Harford County Snapshots

November 09, 2005

BOYS

Nick Bender, Archbishop Curley

SPORT ICE HOCKEY

STATS -- Bender, a sophomore left wing from Forest Hill, moved to the first line and got one assist in Archbishop Curley's first exhibition game, a 5-1 loss to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Gilman. Bender made the varsity last year and finished with two goals and seven assists while playing on the team's second line.

SIDELINES -- Bender also plays hockey on the Baltimore Stars under-16 traveling team, which is just beginning its season. He plays both center and left wing and has been involved with hockey for the past four years. Bender uses good speed, stick-handling and shooting to create problems for the opposition. He also has played clarinet for the past two years in the Archbishop Curley concert band.

GIRLS

SPORT SOCCER

Jen Idzi, Bel Air

STATS -- Idzi, in her first year as a starter, played every minute in goal during all 14 Bel Air games. The junior allowed only 14 goals and posted eight shutouts as the Bobcats finished with a 9-4-1 record. Severna Park eliminated Bel Air with a 1-0 victory in the second round of the Class 3A East regional playoffs last week, but Idzi played well once again.

SIDELINES -- Idzi had never played goalie before this season. She made the junior varsity last year and got some playing time on defense before varsity coach Bill Zimmerman told her she might have a better chance this year if she tried to be a goalie. Idzi listened to the coach, who said she was one of the team's most pleasant surprises this season. She developed into one of the county's strongest goalies.

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