Athletes Of The Week

Athletes of the Week

February 25, 2004

BOYS

Mike Smelkinson

Long Reach, basketball

The 5-foot-5 senior point guard had a huge week, scoring 29 points, including the 1,000th of his career, in a Feb. 17 victory over Howard, and adding 26 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 79-67 overtime win against Atholton on Thursday.

The Atholton victory, helped by Smelkinson's three-pointer to start the extra period, gave the Lightning at least a share of the Howard County title, which they went on to win outright on Monday. Veteran Long Reach coach Al Moraz called Smelkinson's performance against the Raiders "one of the best individual efforts I can remember in a long time."

A two-time all-county selection, Smelkinson, who has accepted a full scholarship to Division II California (Pa.) University, is averaging 18.7 points and 5.7 assists a game for the No. 13 Lightning.

GIRLS

Timisha Gomez

Long Reach, basketball

The 5-foot-8 senior guard led the No. 13 Lightning to a pair of victories last week, including a 52-51 win over Atholton. She scored 41 points and had 23 rebounds, seven steals and 10 assists in the two games.

An All-Howard County selection last season, Gomez leads the county in scoring with 16.5 points per game and also averages 8.4 rebounds, 4.6 steals and 3.3 assists. In a 62-28 win last week over Howard, she had 28 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and seven assists. In the win over Atholton, she contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Last season, Gomez became the first Lightning player to reach 1,000 points. The two-time Street & Smith's preseason honorable mention All-American will play next season at Saint Joseph's.

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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