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Athletes of the week

Girls Deanna Dydynski Mount Hebron, basketball

The senior forward has been a model of consistency for the No. 4 Vikings, who finished 22-0 in the regular season before defeating Atholton, 47-44, in the Howard County championship game last week. In the win, Dydynski, a four-year starter, scored a team-high 15 points and added five rebounds to lead the way. Trailing 44-43 in the final minute, she drew the attention of three defenders at the top of the key before zipping a pass down low to junior forward Megan Schaaf for an easy lay-in that turned out to be the game-winning basket with 22 seconds left. As the only starter back from last season's team, Dydynski, who averages 12.6 points and six rebounds, has provided strong leadership and a steadying influence for the Vikings, who take a 24-0 record into tonight's Class 2A South semifinal against county rival River Hill. Dydynski, who maintains a 3.64 grade point average and plans to play basketball in college, also was a standout midfielder on the Vikings' field hockey team, earning second-team All-Metro honors.

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Others considered -- Funmi Alabi, Long Reach, indoor track; Emily Lloyd, Severna Park, swimming; Sarah Lloyd, Severna Park, swimming; Sherrone Vails, Arundel, basketball.

Boys Bubby Graham Annapolis, wrestling

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Graham will go after a third consecutive Class 4A-3A state championship this weekend at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House after winning a fourth consecutive regional title at South River on Saturday. The 160-pound champion of the 4A-3A East region extended his personal record to 93 straight wins, including 32 this season, making him 117-8 for his career. A two-time All-Metro selection and The Sun's Anne Arundel County Wrestler of the Year as a junior, Graham won his fourth straight regional with a second-period pin. Headed to American University to major in international studies, Graham is ranked 17th in his senior class of 376 with his 4.25 grade point average and has a 2,000 SAT score. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Young Life.

Others considered -- Demetrio Fleet, North County, basketball; Avi Friedman, Owings Mills, wrestling; Josh Mann, New Town, wrestling; Rich Mason, Perry Hall, basketball; Doug McWhorter, Broadneck, swimming; Darius Nesmith, Woodlawn, basketball.


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