Athletes Of The Week


January 10, 2007


William Barton

City, basketball

On Thursday, the 6-foot-4 sophomore guard-forward led the then-unranked Knights to their seventh consecutive victory, 58-54, over previously unbeaten and then-sixth-ranked Baltimore City League rival Lake Clifton on the road.

He is one of four starting sophomores, along with his brother, Antonio Barton, Adam Johnson and Rick Rodwell. William Barton scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, had five assists and blocked two shots against Lake Clifton.

Barton averages 15 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Knights, whose only senior starter is top-scoring 6-2 guard Devin Brown.

A leader on a team that is in its second season under coach Mike Daniel, Barton and the Knights face highly touted Glen Burnie on Friday night in the Basketball Academy at Morgan State University.

Others considered -- Torey Fassett, Atholton, basketball; Yousef Mohamed, Parkville, wrestling; John Von Paris, John Carroll, wrestling.


Sheree Ledbetter

Southside, basketball

The 6-foot forward-guard scored 59 points in two games last week and has scored fewer than 30 points only once all season in leading the No. 13 Jaguars to a 6-2 start. Ledbetter, a two-time All-Metro selection, had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six steals in a 56-23 win over Forest Park. She scored 29 points and had 15 rebounds, four steals and five assists in a 62-31 win over Edmondson in which she played about only half the game. She is averaging 32.4 points and 14 rebounds. Ledbetter has led the Jaguars to the state Class 1A final three straight years, and they assumed the 2005 championship after New Town had to vacate the title. Ledbetter, a veteran of the Baltimore Cougars Amateur Athletic Union team, signed early with St. John's after considering Seton Hall, Towson and Wake Forest. She has a 3.5 grade point average.

Others considered -- Caitlin Bopp, Institute of Notre Dame, basketball; Amanda Kimbers, McDonogh, track; Miriam McKenzie, Oakland Mills, basketball.

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