Athletes Of The Week


November 25, 2008

Samantha Brostrom Centennial, volleyball

The 5-foot-10 sophomore outside hitter was the go-to player all season for the No. 1 Eagles, and she helped them finish off an unbeaten season Nov. 17 with the Class 3A state championship.

In the three-game title sweep of Towson, she had 12 kills, seven digs and three aces. She averaged 2.7 kills per game as Centennial (20-0) dropped only three games this fall.

Brostrom, who has a 3.4 grade-point average, has played for the Columbia Volleyball Club since she was 10.

ALSO CONSIDERED: : Kourtney Salvarola, Broadneck, volleyball

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Nick DePaola Hereford, football

The senior running back carried the ball 18 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulls to a 41-14 win over Milford Mill in the Class 3A North regional title game Friday.

For the season, DePaola has totaled 1,580 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 188 carries as the No. 7 Bulls (10-2) try to win their first state title since 2002.

A three-year varsity starter, DePaola, 5 feet 11 and 200 pounds, also has three interceptions playing free safety, including one he brought back 102 yards for a score. Hereford, which reached the state title game last season, will take an eight-game winning streak into Friday's semifinal against Wilde Lake.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: : Corey Anderlik, Century, football; Michael Campanaro, River Hill, football; Darian Connors, Eastern Tech, football; Jerrel Epps, Wilde Lake, football; Alec Lemon, Arundel, football

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