Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

October 15, 2003

BOYS

T.J. Swanson

South Carroll, football

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior quarterback played inspired football Friday night, the anniversary of the death of his grandfather, Carl, whose photo was taped inside Swanson's uniform. Swanson had a hand in six touchdowns and totaled 441 offensive yards for the No. 9 Cavaliers (5-1) in a 42-20 rout of Monocacy Valley Athletic League Piedmont Division rival Middletown. He threw for 336 yards and scores of 10, 25, 40 and 50 yards to three different receivers, and rushed for 105 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 20 yards.

Swanson, who last fall had six interceptions as a second-team All-Metro defensive back, rated as the most fluid of 12 quarterbacks at an elite combine in May. Swanson, who bench-presses 285 pounds, clocked a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at the University of Maryland junior combine in May, grading out as one of the top overall athletes.

GIRLS

Katie Monaghan

Archbishop Spalding, field hockey

The junior center back has anchored an entirely new defense for the No. 2-ranked Cavaliers, who have allowed only eight goals in going 11-0-1 for the season.

In a 0-0 draw against Anne Arundel County rival Severn and a 2-0 win over Roland Park last week, Monaghan's aggressive work at midfield and poised play inside the defensive circle was vital in keeping the two ranked opponents in check. Against Roland Park, she also scored the game-winning goal on a penalty stroke in the first half.

A regular contributor on last year's team as a substitute, Monaghan has come into her own this fall with good anticipation skills to step in front of opponent's rushes and the ability to consistently get the ball up the other end.

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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