runners, capturing Carroll County, Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference and Class 3A West titles. She also has set three course records.

SIDELINES -- Hursey played on North Carroll's soccer team as a freshman and sophomore, but decided to give cross country a shot this year after capturing Class 3A state track titles last spring in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. The results have been phenomenal. Her time of 17 minutes, 57.6 seconds at the MVAL meet was the fourth-fastest time in the state heading into regionals, as well as the fastest time of any runner in Class 3A by more than 20 seconds, according to

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