Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

December 03, 2003

BOYS

Brandon Johnson

Broadneck, football

The running back was the sunlight on an otherwise dreary, rain-hampered Friday night. Johnson scored four of the Bruins' five second-quarter touchdowns on the two-time defending Baltimore County Class 4A-3A champion and then-third-ranked Woodlawn (11-2), producing a 41-14 rout in the 4A state semifinals.

The 5-foot-8, 195-pound sophomore gained 101 of his 127 yards in the first half to help No. 1 Broadneck improve to 13-0 - an Anne Arundel County record for victories in a single season - and earn the school its berth in the state final, against Damascus (11-2) of Montgomery County at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday night.

Johnson's scoring runs of 18, 21, 20 and 30 yards raised his single-season touchdown total to 19, and his rushing yards on the year to 1,341.

GIRLS

Kayani Turner

John Carroll, volleyball

The 6-foot-2 outside hitter closed out a stellar four-year volleyball career by leading the Patriots to a 19-1 mark and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title in early November.

Turner went from a volleyball novice to a blue-chip recruit over the course of her four seasons at John Carroll. With nearly 100 schools showing interest, she committed to play for the University of Illinois on the first day of the early signing period in mid-November.

The Patriots had a 56-12 mark the past four seasons, winning the B Conference title last year before making the successful jump to the A Conference this fall. Turner, who had 27 kills in the four-game championship match over Chapelgate, averaged six a game this season.

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, 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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