Athletes Of The Week


April 29, 2009

John 'Squeaky' Thomas City, lacrosse

The sophomore attackman recorded 18 goals and six assists in three Knights victories - two of them over previously undefeated Walbrook and Edmondson. In a 12-3 win over Northwestern, Thomas had four goals and one assist; against Walbrook in a 12-5 win, he had eight goals and three assists; and against Edmondson in an 11-1 win, he had six goals and two assists. City coach Anthony "Merk" Ryan credits Thomas as a major factor in extending the Knights' unbeaten league mark to 27 games (9-0 this season). Thomas has 42 goals and 19 assists this season. He carries a B average.

Others considered: : Kevin Bailey, Fallston, baseball; Tom Cullop, South Carroll, lacrosse; Jamar Peete, Walbrook, lacrosse; Garrett Weinhold, Fallston, baseball

Stephanie Speierman Hammond, softball

The senior pitcher, a three-time first-team All-Metro selection, tossed two no-hitters at separate locations in a span of four hours Saturday. In 6-0 and 1-0 wins over Mount Hebron and Centennial, respectively, Speierman totaled 34 strikeouts in 14 innings, allowing two walks and hitting one batter. Speierman, who is set to play at Michigan next year, is 9-2 with six no-hitters and is batting .429 this season. As a sophomore, she led the Golden Bears to the program's first state title, tossing a perfect game in the championship win over North East from Cecil County.

Others considered: : Liza Blue, Garrison Forest, lacrosse; Jessica Butler, Towson Catholic, softball; Nikki Mantheiy, Chesapeake-AA, softball; Roxie Raab, Fallston, lacrosse

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