Selected by the sports staff of The Anne Arundel County Sun for the week ending Sept. 15. Only players nominated by coaches and the public are selected for the Players of the Week column. Nominations must be phoned to Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, absolutely no later than 11 p.m. Sunday for inclusion in Tuesday's paper.
TOP MALE ATHLETE
Snedden took two gold medals in two meets last week to establish himself as the county's male to beat in cross country.
On Wednesday at the Queen Anne's Invitational, Snedden covered the 3.2-mile course in 17 minutes and 30 seconds. Two days later, he was on the 3.1-mile track at Arundel High, where he posted a time of 15:46.
Those two impressive wins came on the heels of a second-place finish in the first North County High Invitational on Sept. 7, in which Snedden finished second to Mount St. Joe's Romero Wilson, 17:05 to 17:09.
"We only have five people on our cross country team, so you realize how important he is to us to make any kind of a showing at all," said Coach David Schneeberg.
Top female athlete
Clutch play in the cage by this senior goalie enabled the two-time defending state 4A-3A champions of Coach Joyce Stefancik to open with two scintillating 2-1 victories last week.
On Tuesday, the Falcons got 13 saves from Riley in an overtime thriller over Howard County's Oakland Mills. The losers outshot the winners, 23-16, but constantly were thwarted by Riley.
Friday, against one of its top county archrivals, the Falcons stopped Old Mill with Riley rejecting only two shots, but one was on a penalty kick.
With Riley ringing up 23 shutouts in the last two seasons, the Falcons have gone unbeaten in 33 consecutive games, 26 in a row going in the win column after a tie in 1988.
In a losing cause at Frederick High on Friday night, Jennings' running kept things respectable for the Falcons before the Cadets put them away in the second half and went on to a 40-19 romp.
The Falcons' junior fireplug (5-foot-6 and 210 pounds) bulled his way for two first-half touchdowns on dives of 5 and 2 yards to keep his team in the game with a 27-19 halftime deficit.
Jennings finished the night with 202 yards on 24 carries. The Falcons had 286 yards rushing as a team.
Old Mill posted its second straight shutout Friday night, 14-0, thanks to the sterling play of Queen, a senior defensive back.
After a scoreless first half, South River was faced with a third-and-5 situation moments into the third period when Queen picked off an enemy pass and raced 61 yards for a score. It was his first of two interceptions as he paced a Patriot defense which held the Seahawks to 170 yards of total offense, 137 running.
This junior specialist, who handles both punting and place-kicking chores for Coach Pete Regala, booted two extra points in the Patriots' 14-0 victory over South River, and his punts continually deprived the Seahawks of ideal field position.
Oliver boomed four punts at an average of 33.3 yards and hit his kickoffs an average of 49.2 yards.
Forced into the cage after an injury to the Saints' starting goalie, Stevens responded in spectacular fashion for Coach Tim Laur in two wins last week.
Stevens took over for junior J.D. Gattie in the second half of Monday's 6-4 win over Landon Prep in Montgomery County and played the entire game Friday, posting an overtime shutout in Baltimore.
With Gattie out due to an ankle injury late in the first half, Stevens, normally the team's "quarterback at midfield," according to Laur, took over to hold off Landon. In a thriller at Friends in Baltimore, Stevens turned back seven enemy shots, several from point-blank range. His play in the net enabled the Saints to record a 1-0 overtime win over Friends.
"Brad had little chance to practice, but played a super game," said Laur. 'He was equal to every task. We would rather have Brad in the field, and I would much rather have him there, but for some unforeseen circumstances, we had to put him in the goal.
'He kept us in the game along with some outstanding defense."
FEMALE CROSS COUNTRY
Silate posted two wins in two meets last week for Coach Dave Schneeberg's Gopher harriers.
Wednesday at the Queen Anne's Invitational, Silate won the 3.2 mile race in 21 minutes and 25 seconds, and then copped the Arundel High four-school meet on Friday with a time of 21:06 over 3.1 miles.
She finished second in the North County Invitational, losing to North County's Tanya Hecox, 21:01 to 21:35.
A veteran setter, Fannin led the Gophers of Coach Linda Murdock-Milani to the championship of its own invitational tournament on Saturday with a 15-10 and 15-13 win over runner-up Broadneck.
Host Glen Burnie and Broadneck both went into the finals unbeaten at 3-0. The Gophers ultimately won, 4-0. McDonough of Charles County was third at 2-2, followed by Woodlawn of Baltimore County (1-3) and Meade (0-4).
"Linda put the ball where our three setters, Christy Hutson, Stacey Gilligan and Melanie Scharf, needed it, and we won it," said Milani. "It's always nice to win your own tournament."