Athletes of the Week archive

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kevin Mooney, North Harford, baseball

7:01 PM EDT, May 29, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kevin Mooney, North Harford, baseball

The Hawks senior threw a perfect game May 22 against North Hagerstown in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A semifinal game. He faced the minimum 21 batters and threw 77 pitches. Mooney's coach, Tim Larrimore, said his pitcher never had more than two balls on a batter and struck out 13 to win the game, 4-0. "He's very determined, very focused," Larrimore said. "Nerves don't get to him." In the 3A championship game Saturday, North Harford lost 4-2, but Mooney allowed just two hits and two earned runs. For the season, Mooney was 9-1 with an 0.44 ERA. Next fall, Mooney will be playing for Maryland.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Thompson, Liberty, softball

7:03 PM EDT, May 29, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Thompson, Liberty, softball

The junior pitcher led Liberty (21-2) to its first state softball championship with a 3-2 win over McDonough in Friday's Class 2A final in College Park. Thompson allowed two hits and finished with 11 strikeouts to earn the win. In reaching the title game, she threw a three-hitter in a 6-0 shutout win over Lansdowne in the semifinals, striking out five in the effort. In five playoff wins covering the three West region wins, Thompson had a 1.00 ERA. On the season, she went 16-2 on the mound with a 1.20 ERA and 175 strikeouts and batted .459 at the plate. A three-year starter, Thompson has 514 career strikeouts going into her senior year.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jordan Portner, Mount St. Joseph, tennis

3:57 PM EDT, May 22, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jordan Portner, Mount St. Joseph, tennis

On Friday, the junior won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference individual tennis title, beating McDonogh's Jake Gober, 6-3, 6-1. That performance came after Portner won at No.1 singles and No.1 doubles in leading the Gaels to their first team tennis championship since 1984, when they played in the Maryland Scholastic Association. Portner is a lefty who hits a heavy ball with lots of topspin, and he's smart on and off the court. He carries a 4.0 GPA and is in contact with Ivy League schools. In the USTA rankings, he is in the Top 5 in the Mid-Atlantic area and No. 60 nationally for his age group.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Sam Nolan, Fallston, lacrosse

3:58 PM EDT, May 22, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Sam Nolan, Fallston, lacrosse

The senior scored five goals in Saturday's Class 2A-1A state semifinal against Parkside, inluding the game-winner in the second overtime for a 14-13 win that sent the Cougars to Tuesday's championship against Winters Mill. In her third year on varsity, Nolan has led the team in scoring the past two seasons. After finishing with 53 goals and 39 assists last season, she went into the championship game with 60 goals and 63 assists this spring. In the Cougars' 20-4 region semifinal win over Havre de Grace, she had five goals and two assists, then followed that with four goals and two assists in Wednesday's 18-8 win over Patterson Mill for the region crown. After scoring the eventual game-winner Saturday, she also won the final draw to ensure the win. A three-sport athlete who also played field hockey and basketball, Nolan is set to play lacrosse at UMBC.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Mary Bryan Owen, Roland Park, golf

3:14 PM EDT, May 15, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Mary Bryan Owen, Roland Park, golf

The freshman closed out a banner first season for Roland Park, capturing the individual title at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference championship on Thursday and leading the Reds to their sixth straight team title. Over two days and 18 holes at Fox Hollow Golf Course, Owen shot consecutive 38s for a 4-over-par 76 that was 12 strokes better than three runner-up finishers. She started Wednesday's play with a birdie on the opening hole and ended the championship with a birdie in windy conditions Thursday. The Reds repeated as the team champion with an eight-stroke win over second-place McDonogh, 156-164 (the low two out of four players is scored on each hole). Owen earned the No. 1 spot on the team at the start of the season and — paired with No. 2 player Meredith Birely — went 8-0 during the regular season playing matches using the four ball format.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Chris Navarro, Archbishop Spalding, golf

4:24 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Chris Navarro, Archbishop Spalding, golf

The freshman broke a 20-year-old scoring record by two shots to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual golf championship May 1 at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace. His 71-73-70-214 won by five strokes. The 5-foot-9, 130-pound 15-year-old is believed to be only the second freshman to ever win the title. Navarro's coach, Pete VanZandt, said the teen has the perfect disposition for golf success, never letting his emotions get the best of him. "He never seems to feel the pressure," VanZandt said. "There were several more experienced seniors right behind him and his response was to go out and shoot 70, the lowest round of the tournament."

Girls Athlete of the Week: Deb Milani, Catonsville, lacrosse

4:23 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Deb Milani, Catonsville, lacrosse

The junior midfielder had a dominating week to lead the No. 12 Comets (14-1) to three wins and the Baltimore County championship. Milani opened last week with a four-goal, two-assist performance in an 11-10 win over previously-undefeated Towson on Tuesday, also winning six draws. On Thursday, she scored nine goals, added an assist and won six draws as the Comets defeated Dulaney, 16-7. With the Comets going up against Dulaney a second time in Saturday's Baltimore County championship game, Milani finished with four goals, two asssts and seven won draws in an 18-12 win. In her third varsity season, Milani has 70 goals and 15 assists for a team-high 85 points. She averages 6.1 draw controls per game. Milani, who has committed to Maryland to play lacrosse, maintains a 3.5 GPA and also plays soccer and basketball.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Zack Wheeler, Fallston, lacrosse

5:31 PM EDT, May 1, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Zack Wheeler, Fallston, lacrosse

A switch from midfield to forward this season has suited Wheeler well. The senior scored five goals and handed out an assist, in a 12 minute span covering the first and second quarters of a game against Patterson Mill on Wednesday. Fallston won, 14-10, to stay undefeated in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference at 4-0. Wheeler leads the team in points with 21 goals and 15 assists. He has a 3.8 GPA and will attend Virginia Tech to study engineering. His coach, Matt Parks, says Wheeler is "very savvy, good in tight spaces and has a great stick. He knows where to be and how to get there."

