Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

October 31, 2007

GIRLS

Liz Snyder

Centennial, field hockey

The junior goalie made 10 saves to preserve a 2-1 upset of then-No. 10 Glenelg for the Howard County championship. Snyder, who has a .915 save rate, led the No. 11 Eagles as they avenged a 7-4 regular-season loss to Glenelg, which had beaten Centennial for last year's title. She also made three saves in the regional opener, a 3-0 win over Wilde Lake. A field hockey player since sixth grade, the Futures veteran plays for the SParks club team and won a silver medal at last summer's Junior Olympics. Snyder, a "B" student who transferred from Hershey, Pa., before last season, struggled through last fall after the death of her father but has enjoyed a breakout season this fall. "I started to come to terms with what happened over the last year and a half," she said. "I know he's on my shoulder every time I play. I know he's watching."

Others considered: Sara Bailey, C. Milton Wright, cross country; Alexa Carney, Towson, volleyball; Natasha Jensen, Wilde Lake, volleyball; Bailey Webster, St. Paul's, volleyball.

Boys

Chris Agorsor

McDonogh, soccer

Agorsor led top-ranked McDonogh to two wins last week to clinch the regular-season title and top seed in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. In a 3-0 victory over No. 12 Loyola, Agorsor had a goal and an assist. Two days later in a 3-0 win over Gilman, Agorsor scored twice and had an assist to increase his season totals to 21 goals and six assists in 11 games. Agorsor, who is considered by some soccer observers to be the best youth player in the nation, has missed 10 games with a hip flexor. In three seasons at McDonogh, Agorsor has scored 47 goals. Last year, he was named an Adidas All-American, All-Metro, All-State, All-South and Maryland State Player of the Year. Agorsor is in France as the only high school player on the U.S. under-20 national team. He is a junior but is graduating early from McDonogh with a 3.9 grade point average. He has a scholarship to Virginia but is considering playing professionally overseas.

Others considered: Tom Caso, McDonogh, soccer; Dan Griffin, North Harford, football; Chris Quaima, Mount St. Joseph, soccer; Lee Reynolds, Poly, football; Jimmy Thomas, Archbishop Spalding, football.

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