Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

February 21, 2007

Boys

Antoine Allen

Lake Clifton, basketball

The 6-foot-3 junior guard combined for 44 points and 22 rebounds in victories over Southwestern and then-No. 4 Douglass.

The 59-50 win over Douglass in overtime earned the fifth-ranked Lakers (17-3) a berth in last night's Baltimore City title game against Northwestern at Morgan State.

Allen scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the 70-51 victory over Southwestern. He made a critical three-pointer to send the game into overtime and finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds against Douglass, which entered the game 20-0.

Others considered --Kim English, Randallstown, basketball; Tom Goretsas, North Carroll, wrestling; Brian Marcoux, Glenelg, wrestling.

Girls

Nicole Woody

Arundel, wrestling

The 103-pound junior became Maryland's first female wrestler to win a district title when she pinned South River's Curtis Taylor in 5 minutes, 42 seconds at the Anne Arundel County championships on Saturday. Woody also scored a 28-second pin in her first bout, and won her semifinal, 9-1, to raise her record to 28-3 this season.

Woody has been around wrestling "since I was 6 months old," first wrestled at 9 and is 63-18 for her career. She has qualified for the past two 4A-3A state tournaments, the first girl to do so, and last year became the first girl to pin a boy at the state meet.

In August, Woody was the only American, boy or girl, to win a junior world championship, at 97 pounds. Woody, who has a 4.0 grade point average and will graduate high school in June after just three years, is considering a scholarship offer from the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich., where she would be able to continue studying while also training for a shot at a berth in the 2008 or 2012 Games.

Others considered --Danielle Parker, Dulaney, basketball; Julie Taylor, Atholton, basketball.

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