Girls Athlete of the Week: Molly Wolf, Bryn Mawr, lacrosse

5:35 PM EDT, May 1, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Molly Wolf, Bryn Mawr, lacrosse

The senior goalie was busy and at her best Friday as the No. 2 Mawrtians (14-1) earned an 8-7 overtime win over No. 7 Notre Dame Prep. Wolf — a four-year varsity player and an All-Metro first-team selection last season — finished with 16 saves, nine coming in the second half and one in overtime to complete a 2-0 week for the Mawrtians. On Tuesday, she made four saves on seven shots in limited action as Bryn Mawr defeated Severn, 15-6. Set to play at Loyola, Wolf is rated the No. 2 goalie and the No. 12 player overall in the ESPNHS Class of 2012 Top 100. This season, she has saved 57 percent of the shots she's faced, and in her four years, she has 405 saves.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jay Kuhn, Patterson Mill, lacrosse

4:31 PM EDT, April 24, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jay Kuhn, Patterson Mill, lacrosse

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound senior goalie stopped 14 shots — including six one-on-ones — to lead his team to a 7-6 win over North Harford on Wednesday. It was Kuhn's third win in a span of seven days, all against teams the Huskies had never previously beaten. Besides stopping the ball, Kuhn directed the defense and helped the offense by setting up the attack with outlet passes. Coach Jason Bellamy credits him as a primary reason the team is 8-2 and unbeaten in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. Kuhn also plays football and basketball, has a 3.3 GPA and has signed to play lacrosse at Division II Florida Southern College.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Jules Natoli, Howard, softball

4:31 PM EDT, April 24, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Jules Natoli, Howard, softball

The senior shortstop led the No. 4 Lions (11-2) to three Howard County wins last week, including Friday's 6-0 victory over then-No.1 and previously undefeated Reservoir. In that game, Natoli went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored. Earlier in the week, she went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in a win against Wilde Lake and then 2-for-3 with two RBIs in a win against Mount Hebron, also making two fine defensive plays to help preserve a perfect game thrown by pitcher Samantha O'Connor. A four-year starter who played her first two seasons at third base, Natoli is batting .633 this spring with 21 RBIs, 18 runs and five stolen bases. In 20 plate appearances, she has only struck out once. Natoli, who has a 3.8 GPA, is considering attending Towson with plans to walk on the softball team. At Howard, she also played three years on the varsity basketball team.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Alex Murphy, Calvert Hall, baseball

3:59 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Alex Murphy, Calvert Hall, baseball

In 25 at bats this week, the No. 1 Cardinals' junior catcher had 16 hits — five of them home runs and three grand slams. Two of those grand-slams were game-winners. He also had three doubles, drove in 16 runs and scored another 10. On defense, his fielding percentage was .977. "His stats are somebody's career," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said. Making the performance more amazing. Murphy had not hit a home run before this week. A three-year starter, Murphy, 6-feet-1 and 210 pounds, has orally committed to Wake Forest.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Autumne Franklin, McDonogh, track and field

3:57 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Autumne Franklin, McDonogh, track and field

The senior won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at Saturday's Pikesville Track Classic, helping the No. 1 Eagles take second place. Franklin set a meet record in the 300 hurdles when she came across in 42.33 seconds, comfortably defeating Old Mill senior Alexis Franklin (44.01), who beat her in the same race last year at Pikesville. Autumne Franklin won Saturday's 100 hurdles with a time of 14.47 seconds. Set to compete at Harvard next year, Franklin earned All-Metro second-team honors last spring and then made the first team after this winter's indoor season.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Ron Farley, Calvert Hall, baseball

3:19 PM EDT, April 10, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Ron Farley, Calvert Hall, baseball

In a week in which No. 1 Calvert Hall went 5-1 — including games against nationally ranked teams and a trip to Florida — the junior outfielder stood out. He went 11-for-18 (.611) for the week with two home runs, four doubles, 10 RBIs and five runs scored. Against Don Bosco (N.J.), ranked No. 4 nationally, he went 2-for-4, with a two-run homer as Calvert Hall rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win 9-8. He was 2-for-3 with a double in a loss to Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.), which was ranked No. 1 in a number of preseason national polls.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Allison Remenapp, Century, lacrosse

3:19 PM EDT, April 10, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Allison Remenapp, Century, lacrosse

The junior goalie led the No. 3 Knights to two wins over ranked opponents at Saturday's Notre Dame Prep mixer. In the tournament opener against No. 4 Notre Dame Prep, Remenapp made 14 saves to lift Century to a 9-4 win and hold the Blazers to nine goals below their season average. Later in the day, she recorded 10 saves in a 17-8 win over then-No. 9 South River. Quick, mobile and an excellent distributor, Remenapp has saved 60 percent of the shots her way this season (55 saves, 37 goals allowed) as the Knights have started the season 7-0. Earlier last week, she made three saves in a 19-4 win over Walkersville. Remenapp also plays midfield for Century's field hockey team and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Dyllon Sanchez, Randallstown, baseball

5:31 PM EDT, April 3, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Dyllon Sanchez, Randallstown, baseball

While earning two victories last week, the junior pitcher struck out 30 batters over 12 innings. He fanned 18 hitters in a seven-inning two-hitter against Pikesville, then followed that with 12 strikeouts in a five-inning, no-hit shutout of Milford Mill. Coach Marc Stevens said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander pounds the strike zone with his fastball, forcing hitters off the plate. A three-year starter, Sanchez is also showing maturity with patience and by getting ahead in the count. For the season, he's 2-0 with an 0.88 ERA.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Jessica Canami, C. Milton Wright, softball

5:28 PM EDT, April 3, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Jessica Canami, C. Milton Wright, softball

The senior center fielder has been the early-season sparkplug for the No. 2 Mustangs, who are off to a 5-1 start that included three wins last week. A four-year starter, Canami is leading the team in nine offensive categories. In wins over North East, Perryville and then-No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, she batted .667 (8 for 12) with eight RBIs, six runs scored and two stolen bases.  Canami enjoyed perfect games at the plate in the wins over North East and Perryville — going a combined 7-for-7, driving in seven runs and scoring four more — before getting one hit, two RBIs and scoring the game-winning run in the upset win over Spalding.  Among other statistics, Canami leads the team this season in batting average (.542), RBIs (11), runs scored (10), and slugging percentage (.792). She plans to play softball and soccer at York (Pa.) College, and she also played basketball at C. Milton Wright.   

