Skemp (pictured left) is a 6-foot-9 junior who made it seem as if the
air was thinner than normal in
Wisconsin last Friday night. The promising
quarterback completed a state-record 44 passes (in 70 attempts, which is second-most
in state history) for a state-record 612 yards with five scores (48, 11, 44, 51
and 6 yards) and two interceptions in a 40-39 win over Riverdale of Muscoda.
Skemp declined credit for his great night. "I played well, but we ran a lot of short
routes," he told Student Sports regional editor Jason Deegan. "I just got the ball
to the wide receivers and they made the plays. The defense was blitzing us, so we
kept our running back in as an extra blocker and the line gave me a lot of time."
Skemp, who is the youngest of three brothers to play football and basketball at
Southwestern (Greg and Michael are the others), says his height is an advantage,
not a disadvantage, on the football field. "Coaches teach you to throw over the
top," he said. "I throw three-quarters. Since I'm so tall, my delivery doesn't get
Skemp wasn't the only Wisconsin thrower who went crazy
that night, either.
Robert Michalkiewicz of St. Marys Central (Menasha,
Wis.), completed 25-of-40 for 495 yards with six touchdowns in a 49-26 win over
Blood (pictured left)held off Amber Harper of Orem (Utah) on a wet course to win the Great American
Cross Country Festival Race of Champions. Blood covered the course in 19 minutes,
2.7 seconds. Harper was second in 19:03.1. Blood's performance helped Saratoga,
ranked No. 1 in the nation, to win the Race of Champions for the third straight
year. Last spring as an eighth-grader, Blood clocked 4:50.15 for the mile and 10:24.29
for two miles. Those kinds of marks have generated a lot of excitement in the track
world over the prep records Blood could break in the next four years.
Last week, football running back
Marcus Thomas from Tolleson High of
Tolleson, Ariz., and volleyball player Cassie Wolpern from Belle Plaine High of
Belle Plaine, Minn., were selected as the third pair of All-PowerBar Team National
High School Athletes of the Week for the 2002-03 school year.
All athletes from any sport and any state in the nation are eligible to be a All-PowerBar
Team Athlete of the Week. See below to find out who has been selected from each
region of the country.
In addition to national publicity delivered on several platforms through Student
Sports Inc., each All-PowerBar Team National Athlete of the Week will receive an
award signifying the selection. All selections, both national and regional, are
made by the Student Sports' national high school content team, headed by executive
editor Mark Tennis and including national rankings editor Doug Huff and regional
editors Sheldon Shealer and Jason Deegan.
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All-PowerBar Team Regional Athletes of the Week follow:
Girls: Randi-Lynn Bruso
Douglas High (Douglas, Mass.)
Bruso had three goals and two assists in the team's
7-0 win over North Brookfield (Mass.) last week, giving her 231 career points and
a new state scoring record. The previous career record of 227 points was shared
by Sutton's Emma Kurowski and Masconomet's Kendall Daly. Considering Bruso still
had two-thirds of the regular-season remaining, plus playoffs, she stands to put
some serious distance between herself and the former record holders. Points are
tallied by creditting the player with two points for a goal, one for an assist.
There is no national record in this category, but several states do consider points
for state recognition.
Boys: Marquise Liverpool
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) Football
The showdown between the No. 1 and 2 teams in New Jersey was a real war until
Liverpool, only a junior, took over. Liverpool scored three touchdowns in a span
of 4 minutes, 4 seconds as Don Bosco Prep uncorked a 34-point second half en route
to a 47-16 victory. Liverpool scored on two pass receptions and an interception
return. The two-way standout finished with three interceptions.
Girls: Angie Pressey
Lake Mary High (Lake Mary, Fla.) Volleyball
A junior outside hitter, she dominated the prestigious
Trinity Prep Invitational last weekend. In two days, she totaled 84 kills with 21
in the championship match in which the Rams defeated the host Saints 15-4,15-10.
