Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

April 30, 2003


Alex Vitale

Severna Park, baseball

The senior first baseman/pitcher continued to be a tough out, as he went 7-for-9 last week for the top-ranked Falcons, who improved to 13-1 by beating No. 3 Old Mill, 13-5; Arundel, 3-0; and Southern-AA, 15-0.

Among his hits were three doubles and a triple, and he drove in six runs, scored six and stole four bases. Vitale also recorded a save as he came on against Arundel with two on and nobody out in the seventh and was unscathed.

An All-Metro second-team selection last season, Vitale is batting .535, with 21 runs, 23 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 21 stolen bases. He has three saves and a 1.75 ERA, and opposing batters are hitting just .188 off him.


Lindsay Grigoriev

Atholton, track and field

The senior cemented her reputation as the nation's premier female high school discus thrower by collecting her second consecutive championship at the Penn Relays last weekend.

Grigoriev, who set a record at last year's Penn Relays with a toss of 151 feet, 10 inches, forced the meet's historians to change the record again when she threw the discus 160-5 on her opening throw.

Grigoriev, who was never seriously challenged the rest of the competition at the Penn Relays, joined pole vaulters Erin Nett of Bel Air (1998) and Matt Garvin of Old Mill (1988) as the only area high school athletes to win a field event at the meet.

The reigning Sun track and field Performer of the Year, Grigoriev owns the Class 2A state record in the discus (146-3) and the shot put (41-6 1/4 ).

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

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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, 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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