Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

High Schools

September 29, 2004


Shawn Houseknecht

Archbishop Curley, soccer

The senior forward is rolling up impressive numbers this season after scoring 14 goals and recording 17 assists a year ago.

Last week, Houseknecht scored three goals and assisted on two others in a 6-1 victory over John Carroll, and had two goals and one assist in a 4-1 win over Mount St. Joseph.

That impressive week brought his season totals to 11 goals and six assists for the No. 2 Friars, who are 9-2.

A four-year varsity starter with 37 career goals, the 5-foot-6, 155-pound Houseknecht has a low center of gravity that makes him tough to push off the ball, and he plays well with his back to the goal, a skill that separates him from the average player.

The Essex native plays club ball for the Soccer Club of Baltimore.


Brooks Webster

Institute of Notre Dame, volleyball

The senior had 68 kills and 33 blocks in three victories last week that kept the No. 11 Indians unbeaten and atop the standings in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Webster, a 6-foot middle hitter, had 24 kills and 12 blocks in a three-game sweep of defending A Conference champ John Carroll; 21 kills and 14 blocks in a win over McDonogh; and 23 kills and seven blocks in a win over Archbishop Spalding.

For the week, she averaged 6.1 kills per game, putting away 58 percent of her hits for kills. She hit the ball 117 times with 14 errors. She also had nine aces.

For the season, Webster has 138 kills (5.75 per game) and 65 blocks (2.71 per game) for the 7-0 Indians.

Webster has played for the Wild Blue Attack under-17 club team the past two years. She is being recruited by Clemson, Alabama, American, Delaware and UNLV, among others.

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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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