Pressey had 134 kills entering the tournament, the best in Central
Florida, and she ranked fifth in digs with
Stephenson High (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Football
This highly-recruited running back, rated among the nation's elite by Student
Sports, has helped boost the unbeaten Jaguars into state title contention and the
No. 43 spot in the FAB 50 national rankings. Last week, he rushed 32 times for 252
yards and a touchdown, passed for a TD, and rushed for two conversions in a hard-fought
28-26 win over previously-unbeaten North Gwinnett.
Girls: Shannon Bergstedt
Hopkins High (Minnetonka, Minn.) Cross Country
The junior strutted her stuff at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday
at the University of
Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon
Heights. She won her second straight Griak, finishing in 18 minutes, 27.3 seconds
over 5,000 meters, which is 1,000 meters longer than Minnesota prep girls normally
run. Bergstedt, who holds the state record in the 3,200 meters (10:26.82) and has
run the 1,600 in 4:51, a few seconds off the state record, also helped the Royals,
the defending Class AA cross country champs, finish first in the race, which is
also filled with college teams. In June, Bergstedt finished second to a college
runner in the 1,500 and sixth in the 3,200 at the U.S. Junior Nationals track and
field meet in Palo Alto, Calif. She's training hard to erase bad memories from past
cross country state meets. She finished 12th and ninth, respectively, as an eighth
and ninth-grader, but last year, the No. 1-ranked runner fell and did not finish.
Boys: Kam Kniss
Eastland-Pearl City High (Ill.) Football
Although his team came on out on the losing end
of a 78-74 shootout with Freeport Aquin, you can't fault Kniss. He completed 22-of-41
passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns (51, 65 and 20 yards), while also rushing
for five scores (1, 4, 7, 2 and 15 yards). Leading your team to 74 points would
seem to be a sure-fire way to win. It was until now. Eastland-Pearl City set a national
record for most points by a losing team, breaking the old record of 71, set by Indianola
(Miss.) in a loss to Ruleville in 2000, according to the 2002 Student Sports National
High School Record Book. The game also set a state record for most points in a non-shutout
Girls: Dana Wertz
Southeast High (Lincoln, Neb.) Softball
Wertz, a second-team Student Sports All-American as a junior, pitched two shutouts
as the Knights finished 3-0 at the 20-team Lincoln Southeast Softball Classic last
weekend at Doris Bair Softball Complex. Wertz, who also plays first when she doesn't
pitch, allowed just four hits, while striking out 18, in a 1-0 win over Blair and
a 6-0 shutout of Norfolk. The Knights, ranked third in Class A with a 24-3 record,
are trying to knock off seven-time defending state champion Papillion-LaVista this
Boys: Josh Frerichs
Lodgepole High (Lodgepole, Neb.) Football
Although some football purists might discount Frerichs' big game because it
came in eight-man football, there's no debate about how good a game he had. It's
just too bad for Lodgepole it came in a 75-70 loss to Minatare. Frerichs, a junior,
rushed 42 times for 395 yards and scored a state-record 10 touchdowns. He also set
a state-record by adding five two-point conversions for 70 total points.
Girls: Kris Smith
West Anchorage High (Anchorage, Alaska) Cross Country
It's only the first week of October, but already there's a state champion to
choose for this honor. Smith, a senior, won her second straight Class 4A girls cross
country state title last weekend with a dominating performance on the Michael Janecek
Trails in Palmer. Smith ran virtually by herself and won in a time of 18:40.51.
She won by 16 seconds over second-place finisher Dominque Colberg of Colony. Many
of Alaska's fall sports teams start their seasons in late July and early August
and finish in October so they can be done before the really cold weather hits.
Tooele High (Tooele, Utah) Football
This senior multi-sport standout set a state record last weekend in Utah by
intercepting two passes in a game against Bear River and upping his career total
to 22. Brady's 22 career interceptions surpassed the previous state best of 20 held
by Orem's Rich Lamoreaux. He also rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns as Tooele
defeated Bear River, 35-6. Brady, a 6-1, 205-pounder, is a three-year starter at
Tooele and also has starred in basketball and baseball. He carries a 3.5 GPA and
is getting recruiting letters from
Stanford, BYU and a handful of other NCAA