Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

November 04, 2008

Kasey Mercier Mount de Sales, volleyball

The senior had 24 kills as the then-No. 3 Sailors upset No. 2 and defending champion St. Paul's on Saturday for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference volleyball tournament championship.

Mercier, an outside hitter who averages about four kills per game, also had eight digs and was 14-for-15 serving with three aces in the 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22 title match. She also had 23 kills and 12 digs in the semifinal victory over No. 7 Archbishop Spalding.

Mercier, 5 feet 10, will play next year at Shepherd University, a Division II program in West Virginia. She has a 3.4 grade point average and is considering becoming a coach.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: : Liza Blue, Garrison Forest, field hockey; Alexa Demski, Loch Raven, field hockey; Kirsten Frank, Archbishop Spalding, soccer; Elizabeth Tauber, John Carroll, cross country

Pat Chairs Mount St. Joseph, football

The senior tight end took on an unexpected duty at the most critical time in Friday's game against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Gilman. With the game tied at 24 with 4.5 seconds left and the Gaels facing fourth-and-nine at Gilman's 27-yard line, Chairs, who punts and kicks off but had never attempted a varsity field goal, was sent in to kick a potential game-winning field goal.

His try from 44 yards led the then-No. 11 Gaels to the 27-24 upset over then-No. 8 Gilman. Gaels coach Chip Armstrong described Chairs as a "cool customer."

Chairs, who has a 3.3 grade point average, also is a midfielder on the Gaels' lacrosse team.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: : Mark Covington, Howard, football; Jarrel Epps, Wilde Lake, football; Dino Stevens, North County, football; Garrett Weinhold, Fallston, football

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