Athletes of the week

Athletes of the Week

High schools

December 28, 2005

Ben McCree

Wrestling, Owings Mills

The 160-pound junior went unbeaten in three Baltimore County league victories over New Town, Pikesville and Patapsco. McCree's three pins helped raise the Eagles' record to 5-0 for the season and helped 23rd-year coach Guy Pritzker to achieve yet another milestone in his illustrious career. McCree pinned all three rivals, including one in a 51-15 rout of Pikesville on Dec. 20 that marked the 350th career victory for Pritzker, 51, who has coached seven 2A-1A state tournament championship teams, three state dual meet titlists and 23 individual wrestling state champs. McCree raised his record to 14-0 with 10 pins, having won invitational tournaments at Parkville and Perry Hall high schools. McCree is on pace to improve on his 30-4 record of a year ago, when he won a county tournament title, finished second at regions and states and pinned 16 opponents.

Others considered: Courtland Blueford, Pallotti, basketball; Shane Correll, Bel Air, wrestling; Kevin Swecker, Mount St. Joseph, basketball.

John'A Poole

Eastern Tech, basketball

The 5-foot-10 senior combined for 46 points and seven assists last week as the Mavericks remained unbeaten with wins over Dulaney, 57-21, and Western Tech, 56-35. Poole, a swing player who can hit from distance and crash the boards, had 26 points, three assists and nine rebounds against Dulaney and 20 points, four assists and 12 rebounds against Western Tech. Her season average of 22 points a game accounts for 42 percent of the total scoring for the Mavericks, who average 52 points. She also averages 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals. A Mavericks starter since the second game of her freshman season, Poole has drawn attention from several Division I programs and is still weighing her options. A B student who wants to play in the WNBA, she has played Amateur Athletic Union basketball since she was 12, most recently for the Baltimore Ravens last summer.

Others considered: Maryanne Glass, Pikesville, basketball; Deanna Dydynski, Mount Hebron, basketball; Amanda Spinnenweber, Chesapeake-AA, basketball.

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