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Athletes of the Week: Westminster football’s Nathan Mattingly and Mount de Sales volleyball’s Kelenna Onukwugha

Kelenna Onukwugha, Mount de Sales volleyball, athlete of the week
Kelenna Onukwugha, Mount de Sales volleyball, athlete of the week (Courtesy photo)

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Nathan Mattingly

Westminster, football

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Fourth-and-1 in overtime against Liberty with the Carroll County title on the line, the Owls looked to their senior running back to bring home the win. Mattingly came through with the 1-yard plunge to secure a 34-31 win. It capped a busy and productive performance for Mattingly, who ran the ball 21 times for 119 yards and three scores. Earlier in the game, he scored from 42 and 3 yards. In his second season on varsity, he has 513 yards and six touchdowns on 89 carries. Westminster (6-2) has won six straight and is 5-0 in Carroll County play.

Nathan Mattingly, Westminster football, athlete of the week
Nathan Mattingly, Westminster football, athlete of the week

Others considered: Elijah Alexander, Towson, soccer; Ben Bender, Calvert Hall, soccer; Deon Crews-Harris, Dunbar, football; Iriarte Herrera, Annapolis, soccer

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Kelenna Onukwugha

Mount de Sales, volleyball

The freshman outside hitter saved her first varsity season’s best for the most opportune time in helping the No. 3 Sailors capture a third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship Saturday. With the team trailing 11-6 in the decisive fifth set against Maryvale Prep, Onukwugha started the comeback with a couple kills. She added an ace and a couple service points to help close the championship. Mount de Sales made it three straight crowns — 25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 22-25, 15-12. For the match, Onukwugha finished with 19 kills, ten digs, two aces and was 100% on her serves. Throughout the Sailors playoff run last week — they also beat John Carroll in three sets in the quarterfinals on Oct. 22 and Notre Dame Prep in four sets in Thursday’s semifinals — she totaled 40 kills, 11 digs and six aces. This season, she finished with 194 kills, 83 digs and 58 aces as the Sailors finished 18-2 overall and 14-1 in league play.

Others considered: Madeline Lenkart, South River, soccer; Abby Meadows, Sparrows Point, soccer

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