Boys Athlete of the Week: Matt Goodman, Franklin, baseball

6:08 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Matt Goodman, Franklin, baseball

A senior captain, Goodman put on an impressive display of endurance and control Wednesday as he went the distance in a 6-0 victory at then-No. 7 Atholton. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound pitcher, described by his coach as being "built like a rock," allowed just two singles and a walk, and he struck out 10, matching his career high. Goodman is a third-year varsity player, and coach Kyle Campbell credits Goodman's physical strength and off-season work ethic for his performance. Goodman is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against Baltimore County rival Owings Mills.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Melanie Gunning, Archbishop Spalding, softball

6:08 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Melanie Gunning, Archbishop Spalding, softball

The senior shortstop led the two-time defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion and No. 3 Cavaliers (2-1) to two wins last week. In a 4-2 victory over Chesapeake-AA on Wednesday, Gunning went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. In Friday's 8-5 win over Century, she again went 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in four runs. A two-time All-Metro selection and three-time IAAM A Conference All Star, Gunning has a career .310 batting average with 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 36 RBIs. She maintains a 3.25 GPA and is set to attend East Carolina University, but she is unsure whether she will continue to play softball.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jarred Jones, John Carroll, basketball

4:42 PM EDT, March 20, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jarred Jones, John Carroll, basketball

The senior rounded out a strong season with a highlight-reel performance at the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational tournament last weekend at Frostburg State. He had a game-high 30 points and six rebounds to lead the Patriots to a 72-62 victory over rival Mount St. Joseph in their tournament finale. For the event, Jones averaged 21 points per game as John Carroll went 2-1, also defeating Benedictine College Prep (Va.) and losing to St. Benedict's Preparatory (N.J.). Jones, who has orally committed to Loyola, averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds this season, leading the Patriots to the MIAA A Conference tournament title when he had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in the final against Mount St. Joe.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Racquel Moses, Milford Mill, indoor track

4:42 PM EDT, March 20, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Racquel Moses, Milford Mill, indoor track

The senior capped her high school indoor career with three gold medals at the New Balance Nationals Indoor championships in New York City. Running in the Emerging Elites division, Moses won the 55-meter hurdles (24.8 seconds) and the 200 (8.02 seconds) and also ran on the Millers' winning 800 relay team. In helping the Millers finish second at the Class 3A state championship meet last month, Moses won the 200 and ran on the winning 800 relay team. She was second in the 55 hurdles, and her 1,600 relay team also finished second. An Honor Roll student, Moses has signed to run for Mississippi.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Aquille Carr, Patterson, basketball

6:21 PM EDT, March 13, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Aquille Carr, Patterson, basketball

The junior point guard led the Clippers to their first state championship, scoring 28 points with 8 assists and 6 steals in an 86-75 victory over Thomas Stone in Saturday's Class 3A final. On Thursday night,Carr scored 24 points in a 70-46 semifinal win over Tuscarora, 70-46. He has averaged 24.5 points and 5 assists this season. Coach Harry Martin says his 5-foot-6 dynamo is "one of the quickest players in the country with the ball in his hands." Carr has verbally committed to Seton Hall.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Michelle Wright, Dunbar, basketball

6:22 PM EDT, March 13, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Michelle Wright, Dunbar, basketball

The 5-foot-9 senior forward led the No. 4 Poets to their second straight state Class 1A championship with a pair of dominating post performances, including 33 points and 15 rebounds in the 50-42 title-game victory over Western Tech. She also had 30 points and seven rebounds in an 84-43 semifinal win over Kent County despite sitting out 14 minutes after picking up two early fouls. In two years at states, Wright has averaged 32.3 points — which may be the highest four-game average in state tournament history. This season, she scored nearly half of her team's points, averaging 22.5 of the Poets' 45.2. She also contributed 11.3 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. Wright, who also plays softball for the Poets, is getting Division I college attention but has not made a commitment.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Nathan Kraisser, Centennial, wrestling

5:51 PM EST, March 6, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Nathan Kraisser, Centennial, wrestling

By winning the 126-pound state championship in Class 4A-3A on Saturday, Kraisser became only the fifth wrestler to win four individual titles over a career. The senior went 36-3 this season to finish with a 152-6 record. His coach, Dave Roogow, says Kraisser "doesn't really feel the pressure because he really does treat every match like his opponent is in the state finals." Through four years Kraisser has won every match in the state tournament by major decision, technical fall or pin. He carries a 3.5 GPA and has signed to wrestle at North Carolina.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Morgan Golec, Patterson Mill, basketball

5:52 PM EST, March 6, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Morgan Golec, Patterson Mill, basketball

The 5-foot-10 junior forward averaged 17.7 points in three playoff games last week to lead the Huskies to their first regional girls basketball championship. Golec scored 25 points and had five rebounds in a 63-48 semifinal upset of defending regional champion Joppatowne. She also had 13 points and eight rebounds in a 38-31 regional quarterfinal win over Edgewood and 14 points in a 61-58 championship victory over Kent Island. Golec averages 18.6 points per game for the 20-5 Huskies, who are riding a 12-game winning streak. A veteran of the Maryland Elite 17-and-under AAU team, she also plays volleyball at Patterson Mill and has a 3.97 GPA.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Tyler Rill, Mount St. Joseph, wrestling

3:06 PM EST, February 21, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Tyler Rill, Mount St. Joseph, wrestling

The senior capped an outstanding season Saturday, winning his second Maryland Independent Schools state championship with a 9-2 victory in the 170-pound final. The state title followed a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title and first-place finishes at the War on the Shore and the Caruso (N.J.) tournament. Rill, who finished 32-3, was also second at the Powerade tournament, and fourth at Beast of the East, two tournaments considered the toughest high school events in the country. "He has a strong work ethic," Gaels coach Harry Barnabae said. "And he has great mat awareness. He seems to know his opponents moves before they actually start their attack." Rill, who has a 3.2 GPA, will wrestle for Division I Bloomsburg next season.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Emily Soller, John Carroll, basketball

3:07 PM EST, February 21, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Emily Soller, John Carroll, basketball

The senior forward came back after being sidelined for five games with a concussion to lead the No. 11 Patriots to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference girls basketball championship. She had 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the 42-38 title-game victory over St. Mary's on Saturday. Soller also had 23 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in the 54-45 quarterfinal win over Mount de Sales. In the 51-36 semifinal win over Bryn Mawr, she had nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks while playing only about seven minutes. Averaging 15.1 points and 9.2 rebounds, she is considering playing at Chestnut Hill (Pa.), Frostburg or Stevenson next season. Soller, who has a 3.0 GPA, also played on the Patriots' B Conference champion volleyball team and is the starting shortstop for the softball team.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Eric Friedman, St. Paul's, wrestling

5:30 PM EST, February 14, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Eric Friedman, St. Paul's, wrestling

At Saturday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament, the senior became only the fourth wrestler to win four titles since the league was formed in 1994. Friedman won a 13-2 major decision in the 126-pound final, and he was also named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. Known for his durability and determination — he hasn't missed a match this season despite a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his knee — Friedman is 41-8. He is also an A student and will wrestle at the University of Pennsylvania.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Imani Bailey, Meade, basketball

5:30 PM EST, February 14, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Imani Bailey, Meade, basketball

