Each week, The Baltimore Sun will recognize one high school player from a boys sport and one from a girls sport for their athletic achievements.
Boys sport Athlete of the Week: Hakim Simms, Archbishop Spalding, football
The No. 2 Cavaliers claimed their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship with a 34-10 win over defending champion Calvert Hall on Friday and the senior running back’s 142-yard, two-touchdown performance on 18 carries earned him Most Valuable Player honors for the game. Simms’ 86-yard touchdown run provided Spalding with a 14-3 lead and he later scored from 10 yards out. For the season, he rushed 224 times for 1,205 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns.
Girls sport Athlete of the Week: Paige Coulson, Liberty, volleyball
The senior outside hitter enjoyed a dominant closing week as the Lions claimed the Class 2A state championship and secured a 20-0 season. In Thursday’s championship match against Middletown, Coulson finished with 17 kills and 24 digs as the Lions won in four sets, 25-13, 19-25, 25-15, 25-19. In the semifinal win over Hereford, Coulson contributed 19 kills, 23 digs and seven aces. For the season, Coulson finished with 217 kills, 254 digs and 79 aces.
To nominate candidates, please email Glenn Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. Sunday with details about the student-athlete’s performance from the past week.