Harford County Snapshots

November 16, 2005

BOYS

Sean Messenger, Harford Tech

SPORT SOCCER

STATS -- Messenger finished his third year on the varsity in style, setting a school record for career points with 62. He led the team with 28 points this year on 11 goals and six assists, as Harford Tech made its first appearance in the state semifinals. Messenger's big game was a three-goal, one-assist effort in a 7-0 playoff victory over Digital Harbor.

SIDELINES -- A three-year varsity player, Messenger also served as a team captain this season and grew into a strong leader. The senior hopes to play soccer in college. Electricity is his area of expertise at Harford Tech. Messenger has begun taking college courses to prepare for becoming a full-time college student next fall.

GIRLS

Courtney Aburn, John Carroll

SPORT FIELD HOCKEY

STATS -- Aburn scored the game-winning goal in the Patriots' Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference semifinal win over McDonogh. Her second-half goal gave John Carroll a 1-0 win over the Eagles and a spot in the B Conference finals, where the Patriots battled Maryvale to a scoreless tie. Aburn also scored a goal in the team's 2-0 win over Seton Keough in the quarterfinals.

SIDELINES -- Aburn, an honor student, has made an oral commitment to play lacrosse at Delaware. She has excellent hand-eye coordination and had the difficult task of stopping opposing teams' free hits. Her strong stick skills and stamina proved invaluable for the Patriots. Getting her out of the game is as tough as stopping her.

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