Chris Rockwell

Gilman golfer Chris Rockwell. (Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / May 30, 2006)

Player of the Year: Chris Rockwell, Gilman

Rockwell, a senior, twice came close to winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference individual title before finally capturing it this spring. Headed to Vanderbilt, Rockwell has been one of the area's top golfers during his career. He played at No. 1 this year, helping Gilman win regular-season and postseason titles.


Coach of the Year: Rick Collins, St. Paul's


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The Crusaders lost nine of 11 golfers from last year's strong team and fielded a lineup loaded with underclassmen.

With two freshmen, one sophomore and two juniors often in the lineup, St. Paul's finished 10-3-4 and made it to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference team finals.


First team

Mike Bassler, Mount St. Joseph

A four-year varsity starter, Bassler took sixth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament last month. The senior played No. 1 for the Gaels the past two years and is headed to Loyola, where he will play next season.

Michelle Grilli, Pikesville

Grilli has been one of the state's top performers throughout her career at Pikesville. The senior finished second in the state, falling to Severna Park's Kelly Lynch by one shot. Grilli is headed to Princeton in the fall.

Pat Hinch, Aberdeen

Hinch finished in a five-way tie for first in the one-day state tournament last fall. The senior sparked Aberdeen throughout the season with his consistent play at No. 1 after taking second in the Class 2A-1A division in 2004.

Kelly Lynch, Severna Park

Lynch was perhaps Anne Arundel County's top golfer - among girls or boys - and won the state title for girls last fall. The junior defeated Pikesville's Michelle Grilli by one shot for the state crown on a cool, rainy day at College Park. Lynch captured the county, district and state titles.

Hayley Milbourn, Roland Park

The multi-talented athlete won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tournament last fall. The junior played No. 1 for the Reds and later did the same on squash in the winter and worked at No. 2 in tennis this spring.

Donnie Shin, Oakland Mills

Shin quickly established himself as Howard County's top golfer this season, and tied for sixth in the state final with a 73 - just one shot behind the five golfers tied for first. A junior, he should be one of the top public school golfers in the state next fall.

Greg Stamas, Gilman

Stamas and Chris Rockwell gave the Greyhounds a solid 1-2 punch this season, as Gilman went 14-1 and captured the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. Stamas finished second in the conference tournament, four shots behind Rockwell.

Kyle Wheeler, St. Paul's

Wheeler had a spectacular freshman season, anchoring the Crusaders with his play at No. 1. He finished third in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament.

Note // Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.