Athletes Of The Week

September 13, 2006

BOYS

Jake Trantin

Archbishop Spalding, football

Trantin, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound fullback-linebacker, led the Cavaliers to Friday's 47-40 upset victory over Dunbar (D.C.), a program that was ranked sixth in The Washington Post. Offensively, Trantin rushed for 140 yards on 15 carries and touchdowns of 3, 5 and 70 yards. Defensively, Trantin made 15 tackles against the Crimson Tide, who boast two nationally recruited Division I prospects in wide receiver Arrelious Benn and quarterback Nathan Bussey. Last season, Trantin had a team-high 112 tackles, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries as the Cavaliers posted the best record in school history (10-1) and won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title. A B-average student, Trantin, 17, has drawn interest from Maryland, Temple, Brown and Lehigh for college football. Others considered -- Eric Anderson, Archbishop Curley, cross country; Mike Napolitano, Mount Hebron, soccer; Bryan Wolfson, North Harford, football.

Girls

Christine Nairn

Archbishop Spalding, soccer

Nairn played a big role in the Cavaliers' jump to the No. 1 spot this week with four assists and a goal in victories over South River, 1-0; then-No. 15 Broadneck, 3-0; and then-No. 5 Severna Park, 3-0. The junior center midfielder had assists against South River and Broadneck, and added two more along with a penalty-kick goal against Severna Park to give the Cavaliers (3-0) bragging rights in Anne Arundel County. An All-Metro first team pick and a Parade All-American last season, Nairn also controlled the midfield and kept the Cavaliers on attack. Able to create as well as finish scoring opportunities, Nairn moved from striker to midfield this season, the position she plays for her club team, the Freestate Shooters. A member of the U-17 national team, Nairn, who carries a 3.8 grade-point average, aims to play in the World Cup one day. Others considered -- Kelsey Lisle, Seton Keough, volleyball; Samantha Olson, Marriots Ridge, soccer; Chante Sandiford, McDonogh, soccer.

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