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Thonda TaylorFootball

Heidelberg H.S.

Last week: Taylor, a 5-11, 195-pound senior running back, rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns Saturday in Heidelberg’s 45-6 courtesy-rule victory over visiting Lakenheath.

While other runners amassed more yardage and points than Taylor, the Heidelberg senior’s steadying presence also was key as the Lions launched their season successfully in the hands of volunteer coach Sal Katz.

“ ‘T’ is a very driven young man who plays football with a passion,” said Katz.

Taylor also made six solo tackles in the rout from his middle linebacker position and provides leadership.

“He is a super young man,” Kate wrote in an e-mail, “and is enthusiastic in helping all the [Heidelberg] football seniors.”

Maggie RedmondCross Country

Patch H.S.

Last week: Redmond, a senior and the Big Schools reigning European cross country runner-up, set her second straight course record on a difficult layout at Hohenfels on Sunday, winning her opening race of the season.

“Her goal for the day,” veteran Patch coach Larry Bahn wrote in an e-mail on Tuesday, was “to shave off a little time from the record she set (23:00) … the year before.”

Mission accomplished: Redmond ran the five kilometers in 22:47.

“Hohenfels is a most challenging course, particularly the first kilometer, which is steep, narrow and filled with rocks and roots. Maggie led … from the start, and although she proceeded with caution up the first [kilometer], she didn’t slow her pace significantly. Once she was on more level and smoother terrain, she just cruised with the lead she had established.”

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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