Howard County Snapshots

November 16, 2005


Chris Eccleston, Mount Hebron


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.


Cailan Ryan, River Hill


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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