Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

January 30, 2008

Boys

Omar Strong

Douglass, basketball

The senior has been the catalyst for the Ducks the past two seasons and was again last week in a pair of wins over ranked teams that moved the team back into The Sun's Top 15 at No. 9. Strong, an All-Metro guard last season when he averaged 19.8 points, had 16 points and eight assists in a 73-49 victory over then-No. 5 Northwestern on Jan. 22. The 5-foot-9 guard followed it with a game-high 27 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 77-65 victory over No.12 Digital Harbor on Friday. Strong had two three-point baskets and was 9-for-10 from the foul line in the final 58 seconds to secure the win. He was 13-for-14 overall on free throws for the 11-4 Ducks.

Others considered -- Jamar Briscoe, Cardinal Gibbons, basketball; Brandon Carroll, Archbishop Curley, basketball; Evan Danz, Loyola, swimming; Sean Farr, Dunbar, basketball; Joe Orsulak, Loyola, indoor track; Aaron Verardi, Boys' Latin, wrestling.

Girls

Mattie Riley

Mount de Sales, swimming

The senior won the 100-yard freestyle at the National Catholic High School Swimming Championships on Sunday in Villanova, Pa., to help the Sailors to a second-place team finish. She also finished fourth in the 50 freestyle and anchored two school-record-setting relays - the 200 freestyle (second) and the 400 freestyle (third). Last Wednesday, she won the 100 freestyle, was second in the 50 freestyle and anchored both relays in a dual-meet victory over McDonogh to finish the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference regular season undefeated. Riley has a 3.0 grade point average and plans to swim in college. She is a member of the CATY swim team at the Western Family YMCA in Catonsville.

Others considered -- Kathryn Franke, Loch Raven, track; Elie Snyder, Atholton, basketball; Aja Wallpher, Mount Hebron, basketball.

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