The senior guard led the No. 6 Mustangs to a pair of key victories last week, and they remain on track to win their second straight Anne Arundel County championship and advance to next week's District V championship. In a 65-58 win over then-No. 12 Annapolis, Bailey had 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. She scored six of the Mustangs' final 10 points to help them hold onto first place in the county standings. In Friday's 77-44 win over Old Mill, she came within two assists of a triple double, finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Bailey averages 23 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists. She has a 3.5 GPA, plans to become a nurse, and has signed to play at Howard.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Aaron Parks, Lake Clifton, basketball

2:21 PM EST, February 7, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Aaron Parks, Lake Clifton, basketball

The senior was all over the court for the Lakers in victories over No. 13 Poly and No. 10 City. The back-to-back wins propelled Lake Clifton from No. 5 to the top spot in this week's poll. Parks had 16 points and 13 rebounds against Poly and 10 points and 11 rebounds against City. He averages 14.5 points and 10 rebounds for the season, and coach Herman "Tree" Harried said it is the rebounding that makes Parks so important to his team. The 6-foot-2 guard uses his strength to control the boards and to often guard the opposing team's top scorer. A consistent honor roll student, he is being recruited by Division I schools including DePaul and Virginia Commonwealth.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Alexis Franklin, Old Mill, indoor track

1:46 PM EST, February 7, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Alexis Franklin, Old Mill, indoor track

The senior won four individual events and set three meet records last week at the Anne Arundel County Indoor Track Championships at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Franklin set meet records in the 55-meter hurdles (8.19 seconds), 300 meters (40.24) and 500 meters (1:17.66). She also won the 55-meter dash, a race she had never before run at the county meet. An All-Metro runner indoors and out, Franklin won state titles last year in the 55-meter hurdles indoors and the 300 and 500 meters outdoors. The Baltimore Sun's Female Performer of the Year last spring in track and field, she finished second in the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays. Franklin, who has a 3.5 GPA, signed last week with Ohio State over Michigan and Clemson.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Peter Galli, St. Paul's, wrestling

4:31 PM EST, January 31, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Peter Galli, St. Paul's, wrestling

The senior has now won 23 straight matches — with 20 coming on pins. The ability to put his opponents on their backs earned him the outstanding pinner award at the Get Your Bell Rung Tournament in Virginia this weekend. Galli pinned five straight opponents, all in the first period in his 152-pound class. That performance helped his team to a first-place finish at the meet, and it came on the heels of a mid-week victory over rival Archbishop Spalding wrestler Logan Breitenbach, who is ranked fifth in the state. Galli also took first place at the Southeast Prep Slam in Atlanta, Ga., at the start of the week. The Slam is a national event featuring 44 teams. He had three pins, a major decision and a 7-5 victory in the final. Galli is ranked No. 2 in his weight class in Maryland. Galli carries a 3.45 GPA and will attend Stanford next fall on a wrestling scholarship.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Tiersa Winder, McDonogh, basketball

4:31 PM EST, January 31, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Tiersa Winder, McDonogh, basketball

The senior guard averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.3 steals last week as the No. 2 Eagles went 4-0 and extended their winning streak to 18 games. Winder had 19 points and three assists in a 66-49 win over No. 4 Archbishop Spalding, McDonogh's second this season over the defending IAAM A conference champions, which boosted the Eagles' record to 11-0 in the conference. She also had 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six steals in a 65-36 win over No. 9 Roland Park as well as 17 points in a 62-45 win over The Hun School (N.J.) and 11 points in a 66-49 win over St. Frances. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard averages 14 points and five rebounds for a balanced 20-1 team. She has a 3.0 GPA and played AAU ball for the Maryland Sure Shots.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jes Stephens, McDonogh, swimming

4:47 PM EST, January 24, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jes Stephens, McDonogh, swimming

The senior led his team to a rare victory over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Loyola by swimming personal-best times in four events. He won the 50-yard freestyle (21.63 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (47.25) and swam the anchor legs in the victorious 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.25) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:13.39). That contributed to the team's 105-65 win, its first over Loyola since 2006 and only the Eagles' second over the Dons since 1968. McDonogh (4-1) also remained perfect in the conference. Stephens, who is also a co-captain on the Eagles' golf team, has already qualified for the Olympic trials in the 100-meter freestyle. He will attend Purdue next year on a full swimming scholarship.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Blair Harding, Poly, basketball

4:47 PM EST, January 24, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Blair Harding, Poly, basketball

The senior guard scored a season-high 24 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, to lead the No. 6 Engineers to a 57-47 victory over Baltimore City rival and No. 7 Dunbar Harding, 5-foot-7, scored almost half of her points on free throws, going 11-for-13 from the line as Poly (12-0) shot 28-for-38 as a team. Her 3-pointer from the corner to open the fourth quarter sparked a 7-2 Engineers run that gave Poly the lead for good. Harding averages 9.5 points, 2.2 steals and 1.5 assist per game. A veteran of the Baltimore Charm Amateur Athletic Union team, Harding has drawn college attention from Bowie State, South Carolina State and Massachusetts-Lowell, among others.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Ian Miles, Mount St. Joseph, indoor track

6:56 PM EST, January 18, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Ian Miles, Mount St. Joseph, indoor track

The senior continued his run of fine performances by winning four events — the 55 hurdles (7.82 seconds), the long jump (20 feet, 6 inches), the 300 meter dash (35.62) and the 800-meter relay — at last weekend's MIAA League meet. Miles' performance helped the Gaels to a share the regular season championship with Gilman. Coach Jack Peach said Miles, who has a 3.3 GPA, is a natural athlete. "You could probably put him in any event and he would win," Peach said. Miles is considering a number of colleges, including Morgan State.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Dani Potis, Notre Dame Prep, swimming

6:45 PM EST, January 18, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Dani Potis, Notre Dame Prep, swimming

The sophomore won four events in Thursday's 121-49 victory over McDonogh, which boosted the Blazers' record to 6-0. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 56.67 seconds and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:10.62. Potis, 15, also helped the defending IAAM A Conference champion Blazers to wins in a pair of relays, the 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle. Last season, she was second in the 500 free and third in the 200 individual medley in the championship meet while helping the Blazers win the 400 freestyle relay. A veteran of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Potis, who also plays lacrosse for the Blazers, plans to swim in college and is an A-B student.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jason Noss, Patterson Mill wrestling

7:26 PM EST, January 10, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Jason Noss, Patterson Mill wrestling

