All-PowerBar Team National Athletes of the Week
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Posted Oct 9, 2002

Who says you have to be a senior to be an All-PowerBar Team National High School Athlete of the Week? This week's two honorees -- football running back Tony Temple from Rockhurst High of Kansas City, Mo., and golfer Elizabeth Dotson from Creek Wood High of Charlotte, Tenn. -- are both juniors.

Temple would have had a great excuse not to have a good game at Edina (Minn.) last weekend. Rockhurst has logged a lot of miles in the last two weeks with trips to nationally ranked Joliet (Ill.) Catholic and Edina, ranked as one of Minnesota's top five teams. Temple didn't let travel fatigue get him down as he rushed for 267 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 35-22 win. Edina led 16-14 at the half, but Temple had TD runs of 14, 14 and 13 yards to break the game open in the final two quarters. He also caught a nine-yard TD pass. The 5-9, 180-pound junior has carried the Hawklets, last year's Class 5A quarterfinalists, to a 5-0 mark and a No. 12 Student Sports FAB 50 national ranking. He is once again on target to get his third straight 1,000-yard season and is certain to be among the nation's most recruited players next year.

Dotson captured her second state Class A-AA golf championship in three years by shooting the lowest score ever in Tennessee tournament history. She finished the two-day event at Murfreesboro with a record-low score of 139. Her final day score of 68 is tied for the second lowest 18-hole total in history and she needed it to edge out defending champion Jennifer Davis of Seymour by two strokes to regain the crown she won as a freshman. She entered the final round trailing the leader by one stroke. Dotson also is the second Tennessee girl to gain the national athlete of the week honor so far this school year. The other was volleyball player Rachel Green of Ootlewah.

Last week, football quarterback Jeff Skemp from Southwestern High of Hazel Green, Wis., and freshman distance running phenom Nicole Blood from Saratoga Springs High of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., were selected as the fourth 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:


Boys: Jacob Lilly
Gilmer County High (Glenville, W.Va.) Football
Lilly broke the state's single-game rushing record, racking up 460 yards on 22 carries with seven touchdowns in Gilmer County's 60-9 victory over Tygarts Valley. Lilly's effort broke the 16-year-old state record of 448 yards, set by Jeff Swisher of Sistersville in 1986. Oddly, Swisher also carried the ball 22 times in his record-setting performance. Lilly, a junior, had 361 yards at halftime and the coach was about to sit his star player. Realizing he was within striking range of the record, the coach opted to give the ball to Lilly three more times -- which was enough to break the record.

Girls: Lauren Walls
Eastern High (Voorhees, N.J.) Field Hockey
It was quite controversial, but none the less the biggest goal of Walls' career when she redirected a pass into the goal lifting Eastern past West Essex, 2-1, in a clash of New Jersey's top programs. Eastern, ranked No. 1 in the state, improved to 9-0 with the victory and extended its win streak to 69 games and undefeated streak to 75. Eastern is gunning for the state record of 86 straight undefeated games set by West Essex. This meeting was tied at 1 when Eastern was awarded a penalty stroke outside the circle. As the shot came in, Walls tipped it into the goal. Had Walls not touched the ball, it would have been ruled as no goal because the ball must be touched by an offensive player in the circle. There was plenty of debate as to weather or not Walls got a piece of the ball, but the goal -- her eighth of the season -- stood as the winner.


Boys: Kasey Cooper
Osceola High (Kissimmee, Fla.) Football
The senior quarterback had a career game in a hard-fought 53-35 win over Kissimmee rival Gateway. He totaled 429 yards of offense and accounted for six TDs. Entering the game with only 54 rushing yards in four previous games, he carried 18 times for 353 yards -- including 10 draw plays for 198 yards -- and scored five TDs (19, 30, 70, 69 and 62 yards). He also rushed for a two-point conversion. He completed four of six passes for 76 yards and a 29-yard TD pass.

Girls: Courtney Dunlap
Donelson Christian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) Soccer
When this junior finishes her high school school career, the Tennessee state goal scoring record may be unreachable. Last week, she scored four goals in a 10-0 blanking of Portland to hike her four-year career total to a state record 136 goals. The previous mark of 135 was set in 1999 by Aline Bernard of Hume-Fogg (Nashville). Dunlap competed on the varsity as an eighth grader and scored 43 goals. She added 47 as a freshman, 25 her sophomore season and has 22 this season including one in a 5-0 win over Hume-Fogg later in the week.


Boys: Rob Florian
Elder High (Cincinnati, Ohio) Football
The junior is a big reason why Elder is close to making the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings after an early blowout loss to Louisville (Ky.)  Trinity. Florian completed 11-of-18 passes for a career-high 295 yards and rushed for another 75 yards in a 47-21 win over rival Cincinnati Moeller. He scored on a 13-yard run and threw 53- and 9-yard scoring passes. All this came one week after Florian led the Purple Panthers (6-1) to a 21-17 win over Cincinnati St. Xavier with a 24-yard TD pass to Nick Daut with 1:05 remaining in the game. He finished that night completing 12-of-26 passes for 209 yards and two TDs and also rushed 17 times for 65 yards. He and Cincinnati recruit Billy Poland form quite a passing duo.

Girls: Katie Tewell
Center Grove High (Greenwood, Ind.) Golf
The senior made the logical step from state runner-up last year to state champion last weekend at the Legends of Indiana Golf Club in Franklin. Tewell, who plans to attend the University of Louisville, followed up a two-over-par 74 in tough conditions on Friday with a 72 to win the championship by three shots over Noblesville's Sally Shonk. Making her win even more inspiring, Tewell wore shoes that belonged to her late grandfather -- even though Dallas Miller's 9-1/2s were an inch and a half too big for her -- in tribute to him. She helped Center Grove finish in sixth with a score of 693 (350-343) to place behind state champ Mishawaka Penn.


Boys: John Randle
Southeast High (Wichita, Kan.) Football
This namesake of the famous NFL defensive lineman does his damage on the offensive side of the ball. The 6-2, 170-pound senior running back rushed 30 times for 347 yards and two scores in a 21-19 upset of Maize, the state's No. 2

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