NDP's Bouchelle honored as national scholar-athlete

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January 28, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham and Katherine Dunn | Glenn P. Graham and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Notre Dame Prep soccer standout Zoey Bouchelle, selected as The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year, was named the 2003 National High School Scholar-Athlete Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The senior midfielder, who has a 3.98 grade point average and scored a 1,380 on her SAT, received the award at the 57th annual NSCAA Convention on Jan. 17 in Charlotte, N.C.

The three-time All-Metro player finished the season with 14 goals and six assists to lead the No. 1 Blazers to their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown.

"It's such an honor, and it was so unexpected," said Bouchelle, who will play next fall at Penn State. "I don't think it's very hard finding the balance you need because if you're an athlete, you've been playing your whole life and at a young age you have to figure out how to do both or you're not going to be able to keep playing."

Delay in Anne Arundel

Athletic events in Anne Arundel County's public schools will not be played today and tomorrow because of exams that were postponed by snow and ice earlier in the week. Exams that were scheduled for Monday, yesterday and today have been pushed back, forcing the rescheduling. Friday's games will go on as scheduled.

High-flying Eagles

After winning the IAAM C Conference championship a year ago, what could Arlington Baptist's girls basketball team do for an encore?

How about finish the season unbeaten?

Although there are still a couple of weeks to go before the IAAM tournaments begin, the Eagles are 13-0, with 10 of those wins coming against C Conference foes. None of those C Conference wins has been close, with no one within 19 points.

The Eagles, who lost one conference game a year ago, have a winning combination in 5-foot-11 senior center Faith Happel and 5-2 sophomore point guard Brianna Wise. Happel averages 24.2 points and 16 rebounds, and Wise contributes 20 points a game. This season, the Eagles also rely on newcomer Sade' Bryant, a 5-6 sophomore guard averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 steals, as well as the strong defensive games of Kendra Harris and Myca Scott.

Coach Shirley Kemp said it has not been hard to motivate the Eagles, who have gotten a boost from Bryant's bubbly personality.

"I just tell them that anyone can beat them and they have to go hard every time," said Kemp, who relates a story of a team she saw in her native Tobago that was routing opponents, then lost to the worst team it played. "That motivates them, because they don't want to lose."

After this season, the Eagles will have the option of moving up to the B Conference, as the IAAM undergoes its biennial realignment, but Kemp has mixed feelings about the jump. The decision rests with Arlington Baptist's administration, she said.

"I don't know about moving up. The B might be good for them, but losing Faith next year is a big loss and I don't know if it would be a good thing. Unfortunately, this is the year we should have moved," Kemp said.

Roesner's big numbers

Catholic High does not get a lot of attention for its basketball team, but 6-0 senior Lindsay Roesner is making opponents take notice. The forward-center has been putting up huge numbers this season.

In Friday's 81-54 loss to No. 19 Towson Catholic, Roesner had 36 points and 28 rebounds. Earlier, she had 31 points and 23 rebounds at Notre Dame Prep of the A Conference.

She averages 22.5 points and 15.6 rebounds for the Cubs (2-13), who are in the B Conference. By the end of the season, she should hit her 1,000th career point and could also go over 1,000 rebounds in three years on the varsity.

"She's so active," said Cubs coach Nichole Jones. "Not one person is going to be able to keep up with her from one end of the floor to the other. She's all over the place. We were losing to St. Paul's by 20, and she was still all over the floor."

Jones praised Roesner, who carries a 3.8 GPA, for her coachability and dedication to the team. "From the day she walked on the floor, if I said, `Lindsay, I need you to touch the ceiling,' she wouldn't even ask, she just would do it," Jones said.

Inside track to 1,000

Severn standout guard Sarah Meisenberg got to the 1,000-point plateau a little quicker than expected, largely by getting to the basket more this season.

In the Admirals' 52-49 win over Friends on Friday, Meisenberg became the third junior in Anne Arundel County to reach the milestone this season, joining Arundel's Alex McGuire and Bri Gauthier of St. Mary's.

Meisenberg, who had a good outside shot, worked over the summer on taking the ball inside, and it has paid big dividends. After averaging 18 points as a sophomore, she's scoring slightly less than 24 points a game this season to lead the No. 16 Admirals to a 15-1 record and 9-1 mark in the IAAM B Conference.

Severn's fourth-year coach, Chuck Miller, who spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant at St. Mary's, said former Saints standout Emily Lipton (Virginia Tech) was the quickest to the basket he has coached, but that Meisenberg is the best finisher.

"Sarah puts it up as soft as anybody I've seen," Miller said. "She makes good angles for herself, and that's from having an awareness of where she is on the court. I can only attribute that to her work in the gym - she puts in a lot of time on her game."

Getting to the basket has also gotten Meisenberg to the free-throw line. She is a 75 percent free-throw shooter, connecting on 108 of 145 chances.

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