Athletes of the week

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Sean Mosley St. Frances, basketball

Mosley is proving he was no flash in the pan when he was named All- Metro last season as a freshman after leading St. Frances to the Baltimore Catholic League tournament title and becoming the first freshman to be named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The No. 3 Panthers had a 3-0 showing for a tournament title in Alaska last weekend.

The 6-foot-4 swing guard led St. Frances with 59 points and 30 rebounds in three wins, including double doubles in the first two games to help his team take the Clark Corcoran Memorial Invitational title in Ketchikan, Alaska. Named all-tournament along with teammates Eric Brooks and Rashawn Alexander, Mosley also won the MVP trophy of the slam-dunk contest.

In a 77-38 rout of New Mexico's Piedra Vista, Mosley had 19 points and 11 rebounds and followed with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 59-49 victory over host Ketchikan. In the final, St. Frances romped, 68-42, over Virginia Beach Kempsville, as Mosley had 19 points and seven rebounds.

Others considered: Jesus Acosta, Franklin, basketball; Brandon Gervie, Liberty, wrestling; Nick Hruch, Liberty, track.

Amanda Hessinger Roland Park, basketball

The 6-foot senior guard scored 60 points, hit 10 three-pointers and grabbed 14 rebounds to earn Most Valuable Player honors as the No. 11 Reds won the championship of the Beech Christmas Tournament in Hendersonville, Tenn., last week.

In the title game against Sparkman, which has won two of the past four Alabama state Class 6A titles, Hessinger scored 21 points and went 5-for-5 from three-point range in a 35-32 victory. She also scored 17 points in a 49-42 win over host Beech and 22 points in a 58-31 win over Lee, Ala., stepping up to fill the void created when top scorer Brittany Kalkstein stayed home to attend her grandmother's funeral.

Hessinger, who averages 12.6 points, has 21 three-pointers this season. A B-plus student who signed early to play at Division II University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, she plans to major in pre-med. She also plays volleyball for the Reds and Amateur Athletic Union basketball with the Sure Shots.

Others considered: Keisha Eaddy, River Hill, basketball; Brittany Mallory, McDonogh, basketball; Alee Pagnotti, Notre Dame Prep, basketball.

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