Howard County Snapshots

November 16, 2005

BOYS

Chris Eccleston, Mount Hebron

SPORT FOOTBALL

STATS -- The senior running back closed out a stellar three-year career Friday, leaving the Vikings with a number of offensive records. Eccleston, a two-time first-team All-County performer, is the program's career leader in total yards, total touchdowns, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. This year, he finished with a season-record 1,195 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

SIDELINES -- Eccleston, who maintains a 3.62 grade point average, is considering mechanical engineering or visual design as potential majors in college. His passion is playing football, which he started at age 5 while growing up on Long Island. Along with keeping up with his studies and hanging out with friends, he enjoys drawing cartoon characters.

GIRLS

Cailan Ryan, River Hill

SPORT SOCCER

STATS -- The senior right fullback played a big role on defense in the Hawks' impressive run to the Class 3A state playoffs, which ended Friday with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Tuscarora in the semifinals. A two-year starter who transferred from High Point in Prince George's County, Ryan said she enjoys playing defense for the challenge of shutting down top strikers. First-year coach Brian Song said Ryan's biggest attribute is her consistently smart play.

SIDELINES -- Ryan also plays on River Hill's varsity basketball team as a shooting guard. A member of the Student Government Association, she is a club council leader in charge of organizing all the school's clubs. Ryan, a B student, says she would like to teach elementary education.

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