Bryn Mawr's Theresa Sherry thanked her mother for "her guidance, and for showing me what it is to work hard." Gilman's Mike Faust thanked God for "giving me the strength and courage to do all that I could do."
Later, the two student-athletes congratulated each other for their versatililty, which earned them Female and Male Athlete of The Year honors at The Sun's 34th annual banquet yesterday at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City.
The seventh Gilman athlete to receive the honor, Faust was named an All-Metro First-Team wrestler for the third straight season; in the fall, he earned All-Metro football honors for the first time.
A 5-foot-11, 230-pounder who bench presses 405 pounds, Faust lettered in baseball as a sophomore, and in lacrosse the past two seasons, totaling 11 varsity letters.
Faust was Gilman's third football player in the past 60 years to start all four seasons. Ranked the No. 1 heavyweight wrestlernationally, Faust went 43-0 for his third Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools' state titles, and his second National Preps crown.
The 4.0 student is headed for the University of Pennylvania, where he will play football, wrestle and major in business at the prestigious Wharton School.
At age 7, Faust overcame a heart aneurysm which "kept him out of sports for a year until it went away," said his mother, Cheryl Faust.
"My brain, athleticism, my life, it's all a gift. And my dad's a prime example," Faust said. "He was a great athlete, in the prime of his life, and became a quadripligic overnight because of an accident. I learned that perspective at an early age."
The 5-foot-7 Sherry is Bryn Mawr's first Athlete of the Year. She earned All-Metro honors in lacrosse and soccer, and was a second-team All-Metro pick in basketball.
Last fall, Sherry was named player of the match after leading the U.S. Team to a 15-8 victory over host Australia in the World Under-19 Women's Lacrosse championship. Sherry returned from Down Under to high school soccer, scoring 20 goals to go with six assists.
In November, Sherry's father, Paul, died.
"Paul's influence was tremendous. He was more sports oriented than I, talking to her before games, after games, while I was supportive in other ways," said Janet Sherry.
"Theresa went day-to-day, realizing there's so much that is good in her life. That gave her a lot of strength."
Sherry, who averaged 14.8 points in basketball, led the Mawrtians to a 20-1 lacrosse record, the No. 2 area ranking and the Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.
A 3.5 student, Sherry is leaning toward an economics major at Princeton, where she'll play lacrosse and soccer.