Archbishop Curley senior Kenny Whittaker has the Friars in position to achieve one of the best seasons in the lacrosse program's history. A returning second-team All-Baltimore City selection and team captain with a 3.0 grade-point average, Whittaker has 45 goals and 16 assists. Bound for Villa Julie College, Whittaker, 17, had a season-high six goals and an assist against St. Frances School of Buffalo, N.Y. But Whittaker calls his two goals and three assists against Class 4A-3A runner-up Dulaney "the more rewarding" game. Curley has reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference semifinals the past two seasons. Whittaker is nicknamed "The Gambler" because his first name is Kenny and "the kids put that together with Kenny Rogers' song by the same name," said his coach, Josiah Latona.
What are your goals for the team?
I'm a team captain with Doug Herdigan, another attackman. We've made the tournament semifinals each of the past two years, so now we're definitely looking to win the championship this year. I think we all respect one another and we're playing well as a team.
How long have you played lacrosse?
I've played since I was 11, starting with the Edgemere Vipers. At first, I wasn't into it after having gone to a lacrosse camp. For the next two years, I had played soccer and baseball. But a couple of years later, I tried out for lacrosse again and was into it. I played soccer up until my sophomore year of high school, but I stopped playing baseball when I was 13. I got tired of it and picked up lacrosse again and stuck with it.
Do you have any unique hobbies?
I'm kind of into extreme sports. I like cars, but I particularly like dirt bikes - BMX bikes. I haven't gotten into racing yet because I don't want to risk anything with lacrosse.