Athletes of the week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

March 14, 2007

BOYS

Tommy Brenton

River Hill basketball

The 6-foot-4 senior had 58 points, 35 coming at the free-throw line, 20 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and five steals to lead River Hill to victories over Mervo and Bethesda-Chevy Chase of Montgomery County and to the program's first boys state basketball championship. In Thursday's 62-53 semifinal win over Mervo, Brenton scored 16 of his 30 points at the foul line, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked four shots, and had three steals and three assists. Brenton's third-quarter, two-handed dunk gave the Hawks their biggest lead, 43-23. In the Hawks' 60-51 Class 3A state title victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Brenton scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and shot a state-record 19-for-20 from the free-throw line. Brenton also helped to limit 6-8 Ohio State-bound Maurice Pearson to six points one night after he had scored a career-high 26.

Others considered --Darrell Bell, Pikesville, indoor track; Kim English, Randallstown, basketball; William Thomas, New Town, basketball.

Girls

Taylor Chapman

Atholton, basketball

The junior center provided strong inside play to help lead the No. 6 Raiders (25-3) to their first Class 2A state championship last week. In Friday's 68-56 win over previously undefeated Walkersville, Chapman - the Raiders' tallest starter at 5 feet 10 - finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds against a much taller Lions front line. The three-year starter came back Saturday and scored a game-high 21 points and added 15 rebounds in a 69-62 come-from-behind win over Southern. Trailing by nine points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, the Raiders went on a 20-1 run to put the game away, with Chapman accounting for eight in the pivotal stretch. Averaging 8.0 points and 11.6 rebounds for the season, Chapman's effectiveness increased in the bigger games. She also scored 14 points in the Raiders' win over River Hill in the Howard County championship game. Atholton coach Maureen Shacreaw credited Chapman's work ethic to improve her game, such as staying after practice to spend time on shooting after an off-game.

Others considered --Kim Schneck, Southern; Akeema Richards, Western; Jess Harlee, Fallston.

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