Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

November 22, 2006

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Boys

Josh Appold,

Havre de Grace, football

With his team trailing Catoctin by 15 points with 1:50 left in last weekend's Class 1A North regional semifinal, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior quarterback engineered two scoring drives in a 51-50 victory. The last drive ended with Appold's game-winning two-point conversion pass to Travis Brown as the Warriors won for the fifth time in the past six games. Appold was 21-for-37 for 339 yards, passed for four touchdowns and three two-point conversions, and rushed for two touchdowns and one two-point conversion in the highest-scoring regulation playoff game in state history. Appold also intercepted a pass in the game as a defensive back, and has thrown for 10 touchdowns over the Warriors' past three wins, during which they have averaged 50 points. Appold, an A student, has five rushing touchdowns and 1,771 passing yards for 19 touchdowns - mostly to Brown (49 receptions, 972 yards, 10 TDs). The Warriors (7-4) meet No. 11 New Town (9-1) in Saturday's regional title game. Others considered / /Mostafa Ebrahimnejad, Hammond, soccer; Englon Roberts, Franklin, football; Brent Sanders, Severna Park, football.

Girls

Kathryn Rodgers

River Hill, soccer

The sophomore center midfielder celebrated her 15th birthday Saturday by scoring the only goal of the state Class 3A final to lead the No. 2 Hawks past Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 1-0. The goal was only the second of the season for Rodgers. She had returned to the lineup just a week earlier after sitting out two weeks with a sprained ankle suffered during a club game. Her goal late in the second half of the title game polished off a 20-0 season for the Hawks and gave them their fifth state crown. A second-year varsity player who was one of the first off the bench last season, Rodgers started playing soccer at 6 and is a veteran of the Soccer Association of Columbia under-15 club team. She was also selected to the Olympic Development Program U-15 state team last season. Rodgers, who has a 3.86 grade point average and wants to play soccer in college, also plays basketball for the Hawks. Others considered / / Alissa Bourne, Glenelg, soccer; Julie Gardner, Severna Park, field hockey; Michelle Grosso, Centennial, volleyball; Mandy Pace, Hereford, field hockey.

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