The senior has been the catalyst for the Ducks the past two seasons and was again last week in a pair of wins over ranked teams that moved the team back into The Sun's Top 15 at No. 9. Strong, an All-Metro guard last season when he averaged 19.8 points, had 16 points and eight assists in a 73-49 victory over then-No. 5 Northwestern on Jan. 22. The 5-foot-9 guard followed it with a game-high 27 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 77-65 victory over No.12 Digital Harbor on Friday. Strong had two three-point baskets and was 9-for-10 from the foul line in the final 58 seconds to secure the win. He was 13-for-14 overall on free throws for the 11-4 Ducks.
Others considered -- Jamar Briscoe, Cardinal Gibbons, basketball; Brandon Carroll, Archbishop Curley, basketball; Evan Danz, Loyola, swimming; Sean Farr, Dunbar, basketball; Joe Orsulak, Loyola, indoor track; Aaron Verardi, Boys' Latin, wrestling.
Mount de Sales, swimming
The senior won the 100-yard freestyle at the National Catholic High School Swimming Championships on Sunday in Villanova, Pa., to help the Sailors to a second-place team finish. She also finished fourth in the 50 freestyle and anchored two school-record-setting relays - the 200 freestyle (second) and the 400 freestyle (third). Last Wednesday, she won the 100 freestyle, was second in the 50 freestyle and anchored both relays in a dual-meet victory over McDonogh to finish the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference regular season undefeated. Riley has a 3.0 grade point average and plans to swim in college. She is a member of the CATY swim team at the Western Family YMCA in Catonsville.
Others considered -- Kathryn Franke, Loch Raven, track; Elie Snyder, Atholton, basketball; Aja Wallpher, Mount Hebron, basketball.