Josh Steinfeld

School: Wootton

Sport: Hockey

Year: Senior

Highlights: A captain and four-year varsity starter, he is second in scoring (four goals, 10 assists) for the Patriots (4-2). Steinfeld, a center, helped defeat Paint Branch, 8-6, on Dec. 21 with a goal and two assists. "He's an extremely good shooter," Coach Dave Evans said, ". . . and he likes to play the physical game, which is unusual [for scorers]." "People say I'm a goal scorer--I know how to put the puck in the net," said Steinfeld, who has led the team in scoring the past three years (41 goals and 28 assists).

Notable: All-Met honorable mention the past two years. Assistant captain for his club team, the Montgomery County Blue Devils Midget A. Leads club team in scoring with 33 goals and 23 assists. "I strongly feel that Josh is either the top player . . . or the second top player in the state," club coach Matt Revkin said. Also a four-year varsity tennis player, he was Montgomery County 4A League tournament runner-up the past three years. Went 16-3 in county competition last year.

Personal: Carries a 3.4 grade-point average. Would like to play Division I tennis at Boston University, where he is interested in studying business. Has been on the honor roll every year.

Rebecca-Jane Ruppert

School: Woodbridge

Sport: Gymnastics

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: Undefeated in individual all-around competitions this season. Placed first with 36.5 (out of 40) in a meet against Stonewall Jackson, Osbourn Park and Osbourn on Jan. 6. In two previous meets, scored 35.4 against Gar-Field and Osbourn Park, and 35.8 against Gar-Field and Hylton. "She's a phenomenal vaulter," Coach Sue Bonacquist said.

Notable: Won the vault competition in the district and regional tournaments last season. Placed second in the vault in the state tournament with a score of 9.9. In overall competition last season, won all district meets and placed first in the Cardinal District finals, second in the regional tournament and fifth in the state tournament. Also pole-vaults on the indoor track team. Qualified for the state tournament at the George Mason Invitational by vaulting 8 feet 9 inches. "The conditioning I get [in gymnastics] helps out a lot on track," Ruppert said. "Both are explosive events with a lot of running."

Personal: Maintains a 3.9 grade-point average. Wants to continue gymnastics in college and study law. Member of the Varsity Club--varsity athletes who do community service.