Howard County Snapshots

November 09, 2005

BOYS

SPORT FOOTBALL

Brian Taylor, Long Reach

STATS -- The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior has been a dominating presence on both sides of the ball for the Lightning, playing linebacker and tight end. The four-year starter, a second-team All-Metro selection last season, leads the team in tackles 130 (72 solo) as the Lightning tries to capture its first county title this week, going against Mount Hebron.

SIDELINES -- Taylor also plays basketball at Long Reach, earning the starting spot at power forward last season. He has a weighted 3.93 grade point average and is considering business or sports medicine as possible majors in college. Sports-oriented, Taylor likes to work out in the gym, and one of his favorite movies is The Longest Yard. As for music, his first choice is rhythm and blues, and he also enjoys hip-hop.

GIRLS

SPORT SOCCER

Christa Puccio, Reservoir

STATS -- The senior has proved to be a quick study as a goalkeeper at Reservoir, first playing the position during her freshman year and steadily progressing into one of the finest in the county. This season, her third starting on varsity, Puccio has averaged around 14 saves a game. Last week, she made seven saves in a 1-0 win over rival Atholton in the opening round the of the regional playoffs.

SIDELINES -- Puccio has a 3.26 grade point average and plans to study journalism in college because she says "writing has always come natural" to her. At Reservoir this year, she is the editor of the literary magazine In Between the Lines, a collection of poetry, creative writings and short stories. Puccio also has played basketball and lacrosse, and she plans to try out for the wrestling team this winter.

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