Athletes of the Week

December 06, 2006

Boys

Tavon Austin,

Dunbar, football

The sophomore rushed for 124 yards and scores of 4, 14 and 33 yards, and caught a 78-yard scoring pass from Keith Jones to account for all but two of Dunbar's points in a come-from-behind 26-20 Class 1A state semifinal victory over Elkton of Cecil County on Saturday. Austin's final touchdown, the 33-yard run, gave the Poets the lead for good with 1:45 to play, securing their eighth straight victory and a berth in Saturday's title game. Austin has 29 touchdowns this season, and 50 touchdowns at Dunbar. This year, Austin has 1,590 rushing yards for 23 touchdowns, 452 receiving yards for four touchdowns, and, defensively, six interceptions and a fumble returned 60 yards for a touchdown for the 10th-ranked Poets (10-3). The 5-foot-9, 170-pound player dominated a team for the second straight week. In a 38-22 South region victory over Forestville, Austin rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns, returned a fumble 60 yards for a score and returned one of his three interceptions 64 yards to set up a touchdown.

Others considered / / Dan Hostetler, River Hill; Tariq Jones, Edmondson.

Girls

Tyler Hale

Towson Catholic, basketball

The junior led the No. 2 Owls in rebounding and contributed 21 points as they split two games in their season-opening tournament over the weekend. Hale, who is better known for her smothering defensive game, proved an aggressive force on the boards, grabbing 23 rebounds in the tournament against two New York opponents. She led the Owls with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a 53-37 loss to St. Michael's and then had 11 and 12 rebounds in a 48-39 win over South Shore Academy. A 6-foot forward and three-year Owls varsity player, Hale has played basketball since she was 6 years old and is an Amateur Athletic Union veteran. She played for the Baltimore Cougars last summer and went to the Junior Olympics with Maryland Choice. Hale was an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference volleyball all-star this fall. She carries a 4.0 grade point average and serves as the junior class representative to the Student Government Association. She wants to play basketball in college.

Also considered -- Destiny Jacobs, McDonogh, basketball.

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