Girls track: Coaches of the Year
Girls Track Coach of the Year: Brandon Lutz, Liberty (Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis / June 2, 2011)
The Lions swept the Carroll County, region and Class 2A state titles thanks to a group that the team's coaches said never stopped working hard.
"It certainly was a pleasure coaching this group," Ward said. "They were deep, they had potiential, and the best part about that potential is they were working to achieve that potential."
Liberty's hard work paid off in the state meet when it had to rally from nearly 20 points down midway through to pull out a 3.5-point victory over North Hagerstown. Ward said it was a thrill for the coaches to watch the joy on their athletes' faces as they took the victory lap at Morgan State last month. That shows what hard work can do.