Athletes Of The Week

Athletes of the Week

April 19, 2006

Sommerville paces Doves to crown

SPORT GIRLS TRACK

Western senior sprinter Shalaiyah Sommerville continued to add to her impressive resume in leading the Doves to the team title at Mervo's Freddie Hendricks Track Festival on Saturday.

Sommerville, who accepted a scholarship to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in November, won the 200-meter sprint in a meet-record time of 24.6 seconds; took second place in the 100 meters; and ran the anchor legs of the 400- and 800-meter relays that both set meet records.

Going into the spring season, Sommerville had captured individual state titles in the 200- and 400-meter sprints and 15 individual regional and Baltimore City crowns. Selected to the All-Metro team in indoor and outdoor track and field on four occasions, Sommerville was a key figure in leading the Doves to the Class 3A state championship last spring.

She will likely run in the 200, 400 and perhaps the 100 at UNLV next year.

Others considered: Kim Dubansky, McDonogh, lacrosse; Jill Mullan, Northeast, softball; Angela DiBenditto, John Carroll, softball.

Sport Boys lacrosse

Simpson flourishes in goal for Bruins

Athletes of the week

Broadneck junior Pat Simpson has thrived as the Bruins' goalkeeper. Last week, the three-year starter twice recorded 11 saves, as No. 13 Broadneck won its invitational tournament.

In the Bruins' 11-7 semifinal victory over Archbishop Spalding of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference, Simpson held the visitors to two goals in the first half, during which his team scored six times.

Broadneck had a more difficult time in its title-game victory over Mount Hebron, overcoming a 6-5 halftime deficit to hand the Vikings their first loss in seven games, 10-9. Simpson persevered despite suffering a shoulder injury in that game.

Bruins coach Clay White praised Simpson's ability to jump-start the transition with outlet passes, particularly after making one of his often-spectacular saves.

"He's the quarterback of our team," White said of Simpson, who increased his strength during the offseason with a weight-training regimen.

Others considered: Adam Kolarek, Catonsville, baseball; Griff Shay, Gilman, lacrosse; Dean Thrasher, North Harford, lacrosse.

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