Athletes of the Week

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BOYS

Saah Johnson

Oakland Mills, soccer

The two-time All-Metro striker powered No. 1-ranked Oakland Mills to victories in its first two games by totaling five goals and two assists.

Against two-time defending Baltimore County champion and then-No. 9 Eastern Tech on Sept. 9, the senior scored a goal and made two assists, even though he played less than half of the 4-1 rout because coach Don Shea elected to play the second team.

Against Howard on Friday, the 17-year-old from Liberia scored twice before halftime in boosting the defending Class 1A state champion to a 3-1 lead. He came off the bench in the second half and scored twice more despite being triple-teamed.

Johnson, a former Olympic Development Program national pool player, is one of the few players to be All-Metro on two teams. He played for Mount St. Joseph his freshman and sophomore seasons.

GIRLS

Lauren Centrowitz

Broadneck, cross country

Last year's All-Metro Runner of the Year picked up where she left off with a convincing victory Friday at North County's Knights Invite, leading the top-ranked Bruins to the team crown.

The senior covered the 3-mile course at Baybrook Park in a time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds to become the event's first repeat winner since 1994. She won the race by a 15-second margin over Severna Park's Stephanie Newton.

In winning the Class 4A individual title last fall, Centrowitz also led the Bruins to their first state title. That was only the start of a stellar junior year for Centrowitz, who also dominated in the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

She first claimed the 4A-3A state title in the indoor 1,600 meters and then went on to win the 4A outdoor 3,200 state crown, accomplishments that propelled her to first-team All-Metro honors in both seasons.

Nominate athletes

The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000, extension 6200.

Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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