Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

November 14, 2007

Boys

Kelechi Odocha

Atholton, football

Odocha led the Raiders (7-3) into the Class 3A East regional playoffs, where they are the fourth seed. The senior running back ran for 260 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries and added a pair of two-point conversions in a 48-27 romp over Hammond to seal the postseason berth. The speedy Odocha, who is 5 feet 8 and 170 pounds, scored on runs of 20, 22, 15 and 2 yards in the win over Hammond on Friday. For the season, Odocha has 1,929 rushing yards on 227 attempts, an average of 8.5 yards per carry, and 19 touchdowns. Odocha also has one receiving touchdown and four two-point conversions for 128 total points. A Junior ROTC participant with a 3.26 grade point average, Odocha, who has a student pilot's license, will attend West Point, where he will play football and run track for Army. Odocha plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Others considered: Steve Ehatt, Loch Raven, soccer; Ellis Foster, City, football; Aaron Kittrell, Walbrook, football; Zach Sullivan, Archbishop Spalding, cross country; Joey Thompson, Howard, cross country; Andre Young, Aberdeen, football.

Girls Lindsey Puckett

Fallston, field hockey

The junior All-Metro forward scored three goals to lead the No. 5 Cougars to a 5-1 victory over No. 11 Centennial in last week's state Class 3A field hockey semifinal. For most of this season, Puckett had been a setup player, often making the pass that led to the assist, but in the state semifinals she boosted her season goal total to nine. Puckett also has six assists for the 15-2-1 Cougars. A three-year starter, the daughter of Fallston coach Alice Puckett played in her third Junior Olympics last summer. She also attended the Wake Forest Futures Development Invitational Camp, the Futures Elite program, which includes 120 players nationwide. A member of the Strikers club team, she helped the Elkton-based program win a gold medal in the Under-19 C Pool at the National Indoor Tournament. Puckett, who has a 3.2 grade point average, is considering several college programs, including Maryland, Louisville, Towson and William and Mary.

Others considered: Alexa Carney, Towson, volleyball; Lyndsie Ludwig, C. Milton Wright, soccer; Alayna Markwordt, Glenelg, soccer.

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