Athletes Of The Week

High Schools

January 01, 2003


Sam Lewnes

Mount St. Joseph, wrestling

At the PowerAde Invitational in Trinity, Pa., one of the nation's top five high school wrestling tournaments, Lewnes won the 160-pound championship with a 4-0 record that included one pin, as the Gaels finished sixth among 22 teams. The senior previously finished fourth three times at this tournament.

His opponents included returning third-place state finishers from Virginia and Pennsylvania. The latter, Rich Brooks, he defeated, 6-1.

Lewnes, a three-time All-Metro performer and the All-City/County Wrestler of the Year last season, is a private schools National Prep Champ and a two-time state champ.

Ranked No. 6 in the nation by USA Wrestling magazine and No. 1 in Maryland by The Sun at 160 pounds, Lewnes is 14-2 and has signed early with Oklahoma State.


Tiara Wildy

Woodlawn, basketball

A junior shooting guard, Wildy hit six three-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead the Warriors to a 54-25 victory over Westlake, The Washington Post's 11th-ranked team, in the title game of the Woodlawn Tournament.

Wildy, who helped the Warriors reach the state Class 4A semifinals last season for the first time in 11 years, also contributed eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. She scored 21 in the tournament opener, a 79-12 romp over #419.

Averaging 20 points, eight rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.4 steals, Wildy has helped the Warriors go 6-0 and move up to No. 12 in The Sun poll. She carries a 3.4 grade-point average and played for the FreePlay Amateur Athletic Union 15-and-under team last summer.

See the Athletes of the Week Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Replay Sun High School Sports on ABC2, and online at

Nominate athletes

The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000, extension 6200.

Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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