Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

High School

January 15, 2003

BOYS

Maurice Barksdale

Dunbar

basketball

The senior guard helped his team jump from No. 8 to No. 2 in The Sun's rankings by scoring 24 points in each of three victories and averaging 12 assists.

Two of the wins were big ones, including a 55-48 victory over Martin Luther King of Philadelphia and a 77-64 victory over then-No. 2 Randallstown. The Poets also defeated City, 70-44.

Barksdale hit a three-pointer with three minutes left to give the Poets the lead against Martin Luther King. And he sank four of six free throws in the fourth quarter against the Rams.

Barksdale carries a 3.2 grade-point average and averages 20 points and 10 assists. The second-year starter is being recruited by Central Connecticut, Youngstown, Towson and Canisius. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder averaged 15 points coming off the bench last season, but has stepped up his game after losing 15-20 pounds last summer. GIRLS

Dominique Washington

Milford Mill

indoor track

The top point-getter at Saturday's 40th annual National Guard Meet at the 5th Regiment Armory, Washington won two individual events and helped win one relay and take second in another. She contributed 38 of her team's 48 points as the short-handed No. 2 Millers won the meet.

One of only eight girls on the Millers, the senior won the 55-meter hurdles (8.6 seconds) and high jump (5 feet). She also joined her Millers teammates to win the 1,600-meter relay and finish second in the 800-meter relay. An All-Metro selection last spring in outdoor track, Washington has posted season bests of 8.2 seconds in the hurdles and 5-4 in the high jump. Her best event is the long jump. She jumped a season-best 18 feet at the Seton Hall Invitational.

See the Athletes of the Week Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Replay Sun High School Sports on ABC2, and online at www.sunspot.net/sports/highschool.

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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