Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

High Schools

October 06, 2004


Ryan Callahan

Old Mill, football

"Most kids stop when they make a cut. He doesn't," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus about his tailback, Ryan Callahan. "And he has great field vision."

Callahan was difficult to stop Friday, rushing for 341 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-28 victory over then 14th-ranked Severna Park.

The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior came up a yard shy of the school record for single-game rushing. It was a career best and the first 300-yard game for the team captain.

His touchdowns came on runs from scrimmage of 71, 7 and 70 yards, and on a 55-yard punt return. He has 19 touchdowns, five short of the school record, and 1,145 yards rushing in five games for undefeated, No. 10-ranked Old Mill (5-0).

"He's a humble and well-respected, silent leader whom the Naval Academy and West Point are interested in," Marcus said.

Callahan holds the school record in the 200 at 21.8 seconds and was a member of Old Mill's state championship track team last spring.


Tara Gardner

Severna Park, field hockey

In her first season on the varsity, the junior has emerged as the area's leading scorer, adding six goals and two assists last week to bring her season totals to 21 goals and five assists.

Gardner's goal total has the No. 1 Falcons (10-0) on pace to set a school record for goals in a season. They have 74 and are shooting for 100, which would eclipse last season's record 98.

Last week, the midfielder scored two goals and had an assist in a surprisingly easy, 8-0 victory over previously unbeaten and then-No. 11 Broadneck. She then had four goals and an assist in a 10-0 romp over North County.

Gardner, whose mother also played for the Falcons, sets up on the left post on scoring opportunities and gets most of her goals by deflecting in teammates' passes from that side. A hockey player since sixth grade, she also plays lacrosse for the Falcons.

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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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