Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

March 19, 2003

BOYS

Herman Hayes

Dunbar, basketball

The senior guard scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made three steals in leading Dunbar to its state-leading eighth Maryland championship in its 10th title-game appearance Saturday at Comcast Center in College Park.

The No. 1 Poets (25-2) defeated Pocomoke for the Class 1A title, 72-55, ending that Worcester County team's 38-game winning streak and avenging an 18-point loss to the same team in last season's final. Pocomoke (25-1) returned five of its top six players this season.

Hayes, also a second-team All-Metro wide receiver, scored 13 points, pulled down eight rebounds and had five steals in another fine all-around performance against Havre de Grace in the state semifinals, a game won by Dunbar, 83-45.

Dunbar was the only Baltimore-area school to win a boys state basketball title this season.

GIRLS

Ciarra Jones

Dunbar, basketball

The 6-foot senior center scored nine of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the No. 16 Poets to their fourth straight state championship.

Jones has proven to be a clutch player in the biggest of Poets games. In the regional final, she scored eight fourth-quarter points to lead a comeback win over Forestville. A year ago, she scored eight in the fourth quarter in the state final. In this year's final, her nine points rallied the Poets to a come-from-behind 53-48 win over Pocomoke.

Last summer, Jones played for the Baltimore Cougars Under-16 Amateur Athletic Union team but was picked up by the FreePlay Magic for the national tournament. She carries a 2.6 grade-point average and will play next year at UMES.

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 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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