Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

January 16, 2008

Girls

Shamika Williams

Catonsville, basketball

The versatile junior led the Comets to the biggest upset of the season, scoring 15 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and getting six assists in a 61-51 win over then-No. 3 Western at the Basketball Academy. Last week, the powerful 5-foot-8 forward-guard totaled 44 points, 23 rebounds and 14 assists in three games, including a 62-35 win over Hereford and a 61-51 loss to No. 4 City. She averages 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the No. 6 Comets (9-2). Williams sat out the last Amateur Athletic Union basketball season to allow a broken thumb and sore knees to heal, but she will rejoin the Baltimore Cougars for the upcoming season.

Others considered -- Deanna Dydynski, Mount Hebron, basketball; Jess Harlee, Fallston, basketball; Jessica Zikorus, Mercy, basketball.

Boys

James Ways

Winters Mill, indoor track

A week after leading the Falcons to their first Carroll County title in four years, Ways won two individual events and ran the last leg on relay teams that finished first and second, respectively, in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Piedmont Conference meet. In leading the Falcons to a second-place finish in the meet, the junior sprinter won the 300-meter run in 37.6 seconds and the 500 meters in 1:11. It was his fifth win in the 500 this season. Ways also ran the last leg on the Falcons' winning 1,600 relay and the runner-up 3,200 relay for co-coaches Shelly Katcef and Becki Ridgway. Ways, who has a 3.5 grade point average, also plays soccer and baseball at Winters Mill.

Others considered -- Antione Allen, Lake Clifton basketball; Anthony Drumsgoole, Digital Harbor, indoor track; C.J. Fair, City, basketball; Alexander Jackson, Randallstown, basketball; Tony Mack, Owings Mills, wrestling; Eric Robichaud, Broadneck, swimming.

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