All-around Standout

February 06, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Sarah Weaver's parents couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments in both the academic and athletic arenas.

The only problem is, each of them wants to claim credit.

Just the other day, Sarah's mother, Gerry Weaver, was discussing her daughter's strong work ethic and focus with someone on the telephone when her father, Bill, loudly interjected, "Tell him, she takes after her father."

Gerry disobeyed her husband's request adding, "She takes after her mother."

One thing neither of them can argue about, however, is Sarah's ability to maintain a 4.0 grade-point average while excelling in three varsity sports at Towson High.

Weaver is averaging a team-high 13.4 points for Towson's basketball team, which is 11-0 and ranked No. 8. The 5-foot-9 senior swingman is among the area's assist leaders with 6.3 a game, averages 6.2 rebounds per contest and leads the Generals in steals with 68.

Last fall, she completed her third and final year on the Generals soccer team and was selected first-team All-County goalkeeper after leading Towson to a berth in the Class 1A-2A, East Region finals.

In the spring, she'll be looked on to lead the defensive unit of

Towson's lacrosse team. Last season, the Generals posted an 11-4 record before being eliminated from the state Class 1A-2A semifinals by defending champion and top-seeded Mount Hebron.

"She puts 150 percent into what she wants to do and she goes headstrong into doing that particular thing," said Gerry Weaver. "She knows how to balance school and sports and she doesn't get involved in anything she shouldn't. She keeps herself busy. She doesn't do any chores around the house, but she has an agenda and she keeps to it and doesn't deviate from it."

As head coach of Towson's girls soccer and lacrosse teams, Sue Beeler has had more opportunities than most to evaluate Weaver's mental and physical toughness and she draws this conclusion.

"The one word that best describes Sarah is self-determination," said Beeler. "In every sport you have players that make those around them look good, like Joe Montana. Well, that's Sarah Weaver. She brings everyone's ability up that's around her the way she plays and the attitude she projects on the field or on the court."

Bev Snyder, Towson's girls basketball coach, is equally impressed by Sarah's physical attributes, but cites unselfishness her top quality.

"She's a leader on the court and she doesn't care much about her scoring," said Snyder. "She cares more about assisting and good defense than she does about how many points she scores. She just loves defense. She likes intercepting passes and anticipating where the ball will go. Maybe that comes from being a goalie in soccer."

Weaver, who is competing for an academic scholarship to Goucher College where she plans to continue playing three sports, dismisses Snyder's notion that she doesn't care about her scoring and says she will try and score as much as she can, so long as it doesn't come at the team's expense.

"I love scoring, but my view is, 'If someone else has a better shot, that's the shot we should be taking,' " said Weaver, who plans to major in biology with the goal of entering the medical profession. "We've all been playing with each other for a while and we know how each other plays and we work to get those high-percentage shots.

"Our only goal is to go undefeated and to make it to the state tournament."

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