St. Mary's Ryken senior forward Jeff Brooks is so well known for his ability to score goals that he often draws the attention of two or three opposing defenders. So this week, in two soccer games, Brooks turned from scorer to creator, assisting on seven goals in two victories for the Knights (7-1).

Brooks had three assists in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Westlake and four in an 8-3 rout of Chopticon on Thursday. He has seven goals and 10 assists this season.

"There's always someone open when there's two or three guys on one man," Knights Coach Pat Warring said. "They're making it very difficult for him to score, because they're all over top of him. But he's got a very good eye and a light touch, and he's using his talent as best as he can."

GREAT MILLS: Junior cross-county runner Will Christian won the varsity "C" race in 15 minutes 54 seconds at the William & Mary Invitational on Oct. 2, then took defending SMAC champion Carlos Hunt of Westlake down to the last 50 meters in a tri meet Wednesday. Hunt finished the race in 16 minutes, and Christian came in six seconds later.

Those results followed Christian's course record-breaking performance at Northern on Sept. 29, where he finished in 16:26.

CHOPTICON: Tiffany Hayden tipped in a long-range shot by Amanda Hitt with 10 seconds left to give the Braves a 2-1 victory over St. Mary's Ryken on Thursday and a leg up in the SMAC field hockey race. The play of senior defender Kim Thompson was crucial for Chopticon (4-2-1). Thompson marked St. Mary's Ryken's forward Ashley Simms.

LEONARDTOWN: The SMAC will send four golfers to the state meet Oct. 18 and 19 at the University of Maryland, and two of them are Raiders. Ryan Brown and Patrick Chandler each shot 11-over-par 83--the maximum they could shoot and still go to the state meet--at the District IV qualifier Tuesday at Wicomico Shores. Before they head to the state championships, they are slated to compete in the SMAC meet Wednesday at Swan Point.