Junior Jason Noss went 7-0, pinning six opponents and taking a major (16-4) decision from the other last weekend at the C.M. Wright Duals. The performance helped the Huskies' wrestling team to a 5-2 tournament record and improved their overall season record to 15-6. This is Noss' first season on the varsity. "This is huge," his coach Ryan Arist said. "Looking at a JV wrestler moving up to varsity, I thought he'd take his lumps. But except for two decisions, all his wins are by pins. He scores six points almost every time." Noss is 18-3 this season. Arist said Noss has learned to use his 6-foot frame to his advantage and knows how to "find a way to finish." Noss carries a 3.0 GPA.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Maggie Rampolla, Maryvale, indoor track

7:25 PM EST, January 10, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Maggie Rampolla, Maryvale, indoor track

Despite suffering from tonsillitis, the senior pole vaulter set a meet record by clearing 11 feet, 3 inches Saturday to win the Montgomery Invitational title. Rampolla returned to the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex Sunday for an unsanctioned all-comers meet and cleared 11 feet, 6 inches — a personal best. By comparison, 11 feet 3 would have won a state public school title in all four classifications last winter. A former Level 8 gymnast who began pole vaulting as a freshman, the 5-foot-2 Rampolla is the defending IAAM champion indoors and a three-time IAAM champion outdoors. She qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships last summer after competing with the DC Vault club but opted not to make the trip. Rampolla, who plays soccer for the Lions, also competes in the long jump, triple jump and 800-meter relay. She had a 3.85 GPA last semester and is drawing attention from such college programs as Clemson, Maryland, Tennessee and Tulane.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kayel Locke, McDonogh, basketball

7:51 PM EST, January 4, 2012

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kayel Locke, McDonogh, basketball

The senior forward led the Eagles (10-5) to the championship at last week's Benedictine Capital City Classic in Richmond, Va., totaling 64 points and 40 rebounds in three close wins. Locke, an All-Metro second-team selection last year, registered doubIe-doubles in each win. In the tournament opener on Dec. 27, a 60-57 win over Virginia's Christ Church School, Locke finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The following day, he poured in 27 points to go with 13 rebounds to send the Eagles to the title game with a 53-48 win over Good Counsel. In Thursday's final, Locke had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 61-58 overtime win against host school Benedictine College Prep to claim tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Powerful and agile at 6-feet-5 and 255 pounds, Locke is averaging 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds this season and he's 379 points away from 2,000 for his four-year career. Locke has a number of college offers, but he is still undecided.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Bri Jones, Aberdeen, basketball

7:51 PM EST, January 4, 2012

Girls Athlete of the Week: Bri Jones, Aberdeen, basketball

The 6-foot-3 junior center earned Most Valuable Player honors in leading the No. 1 Eagles (8-0) to the championship of the 39th annual International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Holiday Girls Basketball Tournament last week. With Jones' 30-point, 13-rebound performance in the title game, an 82-44 win over previously-undefeated Wise, the Eagles became the first Baltimore team in 13 years to win the prestigious tournament at Prince George's Community College. Jones also had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 58-24 win over Eleanor Roosevelt and 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 50-30 win over South Lakes (Va.). For the season, Jones averages 24.5 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. Jones, who is drawing a lot of college attention with her game and her 3.8 GPA, plays Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Fairfax Stars.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Keonte Potts, Centennial, basketball

3:43 PM EST, December 28, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Keonte Potts, Centennial, basketball

Mostly coming off the bench last season on a senior-laden team that reached the Class 3A state final, Potts showed he had the potential to become the Eagles' go-to player. This season, he has done just that with consistently fine play at both ends of the court to lead the No. 10 Eagles to a 6-1 start. In wins over Howard County foes Glenelg (73-57 on Dec. 21) and River Hill (75-41 on Wednesday), Potts had productive efforts that have become the norm for him this season. Against Glenelg, he scored 21 points and also finished with nine steals. He came back against River Hill and had 20 points and three steals to put the Eagles at 6-0 in league play. For the season, Potts averages 23 points and four steals per game. He is shooting 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the 3-point line. In last year's playoff run, he averaged 15 points in five games, including 18 in the Eagles' 56-54 state semifinal win over South Hagerstown.

Girls Athlete of the Week: A'Lexus Harrison, Digital Harbor, basketball

3:45 PM EST, December 28, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: A'Lexus Harrison, Digital Harbor, basketball

The junior forward led the No. 2 Rams (7-1) to wins over two ranked teams last week while averaging of 24 points and 23.5 rebounds. She had 27 points, 25 rebounds and five blocks in a 51-41 win at baltimore City rival No. 12 Western and 21 points, 22 rebounds and six blocks in a 53-46 win over No. 13 Meade. Harrison, 6-feet-1, was an All-Metro second-team selection after leading the Rams to the state Class 2A semifinals last season. She has averaged a double double for three years and committed to Maryland as a freshman. An AAU veteran, Harrison has a 3.7 GPA.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Taran Carr, Owings Mills, wrestling

7:57 PM EST, December 20, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Taran Carr, Owings Mills, wrestling

The 160-pound senior won all seven of his matches to lead the Eagles to a second-place finish at the two-day Bauerlein Duals this weekend at Manchester Valley. A Class 2A-1A state champion in the 145-pound class last year, the four-year starter has dominated at 160 this year, going 12-0 with 12 pins. Owings Mills finished second in the tournament with a 6-1 mark — Urbana from Frederick County was first with a 7-0 mark. Carr, a team captain, is 121-16 in his high school career. Maintaining a 3.65 GPA, he is undecided on a college but plans to wrestle at the next level. Carr also is a member of the school's band.

7:59 PM EST, December 20, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Dionna White, Milford Mill, basketball

The combo guard made a superb debut last week in leading the Millers to wins in their first three games of the season, averaging 21.3 points, eight steals, 7.3 rebounds and five assists. The 5-foot-8 freshman led the Millers (3-0) to a season-opening 77-48 win over Bladensburg in the Gerald Moore Jr. Classic with 27 points, five rebounds and four steals. In a 68-37 win over Southern-AA, White came close to a quadruple double with 19 points, 10 steals, nine rebounds and nine assists. In a 58-36 win over Owings Mills, she had 18 points, 10 steals and eight rebounds. White is a veteran of the Adidas-Maryland AAU program and has a 3.5 GPA.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kameron Williams, Mount St. Joseph, basketball

2:57 PM EST, December 13, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kameron Williams, Mount St. Joseph, basketball

An extremely hard worker according to his coach, Pat Clatchey, Williams showed how that work can pay off with 65 points in three games last week. The 6-foot-2 junior shooting guard scored 28 of those points Friday in a 78-76 victory over No. 3 St. Frances. Williams seemed to will his team to the lead when the No. 2 Gaels were trailing by 13 points. He is a consistent honor roll student and has the ability to efficiently work for his shots within the flow of the game. He scored 22 points against St. Maria Goretti and 15 against Archbishop Spalding.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Domonique Hagins, South River, basketball

