Athletes Of The Week

Athletes of the Week

March 03, 2004

BOYS

Doug West

Old Mill, wrestling

The Patriots' senior 130-pounder captured his fourth Class 4A-3A East region crown on Saturday with a 5-1 decision over Broadneck's Mike Vakas.

The victory gave West his 136th career win, tying him with 2001 graduate Adam DeCosmo as the school's all-time leader. With one win in this weekend's state tournament, the team captain, who is 33-0 for the season, will become Old Mill's all-time leader.

West, who plans to wrestle at Lock Haven (Pa.) University, won his second Anne Arundel County title two weeks back and will go after his first state title this weekend. The No. 8 Patriots are defending Class 4A-3A state champs and have won a Maryland-best seven state tournament titles to go with two state dual-meet crowns.

GIRLS

Faith Happel

Arlington Baptist, basketball

The 5-foot-11 senior center led the Eagles to a pair of titles last week in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference and in the Maryland Christian Schools Division I.

Happel had 21 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, six steals and two blocks in a 64-37 victory over Beth Tfiloh as the Eagles completed a sweep of C Conference foes and repeated as champs. After wins over Greater Grace and Washington Christian, Happel led the Eagles (24-0) past Chapelgate, 59-54, Saturday in the state Christian schools title game. She contributed 23 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and was named tournament MVP. Happel, who averages 24 points and 15.3 rebounds, helped the Maryland Waves to 17th place last summer in the Amateur Athletic Union 17-and-under national championships.

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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