Selected by sports columnist Pat O'Malley for the week ending March 2. 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.

Top male athlete



Boys basketball

The Bruins' 7-foot- 2 tower put up some big numbers in three games last week in leading Broadneck to the Class 4A Region IV playoffs for a third year in a row.

Broadneck lost a 71-69 heart-breaker to archrival Annapolis, but not because Beck didn't play well.

Beck, who is from Germany, was practically unstoppable before getting into foul trouble late in the game. He finished the battle with 22 points, 14 boards and two blocked shots.

In the first two games taken by third-seeded Broadneck, Beck put up similar numbers. On Monday in an opening-round 65-34 rout of La Plata of Charles County, the big guy had 12 points, eight boards and one block.

Then, in the Bruins' pulsating 72-70 triple overtime victory at No. 2 seed Old Mill, Beck was awesome with 27 points, eight boards and eight snuffed Patriot shots. At the line in a game with about as much pressure as you can have in a high school encounter, Beck was 11-for-11.

In the three playoff games, Beck was a torrid 17 -for-18 at the line with a total of 61 points.

Annapolis coach John Brady said, "Beck was the most dominating player in the county this season."

Top female


Old Mill

Girls basketball

Himes scored 23 points in two games as top-seeded Old Mill copper the Class 4A Region IV championship. The two playoff victories put the Patriots of Coach Pat Chance in the state final four at Catonsville Community College for the first time since their 25-1 state championship year of 1986.

After a first-round bye as top seed, Old Mill disposed of No. 4 seed Severna Park, 45-32, on Thursday as Himes tallied 10 points and pulled in 10 boards. The team celebrated Chance's 300th career win in 16 seasons afterward.

In the region finale Saturday at Old Mill, Himes fired in 13 points in a 49-35 triumph over two-time defending state 4A champion Broadneck.

Himes, a poised 5-foot-9 sophomore, has played a key role for the 22-2 Patriots.



Annapolis Flynn scored a 3-2 decision over Luther Scott of Meade to win the state 4A-3A 145-pound championship Saturday at Western Maryland College in Westminster.

With the state title, Flynn a senior, completed an incredible 33-0 campaign as the state's very best in his weight class. He was a state runner-up last year at 135 pounds and posted a 28-2 record his junior year.

Flynn's sparkling effort in the state tournament helped Annapolis grab fifth place with 48 team points. Old Mill won the tournament an unprecedented third year in a row with 130.5 points.

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