Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

High Schools

May 05, 2004


Nick Purdy

Hammond, baseball

The senior left-handed pitcher required just 73 pitches (49 strikes) to throw a perfect game against Atholton last week, only the third perfect game in Howard County history and the first since Steve Johnson of Glenelg did it in 1990.

Keeping his pitches on the outside corner and throwing predominantly two-seam fastballs, Purdy struck out seven in the 10-0 victory, and went to a three-ball count on just two batters. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

He almost lost the perfect game when the final batter, Tom Barker, crushed his first pitch to left field. But it sailed 10 feet foul. Purdy eventually struck out Barker and was mobbed by his teammates.

Purdy also had an outstanding week at the plate. He went 7-for-16 with two doubles, one triple, three RBIs and five stolen bases.


Jess Adam

Severn, lacrosse

The senior midfielder led the No. 4 Admirals to two victories last week and the second-seeded spot when the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament opens today.

Adam had three goals and an assist in an 8-6 win over Anne Arundel rival St. Mary's. She then contributed two goals and four assists to an 11-5 win at Mount de Sales. She leads the Admirals with 40 goals and 48 assists, but the versatile Adam also paces the team in ground balls and ranks high in draw controls and caused turnovers.

A veteran of the world champion U.S. under-19 team, Adam was an All-Metro field hockey player last fall and helped the Admirals win the B Conference basketball title this winter. She carries a 3.75 grade point average and will play lacrosse at Duke next season.

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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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