Selected by sports columnist Pat O'Malley for the week ending Nov. 2. 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
Muendel, a 5-foot-11 and 202-pound linebacker, was all over the field, chasing down St. Mary's ball carriers Saturday as the Admirals (6-1 and 7-3 overall) earned a share of the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference championship with a 16-6 victory over the Saints (5-2, 7-3).
Severn was a tri-champion last year with St. Mary's and St. Paul's but this year shares the title only with St. Paul's, a 15-0 winner over Boys' Latin Friday.
In the triumph over the Saints, Muendel was in on 15 tackles and had two fumble recoveries to anchor an Admiral defense that held the usually productive Saints' running attack to only 111 yards rushing. St. Mary's star running back Joe Conte had 70 of those yards on 16 attempts.
"Todd played a heckuva game for us in what meant a lotto the kids and myself," said first-year coach Jim Doyle.
Top female athlete
Thisjunior standout had two clutch games, including a 2-1 victory over four-time defending state champion Severna Park as the Cougars won the3A/4A Region III championship in girls soccer.
Chesapeake (12-1-1) truly earned the region crown with its victory over Severna Park (10-2-2) Saturday evening, exploding for both goals in the second half.Necessary assisted Jamie Long on the tying goal, then tallied the game-winner off an assist from Erin Thomas.
Necessary gave a previewof what she would do in the region championship by scoring one and assisting on another in Wednesday night's 2-0 semifinal victory over South River (7-5-1).
Fowler's passing under heavy fire delivered a share of the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference championship to Severn Saturday afternoon by 16-6 over St. Mary's.
The junior southpaw, who was sacked three of the first five times he attempted to pass and six times in all by the blitzing Saints, refused to be rattled by the onslaught.The smooth quarterback completed 7-of-12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Fowler's touchdown strikes went to Jason Wade on 13-and 10-yard scoring plays. His marksmanship allowed the Admirals to tie St. Paul's for the MSA C Conference title. Both teams were 6-1 inleague play.
Gratson capped a sensational evening, that included 15 saves, by scoring the clincher in a 9-7 shootout as the third-seeded Mustangs of Meade (11-3) upset top-seeded Severna Park (11-3) by 1-0 Saturday night at Chesapeake High.
The Meade goalie tallied the decisive goal in the shootout after the two teams battled to a 0-0 deadlock in double overtime.
Gratson had four saves last Tuesday as coach Mike Dey's Mustangs upset second-seeded Chesapeake (9-3-1) by 3-1.
Cross country, boys
Boetig won the Class 4A Region IV crosscountry championship at Catonsville Community College Friday by covering the 3.2-mile course in 17 minutes, 28 seconds.
"I thought Scott's performance was exceptional, his best time ever on that course at Catonsville," said Patriots' coach Gary Bater.
The stellar Patriot harrier won the county title the week before.
Cross country, girls
In a close race with Crissy Jost of Queen Anne's, Mackney added the 4A Region IV championship to her county title.
The Falcons star came in at 21 minutes, 3 seconds,a mere three seconds ahead of Jost, in sparking Severna Park to the overall title with 45 points to 75 by runner-up Old Mill.
Scott was 13-for-14 at the service line with four aces, four kills and two blocked shots as the Bruins clinched the second seed and a home match in Wednesday's 4A Region IV semifinals with a 3-0 win over Arundel (7-7).
Coach Glenn Brainer's Bruins ran their overall record to 12-2 and will play host to QueenAnne's (11-3) in the region semis.