Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

High Schools

January 07, 2004

BOYS

Mike Kessler

Owings Mills, wrestling

The junior notched a hard-earned 5-3 decision over Fallston's Nathan Bachmann on Dec. 30 to win the 152-pound weight class at the Arundel Tournament.

En route to being named the Most Outstanding Heavyweight and helping the Eagles to a commanding victory in the 18-team tournament, Kessler registered two pins and a major decision before rallying from a 2-0 deficit to beat Bachmann, a two-time triple crown winner (county, regional and state), in the championship match.

The younger brother of three wrestlers who have combined to win eight state titles, Kessler is a two-time state place-winner, losing both years to the eventual state champion. He was an All-Baltimore City/County first-team selection last year.

He is 13-0 this season and 85-5 in his career.

GIRLS

Sarah Meisenberg

Severn, basketball

As the top scorer on the surprise team of the season, the 5-foot-6 shooting guard has led the Admirals (10-0) to upset wins over St. Mary's and South River and to a No. 14 ranking.

Last week in the final of the Lady Lions Tournament at Queen Anne's, Meisenberg scored 23 points and had 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a 67-64 double-overtime win over then-No. 6 South River. In Monday's semifinal, the junior scored 34 in an 80-44 win over previously unbeaten Queen Anne's.

Meisenberg, an `A' student, averages 24.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.2 steals and shoots 54 percent from the field as the Admirals sit atop the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference. She also runs cross country and plays lacrosse for Severn.

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 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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