Athletes Of The Week

November 01, 2006

Boys

Zach Martin

River Hill, football

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior running back-linebacker rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Daniel Hostetler in last week's 41-6 rout of Howard County league rival Reservoir. Defensively, Martin, 16, had an interception and one of his eight tackles for a loss of yardage. Martin raised his season rushing totals to 891 yards with 13 touchdowns, and his total touchdowns to 14. Martin, who has a 3.75 grade point average, is also the top-ranked Hawks' record holder in single-season tackles, assisted tackles, solo tackles and tackles for lost yardage. At 8-0, the Hawks, who reached the state semifinals last season, have all but clinched their fourth straight county title under seventh-year coach Brian Van Deusen, whose 58-15 career record includes a 37-4 mark against the league since the start of the 2003 season.

Others considered / / Ben Eaton, Gilman, football; Justin Martinelli, Mount Hebron, soccer; Lee Reynolds, Poly, football.

Girls

Lauren Smith

Arundel, golf

Smith capped an excellent sophomore season by winning the state girls golf championship last week at the University of Maryland course. The Wildcats' No. 1 player shot 149 in the two-day event to edge her friend and defending champion, Kelly Lynch of Severna Park, by three strokes.

On the first day of the championships, Smith shot 74 on the par-72 course. She followed that with a 75 on a windy, cold final day. Smith also won the Anne Arundel County and district championships. At the district finals, she shot 71, her best round for the season and finished second among boys and girls.

Smith, who began playing golf with her father when she was 6 1/2 , played on three junior tours over the summer. She finished second in a qualifier for the USGA junior amateur championship, but did not go due to a conflicting tournament. Her personal best round was 70, shot at the Andrews Air Force Base course last summer.

Also a first-degree black belt in karate, Smith carries a 4.0 unweighted grade point average. She would like to play professional golf. Others considered / / Rachel Burke, Reservoir, volleyball; Melissa Stansbury, Liberty, volleyball; Annie Wu, Bryn Mawr, tennis.

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