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Baltimore Sun high school Athletes of the Week (Oct. 11-16): Dundalk’s Jordan Fiorenza and Westminster’s Cassi Shields

Dundalk’s Jordan Fiorenza, left, and Westminster’s Cassi Shields, right, are The Baltimore Sun high school Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 11-16.
Dundalk’s Jordan Fiorenza, left, and Westminster’s Cassi Shields, right, are The Baltimore Sun high school Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 11-16.

Each week, The Baltimore Sun will recognize one high school boy and girl for their athletic achievements.

Boy Athlete of the Week: Jordan Fiorenza, Dundalk, football

The senior running back handled the lead role brilliantly in the Owls’ 27-13 win over Franklin in a battle for first place in Baltimore County Division I league play on Friday. Fiorenza carried the ball 27 times for 173 yards and two scores, also throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Nicholson.

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He set the tone with a big first half. After opening the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter, he added the touchdown pass and an 8-yard run in the second quarter to put the Owls up 21-6 at the half.

For the season, Fiorenza, a three-year varsity player, has 76 carries for 625 yards and 10 touchdowns with 12 receptions for 183 more yards.

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The Owls (7-0) are now No. 7 in The Sun’s Top 15 poll — up from No. 11 — with a 5-0 mark in Baltimore County. Franklin (5-2) went into the game at No. 5 and moved down to No. 9 with a 4-1 league mark.

Girl Athlete of the Week: Cassi Shields, Westminster, volleyball

One of the Baltimore area’s finest outside hitters continued her dominant senior season by leading the Owls (10-0) to two more wins last week.

In a 3-0 nonconference sweep against Dulaney on Oct. 11, Shields finished with 10 kills, eight aces and two digs. In helping the Owls improve to 8-0 in Carroll County play with a three-game sweep against Manchester Valley, she accounted for 17 kills, six aces, five digs and one block.

For the season, Shields, a team captain in her third varsity season, has 171 kills (5.52 average per set) with a .388 hitting percentage, 49 aces (1.6 per set), 41 digs (1.32 per set) and 12 blocks. She set the tone in Carroll County in the Owls three-game sweep over rival Century on Sept. 28 when she had a 20-kill performance in a match between league unbeatens.

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Previous winners

Oct. 4-9: Jacob Murrell, McDonogh, soccer (boy); Dani Mendez, Garrison Forest, field hockey (girl)

Sept. 27-Oct. 2: Bisi Owens, Glenelg, football (boy); Izzy Rothwell, Bryn Mawr, field hockey (girl)

Sept. 20-25: Jordy Eckman, Loyola Blakefield, soccer (boy); Elizabeth Pickett, Bel Air, cross country (girl)

Sept. 13-18: Devin Roche, Dunbar, football (boy); Maya Everett, Broadneck, field hockey (girl)

Sept. 6-11: Noah Brannock, Calvert Hall, football (boy); Mackenzie Calhoun, Glenelg, volleyball (girl)

To nominate candidates, please email Glenn Graham at ggraham@baltsun.com by 6 p.m. Sunday with details about the student-athlete’s performance from the past week.

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