Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

September 20, 2006

Boys

Justin Harris

Centennial, football

In what coach Jamie Wagner called the biggest win of his three seasons, the running back-defensive back played solid defense and excelled on offense in the second half of Friday night's come-from-behind 25-18 upset of defending Howard County co-champion Long Reach, which was ranked No. 4. Harris, whose team trailed 12-0 at halftime, recovered a third-quarter fumble and took it 55 yards for a touchdown to bring the Eagles within 18-13. The Eagles were clinging to a 19-18 lead with four minutes to play when the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior broke off the game-clinching 90-yard touchdown run to complete a seven-carry, 103-yard evening. Harris, who also disrupted five passes, is a third-year starter and team captain with a 3.5 grade point average who also competes in track. He has drawn interest from colleges such as Bucknell and West Chester.

Others considered --Justin Nicholson, New Town, football; Andrew Revelle, Atholton, cross country; Matthew Centrowitz, Broadneck, cross country.

Girls

Emilee West

Severna Park, field hockey

In her first full season on the Falcons' varsity, the junior forward provided a large chunk of scoring in a demanding weekend. West scored six goals and had an assist as the No. 1 Falcons opened with three victories in the first 22 hours of their season. She had a goal and an assist in Friday night's 5-0 win at Southern. Saturday at Roland Park's Sally E. Nyborg Invitational, West scored three goals in an 8-0 win over then-No. 14 Roland Park and both goals in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Alexandria, Va., power St. Stephen's/St. Agnes. A field hockey player since the second grade, West moved up to the Falcons' varsity for the playoffs last fall as they went on to win their 15th state title. She plays summer-league field hockey as well as indoor hockey with the SParks. The third West sister to play for coach Lil Shelton, she also plays lacrosse for the Falcons and carries a 3.0 grade point average.

Others considered --Sophie Daly, Garrison Forest, field hockey; Lija Glemza Catonsville, volleyball; Katie Harman, River Hill, cross country.

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