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STEVE STRAUSS Northeast Boys basketball Strauss bagged 59 points in three games, including 31 Friday night in a 74-51 rout of Class 4A North County, as the 2A Eagles of Coach Johnny Barbour completed a perfect week.

In the North County romp, the 6-foot-3 senior guard not only scored 31 points, but also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists to run the Eagles' overall record to 3-1.

Last Monday, Strauss had 21 points, 11 rebounds and one assist in a 69-41 rout of Severn School. Two days later, he tallied seven points, six rebounds and six assists in an 85-80 victory over highly regarded Hammond of Howard County.

TOP FEMALE ATHLETE KIM MILLER North County Girls basketball Miller scored 40 points in two North County victories last week, as the Knights ran their record to 3-0. The 6-0 senior center, who is averaging 17.6 points a game during the first-year Knights' fast start, tallied 15 Friday night to deal Northeast its first loss, 53-41, after three wins.

Last Tuesday, Miller scored a game-high 25 points in a 58-47 victory over Arundel. She also had 24 rebounds in the two games.

WRESTLING ERNIE LONGAZEL Old Mill Longazel posted two crucial wins last week, as Old Mill stunned a pair of Baltimore powerhouses in Mount St. Joseph and Gilman.

The 171-pounder scored a 9-5 decision over Archbishop Curley's Vince Okoye Saturday to propel the Patriots to the championship of the 5th Annual Chesapeake High Cougar Invitational. Longazel's triumph put Old Mill ahead of defending champion Mount St. Joe, and the Pats went on to win over the Gaels, 220.5 to 214. The Cougar Invitational title enabled Coach Mike Hampe's team to avenge a loss to Mount St. Joe the previous weekend in the Annapolis Tournament.

Earlier in the week, Longazel pinned his foe from Gilman at 5:52 to seal a 38-24 victory over the Greyhounds. That was the Patriots' 27th straight dual-match win.

Selected by the sports staff of The Anne Arundel County Sun for the week ending Dec. 15. Only players nominated by coaches and the public are selected for the Players of the Week column. Nominations must be phoned to Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, absolutely no later than 11 p.m. Sunday for inclusion in Tuesday's paper.

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