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Josh Asper

Hereford, wrestling

The Hereford senior became the third four-time public schools state champion when he earned a 5-1 decision over Thomas Stone's Justin Bowersox to win the Class 4A-3A 171-pound title Saturday at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House. The win completed a dominating tournament and stellar career for Asper, who completed his second straight undefeated season at 37-0, closed out his high school career winning his last 87 matches and finished with a 151-7 mark. Asper, who will wrestle at Maryland next year, scored two pins on Friday before getting a 5-0 decision against Chesapeake-AA's Zach O'Keefe on Saturday to reach the championship bout. Against Bowersox, he scored a late takedown in the first period before getting an escape and another takedown in the second. He joined 1992 Aberdeen grad Matt Slutzky and 1997 Owings Mills grad Steve Kessler as the only four-time state champs among public schools.

Others considered -- Antoine Allen, Lake Clifton, basketball; Deonte Carter, Woodlawn, wrestling; Avi Friedman, Owings Mills, wrestling; Alexander Jackson, Randallstown, basketball; Obi Ukwuoma, Long Reach, basketball.


Breonna Brewer

Poly, basketball

The senior guard saved some of her best basketball for the playoffs, especially Friday night's 49-38 upset of rival and then-No. 7 City in the Class 2A North regional final. Brewer scored 20 points, had four steals and went 12-for-13 from the free-throw line as the No. 12 Engineers (20-5) earned a second straight trip to the state final four and cracked the Top 15 poll for the first time this season. In three regional games, Brewer scored 54 points, had 12 steals and shot 22-for-27 from the line. She had 15 points in the 54-43 semifinal victory over Randallstown and scored 17 in a 90-25 romp over Loch Raven. She also is a sprinter on the track team and has drawn attention from some Division III basketball programs.

Others considered -- Taylor Chapman, Atholton, basketball; Cassie Cooke, Winters Mill, basketball; Nichelle Groom, Digital Harbor, basketball; Sherrone Vails, Arundel, basketball.

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