Europe athletes of the week
Maggie RedmondCross country Patch High School
The sophomore took on the best female runner in Italy, Zarah Younossi of Naples, and Younossi’s course record for Aviano’s 5,000-meter layout (21:09). She beat both Saturday in a six-way meet at Aviano.
Redmond clocked 20:14 to beat Younossi by 28 seconds and led the powerful Patch girls to a 23-68 victory over runner-up Vilseck.
“Maggie is a hard worker who has a lot of determination,” Patch coach Larry Bahn wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. “This past weekend, Maggie got into a good rhythm and was able to excel.”
Bahn pointed out that Redmond benefits from the strength of her talented Patch teammates — especially Kylie Marchant, Torrie Persky and Caitlyn Gamble.
“Fortunately,” Bahn wrote, “we have a group of girls who all work for improvement in themselves and in the team.”
In Redmond’s case, that attitude can pay off.
“ … with her willingness to work hard and her determination,” Bahn wrote, “she could become a very good runner.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff.
Stephen WashingtonFootball Hohenfels High School
The sophomore ran 25 yards for the deciding touchdown Friday night as the Tigers rallied from a 24-12 deficit for a 25-24 victory that ended Ansbach’s DODDS-Europe record 28-game winning streak. In addition to his three touchdowns, Washington set up another touchdown with a 78-yard kickoff return. For the season, Washington, who has scored seven TDs, is averaging 11.5 yards per carry and 37 yards per kickoff return, according to his coach, Shawn Rodman.
“Stephen is quick to point out,” Rodman wrote in an e-mail Tuesday, “that his success this year is a team effort. He has been able to run behind a great offensive line.”
Nowhere was that line more decisive than it was with time running down and Hohenfels behind 24-19 Friday night. The unbeaten Tigers launched a five-play, 70-yard drive with the line protecting quarterback Jason Parks as he completed a crucial 35-yard pass to B.J. Denson, then broke Washington loose for the game-winning TD run.