Selected by the sports staff of The Anne Arundel County Sun for the week ending Oct. 20. 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
In a week when upsets were in vogue with the Cincinnati Reds sweeping the Oakland A's in the World Series, Arundel's Gary Carpenter won the county high school golf tournament.
Only a sophomore, Carpenter stunned the field at Eisenhower Golf Course last Wednesday with a five-stroke victory.
"It's really special because Gary was a sophomore playing against several favored seniors, and had the poise and presence to overcome the pressure and shoot even par on the back nine to win it," said Arundel coach Carol Nutt.
Carpenter finished with a 7-over 78 to best Broadneck's Steve Fineran, his nearest competitor, by five strokes. Coming in at 85 and a distant seven strokes behind was another senior and favorite in Severna Park's Pete Regala Jr.
TOP FEMALE ATHLETE
Following in the footsteps of her sister, Stacy, an All-County performer who graduated last year, Jaime is showing the same kind of talent and leadership her older sister had, and at a younger age.
Only a sophomore setter, Pirotte has led Severna Park to 10 consecutive wins, including last Friday's 3-0 conquest of Broadneck.
"Jaime was our quarterback in orchestrating the big victory over Broadneck," said coach Tim Dunbar in nominating his standout 10th-grade setter.
The 5-foot-7 Pirotte was 25-for-25 serving with seven aces and dishing out 13 assists against the Bruins in the Class 4A showdown.
Including a third-place finish Saturday in the Bulldog Tournament at North Caroline High on the Eastern Shore and a 3-2 triumph by scores of 15-6, 16-14, 7-15, 12-15 and 15-8 over Meade last Tuesday, Pirotte was 66-for-74 serving with 14 aces and 59 assists on the week.
For the second time in three weeks, Baldwin tallied the game-winning touchdown in the final period to keep Glen Burnie's winning streak going.
The Gophers (6-1) made it six in a row Friday night at Broadneck by 17-14 on Baldwin's 4-yard plunge with 1 minute, 20 seconds to go.
Two weeks before that, the senior running back scored the game-winner with 6:18 left to lift the Gophers over Arundel, 19-14.
In his most recent heroics, Baldwin got the call 15 times and responded with 138 yards, which is a 9.2 yards per carry average, and two touchdowns.
His first touchdown run was a 39-yard jaunt in the first period to give the Gophers a 6-0 lead over the Bruins.
Overall this season, Baldwin is among the county's top ground gainers with a 6.4 yards per carry average on 101 totes for 642 yards. He has six touchdowns, two of them crucial.
This 5-foot-7, 140-pound senior is Glen Burnie's version of Notre Dame's Raghib "Rocket" Ismail. Kevin Bradford, a 1990 Glen Burnie grad and an All-County tight end and linebacker last fall, nicknamed Hackett "The Rocket" like the Irish flash after he ran back a kickoff 98 yards last year.
"Kyle does things that don't show up on the scoreboard for him personally, but they do for the team," said Bradford. "I nicknamed him 'The Rocket' last year because he's so quick and always a threat to run one back."
Hackett's 50-yard kick return set up one Glen Burnie touchdown Friday in the Gophers' 17-14 come-from-behind win over Broadneck.
Friday night, Hackett's grab of a Carlton Ash pass for a 36-yard gain to the Broadneck 16-yard line set up Andrew Baldwin's game-winning touchdown with 1:20 to go.
Hackett latched onto the catch in a fourth-and-9 situation to keep the Gophers' alive. Several plays later, Baldwin crashed over from the 4 with the game-winner.
In two crucial victories last week, Weimer scored five goals, including three in a 5-0 romp over Meade on Saturday to give the Bruins' sole possession of the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 4A Region IV with two games to go.
The win over Meade was the Bruins' fourth against two losses and four ties. The ties were the result of a scoring drought.
Weimer served notice last week that the 0-0 stuff could be over for the Bruins as he fired in two goals last Tuesday in a 3-0 win over Southern and followed with the hat trick against Meade. The junior striker also handed out an assist in the Meade win.
McDonough, just a 10th-grader, has led coach Jerry Tobin's St. Mary's Saints to an 11-2 record through last weekend.
Saturday, St. Mary's spoiled Severn's homecoming by bombing the Admirals, 5-0, as McDonough tallied two goals and assisted on another. That came on the heels of a 3-1 win over Catholic in the Baltimore Catholic League in which McDonough had one goal and one assist.
The three-goal, two-assist week lifted the county's second-leading scorer's totals to 17 goals and six assists. Amanda Simmons of Meade leads the county with 24 goals and one assist.
"Mo continues to provide the offensive spark we need to keep our attack on the move," said Tobin. "She keeps opposing defenses baffled and upset with her great skills and field presence."
While Wasowski and her mates lost, 3-0, Saturday to Severn, they had an otherwise productive week with wins over Arundel last Monday and Archbishop Spalding on Friday.
Wasowski scored the decisive goal in overtime to lift the Saints over Spalding, 3-2, after scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Arundel.
With 14 goals and two assists, Wasowski paces the county in scoring with 30 total points over Severna Park's Tricia Gately (29 on 13 goals and three assists) and Amy Dolan (28 on 12 goals, four assists).