Athletes of the Week

High Schools

September 26, 2001

BOYS

Joe Benson

McDonogh, football

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior was 13-for-19 for 222 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for another score, kicked an extra point, punted, and had six tackles as a defensive back in the Eagles' 30-7, MIAA A Conference-opening rout of Calvert Hall on Saturday.

Benson, The Sun's All-Metro Offensive Player of The Year last fall, led the No. 1-ranked Eagles to their third straight victory of the season and their 13th consecutive win dating to last year. In the first half, Benson was 9-for-12 for 173 yards, including scoring passes of 35 and 33 yards.

Benson is a Division I prospect for football but likely will play college lacrosse. A second-team All-Metro attackman, Benson is being recruited to play lacrosse by Virginia, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina and Princeton, among others.

GIRLS

Veronica Briggs

Dulaney, volleyball

The senior outside hitter had 18 kills to lead the then-No. 5 Lions to a stunning 9-15, 15-13, 15-10, 15-6 victory over then-No. 1 Centennial on Thursday. She also had six kills in a 15-3, 15-10, 15-2 win over Eastern Tech on Friday that extended the Lions' winning streak in best three-of-five matches to 45.

Briggs, who is just 5 feet 6 but has a 25-inch vertical jump, made only two hitting errors in the match at Centennial and managed to repeatedly thwart a double block put up by players 5-10 and 6-2.

A three-year varsity veteran and four-year club player, Briggs helped the Time Out for Sports 17-and-under Orange Crush finish 17th in the nation at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Salt Lake City in July. Briggs is being recruited by several Division II and Division III volleyball programs.

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