Howard County Snapshots

December 07, 2005

BOYS

Luke Beckmann, Centennial

SPORT BASKETBALL

STATS -- After wrapping up his second year as the starting goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team, the 6-foot-4 senior is taking to basketball court, where he'll be a first-year starter in the front court. Beckmann, also a defender on the lacrosse team in the spring, said basketball is his favorite sport and he's looking forward to the challenge of the Eagles having to replace all five starters from last season's team. His high school sports highlight to date was helping the lacrosse team win the state title last spring.

SIDELINES -- Beckmann, who has a 3.62 grade point average, plans to study political science/government in college because he developed a strong interest in politics during the 2000 election. As a sophomore, Beckmann participated in the Harvard Model Congress program, a four-day conference in Boston where selected high school students get to play the role of a senator or representative. Also an avid bowler, Beckmann has a 170 average.

GIRLS

Brooke Winterling, Glenelg

SPORT VOLLEYBALL

STATS -- The senior hitter played a big role in the Gladiators' Class 2A state championship, finishing with 14 kills and four blocks in the team's win over defending champion Liberty. She finished the regular season with 177 kills, 296 digs and 60 blocks. A full-time volleyball player, Winterling also was a starting middle hitter for the Montgomery Village Sports Association under-17 club team that captured the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships last summer.

SIDELINES -- Winterling, who has a 3.2 grade point average, wants to stay in the state to play volleyball in college and is considering psychology as a major. Of her life, she says, "It's volleyball and more volleyball," but Winterling also started playing the guitar in the eighth grade. An added bonus during the volleyball season was playing with her younger twin sisters - sophomores Amber and Sabrina. Her favorite baseball player is her older brother, Paul, a minor league outfield prospect who played for Bluefield, the Orioles' affiliate in the Rookie Appalachian League.

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