Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

December 05, 2007

Girls

Alexis Hairston Garrison Forest, basketball

The sophomore shooting guard scored 38 points last week and added 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals as the Grizzlies opened the season 3-0. She also hit nine of 11 three-point attempts. Hairston, 5 feet 6, had 16 points and three assists, and went 4-for-5 from three-point range in Saturday's 40-34 win over Wakefield, Va., in St. Pauls Gator Tip-Off Classic. She also had 14 points and six rebounds in a 48-44 win over Maryvale and scored eight points in a 42-25 win over Glenelg Country School. After averaging 15 points for the Grizzlies' junior varsity team last season, Hairston is the leading scorer on the varsity squad at 12.7 points per game, mostly from three point-range. She has played Amateur Athletic Union basketball since she was 10. Her Maryland Lady Comets finished third in the state last spring. Hairston, an "A" / "B" student, says she hopes to play basketball in college.

Others considered -- Asya Bussie, Seton Keough, basketball; Brynn Matthews, Mercy, basketball.

Boys

Jonathan Perry Dunbar, football

When star running back Tavon Austin went down with an injured left side late in the first quarter of the Class 1A state semifinal on Saturday at Poly, quarterback Perry stepped up to lead the Poets to a 34-8 rout of South Carroll. Perry completed nine of 18 passes for a career-high 280 yards and three touchdowns in leading the defending Class 1A state champion and No. 2 ranked Poets (13-0) into the final Saturday vs. Allegany (13-0). Sean Farr caught 51- and 37-yard touchdown passes from Perry, and Donovan Brooks scored on 5-yard pass from the quarterback. Perry's three touchdown passes got the Poets out to a 22-0 third-quarter lead. All season, with Austin scoring 36 touchdowns, 29 of them rushing, Perry has been a model of consistency at quarterback. Opponents who keyed on Austin knew that Perry was a threat to burn them with his passing. In 13 games, Perry has completed 101 of 172 passes (58.7 percent) for 2,058 yards and 20 touchdowns while being intercepted just seven times.

Others considered -- Tyler Crane, Eastern Tech, football; Lonnie Liggins, Hereford, football; Isaiah Philmore, John Carroll, basketball; Malek Redd, River Hill, football; Gerrard Sheppard, McDonogh, basketball.

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