Athletes Of The Week

October 25, 2006

Boys

Zach Brown

Wilde Lake, football

The agile 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back-linebacker made six tackles and rushed for 110 yards and touchdowns of 1, 13 and 40 yards to lead the Wildecats (5-2) to their third straight Howard County league victory, 28-7, Friday night over Howard. Brown, who runs a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, helped to preserve Wilde Lake's hopes of qualifying for the Class 3A East region playoffs. A senior, Brown has averaged 6.7 yards per carry while totaling 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had a 198-yard, two-touchdown, 12-tackle performance against last year's county co-champion Long Reach on Oct. 13. A returning first-team All-Metro selection in wrestling and track, Brown has received full football scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Towson and Temple. In wrestling, Brown posted a 28-1 record at 215 pounds, earning county and regional crowns before finishing as a state runner-up. In track, Brown has won county, region and state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. At states, Brown's time at 100 meters was the fastest of all four classifications, and his 200-meter time, the second best. Others considered / / Christian Barreiro, Calvert Hall, soccer; Owen Dresser, Centennial, football; Maurice Portee, Dunbar, football.

GIRLS

Tehya Mockapetris

Centennial, volleyball

The 5-foot-3 senior hitter continued her dominating ways at the net with strong performances in wins over River Hill and Glenelg last week to assure the defending Class 3A state champ Eagles a spot in the Howard County championship game. In the two wins, she finished with 30 kills, 10 digs and nine aces as the No. 1 Eagles improved to 11-0 at week's end. What really impressed first-year Centennial coach Jerry Hulla was how Mockapetris stepped up when the team needed her most. After Centennial dropped the first game against River Hill on Oct. 16, Mockapetris had nine of her 18 kills and three aces in the pivotal second game, a 25-23 win. The Eagles went on to take the next two games to win the match in four games. On Thursday, the Eagles trailed defending Class 2A state champ Glenelg for most of the first game before Mockapetris took over, getting seven of her 12 kills and two aces in a 25-23 win that led to a three-game sweep. Mockapetris, who offsets her 5-3 frame with a 28 1/2 -inch vertical leap, was a second-team All-Howard County hitter last season. This year, she's averaging more than three kills per game with 151 in 50 games. Others considered / / Julia Heaps, North Harford, soccer; Brittany Born, Archbishop Spalding, volleyball; Kyle Evans, Glenelg, field hockey.

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