Athletes Of The Week

High schools

March 24, 2004

BOYS

Nathan Irby

Dunbar, basketball

The junior, who also excels in football, was the motor behind the Poets' run to the Class 1A state basketball championship.

Doing a little bit of everything for Dunbar (23-2), Irby averaged 11.6 points to go along with a team-leading 4.8 assists and 5.8 steals on his way to All-Metro honors.

He was at his best in big games, including last week's 10-point, four-assist performance in the Poets' 68-43 rout of Allegany in the state championship game.

Irby, a defensive back and running back, was also an All-Metro selection in football, where he returned three of his nine interceptions for touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns.

GIRLS

Renee Jones

Walbrook, basketball

The 5-foot-8 guard put the finishing touch on a stellar four-year high school career by scoring a game-high 19 points to lead the Baltimore City senior all-stars over their Baltimore County peers, 79-61, in Friday night's annual girls basketball finale.

Jones has completed her second straight All-Metro season by leading the Baltimore area in scoring at 26.9 points per game. Every opponent faced Walbrook with a defensive strategy designed to stop Jones, but no one could handle all of her offensive moves. Twice, she scored 45 or more points, and she regularly scored close to her average against the Warriors' strongest opponents.

Jones also averaged 13.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.5 assists. She finished with 1,399 points and 1,049 rebounds.

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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