Top maleGeoff Warren, ArundelCross countryEmerging as the...

Top male

Geoff Warren, Arundel


Cross country

Emerging as the premier cross country runner in the metro area, Warren took the 21st annual Anne Arundel County Cross Country Invitational at Annapolis High Saturday with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds. The Varsity A-1 race by five seconds over Calvert Hall's highly touted Jason Dietrich was Warren's sixth straight victory this fall.


Top female

Julie Kasprzak, Severna Park


This 5-foot-9 senior outside hitter put it altogether -- 13 kills, four blocks and 8-for-10 serving with one ace -- to pace the No. 2 ranked Falcons (3-0) to a three-match sweep (15-3, 15-8 and 15-5) over No. 3 Broadneck Friday. Kasprzak is a key figure in coach Tim Dunbar's hopes of a third consecutive state title.

Football, offense

Casey Trout, Arundel

Trout caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Pat Cilento in the first period and, on a fake punt in the second period, hit Jeff Hedrick on a 39-yard scoring play to propel the Wildcats (3-2) to a stunning 20-14 upset of then sixth-ranked and unbeaten North County (4-1) on the loser's home field.

Football, defense


Chris Johnson, Annapolis

Johnson's big-play ability in the first half sparked the eighth-ranked Panthers (4-1) to a 34-8 romp over Glen Burnie (2-3). On a fourth-and-goal at the three, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound defensive back intercepted a Jermaine Smith pass and streaked 98 yards down the sideline to a touchdown. Moments later, Johnson, who was in on at least six tackles total, dropped the Gophers' Leroy McCown at the one-yard line on a fourth down-and-goal situation.

Football, specialist

Chuck Manns, Old Mill

Manns punted three times for 113 yards, an average of 37.6 yards and, on a fourth attempt under an intense rush, ran the ball 19 yards to a first down to set up a touchdown as the Patriots (1-4) upset (2-3) Meade, 27-21. "Chuck has done an excellent job punting for us all year," said coach Pete Regala of his sophomore, who is averaging 39.1 yards per kick.

Boys soccer


Bob Thomas, Old Mill

Thomas scored three goals and assisted on another to pace the Patriots (3-0-1) to a pair of victories last week -- by 3-1 over Meade (1-2) and 8-1 over Northeast (0-4).

Girls soccer

Michelle Salmon, Old Mill

Salmon put up a pair of four-goal games as the Patriots (4-0) romped by 11-0 over Meade (0-2-1) and 6-0 over Northeast (2-2). Salmon also had an assist in the Meade rout.

Field hockey


Erin Boggs, Annapolis

Boggs scored the lone goal in each of two Panthers victories -- by 1-0 over North County (1-4) and Meade (3-2) -- to run the winners' record to 3-1-1.

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