Selected by the sports staff of The Anne Arundel County Sun for the week ended May 11. 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
McMillan was the lone triple winner among the boys in Saturday's county track and fieldchampionships at Annapolis High. His sparkling performance propeled the Patriots to a repeat county championship with 135 team points, to132 by runner-up Meade.
The Old Mill hurdler took the 110- and 300-meter hurdles in times of 14.5 and 39.9 seconds, respectively. In addition, he was the starter on the winning 400-meter relay team that came in at 43 seconds flat.
Top female athlete
This sensational junior garnered all 38 points for her team in a sixth-place finish in the county track and field championships at Annapolis High Saturday. McCray's 38 points topped seventh-place South River (30), eighth-place Annapolis (18) and ninth-place Arundel (12).
McCray was the only girl to win three individual titles, as she set a county record in the long jump, won the 300- and 400-meter hurdles and took second in the high jump.
Her long jump of 17-10 broke the 15-year-old county record of 17-1 1/2.
McCray just missed tying the county record (44.2 seconds) in the 300 hurdles at 44.3 and won the 400 hurdles with a personal season-best of 59.2.
"Adrienne actually matched Kim Fullmer at the winning 5 feet in the high jump, but she (Adrienne) had more misses and Kim won it," said North County coach Ed Harte.
Beard spun a nifty five-hitter for a school-record fourth shutout this season as Arundel (16-4) blanked Broadneck, 7-0, Friday to clinch the top seed in the upcoming Class 4A Region IV baseball playoffs.
In throwing nothing but goose eggs for a fourth timethis season, the senior right-hander eclipsed the record of three set by left-hander Kyle Coffman in 1987, the Wildcats' last state championship season.
Beard struck out seven and walked only two in posting the big win, which gave the Wildcats' home-field advantage in theRegion IV playoffs beginning Friday against LaPlata of Charles County.
Thiele capped a tremendous week by tripling in the game-winner Friday in a 5-4 victory over North County to give the Cougars (16-3) the top seed in the 4A Region IV softball playoffs.
Her booming triple scored pinch-runner Natalie Schmitz, who was in for winning pitcher Kristen Spak, who had singled to start the bottom of the seventh.
That gave the junior second-baseman a 2-for-4 day with three RBI and three-game totals of 9-for-12 with four stolen bases, seven RBI and two games in which she scored the winning run.
For the season, Thiele is batting .500 withan on-base percentage of .785 while fielding .977 for the Cougars, who open at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at home against No. 4 seed
Old Mill (13-6).
Wolfe, a senior attackman, scored a game-high three goals as the first-year Knights advanced to the state Class 4A-3A semifinals in boys lacrosse witha 5-4 triumph over Broadneck Friday at North County.
His third goal came in the final seven minutes of the game and lifted the Knightsto a commanding 5-1 lead. It proved to be the game-winner, as the Knights staved off a spirited three-goal rally by the Bruins in the final moments.
The victory lifts Coach Paul Shea's third-seeded Knights into tonight's semifinal game at No. 2 seeded Annapolis High at 7:30.
The Cougars' top gun rang up seven goals in a game for a second time within a week on Friday, but the last seven were most crucial as Chesapeake outlasted Liberty, 19-14, in the quarterfinals of the state 4A-3A girls lacrosse playoffs.
Last Tuesday in the team's final regular-season game, a 12-8 victory over North County, McBee tallied seven goals and hadone assist. She duplicated those numbers in the playoff game.
The14 goals last week makes McBee the Cougars' single-season and all-time scoring leader. She now has a school-record 66 goals this year to surpass the old record of 65 by Lisa Hamer in 1985 and 105 career goals, two more than Tami Bird's 103 (1986-1989).
"Diane also has 16 assists which is close to our school record as well. She has just hada great year," said Coach Jim Buchan, whose team is 13-0, the best in school history, with 19 in a row dating back to last season.