Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

December 13, 2006

Girls

Ashley Covell

Dunbar, basketball

The 5-foot-10 junior forward-center averaged 18.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in her first two games as a Poet after transferring from W.E.B. Du Bois. Covell scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 53-28 season-opening win over Wilde Lake. She followed that with a 17-point, 17-rebound effort in a 49-42 win over Baltimore City rival Digital Harbor. Covell said her transition to Dunbar was easy. She knew some of the Poets and made other friends over the summer, so she fit in from the first day of practice. An Amateur Athletic Union veteran, she played for the Baltimore Stars teams that went to the AAU 15-and-under national championships last summer in Orlando, Fla. In addition to basketball, Covell plans to play softball in the spring for the Poets.

Also considered -- Gabrielle Denu, John Carroll, wrestling; Sheree Ledbetter, Southside, basketball; Arielle Townes, Joppatowne, basketball.

Boys

Tariq Jones,

Edmondson, football

The senior running back saved his best game for last, pacing the third-ranked Red Storm to its 11th straight win and its first state title with Saturday night's 37-9 victory over McDonough of Charles County in the Class 2A title game at M&T Bank Stadium. Jones rushed for a career-high 308 yards and scores of 6, 16 and 18 yards on a career-high 34 carries. The Red Storm, a state finalist in 1999, finished the season at 13-1 after going 4-6 last season. Jones raised his season totals to 1,951 yards and 16 touchdowns. Jones, 5 feet 10 and 185 pounds, was difficult to bring down because of his speed, power and maneuverability. He has drawn interest from James Madison, Bowie State, Delaware State, North Carolina A&T and Hampton.

Others considered / / Josh Fitch, McDonogh, wrestling; Maurice Portee, Dunbar, football; Tony Mack, Owings Mills, wrestling.

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