Catholic senior distance runner Ellie Gonzalez didn't slow down for a minute this year as she completed a fine four-year career in cross country and track.
Boys' Latin senior lacrosse standout Shack Stanwick also proved to be a step ahead of the rest in leading the No. 1 Lakers to an undefeated season and, in the process, shattering the storied program's record book.
On Wednesday, Gonzalez and Stanwick were recognized for their fine accomplishments this year by being named The Baltimore Sun's Female and Male High School Athletes of the Year at the 48th annual awards luncheon at the newspaper's downtown headquarters. The two were chosen over 18 other athletes who also were honored at the event. Gonzalez became the fifth athlete to become a two-time winner as she also took home the award last year as a junior.
"I'm surprised, but happily," Gonzalez said of winning the award again. "It's just awesome that I have had so much support. It feels really great and it makes all the hard work worth it to know that other people are paying attention to what you're doing."
Gonzalez picked up where she left off as a junior with another year of cross country and track excellence. In the fall, she captured the prestigious Spiked Shoe Invitational, won her third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship and was the top Maryland finisher (20th overall) at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Me., earning her All-American status.
In the indoor and outdoor track seasons, she won the IAAM 1,600- and 3,200-meter championship runs and took second in the high school girls championship mile at the Penn Relays.
Set to run at Dartmouth in the fall, she has been an All-Metro runner in each of her 12 high schools seasons, including first-team honors in the past 10.
Also recognized on Wednsday were female finalists Anna Bialczak (McDonogh), Sydney Biniak (Howard), Danielle Edwards (McDonogh), Linnea Gonzales (Patterson Mill), Isabel Griffith (Dulaney), Olivia Gruver (Franklin), Ellie McNulty (Broadneck), Teira Pendleton (Poly) and Megan Whittle (McDonogh).
Stanwick, set to play at Johns Hopkins next year, also was caught off guard when his name was announced among the 10 worthy finalists. But his senior year spoke for itself and capped a fine career.
He set a single-season record at Boys' Latin with 46 goals and 72 assists for 118 points, making him the storied program's all-time leading scorer with 334 points.
To him, the gaudy numbers were always secondary to the Lakers winning the league championship, completing a perfect season and finishing as the country's No. 1-ranked team.
In each of the team's 18 games, the standout attackman finished with four points or more and showed an uncanny ability to score or set up teammates despite receiving heavy attention from opposing defenses.
The last of eight Stanwick siblings — all lacrosse standouts in high school and college — Shack Stanwick was rated the country's No. 1 recruit for the Class of 2014 by Inside Lacrosse going into his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
"Our team went out strong with a win and then to get an award like this is amazing," he said. "It's hard to describe because there's so many unreal athletes here. This is just awesome.
The other male nominees recognized were Zach Abey (Archbishop Spalding), Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph), George Campbell (McDonogh), Wyatt Cook (McDonogh), Cory Daniel (River Hill), Ryan Forsyth (Severna Park), Chris Heydrick (River Hill), Robert Miller (City) and Brock Turnbaugh (Hereford).
Catonsville senior Calloway Lee, a captain for the Comets football and wrestling teams, was awarded the eighth annual Hayley Milbourne Integrity Award. During the Baltimore County wrestling tournament, Lee alerted the referee to his opponent's injury so he could have time to recover and continue.