Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

February 28, 2007

Boys

Tyler Mullen

South Carroll, wrestling

In the Class 2A-1A North region tournament, the 171-pound junior notched his 60th career pin in his first bout; defeated Carroll County runner-up Luke Benko (Winters Mill), 9-3, in the semifinal for the second time this season; and earned his 100th career victory, 8-4, in the final against Walkersville's Jordan Walsh, who placed third in last year's state tournament.

A three-time Carroll County champion who was state runner-up at 160 pounds last season, Mullen rose to 36-2 for 2006-07 with 26 pins, including a fall in 3:14 two weeks ago against Benko in their county title bout.

Favored to win his weight class at this weekend's 2A-1A state tournament at Maryland's Cole Field House, Mullen, 17, has scored a 1,760 on his SAT and is ranked No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 grade point average in honors courses.

Others considered --Justin Butler, Edgewood, wrestling; Ryan Shea, Mount St. Joseph, swimming; Jeremy Robinson, Northwestern, basketball.

Girls

LaKisha Walker

St. Frances, basketball

The defensive-minded senior guard led the No. 1 Panthers in scoring and made the key defensive play to seal a fifth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.

Walker had 18 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists in the 68-63 overtime final against then-No. 4 McDonogh. But her most memorable moment came with 7.9 seconds left in overtime when she stole the ball, was fouled and hit two free throws to seal the title.

In the 58-57 semifinal victory over No. 3 Seton Keough, Walker scored 11 points and had five rebounds, five steals and two assists.

A veteran of the Baltimore Cougars Amateur Athletic Union team, Walker is listed 56th in Blue Star Report's top 100 rankings for the class of 2007. She holds a B average and plans to play in college.

Others considered / / Kelsey Erdman, River Hill, basketball; Katie Hursey, North Carroll, track; Brittany Mallory, McDonogh, basketball.

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