ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

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Albert Woody McDonogh, wrestling

Woody set his eyes on the prize at the end of last season and did the unusual. He dropped a weight class, becoming leaner and stronger. His hard work paid off Saturday with a Maryland independent school state championship in the 130-pound class, and he was named the meet's Outstanding Wrestler. In five matches, Woody pinned two opponents in 16 seconds and 30 seconds, respectively; won his quarterfinal match, 10-3; and then survived a double-overtime match, 3-2, to reach the final. His reward was to face three-time champion Andrew Bannister of Bishop McNamara, a 200-match winner who was trying to become only the fourth four-time state champ. Woody stopped him, 6-4, to win his first state title. The McDonogh senior went 45-4 this season, has a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and will attend Lehigh University on a scholarship next year.

Others considered: : Tyrone Bryant, Old Mill, wrestling; Matt Rum, Loyola, basketball; Devon Sadler, Aberdeen, basketball

Asya Bussie Seton Keough, basketball

The Gators' 6-foot-4 senior center played one of the best games of her career Sunday in leading Seton Keough to a 58-38 win over then-No. 1 St. Frances for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. Bussie had 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Gators avenged last season's overtime loss in the final and assumed the No. 1 ranking. She also had 21 points and nine rebounds in the semifinal win over No. 9 Archbishop Spalding. Bussie, an All-Metro selection last season, averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds and had 71 blocks this season.

Others considered: : Ryann Dannelly, River Hill, basketball; Akeema Richards, Western, basketball; Chelsea Walker, Digital Harbor, indoor track and field

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