Sarah Parks, Centennial
This season, she finished with 19 goals and 14 assists in leading the Eagles to the county title and the Class 3A state semifinals. Parks scored the first goal in the 2-1 county championship victory over Glenelg.
A team player who shuns the spotlight, she had the terrific stickwork, ball control and reaction time to maneuver the ball through traffic. Then she always made smart choices about whether to pass or to go to goal herself.
Parks, who plays field hockey only during the high school season and will play lacrosse in college, "is probably the most complete offensive player that I've ever coached," longtime Eagles coach Gail Purcell said.
Coach of the Year
Jim Brown, Atholton
In his second season as coach, Brown took the Raiders from a 4-9-2 record to an 11-6 finish and what is believed to be the most wins in school history. Atholton also went to the regional final, in which it lost to Centennial, 2-0.
Brown, who coached soccer for 10 years, didn't know anything about field hockey until his older daughter, Angela, began playing in 2002. The Raiders' varsity hadn't won a game in three years, and Brown was intrigued by the sport, so he joined an adult league and started working with the Raiders in the offseason. In 2005, he took over the junior varsity program when his younger daughter, Kelly, arrived at Atholton. "Now the girls are involved in the offseason," Brown said, "and we've started programs where we have middle school clinics. The next step is to maintain our success." He also coaches the Spitfire club team, which he has taken to the national festival three times.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAM: Liz Snyder, Centennial, junior, goalie; Samantha Myers, River Hill, senior, defense; Mary Teeters, Centennial, senior, defense; Kelly Brown, Atholton, junior, midfield; Deanna Dydynski, Mount Hebron, senior, midfield; Susie Giampalmo, Glenelg, senior, midfield; Leslie Monheit, Reservoir, senior, midfield; Kristy Black, Glenelg, senior, forward; Ashley Bruns, Mount Hebron, junior, forward; Kate Heineman, Centennial, junior, forward; Lauriann Parker, Glenelg, junior, forward; Sarah Parks, Centennial, senior, forward; Cara Pettit, Reservoir, senior, forward; Amy Thompson, Glenelg, senior, forward.
COUNTY PLAYERS ON IAAM TEAM: B Conference: Sarah Goldstein, Glenelg Country School; Emma Murphy, Glenelg Country School.
Note: Player and Coach of the Year were selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches. The public schools team was selected by the Columbia Flier after consultation with county coaches. The IAAM team was selected through voting by the league's coaches.