Athletes of the Week High Schools

March 13, 2002

BOYS

Richard Dorsey

Douglass-B, basketball

The 6-foot-7 center, who is listed as a senior but is 17 years old and could return next season, proved to be the difference for the top-ranked Ducks. He registered 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Class 3A North Region champions blasted Chopticon, 105-74, in a state semifinal. Dorsey may have saved his best for last: He had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocks to spark the Ducks to a 76-72 victory over Gwynn Park for the state title. Dorsey helped Douglass claim its first state championship and complete a perfect 28-0 season - breaking a 27-0 mark by Southwestern in 1996-97 since Baltimore City public schools started playing in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state tournament in 1992-93.

GIRLS

Toni Kennedy

Dunbar, basketball

The 5-foot-7 guard closed out her high school career by leading the No. 3 Poets to their third straight state title and a 26-1 record. In the Class 1A final, a 62-46 victory over Smithsburg, Kennedy paced a balanced offense with 13 points and also contributed five steals, two blocks and an assist. She had 10 points, three steals and two assists in the 58-34 semifinal win over Bohemia Manor. Best known for her long three-pointers, Kennedy has scored more than 1,500 points in her four years at Dunbar. The Poets, who also won the Baltimore City championship and finished the season on a 22-game winning streak, have gone 94-10 with her in the lineup. They also became the first city girls program to win three state titles.

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