Athletes Of The Week

Athletes of the Week

High Schools

April 23, 2003


A.J. Tinnirella

Centennial, baseball

The senior shortstop was 8-for-10 from the plate last week and was his sure-handed self defensively as Centennial went 2-1, including a 14-5 upset of then-No. 5 River Hill.

In that victory over the Hawks, Tinnirella, an All-Metro second-team selection last year, was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Two of his hits came off Kevin Marrie, who is being scouted by pro teams. Tinnirella also made a nifty over-the-shoulder catch on a ball that seemed destined to drop in left field.

Tinnirella, 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds, was 4-for-4 in the Eagles' 7-4 loss to West Deptford (N.J.) in the first round of the River Hill Tournament. He was 1-for-2 in Centennial's 10-0 win over Oakland Mills.

For the season, Tinnirella is batting .741 with four doubles and four triples, and he is 8-for-8 in stolen bases. He will likely play next year for Towson University.


Mary Key

St. Mary's, lacrosse

The senior's 18 goals and seven assists last week accounted for 61 percent of the Saints' offense against five ranked foes.

Twice, Key had a hand in every goal the Saints scored. The attacker netted six in a 6-3 win over then-No. 11 St. Paul's and had five goals and an assist on then-No. 12 C. Milton Wright in a 6-5 win that avenged an early-season loss.

Key also had three goals in a 10-7 loss to then-No. 8 Notre Dame Prep, five assists in an 11-9 loss to No. 3 Roland Park and four goals and an assist in a 13-8 win over No. 13 Annapolis. The metro area's leading scorer, Key has 62 goals and 22 assists.

Key, an All-Anne Arundel County pick last season who will play next year at Johns Hopkins, is also an All-Metro soccer player.

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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, Ext. 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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