3:08 PM EST, December 13, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Domonique Hagins, South River, basketball

An All-Metro second-team guard last season, Hagins got the No. 10 Seahawks off to a 3-0 start with her consistent performance last week. The senior averaged 16 points, 6.3 assists, 5.3 steals and 5.3 rebounds. In a 61-59 victory over Western Branch (Va.) at the Beast of the East showcase, Hagins had 18 points, six assists, five steals and six rebounds. She had 17 points and six assists in a 62-39 win over Annapolis and 13 points and seven assists in a 61-52 win over Southern. Hagins, who has a 3.2 GPA, plays Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Adidas Team Maryland-Gold and is receiving interest from several Division I programs.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Torie Wagner, Old Mill, football

6:05 PM EST, December 6, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Torie Wagner, Old Mill, football

Wagner played a huge role on both sides of the ball in helping No. 3 Old Mill (14-0) to a 36-35 overtime victory over Quince Orchard in Friday's Class 4A state championship. The 5-foot-7, 158-pound slot receiver and cornerback scored two touchdowns — one on a 64-yard pass reception and another on a fumble recovery. He had six catches for 138 yards and also had nine tackles and one interception. Wagner finished the season with nine interceptions and 56 tackles as well as 35 receptions for 747 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has drawn interest from several college programs, including Maryland and William & Mary.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Taylor Murray, AACS, basketball

6:06 PM EST, December 6, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Taylor Murray, AACS, basketball

The freshman point guard made an impressive debut in her first week of varsity basketball, leading the Eagles to a 3-0 start that included a tournament title in their own Eagle Classic over the weekend.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Trevor Williams, Calvert Hall, football

6:51 PM EST, November 29, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Trevor Williams, Calvert Hall, football

Williams caught 10 passes for 123 yards and scored the decisive touchdown in the No. 2 Cardinals' third straight Turkey Bowl victory over archrival Loyola. After Loyola pulled within 21-17 in the fourth quarter, the senior wide receiver outran a pair of defenders and made a terrific catch on a 34-yard pass from quarterback Thomas Stuart with 11:54 remaining in the game to give the Cardinals the lead for good in their 34-17 Thanksgiving Day victory. Williams, 6-feet-2, 190 pounds, finished the season with 99 catches for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has committed to West Virginia.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Ashley Spivey, McDonogh, soccer

6:50 PM EST, November 29, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Ashley Spivey, McDonogh, soccer

The senior midfielder shined at the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS) All-State Game played Nov. 21 at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, leading the Baltimore-area all-stars to a 5-1 win over their Washington-area counterparts.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Christian DiPaola, Maryland Christian, football

4:21 PM EST, November 22, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Christian DiPaola, Maryland Christian, football

The senior quarterback led Maryland Christian with six touchdowns in the two-game National HomeSchool Football tournament as the Saints repeated as national champions Saturday in Panama City, Fla. DiPaola, 6-feet-4, 224 pounds, scored the game-winning touchdown on a 7-yard run in the 14-7 rain-swept title-game victory over the Blue Angels from Dallas. In the semifinal, a 42-6 win over Lighthouse Christian from Missouri, he was 9-for-12 passing for 208 yards and five touchdowns. At middle linebacker, he made 17.5 tackles and had two interceptions in the two games. DiPaola led the Saints (10-3) to their third Mid-Atlantic Christian Conference title in four years the weekend before the national tournament.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Morgan Thomas, Century, volleyball

4:22 PM EST, November 22, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Morgan Thomas, Century, volleyball

The senior hitter and team captain played a big role in helping No. 3 Century (18-1) capture the program's first Class 2A state volleyball championship at University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday. In the Knights' four-set win over defending champion Fallston (23-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-21), Thomas finished with 16 kills and 14 digs. In the team's 3-1 semifinal win over Loch Raven on Nov. 15, she had 11 kills, 13 digs and three aces. For the season, Thomas, who played three years on varsity, finished with 161 kills, 108 digs and 46 aces.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Alex Wells, Overlea, football

4:04 PM EST, November 15, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Alex Wells, Overlea, football

The senior's performance on both sides of the ball is one of the reasons the Falcons are riding the area's longest active winning streak (15 games). In Friday's 52-16 regional semifinal win over Reginald Lewis, the 6-foot, 200-pound running back scored four touchdowns and rolled up 503 yards from scrimmage. He ran for 276 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He also scored on an 80-yard kickoff return and a 96-yard interception return. At strong safety, he made 23 tackles, including 14 solo. For the season, Wells has scored 29 touchdowns, rushing for 20 and for 1,613 yards, and he has 76 solo tackles. He is drawing interest from several colleges, including Monmouth.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Meghan Macera, Westminster, field hockey

4:04 PM EST, November 15, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Meghan Macera, Westminster, field hockey

The senior forward was at her best when it counted most last week, scoring the game-winning goals in the state semifinal and the state championship as the Owls won their second straight title. In the second overtime of Saturday's Class 3A championship game against Mount Hebron, Macera finished off a chance in front sent in by Maddy Walsh to give the Owls (19-3) a 1-0 victory. In a 2-1 semifinal win over North Harford on Nov. 7, she provided the game-winning goal with 11 minutes left. Macera, a first-team All-Metro selection last year, finished this season with 16 goals and 13 assists. Last year's she had 25 goals and 10 assists as the Owls captured the Class 4A crown.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kevin Corbusier, Loyola, cross country

2:40 PM EST, November 8, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Kevin Corbusier, Loyola, cross country

The senior won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference cross country title last week in what's believed to be the third-fastest time in meet history. Corbusier finished in 15 minutes, 52 seconds on the Oregon Ridge course to lead the No. 1 Dons to their third straight team title. A second-team All-Metro selection last fall, Corbusier this season set a course record at Herring Run along with teammate Mike Wegner, who crossed at the same time, and scored victories in the Barnhart Invitational at Dulaney and the Peter Geraghty Invitational at Mount St. Mary's. He also turned in the top time by a local runner in finishing third in the boys' elite race at Hereford's Bull Run Invitational. With a 3.49 GPA, he is considering offers from Maryland and Bucknell among others. Corbusier will run in the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional meet Nov. 26 in Cary, N.C.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Ali Flax, Garrison Forest, field hockey

2:53 PM EST, November 8, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Ali Flax, Garrison Forest, field hockey

