Mount St. Joseph, basketball
The 6-foot-7 sophomore center is beginning to live up to the nickname, "Will the Thrill," given to him by Gaels coach Pat Clatchey. Thomas registered double doubles in three games last week: 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-43 upset of then-No. 9 McDonogh; 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 73-56 rout of St. Frances; 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-52 win against then-No. 16 Cardinal Gibbons. In his first season on the varsity, Thomas is averaging more than 15 points and nine rebounds and has 18 double doubles in 24 games. Mount St. Joseph (17-7, 7-5 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) is on a six-game winning streak and ranked eighth in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Long Reach, indoor track
The senior ran away with the Iron Woman Award for outstanding female runner after breaking two Howard County records at last week's Ivan Walker County Indoor Track Championships.
Watkins broke the records set by former Long Reach standout Tee Carter in the 300 meters (41.2 seconds) and the 500 meters (1:18.7). Watkins also anchored the Lightning's 800-meter relay team that was second in 1:47.4 but still bettered the meet record. She also helped the 1,600-meter relay team finish third.
All-Howard County last spring in track and field, Watkins placed third last indoor season in the Class 3A/2A state finals. She was the state Class 3A runner-up outdoors at 400 meters.