Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

High Schools

February 02, 2005

BOYS

Rodney Spruill

Walbrook, basketball

Coach Kelvin Bridgers calls this 6-foot-4, 240-pound player "a guard in a forward's body" for his clutch play on the perimeter and his role as the big man on an undersized team. The junior's inside-outside game was on display in last week's Baltimore City League victories over City and defending Class 3A state champion Douglass.

Spruill had 19 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 78-55 win over City, and 25 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 68-63 decision over Douglass. No. 2 Walbrook (15-2, 9-0) is on a seven-game winning streak.

For the season, Spruill averages 22 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.

GIRLS

Maya Newman

St. Frances, basketball

The 5-foot-9 junior guard led the No. 6 Panthers to a pair of critical Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference wins last week.

Newman, the only returning starter from last season's A Conference championship team, scored 23 points in Wednesday's 58-42 upset of then-No. 3 McDonogh, adding six rebounds, four assists and three steals. She scored 10 in the third quarter as the Panthers avenged an early-season loss to the Eagles. On Friday, Newman had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 46-37 win at Seton Keough.

An Amateur Athletic Union veteran who plays for the Baltimore Cougars, Newman averages 12 points, four rebounds and two assists and provides a steadying influence at both ends of the floor for a young Panthers team that starts a freshman and two sophomores.

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