The senior captain came to the Grizzlies' rescue on two occasions this season, the last coming in Sunday's 3-0 win over McDonogh in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game at Goucher College. After assisting on the game's first goal in the first half playing her usual midfield position, Flax took over as goalie in the second half when starter Kendall Kuntz had to leave the game with an injury. Flax, a two-year varsity starter, protected the 1-0 halftime lead with three saves as the Grizzlies (18-1-2) pulled away for their fourth championship in six years. The move to goalie was nothing new for Flax, who played in the cage for the first time ever at the start of the season when Kuntz was out with a broken foot. In 14 games this season, Flax finished with 82 saves and allowed just 11 goals, posting six shutouts. Flax, who also plays guard on Garrison Forest's basketball team, is undecided on a college and whether she will continue playing sports at the next level.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Tyler Silberberg, Wilde Lake, golf

4:19 PM EDT, November 1, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Tyler Silberberg, Wilde Lake, golf

The junior shot two rounds of 71 and came from behind in the final round to win his first state boys golf championship last week at the University of Maryland course. Silberberg, who finished 11th in last year's state tournament, began the second day of competition two strokes off the lead and double-bogeyed the first hole to fall four strokes behind. He birdied the second hole and made four more birdies to defeat North Point's Marcus Byrd by three strokes. The Howard County champion is only the second player in county history to record a season average of below par. Last summer, he finished second in the Maryland State Junior Amateur. He has a 4.18 GPA and wants to play professional golf after college. Silberberg, whose home course is Hobbits Glen, is in a mentorship program this fall at Fairway Hills Golf Course.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Ellie Gonzalez, Catholic, cross country

4:16 PM EDT, November 1, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Ellie Gonzalez, Catholic, cross country

In capturing her first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland cross country championship last Wednesday, the sophomore dominated the field as well as the Oregon Ridge Park course with a record-breaking performance. Gonzalez, who earned second-team All-Metro honors last season, covered the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 59 seconds to finish 1:30 in front of runner-up Holly Cook of John Carroll and break the six-year-old meet record by 31 seconds. Gonzalez, who competes In the C Conference for the Cubs, finished second in last year's championship to McDonogh's Madeline Dulac. As a freshman, Gonzalez also earned first-team All-Metro honors in outdoor track after capturing the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races in the IAAM championships, and she was a second-team selection in indoor track with a conference title in the 800.

5:12 PM EDT, October 25, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Travis Jenkins, Kenwood, football

Jenkins did all he could to keep the Bluebirds in their game Friday against Hereford, scoring five touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving and one on a return). The senior, who plays running back, slot receiver and defensive back, accounted for 402 all-purpose yards to bring his season total to 1,697. He scored on 65- and 40-yard receptions, ran for 73- and 8-yard touchdowns and ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the 51-32 loss. He also made three solo tackles and broke up one pass. "He's like a one-man team," Bluebirds coach Tony Ruocco said. A first-team All-Baltimore County return man last fall, he has 3,885 total yards and 31 touchdowns in his career. Jenkins, who has a 3.0 GPA and also plays basketball and runs track, is drawing attention from Towson, Temple and Rutgers among other football programs.

5:12 PM EDT, October 25, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Emily Ruppel, Loch Raven, cross country

The senior captured the individual girls title at Saturday's Baltimore County cross country championships at Dulaney, coming across in 18 minutes, 47.2 seconds. Ruppel, the defending Class 1A state champion, established a fast pace and was able to fend off Dulaney sophomore Isabel Griffith (18:59.2) to come away with the win. In doing so, she took off more than one minute from her time in last year's county championship race, in which she finished second. This year, Ruppel also won the small schools race at the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford and the Barnhart Invitational at Dulaney. She's also is an accomplished distance runner for the Raiders' track and field teams.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Mike Gamble, McDonogh, soccer

1:47 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Mike Gamble, McDonogh, soccer

The area's premier playmaker, Gamble is a big-time finisher too, which he proved in scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over then top-ranked Archbishop Curley last week that returned the Eagles to No. 1. The senior also had two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over then-No. 15 C. Milton Wright. For the season, the All-Metro forward has 25 goals and 13 assists. One of the most highly recruited players in the nation last season, Gamble, who has a 3.5 GPA, committed early to Wake Forest. A former member of the Under-17 national team, Gamble suffered a stress fracture in his back which forced him to sit out half of last summer, although he returned to finish out the season with his Baltimore Bays Chelsea club team. In his four years with the Bays, they won one national championship and reached the national final twice.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Bryana Nguyen, Atholton, golf

1:51 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Bryana Nguyen, Atholton, golf

The sophomore captured the individual girls title at the District V Golf Championships Friday at Fairway Hills Golf Club in Columbia, shooting an even-par 70 to edge Arundel's Elyse Smidinger by one stroke. After watching Smidinger score an eagle on the final hole, Nguyen went on to sink a six-foot birdie putt to win the title. Last year, Nguyen finished second to Smidinger at the district and state tournament. In addition to capturing the district title on Friday, Nguyen also won her second straight Howard County championship. She has averaged one-under par for the season.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Rob Chesson, Old Mill, football

4:01 PM EDT, October 11, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Rob Chesson, Old Mill, football

Nearly unstoppable on the run, Chesson scored five rushing touchdowns in Thursday's 47-10 win over Anne Arundel County rival and No. 5 Arundel. He carried the ball 35 times for 216 yards as the No. 3 Patriots rebounded from an early 10-0 deficit. Chesson also returned three kicks for 84 yards and a punt for 12. In leading Old Mill to a 6-0 start, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back has gained 1,261 all-purpose yards and has rushed 139 times for 914 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown and has gained 326 yards on kick and punt returns. Chesson has scholarship offers from Towson and Buffalo and is drawing interest from several other schools.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Shannon Flanagan, South River, field hockey

4:00 PM EDT, October 11, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Shannon Flanagan, South River, field hockey

The senior goalie shined in the No. 3 Seahawks' 2-1 double overtime win over No. 4 Severna Park last Wednesday, registering 11 saves to help hand the Falcons their first loss of the season. Flanagan, a captain and two-year varsity starter, has yielded just five goals in 10 games to lead the Seahawks to a 9-1 record. With 67 saves, she has turned away 93 percent of the shots that have come her way. South River coach Katie Corcoran said Flanagan's biggest strengths in goal are her quickness, smart decisions and leadership in effectively directing her defense. Flanagan has a 4.018 GPA and is considering playing field hockey in college.

