Baltimore County Snapshots

December 07, 2005

BOYS

Josh Asper, Hereford

SPORT WRESTLING

STATS -- A returning All-Metro pick, sophomore Asper returns as the leader of the ninth-ranked Bulls, who are out to dethrone Baltimore County and 2A-1A state power Owings Mills. Asper went 39-5 with 19 pins to become Hereford's first freshman to win a state title. He jumps to 145 pounds this season from 135 a year ago.

SIDELINES -- As a midfielder on last spring's junior varsity lacrosse team, Asper led the Bulls to a runner-up finish in the county. As a linebacker-running back in junior varsity football this past fall, he made five interceptions and scored nine touchdowns. In his previous five years of wrestling, Asper's best finish in a state meet prior to last year was a runner-up finish as an eighth-grader in the junior leagues. An avid snowboarder and surfer, he carries a 3.2 grade point average.

GIRLS

Shannon Harlow, Sparrows Point

SPORT SOCCER

STATS -- Harlow played a key role for the Pointers' soccer team that allowed only five goals during the regular season and reached its second consecutive Class 1A final. She also plays line defense for the lacrosse team and is a forward on the basketball team. She plans to play lacrosse in college.

SIDELINES -- The senior, who wants to be a nurse, carries a 3.7 grade point average in advanced placement and honors classes. She also takes classes at CCBC-Dundalk three afternoons a week. Secretary of the Student Government Association, Harlow is also on the senior prom committee and works on fund-raising activities for the athletic department. She teaches a Sunday School class at St. John's Lutheran Church and volunteers at the Edgemere-Sparrows Point Recreation Center.

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