School: Seton (Va.).
Highlights: Opened the season with three goals in a 3-0 victory over George Mason, the reigning Virginia A champion. Last Friday, Cooley provided both goals in the Conquistadores' 2-1 victory over Notre Dame Academy. The junior team captain helped the Conquistadores claim their fourth straight Delaney Athletic Conference tournament championship last year by tallying three second-half goals in a come-from-behind 4-2 triumph over Wakefield School.
Notable: Cooley led the team in goals scored as a freshman and sophomore, and was named the DAC most valuable player both seasons. Plays club soccer for under-18 Braddock Road Electra. Began playing competitive soccer at age 6. Played on the Virginia Olympic Development team from 1999 to 2002.
Personal: Maintains a 3.78 grade-point average and has studied German since eighth grade. Member of the Young Republicans at Seton. Won the school science fair last month for her project pertaining to the feeding habits of birds, then earned an honorable mention award at the Manassas/Prince William regional competition. Volunteered at a teenage shelter and a nursing home this past winter as part of school community service. Active at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Clifton.
-- Dave Yanovitz
Highlights: Zech commands the bow seat for the Eagles' varsity eight, which placed first at the Mayor's Challenge regatta last Saturday. Zech also helped the Eagles defeat St. Albans last month at the Charlie Butt Regatta on the Potomac. Three years ago, he stroked a freshman eight boat that went undefeated in area races, including the National Capital Classic.
Notable: Was among 20 area rowers to attend U.S. Junior National team "I.D. camp" last month, and may be invited to selection camp this summer. Rows for Water Street Rowing club's top eight boat, and won the coaches' award last fall.
Personal: Has a 4.1 weighted grade-point average and is vice president of the National Honor Society. When his parents moved to Bellingham, Wash., in 2001, Zech elected to stay with friends in the metropolitan area to continue rowing. Spent two weeks last summer in Dominican Republic with Gonzaga students building houses and a medical clinic. Earned Eagle Scout badge two years ago. Will row for the University of Pennsylvania next fall and plans to major in pre-med or chemistry.
-- Dave Yanovitz