Selected by sports columnist Pat O'Malley for the week ending Nov. 9. 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.
AH: Top male athlete
Messineo showed his versatility, as South River (9-1 overall) won the county 3A-2A Leaguechampionship, 29-7, at archrival Southern of Harwood Friday night.
The Hawks' senior three-year starter at running back ran for 73 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes from quarterback Jake Cameron for 96 yards, two of them for touchdowns.
His TD catches covered33 and 59 yards, as the Hawks clinched the fifth seed in the Class 3A playoffs and an appearance in a 1 p.m. game Saturday at No. 4 Seneca Valley of Montgomery County.
TOP FEMALE ATHLETE
Pirotte put together two spectacular games as the Falcons of Coach Tim Dunbar won their fifth 4A Region IV volleyball title in seven years last week.
The heavily favored Falcons (17-0) got an abrupt wake-up call Wednesday, losing the first game of their match with Meade in the region semis, 13-15, before sweeping the next three games, 15-2, 15-6 and 15-10.
Pirotte, the Falcons' talented setter, was 23-for-24 serving with three aces, five kills, one block and 38 assists.
In the region clincher over rival Broadneck on Friday, 15-8, 13-15, 15-6 and 15-10, Pirotte was 16-for-18 at the service line with seven aces, two kills, three blocks and 36 assists.
"Jaime was very powerful in our run for the state championship," said Dunbar, adding up Pirotte's big numbers -- 39-for-42 serving, 10 aces and 74 assists in the two contests.
Moore came up with two of the biggest plays Friday night of what has been a banner season at North County(8-2), as the Knights held on for a scintillating 20-16 victory overBroadneck (5-5) and clinched a Class 4A playoff berth.
With the upset-minded Bruins putting the heat on the Knights in the final period, Moore, a sophomore defensive back, came up with a fumble recovery and interception in the final 6 1/2 minutes.
With 6 minutes, 23 seconds to go, Moore pounced on a Broadneck fumble in the end zone to give the Knights a touchback at its own 20. After a few moments and one first down, North County was back to punt on fourth down at its own38, but a bad snap was recovered by the Bruins on the Knights' 16 with 2:30 to go.
Faced with a must-win to qualify for postseason play, the Knights bit the bullet, with Moore biting it the hardest. Moore picked off a third-down pass in the end zone with just over a minute to go, and his mates ran out the clock.
Had it not been for a 32-yard field goal in the second period by this Falcon junior, his catch with no time left on the clock would not have won the game for Severna Park, 16-14, over archrival Annapolis Friday night.
A heart-stopping 6-yard TD pass from junior Tim Bowerman off an audible with time running out lifted Severna Park over Annapolis. Milisitz latched onto the Bowerman aerial in the right corner of the end zone with all zeros on the scoreboard clock at Al Laramore Field, Richard Ensor Stadium.
Without the earlier field goal, Severna Park would have come up a point short on the stunning TD pass and would have had to decide whether to kick the extra point and force overtime or go for the two-point conversion to win it.
"Milisitz is an outstanding athlete, only a junior,and I've both him and Bowerman back next year," said Falcons coach Andy Borland.
St. Mary's3-2 upset loss to McDonogh (10-7-2) of Baltimore County in last Monday's Baltimore Catholic League semifinals was certainly not for lack of effort from this junior standout.
McDonough's consistent and productive play all season long put the Saints (14-3-1) of Coach Jerry Tobin in position to win a Catholic League title.
Losing in a shootout, St. Mary's got both of its goals from McDonough.