Athletes Of The Week

Athletes of the Week

October 05, 2005

BOYS

SPORT SOCCER

Broadneck's O'Leary knows winning score

The senior third-year starting forward scored two goals and an assist, helping his Bruins improve to 6-0 in the Anne Arundel County League and 8-0 overall. O'Leary, a fourth-year varsity player, also raised his team-leading season totals to five goals and four assists.

In a 4-1 victory over Arundel, O'Leary had a goal and an assist. The striker followed that by scoring the lone goal in a win over Chesapeake of Anne Arundel.

But scoring in the clutch is becoming common for O'Leary. His goal against Chesapeake was his team-high third game-winner of the year.

A returning team captain for the Bruins, O'Leary has played in 51 games. For his career, O'Leary has 13 goals and seven assists. O'Leary's scoring prowess has improved this season, which has been a plus for coach Sean Tettemer, a Broadneck alumnus.

O'Leary's skills will be needed on Friday night at Old Mill, when the Bruins take on their county rival in a key game that could determine the league champion.

Others considered: John Donnelly, Bel Air, football; Aaron Kittrell, Walbrook, football; Adam DeSantis, Hereford, football.

GIRLS

SPORT soccer

Blocker's shutouts keep Cavaliers on top

Karen Blocker has a knack for shutting out the opposition. The sophomore goalkeeper for Archbishop Spalding's No. 1 girls soccer team blanked two more ranked opponents last week, then-No. 5 McDonogh and then-No. 8 Mercy, to give her eight shutouts this season, as the Cavaliers improved to 9-2.

Last week, Blocker made 11 saves, as well as a few other key plays, as the Cavaliers won both games, 1-0. They took sole possession of first place in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference at 6-0. Blocker has yet to allow a goal against A Conference competition.

"It's been awesome," said Blocker, who has shut out her past seven opponents. "My defense and the rest of our team have been playing really well."

Blocker has allowed four goals all season and has a .957 save percentage.

She carries a 3.87 grade point average and is an avid skier. Others considered: Kristina Mercier, Mount de Sales, volleyball; Kaylee Smith, Perry Hall, soccer; Melissa Stansbury, Liberty, volleyball.

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