Athletes of the Week

March 26, 2003

BOYS

Kyle Batton

Dulaney, lacrosse

There is something about playing Fallston that brings out the best in Batton. After scoring seven goals in a regular-season game against the Cougars last year, the senior attackman struck for six goals and two assists Saturday as No. 9 Dulaney handed No. 13 Fallston a 15-5 loss.

It was a good start for the three-time Class 4A-3A state-champion Lions, who extended their winning streak over public school teams to 27. Their last loss came against Fallston in 2001.

Batton, a do-it-all attackman who scores many of his goals from around the crease, is also capable of stepping out and directing the Lions' offense. He recorded 75 goals and 33 assists last season en route to All-Metro second-team honors.

Batton, who played forward on the Lions' state-finalist soccer team in the fall, carries a 3.0 grade point average and plans to play lacrosse next season at Towson University.

GIRLS

Kristen Waagbo

Mount Hebron, lacrosse

The Sun's 2001-02 Female Athlete of the Year helped the No. 1 Vikings get off to a quick start with four goals and an assist in a season-opening 27-3 win over Hammond.

Waagbo was one of 24 girls named to the U.S. under-19 training team, a number that will be whittled to 16 before the squad competes in the 2003 International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations Under-19 World Championship, set for June 26-July 6 at Towson University.

Last season, the All-Metro attacker scored 61 goals and 33 assists in leading the Vikings to a 19-0 season and their sixth consecutive state title and their 10th in 11 years.

She carries a 3.86 unweighted grade point average and signed early to play lacrosse at Duke.

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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