Boys Athlete of the Week: DeAndre' Lane, Catonsville, football

2:26 PM EDT, October 4, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: DeAndre' Lane, Catonsville, football

Lane rushed for three touchdowns and returned a punt for another to lead the No. 12 Comets to a 50-14 win Friday over Hereford — their first victory over the Bulls in 16 years. The junior running back/cornerback had 10 carries for 201 yards, including touchdown runs of 64, 66 and 58 yards. He also returned a punt 75 yards for a score and had another punt return touchdown called back because of a penalty. On the defensive side, Lane had an interception at the goal line to thwart a Hereford scoring drive just before the half. Lane, an honor student with a 3.5 GPA, has six touchdowns and has gained 524 yards on 61 carries this fall, helping the Comets to a 5-0 start. He is drawing attention from several Division I schools, including Maryland.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Abby Thrift, Century, volleyball

2:26 PM EDT, October 4, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Abby Thrift, Century, volleyball

The senior outside hitter enjoyed a dominating week, first helping the Knights (6-0) to a 3-0 sweep of Carroll County rival Liberty on Tuesday, then leading them to the title at Saturday's Linganore Volleyball Tournament. On Tuesday, Thrift, a four-year varsity player, had 15 kills and six digs as the Knights swept Liberty, 25-18, 27-25, 25-19. In 12 games at Saturday's tournament, she totaled 62 kills, 22 digs, six aces and three blocks to be earn Most Valuable Player honors. The Knights went 7-1 in bracket play, sweeping two games from Frederick, Oak Hill and Walkersville, and going 1-1 against Glenelg. After taking two straight from Catoctin in the semifinals, the Knights also swept Glenelg in the championship round. In the Knights' six wins this season, Thrift has 80 kills (4.4 per game), 45 digs (2.5 per game), and five blocks. She is set to play at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Donovan Riley, Poly, football

4:15 PM EDT, September 27, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Donovan Riley, Poly, football

Riley's play on both sides of the ball led the No. 8 Engineers to a 12-0 victory over Edmondson Saturday, preserving Poly's unbeaten record. The senior, headed for Virginia Tech, had three interceptions and four tackles and scored both touchdowns — all in the second half. A 6-foot, 192-pound All-Metro second-team cornerback who doubles as a wide receiver, Riley had his first interception early in the half, setting up his 29-yard touchdown reception. He ran his third interception back 13 yards for a touchdown, the first time he had ever returned one for a score. Riley, who has a 3.4 GPA, finished with 83 all-purpose yards, including 65 on four receptions.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Hannah Oneda, Winters Mill, cross country

4:01 PM EDT, September 27, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Hannah Oneda, Winters Mill, cross country

In the Elite Division of Saturday's Bull Run Invitational at Hereford, the senior ran a smart race to finishe in 19 minutes, three seconds — 80 seconds faster than runner-up Michelle Nelson of Severna Park. Learning from last year's Class 2A state title race — also at Hereford, where she took second — Oneda was comfortable behind race leader Hannah Grossman of Strath Haven (Pa.) until the final quarter-mile, then took the lead with a strong final kick. Oneda, who won the Small Schools race at the Bull Run lasy year, was an All-Metro first-team selection as a junior in both cross country and outdoor track. In track, she won Class 2A state titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races this past spring.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Romie Cheese, Westminster, football

5:39 PM EDT, September 20, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Romie Cheese, Westminster, football

In the biggest upset of the local football season, the senior quarterback threw for 422 yards and five touchdowns Friday night to lead the Owls to a 32-31 victory over Linganore, the No. 9 team in the state. He also had a 53-yard punt from the Owls' end zone with five minutes to go, which helped secure their first win over the Lancers since 2005. Cheese, 6-feet-2, 210 pounds, completed 21 of 39 passes and ran the ball 20 times for 43 yards. This season, he's 37-for-71 passing for 618 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing 33 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. An All-Carroll County wide receiver last fall, Cheese is in his first season as the starting quarterback for the Owls (2-1).

Girls Athlete of the Week: Alexis Prior-Brown, Mercy, soccer

5:40 PM EDT, September 20, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Alexis Prior-Brown, Mercy, soccer

The senior forward dominated at Bel Air's Bobcat Cup on Saturday, leading No. 2 Mercy (5-1) to the tournament title. In the tournament opener, a 5-1 win over then-No. 14 Perry Hall, Prior-Brown accounted for three goals and one assist. In the final against Class 3A state runner-up Huntingtown, she scored two goals — including the game-winner and added an assist in a 3-1 victory. Earlier in the week, she had two goals and assist playing in the first half of a 6-0 win against Institute of Notre Dame. For the season, the Magic co-captain has 12 goals and nine assists despite constant double-teams. The four-year starter scored 21 goals and 10 assists last season to earn first-team All-Metro honors. Prior-Brown has committed to play at Maryland next fall.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Emmanuel Holder, Calvert Hall, football

4:40 PM EDT, September 13, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Emmanuel Holder, Calvert Hall, football

In an 18-0 win over DeMatha at the Patriot Classic Friday night, the senior defensive tackle had one of the best games Cardinals coach Donald Davis said he's ever seen by a defensive lineman. Holder, 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, had 17 tackles, including one on the first play of the game. He also had three sacks and, including the sacks, five tackles for a loss. "He absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage," Davis said. "It seemed like he was in on every tackle." He has 27 tackles and five sacks in the first two games. Holder, who has a 3.5 GPA, has drawn interest from Division II Charleston, but Davis said his performance against DeMatha should draw more attention.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Alyssa Parker, Glenelg, field hockey

4:31 PM EDT, September 13, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Alyssa Parker, Glenelg, field hockey

Last year's All-Metro Player of the Year picked up where she left off for the No. 1 Gladiators, totaling five goals and three assists to lead the defending Class 2A state champions to two wins and the title at Saturday's South River Invitational.

Boys Athlete of the Week: Cyrus Jones, Gilman, football

5:47 PM EDT, September 7, 2011

Boys Athlete of the Week: Cyrus Jones, Gilman, football

The versatile senior scored four touchdowns to lead the No. 1 Greyhounds to an impressive 51-27 victory over Oscar Smith (Va.) at the I-95 Kickoff Classic. All-Metro last season as a cornerback, Jones does a bit of everything on offense, rushing for three touchdowns and 195 yards on 13 carries and catching two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown against Oscar Smith. He also had five tackles on defense and one pass breakup. For the season, he has scored seven touchdowns and gained 662 all-purpose yards in two games. Jones, who has a 3.1 GPA, is perhaps the area's most highly recruited player, with Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech in a battle for his talents.

Girls Athlete of the Week: Casey Martinez, McDonogh, soccer

5:46 PM EDT, September 7, 2011

Girls Athlete of the Week: Casey Martinez, McDonogh, soccer

The sophomore forward helped the No. 1 Eagles get off to an impressive start at the Anne Arundel Community College Labor Day Tournament this past weekend.

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