Anne Arundel County Snapshots

November 09, 2005

BOYS

SPORT FOOTBALL

Justin Weston, Annapolis

STATS -- Weston is a four-year starter and leader for the playoff-bound Panthers (7-2). A tight end-defensive end, the chiseled, 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior is one of the county's top two-way players.

SIDELINES -- Often double- and triple-teamed, Weston doesn't catch a lot of passes, but he frees up other Panthers receivers. In addition, Weston is an outstanding blocker in the Panthers' wing T scheme. Towson University, Kent State and Marshall University have shown interest in him "It's been an honor playing four years of varsity at Annapolis and an honor to play the last two for Coach [Brian] Brown, who has made us a winner," said Weston, who qualifies for Division I with a 2.9 grade point average and 1,280 SAT score.

GIRLS

SPORT VOLLEYBALL

Abbie Merkl, Archbishop Spalding

STATS -- Averaging 4.4 kills, the 6-foot-1 senior hitter led the Cavaliers to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals and a 16-3 record. Merkl set school season and career records for kills, blocks and hits. She had more than 300 kills this season.

SIDELINES -- It should come as no surprise that Merkl is interested in going to a service academy. Her father, Doug, graduated from West Point in 1972, and her brother (Brian) and sister (Sarah) also graduated from there in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Merkl has a weighted 4.0 grade point average, is ranked 24th in her senior class of 243 and is a member of the National and Latin honor societies. She also finds time to participate in mock trials. Merkl is an All-County high jumper and also played softball for the Cavaliers.

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